Level Up with Orlando’s Top 10 Arcades

The Encore Resort Blog
May 1, 2024
May 1, 2024

Vacations can be just as much fun inside as outside when the fun is packed indoors. While Orlando may be popular for its many theme parks and outdoor attractions, there are still tons of fun things to do indoors at the various arcades around the area. Every arcade is filled with many exciting games for guests of all ages. Plus, they help keep things cool in the summer heat!

Here is our list of the top 10 best arcades to check out during your next Orlando stay.

1. GameTime at the Promenade at Sunset Walk

© GameTime

Located at the Promenade at Sunset Walk in Kissimmee, GameTime is a massive 24,000 square foot mega arcade with a huge variety of old and new games. Win toys and prizes with Mega Color Match and Giant Keymaster, After Dark, Basketball Pro, and Monster Drop Extreme. GameTime is a great spot to host a birthday party with space for the party and a large on-site menu to handle the hungriest of gamers.

2. Main Event Orlando

Famous for their virtual reality experiences, laser tag, and massive gaming floor, Main Event Orlando offers a fun time for the whole family. Seasoned players can introduce their kids or friends to classic games such as Space Invaders, Pac-Man, NBA Jam, and Donkey Kong.

Younger players can also enjoy Star Wars Battle Pod, Dance Dance Revolution, Jurassic Park, and Halo: Fireteam Raven. There is so much family fun and entertainment that your gang will beg to visit again and again.

3. Dave & Busters

Eat, drink, and play at the arcade famous for all three: Dave & Busters. New games and new gaming bays open all the time in this huge playground for the young and young at heart. Grab some delicious bites and drinks while playing the huge selection of games, from racing to basketball to fishing to dodgeball. Don the VR gear and embark on virtual reality excitement with Top Gun: Maverick, all while watching the latest big game sporting event from the huge selection of wide screen TVs.

4. In The Game at ICON Park

In The Game ICON Park is a great spot for some family friendly gaming. You can play retro and modern arcade games, virtual reality, skill games, and participate in action theater! Plus, enjoy extra thrills with the Mirror Maze and SpongeBob virtual reality experience. The Max Action Arena sets the stage for family fun and competition with axe-throwing and adventure rooms.

5. Arcade Monsters

© Arcade Monsters

At Arcade Monsters, make a choice between games based on The Walking Dead, The Twilight Zone, Street Fighter, and Star Wars.

The huge space is designed floor to ceiling (literally) to dazzle gamers with neon lights, black light glow, and gaming-inspired music. Retro games such as Donkey Kong and Pac-Man drop players into the thrill of that old-school feel, and superhero fans enjoy arcade games starring Marvel and DC characters.

6. Arcade Orlando at Dezerland Park Orlando

Families and gamers are immersed in the nostalgia of arcade gaming at Dezerland Park Orlando. The arcade is the home of the largest pinball arcade in Florida with 91 pinball machines to choose from, with ping pong, billiards, and other bar games. This spot is also home to Toxic Blast, where guests can test their aim and skill in a battle with gel blasters in a black light combat room.

7. Gatcha USA

Gatcha USA is the new, exiting Japanese themed arcade concept and play park located at the Florida Mall. Dive into a world of claw machines offering a diverse range of prizes, from plushies to keychains, kpop light sticks, and figurines. Additionally, the play park boasts a thrilling assortment of attractions including a ball pit, slides, trampolines, and more.

8. Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando

Andretti Indoor Karting & Games Orlando lets the family choose between life-sized, classic, and 3D multi-player games for the thrills of playing solo or with the whole family. This arcade is famous for “entertainment you can feel” with the excitement of indoor go-kart racing, laser tag, 4D simulators, and bowling alleys.

© Andretti Indoor Karting & Games

9. 1-Up Orlando

Famous for variety and nostalgia, 1-Up Orlando is packed with multiple levels of arcade games, skills games, gaming cabinets, and pinball machines. Gamers looking for a challenge will love the latest consoles, as well as Ninja Turtles Pizza Wagon and life-sized Barbie Dream House.

10. Player 1 Video Game Bar

Player 1 Video Game Bar in Orlando is a haven for gamers and nostalgia enthusiasts alike. It offers a unique experience where guests can sip on craft cocktails, beers, or non-alcoholic beverages while immersing themselves in a vast collection of classic and modern video games. From retro arcade cabinets to the latest gaming consoles, there’s something for every type of video gamer to enjoy.

Player 1 is also known for hosting special events such as Trivia Tuesday, Weeb Wednesdays, and Bingo Oni-chan Thursdays.

Dani Luna spinning a basketball on her finger

Arcades offer a refreshing escape from the Florida heat, providing indoor excitement that rivals the thrill of outdoor activities. In Orlando, the abundance of arcade-style entertainment ensures there’s always a fun-filled option to beat the heat and enjoy unforgettable experiences with friends and family.

The fun never has to stop when staying at Encore Resort! Many of the resort’s vacation homes have their own private game-rooms complete with retro arcade games, video game setups, board games, and even pool tables. If that’s not enough, Encore also has a resort arcade with games like Guitar Hero, racing games, and claw machines.

So, press start on planning your family vacation and book with Encore (Opens in a new tab) today!

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