Once upon a time, Orlando was a small town surrounded by cow pastures and citrus fields. With the development of
Walt Disney World and
Universal Studios Florida,
SeaWorld Orlando and a host of smaller attractions, those cow pastures turned into planned communities that house a wide range of residents, from Disney's 55,000 cast members to sports celebrities and millionaires.
Walt Disney World
Walt Disney World is so large that it can be considered its own district. You will find everything from hotels to shopping, restaurants, sports and nightlife within this huge park. Pebbles Restaurant and Fulton's Crab House are among the many fabulous restaurants. There are also thousands of hotel...
Interesting Facts About Orlando:
2. Each year, 150,000 gallons of slime and 10,000 cream pies are dumped on guests at The Nickelodeon Family Suites.
3. Orlando is home to the first water park ever... Wet 'n Wild opened in 1977 and it's still one of the only water parks that stays open 365 days a year.
4. You'll find the biggest collection of Tiffany glass anywhere in the world at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park.
5. Walt Disney World Resort is so huge that you could fit two Manhattans or one San Francisco in it.
6.. Trainers at SeaWorld Orlando feed Shamu 230 lbs of food every day... wow, what a whale!
7. If you ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at a different Orlando restaurant every day, it would still take you five years to eat at all 5,300 of them.
8. The famous lines "I am not a crook" were spoken by Richard Nixon on Nov. 17, 1973 at the Disney's Contemporary Resort.
9. Marriott chose Orlando to be the city where they built the world's largest Marriott, a 2,000-room mega-resort called the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center.
10. The oldest and biggest bald cypress tree in the world grows in Central Florida - "The Senator" is more than 138 ft tall.
11. Lots of famous faces started off in Orlando... Rob Thomas and Mandy Moore grew up in Orlando; JC Chasez and Joey Fatone used to work at Universal Orlando; and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys was born in Orlando.
12. Blue Man Group uses the equivalent of 56,000 rolls of paper during the show each night. Don't worry... they recycle.
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