Orlando’s Theme Parks Ranked (including Waterparks)

We love the magic and excitement that Disney World, the thrills and spills of Universal and everything else Orlando has to offer. As it is our favourite place we thought we would try and rank each one of Orlando’s them amazing theme parks.

Remember this is our own personal opinion and may divide many, however after visiting Orlando and it’s parks regularly for the past 25 years we wanted to offer our thoughts. If anyone is thinking of travelling to Orlando and would like advice or a customer plan built for them we can put this together for you.

12. Blizzard Beach

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

Disney’s snowy mountain water park is a fun day out, with some thrilling slides and good selections of attractions for the kids. It’s not as good as the other Orlando water parks, but if you fancy a chill out day around the water it is perfect for that.

Top 3 Attractions - Summit Plummet, Toboggan Racer, Teamboat Springs

Where to eat - Avalunch

11. Hollywood Studios

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

This may anger some, especially the Star Wars fanatics! Again we love the park, we find it less Disney’ish, it until now has been a much smaller park and there is no doubting that the new Star Wars attractions and Toy Story Land are great additions, but it just doesn’t have the same sparkle as the other parks. It’s still worth a visit and it’s great for those who love stage shows, of which there are plenty.

Top 3 Attractions - Hollywood Tower of Terror, Star Wars Rise of The Resistance, Slinky Dog Dash

Where to eat - Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater

10. Aquatica

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

SeaWorlds waterpark has won countless awards and use to be our favourite too, we still enjoy it and it is a lovely relaxing park, just no longer our fave. You have rides to suit the whole family and what I consider the best kids play area out of all the water parks. With some dolphins to look at as well, what isn’t to love.

Top 3 Attractions - Taumata Racer, Dolphin Plunge, Omack Rocka

Where to eat - Mango Market

9. Universal Studios

Suitable For - Older Kids & Adults

Days Needed To Do It All - 1/2 Day depending on time of year

It seems a long way down the list, but that is how good the competition is!! I still love Universal Studios, button recent years apart from Harry Potter I haven’t been blown away by some of the other new attractions. There is definitely something for everyone as you step into your favourite movies and tv shows!

Top 3 Attractions - The Revenge of The Mummy, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts, Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket

Where to eat - Lombards Seafood Grille

8. Volcano Bay

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

Universal’s water park is fantastic day out for young and old, there are some amazing splash and play areas for the kids and so intense flumes for the older kids and teens. With interactive elements throughout the park there is something to discover around every corner. The massive volcano at it’s centrepiece has lots of hidden elements to it too.

Top 3 Attractions - Krakatau Aqua Coaster, Ko’okiri Body plunge, Ika Moana

Where to eat - Kohola Reef Restaurant

7. SeaWorld

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

This park divides many people, but until you have been and see the great work they do nowadays you won’t understand what a great park this is. It often feels more relaxed than Disney and Universal which is great. SeaWorld is the home to some truly outstanding rollercoaster as well as amazing shows and experiences designed to educate. It is a beautiful park and well worth a visit.

Top 3 Attractions - Mako, Manta & Kraken

Where to eat - Voyagers Smokehouse

6. Typhoon Lagoon

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

The highest water park on the list and with good reason. Another Disney park which Is beautifully designed, when we visit a water park we want to relax as well as have fun and Typhoon Lagoon provides both. There are fantastic slides and play areas for all ages, including the best wave pool in the world!

Top 3 Attractions - Crush ’n’ Gusher, Humunga Kowabunga, Surf Pool

Where to eat - Typhoon Tilly’s

5. Magic Kingdom

Suitable For - Families

Days Needed To Do It All - 2/3 Days

Where it all began in Orlando for Walt Disney! Boasting numerous classic attractions, the majestic main street, amazing shows and firework displays around Cinderella Castle, Magic Kingdom has kept it’s old world charm and magic, however it is also the most popular park which means some crazy crowds and queues for rides, which on a hot day can be a bit of a struggle. That aside if you split your days here you will experience all Walt intended!

Top 3 Attractions - Splash Mountain, Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad

Where to eat - Jungle Navigation Co. LTD Skipper Canteen


Suitable For - Families & Adult Groups

Days Needed To Do It All - 2 Days

Currently undergoing an extensive refurbishment, EPCOT holds the hearts of many. Here you can step into the future, learn about our current world and visit 11 other countries. EPCOT also boasts a great selection of character meet and greet opportunities. One of our favourite things to do is wonder around the World Showcase at night before the fireworks, it’s beautifully lit up and has such a lovely vibe.

Top 3 Attractions - Soarin, Frozen Ever After, EPCOT Forever Nighttime Spectacular

Where to eat - Via Napoli in the Italy Pavilion

3. Discovery Cove

Suitable For - Kids over 6 & Adults

Days Needed To Do It All - 1 Day

Take your shoes off, kick back, relax, sip a free beer and then have a swim with a Dolphin. Step out of a city and into a tropical oasis, it is truly gorgeous! This one off all inclusive day in paradise brings up close and personal with Dolphins, Rays, Sharks and more. When you are tired from wondering around the other parks, this park allows you to recharge the batteries. Unwind in secret lagoons, watch playful otters and monkeys swing above you and just remember that life is good!

Top 3 Attractions - Dolphin Lagoon, The Grand Reef & Wind Away River

Where to eat - All food here is great and all you can eat. Food & drink including some alcohol is included as part of the cost.

2. Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Suitable For - Older Kids & Adults

Days Needed To Do It All - 1/2 Depending on time of year,

This had been my favourite park for many a year! Then I had kids and the Disney train caught back up! However you cannot deny how incredible this place is, everything from the Port of Entry which always gives me goosebumps, to the layout of the park, it has been planned to perfection. The attractions are what steal the show here, mindblowing is the only word and it’s not just one or two, its close to 10 top notch rides that you will remember one way or another for ever.

Top 3 Attractions - The Incredible Hulk Coaster, Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure & Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges

Where to eat - Mythos (This has won many awards)

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Suitable For - All Ages

Days Needed To Do It All - 2 Days

So the top spot is taken by Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Why I hear you ask, it’s just beautifully done! Such a lovely place to walk around, it really does take you on a journey. From the street performers and shows to the food, animal exhibits and rides it really does have it all. Walking around Pandora will blow your mind, as will the amazing tree of life, which houses a great little attraction itself.

Top 3 Attractions - Avatar Flight of Passage, Kilimanjaro Safari’s & Festival Of The Lion King

Where to eat - Yak & Yeti (Asian Food)

Hope you enjoyed the read, let us know your favourites and why!!


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