The Ultimate 14-Day Orlando Itinerary

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The Ultimate 14-Day Orlando Itinerary
The best tool to plan your Orlando holiday!
Planning a holiday to Orlando? Need a bit of help? Our 14-day itinerary will give you an idea of how to plan your trip, making it manageable and unforgettable at the same time…

We have planned this itinerary using the Orlando Freedom Ticket, which gives you full flexibility to visit 12 of Orlando's incredible theme parks. 

Day 1: Relax & Adjust

Orlando Itinerary

You’ve just landed and the local time is 5 hours behind GMT, so take it easy and adjust to your surroundings. You have 14 days of unforgettable fun ahead! Most flights arrive into Orlando in the afternoon, so we’d suggest leaving the theme parks until tomorrow. If your hotel has a pool, take a dip and cool down from the Floridian heat, or laze away the afternoon on a sun lounger.

In the evening, depending on where you’re staying, head to either Universal CityWalk or Disney Springs for a delicious dinner. Both complexes offer world-class dining, live entertainment and plenty of shops.

 

Day 2: Disney’s Magic Kingdom

Disney's Magic Kingdom Orlando

A holiday to Walt Disney World is all about experiencing the Disney magic and making unforgettable memories. What better place to start then than the Magic Kingdom? We’re sure you’re desperate to see Cinderella’s iconic castle, so head right to the heart of the park and make this your first stop. It will give you that warm fuzzy feeling you can only get at Walt Disney World!

Spend the rest of the day meeting your favourite Disney characters, trying the exhilarating rides and watching the spectacular shows. There are 6 lands to explore and you should visit them all. Make sure you take your time- there really is SO much to see! Stick around until the evening to see the park’s grand finale- the incredible Happily Ever After show. Watch in awe as fireworks illuminate the night sky and the castle comes to life with an amazing projection show.

Top tip: Be FastPass+ ready! All our Disney tickets include FastPass+ which lets you reserve 3 rides, attractions or shows per day. Reserve rides, character experiences and dining reservations up to 30 days in advance (60 days in advance if you’re staying at a Disney hotel). Click here, to find out more about FastPass+.

Don’t miss: Space Mountain- a classic Walt Disney World ride.

For the kids: Mad Tea Party- an opening day attraction that guarantees plenty of laughs.

Characters: Meet Disney princesses, Toy Story characters and the one that started it all- Mickey Mouse.

Click here to read our Magic Kingdom guide.

 

Day 3: Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

World-class rides and beautiful animal encounters are just some of the key attractions at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay. Race around the track on the park’s longest ride Cheetah Hunt, come face to face with the 80-foot-tall King Cobra on Cobra’s Curse, and if you’re feeling brave enough try Falcon’s Fury- the tallest freestanding drop tower in North America!

Want to make your visit unforgettable? Be sure to try the Serengeti Safari Tour. Here you get up-close and personal to the wild habitat, with your chance to hand-feed a giraffe, could it get any better?

Top tip: If you’re spending the whole day at Busch Gardens its worth considering an all-day dining package. For around $35pp you can enjoy all the food and drink you like throughout the day.

Don’t miss: Falcon’s Fury, the 335-foot drop is for ultimate thrill seekers only!

For the kids: Walkabout Way is one of the newest areas of the park and lets you hand feed kangaroos.

Click here to read our Busch Gardens Tampa Bay guide.

Day 4: Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney's Animal Kingdom Orlando

Disney’s Animal Kingdom might have previously been considered one of the parks you’d spend the least time at, but don’t underestimate it. Did you know, it’s actually the biggest of the Disney parks, spanning over 580 acres! Animal Kingdom has recently introduced some exciting new night-time attractions, making the park well worth a full day visit. With around 1,700 animals calling this place home, you can spend the day getting closer to nature, meeting Disney characters, watching Broadway-style musicals and riding the legendary Expedition Everest.

