Summer 2024 Things To Do Free Orlando Travel Guide
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As summer approaches, families are starting to plan their much-awaited vacations to sunny Central Florida. And with its endless array of theme parks, perfect weather, and lively atmosphere, Orlando has become a top destination for family travelers. But while planning a trip to this bustling area can be exciting, it can also be overwhelming with so many options and attractions to choose from. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive guide filled with unique activities and experiences that make for an unforgettable family vacation. From exploring theme parks and relaxing in water parks to discovering hidden gems and cultural landmarks, join us as we embark on an adventure through Central Florida – without breaking the bank! So grab your sunscreen and sunglasses as we dive into our ultimate free travel guide for an amazing Summer in Orlando.


Dive into Family-Friendly Fun at Island H2O Water Park

Make a splash at Island H2O Water Park, where cool family moments merge seamlessly with state-of-the-art technology for an unforgettable interactive experience! Embark on a leisurely trip down the lazy river, bob along in the wave pool, and let the kids make a splash in their fun-focused play area. In the interactive splash zone, the fun multiplies, and adrenaline junkies can challenge themselves on body and tube slides.

Get competitive on the racing slides, or take an exhilarating spin on colossal raft rides. If relaxation is more your speed, unwind in the adult pool or book a private cabana for that touch of exclusivity. Dive right into summer with our exhilarating Dive-In movies, move to the beat of live music, and surround yourself in joy at the family foam parties.

But, Island H2O isn’t all about the kids! We have exclusive events for adults too! Experience the thrill at our Let’s Glow Adults Only glow foam parties – see the park in a whole new light, bask in foam parties and whoosh down select slides under a starlit sky. Due to skyrocketing popularity, we highly advise purchasing your tickets online to whizz through the entrance. Remember, don’t miss capturing those joyous moments and share your memorable day with the world!

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New Penguin Trek Coaster Launches at SeaWorld Orlando

Known as Orlando’s Roller Coaster Kingdom, SeaWorld Orlando enthralled visitors yet again this spring with its newest exhilarating ride, Penguin Trek. As the park’s eighth thrilling coaster, Penguin Trek is an extraordinary family launch adventure that propels you through the breathtaking landscapes of Antarctica. Join us this summer for an unmatched escapade to the icy continent!

This extraordinary coaster presents not one, but two pulse-pounding launches on a circuitous adventure of twists and turns. Feel the adrenaline rush as you speed up to 43 mph on a 3,020-foot track that takes you inside and out! Strap yourself in and prepare for an amazing journey that transcends the ordinary and immerses you into an extraordinary themed escapade. Imagine yourself as a fearless explorer, traversing the frosty wilderness of Antarctica on a unique snowmobile-style ride. Barely escaping the icy grip of a cave, your heart-stopping quest continues as you challenge the outdoor track’s dangerous twists.

Brace yourself for an adrenaline-fueled roller coaster ride that ends on a heartwarming note! Feel the anticipation build as the coaster slows down, dropping you right in the center of SeaWorld Orlando‘s captivating penguin sanctuary. The euphoria of the thrill ride beautifully transforms into an unforgettable encounter with our endearing, feathered friends. This mesmerizing journey from thrilling adventure to a memorable rendezvous with these adorable creatures will be permanently imprinted in your memory.


Spectacular Nightly Show Luminous the Symphony of Us at EPCOT

EPCOT, a park that’s always celebrated the unity of humanity, is introducing an awe-inspiring nighttime extravaganza, Luminous the Symphony of Us. This spectacle will unite visitors at the World Showcase Lagoon, illuminating the collective experiences that link us globally. The breathtaking fusion of fireworks, water-shows, lights, and melodies make it the ideal curtain call to an unforgettable day at EPCOT.

Like an alluring symphony, ‘Luminous the Symphony of Us’ presents a sequence of themes, each mirroring intrinsic aspects of our lives. The audience can look forward to novel interpretations of beloved Disney classics that breathe life into the narrative. This includes a multilingual rendition of “You’ll Be in My Heart” and “Proud Corazón,” timeless tracks like “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” a powerful orchestration of “So Close” from Disney’s Enchanted, touching performances of “When She Loved Me,” “Remember Me” and “Into the Unknown.” Culminating with a grand finale initiated by “I See the Light” from Tangled. Coupled with these arrangements are two brand new, original songs crafted just for this show: “Heartbeat Symphony” and “Beating of our Hearts.”

