Location

About Central Florida


Orlando is the heart of Central Florida and is one of the most visited destinations in the entire world, with over 57 million visitors in 2013 according to the latest stats. It is perhaps most known for its various theme parks such as Disney World, which includes Magic Kingdom, EPCOT, MGM Studios, and Animal Kingdom; as well as Universal Studios, Sea World, LegoLand, and more than 50 other local attractions.

However, Central Florida and the surrounding areas are much more than theme parks and attractions. The Greater Orlando area has over 2000 fresh water lakes great for boating, fishing, exploring and water sports; 176 Golf courses, 800+ tennis courts and over 3,000 acres (1214 Ha) of public parks. It is also located within short driving distances from both the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf Coast beaches.

Main parks in Greater Orlando area include the World of Orchards, Central Florida Zoological Park, Harry P Leu Gardens, Arboretum of the University of Central Florida, and many more.

Market

The Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford Metropolitan Statistical area is the 26th biggest in the United States. It experimented a 4.18% population growth from 2010-2012, 25th in the nation during the period.

According to Forbes.com and the Metro Orlando Economic Development Commission the city of Orlando and its suburbs has:

  • Climate: Average yearly temperature of 83.7ºF (28.4ºC)
  • Population as of 2013: 2,219,604
  • Population projection for 2018: 2,703,642
  • Major Industries: Aerospace & Defense, Tourism, Technology
  • Gross Metro Product: $108.5B
  • Cost of living: Living in Orlando is 10.5% cheaper than Miami, 18.3% cheaper than Chicago, 31.5% cheaper than Boston, and 56.6% cheaper than New York City (as of Q3 2013).
  • Job Growth: 2.4% (2012)
  • Unemployment: 6.5% as of July 2013, 12.1% below the state average.
  • Restaurants: 4,154, with a seating capacity of 599,405
  • Hospitals: 29, with 6,098 beds

Walt Disney World

Lake Eola

Lake Eola Park is popular destination in the Downtown area, with many people taking advantage of the beautiful surroundings to walk at lunch or the evenings.

Cirque de Soleil

Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Gardens

Besides seeing over 400 animals, you can take to the sky and enjoy our aerial adventure course, ZOOm Air Adventure Park or bring your flip-flops and swimsuit to cool-off in the Wharton-Smith Tropical Splash Ground.


Discovery Cove

Imagine a place where you and your family can touch and swim with dolphins, wade with mysterious rays, snorkel among thousands of exotic fish, hand-feed tropical birds in a free-flight aviary and relax on pristine beaches.

Universal Studios Islands of Adventure

Shopping

Premium Outlet shops in Orlando.

Epcot


Universal Studios

Sea World

Disney's Animal Kingdom

Aquatica Water Park