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    MGM Studios

    by goingsolo Written May 16, 2005

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    MGM Studios is Disney Park #3. Before the opening of Universal Studios, this park was Disney's answer to the Universal theme park in Anaheim. Oddly enough, MGM Studios more resembles Universal in Anaheim than the Orlando version of Universal Studios.

    The park has a tram tour which passes some of the sets used in movies and popular tv shows and has effects such as the stunt scene with fire and flooding. The Chinese Theatre experience is the best attraction in the park, again in my opinion. There is a roller coaster and the Tower of Terror Ride, which I went on mistakenly one time thinking it didn't actually free fall 50 feet. In case you're wondering, it does. That is also the entire purpose of the ride. So if you don't like the feeling of your stomach rising to the top of your chest, you may want to skip this one. There are also a couple of 3D movies and a simulated ride attraction in addition to some shows and the usual assortment of shops and restaurants.

    This is a park worth visiting at least once. Its a toss up as to which is a better bet, MGM or Universal, if time allows you to choose only one. Since the theme parks sell most of their tickets in multi day passes these days, your best bet is to visit this one if you've purchased a multi day Disney pass.

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    Epcot Center

    by goingsolo Written May 16, 2005

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    Epcot Center

    Epcot was the second of the Disney parks to open in the area. It is divided into two sections: Futureworld and World Showcase.

    Futureworld is a series of rides and exhibits organized into separate pavilions which each have a theme: space, the land, the ocean, energy and the human body. All have a theme park style ride or simulated attraction inside. Futureworld also contains two rides geared more towards kids and adventure seekers: Journey Into Imagination and Test Track.

    World Showcase is a World's Fair of different countries which circle the lagoon and is designed to recreate certain aspects of each country being represented. The United States is found at the center and the World Showcase is supposed to represent a league of friendship among the nations. Cast members who work in each section dress in costume, music is played and most have a short film which either tells the history of the country or shows photos of the landscape. Mexico and Norway also each have a boat ride. You won't leave the World Showcase with the feeling of having actually visited any of countries (although, sadly, some visitors feel that they have), but the World Showcase does strive to be authentic in its models of certain landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower, its depiction of the streets of Germany and the recreation of the Mexican marketplace. Most of the food is unimpressive and highly Americanized, although the French pastry shop has some great desserts.

    The park is more for adults and older children, although the imagination pavilion has a 3D movie and exhibits that are more child-friendly. In the evenings, there is a laser light show across the lagoon followed by fireworks, which is worth seeing at least once.

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    Island of Adventure...Good choice

    by leosantanajr Written Mar 4, 2005

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    Hulk coaster

    If you need to choose between Universal Studios or Island of Adventure, don’t be afraid and chose the second one…..They have two fantastic coasters there: Hulk and the Dragons one….it’s awesome!!!!!
    If you only have one day, buy the combo ticket for the 2 parks….But go to the Island first!!!!!!

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    The Holy Land Experience

    by 807Wheaton Updated Feb 18, 2005

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    The Scriptorium

    The Holy Land Experience is very near Orlando. There are plenty of hotels close by in the area. For people who might enjoy visiting the Holy Land, this is a chance to spend a day in the sights and sounds of Israel while enjoying the comforts of Orlando, Florida.
    They have restaurants at the park that serve food that is reflective of the Middle East.

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    Epcott Center--Space Ride

    by starbreeze7 Written Feb 17, 2005

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    Inside the space training lab

    This is by far the most thrilling indoor attraction at all of Disney's theme parks.

    The equipments are state-of-the-art and the instructions, space-crafts, feeling when you are in the space craft simulates the real thing!

    The good part is, you get a sense of how it must be like for an astronomer going through training and going in a rocket through space.
    The bad part though, is it is one hell of a nasty experience! Most people come out feeling dizzy and nauseous. I was told it was due to the simulations of pressure they exert on you when you were inside the space-craft.

    But if you can't stand the ride, you can always go to the "entertainment room" of this Space Center and send "Space Videos" for free to your family/friends! It's a totally cool feature! And you get to place computer space games too! This is the place for people who still want an experience of space but can't stand the actual ride itself.

