Orlando is a legendary summer vacation destination for many reasons, but primarily due to its home in “The Sunshine State.” Add the picturesque beaches close-by and the infamous assortment of theme parks, and there’s no question of how it became one of the top travel spots in the United States.
However, Florida also provides some weather-related challenges that can get in the way of summer activities. The rainy season begins in June and doesn’t end until the middle of November, and you can usually bet on at least one thunderstorm every afternoon. On the rare day full of sunshine, temperatures can climb all the way up into the high 90s and even 100 degrees.
Regardless of which extreme the forecast fits, there are some days where it’s just impossible to enjoy the outdoors. Luckily, Orlando is full of indoor attractions of all kinds, perfect for a day of adventure!
Disney Springs is home to several indoor attractions perfect for avoiding rainy afternoons or unbearable heat. Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a modern bowling alley that features 50,000 square feet of bowling, billiard games, live entertainment, food, and drinks, all guaranteed to provide a good time for guests of all ages.
For a more relaxing experience, head over to the AMC Dine-In Theater, where you can sit back in the theater’s reclining chairs and order tasty treats from MacGuffins to be delivered straight to your seat! AMC Theaters are located at both Disney Springs and Universal’s Citywalk.
On the West Side of Disney Springs, you can head to the Cirque du Soleil Theater to take in an incredible acrobatic show. Although it was shuttered for some time after La Nouba ended, a new show called Drawn to Life is moving into the theater. The long-awaited new show will be open to the public starting sometime this year. Drawn to Life is inspired by Disney animation and celebrates the long legacy of creating Disney magic by bringing art to life. The show tells the story of a girl named Julie, who finds a gift from her late father – a piece of unfinished animation. The gift and a pencil inspire Julie to go on a journey through her beloved Disney memories from childhood. Cirque du Soleil productions are known for their brilliant acrobatic performances, and this show is no exception. With a cast of more than 65 artists, Drawn to Life is a true expression of the joy and humor of Disney in an exhilarating experience that is fun for guests of all ages. The original opening date was postponed due to COVID-19, and a new opening date has yet to be announced.
Also located on the West Side of Disney Springs is The NBA Experience. The indoor attraction is built on the former site of Disney Quest and recreates all the thrills of the NBA. You can go on the full professional basketball journey from draft day to Hall of Fame ceremonies with 13 incredible experiences. Starting with a walk through the player entry tunnel to the cheers of an excited crowd, you’ll get a taste of what it’s like to be a professional athlete from training and competitions to championships and beyond!
THE VOID is a hyper-reality adventure located in the Marketplace at Disney Springs. The virtual reality attraction takes gaming to the next level by making you a character in the experience. The attraction places you in immersive environments with the help of innovative virtual reality technology and multi-sensory effects like touch and smell. At THE VOID, located at Disney Springs, there are two different virtual reality experiences to choose from:
- Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire – Teams of up to four players are disguised as stormtroopers and transported to the molten planet Mustafar. The primary mission in this game is to help the Rebellion recover Imperial intelligence that is essential to their survival. You can also interact with popular characters, grab a blaster, solve puzzles, and battle giant lava monsters.
- Ralph Breaks VR – In the game, up to four people at a time can sneak into the internet with Ralph and Vanellope and travel inside some of the coolest video games. Some things you will encounter inside the internet include a journey through Dunderdome, a huge food fight at the Pancake Milkshake Diner, and a chance to play the newest video game EVER! Players, who are disguised in the VR world as “Netizens”, will also face a new antagonist named B.E.V. (aka Built to Eradicate Viruses).
Wonderworks is a one of a kind attraction that is both educational and entertaining with more than 100 exhibits made to exercise your mind. Visitors can experience natural disasters and physical challenges, test their senses, and spark their imaginations in the building’s six WonderZones. Family members of all ages can team up for a game of laser tag, and the extra brave guests can try out the three-story glow-in-the-dark rope course, navigating their way through 20 obstacles like suspension bridges and swinging beams. Other entertainment includes the 4D XD Motion Theater and The Outta Control Magic Comedy Dinner Show.
The ICON Park complex has become famous for its huge Orlando Eye. However, there are several other indoor attractions at the complex where you can beat the heat. The SeaLife Aquarium is an interactive display of over 5,000 different marine animals where guests can learn all about the sea’s colorful creatures and how to help protect them.
Madame Tussauds is the world’s most famous wax attraction that allows visitors to get up close to their favorite celebrities. The interactive museum is the perfect place to live out your dream of taking a selfie with Beyonce or being a guest on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
Also at ICON Park is Arcade City, an entertaining arcade filled with games for guests of all ages to enjoy. The large indoor amusement facility is a mix of both classic and popular new games!
Ripley’s Believe it or Not
Ripley’s Believe it or Not is an “Odditorium” full of bizarre artifacts and exhibits from around the world. Guests can explore the 600 displays of real shrunken heads and cannibal skulls, mind-bending brain teasers and illusions, and just plain weird human and animal facts.
Whether you’re dodging rain showers or trying to beat the heat, there’s plenty of fun to be had at Orlando’s awesome indoor attractions. Keep in mind, these attractions may be closed or operating on limited capacity at any time, so it’s always a good idea to call prior to arriving!