When Walt Disney turned his attention to Orlando in 1965, it was little more than a backwater town that made its living from orange cultivation. Seven years later, Disney's flagship theme park opened, redefining the modern amusement park. Today, Orlando receives upwards of 50 million visitors per year, making it one of the most-visited cities in the US. Orlando International Airport
evolved alongside this fast-growing holiday destination, and its four airside terminals are well equipped to handle the millions of passengers streaming through each year. Passengers arriving late at night can stay in the airport hotel. Otherwise, it's convenient to travel on and stay in one of the major hotels in Orlando’s city center.
The three biggest theme parks are Walt Disney World
, and Universal Studios
. These parks are constantly vying for recognition, and visitors enjoy better attractions and greater discounts in the process.
There's no question that Orlando is a purpose-built city with children in mind, but there's still plenty to thrill parents in and out of the parks. The city itself is separate from the parks district, and it overflows with designer boutiques and fine-dining restaurants. Between the production troupes inside the parks and the chic dance clubs and lounges attached to hotels in Orlando, there's as much to do after dark as there is during the daytime.
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