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Things to Do Outside of Disney Theme Parks in Orlando

Updated on April 7, 2012
WonderWorks in Orlando
WonderWorks in Orlando
Downtown Disney in the evening
Downtown Disney in the evening
Dragon made out of LEGO blocks in front of the LEGO store in Downtown Disney
Dragon made out of LEGO blocks in front of the LEGO store in Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney
Downtown Disney
Complimentary shuttle boat ride between the three points in Downtown Disney
Complimentary shuttle boat ride between the three points in Downtown Disney
View from the Boardwalk
View from the Boardwalk
Inside WonderWorks with your world turned upside down
Inside WonderWorks with your world turned upside down
Lie on a bed of nails at WonderWorks
Lie on a bed of nails at WonderWorks

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Who goes to Orlando and doesn't stop by the Disney theme parks?! When each theme park can cost you $85 and up per person, those are some choices people make. And that's all okay because there are still plenty of entertaining activities and attractions to do and visit in Orlando.

Consider the following things you can do outside of the Disney theme parks:

  • Downtown Disney
    It makes a great location to visit day or night. There are three main points at this location: Pleasure Island, the West Side and the Marketplace. Here you will find restaurants as well as shops for picking up Disney souvenirs. There is also the LEGO store where you can get a real taste of what types of fantastic builds you can create with LEGO pieces. The inside and outside of the store features LEGO builds such as a dragon, Woody from Toy Story to Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Downtown Disney also makes a great place for picture taking, especially around the holidays when the place is decked out with holiday decorations, Christmas trees, and more. You can be here for hours without having to spend a dime because parking is also free. And if you enjoy boat rides, complimentary shuttle boat rides are offered between each of the three points.
  • The Boardwalk
    The area is known as a village built on water. Find small shops for a bite to eat or for shopping. The Boardwalk is also surrounded by resort hotels, some that are worth going in for a visit, such as the Disney Boardwalk Resort. The Boardwalk is a perfect place for a quiet retreat to relax. Parking is also available for free.
  • WonderWorks
    Even if you haven't heard of WonderWorks, if you pass by the building you will be tempted to see what it's all about. The outside building is flipped upside down. When you enter, you'll see the floor has become the ceiling. It's complete with interactive and fun exhibits for children and adults. Highlights include an exhibit where you can experience a 5.3 magnitude earthquake, a hurricane, how it feels to lie on a bed of nails, and much more. General admission is $24.99 per person but you can find a coupon for $2 off in most travel brochures found at hotels. An indoor parking garage is available next door at a reasonable rate.

There are a number of other attractions and activities that can keep the young and adults entertained while in Orlando without having to step foot into any of the theme parks.

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      Writing It Up 5 years ago from New York City

      Thank you ripplemaker and villasandhomes!

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      villasandhomes 5 years ago

      Great work.. Thanks for sharing this interesting hubhttps://hubpages.com/travel/Orlando-vacation-villa...

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      Michelle Simtoco 5 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      Best of luck in your nomination on the Hubnuggets! Keep promoting to your family and friends to vote. The more votes the merrier! Happy new year!

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      Writing It Up 5 years ago from New York City

      leahlefler - I'm all for early travel planning and do the same :) Happy travels!

      Gary Garrison - Absolutely recommend Florida for a break from the cold weather if your located on the east coast. Airfare and hotel are quite reasonable and with these travel ideas, it becomes totally affordable.

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      Gary Garrison 5 years ago

      Practical and pragmatic - thanks. This may simply give us the reason to head down south for a quick trip to warm weather this winter.

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      Leah Lefler 5 years ago from Western New York

      Great hub! We may head down to Florida in a couple of years, so this information comes in handy for my trip planning (and I plan early, lol)! We're going to Myrtle Beach this spring break, and might have to check out the WonderWorks they have in that area.

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      Writing It Up 5 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Millionaire Tips!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      Congratulations on your HubNugget nomination. Finding other things to do in Orlando besides or in addition the expensive theme parks is great.