Theme Parks

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DIS­COV­ERY COVE ‒ Swim with dol­phins, wade with rays, snorkel among thou­sands of ex­otic fish and hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary. Dis­cov­ery Cove’s full-day, all-in­clu­sive ad­ven­tures in­clude all meals, drinks and gear along with Sea­World or Busch Gar­dens passes. www.dis­cov­ 6000 Dis­cov­ery Cove Way, 407.545.5500.

DIS­NEY’S AN­I­MAL KING­DOM ‒ From live an­i­mals to di­nosaurs and an­i­mal char­ac­ters, your imag­i­na­tion runs wild in this beau­ti­fully de­signed park. Hop aboard a sa­fari in Africa for close an­i­mal en­coun­ters then head to Asia’s Mount Ever­est coaster. The pet­ting zoo, Di­noLand U.S.A. and the themed play­ground will win over the kids, along with “The Lion King” live show. www.dis­ney­world.dis­ 2901 Osce­ola Park­way 407.824.4321.

DIS­NEY’S HOL­LY­WOOD STU­DIOS ‒ This theme park dives into Hol­ly­wood with live stage shows and movie-themed rides. Must-stops are Tower of Ter­ror, Rock ’n’ Roller Coaster, Toy Story Ma­nia and the Dis­ney Jr. and “Frozen” live shows. Don’t miss the new Star Wars ar­eas and the new “Star Wars: A Ga­lac­tic Spec­tac­u­lar” fire­works show. www. dis­ney­ 351 S. Stu­dio Drive, Lake Buena Vista, 407.824.4321.

IS­LANDS OF AD­VEN­TURE, UNIVERSAL OR­LANDO ‒ Ev­ery­one has fun with six uniquely themed is­lands: Seuss Land­ing, The Lost Con­ti­nent, Juras­sic Park, Toon La­goon, Marvel Su­per Hero Is­land and The Wizard­ing World of Harry Pot­ter. Each high­lights ad­ven­ture, sto­ry­telling and the most tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced rides, at­trac­tions and shows. Best bets are The Amaz­ing Ad­ven­tures of Spi­der-Man, King Kong and Juras­sic Park, along with Harry Pot­ter and the For­bid­den Jour­ney at Hogsmeade. The Hog­warts Ex­press con­nects Hogsmeade with Di­agon Al­ley at Universal Stu­dios. www.uni­ver­sa­lor­ 6000 Universal Blvd., 407.363.8000.

LEGOLAND FLORIDA‒ Built es­pe­cially for kids, this 150-acre theme park of­fers more than 50 rides, shows and at­trac­tions plus a wa­ter park. The Legoland Ho­tel is lo­cated just steps from the en­trance to the theme park. 1 Legoland Way, Win­ter Haven, 877.350.5346.

MAGIC KING­DOM, WALT DIS­NEY WORLD ‒ Cin­derella Cas­tle serves as the cen­ter of Mickey’s magical won­der­land. Meet your fa­vorite char­ac­ters and en­joy the rides, from clas­sics like It’s a Small World and Space Moun­tain to new ex­pe­ri­ences like Peter Pan, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Under the Sea. Pa­rades pro­vide lively en­ter­tain­ment, with the Wishes fire­works as the grand fi­nale. www.dis­ney­ 1180 Seven Seas Drive, 407.824.4321.

SEA­WORLD ‒ Im­merse your­self in the sea, from up-close an­i­mal en­coun­ters to awe-inspiring per­for­mances to thrilling rides. Come face-to-face with Shamu, play at Happy Har­bor, watch a dol­phin show, feed a sea lion, ride the roller coast­ers Mako, Manta and Kraken, and shop and dine at the Wa­ter­front. www.sea­worl­dor­ 7007 Sea­World Drive, 407.545.5500

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