Fast Facts About Orlando
With almost 500 hotels and 113,000 guestrooms, Orlando offers more
lodging options than nearly any destination in the world. Accommodations
range from luxury resorts and themed hotels to charming bed and
breakfasts, economy hotels/motels and campgrounds. There are also more
than 26,000 vacation home rentals available and more than 16,000
vacation ownership units.
Orlando is the epicenter of fun and excitement, as more than 95
attractions keep visitors coming back for more. Take the mix of
legendary theme parks, spectacular museums, world-class entertainment
and blockbuster rides and attractions, and it would take about 67
eight-hour days to visit all of the entertaining offerings in Orlando.
From Gucci bags and Tiffany diamonds to Ocean Pacific flip
flops and second-hand treasures – plus everything in between – Orlando
has boldly emerged as an international shopping leader. And, with more
than 52 million square feet (4.6 million square meters) of retail space,
including nine regional shopping malls, all tastes and budgets are
The Orlando area serves up more than 5,180 restaurants to
stimulate one’s senses and satisfy the palate. Whether it’s a casual
meal on-the-run or a lavish four-course affair with crystal and china,
Orlando is brimming with fabulous dining possibilities. And, with
approximately 15,000 seats in more than 50 upscale restaurants within a
10-mile (16-kilometer) radius of Orlando’s Orange County Convention
Center, visitors don’t have to travel far for a meal to remember.
Everyone deserves to be pampered – especially on vacation – and
Orlando’s got just the answer. Whether it’s a couple of hours or a full
day’s treatment, guests can relax at any of the area’s more than 11
spectacular destination spas. From mini manicures and men’s sport
facials to invigorating body wraps and exotic treatments, Orlando’s spas
offer the ultimate respite.
Visitors take great delight in Orlando’s impressive lineup of
world-class performing arts. The Orlando Opera, Orlando Ballet,
Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, Bach Festival Society, The Orlando
Philharmonic Orchestra, SunTrust Broadway in Orlando series and several
professional and community theatre companies are just a few of the
area’s entertainment options. In addition, House of Blues and Hard Rock
Live offer concerts many nights of the week.
Arts & Culture
Orlando's numerous year-round art exhibits and cultural diversity add an
extra dimension to make Orlando the perfect vacation or meeting
destination. The world's most comprehensive collection of works by Louis
Comfort Tiffany are on display year-round at The Charles Hosmer Morse
Museum of American Art in Winter Park, while 19th- and 20th-century
American art are showcased at the Orlando Museum of Art. Every January,
thousands of locals and visitors attend the Zora Neale Hurston Festival
of the Arts in Eatonville, the nation's oldest incorporated
African-American municipality. Children of all ages can also embark on a
variety of learning adventures at area standouts like the Orlando
Science Center and the Orange County Regional History Center.
Few destinations in the world come close to rivaling Orlando’s
incredible year-round recreational offerings. With more than 2,000
lakes, springs and rivers for swimming, boating, water skiing and
fishing, 168 golf courses, 800 tennis courts and 21 fitness trails for
biking, walking or blading, visitors give Orlando’s multitude of
recreational options a big thumbs-up.
Once the sun sets, the pulse quickens as O-town’s thriving
nightlife comes alive. From ultra-hip bars and high-energy dance clubs
to laid-back pubs and multi-venue entertainment complexes, Orlando
offers plenty of hot spots to live it up.
College & Pro Sports
Sports fans are in their element in Orlando thanks to the
area’s great lineup of collegiate and professional sporting events.
From the National Basketball Association’s Orlando Magic and the
University of Central Florida Golden Knights football, to Orlando
Predators arena football and spring training with the Atlanta Braves,
the Orlando sports scene gives fans plenty to cheer about.
From rodeo performances and celebrity concerts to ethnic festivals and
art shows, Orlando hosts more than 450 year-round events to please
everyone and add more vacation variety.
