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ORLANDO

Orlando, Florida is considered the Theme Park Capital of the World. Orlando houses the Walt Disney World parks, Universal, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld, and their waterparks. Orlando thrives off of the tourism industry and has the highest quality restaurants and shopping. International Drive is a very popular Orlando destination as it houses the Orlando Eye (one of the newest attractions in Orlando and the largest observation wheel on the East Coast) and many restaurants and hotels. It is also one of the busiest cities for conferences and conventions. Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study. Orlando, Florida is considered the Theme Park Capital of the World. Orlando houses the Walt Disney World parks, Universal, Islands of Adventure, Seaworld, and their waterparks. Orlando thrives off of the tourism industry and has the highest quality restaurants and shopping. International Drive is a very popular Orlando destination as it houses the Orlando Eye (one of the newest attractions in Orlando and the largest observation wheel on the East Coast) and many restaurants and hotels. It is also one of the busiest cities for conferences and conventions. Orlando ranks as the fourth most popular American city based on where people want to live according to a 2009 Pew Research Center study. 


The City of Orlando is nicknamed "The City Beautiful," and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. Orlando is also known as "The Theme Park Capital of the World" and in 2014 its tourist attractions and events drew more than 62 million visitors. The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the thirteenth-busiest airport in the United States and the 29th-busiest in the world. Buddy Dyer is Orlando's mayor.


As one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, Orlando's famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry: Walt Disney World, located approximately 21 miles (34 km) southwest of Downtown Orlando in Bay Lake, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971; the Universal Orlando Resort, opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions; the Orange County Convention Center is the second-largest convention facility in the United States.

 

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