The Theme Park Capital of the World
Orlando is a major city in the U.S. state of Florida. Located in Central Florida, it is the county seat of Orange County and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. The Greater Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,134,411, making it the 26th largest metro area in the United States, the sixth largest metro area in the Southeastern United States, and the third largest metro area in the state of Florida. According to the 2010 census, Orlando has a city-proper population of 238,300 making it the 77th largest city in the United States; this is mostly attributed to the fact that the majority of area residents live in surrounding suburbs outside of city limits. Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state's largest inland city.
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The Universal Orlando Resort, commonly known as Universal Orlando, is a theme park resort in Orlando, Florida. It is wholly owned by NBC Universal and its affiliates
Sea World Orlando is a theme park, and marine-life based zoological park, located on the outskirts of Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by Sea World Entertainment.
Magic Kingdom Park, commonly known as Magic Kingdom, is the first-built of the four theme parks at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida. It opened on October 1, 1971.
Universal's Islands of Adventure is a theme park in Orlando, Florida. It opened on May 28, 1999, along with City Walk, as part of an expansion that converted Universal Studios Florida into the Universal Orlando Resort.
Epcot is the second of four theme parks built at Walt Disney World in Bay Lake, Florida, near the city of Orlando. It opened as EPCOT Center on October 1, 1982, and spans 300 acres, more than twice the size of the Magic Kingdom Park.
Disney's Hollywood Studios is the third of four theme parks built at the Walt Disney World Resort in Bay Lake, Florida, near Orlando, Florida on May 1, 1989.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is a themed area spanning two theme parks – Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida – at the Universal Orlando Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA.
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon is a water theme park located at the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida and is one of two operating water parks at the resort.
The Amway Center is a sports and entertainment venue in Orlando, Florida, located in the Downtown area. It is part of Downtown Orlando Master Plan 3: a plan that also involves improvements to the Citrus Bowl and a new performing arts center
The Orlando Citrus Bowl Stadium is an outdoor-sports stadium in Orlando, Florida. The stadium is located in Downtown Orlando, home to new sports and entertainment facilities including the Amway Center.
STAYBRIDGE SUITES INTERNATIONAL DRIVE (3*)
The Staybridge Suites International Drive is located in Sea World - Convention Center, Orlando, Florida, United States of America. The hotel s location on International Drive in Orlando puts you in the middle of the action- whether you are traveling for business- pleasure or a little bit of both. The hotel s central location is especially convenient to the Walt Disney World Theme Parks- Universal Orlando and Sea World Orlando. Business travelers appreciate the hotel Is in a convenient location. Less than one mile away is the Orange County Convention Center- the second-largest convention facility in the country- and Orlando International Airport -MCO- is just 20 minutes away. Recommended for families and couples.
HILTON IN THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT (4*)
Hilton Orlando Lake Buena Vista, located in the Walt Disney World® Resort, is Hilton’s only hotel with Extended Theme Park Hours. This stunning Official Walt Disney World® Hotel is just steps from the Downtown Disney® Area. Enjoy complimentary transportation to and from Disney Theme Parks, and experience extra magic with Disney’s Extended Theme Park Hours benefit, providing longer hours for fun and shorter lines at Disney Theme Parks. Recommended for families and couples.
The Walt Disney Company, commonly known as Disney, is an American diversified multinational mass media corporation headquartered at the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank, California. It is the world's second largest broadcasting and Cable Company in terms of revenue, after Comcast. Disney was founded on October 16, 1923, by Walt Disney and Roy O. Disney as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio, and established itself as a leader in the American animation industry before diversifying into live-action film production, television, and theme parks. The company also operated under the names The Walt Disney Studio, then Walt Disney Productions. Taking on its current name in 1986, it expanded its existing operations and also started divisions focused upon theater, radio, music, publishing, and online media. In addition, Disney has since created corporate divisions in order to market more mature content than is typically associated with its flagship family-oriented brands.
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Adventure land: Adventure Disney-style means pirates and jungles, magic carpets and tree houses, whimsical and silly representations of the exotic locales from storybooks and imagination.
Disney's Hollywood Studios: The least-charming of Disney's parks is home to two of WDW's most exciting rides: the unpredictable elevator in the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and the Aerosmith-themed Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, and Wannabe singers can audition for the American Idol Experience, kids can join the Jedi Training Academy, and various programs present Walt Disney himself and how Disney's movies are made.
Boma: Several steps above Disney's usual buffet options; this African-inspired eatery offers wood-roasted meats, interesting soups like coconut curried chicken and plenty of salads. Handsomely furnished with dark woods, decorated with African art and tapestries, and flanked by garden-view windows on one side, Boma offers not only good food but unusually calm and pleasant surrounds
Magic Kingdom: When people think of WDW, they picture the Magic Kingdom, from the iconic Cinderella's Castle to Space Mountain, the Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean. This is where the fireworks and nighttime light parade illuminate Main Street, USA. For Disney mythology, it doesn't get better, and rides and shows aim squarely at young kids and their parents and grandparents.
Disney's Animal Kingdom: Set apart from the rest of Disney both in miles and in tone, Animal Kingdom attempts to blend theme park and zoo, carnival and African safari, all stirred together with a healthy dose of Disney characters, storytelling and transformative magic. The result is, at times, quite odd. Don't miss Finding Nemo – The Musical, Kilimanjaro Safaris and Expedition Everest
Belle Vue Room: On the 2nd floor of Disney's Boardwalk Inn, this is an excellent place for a quiet drink. It's more like a sitting room than a bar: you can relax and play a board game, listen to classic radio shows like Lone Ranger, or simply take your drink to a rocking chair on the balcony and watch the comings and goings along Disney's Boardwalk.
Main Street Electrical Parade: Thousands of twinkling lights, covering various floats and favorite Disney characters, glimmer and sparkle through the park. Highlights include a massive Pete and his dragon and Alice in Wonderland on top of a giant mushroom
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Discover a place where simple pleasures flourish and Southern hospitality abounds. From the stately white-column mansions of Magnolia Bend to the quaint backwoods cottages of Alligator Bayou, delight in this picturesque Resort hotel that evokes the romance and tranquility of the rural Louisiana Bayou. The resort is close to downtown Disney market place and Pleasure Island can be reached by ferry.33 kilometers away from Orlando international airport. Recommended for families and couples.