Orlando is a city in Central Florida. The city is part of and namesake the Greater Orlando Metropolitan Area, which stretches across Orange County, Seminole County and Osceola County. The most important tourism factor in the Greater Orlando Metropolitan Area are the gigantic amusement parks in the southwest, some of which (Universal and SeaWorld) are still within the city limits of Orlando, others (Disney World) are already in the neighboring city of Lake Buena Vista.



Theme and amusement parks
Walt Disney World
The main attraction of Orlando is Walt Disney World. The most visited tourist attraction in the world (52.5 million visitors annually). Located 20 minutes southwest of downtown, the 10,117-acre facility includes 4 theme parks, 2 water parks, multiple theaters, 24 themed hotels, and the Downtown Disney shopping and nightlife complex.

MagicKingdom. The oldest park in the complex (opened in 1971). Designed for families with younger children, the park is teeming with familiar Disney themes. Among other things, you can see the famous Cinderella Castle, a replica of the 1950 cartoon. The park consists of 6 areas: Main Street U.S.A., Adventureland (themes from Disney adventure films), Frontierland (themes from the Wild West), Liberty Square (themes from American history), Fantasyland (themes from classic Disney cartoons) and Tomorrowland (sci-fi themes). The fireworks (“Wishes Firework”) held in the park every evening are considered the best attraction of the entire Disney World complex. Price: Day ticket $95 (children 3-9 years $89).
EPCOT. Amusement park with scientific and technical themes. Opened in 1982, EPCOT Park (short for "Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow") is twice the size of the Magic Kingdom. IllumiNations: Reflection of Earth, a combination of fireworks, lasers, water, fire and light, is presented nightly in the park and is considered one of the best in the city. (Wikipedia). Price: Day ticket $90 (children 3-9 years $84).
Disney's Hollywood Studios. Movie-themed park opened in 1989. A 6,900-seat amphitheater hosts the Fantasmic show, one of the Disney World complex's most popular attractions, every night after dark. (Wikipedia). Price: Day ticket $95 (children 3-9 years $89).
Disney's Animal Kingdom. The fourth park of the complex, opened in 1998. With over 200 hectares it is the largest park. Its theme is the preservation of the animal world and the whole thing is a zoo or wildlife park with all kinds of entertainment spectacles. (Wikipedia). Price: Day ticket $95 (children 3-9 years $89).
Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park. The older of the two water parks at Disney World.
Disney's Blizzard Beach. The younger of the two water parks.
Downtown Disney, 1490 E Buena Vista Dr, Lake Buena Vista. Shopping, nightlife and entertainment district on the eastern edge of Walt Disney World. The complex includes a theater that hosts the Cirque du Soleil show La Nouba on a regular basis. According to Tripadvisor, this is the best show in Orlando. (Wikipedia). Price: Tickets from $67.10 (children 3-9 from $55.38).


Universal Orlando

Walt Disney World's direct competition is Universal Orlando. which includes two theme parks (Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios), a nightlife and entertainment complex (Universal CityWalk) and three luxury hotels owned by the Loews Group. The Universal parks include rides and elaborately made pseudo-movie sets. According to Tripadvisor, the two parks - particularly the Islands of Adventure - are even more entertaining than Disney's; However, Disney offers the best shows. The Universal complex is a good 10 minutes southwest of downtown Orlando.
Universal's Islands of Adventure, 6000 Universal Blvd. Popular park with themes from well-known cinema films. Price: Day tickets from $92 (children 3-9 from $86).
8Universal Studios. Entertainment park opened in 1990 with themes from film and television. (Wikipedia). Price: Day tickets from $92 (children 3-9 from $86).
Universal City Walk, 6000 Universal Blvd. Complex of restaurants, bars, clubs and music venues that really comes alive in the evening.


Seaworld parks

The Seaworld complex is located 20 minutes southwest of downtown Orlando off the I-4 freeway.

