It’s hard to think of Orlando without thinking of Walt Disney World and Mickey Mouse. But just outside the gates of Walt Disney World lies what travel writer Kelly Monaghan calls “the Other Orlando.”In the new book After Disney: The Other Orlando, Monaghan and co-author Seth Kubersky set out to chronicle attractions and activities, some well-known, others undiscovered, that exist beyond Disney World.
“Orlando is most definitely not a one-mouse town,” Monaghan said. “For starters there’s Universal Orlando Resort, with two world class theme parks that are every bit as good as Disney’s. Then there is SeaWorld and its critter-themed sister parks, Discovery Cove and Aquatica. Beyond that, there are other major attractions like Gatorland and The Holy Land Experience. A short drive away, you’ll find Kennedy Space Center, Legoland, and Busch Gardens in Tampa. Shall I go on?”
The new book is also the first published guidebook with actual eyewitness reporting on Central Florida’s newest attraction, Legoland. For the more active visitor, the book offers information on birdwatching, fishing, hiking, waterskiing, canoeing and even skydiving.
After Disney covers a number of experiences that Disney simply cannot match. One of those is the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. “Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey has set a new benchmark in theme park thrill rides. And now Universal is expanding the Potter franchise into its other theme park, Universal Studios Florida. After Disney has the first reports in any guidebook about what to expect,” said Monaghan.
Another Orlando highlight is the opportunity to swim with dolphins at Discovery Cove. “This has to be the most magical experience in Orlando and I mean no disrespect to Mickey when I say that,” Monaghan notes.
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