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CityTips Guide to Orlando

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Welcome to Orlando, a topsy-turvy, Mad Hatter world, where ducks quack jokes, whales kiss, mice are nice, and elephants fly! Here life is carefree, ceaseless childhood, a journey out of reality and into your imagination....a magic kingdom indeed.

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Local Overview

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 Orlando Resort, 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 rooms to fit a wide range of budgets, and all provide shuttle transportation that gets you to its many theme parks. Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, Disney's Blizzard Beach, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot are all here. Visit the nearby Magic Kingdom. A monorail zips passengers to many destinations; boats and buses serve all the others, and the wait is rarely more than a few minutes for transportation.


Kissimmee is a nice city along the U.S. 192, which is a long strip of highway along an east-west route from the small but sprawling towns of Kissimmee and St. Cloud to Walt Disney World and beyond. You can find nice discounts in the city as well as interesting attractions, such as Green Meadows Petting Farm. There are also inexpensive restaurants including Golden China.

Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando is fantastic area that includes  Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. Universal Studios is a family-friendly theme park has rides based on your favorite films as well as entertaining shows. Universal Orlando also
features restaurants and a great nightlife. Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville, Emeril's Restaurant and the Universal CityWalk attract visitors year-round.You can also have a magical time at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

Downtown Orlando

Yes, there is a downtown Orlando, although few who come to Orlando ever see much of it. Downtown is one of the prettiest parts of the city, blessed with tree-lined neighborhoods, attractive older homes and its fair share of (but not too many) shops, restaurants, lounges and entertainment areas. An excellent meal can be had at Hue or Kres Chophouse. The History Center and the UCF Center are popular with visitors.

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