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Orlando is a major city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan region. The Orlando metropolitan area has a population of 2,082,628 and it is the 27th largest metropolitan area in the United States, the 5th largest metropolitan area in the Southeastern United States, and the 3rd largest metro area in Florida. The city-proper population is 235,860 making Orlando the 80th largest city in the United States. It is Florida's fifth largest city by population. Orlando was incorporated on July 31, 1875, and became a city in 1885.

Orlando and Orange County originally became 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. Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and well into the first decade of the 21st century. Since the establishment of destination tourism in the 1970s, the local economy has diversified and today the region is the center of operations for companies servicing Central Florida. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, the largest university campus by student enrollment in the state of Florida and the 2nd largest in the United States.

Perhaps the most critical event for Orlando's economy occurred in 1965 when Walt Disney announced plans to build Walt Disney World. Although Disney had considered the regions of Miami and Tampa for his park, one of the major reasons behind his decision not to locate there was due to hurricanes— Orlando's inland location, although not free from hurricane damage, exposed it to less threat than coastal regions. The vacation resort opened in October 1971, ushering in an explosive population and economic growth for the Orlando metropolitan area, which now encompasses Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties. As a result, tourism became the centerpiece of the area's economy. Orlando is consistently ranked as one of the top vacation destinations in the world, and now boasts more theme parks and entertainment attractions than anywhere else in the world.

Another major factor in Orlando's growth occurred in 1962, when the new Orlando Jetport, the precursor of the present day Orlando International Airport, was built from a portion of the McCoy Air Force Base. By 1970, four major airlines (Delta Air Lines, National Airlines, Eastern Airlines and Southern Airways) were providing scheduled flights. McCoy Air Force Base officially closed in 1975, and most of it is now part of the airport. The airport still retains the former Air Force Base airport code (MCO).

Today, the historic core of "Old Orlando" is resides in Downtown Orlando along Church Street, between Orange Avenue and Garland Avenue. Urban development and the Central Business District of downtown have rapidly shaped the downtown skyline during recent history. The present-day historic district is primarily associated with the neighborhoods around Lake Eola where century old oaks line brick streets. These neighborhoods, known as "Lake Eola Heights" and "Thornton Park" contain some of the oldest homes in Orlando.

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Star for Vacation Rentals Embassy Grand Beach - Orlando Situated on beautiful Lake Bryan only a mile from the Disney World Complex, Grand Beach offers a fun-filled family vacation. Grand Beach is a quiet lakefront getaway with all the comforts of home, yet Orlando's famous attractions are just minutes away. After a busy day at Walt Disney World(R), Sea World, or Universal Studios, take a dip in the outdoor pool, relax in the spa, or enjoy fishing, canoeing, parasailing, and other water sports on Lake Bryan. Check out the website

Phone: 1.800.350.3382   Price Range: $125 - $250   Size: 156 Units   Open Season: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: No   Conference Facility: No
Nearest Popular City: Orlando   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English   Lodging Types: Condos, Family Resorts, Lake Resorts, Vacation Rental Homes, Vacation Rentals, Villas   Activities: Shopping, Sightseeing, Swimming Pool / Lake, Tennis, Theme Parks

Star for Vacation Rentals Liki Tiki Village - Kissimmee Liki Tiki Village is your extraordinary Orlando playground. The resort - with its luxurious villa accommodations and fabulous amenities - is rated a Five Star Resort by Interval International. The 64-acre gated resort features both two-bedroom/two-bath townhouse villas and spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom villas all with living room, dining area, full kitchens and washer/dryers. You are centrally located in the heart of Orlando excitement - only seven miles to the Walt Disney World® Resort entrance and just minutes from attractions including SeaWorld® and Universal Orlando®. On-site, you can kick back and relax at Liki Tiki Lagoon Water Adventure, perfect your tennis serve, participate in organized activities, get the bad guys in our video game room, paddle boat around the resort's lagoon - and that's just the start of our amenities. Liki Tiki Lagoon is an upscale aquatic amenity for all ages. Check out the website

Phone: 1.800.851.3201   Price Range: $119 - $329   Size: 642 Units   Open Season: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Kids Allowed: Yes   Pets Allowed: No   Restaurant Onsite: Yes   Conference Facility: Yes
Nearest Popular City: Orlando   Nearest Lake/River: N/A   Languages: English, Spanish   Lodging Types: Condos, Family Resorts, Luxury Resorts, Resort Hotels, Romantic Resorts, Vacation Rentals   Activities: Fitness and Beauty, Gourmet Dining, Shopping, Sightseeing, Swimming Pool / Lake, Tennis, Theme Parks

Star for Vacation Rentals Plaza Resort & Spa - Daytona Beach This premier resort on Daytona Beach is renowned as The World's Most Famous Beach. SunSpree Resorts are well known as fun, activity-oriented resorts providing amenities and activities that create a memorable vacation experience for the entire family. A main feature of a Holiday Inn SunSpree Resort is the KidSpree Vacation Club program, providing daily-supervised activities.

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