Long before "It's a Small World" echoed through the palmetto scrub, Central Florida was already known as a popular family destination. But when Walt Disney World® opened in Orlando on October 1, 1971, and was immediately successful, the Central Florida theme-park scene became big business.
And today, the story of Orlando doesn’t end with Disney. SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment is home to even more world-famous theme parks loved by visitors of all ages. Made up of four distinct properties, SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment delights and entertains with unforgettable animal encounters, world-class shows and fun-filled rides.
Orlando has evolved into a true culinary destination, with sophisticated tastes for even the most discerning palate. Here, chefs perfectly prepare and present the finest in fresh foods. Plus, visitors will find a diverse array of international cuisine including Ethiopian, Brazilian, Argentinean, Moroccan, Turkish, Norwegian, Russian, Colombian, Lebanese, Peruvian, Polynesian and one of the few Indonesian restaurants in the United States. You can also choose from a wide array of celebrity-chef-owned restaurants, as well as award-winning cuisine. And Orlando doesn’t play when it comes to wine pairing — the destination’s three certified master sommeliers simply wouldn’t hear of it. Each September you can indulge in Orlando's haute cuisine at an even hotter price. The Annual Orlando Magical Dining Month is a culinary celebration presented by the Orlando/Orange County Convention & Visitors Bureau. From September 1 – 30, participating restaurants feature three-course, prix fixe dinners at an exceptional value. With a wide array of global flavors and cutting edge techniques ranging from fast to fabulous, Orlando has something special for every kind of foodie.
International visitors cite shopping as their number-one travel activity. Nowhere else in the world can travelers find a divergence of fun like they can in Orlando — within a 24-kilometer radius you can enjoy seven of the world’s top theme parks, 12 shopping malls and outlet centers, trendy independently owned boutiques, major department stores and the world's most sought-after designer brands. In all, Orlando’s shopping offerings are vast enough to fill 676 FIFA World Cup football fields lined up side-by-side, offering visitors a wealth of shopping options with brands like Gucci, La Coste, Polo, Coach, Versace and many more.
(Original information sourced from www.discoveramerica.com)