Top Student Destinations: Orlando



Whether it be a senior trip, graduation surprise, or a well-deserved "just because" school trip, Orlando will be a thrill-filled adventure for your student group. With a few of the world's greatest theme parks all in one place, this trip is an especially good choice for adrenaline addicts, but there's, even more, to offer for those who prefer keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground.

To get obvious out of the way, a day or two at Disney World is a must -- but there's so much to do and see, you may want to set aside a full weekend! The Magic Kingdom is your one-stop-shop for dreams coming true -- tour Cinderella's castle, watch fireworks, enjoy a daily parade, and meet all your favorite Disney characters as they come out to play. For the best safari outside of Africa, march through the terrains of Animal Kingdom to see over 1700 different animals in six various natural habitats. End the day at Typhoon Lagoon fighting the splash at the world's largest outdoor wave pool.

If your group has a "been there, done that" attitude towards Disney's kingdom, there are countless other Orlando options for you! Universal Studios takes you inside some of your favorite movies with an impressive theme park paired with a real production studio. Jump inside the plot of Men in Black and help defeat extra-terrestrials, or avoid flying debris in tornado winds in Twister: Ride it Out, or get a tutorial in the grotesque with the Horror Make-Up Show. To enjoy a full city within a park, stroll down Universal City Walk at night to catch a flick, eat a 5-star meal, dance the night away or get some serious souvenir shopping done. Recent graduates can celebrate at Universal Studio's GradBash, held annually to celebrate accomplishments in education around the country.

But hey, maybe rides aren't your bag. For a more relaxing experience with conservation and wildlife, Discovery Cove is your best bet, with dolphin swims, otter play sessions and more. To add a bit of educational fun to your trip, the Kennedy Space Center should top your itinerary. Home and hub of incredible projects, thrilling experiment and discovery, every manned space mission and center stage for an American space adventure on the FL Coast since 1962, the Kennedy Space Center will give you an outta this world experience. Hope aboard Titanic, the Experience to get a taste of what freezing Atlantic waters Jack and Rose suffered in the film, and see what real riders of the ship left behind after the tragic sinking. To get a different type of thrill than a roller coaster, test the waters at Gatorland, where you can zip-line over marshes of hungry crocs and alligators, only to meet them with a trainer at the end, who may get fearfully close -- but how many people get to say they've touched an alligator?

No matter what attractions you choose, Orlando is a top destination for one reason -- your student group is guaranteed to have a blast