Orlando is a large city located in Orange County, Florida. Orlando, for most people, conjures up the image of theme parks, mainly Disney World, but it has a lot more to offer than that. In fact, Disney World is not in Orlando, but is in nearby Lake Buena Vista. The region sees an estimated 52 million tourists a year, and downtown Orlando is developing significantly under this tourist boom. Other cities in the metropolitan area include Altamonte Springs, Davenport, Kissimmee, and Winter Park.
Most tourists visit Orlando between June and August, while another peak time for tourism is March & April. With the number of tourists, far outnumbering the regional population, the best times to visit are when there are fewer tourists. Ironically, the less busy times for tourism correspond to the best weather in the Orlando area. So not only will the theme parks and malls be less crowded, but you will be able to enjoy great weather.
Orlando is one of the biggest tourist destinations because of the nearby theme parks and resorts. Close to International Drive is Universal Orlando Resort, which includes two theme parks, three hotels and a large shopping district. SeaWorld Orlando is a marine theme park featuring Kraken, the biggest rollercoaster in the Orlando area, as well as Believe, the new Shamu adventure. About 35 minutes southwest of downtown Orlando is Lake Buena Vista and the world famous Walt Disney World. Comprised of four theme parks, two water parks, dozens of hotels, three shopping and dining districts, eight golf courses and much more, it is the largest privately managed tourist destination on the planet. Not far from Disney World lies the Alligator Capital of the World: Gatorland. Just northeast of Universal is the Holy Land Experience. Also, don't forget about water park Wet 'N Wild, located right on International Drive.