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After SmileCon, check out Orlando attractions

Dental Tribune USA

Dental Tribune USA

Thu. 5 October 2023


Orlando is home to more theme parks than any other spot on Earth, so you’ll have plenty to see and do after spending all day at SmileCon 2023.

Walt Disney World is synonymous with Orlando, and you could easily fill a week with all the activities within its borders. Walt Disney World is broken into several parks, with one of the most famous being The Magic Kingdom. Divided into six different “lands”, tickets begin at $109 for one day, and the park is open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Take a journey around the world and learn about innovations of the future at Epcot. The park is separated into four parts, World Celebration, World Discovery, World Nature and World Showcase, and has replicas of 11 countries ranging from Morocco to Norway to the United Kingdom. Tickets begin at $144 for one day, and the park is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Disney’s Hollywood Studios has some of Disney’s best rides. Take a spin on Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, Tower of Terror, and Slinky Dog Dash to name a few. You can also stroll through Toy Story Land and Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets begin at $129 for one day, and the park is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The fourth park to make up Walt Disney World is Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Journey around the world to Africa and Asia and see various animals native to those continents. You can also tour Pandora – The World of Avatar. Tickets for one day begin at $109, and the park is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Universal Studios Orlando is the place to “Ride the Movies”. Billed as a place where guests feel like they are on movie sets, the park consists of nine themed areas – Hollywood, Production Central, New York, San Francisco, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter Diagon Alley, World Expo, Springfield, Minions Land on Illumination Avenue and Woody Woodpecker's Kidzone. Tickets begin at $109, and the park is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Theme parks aren’t the only thing to do in Orlando. For those who don’t have a fear of heights, check out Orlando Tree Trek Adventure Park. The park features 97 challenges for climbers and includes swings, nets, ropes and a trapeze. Tickets cost $59, and it’s open from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

While Disney World is known as “The Most Magical Place on Earth”, you may disagree after spending some magical time at the Chocolate Kingdom. Visitors can take a tour and see how chocolate transforms from the bean into a delicious chocolate bar. You can even customize your very own chocolate bar. Tickets are $18.95, and the factory is open from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Orlando is also home to world-class shopping and restaurants. International Drive is where you’ll find upscale dining, family-style meals or themed dinner shows. And if you need a little retail therapy before heading home, Orlando has just what you’re looking for. Shop at The Florida Mall, with more than 250 shops of The Mall at Millenia with high-end fashion stores such as Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus.

Whether you spend the evenings after SmileCon 2023 out on the town or a few days before or after the convention ends, Orlando has something for everyone.

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