No prizes for guessing what the best things to do at Disney World are… the answer is theme parks, of course. There are plenty located inside the sprawling resort to last a whole week’s vacation (don’t worry, multiple day-pass are available!). Some of the biggest names at Walt Disney World Florida include Magic Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot, as well as a couple of Disney-themed water parks, which are great for cooling off during a day in the hot Florida sun.

    Find our list of what Disney World Florida is most famous for – and don’t forget you can click through to see each attraction up in more detail in our full-page reviews.

    What are the best things to do in Disney World Florida?

    Disney’s Magic Kingdom was the first-ever attraction to open at Orlando’s sprawling Walt Disney World, back in 1971. It remains one of the most popular theme parks in the world. With the iconic Cinderella Castle as its centrepiece, the park promises a long list of Disney-inspired rides, roller coasters, and attractions spread across an enormous 107-acre site. Disney’s Magic Kingdom is around 23.2 miles southwest from downtown Orlando.

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    Location: 1180 Seven Seas Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Hours vary by season

    Phone: +1 407-939-5277


    Epcot takes on a fun and educational approach to entertainment, instead of focusing on rollercoasters and famous characters which are firm fixtures of other theme parks at Disney World. Instead, Epcot has 2 areas: Future World, demonstrating human endeavour and innovation, along with World Showcase, which is effectively a permanent world’s fair with 11 nations represented around a giant manmade lake.

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    Location: 200 Epcot Center Dr, Orlando, FL 32821, USA

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 9 pm, Friday–Sunday from 9 am to 9.30 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +1 407-824-4321


    Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a major theme park at the vast Walt Disney World in Orlando, drawing in millions of visitors every year with its range of shows, rides, and attractions. Inspired by Disney’s 1930s and 1940s films, the huge site spans 135 acres of southwest Orlando, making up a quarter of the wider Walt Disney World complex. Some of the best attractions in Disney’s Hollywood Studios include Toy Story Land, Sunset Boulevard, and Echo Lake.

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    Location: 351 S Studio Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Daily from 8 am to 10 pm (hours may vary)

    Phone: +1 407-939-5277


    Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon is 1 of 2 water parks at the enormous Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. Compared to the Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon has a bit more variety in terms of things to do, with opportunities to get up close to different species of sea life, as well as a few more traditional slides and flumes. Typhoon Lagoon has a good 10 or so waterslides, including the 2-person rollercoaster raft-like Crush ‘n’ Gusher.

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    Location: 1145 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +1 407-560-4120


    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park

    Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park is one of the largest animal parks in the world, offering plenty of exciting rides and experiences as well as exotic animals from around the world. One of the 4 theme parks that make up Walt Disney World Resort, you get to see Disney's animal characters come to life, with African elephants, gorillas and lions all found here. There is also a wide selection of interactive attractions, including animal encounters, safaris, jungle treks and exploration trails.

    Location: 2901 Osceola Pkwy, Orlando, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Monday, Tuesday and Saturday from 9 am to 9 pm, Wednesday–Friday from 9 am to 8 pm, Sunday from 8 am to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 407-939-5277


    Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park is part of the sprawling Walt Disney World Resort, just a few miles southwest of central Orlando. The concept at this theme park is rather wacky but undeniably fun. It’s built around the idea that it was once a ski resort which ‘melted into a watery wonderland’. A highlight is Mount Gushmore – home to one of the world’s tallest and fastest waterslides. There are plenty of other, less hair-raising slides and attractions to keep the whole family occupied for the day.

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    Location: Walt Disney World Resort, 1534 Blizzard Beach Drive, Orlando, FL 32836, USA

    Open: Daily from 10 am to 5 pm (hours vary by season)

    Phone: +1 407-560-3400


    The spectacular Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is centred around several sparkling lakes, pastel villas, and well-maintained pine forests. this classic country-club course offers 18 holes of varying difficulties, from amateurs all the way up to the pros. Greens fee at Lake Buena Vista Golf Course is inclusive of a golf cart to help you explore its 4 championship courses. If you’ve never picked up a golf club before, your time might be better spent in the nearby practice driving range.

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    Location: 2200 Golf Dr, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830, USA

    Open: Daily from 7 am to 5.30 pm (hours vary)

    Phone: +1 407-939-4653


    Finding Nemo – The Musical at Walt Disney World Resort's Animal Kingdom is a live-action stage show featuring Disney Pixar's best-loved characters from Finding Nemo – in puppet form. The musical performance features some wonderful songs for the whole family to enjoy. The musical version of the wonderful Finding Nemo story is both humorous and heartwarming. 

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    Location: Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando, FL 32830, USA

    Phone: +1 407-939-7211

    Ben Reeves | Compulsive Traveller

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