One Day Orlando Itineraries

Orlando tells a tale! A magical fairy tale of pretty princesses, colorful characters, enchanting worlds of mystery and endless thrills to excite everyone! From tiny tots shaking hands with Mickey Mouse and tireless teens on a quest for speed to creative minds exploring the vibrant, cultural neighborhoods, Orlando is a hub of endless attractions and hidden gems. Spending only one day in Orlando is like jumping in mid-fairy tale! Deciding where to go and what to see can be overwhelming, so let’s start with some fun ideas to fill one day in Orlando. With the perfect itinerary in hand, prepare to explore the best Orlando has to offer from the home base of your Holiday Villas Orlando Vacation Rental with all the privacy, space and comfort of home.
 

DISNEY IN A DAY
One Day in Orlando for the Disney Fanatic

Disney World Fireworks


For many, a trip to Orlando is pure Disney! We have good news: With a little stamina, patience, sense of adventure and good shoes, of course, visiting four parks in one day is possible! First, step into the heart of Africa at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. While there, you’ll ride the rails on the rustic Wildlife Express Train, weave through mountain landscapes on the high-speed Expedition Everest, and take a prehistoric tour on Dinosaur. Give yourself two hours here. Next, it’s time to celebrate Tinseltown at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Venture to the right when you enter the park to visit the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for the ride of a lifetime in a haunted elevator and a crazy limo ride with Aerosmith on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Then, continue the adventure on the energetic 3D Star Wars ride. Grab a quick lunch-on-the-go as you head off early afternoon to explore the culture and cuisines of the 11 nations at Epcot, Disney’s most diverse theme park with attractions to excite both young and old. Start in the front of the park on the fascinating Mission: Space, design and ride a concept vehicle on the challenging Test Track, then travel in time from the Stone Age to Computer Age on Spaceship Earth inside the iconic globe.  Where in the world appeals to you? Lose yourself in travel at the World Showcase! Head to the back of the park for a boat ride in Mexico, tap your feet along to the Matsuriza drummers at the Japan Pavilion, satisfy your sweet tooth at a French patisserie, drink a beer in Germany or take a selfie in Morocco! Time will be limited so pick your countries wisely! Last, and most certainly not least, is Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the most classic of all the parks, a land of adventures, age-old stories and exhilarating thrills. There are over 40 attractions to choose from, so pick your favorites that will suit the ages of your travel group and ride to your heart's content until it’s time to “Celebrate the Magic” and bid farewell to Disney with the spectacular, can’t-miss Disney Fireworks Extravaganza. (Tips: Purchase a one-day park hopper ticket, opt for the single rider line to avoid longer waits and use the My Disney Experience mobile app to plan your trip).Tinseltown at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Venture to the right when you enter the park to visit the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror for the ride of a lifetime in a haunted elevator and a crazy limo ride with Aerosmith on the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Then, continue the adventure on the energetic 3D Star Wars ride. Grab a quick lunch-on-the-go as you head off early afternoon to explore the culture and cuisines of the 11 nations at Epcot, Disney’s most diverse theme park with attractions to excite both young and old. Start in the front of the park on the fascinating Mission: Space, design and ride a concept vehicle on the challenging Test Track, then travel in time from the Stone Age to Computer Age on Spaceship Earth inside the iconic globe.  Where in the world appeals to you? Lose yourself in travel at the World Showcase! Head to the back of the park for a boat ride in Mexico, tap your feet along to the Matsuriza drummers at the Japan Pavilion, satisfy your sweet tooth at a French patisserie, drink a beer in Germany or take a selfie in Morocco! Time will be limited so pick your countries wisely! Last, and most certainly not least, is Disney’s Magic Kingdom, the most classic of all the parks, a land of adventures, age-old stories and exhilarating thrills. There are over 40 attractions to choose from, so pick your favorites that will suit the ages of your travel group and ride to your until it’s time to “Celebrate the Magic” and bid farewell to Disney with the spectacular, can’t-miss Disney Fireworks Extravaganza. (Tips: Purchase a one-day park hopper ticket, opt for the single rider line to avoid longer waits and use the My Disney Experience mobile app to plan your trip).
 

THRILLS & SPILLS
One Day in Orlando for Tots & Toddlers

Animal Kingdom


Fairytale dreams come alive at the classic Disney’s Magic Kingdom. The biggest thrill for the tots is to meet their favorite characters! Save time by pre-booking a Character Breakfast, giving you early park access and more time to explore the rides. Climb aboard the railroad to Toontown where you will visit Mickey and Minnie and ride Goofy’s Barnstormer. Then, make your way to Fantasyland to enjoy some of the classic attractions: Fly with Dumbo, ride the spinning tea cups and take a journey on Peter Pan’s Flight. While you’re there, Cinderella’s Castle is the perfect place for a photo op! Refuel the kids with a quick, budget-friendly snack (we’d recommend the highly-popular Dole Whip). Next, you’ll ride the Magic Carpets of Aladdin before heading off on a Jungle Cruise through Asia, Africa and South America. It’s now time to park hop over to an all-time favorite for little ones, Disney’s Animal Kingdom. By now there are sure to be tired feet and ravenous kids. Settle in for a feast in a tropical rainforest at the Rainforest Café then put tired feet up, relax and enjoy a Safari through the lush African savanna. Time check! There are plenty of other attractions and rides to enjoy if you can sneak them in before making your way to your final destination. Enjoy a fantastical interactive dinner experience for the whole family at The Cirque Magique Dinner Show, sure to keep tired kids awake with magicians, clowns, acrobats and even performing puppies. (Tip: Fear not, if you have tireless teens in tow, they can explore the Magic Kingdom’s three mountains, Space Mountain, Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad or send them on a mission at Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom.)
 

