Orlando is a major city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. Until Walt Disney came along, Orlando and Orange County originally was the center of a major citrus-growing region, and by the late 1890s was Florida's largest inland city. Orlando is now a World City heavily urbanized with various industries. The area is a major tourist destination and is the home of Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando. Lake Buena Vista,
Florida, located 21 miles (34 km) southwest of downtown Orlando, is the home of Walt Disney World. These attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the first most visited American city in 2009.
Because of the large concentration of visitors to the areas, Orlando offers an endless variety of lodging, dining and entertainment options in the areas that surround those resorts, including The International Drive Area. Other resorts and attractions are located throughout nearby Kissimmee as well.
Orlando also has a vibrant, newly modernized downtown area, with many condos and apartments and local residential areas. It has its own nightlife and extensive dining choices and is the home of the NBA’s Orlando Magic.
Winter Park is just west of the downtown areas; is older and stately, and home cultural and educational venues. Other areas to note are UCF, home of The University of Central Florida and Lake Mary, each offering a full array of national brand dining and lodging options, along with a number of independent operators.
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