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Young, old, no matter what age, there is something for everyone in Orlando. You have the excitement of the theme parks, the piece, quiet and tranquil surroundings on the golf course and for the shoppers plenty of shops to choose from. Here are but a few among many attractions, shopping malls and golf courses. Did you know that Orlando is home to the highest number of golf courses in the world.

 

Theme Parks

magic kingdom

Magic Kingdom - This is where it all started back in 1971. We remember our first visit in 1991, this was the first park we visited, it was a magical experience. It's a feeling you will never forget. Each time you visit the Magic Kingdom, childhood fantasies become reality, fairy tales come to life, kids and adults of all ages discover the excitement of pure Disney magic. When you walk away you will find yourself humming a tune or two.

 

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epcot

Epcot - Here you can discover the wonders of the world, feel the force of a space launch with Disney's newest ride Mission Space or experience the speed of Test Track. If that's not enough you can explore the world in a day, well almost. World Showcase allows you to experience eleven cultures and cuisine's, you can literally eat your way around the world. End your day with the spectacular firework display, every night at 9.00pm. 

 

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mgm studios

MGM Studios - Step onto Hollywood Boulevard, the only place where big-screen thrills, TV fun and the best of Broadway come together. Scream as you fall out of control through 13 floors of fear, on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Blast 0 - 60 mph in 2.8 secs as the music of Aerosmith rocks you through a wild, twisting roller coaster. Step back in time on the Great Movie ride in the Chinese Theatre, which takes you through those big time classic movies.

 

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animal kingdom

Animal Kingdom - A fun filled park with creatures real and fantastic, from an incredible blast through flaming meteors and ferocious dinosaurs, to a crazy twisting romp through time on a spinning roller coaster where every turn brings unexpected wonders on rides such as Dinosaur and Primeval Whirl. If that's not enough why not venture out on safari across 110 acres of African Savannah to encounter freely roaming wildlife. Ride on the Kali River Rapids, but remember to take a change of clothes, you will get wet!

 

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blizzard beach

Blizzard Beach - Thrill or chill at Disney's Blizzard Beach, it's up to you. Float around on the lazy river, relax on the sandy beach or ride some of the tallest and fastest water slides. We must admit this is our favourite water park.

 

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typhoon lagoon

Typhoon Lagoon - If Blizzard Beach is not your cup of tea, why not head over to Typhoon Lagoon. Here you can enjoy island life as you body-surf in one of the largest man made wave pools, snorkel with real live sharks or just simply relax on the beach.

 

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islands of adventure

Islands of Adventure - A great park especially if you like the thrill of the big rides. There are five islands each with it's own theme, thrills and non-stop adventure. There is something for everyone from Dr Seuss for the very young, to Jurassic Park for the more daring to Toon Lagoon for those of you who love to have fun and get wet. Here you will find our favourite ride Popeye and Bluto's Bilge Rat Barges, no escaping here you most defiantly will get wet!.

June 2010 saw the opening of the new Harry Potter Theme park located inside the Island of adventure. Loads of magical things to do!

 

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universal studios

Universal Studios - This is the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world. Not only is it a real working film and TV production studio it has some amazing rides and shows. The newest ride is the Revenge of the Mummy. Plunge into total darkness, plagued on all sides by huge fireballs, swarms of scarab beetles and an army of rotting warrior mummies. For the younger one's you can enjoy the likes of Shrek 4-D, ET, Jimmy Neutron and Barney, plus many others. Also experience rides such as Men in Black, Back to the Future, Twister, Earthquake and JAWS. This park has a real movie feel to it.

 

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sea world

Seaworld - Not only are you observing marine life, you are part of it. Touch stingrays, meet Shamu, see up close the Beluga whales and take a stroll down to Dolphin Cove and Pacific Point Reserve where you can feed the dolphins and sea lions. If that's not enough, for those of you who like to take in the thrills of the rides you can experience rides like the Kraken and Journey to Atlantis, you will get wet!

