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Orlando and the rest of Central Florida has been luring vacationers from all over the globe for decades with roadside attractions and family oriented parks. But thanks to help from a famous mouse, the area exploded into one of the United States' most visited destinations. Fifty million people, to be exact, visit the Orlando area every year.

Theme parks like Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Orlando, and Legoland Florida make the area a hit with families looking for thrilling rides, an array of dining options, and, of course, their favorite characters come to life.

The granddaddy of them all is Walt Disney World Resort, which occupies 47 square miles - roughly the same size as San Francisco or twice the size of Manhattan - southwest of the city of Orlando. The resort encompasses four theme parks, two water parks, five golf courses, and 23 on-site hotel accommodations. Families travel from all corners of the globe to get a glimpse of Cinderella's Castle at the Magic Kingdom.

Not to be outdone is Universal Orlando Resort, which is made up of two theme parks: Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure. The latter is home to one of the best theme park attractions, The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, where visitors can step into the world of the famous boy wizard and visit faraway places like Hogsmeade and Hogwarts Castle.

 

But beyond the parks, vacationers can explore the amazing shopping, dining, and outdoor activities around the Orlando area.

For the serious shopaholic, large shopping malls like the Mall at Millenia and the Florida Mall have every retail store imaginable. And for the casual visitor needing to take a break from the parks there is Orlando's downtown area, home to Church Street and the city's central business district, which is filled with countless shops, restaurants, and nightclubs, giving a big-city feel to an otherwise sprawling town.

And with over 115,000 rooms and 450 hotels, that means there are accommodations for every kind of traveler. From suites for large families to luxury resorts with exclusive theme park privileges, you can start your Orlando getaway when you book your room with OrlandoHotels.com.

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