Irish families have always had a soft spot for Florida. Orlando just never fell out of fashion. In fact, we’re getting calls from young couples wanting to return to the Disney World they explored with their parents in the early 90s, now with a family of their own.
The classic mega-theme parks still reign supreme, but there are other brilliant value and entertaining attractions on offer too. And we haven’t even mentioned shopping.
Theme parks and attractions
The reign of Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom continues since its opening in 1971. It is still the world's most popular theme park, with nearly 17 million visitors a year.
Universal Studios pulls in crowds for its movie- and TV-themed attractions including Transformers, Revenge of the Mummy, The Simpsons Ride and the classic E.T.
Next door at Islands of Adventure, the relatively new Wizarding World of Harry Potter has brought in many new visitors, while rides based on Jurassic Park and Spider-man keep them there.
Beyond the headliners, there is plenty to choose from. For those not interested in Disney characters and Hollywood movies, they can see real stars at the Kennedy Space Center.
For animal attraction, Busch Gardens in Tampa is a very impressive alternative to Disney with roller coasters, water rides, and animal exhibits. SeaWorld Orlando is the world's largest marine-themed park, and can’t be beat for its dolphins, manatees and signature killer whales.
Look out for Legoland Florida, one of Orlando's newest theme parks. And of course we can’t forget the Everglades: Florida’s natural wonderland.
Booking ahead for summer 2014
If you want to have dollars left over for the outlets malls (and who doesn’t, when they hear about Premium Outlet Malls) then the time to think about next summer is now.
Savvy parents are thinking ahead and enquiring about May 2014 already. The best value packages combine accommodation on International Drive, car hire and park tickets.
Our Florida specialists can put together the package to suit your family, pocket and favourite theme parks. Give our team a call on 01 8047100 or for current Orlando offers click here