Discovery Cove, 6000 Discovery Cove Way. Tel: +1 407 513 4600 . Small water park owned by the Seaworld group. Modeled after a tropical island. Visitors can swim with dolphins under the guidance of an instructor, or snorkel with rays and other fish. The most attractive park in Orlando according to Tripadvisor, and even better than Universal Orlando and Disney World. (Wikipedia). Price: Day tickets (all inclusive) $259-319 (without Dolphin Swim $169-219). Prior reservation required.
Sea World, 7007 Sea World Dr. Large amusement park with marine mammals (whales, dolphins, walruses, etc.) and many other marine animals, 11 rides and other entertainment programs. Not worth the trip according to Tripadvisor, but people who really enjoy looking at animals may have different opinions. Price: Day tickets $82 (children 3-9 $77).
Aquatica, 5800 Water Play Way. Large water park, only opened in 2008, with water slides, lazy rivers, wave pools and other fun facilities. The main attraction is a transparent tube with which you can slide through a lagoon with dolphins and other aquatic animals. Price: Day tickets $46 (children 3-9 $41).


More parks

Gatorland, 14501 South Orange Blossom Trail. This special zoo, which is particularly popular with families with children, is located in the south of Orlando, where you can study the difference between a crocodile and an alligator, among other things. Price: Admission $26.99 (children 3-12 $33.99).
Fun Spot, 5700 Fun Spot Way. This amusement park with rides is about fifteen minutes southwest of downtown. The only plus point of this attraction is that it is free to enter. You pay per trip.



There are 277 churches in Orlando. The Baptists are the most strongly represented with 78 congregations. This is followed by the Protestant church with 60 church buildings and then the Catholic parish with 2 churches and 1 chapel.

Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Avenue. Extremely popular modern church with the Catholic community.



Orlando Science Center, 777 E Princeton St. Just north of downtown is this large technology museum, which is particularly interesting for families with children. Open: daily except Wed 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Price: Admission $19 (Children 3-11 $13, Seniors 55+ $17.


Streets and squares

International Drive. In the southwest of Orlando you will find this 17 km long road, which, in addition to countless hotels and restaurants, is home to some of Orlando's main attractions. The drive begins 13 minutes southwest of Downtown Orlando at the Orlando Premium Outlets, twice intersects Universal Boulevard (which you can drive here instead because it bypasses the Universal Park complex), then touches the SeaWorld complex, and only turns off Vineland Avenue irrelevant. If you still haven't had enough, head over to the other side of I-4 where the Disney World complex begins.



Lake Eola Park, 195 N Rosalind Ave. The most beautiful park in town, and it's free.


What to do

Orlando Shakespeare Theater
iFly Orlando, 6805 Visitors Circle, near Florida Center. In this facility you can try “indoor skydiving”, i. H. Weightlessness above a large propeller.
AirHeads Trampoline Area, 33 W Pineloch Ave, 6 minutes south of downtown. Trampolining until you drop. Admission and viewing costs nothing; if you want to hop, buy special socks for $2.85 and pay $16.95 for a day.


Getting here

By plane
Orlando International Airport (IATA: MCO), about 10 km southeast of downtown Orlando, is one of the busiest airports in the USA with numerous national and international connections. There are non-stop Lufthansa flights from Frankfurt am Main.

Since most travelers continue their journey by rental car or have a hotel shuttle pick them up, the public transport system is underdeveloped. There is a city bus to various destinations in Downtown Orlando and Disney World, as well as taxis and commercial shuttle services. There is an overview here. A railway connection is under construction and is scheduled to go into operation in 2023.

A second, smaller airport in the region is Sanford International Airport (IATA: SFB), which is mainly served by national low-cost airlines. Sanford International is located approximately 30 km northeast of Orlando. A car is recommended for onward travel, as there are only a few bus connections.

By train
See also: Rail Travel in the USA The long distance trains Silver Meteor and Silver Star each serve Orlando once a day on their journey from New York (Penn. Stn) via Philadelphia (30th St. Stn), Washington DC (Union Stn), Savannah on their journey to Tampa or Miami.

The Amtrak Orlando train station is about two kilometers south of downtown Orlando (1400 Sligh Blvd) and has the standard of a German suburban train station (platform canopy, ticket office, toilet).



Florida Mall, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail. Large shopping mall in south Orlando with posh addresses such as Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. Food court with some interesting options not found in other malls.
Lego Store Disney Springs, Downtown Disney Marketplace, 1676 E Buena Vista Drive. Large Lego specialist shop with play options. One of the few places in Orlando where you can keep kids busy (at least in theory) without spending any money.



Wasabi Modern Japanese Cuisine, 8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Florida Mall. The only sushi go-round in the region. If you're blessed with kids who like raw fish, you can't avoid this restaurant.



