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Orlando Travel Guide

Orlando Travel Guide



Orlando's city is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. According to 2005 census, the population was 213,223, doing it the sixth biggest city in Florida. It is point of the Orlando-Kissimmee too, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Orlando Kissimmee MSA is Florida's third biggest metropolitan area, backside Miami Fort Lauderdale West Palm Beach and Tampa St. Petersburg Clearwater.

Many historians date Orlando's name to about 1836 when a soldier named Orlando Reeves allegedly died in the area, during the war against the Seminole Indian tribe. It appears, even so, that Orlando Reeves (sometimes Rees) ran a sugar mill and plantation around 30 miles (50 km) to the north at Spring Garden in Volusia County, and pioneer settlers simply established his name carved into a tree and assumed it was a marker for his grave site. They then mentioned to the area like "Orlando's grave" and later only "Orlando."

Orlando, Florida, for majority of people brings up the image of theme parks, principally Disney World, but it has a lot more to provide than that. In fact, Disney is especially not in Orlando, but is in nearby Lake Buena Vista. Don't forget that you don't miss downtown Orlando and charming Winter Park.

Orlando theme parks

Orlando is a city constructed on theme parks. Up to the time of 1966, there was wanted little here in central Florida, but growth has turned thanks to a huge influx of visitors following the arrival of Walt Disney World. From the original Magic Kingdom, which opened in 1971 after a five-year building programme, Disney has added three more theme parks, two water parks and a host of associated development, containing hotels, shops and golf courses to make it a true ‘World’ resort.

With Disney, SeaWorld and Universal have added to Orlando’s reputation as the family amusement capital of the world. Between them, they draw more than 40 million visitors every year, and that has meant a huge growth in associated hotels, restaurants and shops, plus a host of smaller-scale attractions.

Even so, this juvenile city has also improved its own identity, with several high-tech industries relocating here. The downtown area is fast developing yuppie overtones and there are ambitious plans to become a major cultural centre. The city is also one of America’s top five convention locations, having said that, the main attraction for 99% of visitors remains the theme parks, and the likes of the nearby Kennedy Space Center. And, in order to attract the all-important repeat visitors, Orlando has become adept at re-inventing itself and providing new attractions at regular intervals.

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