 

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discovery cove

Discovery Cove - If the budget allows it, this is a park that is well worth visiting. Access is limited to 1000 visitors a day and is by reservation only. Here you will have the rare opportunity to swim with beautiful bottlenose dolphins, snorkel amongst thousands of exotic fish and giant stingrays, swim in an aviary of tropical birds or just simply soak up the sun on the sandy beach. You come away from this park with a feeling that will certainly have a lasting effect and leave you with plenty of memories.

 

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aquatica Aquatica - If time permits you must visit Aquatica,  Seaworlds own water park. This water park offers you hours of fun and has a ride for everyone. Our favourite is Roa's rapids, wearing the supplied life jackets the strong current just carries you around, it was great fun!
 

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kennedy space centre

Kennedy - Here you can experience the past, present and the future. See where it all started way back in the 1960's firstly with the Mercury programme which saw the first manned space craft to orbit the Earth, followed by Project Gemini where Astronauts walked and worked in space for the first time. Then that all famous Apollo programme which saw the first man on the moon. If the past is not want you want to see, then you can learn about the present day shuttle programme and find out what the future holds for space transport. Well worth a day out.

 

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busch gardens

Busch Gardens, Tampa Bay is about a 50 minute drive. Here you can experience the thrill of the rides like the Montu and the Kumba but also at the same time experience one of the country's premier zoos. You can see animals like the white tigers, gorillas plus all the normal animals you would find in a zoo. You can also have fun on any one of the water rides but a word of warning you will get wet no matter which one you try, there's no escaping!.

 

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downtown disney

Downtown Disney - By day and night this place is filled with fun. You can shop, eat, visit the cinema or just party. Here not only will you find Disney's largest store which has something for everyone, you can find a number of other shops including Virgin Mega store. if you want to pass the time you can enjoy the 24 screen AMC theatre complex, the largest in the Southeast of America. Discover Disney Quest the first ever indoor interactive theme park, and see the daring artistry and acrobatics of Circque du Soleil. If that's not enough visit Disney's Pleasure Island, there's live entertainment every night of the week.

 

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disney's wide world of sports

World Wide of Sports - A sport's lover's paradise. This is the place to train, compete, take in a game or even play. Here you can challenge the multi sports experience and test your skills in football, basketball and baseball. After all that hard work why not take time out at the official All Star Cafe, the famed sports dining landmark with gigantic eight-foot screens and athletic memorabilia. This is the place to catch some of the world's top professional and amateur athletes at their best. This is the spring training home for the world famous American baseball team the Atlanta Braves.

 

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city walk

City Walk - This is Universal's equivalent to Disney's Pleasure Island. It has bars, clubs, shops, restaurants all the excitement of the city neatly wrapped up into one 30 acre package. You can enjoy a cup of coffee in the morning on your way into the parks, have lunch or enjoy dinner and a movie, then party into the small hours of the morning.

 

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Shopping

 

Prime One (formally know as Belz) is situated just off the I4 by Universal Studios and at the end of International drive, here you will find over 170 famous brand named outlet stores. Something for everyone.

 

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orlando premium outlets

The Orlando Premium Outlets are situated at Lake Buena Vista on Vineland Avenue. Here you will find a host of brand names shops such as Kenneth Cole, DNKY, Giorgio Armani, Timberland, Ralph Lauren, Banana Republic plus many more.

 

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mall at millenia

Located just off the I4 exit 78 on Conway Road this under cover shopping mall built in 2002 has many famous shops which include Tiffany's, Bloomingdale's, Macy's, Crate & Barrel, Gucci and Chanel among but a few.

 

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point orlando

Situated next to the Orange County Convention Centre on International drive. You will find a number of shops, bars and restaurants plus a 21 screen theatre. Pointe Orlando is home to our favourite Johnny Rockets. A 60's type diner with great tasting American food. You cannot leave without tasting the apple pie and milkshakes

 

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Florida Mall

Located on Sand Lake Road and Orange Blossom trail, this indoors shopping mall has plenty of parking and featuring shops such as Burdines, Dillard's, JC Penney, Saks Fifth Avenue, Sears, Nordstrom and Lord & Taylor, along with over 250 specialty stores.

