When you think of Orlando, typically Walt Disney World ® a few famous buildings might pop into your head like Cinderella Castle in Magic Kingdom ®, Spaceship Earth at Epcot ® or the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom ®. These structures are more than just buildings but icons and symbols of their park. Has there ever been a time when you visited any one of these parks and didn’t stop to take a picture in front of Cinderella Castle or the Tree of Life or marveled at the incredible height of Spaceship Earth? Probably not… Since they have become such a part of our Disney ® visits, let’s take a closer look at these three buildings and some new ones that are popping up in Orlando’s skyline.
Cinderella Castle – The symbol of Magic Kingdom ®, Cinderella Castle welcomes guests to a magical world of fantasy and fun. Boasting soaring spires, ornate turrets and regal royal blue rooftops, the 189-foot castle reminds us of real world castles and fictional ones like the one in Cinderella of course. And who doesn’t think a castle is magical? The castle is also surrounded by a moat, green grass, rose bushes and a wishing well. While at Magic Kingdom, it’s worth to note two new Disney Castles in New Fantasyland that are quickly becoming icon to a new generation: Beast’s Castle and Prince Eric’s Castle.
Spaceship Earth - The icon Epcot ® tower is a steel structure weighing 500,000 pounds and extending 257 feet into the sky. It’s the tallest theme park structure in the entire Walt Disney World Resort ®. And it’s not just impressive to look at. Spaceship Earth is also home to the attraction of the same name that is housed within the 18-story geodesic sphere. The ride takes guests on a time machine-themed experience showing you how advancements in human communication have helped create the future.Tree of Life – Located in Animal Kingdom ® the Tree of Life is an enormous sculpted tree that expresses the balance of nature. This impressive statue is 145 feet tall and 50 feet wide. Its base is home to over 300 animal carvings throughout its massive trunk. You can’t visit Animal Kingdom ® without snapping a photo in front of this symbolic figure.
Outside of Walt Disney World ® stand some new buildings that are quickly becoming Orlando’s newest icons including:
The NEST Facility – Now taking up Universal Studios skyline, the new NEST building for the ride Transformers: The Ride 3D is sure to be the next building we think of when we think of Universal. That’s because it’s massive and inside is an incredible ride that takes you on the front lines of an intergalactic war. Even if you aren’t up for riding the technologically advanced ride, you should at least take a stroller past the building and see Optimus Prime. You’re sure to be impressed.
Hogwarts Castle – Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry has quickly become a reason that has millions of people flocking to Universal Orlando. Inside Hogwarts, you help Ron, Harry, and Hermione while having a blast in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s feature ride. Outside, the icon is just like you remember it in the Harry Potter films, so grab a Butterbeer and snag a photo in the day time or better yet at night. It looks amazing!
Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin - This is one of the coolest new icons in Orlando due to the fact that it is made up entirely of snow, icebergs and icicles. Besides the fact that SeaWorld Orlando’s new Antarctica: Empire of the Penguin lures guests in with its promise of cool temperatures, the structure alone is worth a visit. Since we never get to see snow or icebergs in Florida, guests flock to this area, and inside the ride the atmosphere and design just get better!
Fun Spot Sky Coaster – Being the world’s second largest sky coaster, you can imagine how big the sky coaster is at Fun Spot Attractions. It’s so big in fact that you can see it well before you even step foot in the park. Standing 250 feet tall and glowing green at night, the sky coaster is visible from miles away on International Drive. Also check out the tallest Sky Coaster in the world at Fun Spot USA in Kissimmee by Disney World.Whatever icon you choose to visit Orlando Fun Tickets can take you there for less with discounted tickets!