Best Theme Parks in Orlando

Posted by Team Donovan on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 9:00am.

One reason people decide to buy a vacation home in Orlando is to be close to the world’s best theme parks. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junkie, animal lover, or a child at heart, there’s a park for everyone to enjoy – whether you’re 8 or 80! Here is a look at some of the best theme parks in Orlando: 

Magic Kingdom – No trip to Orlando is complete without a visit to the place that put the city on the map. The original Walt Disney World park is still the most popular - and for good reason.  Guests of all ages, including the toddler set, can enjoy a large number of rides. Visitors are still delighted by classic attractions like the Hall of Presidents, Haunted Mansion, Space Mountain and Pirates of the Caribbean. Children can meet their favorite Disney characters. And everyone can enjoy Cinderella’s castle, as well as the nightly fireworks display. 

 Universal’s Islands of Adventure – If you have a need for  speed, this is the place for you! Roller coasters, river raft  adventures and 3D attractions like the Amazing Adventures of  Spider-Man will keep you busy for hours. And with the addition  of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, there are plenty of  activities that the whole family can enjoy. 

 Universal Studios – This theme park is paradise for movie  lovers, with rides based on popular movies like Despicable Me,  Revenge of the Mummy and the newest phase of the Wizarding  World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley. Plus, coaster lovers can  experience pure exhilaration on Orlando’s tallest roller coaster,  the Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, which includes the world’s first  non-inverting loop. 

Animal Kingdom – Animal lovers and thrill seekers can both be satisfied at this Disney park. Experience close encounters with live animals, such as elephants, hippos, zebras and more during the Kilimanjaro Safari outdoor ride. Or face the legendary Yeti as you conquer Expedition Everest, a high-altitude adventure coaster that hurts you 80 feet down the base of a cursed mountain at top speeds of 50 mph. 

Hollywood Studios - Disney’s Hollywood Studios combines signature thrill rides with movie magic, such as Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Toy Story Mania Attraction and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. It’s also the only place where you can try for a shot at stardom at the American Idol Experience, fill your princess quota with shows based on “Beauty and the Beast” and “The Little Mermaid” and cap it off with a Fantasmic! nightly fireworks and water extravaganza. 

If you're looking for a vacation home in Orlando that's close to the theme parks, Team Donovan has you covered. We have single family homes, luxury villas, townhomes and condos for sale in neighborhoods close by Disney World and Universal Orlando, including Celebration, Kissimmee, Lake Buena Vista and Windermere. For more information, browse our search listings or fill out our contact form and we'll be happy to help you conduct your vacation home search.