Orlando Regional Overview
Welcome to the My Destination Orlando, quite possibly the coolest, most up to date, most informative Orlando website in the world! We are here to provide you, our readers, with the freshest and most accurate info on all things Orlando, helping locals and visitors alike. It's our goal to cover all of the need-to-know info and answer all the questions out there about our lovely city, all in one spot, making everthing from simple dinner reservations to week long vacations a piece of cake to plan! We hope to be able to answer all of your questions right here on our pages, but if you don't see the answer to your question or problem within these pages, then please contact us and we'll do our best to help you find it!
Orlando is located in the heart of the state of Florida, and is the largest tourist destination in the Southeastern United Sates! In fact, in 2011 we had over 54 million people visit our beautiful city. As a relatively young city, in comparison to many major tourist destinations around the world, Orlando has developed in response to the needs of our visitors, and truly reflects the worldwide influence of our millions of annual guests. Although the history of Orlando can be traced back multiple centuries, it was only after the rumors of, and the creation of Walt Disney World, that Orlando began to grow into its current form. This announcement affected the landscape, geography, and entire population of Orlando, as entire areas of town sprung up in response to the immediate growth in the tourism industry. People began moving to the region and certain parts of town were filled with tourist attractions, restaurants, and hotels. This growth also resulted in an extremely diverse population, including cultures from the four corners of the globe, which explains why you can find authentic cuisines from all over the world without leaving the Greater Orlando area. While our tourism industry continues to grow, with new and exciting attractions, hotels, and theme parks constantly being planned, the areas of town where us locals actually live are surely not to be missed either. From great restaurants to local watering holes, to our fair share of muesums and fine arts, it's worth your time to explore outside of the theme parks to get a glimpse of what life is like here in Orlando.
The reality is, that most of our visitors come for our world class theme parks and attractions, or to take part in business conferences or other types of conferences in our highly regarded conference facilities. There is, however, quite a lot more to see and do in Orlando and the rest of Central Florida. What we've tried to do here at My Destination Orlando is to provide you with the most important information first, and then, if you have the time, more details for you to explore and uncover throughout the site. Below is a short outline of, what we believe, is some of the most important information for your stay here in Orlando.
Important Orlando Pages
- The Orlando Region Map (seen below)
- Our Top Ten Things to Do In Orlando
- Orlando Weather
- Our Most Frequently Asked Questions
- Orlando International Airport Information
- Public Transportation in Orlando
- Orlando Accommodation
- Nearby Beaches
- Things to Do in Orlando
- Orlando Attractions
- Restaurants in Orlando
- Events In Orlando
- Orlando Nightlife
- Golfing in Orlando
- Orlando Shopping
The Different Areas of Orlando
Navigation around Orlando can sometimes be tricky, not in a sense that things are hard to get to, but simply because many guests, and even some locals, sometimes confuse the different areas of Orlando. The reality is, that the actual city limits of Orlando are significantly smaller than what most people consider them to be. In fact, some of the major theme parks (like Walt Disney World) lie just outside of the Orlando city limits, and some travelers manage to "visit Orlando" without actually entering the city! To help clear a few things up, we've created an interactive map that can be seen below, to classify the city of Orlando and a few of the most important areas around it. You'll also notice some areas that are simply referred to as North, South, East, and West. These regions on our map consist of parts of Orlando as well as parts of neighboring suburbs. We have also highlighted some of the most famous attractions and points of interest with map pins and interactive information, so be sure to click around and find out all you need to know.
You should not take this as an exact map that replicates actual city limits, this is simply our (expert!) interpretation of the different areas around Orlando, and an easy guide to help you find food, accommodation, attractions and more, wherever you may be in the city. So, without any further ado, we give you, the Greater Orlando area!
|Region Name||Region Color|
|Winter Park||Light Yellow|
|Walt Disney World Area||Light Red|
|Polk County||Light Green|
Photo Credits: Josh Hallet - Disney Photo (photo 3); Kissimmee Convention & Visitor Bureau - Orlando Golfing (photo 4) & Epcot Sunset (photo 5)
Orcas performing at SeaWorld
Lake Eola at Night
Gatorland - Photo by Kissimmee...
Airboat Ride - Photo by Kissim...
Epcot Fireworks - Photo by Ste...
Hot Air Balloon Ride - by Kiss...
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