 

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Golf

 
champions gate

Minutes away and just off the I4 is Champions gate home to two 18 hole unique golf courses designed by Greg Norman.

 

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celebration golf course

Celebration Golf Club is located just off Celebration Avenue, off the 192.

 

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highlands reserve

This championship Mike Dasher designed course situated on HW27 gives you pine tree-lined fairways reminiscent of the Carolinas, open spacious fairways likened to the great Scottish courses, and a bit of old Florida with citrus trees along the countryside. Large, fast, undulating greens make this course challenging and fun for all levels of golfers.

 

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ridgewood lakes

Ridgewood Lakes Golf & Country Club located on Eagle Ridge drive just off HW27. The Ted McAnlis layout is sculptured from lush rolling land and features immaculate playing conditions year round. Water and natural wetlands come into play on 16 of our 18 holes and the resident breeze can significantly change the course from day to day.

 

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orange lake golf course

An Arnold Palmer course built in 1998. The Legends at Orange Lake is located on the 192 just past Splendid China.

 

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kissimmee oaks gold club

Located only minutes away from the Disney area just off John Young Parkway, Kissimmee Oaks Golf Club offers a beautifully natural golf experience. You'll play 18 championship holes amidst the magnificent 100-year old oaks that are the signature of this fine course. Graceful sloping fairways wind around crystal lakes. Wild turkey and sand heron provide a "gallery" as well-placed shot lands on meticulous greens. Enjoy Kissimmee Oaks, where the beauty of Florida and great golf come together!

 

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southern dunes golf course

Opened in 1993 and is located just off HW27, Southern Dunes is an upscale daily fee facility that continues to receive numerous awards from the golf industry. The charm and appeal of the club, comes from the friendly staff and unique characteristics of the course. The course offers players of all abilities the opportunity to play and enjoy one of the most challenging and beautiful courses in Central Florida

 

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Other attractions

 
medieval times

From the moment you enter you are treated like Lord and Lady, while you dine the night away you can watch the Knights battle it out in a jousting event showing skill and bravery.

 

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horse world

For those of you who love to ride you can explore 750 acres on horse back. If that sounds like too much hard work then you can just relax under a big oak tree, play a game of horse shoe or just simply pet and feed the farm animals.

 

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pirates cove

Experience thrilling adventure at Pirate's cove. test your skills on the challenging 18 hole courses and putt your way through mountains, caves over footbridges and under cascading waterfalls. Fun for the entire family.

 

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arabian nights

This dinner show brings a fairy tale to life on horse back. You will see beautiful horses from around the world while dining the evening away.

 

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titanic

The Exhibition located on International drive allows visitors to re-live the mesmerizing drama as it unfolded, share in the inspirational personal stories of those aboard, and marvel at the unparalleled magnificence and Edwardian splendour that made Titanic the finest ship ever built.

 

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wet 'n wild

Enjoy the wettest, wildest water park in the world!. Wet 'n wild has non stop fun for the whole family, from the black hole to the lazy river. A fun day out for everyone.

 

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riplets believe it or not

For over forty years the adventurous Robert Ripley explored the uncanny and amazing mysteries of the earth. His travels took him around the world in search of the unbelievable and inexplicable. First published in 1929, Robert Ripley's works were read worldwide in over 300 newspapers, translated into 17 languages and held a readership of over 80 million. Take a look for yourself and Believe it or Not.

 

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wonder works

Wonder Works is a fun-filled interactive attraction featuring hands-on experiences and activities. Exhibits utilize some of the most sophisticated graphic and audio presentation techniques available. Activities range from a realistic, simulated earthquake to virtual reality. You will actively participate in some of the most imaginative displays and exhibits found in any facility in the United States

 

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hard rock cafe

Located at Universal's City Walk, this Hard Rock Cafe is the biggest in the world. With large, statuesque pillars, it stands majestically as a Roman Coliseum of rock, and boasts more pieces of rock 'n' roll memorabilia than any other location. The site includes not only a vast, multilevel Cafe, but a 3,000-person concert/party venue.

 

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planet hollywood

Situated at Downtown Disney, next to Disney's Pleasure Island. You cannot miss it.

 

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