Until 1966 Orlando was home to a population of just 60,000, an air force base and a large citrus industry, then something happened which changed the area forever - Disney arrived!!

Walt Disney World opened to the public on October 1st 1971 and with it came an influx of tourists resulting in Orlando being the number one tourist destination in the world today. Current figures show that over 45 million tourists visit the area every year, that's more than the entire population of California.

The population of the Orlando metropolitan area currently stands at over 1.5 million people and is one of the fastest growing communities not only in Florida but in the US.

With the huge success of the Magic Kingdom, Disney has continued to expand the site with further parks over the years. EPCOT was opened to the public on October 1st 1982, Disney/MGM Studios on May 1st 1989 and Animal Kingdom on April 22nd 1998. Universal built its own Universal Studios in 1990 and opened Islands of Adventure in 1999, while SeaWorld has been an ever present since 1973.

Today there are not only the world famous theme parks to visit but also hundreds of smaller attractions and theme parks, all of which are set up to cater for your entire family.

No matter how many times you visit or how long you stay, there is always something new and exciting to experience.

Orlando's future as the tourist capital of the world is certainly looking secured.


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