Thunder Mountain is a roller coaster at Disney World, Orlando
If you have young children one of the first decisions you have to make is what age will they enjoy Disney. At about age four there are plenty of rides and attractions that kids will enjoy and two to three days will be plenty of time. When kids get to about age 8 you can plan on spending a week at the four big Disney theme parks – Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, and Disney MGM Studios (now called Disney Hollywood Studios).
During the warmer months, there are two great Disney water parks your family can enjoy – Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.
Getting To Disney World
To travel to Walt Disney World your fastest route is to fly into Orlando. The Orlando Airport (MCO) is about 30 minutes from Disney World. If you are visiting from a nearby city such as Tampa, Gainesville, or Jacksonville you can drive to Disney World in 2 to 4 hours.
Hotels and Resorts on Disney Property
If you fly into Orlando and this is your first visit to Disney then you probably don’t need a car. You can arrange transportation from the Orlando Airport to Disney. Consider staying at a Disney Hotel or Resort – Disney has a ton of different hotels and resorts that range in price from inexpensive to expensive luxury. The benefit of staying at a Disney hotel or resort is that Disney has transportation from every hotel to every Disney park.
Traveling Around Disney for Free
Disney has thought of everything and that includes buses, trams, monorails, boats, and every other form of transportation you can imagine. You can save a ton of money by taking the provided transportation because it’s all free.
Spin in a Tea Cup on the Mad Tea Party in Disney World, Orlando
Disney World Attractions
Magic Kingdom – As you step inside the Magic Kingdom onto Main Street USA, you’ll immerse yourself into a unique magical town. The main areas of the Magic Kingdom are Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Mickey’s Toontown Fair, and Tomorrowland. There’s more than 60 unique attractions in the Magic Kingdom. Most attractions are geared for ages 4 to 10 but teens and adults have plenty to enjoy too.
From “It’s a Small World” ride for the younger children to “Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin” for children not afraid of the dark, there’s plenty of attractions to last a couple of days.
As your children get older, they’ll enjoy the more daring rides like Space Mountain and Splash Mountain roller coaster rides, and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
Adults love visiting Liberty Square to view the Hall of the Presidents and more mellow rides like the Jungle Cruise or walk through the Swiss Family Treehouse in Adventureland.
Exploring the different cultures around the world is what Epcot’s famous for. The World Showcase lets you experience different countries and their traditions through restaurants at each country’s location and shops and attractions. Along with cultural experiences Epcot’s Future World has attractions for human exploration in space, oceans, flight, and car racing.
Countries featured are Mexico, Norway, China, Germany, Italy, USA, Japan, Morocco, France, United Kingdom, and Canada. You can walk through market places in Mexico and Morocco, enjoy shows in front of the USA pavilion, and dine in Japan’s steak house restaurant.
There’s 23 attractions for all ages. The younger children can enjoy Finding Nemo attractions an the teens and adults can get an adrenaline rush driving a vehicle on the Test Track.
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
If you love the movies and TV shows that Disney puts out, you have to visit Hollywood Studios. The Twilight Tower of Terror are for risk takers who can stomach a 13 story drop in a hotel. But if your looking for live entertainment for the youngsters stop by Playhouse Disney to sing, dance, and play with Micky Mouse and friends.
Disney’s Animal Kingdom
A great mix of animals, rides, and shows, the Animal Kingdom takes you on safaris to get up close to African and Asian animals in natural settings. The Kali River Rapids ride is a family favorite but don’t expect to stay dry. The Dinoland USA attraction takes you back 65 million years to encounter dinosaurs face to face. There are rides and attractions for every age group in Dinoland. The latest thrill ride added to the Animal Kingdom is the Expedition Everest roller coaster that plunges you into a meeting with the Abominable Snowman.
Disney’s Blizzard Beach
You can relax and cool off coasting down the Cross Country Creek on a large tube that circles the park. But if you’re into challenges you can race family and friends down the Toboggan Racers or taking a plunge down one fast slide called the Slush Gusher that get you going 50 mph plus. Blizzard Beach has a snow theme with rides and attractions featuring snow caps and icy looking rides – it’s all around fun place for the whole family.
Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon
Disney World’s first water park, Typhoon Lagoon has a ship wreck theme with great water slides, a shark reef where you can swim with some very nice sharks, surf pool for body surfing or private surfing parties, and a thrill seeking water slide called the Crush ‘n’ Gusher for those with strong stomachs.
Take a ride on a Riverboat in the Liberty Square section of Disney World, Orlando
Drive an Indy Go Cart at the Tomorrowland Speedway, Disney World Orlando
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