When night falls, embark on an extraordinary safari to see the animals at their most active, or watch the Tree of Life burst into colour in the mesmerising Tree of Life Awakenings show. Rivers of Light is one of the park’s newest attractions, and is a spectacular projection show that takes place on the Discovery River, featuring light, water, music and floating lanterns.

Don’t miss: Pandora- The World of Avatar is a new 12-acre land inspired by the blockbuster movie Avatar. Ride on the back of a Banshee, float along a sacred river into the depths of a bioluminescent rainforest and admire the floating mountains in this incredible new addition.

For the kids: Finding Nemo- The Musical.

Characters: Meet characters you won’t find at the other parks, like Baloo & King Louie, Rafiki, Pocahontas and Mickey and Minnie in their finest explorer attire.

Click here to read our Animal Kingdom guide.

Day 5: Universal Studios Florida

Universal Studios Florida

Jump right into the action of your favourite films and TV shows. You’ll be able to step 'on-set' and watch in amazement as the stories you’ve seen on screen come to life before your eyes. That’s not all though, Universal Studios Florida is also home to several thrilling rides like Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy and Transformers: The Ride- 3D. You can also experience the magic of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. A visit isn’t complete until you’ve tried an ice-cold glass of the famous Butterbeer!

Top tip: Our Universal Orlando tickets include admission to both Universal theme parks, and if you want to know the best way to get between the two, it’s without a doubt the Hogwarts Express. Climb on board and enjoy the journey!

Don’t miss: Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts. Look out for Voldemort and Bellatrix Lestrange on this action-packed adventure!

For the kids: Despicable Me Minion Mayhem is a 3D attraction that ends with a Minion dance party.

Characters: Minions, The Simpsons, Transformers, Shrek & Donkey, Hello Kitty, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Click here to read our Universal Studios Florida guide.

Day 6: Epcot

Walt Disney World Epcot Orlando

Discover the culture and cuisine of 11 different countries as you journey around the World Showcase at Disney’s Epcot. Try some traditional fish and chips in the UK pavilion, quench your thirst with a German beer and indulge in some sweet treats at a French patisserie. If you’re up for a challenge, you can eat your way around the world, trying something from each country.

Little ones will love the chance to meet beloved Disney characters including Disney royalty- Anna and Elsa, and the loveable Donald Duck in his sombrero. Epcot also has plenty of exciting attractions to enjoy. Sail through the icy land of Arendelle on Frozen Ever After, fly above the world’s most famous landmarks on Soarin’ Around the World, and test your nerve on the 65mph Test Track.

With the entire World Showcase to explore, live entertainment and character meet and greets, you’ll definitely need a whole day at Epcot.

Top tip: If you’re a Frozen fan, you might want to use one of your FastPass+ reservations for the Anna and Elsa meet and greet experience. These two sisters are extremely popular at Walt Disney World!

Don’t miss: IllumiNations Reflections of Earth- this stunning firework show celebrates the spirit of humanity and is the park’s grand finale.

For the kids: Frozen Ever After in the Norway Pavillion.

Characters: Meet the likes of Anna and Elsa, Belle, Mulan, Princess Jasmine and Snow White.

Click here to read our Epcot guide.

 

Day 7: Time to Shop

Shopping Orlando

This day should be a little bit more relaxing, so you don't run out of steam before the end of your holiday! This is also a great time to enjoy a bit of retail therapy and souvenir shopping. The Florida Mall is only a short drive from the theme parks, and the Orlando Premium Outlets that are nearby offer great discounts on popular brands.

Alternatively, you could spend a day relaxing by the pool!

 

Day 8: Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney's Hollywood Studios Walt Disney World Orlando

If you’re a bit of a thrill seeker, Disney’s Hollywood Studios can’t be missed. Home to some of the most famous Disney rides of all time, the iconic Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the supercharged Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster will push you to the limit! Be transported to a galaxy far far away, with a host of immersive Star Wars attractions.

