Wondering what to do with the family for Halloween? How about a Halloween themed vacation to Orlando, Florida, where oddities, thrills and chills are around every corner. Nowhere can you find as many family fun entertainment spots than in Orlando and now that fall is in the air and Halloween around the corner, Orlando has some real treats to please thrill seekers of all ages.
Walt Disney World Resort
On select nights is The Mickey’s not so scary Halloween Party at The Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort. This is an evening ticketed event however, even if you decide not to attend the ticketed event, the entire Magic Kingdom is decked out for the Halloween season.
Discover the Bizarre at Ripley’s Believe It or Not!! on International Drive in Orlando. Opened in 1992, the Odditorium is unique because the building itself looks like it is falling into a sinkhole. Once inside you will see things like a vampire kit used for hunting vampires, a 13 foot gorilla made from recycled car tires, a shrunken head exhibit and much more. Part fun house, part museum and 100 percent weird, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!! would be a perfect fit into a Halloween themed visit to Orlando. Although some exhibits may be inappropriate for young children there are plenty of other fun games and exhibits that young children would love, so I can only suggest parental discretion.
Icon Park is one stop all day fun
Icon Park entertainment complex on International drive is packed with family fun attractions and is easily a whole days worth of family adventure. Park once in the free parking garage and spend an entire day.
Visit Skeletons Museum of Osteology with 500 real animal skeletons and interactive hands on exhibits. Experience many underwater worlds at Sea Life while you stroll through the 360 degree ocean tunnel.
There are many dining options at Icon Park and treats to please all your sweet cravings. Visit Sugar Factory for crepes’, milkshakes and burgers or try Tapa Toro for some authentic Spanish cuisine.
Enjoy breathtaking 400 foot views on The Wheel or how about a thrill when you soar on the tallest StarFlyer in the world. How about a tour of Icon Park on the Pearl Express train ride? Or maybe you are in the mood to hunt zombies and mad scientists on the 7D Dark Ride adventures that put’s you right in the middle of an adrenaline rush.
Get up close and personal with your favorite celebrity at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum. Freak out your friends and take a selfie with a life like wax figure of an A list celebrity, they will never be able to tell the difference!!
Universal Orlando Resort
If you liked the 80’s horror flicks and you like to be scared out of your wits then you have to go to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. With Haunts and frights based on those creepy 80’s horror movies your pulse is bound to race as you take on the terror. This is an intense event and is not recommended for children under 13.
After a days worth of thrills, chills and tricks you are bound to be hungry and ready for some treats and Universal’s City Walk is just the place to spend your evening. Enjoy unique restaurants like the Hot Dog Hall of Fame where you sit in stadium style seating making you feel like you are enjoying that favorite style hot dog in the ball park or try the daring Japanese Flavors at Fusion Bistro Sushi and Sake Bar.
For a real treat visit Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen, a full service Restaurant, Bar and Confectionery or if you are in the tropical mood visit Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville and have a cheeseburger in paradise.
Choosing a Hotel
Orlando and International drive is a family vacation haven but the down side to this is with all the fun attractions to visit in the area, the traffic can be frightful. Unless you want to waste valuable vacation time in this bumper to bumper tourist traffic, I would suggest making your hotel reservations with traffic in mind. Try to book a hotel within walking distance to some of the attractions you want to visit, with a shuttle service to attractions that you can’t walk to or a hotel that is on a bus route. Plan ahead and make a list of what you want to do and see and then pick your hotel accordingly. By planing with traffic in mind it will save you time and headaches, trust me!!!
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