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Interesting Facts about Orlando

1. There are so many awesome attractions in Orlando that it is estimated that it would take the average traveler 67 full days to experience every one.

2. Each year, 150,000 gallons of slime and 10,000 cream pies are dumped on guests at The Nickelodeon Family Suites.

3. Orlando is home to the first water park ever... Wet 'n Wild opened in 1977 and it's still one of the only water parks that stays open 365 days a year.

4. You'll find the biggest collection of Tiffany glass anywhere in the world at the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art in Winter Park.

5. Walt Disney World Resort is so huge that you could fit two Manhattans or one San Francisco in it.

6.. Trainers at SeaWorld Orlando feed Shamu 230 lbs of food every day... wow, what a whale!

7. If you ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at a different Orlando restaurant every day, it would still take you five years to eat at all 5,300 of them.

8. The famous lines "I am not a crook" were spoken by Richard Nixon on Nov. 17, 1973 at the Disney's Contemporary Resort.

9. Marriott chose Orlando to be the city where they built the world's largest Marriott, a 2,000-room mega-resort called the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center.

10. The oldest and biggest bald cypress tree in the world grows in Central Florida - "The Senator" is more than 138 ft tall.

11. Lots of famous faces started off in Orlando... Rob Thomas and Mandy Moore grew up in Orlando;  JC Chasez and Joey Fatone used to work at Universal Orlando; and Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys was born in Orlando.

12. Blue Man Group uses the equivalent of 56,000 rolls of paper during the show each night. Don't worry... they recycle.

Things to See in Orlando

  1. Disney's Magic Kingdom
  2. Airport
  3. Church Street Market
  4. Universal Studios
  5. Disney MGM Studios
  6. Epcot Center
  7. Convention Center
  8. Wekiwa Spings State Park
  9. Disney's Animal Kingdom

Orlando History

Until the 1970's, Central Florida was known mainly for agriculture. A hots spot for the cattle and citrus industry, the area consisted of hundreds of acres of farmland surrounding a tiny downtown.

All that changed in 1971 when Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom was born. In 1973, SeaWorld came on the scene and in 1990, Universal flung open its gates. These three theme parks helped put Orlando on the map as the premier vacation destination for families. Nearly four decades later, Orlando now boasts over a hundred attractions, 5,300 restaurants and 112,000 hotel rooms.

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