Orlando is a sprawling, landlocked city to which tens of millions of tourists travel every year for one primary reason: Walt Disney World. Two other major parks -- Universal Studios and SeaWorld -- and a handful of smaller ones vie for tourist dollars, but Disney remains the center of the Orlando universe, even though the Disney property is technically in the municipality of Lake Buena Vista, which borders Orlando to the south-west. The other major draw of the city is the Orange County Convention Center, the second largest such facility in the U.S.
In a city where Mickey is king, it's no surprise that this town is about as family-friendly as they come. The area is relatively inexpensive; the locals have dispositions as sunny as the weather; the restaurants almost universally have kids' menus; and -- oh yeah -- there are those world-renowned theme parks, which have kept children smiling continually since Disney World opened in 1971.
Orlando is not a city of sweeping vistas and open views. Other than the impressive rides and infrastructure in the parks, and an assortment of golf courses, the city is far from picturesque. It's attractions are connected by massive four-lane highways, and interspersed with countless strip malls and chain restaurants. Renting a car is highly recommended, particularly for those planning to see sights and theme parks outside of Disney World.
|Airport:||Orlando International Airport (MCO)|
|Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB)|
|Peak:||March 15 - April 15, June 1 - Aug. 30|
|Electricity:||120 V, 60 Hz|
|Tipping:||15-20% at restaurants|
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