While we think there’s plenty to keep you entertained all day long, if you don’t want to spend the whole day here, why not visit Disney Springs for a bit of retail therapy?

Top tip: Arrive at the park early and ride the most popular attractions first before the queues start to build up. The Jedi Training Academy is extremely popular too, so sign up as soon as you arrive.

Don’t miss: Fantasmic! This unforgettable show will take your breath away. Featuring music, special effects, pyrotechnics and one million gallons of dancing water this extravagant musical can’t be missed. There’s even appearances from your favourite Disney characters.

For the kids: For the First Time in Forever: A Frozen Sing-Along Celebration, invites guests to sing their heart out alongside their favourite Frozen characters.

Characters: Olaf, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Chewbacca, Kylo Ren and Mickey & Minnie Mouse.

Click here to read our Hollywood Studios guide.

Day 9: Universal’s Volcano Bay

Universal's Volcano Bay Orlando

If you’re visiting Orlando in late May, you’ll be able to experience Universal’s ground-breaking new park. Volcano Bay is like no other water park! This is the place where water park meets theme park, and combines luxurious relaxation experiences with thrilling attractions. The tropical paradise also promises no queuing thanks to the innovative TapuTapu wearable that lets you virtually wait in line! This means there’s more time to experience the exciting attractions and try the delicious foods on offer. The Krakatau Aqua Coaster is the main attraction, and sends guests racing through the heart of the park’s striking centrepiece- a 200-foot-tall Volcano!

Top tip: The TapuTapu wearable not only banishes long queues, but allows guests to trigger special effects throughout the park with just a simple tap.

Don’t miss: Stay until the evening to see the Krakatau Volcano erupt with blazing red molten lava.

For the kids: Runamukka Reef is great for the kids. The play area has bubbling geysers, water slides and water guns for soaking anyone nearby.

Click here to read our Volcano Bay guide.

Day 10: SeaWorld

SeaWorld Orlando

SeaWorld Orlando combines thrilling theme park experiences, with amazing animal encounters! Try world-class rollercoasters inspired by beautiful sea creatures, like Manta, Kraken and Mako, the tallest fastest and longest ride in the whole of Orlando. Get closer to nature with a range of unique animal experiences that let you explore colourful aquariums, feed sea lions and watch dolphins playfully splash in the water at the Dolphin Nursery.

Top tip: If you want to watch one of the shows, make sure you arrive early as the seats always fill up quickly.

Don’t miss: From June 2017, guests can ride the all-new Kraken coaster, complete with immersive VR headsets!

For the kids: Clyde and Seamore’s Sea Lion High stage show.

Click here to read our SeaWorld Orlando guide.

 

Day 11: Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Universal's Islands of Adventure Orlando

It’s time for the action to continue! This park is home to some of the most thrilling roller coasters in Orlando. From the Amazing Adventures of Spider Man to The Incredible Hulk Coaster and Skull Island: Reign of Kong, there is plenty of unexpected fun at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Harry Potter fans can explore the village of Hogsmeade, enjoy a traditional British lunch at The Three Broomsticks and embark on an epic adventure through Hogwarts on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.

After your day exploring the park, stop by Universal CityWalk for a mammoth milkshake at the Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen- you won’t regret it!

Top tip: If you’re visiting in peak season, queues for Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey can be hours long! If this is at the top of your list make sure you head straight to the ride as soon as you arrive. This goes for the park's big roller coasters too.

Don’t miss: The Incredible Hulk Coaster has recently undergone a huge transformation and is a must do. Riders are launched upwards 150-feet and reach speeds of up 67mph!

For the kids: Visit Ollivanders, the place where the wand chooses the wizard, and get your very own wand.

Characters: Get ready to meet the Marvel superheroes, including Spider-Man, Captain America and Wolverine. You can see Betty Boop, The Cat in the Hat and The Grinch too.

Click here to read our Universal’s Islands of Adventure guide.

