Orlando - A City of Dreams - The Smiling Heart

Orlando – A City of Dreams

Orlando truly has something for everyone. Whether it’s a fun theme park, a world-class golf course, or a five-star spa resort, this magical place in central Florida has it all. Known mostly for Disney World and Sea World, Orlando has been a favorite with families for decades. Plus, the weather is gorgeous year round! Let’s take a closer look at what this vacation paradise has to offer.

Walt Disney World

This is where the magic happens. At Disney World, you and your kids can see your favorite Disney characters come to life. There are also several theme parks owned by Disney, including Epcot Center, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, and Blizzard Beach, just to name a few. You can choose between water parks, amusement parks, themed restaurants, or attractions like Downtown Disney and the Disney Boardwalk, which offer excellent shopping, dining and nightlife.

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SeaWorld Adventure Parks

SeaWorld is another amusement park complex that offers live shows with marine life as well as rides and adventurous activities. It is a great place to learn a bit about marine animals while also having a great time. Your children will no doubt enjoy seeing the dolphins, killer whales and sea lions performing those cool flips and jumps. Don’t forget to take a journey to the Lost World of Atlantis, go toe-to-toe with the Kraken and glide like a giant ray on Manta.

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Universal Orlando Resort

Owned by Universal Studios, this amusement park offers themed rides and activities based on your favorite movies and television shows, such as Transformers, the Simpsons, and Spider Man. Jaws and Back to the Future may be long gone but there’s still plenty to enjoy at Universal. After a long day of rides, you can stop by the CityWalk, where you can see a concert, get some delicious food, or relax over a margarita. Hop over to Islands of Adventure to enjoy Dr. Seuss, Harry Potter World and the amazing Hulk ride. When planning your visit make sure to get your Universal Studios tickets online prior to your arrival.

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Discovery Cove

This smaller but delightful attraction allows guests to swim with a pod of friendly dolphins. Since dolphins are native to the waters around Florida’s coast, this is a great opportunity to introduce your children to local wildlife. Only 1,000 people are admitted each day, so make sure you book in advance.

A Final Note

While Orlando is definitely the city of dreams, travel of any kind can be difficult for young children. And while the amusement park rides are a blast, you have to remember that standing in line for a long time can be taxing for a young child’s patience.

Therefore, you can take some steps to prepare and hopefully prevent any meltdowns. You can pack a portable game console for your child to use during the long wait, or even play a game together like “I Spy.” You should also bring a few small snacks to prevent low blood sugar. Finally, dress your child for long days walking around in the sun by picking up some travel outfits from Alex and Alexa. You’ll want light clothing that is comfortable yet stylish.

Once you have prepared, book now for the vacation of a lifetime!