What are fun things to do in Orlando, FL?

Elsie Young

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The plane lurched a little as we touched down in Orlando, the Florida heat a thick slap in the face compared to the cool mountain air I'd left behind. Last summer, Florida was just another name on the map, a vague idea of Mickey Mouse and rollercoasters. Now, with my backpack slung over one shoulder and a goofy grin plastered on my face, I was ready to conquer Orlando alongside my two travel buddies, Jack and Harry.

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These two are the definition of "accidents waiting to happen," but their enthusiasm is infectious. Jack, with his wild mop of hair perpetually defying gravity, and Harry, whose constant stream of puns could clear a crowded room.

Our first stop? The undisputed king of theme parks - Disney World. We spent an entire day there, a whirlwind of laughter, screams, and butterbeer . We battled dark wizards in Diagon Alley, soared through the skies with Peter Pan, and even managed to snag a coveted FastPass for the brand new Guardians of the Galaxy ride. It was a sensory overload in the best way possible - the music, the characters, the sheer joy radiating from everyone around us.

But Orlando's not all about theme parks, believe it or not. The next day, we rented kayaks and paddled through crystal-clear springs. Beneath the midday sun, the water shimmered like a million tiny diamonds. Then, as dusk settled, something incredible happened. The water came alive with bioluminescence! With every stroke of the paddle, the water pulsed with an ethereal blue light, like swimming through a living constellation.

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Jack, ever the daredevil, convinced us to try an escape room next. We chose a pirate-themed one, complete with creaky floorboards and a treasure chest overflowing with…well, riddles instead of gold. The clock ticked down mercilessly as we deciphered cryptic clues and worked together to crack the final code. We emerged victorious, drenched in sweat and triumphant cheers, with only seconds to spare.

By the end of the trip, my camera roll was overflowing with goofy selfies on rollercoasters, photos of bioluminescent magic, and a blurry picture of Jack triumphantly holding a plastic pirate sword. We were exhausted, sunburnt, and our voices hoarse from all the screaming. But most importantly, we were filled with the kind of memories that stay with you long after the tan fades.

Orlando surprised me. It wasn't just the theme parks, though those were epic. It was the unexpected adventures, the shared laughter with friends, and the feeling of pure, unadulterated fun under the Florida sun. So, if you're looking for an adventure that'll leave you breathless, a little sunburnt, and with a heart full of happy memories, then pack your bags and head to Orlando. Trust me, you won't regret it.

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