Orlando in 7 Days: a guidebook for getting the most out of your visit

Orlando is a city with a great tourist offer to enjoy. Take advantage of your stay to visit the main theme parks and discover other attractions.

Ana Caballero

Ana Caballero

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Orlando in 7 Days: a guidebook for getting the most out of your visit

Lake Eola - Orlando|©Jeff

In Orlando, there is no end to the fun plans. This city has a great tourist offer: theme parks, museums, virtual reality experiences, excursions and much more.

You can visit Disney's Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom, be amazed at the Museum of Illusion, sail through the Florida Everglades, among other activities. However, if you don't know how to organize your seven-day itinerary, time could be too short to enjoy the best things to do in Orlando.

Day 1: Orange County Regional History Center, Lake Eola Park and the Mills 50 district

Lake Eola Park, Orlando|©MJRGoblin
Lake Eola Park, Orlando|©MJRGoblin

On your first day, you'll learn about the city's past at the Orange County Regional History Center, relax at Lake Eola Park and tour the Mills 50 district.

Orange County Regional History Center

Once you've checked out of the Orlando airport to your hotel, and you've had some rest, you can start your first day's itinerary at the Orange County Regional History Center, about an 11-minute walk from Orlando. This museum occupies a five-story building.

Here you can learn about the history of the city from its earliest communities (Seminole) through the Spanish to the present day. It is a cultural precinct that you can visit on your own or through one of the guided tours of Orlando.

  • Price: the entrance fee is about €8 per person.
  • Hours: open daily from 10:00 to 17:00 hours.

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Lake Eola Park

About 10 minutes walk from the previous destination you will find Lake Eola Park. It is a natural lung, considered the heart of the city.

In this park you can have an impromptu picnic and enjoy the fresh air and the panoramic view. You will also have the opportunity to feed the swans and take a boat ride on the lake, ideal if you visit Orlando in spring, as the weather is cool.

  • Price: admission is free.
  • Hours: daily from 6:00 am to 11:59 pm.

Mills 50 District

The Mills 50 District is the next place to visit. This quaint neighborhood is a 25-minute walk or 10-minute drive from the previous destination and is a must-see stop on any guided tour of Orlando.

In this area, you can take advantage of the prevailing street art culture to take amazing photographs. In addition, you will have the opportunity to sample delicious food at Asian restaurants and street food stalls.

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Day 2: Let yourself be amazed by all the attractions of Disney's Hollywood Studios

hollywood blvard|©Canon Brownell
hollywood blvard|©Canon Brownell

The second day can be spent visiting the city's movie theme park Disney's Hollywood Studios. Go and be amazed by all its attractions and shows.

Hollywood Boulevard

Disney's Hollywood Studios is about a 30-minute drive from downtown. When you arrive at the park, you will find Hollywood Boulevard or the main street. You will have to walk to the central plaza next to the facade of the Los Angeles Chinese Theater.

From here you can orient your route to the different areas of the park. But before you start your tour of one of Orlando's best theme parks, you should take a look at the stores and franchises that surround the plaza.

Disney's Hollywood Studios

From Hollywood Boulevard you will be able to see the park and select the attractions you want to visit at your own pace and according to your tastes.

For example, some of them are the following:

  • Toy Story Land: you will be able to take amazing pictures next to giant statues of Andy, Buzz, the classic green soldiers, a Pixar ball, etc.
  • Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge: this is a park within the park, dedicated to Star Wars. You will see robots, light sabers and characters such as Chewbacca, Stormtroopers, etc. You will have the opportunity to pilot the legendary Millennium Falcon ship and be part of a passage of Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance.
  • Grand Avenue: you will enjoy the Muppets 3D show and have access to the Baseline Tap House brewery.

Day 3: Feel like a kid at Magic Kingdom Theme Park


For your Day 3 itinerary in Orlando, the adventure continues at another of its theme parks. It is the Magic Kingdom with its regions Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Liberty Square, Adventureland and Frontierland.

Main Street USA Region

The Magic Kingdom is located approximately 40 minutes by car from downtown Orlando. There, you will come across Main Street USA and see the iconic Walt Disney statue next to Mickey Mouse and Cinderella's castle.

This is a town made up of stores, restaurants, cafes, train stations, a series of buildings in the style of 19th century American towns, among others.

Tomorrowland Region

This area is located to the right of Cinderella Castle. There, you will enjoy an incredible futuristic scene and have access to a series of attractions such as Tron Lightcycle Power Run.

You will be surrounded by spaceships, galactic stars, metallic constructions, robots, neon lights, rocky monoliths and more. Another suitable destination if you're in Orlando with kids.

Fantasyland Region

This region is right next to Tomorrowland, specifically in the backyard of Cinderella Castle. It concentrates a large number of attractions that combine the classic with the innovative.

You will be surrounded by medieval architecture. In addition, you will see places inspired by iconic Disney characters: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs' roller coaster, Dumbo's circus, Beast's castle, Ariel's sea world, etc.

Liberty Square Region

Perhaps Liberty Square is not the largest region of the park nor the one with the greatest attraction for tourists. However, this is a place where you can learn about American history.

