The best theme parks in Orlando, predictably, are dominated by Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando. The reason is simple: these aren’t just 2 separate parks, but actually whole worlds of family-friendly fun, with around a dozen different parks between them, as well as numerous shows, performances, dining and nightlife hubs. Ticket options here are flexible and often a bit confusing, but generally, you can purchase single-day, multi-day, and ‘park-hopper’ passes.

    Away from Mickey Mouse and Co., Orlando does have some excellent other theme parks, with all the usual rollercoasters and rides for a fun day out with the kids – and normally at half the price! Below, we give you a rundown of the best theme parks in Orlando and across the surrounding Central Florida area.

    Magic Kingdom retains its place as the premier amusement park for young children who want to be dazzled by their favourite characters come to life and experience that unmistakable, extraordinary Disney charm. Founded in 1971, it was the first attraction to open at Orlando’s sprawling Walt Disney World. Disney's Magic Kingdom is spilt into 6 different ‘lands’ across an enormous 107-acre site – Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Tomorrowland, Main Street, and Liberty Square.

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    Location: 1180 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 10 pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 11 pm)

    Phone: +1 407-939-5277

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    One-half of the wider Universal Orlando complex, Universal Studios draws in the bumper crowds with its long lineup of Hollywood-inspired rides and attractions. Get up close with those naughty yellow minions from Despicable Me, fly across Springfield with the Simpsons, ward-off alien attacks in the MEN IN BLACK simulator or get lost in a world of magic at Harry Potter’s Escape from Gringotts ride. The action here is more focused on delivering an immersive movie experience, with state-of-the-art technology used throughout the range of simulators.

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    Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 407-363-8000

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    Epcot’s huge spherical design is one of the most instantly recognisable images of Disney World. This science-themed attraction has 2 areas: Future World, demonstrating human endeavour and innovation, along with World Showcase, a permanent world’s fair with 11 nations represented around a giant manmade lake. The fun of Epcot is really found in just strolling around and soaking up the incredibly realistic sights.

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    Location: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 9.30 pm

    Phone: +1 407-824-4321

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    Disney’s Hollywood Studio is where movie magic comes alive, with 6 main areas dedicated to different Disney-related themes. Each zone features thrilling rides, attractions, entertaining shows, shops and restaurants. Rides like Tower of Terror and the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster provide some more heartbeat-raising excitement alongside live-action rides and immersive simulators.

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    Location: 351 S Studio Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Daily from 9 am to 8.30 pm

    Phone: +1 407-939-5277

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    Universal’s Islands of Adventure® has received international awards for its extensive range of rollercoasters and attractions. Its different zones include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™-Hogsmeade™, Marvel Super Hero Island®, The Lost Continent®, Toon Lagoon®, Jurassic Park®, Skull Island™, and Seuss Landing™. The list of family-friendly attractions at this huge park is long enough to last a few days. Thankfully multi-day passes are available, so you save more for each extra day you buy.

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    Location: 6000 Universal Blvd, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Phone: +1 407-363-8000

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    Legoland Florida is a 150-acre theme park based on the iconic Danish-invented construction toys. It features over 50 rides, shows, attractions, shops and restaurants, making it one of the biggest theme parks in Orlando. Legoland Florida also has a separate waterpark, with its own selection of rides and attractions including a wave pool, lazy river and slides.

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    Location: 1 Legoland Way, Winter Haven, FL 33884, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 888-690-5346

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    Aquatica® is located south of Downtown Orlando. Alongside all the water park essentials like head-to-head slides, rapids, and high-speed flumes, Aquatica also delivers a few unique attractions. The Dolphin Plunge® lets you slide through a water shoot with actual dolphins swimming around you (they’ll even try to race you as you zip along, if you’re lucky). Another popular water ride at Aquatica is the oblivion-style drop at Ihu’s breakaway Falls®.

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    Location: 5800 Water Play Way, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 407-545-5550

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    Fun Spot America Theme Park

    Fun Spot America is one of the few independent theme parks in Orlando. Located across International Drive from the sprawling Universal Resort, this particular Orlando amusement park stays clear of any branded rides promoting movies or Hollywood gimmicks, Instead, you'll find plenty of adrenaline-filled rollercoasters, go-karting tracks, and a whole bunch of attractions for younger kids to enjoy.

    Location: 5700 Fun Spot Way, Orlando, FL 32819, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to midnight

    Phone: +1 407-363-3867

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