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What to Do & See in the Orlando Theme Parks

by Mommy Frog on June 12, 2014

What to Do in Orlando - Expedition Everest

If you're visiting this page, you probably already know that Orlando is home to three of the biggest theme parks in the entire world, the Walt Disney World Resort, the Universal Orlando Resort and the SeaWorld Orlando Resort. There is so much to experience that planning what to do in Orlando can be overwhelming! You'll also want to know what Orlando theme parks are best for each age group. That's why we're here to help you determine the best attractions, rides and shows, and when to go, so that you maximize your time in the theme parks.

We've got plenty of tips to make the most of your vacation so that you can ride, see and experience everything you want to do in Orlando. If you're looking to Skip the Lines, we recommend you follow our three simple steps to ensure you make the most of your Orlando vacation. The resources below will help you to familiarize yourself with all there is to do and see in Orlando's theme parks.

What to do in Orlando at the Theme Parks

Touring Plans



Shows & Parades

Disney World Characters & More

We hope you’ve found this guide on where to stay in Orlando helpful as you plan your trip. You’ll find more planning information in our Orlando Planning Guide.

Hoppy planning!

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Kendra Jan 7, 2015 at 4:26 p.m.

My husband, 17 yr old daughter and I will be visiting Jan 15-18. Plan to go to MK two days, AK one day and HStudios one day. Staying at a disney property so trying to decide if it would be best to take advantage of the early entry hrs or to go to the parks that are opened the latest each day since we don't have park hoppers. What is your advise?

FrogBlog Jan 7, 2015 at 1:59 p.m.

Hi Kendra,

We generally don't advise people to visit the park with EMH unless you are actually planning to attend during EMH because crowd levels for that park will rise with the extra resort guests in relation to the parks that do not have EMH that day. That said, based on our Crowd Calendar, Jan. 15 is predicted to be be significantly less crowded than Jan. 18. For that reason, I would visit Magic Kingdom on the 15th. You could visit MK again on the 18th, and then plan on visiting Disney's Animal Kingdom and Disney's Hollywood Studios on the other days.


Mommy Frog

nicole Jan 25, 2015 at 8:42 p.m.

we are planning on visting all the park from 17 oct for the following 8 days. do you know when we should visit each one to avoid the crowds? also if we do 2 days at one parks should we do them one after the other or does it not matter to split them? which parks are open late for night life options?


FrogBlog Jan 26, 2015 at 6:38 a.m.

Hi Nicole,

Your answer to each of these questions is available on our Crowd Calendar. A few months before your trip, you will also see the park hours added to it, but as a general rule Disney's Animal Kingdom closes the earliest, and Magic Kingdom closes the latest.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Samantha Benoit Jan 27, 2015 at 4:02 p.m.

I wish I could go back to Disney world with my family

Bob Harpo Oct 23, 2015 at 7:20 p.m.


Jamie Feb 1, 2015 at 6:56 p.m.

Hi, we are going to be doing Disney World for our first time ever, but unfortunately we have to go during Spring break week (March 21-26). What are some tips for survival with 4 kids ages 5-12. We will be staying off-site because my hubby has tons of hotel points racked up! Please help!

FrogBlog Feb 2, 2015 at 6:58 a.m.

Hi Jamie,

You're in luck because we have put together spring break survival tips! The single best thing you can do is get to the parks ahead of opening hours and hit the most popular rides with the shortest durations first.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jacqueline Feb 22, 2015 at 2:40 a.m.

Hi I'm heading out to DW May 21-25th

Not really sure what to do MK n Epcot are def but tickets are way confusing I got a 5 & 6 YO three adults help meeeeee! Need some expert direction!

FrogBlog Feb 23, 2015 at 7:59 a.m.

Hi Jacqueline,

All of the Disney parks are geared toward children such as yours. For a first visit, I would also visit Disney's other parks, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom. SeaWorld Orlando would also be a terrific park for the whole family.

You will find more ticket information here. If you have specific ticket questions, you can reach out to our customer service team directly at 1-800-846-1302 or

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Kristin Feb 24, 2015 at 4:10 a.m.

Hi - I've heard of fun extras like bippity boppity boutique, but I'm looking for something all my kids can enjoy (including boys). I'm thinking of something along the lines of AK. Do you know if they offer any 'extras'? Or have any other suggestions? Or know of an exhaustive list of extras DW offers?

FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 7:38 a.m.

Hi Kristin,

There are packages for boys at Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, but there are also some other fun extras for boys (and girls) at The Pirates League. Pirates in training will receive makeovers, plus training in sword fighting and more fun!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Michelle currier Feb 26, 2015 at 1:34 p.m.

My husband and I are visiting Disney for a long weekend ( Memorial Day weekend- may) it is our first visit and we only have 2 days. Any suggestions on where to spend our time?

FrogBlog Mar 2, 2015 at 9:35 a.m.

Hi Michelle,

If you don't plan on park hopping, we'd suggest you spend your days at Magic Kingdom and Epcot.

Mommy Frog

Arlo Apr 20, 2015 at 11:55 p.m.

My family (wife and 2 kids ages 5 & 7) and I will be traveling to Disney for the first -time for 6 days. We are trying to figure out should we purchase base tickets or hopper passes. I wish universal was included in the ticket prices as well. What option should we chose.

FrogBlog Apr 21, 2015 at 7:17 a.m.

Hi Arlo,

We offer some guidance on Park Hoppers vs. Magic Your Way here. I think that's ultimately your call. Given your kids' ages, your length of stay and it being your first visit, you might not need hoppers.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

Sherry Apr 22, 2015 at 3:57 p.m.