You will walk through a recreation of the American colonial era, specifically during the Revolutionary War period. You will find some attractions and restaurants to hang out.

Adventureland Region

If you walk to the left in front of Cinderella Castle, you will come to the area known as Adventureland. There, you'll quickly get caught up in an atmosphere that evokes the jungle and Caribbean islands, thanks to the enveloping sounds of animals.

Whether you visit Magic Kingdom Orlando in January or December, you can enjoy yourself to the fullest by joining a cruise, climbing a tree, becoming a pirate and much more.

Frontierland Region

Right in the middle of Liberty Square and Adventureland, you'll enter the Frontierland region. This is an area inspired by westerns, which stands out for its wooden buildings.

In Frontierland you will find the popular Big Thunder Mountain. Also, the river area and Tom Sawyer Island, Country Bear Jamboree and the area of restaurants and stores.

Day 4: Experience a different kind of adventure at Universal Studios Theme Park

Universal Studios Florida|©speakerchad
Universal Studios Florida|©speakerchad

On the fourth day you can live a different adventure at Universal Studios that will transport you to the Harry Potter universe. You will stroll through the streets of Springfield, experience the speed of Fast & Furious, among others.

Central Production Region

To get to Orlando Universal Studios you will have to drive approximately 20 minutes from downtown. Once in the park, the first region is Production Central, composed of movie sets with different attractions.

Some of them are:

  • The Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, considered the biggest roller coaster in Universal Studios.
  • The Shrek 4D experience, aimed at children and adults.
  • Monsters Café, a restaurant with a privileged panoramic view of the park.

Hollywood Region

From the park entrance, turn right to reach the Hollywood region. There, you will enjoy all the splendor and glamour that characterizes Beverly Hills.

In this area you will find Mel's Drive In restaurant, whose design was created from the movie American Graffiti. You'll also find a couple of shows at Orlando Universal Studios: Bourne Stuntacular and Universal Orlando's Horror Make Up Show.

New York Region

In this region of the park, you will feel like you have been transported to the Big Apple. You will be able to live a 3D experience exploring the city. Also, if you like adrenaline, you will have the opportunity to ride "The Mummy", an indoor roller coaster, which will make you vibrate.

And, if you want to eat something delicious and rest a little. In the New York region there is Finnegan's Bar & Grill, with a menu suitable for adults and children.

San Francisco Region

If you go a little further from the New York region, you will find San Francisco. In this area there is only the Fast & Furious Supercharged attraction, which is ideal if you are an enthusiast of this blockbuster saga.

There is also Steven Spielberg's Jaws, next to which you can take pictures. You will also find several restaurants such as Lombards Seafood, where you will have a rich culinary experience.

Harry Potter Universe

In the surroundings of San Francisco you will see the region dedicated to Harry Potter. This universe has the King Cross Station, which is the departure point of the Hogwarts train to the Isle of Adventures.

You will also have access to Diagon Alley, where the main attraction of the region takes place. In addition, you can visit the magical souvenir stores and eat at the Leaky Cauldron restaurant.

World Expo Region

If you are a fan of The Simpsons, then the World Expo region (along with Harry Potter) is a must-see destination at Universal Studios. You'll take a stroll through Springfield and see many iconic sites from the TV series such as Moe's Tavern, among others.

In this area, you'll have the opportunity to take pictures with the iconic DeLorean car from Back to the Future. In addition, you can hunt aliens in the Men in Black attraction , inspired by the comic book of the same name by Lowell Cunningham.

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Day 5: Enjoy a futuristic atmosphere at Epcot theme park

Discovery Cove - Sea World|©Lee
Discovery Cove - Sea World|©Lee

Your day 5 in Orlando will be spent in the futuristic atmosphere created by Epcot theme park. You will visit the World Celebration, World Discovery and World Showcase neighborhoods.

World Celebration

This area of Epcot features the Disney & Pixar Short Film Festival and Spaceship Earth as the main attraction.

You can also visit the Coca Cola store and enter the magical world of this iconic franchise. You will have the opportunity to take pictures with their polar bear and try some products.

World Discovery

This region is undoubtedly one of the best activities in Orlando for classic space adventure enthusiasts. You will see attractions related to Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind, Mission: Space, among others.

In addition, you can stop at the Space 220 Restaurant where you can recharge your batteries while eating and drinking. You will also have the opportunity to take pictures, taking advantage of the aesthetics of the place.

World Showcase

This place is ideal to learn about the traditions and culture of the world. You will find attractions and exhibits inspired by countries such as Japan, China, Mexico, Germany, France, Morocco, etc.

In addition, the region is dotted with a number of restaurants and cafes. You can embark on an international gastronomic tour on your own.

Day 6: Spend an amazing day at Icon Park Orlando

SEA LIFE|©Gianluca
SEA LIFE|©Gianluca

Icon Park Orlando is a place dotted with popular attractions: SEA LIFE Aquarium, Madame Tussauds and Illusions Museum, the Big Ferris Wheel, among others.

Visit the SEA LIFE Aquarium

For this day you can purchase tickets for the Sea Life Aquarium in Orlando, located in Icon Park, about 18 minutes drive from downtown Orlando.

