10+ Best Theme Parks in Orlando Florida for Families

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Orlando is a known hub for theme parks and thrilling family fun. Families come from all over the world to enjoy the famous Disney Magic Kingdom park. But if you are in the area, make sure you stop by some of the other attractions to make your next family trip, one to remember.

Here are some of the best theme parks in Orlando Florida, recommended by the families of the Gowhee App. With some of the rides, everyone should try at least once.

10+ Best Theme Parks in Orlando Florida for Families

1. ICON Park Orlando

ICON Park is a downtown Orlando destination for the whole family. If your little ones aren’t very interested in rides, you can also visit ICON Park’s Madame Tussauds Wax Museum!

Best Rides: The Wheel gives you a whole new view of the city; 

Good To Know: Attractions are individually priced- Play Pass available for $74.99 – stay at Element Orlando Universal Boulevard

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2. LEGOLAND Florida Resort

LEGOLAND is designed with kids’ fun in mind. Featuring a dry park and a water park, LEGOLAND is perfect for families of any age and any size.

Best Rides: The Build-a-Raft Lazy River lets you put together your own raft; Coastersaurus is a fun family roller coaster

Good To Know: Tickets start at $84.99 – stay at the LEGOLAND Hotel – you can book cabanas at the water park to create a “home base” during your visit

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Little girl in front of Legoland.
Legoland. Photo by @gowheeapp

3. Universal Studios Florida

When you visit Universal Studios Florida, you and your family will feel like you’ve been dropped into your favorite films for fun!

Best Rides: The totally immersive Hogwarts Express (requires a park-to-park ticket); The Simpsons Ride is zany, wacky simulated coaster fun.

Good To Know: park-to-park tickets start at $131.50 – stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay or any of the other Universal Orlando Resort hotels – a Universal Express pass will let you skip the lines

4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom is a zoo and theme park all in one. Kids love exotic animals, fun shows, and thrilling rides. 

Best Rides: Avatar Flight of Passage will make you feel like you’re flying; Kilimanjaro Safaris gives you the best view of African animals in the park; Countdown to Extinction is a fun dinosaur-themed simulator ride

Good To Know: Tickets start at $109 – stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – you can also enjoy the nearby Walt Disney World Resort Typhoon Lagoon water park

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5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Whether you’ve got bigger kids who like bigger thrills or little kids who want to play and dance, you can have a great day at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort.

Best Rides: The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is a heart-pounding thrill ride that offers an amazing view at the top; Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway zips you right into classic cartoons; Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance makes you feel like you’re in a Star Wars adventure

Good To Know: Tickets start at $109 – stay at Disney’s Riviera resort hotel – lots of fun Disney Jr. activities for preschoolers

6. Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Disney’s Magic Kingdom is an enchanted wonderland for kids of all ages.

Best Rides: You can’t miss the classic “it’s a small world” boat ride; kids love the Dumbo the Flying Elephant ride and its huge circus-themed playground queue

Good To Know: Tickets start at $109 – stay at Disney’s Boardwalk hotel – lots of rides with no height restrictions

7. Universal’s Island of Adventure

Islands of Adventure offers thrills and chills for kids of all ages with immersive theming and cutting-edge ride design. 

Best Rides: The Jurassic Park River Adventure lets you come face-to-face with a giant T. rex; Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey will make your little witches and wizards feel like they’re really at Hogwarts.

Good To Know: Tickets start at $109 – stay at the Hard Rock Hotel – more thrill rides than kiddie rides

8. SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando is home to orcas, dolphins, stingrays, and virtually every other sea creature you could imagine! Don’t let the aquarium section fool you, SeaWorld also has some of the best roller coasters at any Orlando theme park.

Best Rides: The IceBreaker coaster was voted “Best New Theme Park Attraction” by USA Today in 2021; Manta is a flying coaster that spins you, flips you, and skims you right over the water

Good To Know: Tickets start at $119 – stay at Hilton Grand Vacations at Sea World– Sesame Street themed area for toddlers/preschoolers

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SeaWorld Dolphin exhibit
SeaWorld Dolphin exhibit Photo by @Mick Haupt

9. Universal’s Volcano Bay

Orlando’s hot climate makes it a haven for water parks, and Universal’s Volcano Bay is one of the biggest and most fun!

Best Rides: The Krakatau Aqua Coaster is an exhilarating thrill slide; the TeAwa the Fearless River is a whitewater river race ride

Good To Know: Tickets start at $65 – stay at Universal’s Endless Summer resort – all slides feature a virtual queue for minimal wait times

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10. Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive family resort that lets you swim with dolphins and enjoy up-close animal encounters.

Best Rides: Discovery Cove does not offer rides; the primary attraction is swimming with dolphins.

Good To Know: Prices start at $324 per person – stay at the Renaissance Orlando – kids need to be at least 3

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11. Disney’s EPCOT

At Disney’s EPCOT, you can experience all kinds of futuristic fun and cultural experiences through the World Showcase.

Best Rides: Test Track is a thrill ride that lets you design a car and put it through a road test; Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure is an immersive adventure for the whole family

Good To Know: Tickets start at $109 – stay at Disney’s Beach Club Resort – use the side entrance by the World Showcase to avoid long lines

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Epcot Disney Park. Photo by @Greg C

12. Peppa Pig Theme Park

Kids can play, splash, and have fun with their favorite Peppa Pig characters at this park designed for the younger set.

Best Rides: Daddy Pig’s Roller Coaster is a fun coaster that’s not too scary for preschoolers; Grampy Rabbit’s Dinosaur Adventure lets kids ride dinosaurs through a prehistoric landscape

Good To Know: Tickets start at $34.99 – stay at the nearby Legoland Beach Retreat – Legoland owns the Peppa Pig Theme Park and offers double park deal packages

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