Orlando welcomed 126.1 million visitors in 2018 and is on track to beat this record in 2019. With iconic theme parks, renowned hotels, and ample things to do, it’s not surprising that tourists flock to Central Florida for vacation year after year.
But with so much to see, do, and experience, is it possible to do it all with only 3 days in Orlando?
The answer is a resounding yes!
It’s easy to discover Orlando’s top theme parks, shows, and attractions in only three short days. That is if you follow our guide.
Day 1: Walt Disney World
You can’t visit Orlando without spending a day at Disney!
Assuming you’ve arrived the night before, your first day begins at Walt Disney World. However, with four theme parks in the resort, you’ll have a big decision to make. Which Disney World theme park do you spend the day at?
If this is your first Disney visit ever, the choice is easy. Magic Kingdom! This classic theme park brings your favorite fairy tales and stories to life with themed rides, shows, activities, and characters.
For those who have been to the parks before, choose between Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Each park boasts its own unique theme, extreme rides, and of course, Disney magic.
Since you only have 3 days in Orlando, it’s imperative you spend the entire day at Disney World to soak up the fun. Wake up early and get to the park for rope drop! Of course, if you’re staying at a Disney World resort, you’ll have access to Extra Magic Hours, too.
To make the most of your day at Disney, get your Disney World theme park tickets in advance. This way you can head right into the park at rope drop and spend more time inside the park than in line!
Day 2: Theme Park of Your Choice
You know, there’s far more theme parks in Orlando than Disney World. Also located in Orlando are:
- Universal Orlando Resort
- LEGOLAND Florida
- SeaWorld Orlando
- Fun Spot America Theme Parks
Use your second day in Orlando to visit the theme park of your choice!
Universal Orlando Resort
Watch as your favorite movies come to life right before your eyes at Universal Orlando Resort. From grabbing a butterbeer in Hogsmeade and plummeting into Gringotts in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to launching into the sky on Hulk, you’re guaranteed to have a memorable visit. Plus, the theme park is home to several engaging shows and interactive attractions like Poseidon’s Fury.
Spending 3 days in Orlando with the kids, too? If so, they’ll love all the AWESOME adventures that await them at LEGOLAND Florida. Build lifelong memories together on kid-friendly rides and attractions. Also, remember to take the time to meet their favorite LEGO characters throughout the park!
Dive into an underwater exploration at SeaWorld Orlando. With thousands of endangered and rare aquatic fish and mammals to learn about, you’ll spend the entire day discovering more about our oceans and the park’s rescue, rehabilitation, and conservation efforts. Plus, the park is home to some of the most extreme roller coasters in all of Orlando!
Aquatica is SeaWorld Orlando’s water park. Slide down epic water slides, go for a float along the lazy river, or spend the day soaking up the Florida sunshine at the wave pool. If your family is looking for water-filled fun during your 3 days in Orlando, Aquatica is your best choice!
Did you know Orlando is home to a theme park dedicated entirely to alligators? Gatorland was Orlando’s first theme park, founded in 1949. From ziplining over alligators to junior gator wrestling and tours, it’s easy to spend the day mesmerized by these fascinating creatures.
Fun Spot America Theme Parks
For classic carnival fun, spend the day at Fun Spot America. This exciting amusement park offers a 10,000-square-foot arcade with ticket prizes, multi-leveled go-karts, roller coasters, bumper cars, a swinging mechanical-arm ride, a 40-foot slide and so much more.
After your second day, you’ll be all theme parked out. Rest up! It’s time for your last day in Orlando.
Day 3: Explore Orlando
Orlando offers tourists so much to explore. On your last of 3 days in Orlando, you’ll have the option to visit a variety of the city’s other top attractions and destinations, such as:
- The Wheel at ICON Park
- SEA Life Orlando Aquarium
- Chocolate Kingdom Factory Tour
- Discovery Cove Orlando
Plus, the city has so many other things to do besides theme parks and attractions, like:
- Shopping at the Mall at Millenia or Disney Springs.
- Seeing a show like Blue Man Group or at Mango’s Tropical Cafe.
- Experiencing the great outdoors with Buena Vista Watersports.
- Visiting any of Orlando’s intriguing museums.
- Sampling craft beer at Orlando’s top breweries.
- Getting reservations at a top restaurant.
Spend your last day in Orlando discovering all that the city has to offer!
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And, remember to bundle your theme park and attraction tickets with an Orlando hotel room for even greater savings. After all, who said 3 days in Orlando had to break the bank?