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Here, seven of the world's top ten theme parks are planted within a 10-mile radius of each other. If you're into furry characters and indoor rides, bank about a day for every park you wish to visit. It would also be a shame to spend a week in O-Town without venturing out to the historic Kennedy Space Center, golfing, or spending an afternoon at the pool. Families that don't want to kill themselves should pare their wish lists down to three or four days' worth of park-going (they should split their schedules between the Disney and non-Disney efforts, because they both have features worth recommending) and fill the remainder of their time with less grueling sights.

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Celebration, Celebration

In 1994, Disney capitalized on the Central Florida real-estate boom in a controversial way: It opened its own town where it could professionally administer the...more

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Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art, Winter Park

Located a few miles north of downtown Orlando in tony Winter Park, the Morse Museum's core collection, spread over 8,000 square feet of hushed and artfully...more

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Disney's Animal Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista

Added in 1998, Animal Kingdom is the most spacious Disney Park by a large margin (500 acres), although most of that belongs to the menagerie of exotic,...more

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Disney's Hollywood Studios, Lake Buena Vista

Opened in 1989 (in part to head off Universal Studios, which debuted the following year), Disney's third Florida park was intended to double as a functioning...more

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Epcot, Lake Buena Vista

Although Walt Disney wanted Epcot to be a real experimental community, like the Biosphere, what eventually opened 16 years after his death was more akin to a...more

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Gatorland, Orlando

Before Disney gave the Central Florida backwoods a modicum of sophistication, Gatorland's oversized gator mouth entranceway, which debuted in the 1950s, was the...more

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Islands of Adventure, Orlando

Considered by aficionados to be the best-designed amusement park on earth, IOA's designers spared little expense. Its five themed areas (Marvel Super Hero...more

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Magic Kingdom, Lake Buena Vista

When most first-time visitors imagine Walt Disney World, the place with the castle, the Hall of Presidents, and Space Mountain, they're thinking of the Magic...more

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Seaworld Orlando, Orlando

Here, the pace is slower than at most amusement parks, because the focus is on wildlife and education instead of magic or thrills. Yes, there's the savage...more

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Universal Studios, Orlando

Universal Orlando emerged on Central Florida's theme-park scene back in 1990, but it's safe to say that the park's crowning moment came in June 2010 with the...more

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