The 40-square-mile resort has dominated Orlando for almost 50 years—and for good reason. Disney continues to make dreams come true across four theme parks, two water parks and dozens of themed hotels, restaurants and shops. The most quintessential experiences to be had are still at the original Magic Kingdom park, but adults will likely enjoy themselves more in Epcot’s quirky World Showcase, which brings 11 country-themed pavilions together around a man-made lagoon (and serves region-specific booze). For an out-of-this-world adventure, don’t miss the high-tech Flight of Passage ride at Animal Kingdom’s World of Avatar.
There’s magic to be found across Orlando—and not just inside the city’s many theme parks. From lush gardens and parks to crystalline springs, a diverse array of attractions await Central Florida visitors and locals alike beyond Space Mountain and Hogwarts. While there’s no denying riding roller coasters and meeting Mickey Mouse are fun (but expensive) things to do, it’s worth noting that venturing outside that bubble will lead to an even deeper appreciation for everything that The City Beautiful has to offer, including priceless glass art and a groundbreaking soccer team.
Peruse our list of the best attractions in Orlando and expect a magical time around the corner, no matter where you choose to spend it.