One of Central Florida’s claims to fame is its theme parks. Walt Disney, Universal, and Sea World all rank in the top 10 amusement parks corporations in the world, with Walt Disney World alone attracting approximately 60 million visitors each year. The sheer volume of theme parks in Central Florida is provides endless entertainment opportunities for your stay, but it can also be a bit difficult to navigate. International Resort Club offers our expert local knowledge of the area to help you plan the best vacation possible!
Universal Orlando Resort
Universal Orlando Resort consists of three theme parks: Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Volcano Bay. Safety first: Universal Studios has released their Virtual Line app—now you can book a ride time and skip the line entirely!
Universal Studios is the park where you can “ride the movies”—an immersive experience with a mix of low-key rides and interactive experiences. Universal Studios offers fun for all ages, with rides themed from the movies Transformers, Fast and Furious, Shrek, Revenge of the Mummy, and more!
Volcano Bay is Universal’s premier waterpark that combines thrilling water rides with relaxing by the poolside. At the park’s center is the 200-foot volcano playground with hidden caverns, cascading waterfalls, three thrilling water slides, and the talking spirit, Vol. After you experience the volcano, you have three villages to explore—River Village, Rainforest Village, and Wave Village—each with their own unique theme and a variety of thrill-levels to choose from.
The big kahuna here is Universal’s Islands of Adventure. If you have not yet heard about what Universal Studios has done with The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, brace yourself. This completely immersive experience allows Potter fans to experience some of the most iconic adventures that JK Rowling created. Pro-tip: visit Ollivander’s Wand Shop and purchase your own interactive wand to cast spells throughout Diagon Alley and the village of Hogsmeade. Join Hagrid as he flies through the Forbidden Forest on his motorcycle on Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure—winner of Theme Park Insider´s 2020 Best New Roller Coaster Award.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World consists of four theme parks: Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, Magic Kingdom, and Epcot. Disney also has two water parks: Typhoon Lagoon and Blizzard Beach.
Don’t miss out: Disney is sure to put on a once-in-a-lifetime show for the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World, beginning October 1, 2021!
Magic Kingdom, the original theme park of Walt Disney World, is where the magic happened. At its center is Cinderella’s castle, one of the main symbols of Walt Disney. The castle often included in fireworks shows, where it is illuminated with colors that change in synchronicity with the music. Magic Kingdom is also home to the famous It’s A Small World attraction, featuring mechanical children from around the world.
Hollywood Studios is the spot for fans of classic film, television, music, and theatre. One of the most classic attractions, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, based on the classic television show, drops guests down a completely vertical 130-foot elevator shaft. Theme Park Insider raved for Disney´s Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, heralding it the Best New Attraction out of all theme park rides for 2020.
Nature lovers will enjoy the blending of whimsical fantasies and lush landscapes in Animal Kingdom. Theme Park Insider named Disney’s Animal Kingdom as having “the most beautiful scenery in any Orlando-area park”. Inspired by the film Avatar, park goers can ride their own winged mountain banshee through the in the 3D ride Avatar Flight of Passage or take a mystical boat ride through a bioluminescent rainforest on the Na’vi River Journey.
The hottest attractions at Epcot are all Frozen. Sail through the enchanted world of Arendelle on Frozen Ever After, then stick around for a sing-along show, First Time in Forever. There is even a Frozen Ever After Dessert Party that gives guests a prime viewing of the Epcot Forever fireworks display as they dine on a wide variety of Frozen-themed desserts. But the fun doesn’t stop there: as part of the celebration for Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary, Epcot will debut the 4-D ride Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in October 2021.
Sea World, Discovery Cove, and Aquatica
Sea World is known for its amazing shows featuring aquatic animals such as seal lions, dolphins, and killer whales, but Sea World has taken things up a notch to transform itself into a full-fledged theme park. High-speed, aquatic-themed roller coasters like Manta, Kraken, and Mako will challenge the fortitude of the most daring riders, while the rapids ride Infinity Falls and the log ride Journey to Atlantis provide enough fun for those who want just a splash of excitement.
Aquatica is Sea World’s water park, and home to the world’s largest dueling racer waterslide, Riptide Race. USA Today called Aquatica the nation’s #1 best outdoor waterpark, and locally the Orlando Sentinel has awarded Aquatica with Best Water Park for two years in a row. With its many world-class adventure water rides, family-fun activities, and luxurious cabanas with private beachfronts, Aquatica is a must-visit to cool off on warm Floridian days all year long!
Discovery Cove is a theme park, but you won’t find any roller coasters here! Instead you’ll swim alongside amazing creatures such as bottlenose dolphins, playful otters, and inquisitive marmosets. Guests can also snorkel through The Grand Reef next to thousands of beautiful tropical fish and discover islands and hidden grottos just waiting to be explored! Wind-Away River and Serenity Bay offer relaxing white-sand beaches, cascading waterfalls, underwater caves, and dense rainforest ecosystems.
International Resort Club at Central Florida
So which theme park calls out to you? When you stay at an International Resort Club timeshare, you don’t have to choose! Our resorts put you within close proximity to all the best attractions Central Florida has to offer.