Motel 6 Orlando - International Drive, 5909 American Way. Tel: +1 407 351-6500, Fax: +1 407 352-5481.
Motel 6 Orlando - Winter Park, 5300 Adanson Rd. Tel: +1 407 647-1444, Fax: +1 407 647-1016.
(Universal Studios) Microtel Inn & Suites, 7531 Canada Ave. Tel: +1 407 226-9887, Fax: +1 407 226-9877.

Best Western Airport Inn, 8101 Aircenter Ct. Tel: +1 407 581-2800, Fax: +1 407 581-2810.
Best Western MovieLand Orlando, 6233 International Drive. Tel: +1.407.351-3900, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.327-2114, Fax: +1.407.363-5119.
Best Western Orlando East Inn, 8750 E Colonial Drive. Tel: +1 407 282-3900, Fax: +1 407 282-0416.
Best Western Orlando West, 2014 W Colonial Drive. Tel: +1.407.841-8600, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.645-6386, Fax: +1.407.843-7080.
Best Western Plaza International, 8738 International Drive. Tel: +1.407.345-8195, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.654-7160, Fax: +1.407.352-8196.
Best Western Universal Inn, 5618 Vineland Road. Tel: +1 407 226-9119, Fax: +1 407 370-2448.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando International Drive, 7495 Canada Ave. Tel: +1 407 351-7000, Fax: +1 407 351-0052.
Fairfield Inn & Suites Orlando Near Universal Orlando® Resort, 5614 Vineland Road. Tel: +1.407.581-5600, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.826-7045, Fax: +1.407.581-5601.
Fairfield Inn Orlando Airport, 7100 Augusta National Drive. Tel: +1 407 888-2666, Fax: +1 407 888-8464.
Fairfield Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Avenue. Tel: +1.407.938-9001, Tel. toll-free: +1.877.682-8552, Fax: +1.407.938-9002.
Hawthorne Suites, 7450 Augusta National Drive. Tel: +1 407 438-2121, Fax: +1 407 438-2275.
Hawthorne Suites, 7601 Canada Ave. Tel: +1 407 581-2151, Fax: +1 407 581-2152.
Hawthorne Suites, 6435 Westwood Blvd. Tel: +1 407 351-6600, Fax: +1 407 351-1977.
Holiday Inn, 6515 International Dr. Phone: +1 407 351-3500.
Holiday Inn Express, 8686 Palm Pkwy. Phone: +1 407 239-8400.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 8820 S Orange Blossom Trail. Phone: +1 407 851-8200.
Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites, 7900 Conway Road. Phone: +1 407 581-7900.

