Disney’s Blizzard Beach is themed after a one time ski resort that has all but melted away making it an awesome water park! Slides, water pools, rapids, and a chairlift are all found within. A perfect one or two day excursion from vacationing on Anna Maria Island. A must visit for a hot Summer day.
If you’re daring enough you can take a 120 foot drop on Summit Plummet and find out how fast you were traveling when you reach the bottom. The near vertical drop is enough to get your adrenaline pumping for another climb to the top of Mount Gushmore to ride again!
There are 12 attractions total, and 7 dining options within Blizzard Beach. You can ride with a friend on a double tube down the Runoff Rapids or race against them to be the first one down the Downhill Double Dipper. If that doesn’t suit your style, you can always relax in the one acre wave pool.
Take a dip, a slip, or a plunge into the cool waters at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon. The water park features numerous slides, a lazy river, and cool summer fun. The picture above shows the giant wave pool right along the Disney park beach shore. Soak up some rays and then cool off in the water. A great one or two day trip from Anna Maria Island. Another option to cool off from the Summer Heat is to visit Blizzard Beach very close to Typhoon Lagoon.
The park also has a surfing school for those interested in learning. The controlled environment is ideal, and lessons are offered on select days before the opening of the park. More information on the camp can be found by contacting them directly at (407) 939-7529. Don’t forget we have surfing camps on Anna Maria Island as well!
The park consists of 11 rides including the shark reef. Included with your admission to the park is the opportunity to snorkel on the artificial coral reef within the park. You can get an up close look at sharks, stingrays, and schools of fish. The reef is 10 feet deep and a chilling 68 degrees so be ready to take a deep breath before you jump in!
Roar with the lions; monkey around with the prime-apes; growl with the tigers; laugh with the hyenas! You can do all this and more at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park. The goal is simple here. Get in touch with nature, and teach conservation so that it can be enjoyed by future generations as well! Being located only two hours from Anna Maria Island makes Animal Kingdom a great Orlando day trip.
There are many exhibits to see around the park, and many can be viewed while riding the Wildlife Express Train. In addition to this tour, there are more personal tours which will take you closer to becoming one with the wild. You can learn about how the Disney cast members take care of over 1500 inhabitants of the park in a Backstage Safari, test your physical limits in Expedition Everest, or embark on a Wild Africa Trek where you’ll cross rope bridges and get a great view of the wildlife.
There are also 12 dining options to choose from within the park, including Rainforest Cafe, each with their own unique style and atmosphere.
Park hours for summer 2013 are 9:00AM to 8:00PM Monday-Thursday and 9:00AM to 7:00PM Friday-Sunday with differing hours on holidays.
In addition to the other Disney parks here are some more Orlando parks.
Visiting Disney World from Anna Maria Island is a perfect one or two day trip that is sure to provide another level of entertainment. Bring the Hollywood magic to life at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park. If there is one thing Walt Disney World does amazingly well, it is bringing the movie experience to life within Hollywood Studios. As you walk around the park you will feel as if you’re the main character on set of the next big movie release. The iconic Hollywood Tower Hotel as well as Mickey’s magical hat from Fantasia can be found within!
If that doesn’t satisfy you join Phineas and Ferb as they make the movie of all movies detailing their summer vacation! There’s no better way to celebrate the summer season than with the ultimate summer break stars.
If you’re seeking a thrill you can ride the Rock’n Roller Coaster which will have you grooving to Aerosmith tracks or catch the Lights, Motors, Action! extreme stunt show.
There is plenty to see at Disney’s Hollywood Studios park so be sure to bring along a comfortable pair of walking shoes. You’ll be doing a lot!
Park hours for summer 2013 are 9:00AM to 10:00PM with differing hours on holidays.
Featuring cuisines from around the world, Disney’s Epcot is a food lover’s paradise all within the World of Walt Disney, and being in close proximity to Anna Maria Island makes it a perfect Orlando day trip destination! 32 dining choices are present across 24 different categories:
African, American, Asian, Bakery, British, Cajun/Creole, Chinese, Cuban, French, German, Greek, Indian, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Mediterranean, Mexican, Moroccan, Norwegian, Polynesian, Seafood, Steakhouse, Sushi. Take your pick or try them all (not recommended in one sitting)!
Although the food is the main attraction of the Epcot park, there are 31 attractions to take in as well; themed around the cultures reflected in the food choices. Get a cup of tea from a British coffeehouse, eat a baguette at a French boulangerie, or dine on sushi in a Japanese “Resutoran.”
Disney Epcot park hours for summer are 9:00AM to 9:00PM with differing hours on holidays. We just visited Epcot over Thanksgiving and the fireworks display was amazing!
If you’re still looking for more theme park options that are not too far from Anna Maria Island, we have compiled a list just for you!
Disney’s Magic Kingdom is one of the six theme parks located at Walt Disney World in Lake Buena Vista, FL. If you want to get the full experience at the Magic Kingdom park an Orlando day trip from Anna Maria Island is a great choice!
Disney’s Magic Kingdom will bring out the kid in you. All of the fairy tales you grew up with come to life in beautiful and amazing fashion. Explore the park and expect to see many of your favorite story book characters roaming and interacting with the guests! Throughout the day parades are held featuring the likes of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Pluto, Goofy, and many other recognizable faces! Be sure to stay late and watch the fireworks show.
Split up into various regions you can take a walk through the Agrabah market just like Aladdin did or venture through areas themed after the Toy Story world. Maybe even take a trip to infinity and beyond with Buzz Lightyear!
Centered in the park is the most famous and recognizable of the Disney landmarks, the Cinderella castle. Although seemingly much taller, the Cinderella castle stands only 190 feet tall. A keen visual trick played by the architects causes the viewer’s perspective to make the castle stand much taller and wider than it actually is.
Disney’s Magic Kingdom features over 38 attractions, 45 shows and entertainment opportunities, 28 dining locations, and 13 events and tours! You can be guaranteed enough activity to keep both you and the kids entertained.
Park hours for summer are 9:00AM to 11:00PM with differing hours on holidays however we always suggest you check with Disney for park hour changes.
Disney World Park Guide | Theme Parks in the Orlando, FL area!
So you’re in Florida. What are you going to do now? “I’m going to Disney World!” should be the clear response. Visiting Disney World is a great Orlando day trip option for visitors staying on Anna Maria Island.
Located in Lake Buena Vista, FL, Disney World has six theme parks to choose from each with a differing theme.
Or visit Downtown Disney for shopping, entertainment, concerts and clubs! Definitely adult related however lego land and two theme based restaurants can make this fun for the whole family.
There are many options to choose from if you wish to get the Disney experience. At the time of this posting ticket prices range from $53 to $95 for a single day ticket. There are also better offers for group purchases and multi-day or multi-park options. Are you a Florida resident? If so many passes provide discounts for Florida residents.