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7007 Sea World Drive

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  • 3.0Value
  • 4.0Facilities
  • 3.5Atmosphere

While Mickey's house and Harry's wizarding world are certainly magical, many vacationers find Shamu's lair equally enchanting. And if you're short on time, you might want to make this central Orlando spot a priority. Larger resorts like Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando are best enjoyed over a few days, anyway. Take your pick of rides (including Orlando's tallest, fastest and longest rollercoaster, Mako) and an array of shows and exhibits.

Travelers love SeaWorld's animal experiences, heart-pounding rides and relaxed atmosphere, but some caution that food and merchandise are pricey and lines can be long. Meanwhile, others warned that the park is better suited to older kids as most of the rides do not allow young children.

SeaWorld Orlando is open daily, with hours varying throughout the week. Generally, it welcomes visitors as early as 9 a.m. and as late as 9 p.m. One-day passes start at $104.99 per person when purchased at the park, but if you buy your ticket on the property's website, you'll save $20. Multivisit tickets offer additional savings. In addition to rides, shows and interactive animal experiences, the park has gift shops, restrooms and quick service and sit-down food options. On-site parking is also available but costs $23.47 per vehicle. Additionally, you can take LYNX buses (Nos. 8, 38, 50 and 111) or I-RIDE Trolley's Red Line (stop No. 28) to the property. You'll find SeaWorld Orlando across the street from Discovery Cove near the International Drive Resort Area.

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#1 Walt Disney World Resort

Excessive, exhausting and expensive, Walt Disney World Resort is above all else enchanting. Composed of four theme parks (the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach), more than two dozen hotels and the Disney Springs shopping, dining and entertainment complex, this sprawling property features iconic sights and rides like Cinderella Castle, "it's a small world," Spaceship Earth, Toy Story Land and Pandora – The World of Avatar. Even Anaheim's Disneyland can't compete, according to some. 

Of course, there is one major drawback. Walt Disney World park tickets are expensive, regardless of whether you're visiting for just a day (single-day tickets for kids and adults ages 10 and older start at $109). Meanwhile, one-day water park tickets start at $64 for adults 10 and older. Most suggest you visit this expansive property over the course of several days to justify the high entrance fees. If you have limited time, consider skipping the parks in favor of exploring Disney Springs, which is free to visit.

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