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    Please Keep hands in the boat

    by gcmm Updated Apr 16, 2004

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    Jaws

    Everyone has there favorites, and even though you no it's not real it still can scare the H..... out of you....
    The Jaws ride was pretty cool and even though you new some things were going to happen it still makes you think.. and Jump...I was Lucky here as i had the camera pointed that way...
    Almost looks real..
    The jaws ride is fun, only thingis that the wait was a long, as well with most if you don't hit the right time...

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    SeaWorld

    by cobrioc Updated Jul 8, 2003

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    Disney MGM
    Epcot Center
    Magic kingdom

    Sea World, the world's most popular marine life park combines education researc, and conservation while providing guest with more than 20 major shows, attractions, ride, and entertaining exhibits.

    Universal Studios
    - Minor Attractions - Minor Attractions-
    Central florida Zoo - Cypress Gardens-Fantasy of Flight-Fun Spot-Gatorland-Hard Rock Life-Kennedy Space center-Medieval Times-Orlando Science Center-Richad Science Center-Richard Petty Driving Experience-Ripley's Believe it or Not-Titanic Ship of Dreams-Water Mania-Wet-N-Wild.
    Funday Discovery Tours:
    Funday Discover Tours offers more than 16 different quided eco tours. Have lunch with dolphins, or dinner on a river cruise.
    Special tours of the Kennedy Space Center.Transportation service from The Orlando airport.
    Address: Melburne Beach, Fl.1905 S Atlantic St.
    American River Cruises:
    Dinner and cruise on the historic ST. John River.

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    FireWorksThese fireworks -...

    by LysDor Written Sep 12, 2002

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    FireWorks
    These fireworks - both in *Magic Kingdom* and *Universal Studios* - were worth styaing late in the evening after a tirening day jumping from one ride to another, from one stunt show to another, strolling here and there...in other words and to make a long story short:I SAW IT ALL as planned!

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    Disney World, Sea World, Epcot...

    by Liefding Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Disney World, Sea World, Epcot Center, Universal Studio's (better than MGM's), Disney Village Downtown, Church Street station, Helicopter ride and if you do like horses: Arabian Nights. There is also Animal Kingdom, but if you are coming from Europe, you can better travel to a big zoo in your country and save yourself some money.
    Disney World (two days), Sea World (one day), Epcot Center (one day), Universal Studio's (one day), Helicopter ride (10-30 minutes)
    Disney World: you will enter dw at the mainstreet with all the shops. If you like shopping, do that afterwards you have been to all the attractions. Do not miss the Evening Parade!!!
    At Universal the Back to the Future ride, Earthquake, are the best! The others like King Kong, Jaws are great also.
    At Sea World you musn't miss: Shamu!

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    The themeparks! Disney World,...

    by Wenasje Written Aug 25, 2002

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    The themeparks! Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios
    I liked Universal and Disney MGM & Epcot Center the best. Maybe that's because I'm a bit of a movie freak..

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    Disney World, Sea World,...

    by IceRam26 Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Disney World, Sea World, Universal Studios, Wet N' Wild, Cypress Gardens. Or you can take an hour drive to the coast (Tampa, Clearwater, etc.) If you are in Orlando during Spring Training for Major League Baseball you can attend Spring Training sites for many Major League teams. (Detroit Tigers (Lakeland), Kansas City Royals (Baseball City), Cleveland Indians (Winter Haven), etc.
    Very fun places. Check out their web-sites to find the most detailed information.

    Disney-www.disneyworld.com
    Sea World-www.seaworld.com
    Universal Studios-www.universalstudios.com
    Wet N' Wild-www.wetnwild.com
    Cypress Gardens-www.cypressgardens.com

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  • Definately visit Disneyland...

    by BurgeMan Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Definately visit Disneyland and Univerasl studios. Another new park is Universal Studios Escape, I have not been there but i could see the rides from Universal studios and they look very scary and wild.
    The rides and activities will last you the whole holiday, because Disneyland is so big you need over a week to visit the different parks :- Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot and MGM, aswell as the three different water parks.

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