Courtyard Orlando Airport, 7155 North Frontage Rd. Tel: +1 407 240-7200, Fax: +1 407 240-8962.
Courtyard Orlando Altamonte Springs/Maitland, 1750 Pembrook Drive. Tel: +1 407 659-9100, Fax: +1 407 659-9101.
Courtyard Orlando Downtown, 730 North Magnolia Ave. Tel: +1.407.996-1000, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.574-3160, Fax: +1.407.996-1001.
Courtyard Orlando East/UCF, 12000 Collegiate Way. Tel: +1 407 277-7676, Fax: +1 407 277-5710.
Courtyard Orlando International Drive/Convention Center, 8600 Austrian Court. Tel: +1 407.351-2244, Fax: +1.407.351-3306.
Courtyard Orlando Lake Buena Vista in the Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Avenue. Tel: +1.407.938-9001, Tel. toll-free: +1.877.682-8552, Fax: +1.407.938-9002.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 5555 Hazeltine National Dr. Phone: +1 407 856-0100.
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 7800 Universal Blvd. Phone: +1 407 355-0550. Feature: ★★★★.
Crowne Plaza Resort, 12000 International Drive. Phone: +1 407 239-1222.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 5905 Kirkman Rd. Tel: +1 407.351-3333.
Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites, 8214 Universal Blvd. Phone: +1 407 581-9001.
Holiday Inn Select, 12125 High Tech Ave. Phone: +1 407 275-9000.
Holiday Inn Select, 5750 TG Lee Blvd. Phone: +1 407 851-6400.
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando-Lake Buena Vista, 13351 St Rt 535. Tel: +1 407 239-4500.
Horizons by Marriott Vacation Club at Orlando, 7102 Grand Horizons Blvd. Tel: +1 407 465-6100, Fax: +1 407 465-6267.
JW Marriott Orlando, Grande Lakes, 4040 Central Florida Parkway. Tel: +1.407.206-2300, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.576-5750, Fax: +1.407.206-2301. Feature: ★★★★.
Marriott's Cypress Harbour, A Marriott Vacation Club Resort, 11251 Harbor Villa Road. Tel: +1 407 238-1300, Fax: +1 407 238-1083.
Marriott's Grande Vista, A Marriott Vacation Club Resort, 5925 Avenida Vista. Tel: +1 407 238-7676, Fax: +1 407 238-0900.
Marriott's Imperial Palm Villas, 8404 Vacation Way. Tel: +1 407 238-6200, Fax: +1 407 238-6247. Feature: ★★★★.
Marriott's Royal Palms, A Marriott Vacation Club Resort, 8404 Vacation Way. Tel: +1 407 238-6200, Fax: +1 407 238-6247.
Marriott's Sabal Palms, A Marriott Vacation Club Resort, 8805 World Center Drive. Tel: +1 407 238-6200, Fax: +1 407 238-6219.
Holiday Inn Resort Orlando Suites - Water Park, 14500 Continental Gateway. Phone: +1 407 387-5437
Orlando Airport Marriott, 7499 Augusta National Drive. Tel: +1.407.851-9000, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.380-6751, Fax: +1.407.857-6211. Feature: ★★★★.
Orlando Marriott Downtown, 400 West Livingston Street. Tel: +1.407.843-6664, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.574-3160, Fax: +1.407.648-5414.
Renaissance Orlando Hotel Airport, 5445 Forbes Place. Tel: +1 407 240-1000, Fax: +1 407 240-1005. Feature: ★★★★.
Renaissance Orlando Resort at SeaWorld, 6677 Sea Harbor Drive. Tel: +1 407.351-5555, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.327-6677, Fax: +1.407.351-9991.
Residence Inn Orlando Convention Center, 8800 Universal Blvd. Tel: +1.407.226-0288, Tel. toll-free: +1.866.811-6530, Fax: +1.407.226-9979.
Residence Inn Orlando East/UCF, 11651 University Blvd. Tel: +1 407.513-9000, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.257-1562, Fax: +1.407.513-9001.
Residence Inn Orlando International Drive, 7975 Canada Ave. Tel: +1.407.345-0117, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.227-3978, Fax: +1.407.352-2689.
Residence Inn Orlando Lake Buena Vista, 11450 Marbella Palm Court. Tel: +1 407 465-0075, Fax: +1 407 465-0050.
Residence Inn Orlando SeaWorld/International Center, 11000 Westwood Blvd. Tel: +1.407.313-3600, Tel. toll-free: +1.800.889-9728, Fax: +1.407.313-3611.
SpringHill Suites Orlando Airport, 7024 Hazeltine Drive.
SpringHill Suites Orlando Convention Center/International Drive Area, 8840 Universal Blvd. Tel: 1.407.345-9073, Tel. toll-free: 1.866.811-6530, Fax: 1.407.345-9075.
SpringHill Suites Orlando Lake Buena Vista at Marriott Village, 8623 Vineland Ave. Tel: +1.407.938-9001, Tel. toll-free: +1.877.682-8552, Fax: +1.407.938-4995.
Staybridge Suites, 8480 International Drive. Phone: +1 407 352-2400.
Staybridge Suites, 8751 Suiteside Drive. Phone: +1 407 238-0777.
Towne Place Suites Orlando East/UCF, 11801 High Tech Ave. Tel: +1 407 243-6100, Fax: +1 407 243-6111.



Geographical location
Orlando is located in the center of the Florida Peninsula. Tampa is 120 km away, Jacksonville is 200 km away, Miami is 350 km away and Tallahassee is 400 km away.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has an area of approximately 261.5 km² (101 mi²), of which approximately 242.2 km² (94 mi²) is land. The urban area has a maximum west-east extension of 25 km and a north-south extension of 30 km.

neighboring communities
Orlando borders the cities of Winter Park (to the north) and Belle Isle and Edgewood (to the south).

city outline
The city is divided into four boroughs, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest and Southeast Orlando, which are bounded by the two major freeways through the city (I-4 and SR 408). Downtown itself is located in the southwest of Northeast Orlando.


