Orlando, or the “City Beautiful” and “O-Town” to the locals, is one of the major cities in the Florida state, with a population of over 230,000 inhabitants (in the city proper). It is home to famous theme parks such as Disney World and Universal Studios Florida, owing to it the nickname, “Theme Park Capital of the World.”
In terms of economic stability, Orlando grew rapidly during the 80s towards the 21st century. It is mainly anchored to the entertainment industry, with studios and shoot sites scattered in the city and other parts of the county.
The City of Orlando is unofficially the “Theme Park Capital of the World” because the city, and Florida state as well, houses a handful of theme parks in the United States. Its tourism is anchored on these parks, with visitors coming from continental US and other parts, as well as other visitors from other continents.
When visiting the city, be sure not to miss at least one of the many recreational parks like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort (consists of two parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure), City Walk, Sea World, Gatorland, Wet n'WIld Water Park, Legoland, and many others. Aside from the attractions inside the parks, you can also check out exhibits and museums found inside, as well as the performances from world-class acrobats, dancers, actors, and singers. To complete the experience when visiting the parks, be sure to bring home some trinkets and souvenirs, and snap pictures while at it. Just be sure to follow the regulations, especially for attractions which has specific requirements to those who want to enjoy them. Height requirements, age requirements, sickness and/or medications are asked in specific attractions so as to maintain the safety of passengers.
Other than the parks, Orlando is also known as an entertainment capital not only of the US but of the world as well, because the city has become a popular site of movie studios, not to mention animation studios and other various establishments pertaining to the entertainment industry. Tours for travellers and visitors are available in some establishments so as the people may see up close how the films are made. Some studios like Universal even made a 'walk-through' tour for tourists, where the sets and props are exhibited in paths for visitors to see. Aside from this, an abundance of community theatres such as the Central Florida Ballet, Orlando Ballet, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Orlando Repertory, Mad Cow Theatre, and others, can be found in the city. Each theatre company showcases their major and minor productions every year, and tourists can catch a show or two on the duration of their stay.
How to get around within Orlando
There are a lot of transport modes to get around the city, although it is highly suggested to take public transportation when you're on the impatient side. Driving around the city is quite an exasperating experience, especially when driving on the peak hours of after seven in the morning and after four in the afternoon. Traffic jams are to be expected between these times. Trains are also bountiful in the city, with high-speed rails and commuter rails available for both locals and tourists. Taxi cabs are also available through private metered taxi companies, including Mears Transportation, Star Taxi, and United Taxi among others. Like other cities, you can hail these cabs and tell them the specific area that you wish to go to. Buses in Orlando have two types: regional and national. For regional trips, Lynx provides local transit, while Greyhound Lines services Orlando to multiple locations across America.
How to get there
Orlando, Florida is reachable through the Orlando International Airport, some six miles south east of the city centre. Flights can be booked using Skyscanner. Skyscanner is an online resource of the cheapest flights from over 600 airlines. Airlines that fly to and from the airport include Aer Lingus, Delta Airlines, Virgin Atlantic Airways, WestJet, and Lufthansa.
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