When visiting Orlando, most guests experience nothing more than the incredible theme parks that Central Florida has to offer, and while that certainly isn’t a bad thing, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to all of the attractions you may stumble across when venturing outside Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort property. Whether it’s golfing, go-karting, shopping, or dining, there is a plethora of experiences that quickly begin to prove to guests how unique and diverse the city of Orlando’s entertainment and attraction’s offerings really are. Of course, listing every experience offered in Orlando would be nearly impossible, but here we list some of our experiences that offer fun to be had for the entire family!
Boasting 35,000 square feet of “edu-tainment,” Wonderworks Orlando is a staple attraction to Pointe Orlando and International Drive. Since its opening in 1998, Wonderworks Orlando has entertained hundreds of thousands of guests with some of its signature attractions, such as its Glow-in-the-Dark Ropes Course, the Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show, and its classic Laser Tag Arena. Of course, there’s plenty to learn about when visiting Wonderworks Orlando, as it is not called the ‘edu-tainment’ center for no reason. Guests are also invited to visit The Wonder Zones, which host such experiences as the Imagination Lab, the Extreme Weather Zone, the Lights and Sounds Zone, and so much more. For those with younger ones, this attraction is perfect for you, and will make for a full day of play at an affordable price.
The Mall at Millenia
Looking to enjoy the finer things in life? During your next visit to Orlando, consider a trip to The Mall at Millenia for all of your upscale shopping and dining needs. Located down the street from Universal Orlando Resort at 4200 Conroy Rd, Orlando, FL 32839, this once exclusive mall (though still fancy) features such brands as Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and Tommy Bahama, and is host to some fantastic dining experiences, including: The Capital Grille, Brio, and the Cheesecake Factory. More affordable shopping and dining options are established within this mall as well, with brands such as Justice, American Eagle Outfitters, and Hollister Co. calling The Mall at Millenia home, in addition to a quick service food court offerings such as Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle, and Starbucks. Though there is something for everyone at The Mall at Millenia, this shopping destination certainly caters to those comfortable with spending a bit more during their next vacation, but don’t let that stop you from popping in for a visit to this beautiful mall. During the Holiday Season, this mall is adorned in gorgeous Christmas Decor, and features a Santa Claus meet-and-greet for the little ones in your family, making this location a must-visit in November and December, at the very least!
Ravello Character Dining at the Four Seasons
The ‘Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and His Pals’ at the Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is teased by Tim and Jenn as “the best character breakfast in Orlando,” and for good reason! On Thursdays, Saturdays, and select Tuesdys, this buffet-style breakfast experience offers an extensive selection of traditional breakfast selections, in addition to an omelette bar. Of course, no character dining experience would be complete without the stars of the breakfast themselves – Goofy and his pals! These entertaining stars roam table-to-table throughout the length of breakfast, accompanied by an on-site photographer ready to capture that perfect moment with all families on site.
Introduced to Disney Springs on August 12th, 2019, the NBA Experience is an immersive venue that places Basketball fans in the middle of the game, while also encouraging them to get their head in the game. Guests through a the Player Entry Tunnel, and embark on 13 unique NBA experiences that only the magic of Disney can offer. Whether you’re new to the court, or a pro at hoops, there is an activity for everyone to engage in at the NBA Experience. Live out your NBA dreams today on the West Side of Disney Springs.
Located on Universal Blvd. just down the street from Universal Orlando Resort, Topgolf is a multi-level entertainment destination that offers fun, food, and music for all ages; no golfing experience required! Each golf bay allows up to 6 guests to play at a time, and is climate controlled for year-round comfort. HDTV’s are in every golf bay with the added functionality of allowing guests to change the channel to their desired sports show or game. Dining is a must when visiting Topgolf Orlando, with a wide variety of familiar foods, in addition to a unique twist added to each item that fully compliments each meal, thanks to an experienced executive chef and a talented team. Play time is pay by the hour, so be sure to carve out an hour or two during your day to make the most of your time at this attraction.
Andretti Indoor Karting and Games – Orlando
Located on Universal Boulevard and sharing a parking lot with TopGolf Orlando, Andretti Indoor Karting and Games offers many of the same experiences I-Drive NASCAR Indoor Kart Racing offers, with a few differences and additions. For starters, Andretti offers three separate indoor tracks for drivers of all ages and experiences to race on. Track 1 is a road-course style single level track for beginners, while track 2 is a slightly faster, elevated and scenic track for those looking for a bit of a challenge above track 1. Track 3 is Andretti’s most intense go-kart track, with multiple elevation changes, banked curves, and long straightaways for those looking to put the pedal to the medal. Similar to NASCAR, if go-kart racing is not for everyone in your party, there is plenty more to see, do, and experience during your visit to Andretti Indoor Karting and Games. From arcade games and a bowling alley, to laser tag, a ropes course, and a virtual reality experience – not to mention food and drinks aplenty – there’s no shortage of fun to be had while visiting Andretti’s on Universal Boulevard.
Standing 450 feet in the air, the Starflyer – located at Icon Park Orlando on International Drive – was created with adrenaline junkies in mind. Combining safety, speed, thrills and views all in one, be sure to hold on tight and take in the sights and sounds of the theme park capital of the world as you rise over the city of Orlando to incredible heights. The Starflyer reaches speeds of up to 45 miles per hour, so be sure to hold on to your personal possessions, and enjoy your flight around International Drive.
When visiting Orlando, most guests experience nothing more than the incredible theme parks that Central Florida has to offer, and while that certainly isn’t a bad thing, there is more than meets the eye when it comes to all of the attractions you may stumble across when venturing outside Walt Disney World or Universal Orlando Resort property. Whether it’s golfing, go-karting, shopping, or dining, there is a plethora of experiences that quickly begin to prove to guests how unique and diverse the city of Orlando’s entertainment and attraction’s offerings really are. Of course, listing every experience offered in Orlando would be nearly impossible, but if we’d love to know if there’s an attraction that you must experience whenever you visit the Central Florida area!