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The Orlando area is home to the most theme parks in America and has earned the nickname "The Theme Park Capital of the World". While many attractions and theme parks have been in existence for many years, some as early as 1949, it wasn't until the Walt Disney company built the Walt Disney World Resort in 1971 that put Orlando solidly on the tourist attraction map.

Walt Disney World is located in the municipality of Lake Buena Vista, 21 miles southwest of downtown Orlando. The resort is off in an area on its own when compared to many of the other main attractions in the area. There is an abundance of theme parks and attractions located on International Drive. Some of these attractions include SeaWorld, Universal Studios, Wet N' Wild, multiple miniature golf courses. There is also a couple of helicopter tour locations, go-cart tracks and more.

In addition to the theme parks, there are numerous golf courses ranging from easy 3 par courses to PGA tour type courses. Over a dozen lakes dot the area and are great for fishing as well as lake sports such as water skiing, jet skis and boating.

Just to show that the Orlando resort area isn't all fun and games, there is an abundance of museums too.

More hotels, motels and resorts then anywhere else in the country

There are more hotels, motels, condos and resorts in Orlando then any other vacation destination in America. There are also hundreds of vacation homes that can be rented, some as large as 10 bedrooms. Many of these vacation homes are located within gated communities which also feature a central club house area, swimming pools, a small market and transportation to the attractions. There are also hundreds of timeshare resorts

Three different lodging areas

There are three predominant areas catering to lodging. There is the northern area which includes downtown Orlando and caters predominately to the business traveler. The central area covers the area south of Universal Studios and includes International Drive, Orlando International airport to the east and Lake Buena Vista to the west. The southern area spans from Kissimmee on the east end to Clermont on the west end. Most tourists choose to stay in the central and southern areas which are closest to the Disney parks as well as the other attractions and theme parks.

Hotels, motels, condos, resorts or vacation homes - Which is best for you?

There are at least 350 hotels and motels in the Orlando vacation area, close to 100 timeshare resorts and over 800 condos and vacation homes available for your stay. Whether you are a single person traveling to Orlando for business or 4 families wanting to stay in a large house together, there is a place to stay that will accommodate these conditions as well as everything in between. Need transportation to the parks? Would you like several different sized pools available? Want to be located on a lake? Or a golf course? Whatever it takes to meet your desires, you can find a place to stay that will meet your needs.

The best time of the year to visit the Disney vacation area.

The busiest time if the year is the summer time, from the end of May to the beginning of September. School is out and since the vast majority of attractions are aimed at children, common sense dictates that summer is the busiest time of year. It is also the hottest and most humid time of the year. Standing in line can try the patience when you are suffering from high heat and humidity!

The fall, from September to the middle of December is a great time to visit the Orlando area. The weather is much more comfortable, the crowds are smaller and the hotel rates are lower. There is just as much to do and just as many attractions to visit but at a gentler pace. The only concern weather wise is that peak hurricane season goes from mid August to the end of September. The good news is that many of these hurricanes do not physically hit the Orlando area (there are rare exceptions), local weather can be affected by the storms and more rainfall than usual can occur.

Christmas week until after New Years day, ramps up the number of visitors again. It is surprising how many people choose to travel during the holidays but, once again, school is out and this is just as good of a time to visit the area as any. The rates go back up, the crowds increase but the climate is much easier to live with.

The rest of January is slow as is most of February (with the exception of President's Weekend) and the first part of March. The rest of March and April get real busy due to spring break for the schools. But the weather is still nice. The end of April and the first part of May slow down again and the weather is still nice. Rates are lower and availability is good just about anywhere.

Food - what to eat and where to eat it.

There are over 3,000 cafes, restaurants, food trucks and dining spots to choose from in the Orlando area, not counting the private tiki bars and snack bars located poolside at many of the resorts and their private clubhouses. Due to the international flavor of Orlando and its multi-ethnic population, you can find cuisines from all around the world.

If you are a vegetarian, there are 20 some locales that cater to your tastes. Hawaiian food your favorite? No problem, several spots available. Middle Eastern, Chinese, Cajun, Greek, German, Italian, Thai, Vietnamese, Caribbean - you name it, there is a place somewhere that serves the type of food you are interested in eating - whether it is for the first time or a part of you regular diet.

There are fine dining restaurants for those special evenings as well as takeout, delivery and eat in spots scattered throughout the 600 square miles that make up the Walt Disney World vacation area.

Things to do besides Disney World, Universal Studios and Seaworld.

The big three attractions, Walt Disney World (includes Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom), Universal Studios (includes Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure) and SeaWorld are largely responsible for drawing over 50 million visitors a year to the Orlando area but they aren't the only places to visit during your stay.

Many of the resorts, especially the timeshare resorts, have built their own water parks on their properties - some of them quite extensive. Some of these include Liki Tiki Village, CoCo Key Hotel and Waterpark, Flamingo Waterpark Resort, and the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village & Spa. Not only is it cheaper for you, your kids will be entertained all day.

Blue Man Group is a widely popular act that has spawned 8 current productions, 6 in the U.S, one in Germany and one aboard the Norwegian Epic cruise ship. Arabian Nights Dinner Show goes beyond what you would expect at a dinner theater. The same could be said about Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament dinner theater. Both of these theaters feature horses, sword fighting, romance and more. Gatorland is host to thousands of alligators and crocodiles and has been in business since 1949, making them the oldest attraction in the Orlando area.

For those interested in culture, there is the Orlando Museum of Art and the Orlando Science Center. The University of Central Florida has a free art gallery in their Visual Arts building located on campus.
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