Disney remains committed to crafting unforgettable visitor experiences with mesmerizing storytelling and exciting new features, such as the unveiling of Luminous the Symphony of Us and the inauguration of World Celebration Gardens. This highlights another significant step in EPCOT’s multi-year makeover, where the new zone will feature Dreamers Point – a spot designed to inspire guests with the freshly installed “Walt the Dreamer” statue. The statue captures Walt in his later years, when he was envisioning the earliest ideas for the park and the larger Florida Project.

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The Enchanting World of the Lonely Dog Immersive Experience

Explore the magical universe of Lonely Dog at the Immersive Experience located in Orlando. This captivating art extravaganza, nestled in the Orlando International Premium Outlets, showcases the work of highly-acclaimed New Zealand artist, Ivan Clark. Dive into the vibrant world of Lonely Dog, also known as Arthur Snout, an orphaned canine adventuring across the thrilling landscapes of Port Alveridge and beyond. It’s more than just an exhibit – it’s an emotive narrative of music, passion, tragedy, and triumph.

The immersive experience of Lonely Dog is a must-visit for all ages, art lovers, and those seeking an extraordinary escape in Orlando. Get ready to be charmed by the rich storytelling and lively atmosphere that only the Lonely Dog Immersive Experience can offer.


New Details About Epic Universe Park Opening in 2025

Gearing up for a 2025 launch, Universal Destinations & Experiences, or UDX, is thrilled to unveil its latest marvel – Epic Universe. This fresh addition to the Orlando resort guarantees an unmatched theme park adventure, leading guests on a journey across expansive landscapes overflowing with over fifty mesmerizing attractions, entertainment, dining, and shopping possibilities.

Universal Orlando’s upcoming fourth theme park is strategically planned to weave their parks into a full week of vacation destination that’s brimming with more enrapturing experiences than you’ve ever encountered. The portal to Epic Universe will transport you into five remarkable worlds that are as visually stunning as they are culturally enriching. Get ready to traverse the bounds of your wildest dreams!

Delve into the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Ministry of Magic

Step into the enchanting aura of 1920s Wizarding Paris from Warner Bros Pictures’ Fantastic Beasts films and the renowned British Ministry of Magic from the Harry Potter series.


Dive into unforgettable adventures as you navigate through the iconic green pipe into the world of popular characters like Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, and Donkey Kong.

Embark on Viking Adventures with How to Train Your Dragon – Isle of Berk

Take flight with dragons in this vibrant world of Viking stories drawn from the hit How to Train Your Dragon film franchise.

Two other realms, Celestial Park and Mysterious Dark Universe will round out the five areas of the new park.

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Ripley’s New Mirror Maze at Ripley’s Orlando

Renowned for its vast collection of surprising, peculiar, and astounding exhibits, the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Odditorium on International Drive in Orlando introduces its newest remarkable feature – the Mirror Maze. This interactive attraction invites you to partake in an enthralling adventure. Get lost in a captivating maze illuminated by LED lights and reflected infinitely, creating a remarkably challenging journey through a complex web of mirror-based illusions. Do you have the wit and courage to navigate your way out?

Set off on an adventure through twisting corridors and reflective rooms, guaranteed to challenge even the most experienced explorers. Test your skills and encounter excitement at every twist and strive to uncover the one real route to triumph.

You’re not required to embark on this journey solo! Get a companion and navigate through seemingly infinite corridors adorned with LED lighting and infinity mirrors. Test your perception skills and sense of orientation – there’s no need to worry, rescue teams get dispatched every thirty minutes at Ripley’s Mirror Maze!


Summer is always an exciting time to visit Orlando, and 2024 will be no different. With the addition of new parks and attractions, as well as the return of beloved events and experiences, there is truly something for everyone in this vibrant city. Whether you’re a thrill-seeker looking to cool off at a water park or a fan of art and culture seeking out immersive experiences, Orlando has it all.

With so much to do and see in Orlando during this summer, it’s important to plan ahead. Make sure to download our free travel guide for exclusive discounts on accommodations, dining, and popular attractions. Whether you’re traveling with family or friends, our guide will help you make the most out of your trip without breaking the bank.