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UNIVERSAL's ISLANDS OF ADVENTURE
Universal Orlando
Tel: 407-363-8000
universalorlando.com

When Universal was preparing Islands of Adventure for its 1999 opening, it poached dozens of Disney designers and let them off the leash, granting them an unprecedented level of creative control. The result, down to the lampshades, sidewalks, and trash bins, is a park that pleases those with a hankering to get the adrenaline flowing. Its three top-rated roller coasters and two stomach-juggling water flumes are eclipsed only by the multimedia wizardry of The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, a senses-fooling indoor ride that's one of the most original attractions in the world. While the park might lack that intangible aura of "magic," to spunky couples, the rides can be a real turn-on.

DISCOVERY COVE
6000 Discovery Cove Way
Tel: 407-370-1280
discoverycove.com

It's hard to believe that a theme park could be romantic, but this one is. Guests make reservations to gain admittance to this tropical idyll, where a maximum of 1,000 people a day are granted unfettered access to aviaries, sandy beaches, lagoons stocked with live stingrays, reefs teeming with colorful fish, a lazy-river tube ride, and, at a prearranged time, a half-hour swim with a dolphin and its trainers. There are no lines to contend with. A high-quality lunch comes with the deal (strangely, fish is on the menu), as does a snorkel set, animal-friendly sunscreen, and a seven-day pass to SeaWorld next door. For honeymooners and prospective question-poppers, the park even offers several romance packages, which include such amorous amenities as Champagne, chocolatesmdash;and even a specially personalized buoy delivered by a dolphin.

SEA WORLD ORLANDO
7007 SeaWorld Dr.
Tel: 800-327-2424
seaworld.com

Not all Orlando parks are frenetic, crowded carnivals. SeaWorld has a slower pace than its competition, and it puts an emphasis on animal conservation and education instead of fantasy, with huge habitats for dolphins, seals, walruses, flamingos, manatees, and killer whales. The grounds are green and spacious, the freshly prepared food a cut above the usual griddled-up theme-park fare, and the Anheuser-Busch beer free-flowing. (In fact, at the Hospitality Center, next to Shamu Stadium, it literally flows for free.) It's not all business, though—SeaWorld's Kraken coaster is one of Florida's fiercest, and of course, Shamu, the park's killer whale, performs several times daily.

PLEASURE ISLAND AND DOWNTOWN DISNEY
Walt Disney World Resort
Tel: 407-939-2648
disneyworld.com

Disney's lakeside nightlife district is two parts shopping plaza (the West Side and the Marketplace) and one part ticketed-nightclub zone (Pleasure Island). Here, honeymooners can get their groove on to tunes galore, including disco (8 Trax) and techno (Mannequins Dance Palace), as well as hip-hop and R&B (BET Soundstage). Couples can also enjoy a night of laughs at the Island's Comedy Warehouse. The one unique tenant is the Adventurer's Club, a simulated-colonial members-only clubhouse where the maids burst into song and the hunting trophies themselves are rigged with funky robotic surprises. This is Disney World, of course, so everything here, while energetic and upbeat, tends to attract a clean-cut crowd.

 

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