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Area Guide

Walt Disney's The Magic Kingdom

The Magic Kingdom is the heart and soul of the Disney empire. Although it is a small world after all, at just 107 acres (smaller, than any of Disney's other big three parks) Packed into seven different "lands" are nearly 50 major crowd pleasers, and that's not counting all the ancillary attractions: shops, eateries, live entertainment, Disney-character meet-and-greet spots, fireworks, parades, and, of course, the sheer pleasure of strolling through the beautifully landscaped grounds.

Walt Disney's Epcot

Epcot, which stands for an "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow," was the original inspiration for Walt Disney World. Disney envisioned a future in which nations coexisted in peace and harmony, reaping the miraculous harvest of technological achievement. When the park opened in 1982, 16 years after Disney's death, Epcot became a showcase, ostensibly, for the concepts that would be incorporated into the real-life Epcots of the future. These days, it's composed of two parts: Future World, where most pavilions are colorful collaborations between Walt Disney Imagineering and major U.S. corporations and are designed to demonstrate technological advances; and the World Showcase, where exhibition areas are microcosms of 11 countries from four continents.

Walt Disney's Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios combines Disney's attention to detail with motion pictures and Walt Disney's own animated film classics. The park was designed to be a trip back in time to Hollywood's heyday, when Hedda Hopper, not tabloids, spread celebrity gossip and when the girl off the bus from Ohio could be the next Judy Garland. The result blends a theme park with fully functioning movie and television production capabilities, breathtaking rides with insightful tours, and nostalgia with high-tech wonders.

Walt Disney's Animal Kingdom

Humankind's enduring love for animals is the inspiration for WDW's fourth theme park, Disney's Animal Kingdom. At 500 acres and five times the size of the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom is the largest in area of all Disney theme parks worldwide. The space gives Disney Imagineers plenty of scope for their creativity, and it allows for growth, an example of which is Expedition Everest. Opened in 2006, it's the park's biggest thrill attraction- a runaway train ride on a rugged mountain complete with icy ledges, dark caves, and a yeti legend

SeaWorld

SeaWorld takes you on a one-of-a-kind journey to the wonders that exist beyond the ocean's door. A place where up-close encounters connect you to the energy, excitement, and mystery of the sea and sea life. A world of fascinating days, captivating nights, and exhilarating adventure. Once you've been here, you'll never look at the sea and its incredible inhabitants the same way again.

SeaWorld: Aquatica

Opened March 2008, this SeaWorld-created, 60-acre park offers plenty of water rides and attractions for all ages in a South Sea Islands atmosphere and unique waterpark setting where guests have a chance to interact with select sea animals. Aquatica's signature ride, Dolphin Plunge, features side-by-side body slides that shoot riders through a pool with black and white Commerson's dolphins. In addition to the dolphins and fish, handlers walk around the park with other animals, including a tortoise and an anteater.

Universal Studios Florida

You're the star at Universal Studios, the number one movie and TV based theme park in the world. At this real film and television studio you'll go behind the scenes, beyond the screen and right into the action of your favorite movies. Whether you're a fan of high-powered excitement, side-splitting comedy or heart-warming children's tales, nobody puts you in the picture like Universal Studios.

Universal's Islands of Adventure

Journey with your family through five remarkable islands where all your favorite myths, legends, comic books, cartoon heroes and children's stories come to life on the most innovative rides and attractions ever created. From high-speed roller coasters to whimsical children's rides to groundbreaking 3-D attractions, Islands of Adventure is where once-in-a-lifetime experiences happen every day.

Wet 'n Wild

Wet 'n Wild, Orlando's most exciting waterpark, offers the best variety of multi-passenger tube rides. Hypnotizing thrills await as you and your friends encounter a splashing dose of group therapy on Brain Wash™, Wet 'n Wild's newest water thrill adventure. Boogie down on Disco H2O™. Take a relaxing journey into Florida's past through breathtaking waterfalls on the Lazy River™ or get soaked down a ruptured pipeline on The Blast.

Orlando's Orange County Convention Center

The Orange County Convention Center, is Central Florida's premier convention destination. At approximately 7 million sqft, it is the second largest convention center in the United States, and has large annual conventions including the PGA Merchandise Show, the Southern Women's show, and many others.