Travel to Orlando, Florida – Episode 431

categories: USA Travel

Hear about travel to Orlando, Florida as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jason Cochran who is the editor of and the editor to the Frommer’s Guide to Orlando Florida about vacationing in America’s favorite destination spot. We talk about Walt Disney World, the increasingly popular Universal Studios, with a mention of some of the other things to do in Orlando.

“The two Universal Theme Parks that are in Orlando area were in the upper teens in terms of the top 20 or 30 theme parks in the world. They are now edging towards the top ten and sometimes popping into the top ten depending on the year. This is a significant change. Disney has always been in the top 10, all 4 of its parks in Orlando but Universal now has a legitimate stake in that market.”

Disney has 4 theme parks (and 2 water parks) in Orlando as part of Walt Disney World: Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Hollywood Studios. Universal has two theme parks in Orlando: Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. In addition, SeaWorld is nearby and Jason also recommends adding a day to your visit to go to Cape Canaveral. Both Disney and Universal are doing more to keep you on property with new hotels being built and pick up service right from the airport.

“I think if you are a first time visitor and you are a family of four you should probably stick with the Disney ones first depending on the age of your children. The most interesting to children under 10 is probably Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and to a smaller degree Animal Kingdom. If your kids are a little older they start to hunger for the thrill rides a little bit more and then all four parks are pretty much fair game. Magic Kingdom is the number one choice. It is also the most visited theme park on the planet.

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Show Notes

Jason Cochran
Frommer’s Guide to Orlando (2015)
Universal Orlando
Islands of Adventure
Disney World
Kennedy Space Center
Magic Kingdom
Hollywood Studios
Animal Kingdom
Park Hopper Option
Double Dumbo
Wizarding World of Harry Potter
Escape from Gringotts
Monsieur Paul
Le Cellier
Sea World
Disney’s Contemporary Resort
Disney’s Polynesian Resort
Backstage Magic
Frommer’s Guide to Orlando (2014)

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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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