5/26/2015 | By Terri L. Jones

You’ve always loved the energy and excitement of a theme park, but you outgrew your “need for speed”—or at least your stomach for it—a long time ago. That doesn’t mean you should pass up a trip to Orlando with your kids and grandkids this year. No matter what your age or appetite for adventure, this city still has plenty of thrills in store for you!


Most travel sites say that Epcot is the most adult-oriented theme park in this city that lives and breathes entertainment. Reports, “Shop, stroll, and dine your way through the nations of the World Showcase, take a behind-the-scenes tour of the park’s horticulture or architecture, or explore the technological- and scientific-themed attractions of Future World.”

“Do not miss The Land [in Future World],” writes Orlando Vacations. “This new attraction [Soarin’] provides guests with a phenomenal flyover of California. The movement is quite gentle, just an initial lift followed by a slight swaying of the seats in tandem with the film. Sights, sounds, movement, and even smell combine for a truly amazing experience.”


Voted number one Orlando theme park for seniors by the Undercover Tourist blog, this marine-based zoological and theme park is renowned for its spectacular shows, particularly “One Ocean” and “Blue Horizons.” “Seniors will enjoy the animal encounters, the 360-degree view of Orlando from Sky Tower and the numerous places to cool off,” the blogger recommends.

A 65-year-old traveller on TripAdvisor agrees: “The exhibits (shark tunnel, manatees, Arctic, penguins, etc.) were well-done. The water ride Atlantis was exciting and fun (you will get soaked … but it was hot and felt good).”

Universal Studios

If you’re a movie buff, “Ride the Movies” at Universal Studios. “Universal offers an insider’s look at many of the company’s most classic films and television shows,” says Orlando Vacation. “The only roller coaster in the park is Revenge of the Mummy. Many other attractions offer a choice of moving or stationary seating, and there are many shows to enjoy.”

Orlando Vacation also advises not to be scared away from the Earthquake attraction at Universal Studios because of the rough ride (simulating an 8.3 earthquake). Enjoy the fascinating behind-the-scenes special effects shows beforehand and then make a quick exit before boarding the ride.

More advice

A day at any theme park requires that you cover a whole lot of ground. It’s important to wear comfortable shoes and take lots of breaks. But if walking is a challenge for you, all parks offer wheelchair and ECV (motorized scooter) rentals. And if you’re also not up for the lines, check out the FastPass+ at Epcot, Quick Queue Unlimited at SeaWorld or Express Pass at Universal Studios to significantly reduce wait times.

Are you a theme park junkie? Let us know your favorite parks and why.

Terri L. Jones

Terri L. Jones has been writing educational and informative topics for the senior industry for over ten years, and is a frequent and longtime contributor to Seniors Guide.

Terri Jones