- Experience Universal Orlando. Universal Studios Florida and its sister, Islands of Adventure, are both chock-full of thrilling rides and spectacular shows that combine cutting-edge technology, high-tech special effects, and incredible imagination and creativity. The attention to detail throughout the parks is amazing -- check out the street sets at USF and the wildly unique landscapes of IOA (including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter) and you'll see what I mean. For thrill seekers, not-to-be-missed attractions include Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit, Revenge of the Mummy, Men in Black Alien Attack, the Dragon Challenge, the Forbidden Journey, the Incredible Hulk Coaster, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, and Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls.
- Pamper Yourself with a Spa Treatment. Rest, relax, and rejuvenate -- you may very well need to if you intend on surviving all of the fast-paced activities you've planned. After a few days at the parks, it should almost be a requirement. Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa (tel. 407/934-7639 or 407/824-3000), the Mandara Spa at Universal's Portofino Bay Hotel (tel. 888/322-5541 or 407/503-1000) and at the WDW Dolphin (tel. 407/934-4000), the Spa by Guerlain at the Waldorf Astoria (tel. 407/597-5360 or 407/352-4000), the Neu Lotus Spa at the Renaissance Orlando at SeaWorld (tel. 407/351-5555), and the Spa at the Peabody (tel. 407/345-4431 or 407/586-0000) all offer an array of fabulous treatments, some with salon services to boot.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.