|City of Orlando|
|Nickname: The City Beautiful|
|Motto: "Built for Families, Made for Memories"|
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
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|- Mayor||Buddy Dyer (D)|
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|Elevation||98 ft (34 m)|
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|Area code(s)||321, 407|
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The city of Orlando is a major city in central Florida, USA and is the county seat of Orange County, Florida. A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large Metropolis and its adjacent zone of influence or of more than one closely adjoining neighboring central The Eastern Time Zone ( ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of North America and the west coast of South America UTC−5 is the Time offset used in the North American Eastern Time Zone during Standard time and in the North American Central Time Zone during Daylight saving time ( DST The Eastern Time Zone ( ET) of the Western Hemisphere falls mostly along the east coast of North America and the west coast of South America UTC−4 is the Time offset used in the Atlantic Standard Time Zone in Canada in winter and the North American Eastern Time Zone during A telephone numbering plan is a plan for allocating Telephone number ranges to countries regions areas and exchanges and to non-fixed telephone networks Area code 321 is the Area code serving Brevard County Florida. 407 Area code is the Area code for the Orlando metro area including all of Orange, Osceola, and Seminole counties as well as small portions Federal Information Processing Standards ( FIPS) are publicly announced standards developed by the United States Federal government for use by all non-military The Geographic Names Information System ( GNIS) is a database that contains name and locative information about more than two million physical and cultural features located throughout A city is an Urban area with a large Population and a particular Administrative, Legal, or Historical status Florida ( is a state located in the southeastern region of the United States, bordering Alabama to the northwest and Georgia to the The United States of America —commonly referred to as the A county seat is a term for an Administrative center for a County, primarily used in the United States. Orange County is a County located in the US state of Florida and is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. It is also the principal city of Greater Orlando. Greater Orlando, alternatively known as the Orlando Area or Metro Orlando, is the third most populated metropolitan region in the state of Florida, and The Orlando-Kissimmee MSA is Florida's third-largest metropolitan area, behind Miami and Tampa. The Tampa Bay Area, or Tampa Bay, after the body of water it surrounds is the second most populated metropolitan region in the state of Florida, the Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university in Florida in student enrollment and has the 6th largest enrollment in the nation.
The city is well known for the many tourist attractions in the area, in particular the nearby Walt Disney World Resort, which is located in Lake Buena Vista about 20 miles (32 km) south of Orlando city limits via Interstate 4. The State University System of Florida ( SUS, or SUSF out-of-state is a system of universities governed by the Florida Board of Governors Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels Lake Buena Vista is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Interstate 4 (I-4 is a 13230-mile (21291 km intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the state of Florida, United States. Other notable area attractions include SeaWorld and Universal Orlando Resort. History Milton C Shedd, Ken Norris, David Demott, and George Millay brought SeaWorld to life yet that was not the initial idea Universal Orlando Resort is a Theme park Resort in Orlando Florida. The region sees an estimated 52 million tourists a year. Orlando has the second largest number of hotel rooms in the country (after Las Vegas, Nevada), and is one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions with the Orange County Convention Center, the country's second largest in square footage. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC is the primary public Convention center for the Central Florida region It is also known for its wide array of golf courses, with numerous courses available for any level of golfer. Despite being several miles away from the main tourist attractions, Downtown Orlando is undergoing major redevelopment with a number of residential and commercial towers. Downtown Orlando Florida is far removed from the famous attractions that draw tourists to the region
The city symbol is the fountain of Lake Eola and the current mayor is Buddy Dyer. Lake Eola is a small Lake in Downtown Orlando, Florida, located at in Summerlin Park (commonly yet mistakenly called Lake Eola Park John Hugh "Buddy" Dyer (born August 7, 1958) is mayor of Orlando, Florida, first elected in 2003
Historians date Orlando's name to around 1837, when a soldier named Orlando Reeves allegedly died in the area during the war against the Seminole Indian tribe. Year 1837 ( MDCCCXXXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar of the Gregorian Calendar (or a Common According to one tale on the origin of the name of Orlando Florida, Sentinel Orlando Reeves was an American soldier who was killed during the Seminole War The Seminole are a Native American people originally of Florida and now residing in Florida and Oklahoma. For indigenous peoples in the United States other than Hawaii and Alaska see also Native Americans in the United States. It seems, however, that Orlando Reeves (sometimes Rees) operated a sugar mill and plantation about 30 miles (50 km) to the north at Spring Garden in Volusia County, and pioneer settlers simply found his name carved into a tree and assumed it was a marker for his grave site. A Sugar Refinery or sugar Mill is a Factory which refines sugar from various organic sources like sugar cane or beets into a Fundamentally a plantation is usually a large Farm or estate, especially in a tropical or semitropical country on which Cotton, Tobacco They then referred to the area as "Orlando's grave" and later simply Orlando. A memorial beside Lake Eola designates the spot where the city's namesake fell. Lake Eola is a small Lake in Downtown Orlando, Florida, located at in Summerlin Park (commonly yet mistakenly called Lake Eola Park
During the Second Seminole War, the U.S. Army established an outpost at Fort Gatlin, a few miles south of the modern downtown, in 1838. The Seminole Wars, also known as the Florida Wars, were three conflicts in Florida between various groups of Native Americans collectively known as The United States Army is a military organization whose primary mission is to "provide necessary forces and capabilities. But it was quickly abandoned when the war came to an end.
