Orlando, Florida By: Emma

Location Details

Visit Orlando, and you can visit any number of fantasy worlds that mimic movie sets, look into the future, and animal cartoons. You can stay rooted in reality as the world turns upside down on a high speed roller coaster. Electronic and aerospace equipment is manufactured in the city, and citrus fruit products are processed here. Citrus fruit production began here in 1870, and the railroad arrived 10 years later.

Pinpoint of Orlando, Florida

Historical Details

Just 50 years ago, Orlando was still a sleepy town of farmers and ranchers. A century after it's establishment as a defensive outpost in the Seminole Wars, Orlando's year round warmth and citrus groves had attracted railroads, real estate speculators, and a handful of transplanted snowbirds, but the big bloom was yet to come. Orlando was settled in 1843. It was named for Orlando Reeves, a soldier who was killed during the Second Seminole War. His death was 1835. In the mid- 1960's, Walt Disney began quietly buying huge plots of swampland southwest of town, with the dream of creating a bigger , better, and more self-contained park like his first, Disneyland. Opened in 1971, five years after Walt Disney'd death, Walt Disney World popularized the idea of the theme park as a destination, luring visitors with a vast complex of rides, hotels, and entertainments.

Walt Disney Monument

Cultural Information

The wet, warm climate makes the region ideal year-round for hiking, canoeing, fishing, and other outdoor pastimes at any number of springs, state parks, and wildlife sanctuaries. Eager to tap the tourist dollar, competitors moved in and by the 1990's, Orlando was the worlds most popular destination. Some of the favorite sports are surfing, snorkeling, scuba diving, water skiing, sailing, canoeing, and fishing. Roller skating and inline skating are the rage along beachfront side walks and malls. Florida hosts the most college football games in the USA but also has the most art museums. Now a sprawling metropolis of 1.9 million people, it draws millions more to its theme parks and attractions every day.

Surfer

Things To Do

Florida is a top spot for year round golfing, with many public golf courses. Florida coasts and Inland waterways are great locations for water sports. Florida also hosts several major golf tournaments every year. It is a winter resort and tourist center, in a region with many lakes. Walt Disney World in Orlando is the biggest entertainment complex in the world. It encompasses four theme parks.Several large theme parks are located nearby, including Walt Disney World with it's four theme parks, (Epcot, Hollywood Studios, Animal Kingdom, and Magic Kingdom) Universal Studios Florida, Discovery Cove, and Sea World.

Mickey and Minnie smiling together, Walt Disney World Castle

Credits:

Created with images by Phillip Pessar - "Miami Beach" • hellokitty - "walt disney disney art" • jitze - "Surfing near Cambria (N. California)" • johncdonahue - "Mickey, Mickey, Minnie" • janeb13 - "disneyland castle belle au bois dormant"

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