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silbchris’s Travel Diary

Thursday, 25 Jul 2019

Location: Florida, Central America

MapFlorida is one of the most widely visited states in America, and for a good reason. The state is home to some of the world’s most famous attractions and landmarks. In fact, in 2018 Florida set a new tourism record for the United States with 126.1 million out-of-state visitors marking the state’s 8th consecutive year holding the title.

The state is particulate popular with families, children and young people. So, what is, are the best things for families to do in Florida?

The Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort
The Magic Kingdom is located outside Orlando and is often widely referred to as “the happiest place on Earth". It is the main park at the Walt Disney Resort and boasts six themed lands for visitors to explore.

Most famous as the part is the well-know Main Street, USA, where you can eat, shop and take in the stunning buildings. There’s even a mock ‘town hall’ where you can get park information and assistance. Most notable though is the view of the iconic Cinderella’s castle in the distance. Along with Main Street USA, the part has Adventureland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, Fantasyland and Tomorrow Land; all sporting their own magical them to make your kids (and any adults) visit to the happiest place on earth one hey will never forget.

Universal Studios
Universal Studios in Florida houses some of the world’s most advanced and adventurous rides in the world. These rides provide the unique experience of allowing park visitors to experience their favourite films and TV shows through interactive experiences.

Visitors can join the fight between Autobots and Decepticons in TRANSFORMERS: The Ride-3D, become a minion helper on Despicable Me Minion Mayhem, spend time with the world’s favourite web-shooting hero on The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man or get up close and personal with a T-Rex on the Jurassic Park River Adventure.

If you need a break from experience some of your on-screen favourites in real -life, you could always pay a visit to Volcano Bay -Universal Resorts’ very own water park! The park is situated on the edge of the Universal Studios resort and is open to any visitors who have bought a Volcano Bay ticket.

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter
While the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is technically part of Universal Studios, we’re including it in this list as a separate attraction as the size and nature of the attraction it warrants a stand-alone viewing.

The world-famous attraction is so large that it is split over to parts, with the iconic Diagon Alley located in Universal, and Hogsmede Village (including the iconic Hogwarts Castle) is in the Islands of Adventure. Given the ever-expanding size of the attraction, you’ll need a multi-park ticket to see all of it, and it will likely be a two-day viewing if you want to see everything.

Fans of the iconic book and film series can visit all their favourite wizarding locations from the books and even experience the unique food and drinks from the wizarding world. Step inside Ollivander’s Wand shop and find want, visit Gringott’s Bank or experience Hogwarts itself.

Top Tips
Book your Walt Disney park tickets in advance and consider a fast pass so that you can skip the queues as the waiting times can often be considerable.


Sort you spending money before you go and make sure you take enough in cash. Although most places will accept all major debit and credit cards, there is likely to be a charge for using your card if you aren’t paying with an American card.

Make sure you take care of your health by packing enough sun cream and staying well hydrated as Florida can often experience temperatures of anywhere between 80 and the high 90s in Fahrenheit.

Be prepared to wait in queues as the attractions on this list are always highly populated.

Direct flights from London to Florida range from a minimum duration of 9h 15m up to 12h 5m, so make sure you are well prepared for a long-haul flight before you board.