If you’re heading off to Orlando with the little ones, here are the latest theme park additions to consider for your holiday plans. Combine the magic of the parks with some off-the-beaten track favourites for the perfect blend of adventure, relaxation and entertainment for everyone.

Finding your roar

When you visit Orlando’s parks you’re guaranteed to encounter a scream or two, and there are a whole host of places to find your roar. Opened earlier this year, park guests can now explore the mythical world of Avatar as a visual experience.

Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom stars floating mountains and bioluminescent rainforests. In Na'vi River Journey, set off in a canoe to discover the mysterious and sacred river, and the creatures that lie within.

For a new Disney experience, head to Pandora - The World of Avatar at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and lose yourself in a world of unforgettable expeditions, floating mountains, a bioluminescent forest, winged mountain banshees and so much more.

After dark, Rivers of Light is an evening show of multi-sensory entertainment, combining live performances with innovative light installations.

Disney's Animal Kingdom introduces the spectacular Rivers of Light to its evening entertainment programme from February. Take your seat and be transported to another world thanks to a stunning light display, incredible score, and of course, Disney's brilliant talent for storytelling. Don't miss this.

Over at Hollywood Studios in May 2018, there will be a new dog in town at Toy Story Land with the Slinky Dog - rollercoaster, made for little screamers.

Toy Story fans can board vehicles shaped like the namesake, and zoom around the Pixar animated land.

One for the teens and grown-ups too, fans of the Fast & Furious franchise can join in high octane adventure Fast & Furious: Supercharged at Universal Orlando, which opens up the world of underground racing.

Hot foot it to SeaWorld for the new eel-themed coaster, promising to be the tallest and fastest ride yet. Launching early 2018, The Electric Eel will be constructed with loops, twists and a 45-metre ascent, so it’s certainly one for the thrill seekers in your group.

If that packs a little too much adrenaline, young souls will enjoy pretending to be ninjas at LEGOLAND Florida with the new LEGO NINJAGO® World. A dark and interactive ride, guests can shoot fire, ice and lightning from their hands.

The best of both worlds

For parents and grandparents that need a little relaxation, and those looking to expel some more energy, Universal’s Volcano Bay will serve everyone’s interests.

Featuring rafts, body slides, water coasters and body plunge rides, the children and young at heart will love to splash their way around the park. And gone are the days of long queues with the TapuTapu™ wearable for stress-free ride access.

Florida is home to some of the world's best theme parks, and Universal Studios is a fantastic day out. It's like walking into a film set, with areas featuring The Transformers, Fast & Furious, the Minions, and for those who want to channel their inner wizard, there's The Wizarding World of Harry Potter too.

Cool down with a dip in one of the pools at Orlando's newest water park, Universal's Volcano Bay. There are plenty of slides and water coasters for the thrill-seekers to have fun on, and for those who prefer a calmer experience, the Wave Village is a peaceful lagoon to swim and relax in.

Meanwhile the Wave Village is a peaceful lagoon to swim and relax in, while the teens go off and explore.

It seems as if every city across the globe now has an escape-themed game attraction. This might sound a little exaggerated, but even Orlando is now home to four of them.

A more sedate option for the whole family, you can work together and play detective to solve a mystery within an hour and escape from a locked room.

Escapology features six different games, including Budapest Express where you must solve a mysterious murder on a train and a hunt to find a journal which unlocks the treasure in the Lost City.

Situated on International Drive, make a day of it and pit your wits to see who makes the best Sherlock.

Shopping may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but Orlando throws up so many designer bargain outlets and mall options, that it would be sacrilege not to venture into at least one.

Plus, being in the Sunshine State, it provides some much-needed relief from the heat - or at least that’s one way to convince the non-shoppers to tag along!

You can't go to Florida without visiting at least one of the huge shopping malls - and there are plenty to choose from. Lighten your purse in the Florida Mall, stocking up on designer clothes at a fraction of the price. Just make sure you have enough room in your suitcase!

A universal option is The Florida Mall, which houses child boredom busters such as the Crayola Experience Orlando. The little cherubs will enjoy letting off steam by colouring, sculpting and drawing to their heart’s content. We especially like the Drip Art section which lets you create swirled masterpieces to take home.

After an hour or so of channelling their inner Van Gogh, bide some time browsing a few designer shops and US department stores, such as Macy's, to pick up a few treats for mum, dad or your grandparents.

If you find you start to flake in the afternoon, either grab a fast food bite in the food court, or pay a visit to the famous Carlo’s Bakery from hit TV series Cake Boss for some indulgent sweet treats. Opt for the popular cannoli or the lobster tail - a pastry oozing with smooth French cream and a dash of Irish cream.

Crayola Experience Orlando will keep the kids entertained while you rest your heavy legs from all the shopping. Watch as they channel their inner artist and create a masterpiece or two. Well worth a visit.

After dark delights

On a Saturday night, take the whole family to Old Town Kissimmee to catch the classic car show as it loops around the park. Packed with quirky shops, bars and live entertainment, it’s a relaxed way to spend an evening, and keep restless minds occupied.

Kissimmee is a fantastic place to take the family for an evening out. Wander around the quirky shops and pick up some souvenirs to take home, before sitting down to a delicious dinner. There are so many places to choose from, and many come with live entertainment too. A great night out.

Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament is another great place to visit after dark. Book a cab or a shuttle to the venue for a night of stunts, and epic jousting battles between knights in the form of immersive entertainment set in Medieval Spain.

Enjoy a dinner that’s fit for a king, and with unlimited soft drinks and table service for alcoholic beverages, you can sit back, relax, enjoy a few drinks and join in all the fun.

If you're looking for something a little different, look no further than Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament. You get fed and watered, and get to see a live jousting battle - what more could you want?

To really capture everyone’s imagination, La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil at Disney Springs will fit the bill. There are two shows every day from Tuesday to Saturday, and the storyline presents an unforgettable journey where two worlds collide between the circus people and urbanites.

It’s impossible to not feel enraptured by the performance featuring live music, acrobatics and interpretive acting.

Fine tune your very own roar in the land of thrills and spills, whether whoops of delight, adrenaline-fuelled fear or belly-aching laughs, it’s all waiting for you and the whole family to discover.

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