 

Day 12: Discovery Cove

Discovery Cove Orlando

Discovery Cove isn’t included on the Orlando Freedom Ticket so you’ll need to purchase an extra ticket, but if you’re looking for a day of pure relaxation and want to treat yourself, this is the perfect place to go. Discovery Cove is an idyllic paradise away from the hustle and bustle of the theme parks, where you can relax on the white sandy beach and laze the day away.

Leaving Discovery Cove until the later part of your holiday not only gives you something to look forward to, but also gives you a much-needed break. It can be nice to take a day in between all the theme park fun, for a more relaxing day out, and Discovery Cove offers just that.

Of course, that's not all you can do here. Guests can enjoy a once in a lifetime swim with beautiful bottlenose dolphins, explore the colourful Grand Reef, and discover sharks and tropical fish in SeaVenture- the underwater walking tour. The all-inclusive day resort allows you to eat and drink as much as you like throughout the day and has plenty to keep you entertained. Our customers often tell us that their visit to Discovery Cove was the highlight of their trip, so it’s definitely not a park to be missed!

Top tip: Discovery Cove is an all-inclusive day resort which means food, drink, alcoholic beverages, lockers, wetsuits, towels and a souvenir snorkel are all included with your tickets.

Don’t miss: Make your visit unforgettable with a dolphin swim experience. The 30-minute encounter lets you get up close to the beautiful animals, and is something the whole family can enjoy.

For the kids: Kids will love the chance to go snorkelling in the Freshwater Oasis, and getting up close to the adorable otters.

Click here to read our Discovery Cove guide.

 

Day 13: Wizarding World of Harry Potter/ Water Parks/ LEGOLAND Florida

Orlando Water Parks and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter Universal

There is plenty of magic just waiting to be discovered at the Universal Orlando Resort, and with the Wizarding World of Harry Potter spanning over both parks, you might need an extra day to make the most of it all if you’re a big fan. Head to Universal Studios Florida to explore Diagon Alley, before getting the Hogwarts Express to the village of Hogsmeade at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. There’s plenty of tasty treats, shop and live shows to enjoy. Make sure you go on the rides again while you’re there!

If you think you’ve already seen everything there is to see, you could spend the day cooling down at one of Orlando’s water parks. For thrill seekers, Aquatica boasts the tallest and steepest multi-drop tower slide in Orlando-  Ihu’s Breakaway Falls. If you’re looking for something a bit tamer, Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are great fun for the whole family, although watch out for Summit Plummet’s 120-foot slope. If you're travelling with little ones, you might want to purchase LEGOLAND Florida tickets. Here, children can get creative by building LEGO models and experience more than 50 rides, attractions and shows that will keep the whole family entertained.

Top tip: Play this day by ear. If you have an Orlando Freedom Ticket, you have the flexibility to park hop or revisit one of your favourite parks from your holiday again at your leisure. 

 

Day 14: Tick Something Off Your Bucket List

Orlando experiences and attractions

Orlando’s theme parks are some of the best in the world, but there’s plenty more to see outside of the parks. Why not end your trip on a high (literally!) with an unforgettable air balloon flight over Orlando? If you’re not keen on taking to the skies yourself, watch the professionals do it, and witness an extraordinary live rocket launch at the Kennedy Space Center. Or, for something fun for the whole family, embark on an off-road adventure through 240-acres of woodlands. Splash through lakes and prepare to get very muddy with the exhilarating Mucky Ducks experience.

If you’d prefer something more relaxing, you could spend this day visiting one of Florida’s beautiful beaches instead. Soak up the sun on the white sands of Clearwater Beach, and for an even more spectacular experience, why not try the Dolphin Encounter? Sail across the stunning emerald green eaters of the Gulf of Mexico with dolphin sightings guaranteed!

In the evening, visit I-drive for a nice meal and a few drinks to toast your holiday. You could even end your night with a ride on the 400-foot-tall Orlando Eye!

Ready to start planning your dream holiday? Click here, to find out which combination ticket package is for you.

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