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Orlando is one of the most popular cities in the central Florida area. It is also known as the county seat of Orange county. Orlando is mainly known for the tourist attractions it has in the area. This city has the largest number of hotels in the country, of course Las Vegas is the first. Orlando's estimated number of tourists is 52 million. It is known as one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. Orlando is the second largest cities in square footage. Orlando has so many great things to do, you can never be bored. Orlando goes all the way back to 1837, it was named after a soldier named Orlando Reeves. He was said to have died in the second Seminole war. Between 1875 and 1895 Orlando was called the Golden Era. They called it the Golden era because of Florida's citrus industry. But then they had the Great Freeze and many grove owners had to give their crops up. There was a Florida land boom in the 1920's and it hit Orlando with an immense amount of people who moved in and started the residential area. This boom ended in the late 20's due to several hurricanes that hit Florida and also the Great Depression.
Hard Rock Hotel is a hotel you should stay at if you want the rock star experience. They call it the coolest hotel on earth. In this hotel they want you to feel like rock star royalty. They have palm trees all around the swimming pool area so you are immersed in the sound of the wind in the trees! This hotel is just a few minutes from universal. You can either take a complimentary water taxi or shuttle to either Universal Studios or Islands of Adventure. At this hotel you don't have to be a rock star to feel like a rock star!
The Florida Mall Hotel was formerly known as Adam's Mark Orlando. This hotel is located between the Orlando International Airport and Walt Disney World. This hotel is connected to the Florida Mall, which is one of the largest and most popular malls in Orlando. They have transportation to all of the area attractions including Walt Disney World with no fee. They have a continental cuisine inside the lobby called Le Jardin. The Florida Mall Hotel has a very modern feel to all the rooms and are very welcoming!
The Olympia Restaurant in Orlando is a Greek restaurant and has been serving the central Florida area since 1979. They offer the best quality in food and entertainment. They were voted as the "Best Greek Restaurant" and also as one of the "Top 10 Best Overall Restaurants" in Central Florida in the Orlando Magazine. While you are eating a wonderful Greek meal, you can also enjoy the entertainment or belly dancers. You can also get up and dance along with the belly dancers if you would like! This restaurant is located off of Colonial Drive also known as Highway 50.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Restaurant is a very elegant place to dine. It has been open since 1993 and it is still going strong! Its main courses are Prime Steak and Lobster. This restaurant is family owned and they will try to make you feel like your eating in your own home! It has won many different awards for their exquisite food. This restaurant has private rooms incase you want to book something special with just your family and/or friends with no extra fee for the room. They also have a Piano Bar to give you a more enjoyable meal!
Amura Japanese Restaurant will give you an experience you will never
forget. You can choose to have the chefs cook in front of you on a
huge grill or sit at a regular dinning table. They will keep you
entertained either way and you will enjoy an extraordinary meal.
Their known for their mission and vision which is to keep their
visitors happy and provide you with a fresh meal! If you enjoy
Japanese dinning, you will absolutely love Amura's.
Theme Parks In Orlando
Walt Disney World
In 1963 Walt Disney and his brother Roy decided they were going to open a park. So Walt sent his Roy out to look for a place to build the park. Roy took a team so business associates with him and they traveled all over the country. The construction of Walt Disney World was totally private. Walt didn't want anyone to know about it and he wanted to have total control over the project. Walt Disney World did not take long to become a success. it was only a little bit over a month after the magic kingdom opened and the parking lot was filled and there was a traffic jam on the highways known as the worst traffic jams in history.
Magic Kingdom is the main park in Walt Disney World. This is the park with the infamous castle where all the magic happens. It was the first park built in Disney and it opened on October 1, 1971. This park has everything for everyone of all ages. All of the Disney characters are always walking around in the park. Magic Kingdom has the most rides inside the park. They have kids rides along with rides for adults. Just in the year 2007 this park saw about 17 million people. The unofficial name of the Magic Kingdom is "The Most Magical Place On Earth."
The second park built at Walt Disney World was Epcot. It opened on October 1, 1982. This park is known as the park of international culture and technological innovation. This is mostly a park for adults. There are rides and few things for children as well though. In the year 2007 they had about 10.93 million people visit the park. This made Epcot the third most visited theme park in the United States, and the sixth most visited in the world. Epcot is a very educational park where you can learn just about anything about any culture while your there. It also has some rides that will take your mind in another world!
The Third park then built at Walt Disney World was the Disney's Hollywood Studios. Formerly known as Disney-MGM Studios. This park opened on May 1, 1989. This park is themed to be a Hollywood movie theme. In the year 2007 this park had about 9.51 million visitors, making it the fourth most visited theme park in the United States and seventh in the world. This park was the sister park to Epcot and was made to make people dream! This park as some great rides that you will never forget, once you have ridden them once you will want to go over and over again.
The fourth and last theme park built at Walt Disney World is Animal Kingdom. It opened on April 22, 1998 and it is the largest single Disney park in the world. This park covers over 500 acres and it is themed around animal conservation. In the year 2007 this park had about 9.49 million visitors which makes it the fifth most visited park in the United States and eight in the world. This park has many animals everywhere so that no matter where you are you will see some kind of animal. It has many great shows and a few rides that will blow your mind!
Disney's Water Parks
Typhoon Lagoon is a water park located at Walt Disney World Resort. It opened on June 1, 1989. It is known as the home to the worlds largest wave pool! The theme to Typhoon Lagoon is a wrecked ship from a typhoon. This is truly a tropical paradise where u can go and relax and enjoy a day in the sun. The wave pool that is at Typhoon Lagoon has a huge ship wrecked on top of a mountain called "Mount Mayday" and every half hour it erupts a 50 foot geyser. It will get the attention of everyone in the park! Typhoon Lagoon also has many water slides and even a place where you can go snorkeling with sharks!
Beach is another one of Disney's water parks also located at Walt
Disney World Resort. It opened on April 1, 1996. This water park is
themed at a freak snowstorm. Blizzard Beach has many water slides to
enjoy and a huge lazy river to lounge in. The major water slide
there is on top of Mount Gushmore, where there is a 120 foot drop
straight down! Visiting Blizzard Beach will give you a summer
experience you will never forget!
January 11, 2011