The future opening of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter has everyone holding their breath in anticipation. Come spring, Harry Potter fans can visit Universal Orlando and experience a truly Potter-ific time at the vast theme park. Fans both young and old from around the world is expected to throng the park to taste butterbeer at the Three Broomsticks, wear the very same uniforms Harry, Ron and Hermione wore and explore the wonderful world of Hogwarts. However, Universal Orlando is not just the only interesting venue in Orlando – other opportunities are abound, so here are some of the places to visit and things to see while in Orlando, Florida.

Personalized thrill rides galore
Everyone’s sure to visit the Universal Studios Florida but this year is your chance to experience improved rides such as the Hollywood Rip, Ride, Rockit where you can customize your rollercoaster ride by selecting your preferred soundtrack during the ride! Another ride you shouldn’t miss is the Sum of All Thrills ride at the Walt Disney Epcot. Fans of the Rollercoaster Tycoon PC game will love it – you get to design your ride, load it up to a simulator and then experience your own creation!

Air travel options
Flying to Orlando just got easier. Starting March 2010, AirTran will fly between Orlando and Des Moines while Allegiant Air have started flights between Orlando and Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport. Martinair makes it easier for travelers from Amsterdam to fly to Orlando non-stop thrice weekly while Taca also boasts of the same frequency for its flights to El Salvador to Orlando.

More things to see and do
Art enthusiasts will love Blank Space, a contemporary art gallery that’s great for an afternoon of fun art education. Want to see Orlando from an aerial view? The Kissimmee Air Museum’s helicopter tours will put you aboard one, AND teach you how to fly a helicopter if you are eager to learn! Those who love learning about dinosaurs should check out the new exhibits at Dinosaur World – now with new dino babies, life sized too!

New accommodation
Boasting 14000 rooms, the Hilton Orlando has opened its doors for guests from across the world. The Waldorf Astoria is also a great place to stay in Orlando with full amenities and comfort fit for a king. And speaking of comfort, the Comfort Suites Orlando Airport offers a great accommodation package for those who want to stay close to the airport. The Hilton Garden Inn offers soothing greenery and verdant scenery for those who want more “nature” and less of an urban setting in the accommodation.

Tips to save
The Orlando Magicard is a great source of discounts provided by the Orlando Convention and Visitors Bureau. Without paying a single penny for the card you can gain access to Disney discounts and travel bargains from 75 outlets in Orlando. Just download it from the website and you’ll find a cornucopia of restaurants, golf courses, hotels, and more services offering delectable discounts – all that’s sure to make your vacation worthwhile!

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