Magic Kingdom     Walt Disney World Resort

Seven "lands" comprise the Magic Kingdom. More than any of the other Disney Parks, this is geared for children. Enter on Main St., USA to capture the essence of eary 20th-century America. The architects employed "forced perspective" here, building the ground floor of the shops 9/10ths of the the normal size and making the second and third stories progressively smaller. Walt describes his vision in the "Walt Disney Movie" at the Hospitality House, to the right as you emerge from under the railroad station. Late in the afternoon, the "Mickey Mania Parade" down Main St. showcases all of the Disney Characters.

 

Epcot Center     Walt Disney World Resort

In 1966, Walt dreamed up an "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow" which would evolve constantly to incorporate new ideas from U.S. technology-eventually becoming a self-sufficient futuristic utopia. At present, Epcot splits into Future World and World Showcase. 

 

Disney MGM Studios

Disney-MGM Studios set out to create a "living movie set," but they only appear to have succeeded. Many familiar Disney characters stroll through the park, as do a host of characters dressed as directors, starlets, gossip columnists, and fans. Stunt shows and mini-theatricals take place continually. Disney relative ABC-TV maintains a high profile and films programs there. 

 

Disney's Animal Kingdom  Walt Disney World Resort  Ph. (407)  824-4321

Amidst the usual rides, shows and merchandise, bizarrely exotic creatures stare down bewildered tourists. Because it is brand-new by Disney standards, park veterans and newcomers pack in during the day. Despite an earlier closing time than other parks (7pm), the dinner crowd bails around 5pm, taking long lines with them. The rides are not among Mickey's greatest, but creative animal adventures and a classic 3-D show prove Disney still has the touch. The park is divided into  five main regions: Camp Minnie-Mickey, Safari Village, Africa, Asia, and Dinoland USA. 

 

Kennedy Space Center     Atlantic Ocean near Cocoa Beach.  Ph. (407)  452-2121

 

The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex provides an exhilarating and educational experience of the space program. Whether touring the Rocket Garden, or boarding a full-scale replica of the Space Shuttle Explorer, visitors are guaranteed to gain a new perspective on the incredible feats accomplished by the space program. For those old enough to remember it will be a chance to reminisce, for the young ones will be a breathtaking experience to see a single men put his foot onto the moon's surface at the Apollo/Saturn V Center. The only back-to-back twin IMAX® theaters in the world are located at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, showcasing three exciting motion pictures on screens 5-1/2 stories tall! These enormous screens and state of the art sound system allow you to explore into the weightless environment of a space station, take a peek at the future in 3-D and experience the thrilling sensation of space flight. 

 

Sea World     7007 Sea World Dr  Ph. (407)  363-8000

SeaWorld is an interactive adventure park that combines education, research, and conservation while providing guests with more than 20 shows, attractions, rides, and entertainment exhibits. The Journey to Atlantis water-coaster ride will plunge through unexpected adventures ending on a steep and fast fall. Come face-to-face with the incredible killer whale at the Shamu Adventure. See a rae breed and join in preservation efforts as you meet one of the most gentle creatures at Manatees:The Last Generation?. The new Cirque de la Mer (Circus of the Sea) a non-traditional circus that blends acrobatics, modern dance, music and comedy will be a rare experience for the visitor. However, make sure you check show times at your arrival and plan you day, or it will be a continuous frustrating experience as you miss show after show.