The climate in the Orlando region has characteristics of a tropical rainy climate, but is still described as a subtropical, humid east side climate and is given Cfa in the Köppen climate classification. According to the US Department of Agriculture, Orlando sits on the border of USDA hardiness zones 9a and 9b. The weather is generally hot and rainy from May to September (corresponding to the Atlantic hurricane season), while it is comparatively dry and cool from late October to April. The area's warm, humid climate is due in particular to its location at sea level near the Gulf of Mexico and near the Tropic of Cancer.

During the summer months, the maximum temperatures are between 32 and 36 °C, while at night the values rarely drop below 21 °C. Due to the high humidity, the actual temperatures almost never rise above 38 °C, but the perceived temperature (heat index) rises to up to 43 °C. On September 8, 1921, the highest temperature ever recorded was 39 °C (103 °F). In summer there are thunderstorms almost every day, accompanied by short but sometimes torrential rain showers.

During the cooler months, humidity is lower and temperatures are more moderate, but subject to greater fluctuations. The average temperature in January is 15.7 °C, with night frosts occurring on average 2.4 days a year. The lowest temperature recorded was −8 °C (18 °F) on December 28, 1894, during what became known as the Great Freeze. Since the winter climate is rather dry and the coldest air only arrives after the cold fronts have passed through, snowfall in the region is very rare. A special feature is the winter of 1977, in which Orlando had to report a closed snow cover for the first time

Average annual precipitation in Orlando is 1,290 mm. Orlando has an appreciable risk from hurricanes, although it is rated lower than southern Florida and generally close to shore. Due to the distance to the Gulf (70 km) or the Atlantic (120 km), the storms already lose their greatest force before they arrive. Nevertheless, the city was hit directly by several hurricanes, such as Hurricane Donna in 1960 and Hurricane Charley in 2004, and was partly severely devastated.




Before the first European settlers arrived in 1836, the Orlando area was sparsely populated by the Muskogee and other Native American tribes. In 1842, shortly after the end of the Second Seminole Rebellion, more and more settlers moved to central Florida. One of them, Aaron Jernigan, founded the settlement of "Jernigan" near an old army camp, Fort Gatlin. In 1857 the town, then consisting of just a few cabins and three to four saloons, was renamed after US officer Orlando Reeves, who was killed by the Seminoles in 1835. Livestock farming was still the dominant industry in the 1850s and 1860s. In 1863 the first courthouse was built, which was used as a school and church at the same time.

City founding and upswing
In 1875, Orlando was officially granted city rights with a population of 85. In 1881 the city was connected to the railway network; the population of 200 was to increase rapidly in the following years. Two devastating city fires in 1883 and 1884 led to the formation of the Orlando Fire Department. In 1890, Orlando already had 10,000 inhabitants, benefiting from the development of the citrus industry. Due to the favorable climatic location, Orlando became the center of lemon cultivation par excellence. In 1894, most of the harvest was destroyed by a frost, the so-called "Big Freeze", which set back the city's development by decades. In 1895 only 2,481 inhabitants were counted. It took 30 years for the population to reach 10,000 again. In 1896 Orlando's first City Hall was built. The 1930 census counted 27,330 inhabitants and 1950 51,826 inhabitants.

Orlando's upswing to today's economic importance did not begin until 1964. Since the early 1960s, anonymous investors had successively and independently bought swampland that was cheap to the outside world. It turned out that Walt Disney wanted to build a new theme park on these 150 km² (15,000 hectares) of land. The successful role model Disneyland in Anaheim had reached the limits of its growth potential because Disney had not bought enough land there from the start. The Disney World Resort in Orlando should have enough space to expand. The construction work for this project was completed in 1971, so the park opened on October 1 of the same year.

Disney's competitors saw the potential and didn't hesitate. In the years that followed, other major entertainment companies settled, and Orlando developed into an unprecedented entertainment center. The reptile zoo Gatorland, located about 20 km south of Orlando, was opened in 1949 under the name Florida Wildlife Institute and renamed Gatorland in 1954.


Demographic data

According to the 2010 census, the then 238,300 inhabitants were spread over 122,261 households. The population density was 983.9 inhabitants/km². 57.6% of the population identified themselves as White, 28.1% as African American, 0.4% as Native American and 3.8% as Asian American. 6.9% stated that they belonged to another ethnic group and 3.4% to several ethnic groups. 25.4% of the population was Hispanic or Latino.

