Orlando is one of the most visited cities in the United States. There are no beautiful ocean beaches and world-famous historical and natural attractions in the city and next to it. The secret of Orlando attraction are its themed amusement parks. Orlando is also one of the most popular places in the US for events (congresses, conferences, etc.). In 2016, the city was visited by more than 62 million people.
The city of Orlando is located in the southeastern part of the USA, in the central part of the peninsula of Florida. The distance to the coast of the Atlantic Ocean (in the east) is about 60 kilometers, to the shore of the Gulf of Mexico (in the west) about 120 kilometers. The population of the city is about 277 thousand people. The population of the urban agglomeration of Orlando (Greater Orlando, the central part of the city and the nearest suburbs) is approximately 2.39 million people.
The distance from Orlando to Miami is about 330 kilometers, to New York is 1,510 kilometers.
Orlando is often called as the world capital of theme parks. There are several of the most visited theme parks of the World in the city and next to it (7 of the 10 most visited theme parks in North America). Most of the main attractions are located along the International Drive (except Walt Disney World).
Walt Disney World Resort is the largest and most visited entertainment center in the world. It has four theme parks, two water parks, hotels, shops and other facilities.
- Magic Kingdom (dedicated to fairy tales and characters of Disney).
- Epcot - Experimental Prototype Community of the Future. The theme of the park is international culture and innovations in the field of technology.
- Disney's Hollywood Studios. The park is dedicated to various kinds of show business (cinema, television, music and theater).
- Disney's Animal Kingdom (dedicated to the themes of nature and the environment).
Universal Orlando is the second largest amusement park in Greater Orlando.
SeaWorld is a network of theme parks dedicated to the marine theme. One of the parks is located in Orlando.
Gatorland - theme park dedicated to crocodiles.
Orlando is located in a warm, tropical climate. The rainy season lasts from June to September. At this time in the Orlando area is hot, wet and rainy weather.
Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO) is located about 10 kilometers (6 miles) southeast of the city center. In 2016, the airport served about 42 thousand passengers. This is the second airport in Florida by the number of passengers.
Passengers can get from the airport to their destination by public transport (bus).
Some of the bus routes (2018, subject to change):
- Lynx bus 11: Airport - Orange Avenue.
- Lynx bus 51: Airport - Conway (part of Greater Orlando).
- Lynx bus 42: Airport - International Drive (amusement parks).
- Lynx bus 111: Airport - Florida Mall / SeaWorld.
You can also rent a car at the airport or take a taxi.
You can book a taxi from Orlando airport in advance, on the Internet. The driver will meet you in the airport arrival area.
Amusement parks can provide its customers with transfer from airport to hotel.
Florida is famous not only for its amusement parks, but also for beautiful beaches and a warm climate. The distance to the sea shore from Orlando is approximately 60 miles.
Daytona Beach and Cocoa Beach are the nearest beaches on the east coast. The distance to the Cocoa Beach and to the Daytona Beach is about 60 miles. You can drive to these beaches by car in about an hour.
The nearest beaches on the west coast of Florida (the Gulf of Mexico) are Treasure Island (near the city of St. Petersburg) and Clearwater Beach (near Near Tampa). The distance to these beaches from Orlando is approximately 110 miles.