Top Attractions for First-Timers

With world-famous theme parks and endless entertainment options, Orlando has something for every type of traveler. Here are some of the most iconic attractions your group can’t miss on a first trip to The City Beautiful.

Walt Disney World

No trip to Orlando is complete without a visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Walt Disney World encompasses four phenomenal theme parks – Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom. From thrilling rides like Space Mountain to nightly fireworks shows, there’s non-stop magic for all ages at these legendary parks. Be sure to experience classic attractions like It’s a Small World, Pirates of the Caribbean, and the Haunted Mansion. And don’t miss new additions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Hollywood Studios. With so much to see and do, your group could easily spend several days exploring Walt Disney World’s parks.

Universal Orlando Resort

For movie buffs and thrill seekers, Universal Orlando Resort offers epic adventures across two amazing theme parks. At Universal Studios Florida, jump into the action of your favorite films on rides like Escape from Gringotts and Despicable Me Minion Mayhem. Over at Islands of Adventure, brave intense roller coasters like the Incredible Hulk Coaster and Jurassic Park River Adventure. When you need a break from the parks, explore the entertainment and dining at Universal CityWalk. And be sure to check out the spectacular shows and effects at nighttime events like the Cinematic Celebration. With the convenience of resort hotels on-site, Universal makes for an unbeatable Orlando getaway.


The whimsical world of LEGO comes to life at LEGOLAND Florida, where kids of all ages can let their imaginations run wild. Show off your engineering skills on rides like The Dragon coaster and Driving School. Challenge your friends on LEGO NINJAGO The Ride and at the Fun Town Driving School. Then snap pics with giant LEGO characters throughout Miniland USA and beyond. LEGOLAND is ideal for younger kids, with hands-on play areas like Duplo Valley and the Imagination Zone. Grown-ups will marvel at over a million LEGO bricks transformed into replicas of American landmarks. For a theme park experience packed with interactive LEGO fun, LEGOLAND Florida is a must-visit attraction.

Icon OrlandoTM

Soar over 400 feet in the air for panoramic views of Orlando at Icon Orlando. This iconic observation wheel in the heart of International Drive features air-conditioned cabins for a comfortable ride. Gaze out at Orlando’s famous theme parks and sparkling lakes as you go round and round. For an unforgettable perspective on Orlando, a spin on Icon Orlando is a can’t-miss experience.

I-Drive 360 and The Wheel at ICON ParkTM

For even more record-breaking thrills, head to The Wheel at ICON Park. Soar 400 feet above International Drive on the observation wheel, with special cabins like the glass-floor capsule. Then experience Orlando’s fastest and tallest free-fall drop tower, along with more heart-pounding rides like a slingshot and indoor spinning coaster. With dining and entertainment steps away, I-Drive 360 is a prime destination for group fun.

WonderWorks Orlando

Bring out your inner child at WonderWorks Orlando on International Drive. This indoor amusement park is packed with interactive exhibits that make learning about science, math, and nature a blast. Get lost in the laser tag maze, experience hurricane-force winds, and let loose on the giant indoor ropes course. With non-stop hands-on adventures perfect for all ages, WonderWorks brings education to life in the most entertaining way.


For a uniquely Floridian experience, make a splash at Gatorland. Get up close with thousands of alligators and crocodiles at this iconic attraction, established in 1949. Families can safely see massive reptiles like Bubba, Chester, and Bertha on the boardwalk at Gator Lake or during exciting lake-front shows. Little ones love the Gator Nursery and Screamin’ Gator Zip Line. For an unforgettable day filled with real Florida wildlife, Gatorland is a must.

Fun Spot America

From go karts to roller coasters, Fun Spot America offers prime family entertainment on International Drive. Feed your need for speed on the White Lightning wooden coaster or race track. Try your hand at carnival-style games on the midway or cool off on water slides like Hurricane Falls. With two massive parks packed with rides and amusements, Fun Spot America promises an action-packed visit.

The Holy Land Experience

Embark on a spiritual journey through ancient Biblical times at the Holy Land Experience in Orlando. This unique park brings sacred stories and places to life through immersive exhibits and live entertainment. Meet men of valor like Abraham and Moses, watch live shows like The Passion, or stroll through iconic settings such as the Garden of Eden. Whether you want a simple day of inspiration or a complete Bible experience, the Holy Land Experience enlightens and uplifts.

How to Get Around Orlando?

With so many exciting attractions across Orlando, transportation is a key consideration for first-time visitors. Here’s an overview of getting around Orlando using public transit, taxis/rideshares, or charter buses:

Public Transportation

The main public transportation system in Orlando is LYNX, which offers local bus routes primarily around downtown Orlando and neighboring areas. While using LYNX can be an affordable option, the routes are limited and may not be ideal for reaching all Orlando attractions. Transferring between multiple buses may be required. The I-Ride Trolley provides bus transportation specifically along International Drive between area hotels, restaurants, attractions and shopping centers. It’s more direct for reaching I-Drive destinations but also has limited routes.

Taxis and Rideshares

For more direct transportation, taxis and rideshares like Uber and Lyft are readily available throughout Orlando. These point-to-point services allow you to travel quickly between any two locations in the metro area.  While convenient, using multiple taxis or rideshares for a large group can get very expensive. Wait times to coordinate multiple vehicles also eat into your time at the parks and attractions.

Charter Buses

For maximum convenience, groups can consider renting a charter bus or minibus during their Orlando stay. Charter buses allow you to travel together in one comfortable vehicle while avoiding the hassle of driving unfamiliar rental cars or coordinating multiple transportation methods. Your professional driver will pick you up and drop you off directly at your hotel, desired attractions, restaurants, or any location in the Orlando area based on your customized itinerary. Many charter buses offer amenities like reclining seats, WiFi, power outlets, and entertainment systems to make transit time productive and enjoyable. Charter bus services like Orlando Party Bus Company provide a stress-free transportation solution so your group can simply relax and focus on the fun. Plus, you’ll have the flexibility to modify plans on the fly without waiting on other transportation. Considering Orlando’s heavy traffic and massive parking lots, charter buses are ideal for groups.

Ready to Get Started

We hope this guide gives you a helpful overview of key things to see, ways to get around, and expert tips for planning an epic Orlando getaway. The attractions mentioned here are just the beginning of the fun waiting in Orlando. Work with Orlando Party Bus Company to craft a custom itinerary tailored to your group’s particular interests. Our team handles all logistics – from routing to reservations to loading luggage and equipment – so you can focus on making lifelong memories. No matter where the adventure takes you – from magic kingdoms to Hollywood movie magic – we’ll get you there together in comfort and style. Contact Orlando Party Bus Company to start planning your group’s unforgettable journey to Orlando.