In 2010, 28.5% of all households had children under the age of 18 and 16.8% of all households had people aged 65 or over. 52.5% of the households were family households (consisting of married couples with or without children or one parent with children). The average household size was 2.29 people and the average family size was 3.03 people.

24.5% of the population was under 20 years old, 37.5% were 20 to 39 years old, 24.8% were 40 to 59 years old and 13.4% were at least 60 years old. The mean age was 33 years. 48.6% of the population was male and 51.4% female.

The average annual income was $55,462, with 13.6% of the population living below the poverty line.

In 2000, 75.43% of the population spoke English as their mother tongue, 16.60% spoke Spanish and 7.97% had another mother tongue.



The city council consists of a mayor-council government with six directly elected city councilors and a directly elected mayor.

Democrat Buddy Dyer has been mayor almost continuously since February 25, 2003. He replaced Republican Glenda Hood, who prematurely accepted the office of Secretary of State under Governor Jeb Bush. In the next mayoral election, which took place regularly in the following year, he prevailed against his challenger Ken Mulvaney and was able to narrowly avoid a runoff election. Subsequently, Dyer was accused of voter fraud, whereupon an investigation was launched and charges were brought against Dyer. In March 2005, Dyer was suspended from office and Ernest Page installed as mayor pro tempore. Six weeks later, the charges against Dyer were dropped, allowing him to return to office.


Culture and sights

In Orlando there are the Orlando Shakespeare Theater, the Mad Cow Theater and the Bob Carr Theater. The Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival is held annually in May. In Orlando there is the theater and concert hall Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts.

The music scenes of hip-hop, metal, rock, reggaeton and latino can be found in the city. Rock and pop music in particular has stood out since the 1990s. Among others, the Backstreet Boys (founded in 1993), matchbox twenty (1995), *NSYNC (1995) and O-Town (1999) come from Orlando. In 2000 the metal band Trivium was founded and in 2004 the rock band Alter Bridge. Finally, the bands Blood on the Dance Floor (2007), Broadway (2007) and Sleeping with Sirens (2009) emerged.

parks and recreation
There are 17 different city parks including Lake Eola Park, Loch Haven Park and Bill Frederick Park at Turkey Lake. Festivals, markets, concerts and other events are sometimes held there. The parks can also be rented for private purposes.

Orlando acts as a promotional vehicle for a number of well-known amusement parks. The Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1971 and is located in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, about 20 km southwest of Orlando. Four theme parks and two water parks cover a total area of around 101 km². The resort was visited by almost 59 million people in 2019, making it the most visited theme park resort in the world.

The theme parks at Universal Orlando Resorts opened in 1990 and 1999, respectively, and welcomed a good 21 million visitors in 2019. Other parks are the theme parks of the SeaWorld group, two amusement parks of the Fun Spot America group and the Gatorland attraction. Except for Walt Disney World, all parks are located along International Drive, a tourist thoroughfare that leads from Oak Ridge Road in extreme southwest Orlando to World Center Drive. Strictly speaking, despite the "Orlando" marketing, all theme parks are outside of the Orlando metropolitan area, with the exception of Universal Orlando Resort.



Founded in 1989, the Orlando Magic is a basketball team affiliated with the National Basketball Association (NBA). They play in the Southeast Division of the Eastern Conference. The team's venue has been the Amway Center since 2010, previously it was the Amway Arena since 1989.

Founded in 2011, the Orlando Solar Bears are an ice hockey team of the third-tier East Coast Hockey League (ECHL). They play in the South Division of the Eastern Conference. Their venue is also the Amway Center. A predecessor team of the same name played in the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1994 to 2001, which was then still based in the Amway Arena. Later, from 2002 to 2007, the Orlando Seals existed (renamed the Florida Seals in 2005), who were also active in various professional leagues.

Orlando City is a soccer franchise that has been playing in the USA's highest soccer league, Major League Soccer (MLS), since 2015. In 2015, the club played its home games at the Orlando Citrus Bowl. In 2017, the move to the new Orlando City Stadium took place. Another franchise of the same name (see same article) played in the United Soccer League (USL) from 2011 to 2014 and was based at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex near Celebration, about 25 km southwest of Orlando.

Founded in 1991, the Orlando Predators are an arena football team playing in the South Division of the American Conference within the Arena Football League (AFL). Its current home is the Amway Center. Other home venues were the Amway Arena and the CFE Arena.