Orlando's Top 5 Attractions

Orlando is the theme park, attraction and amusement capital of the world. From Shamu to the Mouse to the world's most famous boy wizard, visitors to central Florida suffer an embarrassment of riches when it comes to escapist options. The Travel Channel has put together a list of the top 5 attractions in the Orlando area -- just strap on your best coaster shoes and pick a favorite.

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Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World, king of theme park resorts, is a massive complex that can take planning and expertise to navigate smoothly. Here are the basics: There are 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World -- the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom.

If you've only got a day and want to steep yourself in vintage Disney, visit the Magic Kingdom. That's where you'll find Cinderella Castle, It's a Small World and the Haunted Mansion -- the classics.

The Epcot International Food and Wine Festival runs from late September through mid-November, and if you're into thrill rides make sure to hit the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and The Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disney's Hollywood Studios. That said, don't try to see everything -- it's impossible. Pick a few must-do attractions and take everything slowly. It's the details that make Walt Disney World a magical place.
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Visit an old-time Orlando theme park with teeth. Gatorland, which opened in 1949 as a roadside attraction, has expanded to a 110-acre habitat for alligators, crocodiles, snakes and other exotic wildlife. Live shows -- gator wrestling, up-close encounters, a train ride through the swamp and a zip line overhead -- can fill a day with plenty of scaly thrills.

Gatorland also has the world's largest collection of white alligators, several of which are rather on the giant size. And if you're not careful, a little education can also be squeezed in. Gatorland is a 15- to 20-minute drive from the International Drive area.
  • 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail
  • Orlando, FL 32837 US

Wherever You Go ...

Tip: While a 1-day ticket to a theme park can be expensive, do not buy from roadside shacks or go to craigslist for discounted tickets. Many are unauthorized and can leave you with no entry and no recourse at the park's entrance. A safe bet is the Kissimmee Walmart, where legitimate discounted Walt Disney World tickets are sold. Or consider a visit to undercovertourist.com -- an authorized and proven reseller of discount tickets to each of these parks.
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