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Nicknamed “The City Beautiful,” Orlando is one of the most active cities in the United States, attracting over 51 million tourists a year. Its airport, the Orlando International Airport (MCO), is the 13th busiest airport in the United States, and the 29th busiest in the world. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of over 2 million, making it the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.

Orlando’s roots date back before European settlers arrived in 1536, with the Creek and other Native American tribes laying claim to the area. Orlando, as Florida's largest inland city, became a popular resort during the years between the Spanish-American War and World War I. In the 1920s, Orlando experienced extensive housing development during the Florida Land Boom when land prices soared. The boom ended when several hurricanes hit Florida in the late 1920s, along with the Great Depression.

Orlando now has more theme parks and entertainment attractions than anywhere else in the world, thanks to Walt Disney’s decision in 1965 to build Walt Disney World. Although Disney had considered Miami and Tampa as locations, he chose the Orlando area due to hurricane possibilities in the coastal areas. Opening in October 1971, Walt Disney World made tourism the kingpin of the area's economy.



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Theme Parks

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World® Resort is made up of four theme parks: Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park,  Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney's Hollywood Studios®, and two water parks: Disney's Blizzard Beach and Disney's Typhoon Lagoon. Things to do and events at Walt Disney World® feature interactive rides, animal adventures, magical attractions, dining, shopping and more.

Disneyworld Official Website

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando® Resort is about more than just movies. Made up of two exciting theme parks: Universal Studios® and Islands of Adventure®, there are roller coaster rides, live concerts and heart-racing attractions. And there's also Universal CityWalk®, a 30-acre entertainment complex filled with great restaurants and top-notch nightclubs.

Universal Studios Tickets

SeaWorld Orlando

A wonderland of ocean animals, rides and dazziling shows, SeaWorld® contains thrilling shows featuring Shamu, such as One Ocean and Believe. For relaxation in a tropical paradise, try Discovery Cove®, where you can swim with dolphins and hand-feed exotic birds. For more excitement, water-splashing thrill rides and animal encounters, try Aquatica® - SeaWorld's Waterpark in Orlando. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment also owns Busch Gardens® and Adevnture Island®, just miles south of Orlando.

SeaWorld Official Website


Shoppers Paradise

The Florida Mall is the largest mall in Orlando and one of the largest single-story malls in the United States at over 1,849,000 square feet. There are over 250 stores, seven anchor department stroes and the Florida Mall Hotel & Conference Center Tower.

The Florida Mall Website

The Mall at Millenia is a contemporary two-level upscale shopping mall, including the department stores of Bloomingdale's, Macy's and Neiman Marcus.

The Mall at Millenia Website

Orlando Fashion Square is the nearest indoor shopping mall to Downtown Orlando and one of the first to open in the city. The mall features four anchor department stores and a 14-screen Premiere Cinema theater.

Orlando Fashion Square Website


Loads of Golf Courses

There are hundreds of golf couses in the Orlando area.  Visit some of the following sites to find out more information:




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