Best For: Families who can’t resist the Disney attraction but also like to explore new territory too.
Stay: Make a splash at the new Key West-themed CoCo Key Hotel and Water Resort. Fourteen water slides, a zero-entry play pool and a water-soaked jungle gym indulge all age groups. And at the family-friendly ChampionsGate nearby, float down a lazy river past shooting water cannons, while dad plays 36 holes. An infinity pool, water slide and tower round out the alfresco fun.
Play: Orlando’s latest attraction, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando’s Islands of Adventure, brings to life the popular children’s series with sets and thrill rides designed to immerse guests in the quirky universe created by the Harry Potter books as well as the films. Even the line for the attraction is fun as it winds though a replica of Hogwarts Castle. For those who prefer the marquee Disney experience, Magic Kingdom reintroduces its popular Main Street Electrical Parade. While the nearly half a million lights follow Tinker Bell as she sprinkles pixie dust down Main Street.
Eat: Islands of Adventure’s Confisco Grille offers a character breakfast on Thursdays and Sundays; similar dinners take place on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Royal Pacific Hotel’s Islands Dining Room. Just outside the theme parks, the Dessert Lady specializes in satisfying your sweet tooth—the peanut-butter pie is not to be missed!
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