Orlando, Florida is a favorite family vacation destination with a number of family-friendly theme parks and other attractions. The good news is that hotel rates are down about 7 percent in the Orlando area, so now is a good time to book your trip.
And to help you decide which theme parks to visit, here’s an overview of what’s new this year for the big three: Disney World, Universal Studios, and Sea World.
Disney World: Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Disney World continues to expand their Fantasyland area and will be opening the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train to guests in 2014.
The official Disney Parks’ Blog has released some new photos and details but they are just a teaser. We still don’t get to see inside the ride itself. The official Disney website says we can expect to “Embark on an exhilarating journey inspired by the classic Disney film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.”
Universal Studios: Transformers: the Ride and New Resort
Universal Studios opens its new onsite Cabana Bay Beach Resort and has expanded their Transformers: The Ride 3D experience where Megatron and his Decepticons are mobilizing for an attack that could decimate the planet. Only you can save the world!
Sea World: Empire of the Penguin
Sea World’s Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin is their biggest attraction to date. Here visitors will be transported to an icy world where they will experience a 30 degree drop in temperature (which is colder than it gets in Florida)!
You’ll get to experience the South Pole through the eyes of the penguins for an adventure that offers a blend of animal encounters and an exciting family ride. It’s a unique experience everyone will enjoy.
There are a number of affordable rentals close to the theme parks, so if you’re trying to stay within your vacation budget, be sure to shop around for the best deal. A little research can save in a big way.