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"The magical world of theme-parks"

Orlando Tourism

Orlando welcomes more than 52 million visitors every year and that's enough to define its popularity all over the world. The major credit for this world-recognition goes to the Walt Disney World, which is situated 18 miles south in Lake Buena Vista. The County seat of Orange County, Orlando is known as 'the Theme Park Capital of the World'.

Just like its nickname, 'The City Beautiful' Orlando takes pride in its adorable landscapes with cultural attractions, Lake Eola and surrounding theme parks. The list of theme parks doesn't end at Disney and Universal though. Some other amazing parks include SeaWorld, Gator Land and Legoland Florida. Let's face it- most of the theme parks are not even inside the city. You need to drive a few miles away to catch them up. However, Orlando is certainly not just meant for the purpose of being a gateway to these popular tourist attractions. There are several museums, parks and activities you can rely on if theme parks are not your cup of tea. You can even go for a zipline safari into the Forever Florida which is a wildlife conservation area. Sites like John Kennedy Space Center and Loch Haven Park are totally worth a visit.

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Nightlife in Orlando

Most of the nightlife scenes in Orlando can be spotted around Orange Avenue and Central Boulevard in the Downtown area. Grand Bohemian Hotel lets you enjoy in its lounge live jazz along with a cozy ambience and (pricey) drinks. Burton's Frosty Mug add a local flair; while HUE offers an urban hippie environment. Other areas to explore for varied nightlife experiences are Milk District, Winter Park and Thornton Park District.

Shopping in Orlando

The major malls in Orlando are likely to offer a great shopping experience, products ranging from branded clothing to electronics and appliances. The shopping hubs that top the list are Artegon Marketplace, The Florida Mall, the Mall at Millenia and Orlando Fashion Square. A pack of Lime coconut patties is a popular souvenir among tourists. Apart from these, most of the theme parks have several souvenir shops to buy interesting stuff.

Currency in Orlando

Just like all other cities in America, the currency used in Orlando is US Dollars. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted here, but you must carry a small amount of cash for paying smaller vendors.

Exchanging Money in Orlando

You can exchange your currency at easily available banks and currency exchanges. You can also directly withdraw local currency from ATMs using internationally-accepted cards, such as Visa, MasterCard and American Express.

Daily Budget for Orlando

Daily budget in Orlando for meals, tips, transportation, entertainment and a drink varies depending upon how you want to spend the money. If you are on a shoestring budget, you would need USD 100 for a day. A mid-ranged traveler would spend about USD 320 - 350; while a tourist on splurge budget would be spending more that USD 800 per day.

Religion of Orlando

Christianity is the major religion followed in Orlando. A small part of the population belongs to some other religions, such as LSD, Islam, and an eastern faith.

Orlando Customs

Fairly casual dress code is followed in Orlando. Locals are usually friendly, casual and relaxed. Avoiding smoking in 'No- Smoking' areas would save you from possible troubles. A tip of 15% to 20% on the bill is expected for the waiting service.

Language of Orlando

While 75% of the population in Orlando speaks Englis as first language; a quarter of residents speak Spanish, Haitian Creole, French, Portuguese and Arabic as their mother tongue. Communicating in English is easy and convenient in Orlando.

History of Orlando

The city first came into existence after the Seminole Wars in 1838. Fort Gatlin was built south of today's Orlando by the US Army to repel Indian attackers. A small community emerged by 1840, which was known as 'Jernigan'. Later, in 1856, the name officially got changed to Orlando. There are several theories behind the name 'Orlando'. Some believe it was named after a man who had put sincere efforts to make the city a County seat. Some say that Mr. Ornaldo was making his way to Tampa, where he died (on the way) due to illness and was buried there itself. Folklores have it that people would cross by and point out- 'There lies Orlando'. Another theory mentions Sentinel Orlando Reeves, one of the soldiers on duty during the Seminole wars. People say that he put his life at risk to warn his fellow soldiers about the enemies. He was buried at the south side of the Lake Eola, hence giving the name to the city.

Restaurants and Local Food in Orlando

Florida is known for its fresh juicy fruits, mainly oranges, lime, grape fruit and passion fruit, and Orlando is no exception. You can buy and gulp down as many fruits you want to. Some popular dishes to try in Orlando are Blue Crab, Conch Fritters, Cuban Sandwich and Key Lime Pie.
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How To Reach Orlando

The city is served by Orlando International Airport, which is situated 10 kilometers from the main city. You can reach Orlando from surrounding cities by taxi/train/bus.

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