Hi! My husband and I along with our adult children and one grandbaby will be visiting Disney this May. We will be there on Mother's Day for my daughter's first ever Mother's Day. What do you recommend to do in Disney for adults? And is there anything special going on in the parks for Mother's Day?

FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 10:08 a.m.

Hi Sherry,

Some of the restaurants offer a special Mother's Day brunch, including the Wave of American Flavors and Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort and Captain's Grille at Disney's Yacht Club. While there are no specific Mother's Day events in the parks, I would highly recommend the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival, which has beautiful gardens and topiaries, and fun eats!

Mommy Frog

tiffany Apr 26, 2015 at 10:55 p.m.

Traveling to Disney World Nov 11 - 18th. First time with 8 year old. Trying to determine our daily plan and want any opinions:

Wed (11th) - arrival

Thursday (12) - MK

Fri (13) - HS

Sat (14) - Day at Resorts

Sun (15) - AK

Mon (16) - EP - I want to visit during Food and Wine

Tues (17) - MK and MVMCP planned since can sleep in next day

Wed (18) - Departure

Thank you in advance

FrogBlog Apr 29, 2015 at 8:16 a.m.

Hi Tiffany,

I think you've got a good plan. You have picked either neutral or green days to visit all of these parks, and it's nice that you've built in some down time too.

Have fun!

Mommy Frog

Tiffany Apr 29, 2015 at 2:34 p.m.

Thank you

Lilly May 4, 2015 at 8:27 p.m.

My family and I are trying to save money as much as possible, but still stay on site. Any suggestions?

FrogBlog May 8, 2015 at 9:40 a.m.

Hi Lilly,

The value resorts would be your best bet then. We really, really like Disney's Art of Animation, especially the Big Blue pool!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Samantha May 10, 2015 at 9:33 a.m.

Hope you can advice. Have not bought Disney tickets yet. Already bought flex ticket. We are arriving in Florida 23rd August. going to Grand Floridian 31st August for breakfast... Then onto MK for the day. This I'd the only date that we definitely have to do on this date. Not sure if we should get flat rate tickets or hoppers... I used to work at EPCOT in 1993. I want to go back there, my son doesn't really... The dates planning were AK and EPCOT 1st Sept. Hollywood Studios 2nd sept. If we go with these days how do I use my fast passes when I have to book the as I have been told you can't use them when picking hopper tickets as you can't split them over two parks in a day... Can you advise me on what rides to use fast passes on...

FrogBlog May 10, 2015 at 8:24 a.m.

Hi Samantha,

Yes, we can help! We just created touring plans for the parks that include FastPass+ priority attractions. As far as park hopping goes, we generally recommend booking your selections for your second park, which you are more likely to visit during peak times. If you are staying in one park through the afternoon and entering the second park in the evening, I would recommend booking your FastPass+ in the first park.

Hope this helps and you are picking a GREAT time to visit the parks as far as crowds go.

Mommy Frog

rebekah Jul 10, 2015 at 6:19 p.m.

We are going on vacation to Orlando, my problem is the ages that I have I am worried someone will get left out, please help me, they are 18 months, 4,6,8,9,11 and I am worried that my 18 month old will not be able to go on any rides because of his height which would be the best places to go??

FrogBlog Jul 16, 2015 at 12:58 p.m.

Hi Rebekah,

There are a lot of good choices. Keep in mind that all of the parks offer something for everyone, as we outlined in a recent post. That said, I think the best parks for your age group would be Magic Kingdom, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, SeaWorld Orlando and LEGOLAND Florida.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

ThrillSeeker Aug 22, 2015 at 11:02 p.m.

We are going to Orlando tomorrow. Visiting for the whole week, and have the whole week planned with all the best shows and attractions found on this site! Would like to know if anything else is involved that would be exciting for a 5th and 9th grader that isn't included. If not, thanks!

FrogBlog Aug 26, 2015 at 10:07 a.m.

Hi Thrill Seker,

Hope you are having an amazing trip. You didn't mention which parks you are headed to, but you might find this post on Orlando's top trill rides helpful!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Natasha Aug 28, 2015 at 6:50 p.m.

We are planning our vacation with 6 adults, two 16 year old boys, 7 year old girl and 5 year old girl. We are renting a pool home off site. We are traveling July 1-10, 2016. With all of the age differences how many days would you recommend? Would you consider the Park Hopper? I am 40 years old and haven't been since I was 20. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

FrogBlog Aug 31, 2015 at 10:07 a.m.

Hi Natasha,

I would plan at least 4 days at Disney World and 2 days at Universal. The Park Hoppers would give you more flexibility, and it's possible your group could split up for part of the day to better accommodate the age differences and interests among the girls and boys. You might consider a day at Discovery Cove, which would include 14 days of admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica. You can see all of the ticket options here.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

Jessica Oct 22, 2015 at 1:24 a.m.

Hello, we have recently decided to plan a spontaneous trip to Disney in three weeks November 4-7. So we plan to spend two full days at 2 different parks. Which parks would you recommend for a 2 1/2 yr old and 9 yr old? We are also planning on doing the fastpass. Any recommendations with that due to the large age gap of the children? Any advice would be helpful! Thanks!

FrogBlog Oct 26, 2015 at 1:54 p.m.

Hi Jessica,

I would definitely recommend Magic Kingdom. For your remaining days, I would consider splitting those up into two of the three Disney parks — Epcot for sure and either Disney's Hollywood Studios or Disney's Animal Kingdom for the other. You can see ticket options here. As far as FastPass+ and planning your days in the parks, we offer touring plans for each of the parks that includes the FastPass+ recommendations.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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