THRILLS & MORE THRILLS
One Day in Orlando for Tireless Teens

Wizarding World of Harry Potter


When flying Dumbo no longer appeals, spinning tea cups are boring and…who is Mickey Mouse? You are suddenly faced with a wild and tireless teen seeking fast high-tech thrills! Look no further. Orlando has crazy rides for the fearless, taking excitement to the limits. Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a favorite among teens. Turn upside down at the Rock ‘N’ Roller Coaster at 60 miles per hour as Aerosmith blasts through the speakers in your seat and experience the ultimate thrill ride - the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, hoisting your teen to 199 feet through a series of drops and climbs. Looking for fast cars and action movies? Head to the jumps, twists, turns and explosions of the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show. Star Wars fans can experience a simulator ride with a twist on Star Tours. If their stomachs are still intact, there are plenty of diners to grab a quick lunch. We’d recommend Min and Bill’s Dockside Diner for a hot dog with pulled pork. Or, if you’re looking for a healthier option, Starring Rolls Café has yummy sandwiches and salads. Once you’ve had your fill, head to the adrenaline pumping Universal Studios, a must for teens as it has some of the scariest rides in town. Islands of Adventure (known for its thrill rides) and Universal Studios both offer hours of entertainment and, one of our favorite elements – you can ride the Hogwarts Express from one park to another! Enter the Wizarding World of Harry Potter for a killer combo of roller coasters, simulators and animatronics not for the faint of heart. Plunge down an 85-foot waterfall to escape the jaws of a hungry T-Rex on the Jurassic Park River Adventure and reach new heights at Doctor Doom’s Fearfall. Burst through the big screen on the Transformers ride, pick your tunes and drop down 17 stories on Rip Ride Rockit, team up with the world’s favorite green ogre at the Shrek 4D movie and then plunge into dark thrills at Revenge of the Mummy. Finally, face your fears and push your mind to the limits at the Fear Factor Live at the World Expo. Your teens don’t need to venture far to enjoy a fun evening at Universal’s CityWalk, Orlando’s hot spot for entertainment, located just outside the park entrance. Stroll the buzzing plaza and enjoy an unbelievable show with the Blue Man Group, where art, technology music and humor set the tone for an unforgettable experience.
 

I-DRIVE IN A DAY
One Day on Orlando’s Tourist Corridor

Orlando Eye


If you have already experienced the thrills of the world’s greatest theme parks, we suggest you hop on board the I-RIDE Trolley to explore the world-class attractions and entertainment in Orlando’s tourist corridor - International Drive. There, you’ll climb the iconic grand staircase at the Titanic Artifact Exhibition, escape the ordinary at the Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Odditorium and pose with your favorite celebs at Madame Tussauds. Next, take a break from the streets for a ride 400 feet in the sky in a glass capsule of the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye to take in spectacular views of Orlando. A must see for all ages! By now, it’s time for a treat, and Sugar Factory is sure to impress with its World Famous King Kong Sundae. If golf is your game, challenge the family at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf before heading to the world’s only upside-down museum, WonderWorks, sparking the imagination of both young and old with funky interactive exhibits.  And now for something completely different.  Escapology is a unique experience where amateur escape artists can be their own hero, locked in a themed room with 60 minutes to escape! Of course, a vacation is not complete without a little retail therapy, and International Drive will be your one stop for a chance to shop, shop, shop! End the day with I-Drive’s vibrant nightlife. Catch a comedy show, dine with pirates or dance the night away at a blues club. Get ready for an action-packed day from one trolley stop to the next. (Tip: Plan your Orlando I-Drive Trip with Access I-Drive Orlando’, the perfect tool for making the most of your stay.)
 

ARTS & CULTURE
One Day in Orlando for the Creative Mind

Lake Eola Park in Orlando


You won’t find any Disney characters on the streets of Orlando’s hip neighborhoods, yet the vein of creativity continues throughout the museums, galleries, eclectic sidewalk cafes and treasure trove of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. The trendy neighborhood of Thornton Park in the heart of downtown Orlando is a great place to start. Walk the cobblestone streets lined with trendy cafes, discover the works of local and international artists at the funky CityArts Factory and rent an iconic swan paddle boat in Lake Eola Park, a peaceful retreat in the heart of the city.  The nearby Ivanhoe Village is one of Orlando’s most treasured historic neighborhoods. Formerly known as Antiques Row, you’ll explore a half-mile stretch of antique and eclectic stores, followed by a quick stop at an artsy restaurant for lunch. Art lovers and creative minds find refuge at Loch Haven Park, the cultural heart of Orlando, scenically nestled between three lakes and lined with Orlando’s finest museums, galleries and theaters. Enjoy world-class entertainment at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, Orlando Repertory Theatre or the Orlando Ballet, view Orlando’s finest collection of art at the Orlando Museum of Art and Mennello Museum of Folk Art and Sculpture Gardens and, for the kids in tow, get lost in four floors of fun exhibits at the Orlando Science Center. On the shoreline of Lake Rowena lies a hidden gem often overlooked by tourists: the Harry P. Leu Gardens & Museums, which are home to over 1,000 rose bushes, North American’s largest collection of camellias, a citrus grove, a colorful butterfly garden and a restored 19th-century house museum. While there’s much to see here, you’ll want to budget your time. You cannot miss the tree-lined streets of Winter Park, located just a little further north on the shores of Lake Osceola. You’ll be impressed by the largest collection of Tiffany Glass in the world at the Morse Museum, the works of Matisse and Picasso at the Cornell Fine Arts Museum and the tranquil sculpture gardens at the Albin Polasek Museum.  Stroll the cobblestone streets of Winter Park’s Park Avenue where you are sure to find the perfect dining experience to end your day and reflect on the creativity of Orlando that so few visitors discover.