2 parks, 2 days. orlando

I'd like to hear which 2 parks you think we should choose and why.

From amis ster
Posted January 28, 2011 at 3:15 PM
We are 2 adults visiting Orlando and we have 2 days to spend in theme parks.
We both like roller coasters and I believe we will enjoy parks with special atmosphere (like the magical atmosphere at Disney) + big special shows.

I'd like to hear which 2 parks you think we should choose and why.

Thanks for your help


From Anthony Murphy
Posted January 28, 2011 at 3:27 PM

From James Rao
Posted January 28, 2011 at 6:19 PM
- Amazing variety of food
- Best theme park in the US
- Illuminations
- Mission Space (Orange)
- Soarin'
- Spaceship Earth
- Sum of All Thrills
- Test Track
- World Showcase

- Clyde & Seamore
- Kraken
- Manta
- Shamu
- Shark Encounter
- Sharks Underwater Grill

From Neil Reece
Posted January 29, 2011 at 4:35 PM
Epcot and Islands of Adventure would be my choices for you. Its hard to give up the Magic Kingdom though if you've never gone (classic rides, parades, fireworks over the castle).

From Terri Pierce
Posted January 29, 2011 at 10:04 PM
I would say IOA and Universal. These are two parks that would easily fit into two days without tiring you out too much. Get a hopper on the day you go to Universal though- or upgrade in the park.

If you want two totally different parks then
IOA and Epcot or Magic kingdom.

Magic Kingdom is you're looking for a fun PACKED day of magic with both trilling and just enjoyable rides. Epcot if you enjoy the World Showcase with a few trill rides thrown in. (Mission Space, Test Track, and Soarin'--if thats even a trill ride)

From Nick Markham
Posted January 30, 2011 at 9:22 AM
Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. Both parks are prefect for thrill-loving adults that want a truly spectacular atmosphere, and if you have never been before, the experience will be like none other!

From David L.
Posted January 30, 2011 at 12:38 PM
I would probably say IOA and epcot but here's my rundown of them all:
IOA-well rounded park with great rides and good atmosphere + Harry Potter which is supposedly really good
Universal-fun park with good rides. In general Universal and IOA have more thrills with good atmosphere and if you did them both I think it would be cheaper than Disney parks.
Seaworld-great shows and some good thrills. If you don't like aquariums then pass on it as it is like a massive well themed aqurium(outdoors though) with good rides thrown in.
Busch gardens-Great animals, shows, and Coasters. It is a good hour+ away from orlando but still great.
Magic Kingdom-amazing atmosphere in general and great rides. There aren't many shows and big thrills don't exsist here but it is still really fun.
Epcot-Best food in a theme park ever. Amazing atmospheres. Who wouldn't want to visit countries from around the world in one place?(and they do a really good job at recreating parts of them!). There are many good shows and some good thrills that can't be found in many other places on earth(roller coasters are everywhere but you don't find Mission Space, Soarin, or the sum of all thrills almost anywhere else). I think epcot is also the best theme park every.
Animal Kingodm- Some good thrills and amazing animal exhibits and atmosphere but unless you love to explore(like me) this is a half day park.
DHS-Great thrills and rides and shows(amazing) and atmosphere but the rides are few.
So in general, if you absolutely love atmosphere then go with MK and Epcot but I would typically go with IOA and Epcot to get a mix of everything.

From amis ster
Posted January 30, 2011 at 2:25 PM
thank you all for the help
you make Epcot does seem amazing. So if I have to choose a 2nd park to visit, I see most of you suggested IOA (and not universal). Is IOA much better then Universal?

From James Rao
Posted January 30, 2011 at 2:41 PM
Universal Studios is a very, very good theme park, and definitely worth your time. However, Universal's Islands of Adventure has more "rides".

Also, IOA is really hot right now because of the Harry Potter expansion.

From Terri Pierce
Posted January 30, 2011 at 3:52 PM
I personally love Universal but it is full of classic rides and not so many trills. The atmosphere is great and laid back. If you take your time you can spend a whole day there. However if you're just there for the rides you can finish in half a day. A lot of the things are stand and watch or shows (like Blues Brothers) out in the "Town Square".

However, paired with IOA you have plenty of trill.

From S G
Posted February 6, 2011 at 12:21 AM
Sea World and Busch Gardens

WHY? They both have great roller coasters and other great attractions such as animal exhibits and great shows. The food is great at both parks too.

Just look up MANTA at Sea World and Sheikra at Busch on the internet and you will see...

Also, since both parks are owned by the same company you can get a good deal on a 2 park ticket on their web page and they also offer transportation by bus from Sea World to Busch if you don't want to make the hour drive yourself.

You won't regret going to those parks !

From Anthony Murphy
Posted February 6, 2011 at 9:34 AM
I think IOA and EPCOT are the most unique parks in the chain (you will find mostly one of a kind attractions not found in other parks there)

From amis ster
Posted February 7, 2011 at 12:57 AM
Thanks you all!
IOA and Sea World it is!

From Samantha McCrae
Posted February 7, 2011 at 7:41 AM
I'm pretty sure you could do both Universal and IOA in one day though! If you think you can handle it :)

This discussion has been archived, and is not accepting additional responses.

Park tickets

Weekly newsletter

New attraction reviews

News archive