October - May Average Daily Temperatures
Days - Low 70s F (22 C) to mid 80s F (27 C)
Nights - Low 60s F (16 C) to high 60s F (20 C)
June - September Average
Days - Upper 80s F (27 C) to mid 90s F (32 C)
Nights - Upper 60s F (20 C) to mid 70s F (25 C)
Approximately 50 million visitors come to Orlando each year for business
and pleasure. Of those guests, 48 million are domestic visitors.
Approximately 53 percent of Orlando’s international visitors are from
Western Europe followed by Canada 24 percent, South America 11 percent
and Asia 4 percent.
Orlando is a world-class meeting destination with a variety of
facilities that accommodate small groups as well as large citywide
conventions and trade shows.
Orlando's Orange County Convention Center is ranked
second in the United States in terms of exhibition space with more than
2.1 million square feet (189,000 square meters). The Center also offers
479,190 square feet (43,127 square meters) of meeting rooms. There are
more than 7,600 hotel rooms within walking distance of the facility.
Also, more than 2.9 million square feet (261,000 square meters) of space
is available in the area's hotels and cultural venues.
Orlando International Airport – Orlando International
Airport (MCO) is located within 15 miles (24 kilometers) of the Orange
County Convention Center and major attractions. More than 37 scheduled
airlines, 11 charters and nine cargo companies provide nonstop service
to 82 destinations in the United States. Scheduled nonstop service is
available to 14 international cities.
More than 33 million passengers
used Orlando International Airport in 2004, making MCO the busiest
airport in Florida (a 14 percent increase over 2003). MCO is ranked
first in the nation and second in the world behind Hong Kong in
passenger satisfaction per a J.D. Power and Associates study.
Orlando Sanford International Airport – Orlando Sanford
International Airport is located within 18 miles (29 km) of Orlando city
limits and 45 minutes from the Orange County Convention Center and major
attractions. With 16 airlines serving 22 U.S. and 15 international
destinations, this bustling facility was ranked the fastest-growing
airport in North America for 2004 by the Airport Council International.
The airport is the second most active in Florida and 24th in the United
Roadways – Major highway networks provide easy access
for visitors to reach their destinations and for traveling in and around
the Greater Orlando area. Primary roadways include Interstate 4, the
Florida Turnpike (toll), Highway 528 (Beachline Expressway-toll),
Highway 408 (East-West Expressway-toll) and Highway 417 (Central Florida
Train Service - Amtrak serves more than 28 Florida
communities with north and southbound daily trains originating from New
York and Miami. These Silver Service trains stop in downtown Orlando,
Winter Park and Kissimmee. Amtrak also offers the Auto Train, which
transports business or pleasure passengers and their vehicles daily
between Lorton, Va., and Sanford.
About town – In
addition to taxi and limousine service to anywhere in the Greater
Orlando area, the city's Lynx bus system provides economical and
dependable public transportation around the area. Bus stops are marked
with a "paw" print of a Lynx cat. Buses run every 15 minutes in busy
areas and every 30 minutes in urban areas and service more than 80,000
riders each weekday. The downtown Orlando Lymmo bus system is a free
downtown circulator with 21 stops reaching from the TD Waterhouse Centre
to City Hall.
Buses run every five to 10
minutes. In addition, the I-Ride Trolleys serve the popular
International Drive resort area year-round, seven days a week, from 8
a.m. to 10:30 p.m. with scheduled stops every 20 minutes. The two routes
with 107 stops are designated with numbered “I-Ride” location markers.
For a leisurely spin around downtown Orlando, carriage rides and bicycle
rickshaws are also available through local vendors.
Orlando is the perfect starting point for a host of easy day trips. From
sun-drenched beaches with refreshing water and scenic nature preserves
filled with rare wildlife to high-energy spectator sports and unique
cultural, educational and historic attractions, visitors find them all
within an hour’s drive.
Orlando is in the Eastern time zone.
More than 1.8 million people reside in Greater Orlando, which
consists of Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake counties. Median age of
the area is a youthful 36 years. The city of Orlando is located in
Orange County. In all, greater Orlando encompasses 2.6 million acres
(1.04 million hectares).