You can interact with some starfish, walk through a 360º ocean tunnel, see ponds with fish, rays and turtles. You will be amazed by the variety of sea creatures in this aquarium.

  • Price: the entrance to the aquarium is about 35€ per person.
  • Hours: from 11:00 to 19:00 hours (every day).

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Meet Hollywood celebrities at Madame Tussauds museum

About a minute away from the SEA LIFE Aquarium, you will find the Madame Tussauds Museum. This is a place where you can meet dozens of celebrities and fictional characters.

Take pictures with actress Zendaya, Brazilian soccer player Neymar, host Jimmy Fallon, among other personalities. Also, by purchasing tickets to Madame Tussauds in Orlando, you can pose with Batman, Superman and many more.

  • Price: from 35€ per person.
  • Hours: daily from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm.

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Be amazed at the Museum of Illusions

For your next stop, you'll need to walk about five minutes to the Orlando Museum of Illusions. At this destination, you'll test your senses and defy the laws of gravity through a series of optical tricks.

In addition, you'll enjoy more than 50 rooms of illusion. For example, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Willy Wonka's disproportionate hallway and the Chocolate Factory, among others.

  • Price: Tickets to the Orlando Museum of Illusions start at €24 per person.
  • Hours: Wednesday to Friday (10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.) and Thursday (10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.).

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Have fun at Max Action Arena

Whether you visit Orlando in December, January or any other month, you can have a fun and different experience at the Max Action Arena.

This is an entertainment arcade that you can enjoy by purchasing tickets for Icon Park in Orlando. You will have the opportunity to play with virtual reality, do axe throwing, solve cases in an escape room, among other experiences. You will also have the opportunity to taste a select variety of wines and beers.

  • Price: the cost of the experience is around 45€ to 80€ per person.
  • Hours: Sunday to Thursday (11:00 to 23:00 hours) and Friday and Saturday (11:00 to 00:00 hours).

Climb The Wheel and get a different panoramic view of the city

To end the day, you can buy tickets for the Ferris wheel at Icon Park in Orlando. You will climb to a height of 122 meters and get a different view of the city.

During this experience you will be in an air-conditioned cabin with glass walls, which gives you a 360º view. You will be able to take amazing pictures of the sunset and, if you are in Orlando at night, you will see how the city lights up.

Day 7: Connect with a guided tour and discover new destinations

Everglades NP|©Reinhard Link
Everglades NP|©Reinhard Link

For your last day, the plan is simple. You should connect with a guided excursion that will allow you to discover new destinations: Florida Everglades or Kennedy Space Center.

Option 1: Embark on a guided hovercraft tour of the Florida Everglades

If you don't know how to get to the Everglades from Orlando, a good option is to take a guided tour. You will drive about 45 minutes to these famous wetlands and then cruise through miles of protected wetlands.

This is definitely an airboat ride in Orlando that will allow you to discover the flora and wildlife of the Central Florida Everglades. You will enjoy a tranquil atmosphere and be amazed to see alligators in their natural habitat.

  • Price: this excursion, considered one of the best airboat rides in Orlando, is priced at approximately $89 per person.
  • Duration: the experience usually lasts about 6 hours.

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Option 2: Join a Kennedy Space Center tour from Orlando

Joining one of the day tours to the Kennedy Space Center from Orlando turns out to be another good option for your last day in the city. Together with a professional guide, you will take a 60-minute minibus ride to the attraction to learn about the history of the space program.

On this Kennedy Space Center tour from Orlando, you will enter the Astronaut Hall of Fame and the IMAX theater. Then, at the Apollo/Saturn V Center, you'll see a recreation of the lunar landing, a life-size Saturn V rocket, and more. And, in the Space Shuttle Atlantis, you will find the Space Shuttle Atlantis where, in a space simulator, you will live a liftoff experience.

  • Price: the value of the experience is about 66€ per person.
  • Duration: the duration of the experience is about 12 hours.

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Sightseeing bus for long distance tours in Orlando

Orlando Bus|©TransportationFan
Orlando Bus|©TransportationFan

The Orlando sightseeing bus is a good alternative to travel long distances. You can get on and off as many times as you want at the approximately 15 assigned stops.

This way, just by purchasing a ticket valid for 1, 3, 5, 7 or 14 days, depending on your convenience, you can comfortably travel to places such as Universal Orlando Resort, Walt Disney World Resort, among other tourist destinations.

Tourist card to save on 7-day itinerary in Orlando

Man with cards|©Alan Rappa
Man with cards|©Alan Rappa

The tourist card is an essential tool for your 7-day trip to Orlando. You will save up to 35% when it comes to entrance fees to a number of attractions: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Icon Park, Madame Tussauds Museum, airboat ride, etc. You will be able to create your own itinerary and avoid the lines at the ticket office.

You only need to purchase the Orlando Explorer Pass and select between 2, 3, 4 or 5 attractions, according to your tastes and needs. This electronic pass is valid for a maximum of 60 days, starting from the moment it is activated, that is, when you scan it at the ticket office of a certain attraction.

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