• Posted on 12/28/2014

Thrilling, dazzling, exciting, magical. From Wizarding Worlds to Seven Dwarfs, and everything in-between, 2014 was a blockbuster year for new theme park attraction openings and entertainment premieres across Orlando. We've tallied up the 14 most clicked-on Visit Orlando stories of the year. These are the events and insider tips you wanted to know the most about in Orlando in 2014. And here are the winners:

#1. Activities under $20 in Orlando

There is so much to discover in Orlando and now there's even more reasons to visit with new attractions, shopping and entertainment. When planning your vacation dreams in Orlando there are many ways to stretch your family travel dollars while enjoying family fun that won't give you a spending hangover. Our Visit Orlando gumshoes have collected a list of 20 activities under $20 each in Orlando. All you have to do is enjoy!

#2. Top Family-Friendly Restaurants in Orlando

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With so many choices in Orlando, visitors and locals alike might have trouble deciding where to take the family for good food and fun. Before you head to your usual spot, take a little inspiration from the magic Orlando offers in one of these kid-friendly restaurants, and turn a meal into a memorable family experience.

#3. Top 10 Spas in Orlando

The Ritz-Carlton Spa, Orlando, Grande Lakes

The Spa at Ritz Carlton Orlando

Facing another day of marathon theme park rides and shows, your family may have reached the point where a mutiny is being whispered around the breakfast table. We’ve all been there. Fortunately, Orlando offers plenty of diverse choices to sooth your body, recharge your batteries and to reconnect with yourself.

Orlando's luxury resorts offer a variety of spa treatments and diverse experiences to rejuvenate your senses. Visit Orlando's team of relaxation experts (it's a tough job) has chosen our top 10 spas you should discover on your dream vacation in Orlando.

#4. Top 10 Reasons to Visit Orlando in 2014

Hogwarts Express at Universal Orlando Resort

Hold on tight! From hopping aboard the Hogwarts Express to catching a Broadway show, Orlando's new additions include something to excite every member of your family. Here are our top 10 reasons to visit Orlando in 2014.

#5. Top 10 Cool Attractions in Orlando

Diagon Alley Dragon

As summer fun sizzles in Orlando, cool down with our top picks for attractions guaranteed to beat the heat. Kick back, relax and see how your family can have a refreshing, #awesummer vacation in Orlando. Grab your sunglasses. Let's head out to uncover Orlando's scorching list of cool attractions.

#6. Orlando Spring Break: Top 10 Things to Do

SeaWorld Orlando's Journey to Atlantis

The freezing weather this time of year can be downright painful. But hang in there, a spring break escape to Orlando warms the heart and takes the bite out of the winter chill. Our team of fun in the sun finders has compiled a list of our top 10 favorite spring break activities in Orlando.

#7. Character Dining Options in Orlando

Epcot Princess Breakfast

What better way to spend your time in Orlando than to eat, drink and interact with your favorite characters? Orlando offers many options for character dining fit for all ages. From buffet breakfasts to fine dining dinners, guests have the opportunity to meet and mingle with their favorite characters over a delicious meal, no matter what time of day!

#8. Top 15 "Must Know" Insider Tips for Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2014

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The most wonderful time of the year is upon us and Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom delights guests with yuletide traditions and holiday cheer. From watching Queen Elsa from "Frozen" transform Cinderella Castle into a glistening ice palace to hearing the infamous toy soldiers march in Mickey's Once Upon A Christmas Parade, you're sure to get swept up in the holiday spirit.

#9. Celebrate Fourth of July in Orlando

Fireworks at the Fountain Photo by Chris Martin

Every night in Orlando is cause for celebration with fireworks and family fun. July 4th, 2014 is an extra special occasion with at least 18 Independence Day fireworks shows around the metro-area. And with the holiday landing conveniently on a Friday this year, it is easy to celebrate America's independence with an extended getaway to Orlando. Here are some top things to do for the 4th of July weekend guaranteed to light up your family vacation with sparking fun.

#10. New Entertainment at I-Drive 360 Coming to Orlando in Spring 2015

I-Drive 360 Rendering

The newest entertainment complex to be added to Orlando's roster of exciting attractions along International Drive has officially unveiled the details of what's to come in spring 2015. The project, officially named I-Drive 360, will be headlined by The Orlando Eye observations wheel, Madame Tussauds Orlando wax museum and Sea Life Orlando aquarium.

#11. Wizarding World of Harry Potter: Inside Diagon Alley at Universal Studios Florida

Alright muggles, it doesn't get any more #awesummer than this! Universal Orlando Resort is putting the finishing touches on their newest expansion, Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley. For the first time ever, you can enter the mysterious cobbled alley and shopping area where the famed stories began and relive Harry's first steps into the world of wizardry and magic. This is a fully immersive journey where every scene imagined in the books and then visualized on the big screen is now brought to life in mind-blowing detail.

#12. Eat More for Less Dough During Magical Dining Month

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Are you ready to treat yourself to a night out in Orlando? For the month of September, select restaurants around Orlando are serving up tasty meals at delicious savings. With so many great options, you won't want to miss a bite! This year, during Magical Dining Month you can choose from a three-course prix fix menu for just $33 at more than 75 of Orlando's most renowned restaurants. And now you have even more time to enjoy with a special preview week starting Aug. 25, 2014.

#13. Top Five Frozen Treats from Disney's ‘Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!'

Ready to finally do what frozen things do in summer? Then let it go and join Anna, Elsa and Olaf for the new "Frozen Summer Fun LIVE!" at Disney's Hollywood Studios, now through Sept. 1, 2014. For the first time in forever, you can enter the kingdom of Arendelle and celebrate the fun and excitement of Disney's hit animated feature, Frozen. The daily event features a royal procession, special sing-alongs with Anna and Elsa, themed fireworks, a polar playground, an ice skating rink and a nightly party featuring a live band.

#14. Top 10 Holiday Events Beyond Orlando's Theme Parks

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Every holiday season, Orlando dazzles with dozens of joyful holiday celebrations, parades and live entertainment. And beyond our world-famous theme parks, Orlando's jubilant cheer continues with unexpected surprises from snowy pool parties to millions of pounds of carved ice. If you're wishing for extra holly jolly family fun, your dreams are guaranteed to come true with our list of ten holiday events outside Orlando's theme parks.

That's it folks! These are the top 14 stories chosen by you in 2014. Stay tuned for even more exctiment coming to Orlando in 2015. You won't want to miss out!

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