Which theme park to visit in Orlando

March 25, 2016

At the Hawthorn Suites Lake Buena Vista we love to go above and beyond to assist our guests. One of the ways we found to provide stellar customer service was to be very present on social media to allow for an easy two-way communication between our guests and our hotel. Our guests often stop by our Facebook page to send us a private message asking general question about our hotel, nearby restaurants, must-visit attractions and theme park tips for their trip. One of the questions we frequently get is “what theme parks should I visit if I only have a few days in Orlando?” and our answer is always: it depends.

People have difference preferences, so we decided to write this blog post to give our opinion regarding this subject. So here are our suggestions: If…


It’s your first time: Visit the Magic Kingdom. It’s the classic choice since it was the first and original theme park to open in Orlando. The park screams “Disney” and it’s incredibly magical. You will be able to visit the Cinderella Castle and watch one of the most amazing fireworks displays you’ve ever seen.

Magic kingdom theme park to visit in Orlando


All adults in your party: Visit Epcot. You will be able to go around the world visiting multiple countries and experiencing different cultures. Each country pavilion offers something different to do, eat and drink. You can have a margarita in Mexico, lunch in France and a Gelato in Italy. All in the same day!

Epcot center food and wine


Traveling with teenagers: Visit Universal Orlando.  Universal offers more thrilling rides than Disney World. The roller coasters, Marvel rides and Harry Potter lands are all teenager’s favorites.  And if you only have time for one park, choose by looking up the specific rides for each Universal park. Another park that teenagers rave about is Disney’s Hollywood Studio that has the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster® Starring Aerosmith and the Hollywood Tower of Terror that will literally make your stomach drop!

Universal theme park to visit in Orlando


Traveling with kids: Animal Kingdom. Kids get to go on a safari and the park even has a petting zoo with goats, sheep, donkeys, cows and pigs. The best part, though, is that this park is more relaxed, and generally not as crowded as other Disney parks, which allow more freedom for the kids and peace of mind for the parents.

Theme park to visit in Orlando


Traveling with toddlers: Visit Sea World. This is also a very relaxing park where you can just sit back and watch amazing shows. Little kids are always mesmerized by the endless aquariums and colorful creatures.

Theme park to visit in Orlando


Visiting in the summer peak: All parks will be crowded, so it will all come down to personal preference. If you have been to the classic parks before, we would highly suggest visiting a water park. Walking around in a theme park when temperature are too high can be quite draining, so a water park will guarantee the fun.

Water Park theme park to visit in Orlando


Which park is your favorite? Stop by our Facebook page to let us know 🙂