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Thereand#8217;s Another World Out There
If you think that central Florida consists only of Walt Disney World, youand#8217;re wrong. Whatand#8217;s more, youand#8217;re passing up some great fun and amazing sights. Admittedly, itand#8217;s taken a while, but Walt Disney World now has plenty of competition that measures up toe-to-toe. And though it may sound blasphemous to suggest a whole vacation in central Florida without setting foot on Disney property, itand#8217;s not only possible but also in many ways a fresh and appealing idea.
The big four non-Disney theme parks are Universal Studios Florida, Universal Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld, and Busch Gardens. Each is unique. Universal Studios Florida, a longtime rival of Disneyand#8217;s Hollywood Studios, draws its inspiration from movies and television and is every bit the equal of the Disney movie-themed park. Universal Islands of Adventure is arguably the most modern, high-tech theme park in the United States, featuring an all-star lineup of thrill rides that make it the best park in Florida for older kids and young-at-heart adults.
SeaWorld provides an incomparable glimpse into the world of marine mammals and fish, served up in a way that (for the most part) eliminates those never-ending lines. Finally, Busch Gardens, with its shows, zoological exhibits, and knockout coasters, offers the most eclectic entertainment mix of any theme park we know.
All four parks approximate, equal, or exceed the Disney standard without imitating Disney, successfully blending distinctive presentations and personalities into every attraction.
What else is covered?
Complete scoop on all the Harry Potter attractions at Universal Orlando
The latest from Legoland Florida
The Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex
The Holy Land Experience
Water Parks and Water Sports
Old Town and Fun Spot USA
Outdoor Recreation and much more
Beyond Disney: The Unofficial Guide to Universal, SeaWorld, and the Best of Central Florida,
by Bob Sehlinger and Seth Kubersky is a guide to non-Disney theme parks, attractions, restaurants, outdoor recreation, and nightlife in Orlando and central Florida. Features include the latest information on the new Harry Potter attractions at Universal Studios as well as step-by-step touring plans that save four hours of waiting in line at Universal Studios and Universal's Island of Adventure. Complete chapters are devoted to the Universal parks, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, Legoland, and the NASA Kennedy Space Center among others. Leading you step-by-step, itand#8217;s the guide that puts you ahead of the crowd and keeps you there.
About the Author
a Lowell Thomas Award-winning journalist, is best known as the creator and producer of The Unofficial Guide
series. He is founder and co-owner of Keen Communications, a book publishing company that includes Menasha Ridge Press, Clerisy Press, and Wilderness Press. The author of 27 books, Sehlinger is a past president of the Publishers Association of the South, and has served at the invitation of the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Information Service on educational missions for publishers in Hungary, Romania, and Russia. He lives in Birmingham, AL.
Seth Kubersky has worked for more than 20 years as a theatrical artist, culture critic, and travel journalist. In addition to coauthoring The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland, Kubersky also contributes to The Intrepid Travelerand#8217;s Florida guidebooks and Orlando Attractions Magazine. Named Best Arts Writer in The Daily Cityand#8217;s 2013 readersand#8217; poll, Kubersky writes an arts and entertainment column, and#147;Live Active Cultures,and#8221; that appears in every issue of the Orlando Weekly, central Floridaand#8217;s leading alternative newspaper. Kubersky lives in downtown Orlando, FL, with his wife, Genevieve, and their cats, Java and Brubeck.