Attractions close to Disney World Orlando Florida

Attractions in Florida- Close to Disney

If you’re heading down to Orlando, Florida for a trip to Disney World, but also want to take some time to sightsee around the Orlando area, there are a lot of other attractions close to Disney World for the whole family to enjoy – and that will give you a nice change from Mickey and the Magic Kingdom. While Disney is a lot of fun, sometimes it’s nice to get out and see some of the other great things Orlando has to offer!

Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa Florida

With a great combination of animal exhibits and thrilling rides, everyone can find something they love at Busch Gardens. Some great rides include the Kumba and the Montu, as well as Python, each decorated in an intriguing cultural theme. Another new roller coaster is the Sheikra, which plunges you down at 90 degrees, diving toward the ground.

If you want a little rest, watch the Mystic Sheiks marching band, or enjoy a musical celebration of African animal folklore from the KaTonga. There are also real animal exhibits like the Edge of Africa or the Serengeti Safari Tour, which brings you up close and personal with these beautiful creatures.

Busch Gardens is located at 10165 N McKinley Dr. Tampa, FL 33612 approximately an hour and a half drive from Disney World and our Orlando area vacation rentals. Thought not the closest attraction to Disney World, we can consider this close to Disney. With a little bit of planning, this can be a day trip if you leave early and plan on returning late at night.

Universal Studios, Orlando Florida

Universal Studios is a theme park that also teaches you a few things along the way! As the original of Orlando’s two Universal Studios parks, you’ll spend the day on rides that are themed to your favorite Universal movies, watching shows that give you a sense of behind-the-scenes movie magic, and testing your knowledge of film trivia along the way!

Rides range from the popular Men in Black: Alien Attack shooting ride and game, to Twister…Ride it Out, where guests will be treated to a tornado recreated inside a building! There are also several 3-D motion rides, such as Terminator 2: Battle Across Time and Shrek 4-D. The newest and best attraction is the Revenge of the Mummy The Ride, which no one will want to miss!

Universal Studios theme park is located at 1000 Universal Studios Plaza, Orlando, FL 32819. Depending on which part of Disney you are in, Universal Studios is as close to Disney as 10 miles. Driving time to Universal Studios from vacation homes offered by is about 30 minutes with a 20 mile commute on mostly free-ways.

Universal Studios: Islands of Adventure Orlando Florida

Islands of Adventure is part of Universal Studios theme park and is another attraction near Disney World with easy access from vacation homes offered by This attraction by Universal Studios is just as much fun as the original park, and is full of fantastic new rides for the whole family. At Marvel Super Hero Islands, guests won’t want to miss plunging on the first weightless inverted roller coaster loop on the Incredible Hulk Coaster, and the 3-D Amazing Adventures of Spiderman Ride is a surefire hit.

Kids will love the kid-themed rides over at Seuss Landing, as well as the interactive play area called If I Ran the Zoo. Let the whole family be thrilled on the Jurassic Park River Adventure water ride, and ride the Dueling Dragons roller coaster above the Lost Continent!

SeaWorld Adventure Park, Orlando Florida

SeaWorld Adventure Park is located at 7007 SeaWorld Drive in Orlando Florida. Depending on which part of Disney you are in, SeaWorld Adventure is as close to Disney as 10 miles. Driving time to SeaWorld Adventure from vacation homes offered by is about 30 minutes with a 20 mile commute on mostly free-ways.

At SeaWorld, forget about lining up! Everything n the park is stadium-style, which means you won’t have to line up for attractions in the heat – what a relief! Take a look at the schedule of shows for the day, and plan your journey around it. Make sure you visit Shamu the whale, and take a trip to Stingray Lagoon. Both the stingray exhibit and Dolphin Cove allow you to buy fish and feed the animals yourselves!

There are also two great rides at SeaWorld, the flume/roller coaster Journey to Atlantis, and the Kraken, which is one of the best coaster rides in all of Orlando!

Orlando Florida offers many attractions besides Disney World. If you are looking to do activities other than Disney, there are many things to do close to Disney World. If you are in a mood to see other things close to Disney or interested in a dinner show close to Disney, you will find many alternatives for your vacation in Orlando Florida area - all close to our Orlando Florida vacation rentals.