Prior to being known as its current name, Orlando was known as Jernigan, after the first permanent settler, cattleman Aaron Jernigan, who acquired land along Lake Holden by the terms of the Armed Occupation Act of 1842. Aaron Jernigan ( September 14, 1813 – August 25, 1891) was the first settler of what is now Orange County But most pioneers did not arrive until after the Third Seminole War in the 1850s. The Seminole Wars, also known as the Florida Wars, were three conflicts in Florida between various groups of Native Americans collectively known as Most of the early residents made their living by cattle raising. A ranch is an area of landscape including various structures given primarily to the practice of ranching the practice of raising grazing livestock such as Cattle
Orlando remained a rural backwater during the Civil War, and suffered greatly during the Union blockade. Causes of the war See also Origins of the American Civil War, Timeline of events leading to the American Civil War The coexistence of a slave-owning South The Union Blockade refers to the naval actions between 1861 and 1865 during the American Civil War, in which the Union Navy maintained a massive effort on the The Reconstruction Era brought a population explosion, which led to the city's incorporation in 1875.
The period from 1875 to 1895 is remembered as Orlando's Golden Era, when it became the hub of Florida's citrus industry. Citrus is a common term and Genus of Flowering plants in the family Rutaceae, originating in tropical and subtropical southeast regions of But the Great Freeze in 1894-1895 forced many owners to give up their independent groves, thus consolidating holdings in the hands of a few "citrus barons" who shifted operations south, primarily around Lake Wales in Polk County. The Great Freeze refers to the winter of 1894 - 1895, especially in Florida where the brutally cold weather destroyed much of the nation's Citrus Lake Wales is a city in Polk County, Florida, United States. The population was 10194 at the 2000 census Polk County is a County located in the US state of Florida. As of 2000 the population was 483924
There were a couple of notable homesteaders in the area, including the Curry family. Through their property in east Orlando flowed the Econlockhatchee River, which travelers crossed by fording. The Econlockhatchee River ( Econ River for short is a North -flowing blackwater tributary of the St A ford is a place in a Watercourse (most commonly a stream or River) that is shallow enough to be crossed by wading on Horseback or in a wheeled This would be commemorated by the street's name, Curry Ford Road. Also, just south of the airport in the Boggy Creek area was 150 acres (0. 61 km²) of property homesteaded in the late 1800s by the Ward family. This property is still owned by the Ward family, and can be seen from flights out of MCO southbound immediately on the south side of SR-417.
Orlando, as Florida's largest inland city, became a popular resort during the years between the Spanish-American War and World War I. World War I (abbreviated WWI; also known as the First World War, the Great War, and the War to End All The city was also host to several SKEET, which serves as the basis for its hospitals today.
In the 1920s, Orlando experienced extensive housing development during the Florida Land Boom. The Florida land boom of the 1920s was Florida 's first Real estate bubble, which burst in 1925 leaving behind entire new cities and the remains of failed development Land prices soared. During this period several neighborhoods in downtown were constructed, endowing it with many bungalows. A bungalow (બંગલો baṅglo, बंगला baṅglā) is a type of single-storey House that originated in India. The boom ended when several hurricanes hit Florida in the late 20s and by the Great Depression. A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a low pressure center and numerous Thunderstorms that produce strong winds and Flooding
During World War II, a number of Army personnel were stationed at the Orlando Army Air Base and nearby Pinecastle Army Air Field. World War II, or the Second World War, (often abbreviated WWII) was a global military conflict which involved a majority of the world's nations, including Some of these servicemen stayed in Orlando to settle and raise families. In 1956 the aerospace/defense company Martin Marietta (now Lockheed Martin) established a plant in the city. Martin Marietta Corporation was founded in 1961 through the Merger of The Martin Company and American-Marietta Corporation. Lockheed Martin ( is a large multinational Aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology Company formed in 1995 by the merger of Orlando AAB and Pinecastle AAF were transferred to the United States Air Force in 1947 when it became a separate service and were redesignated as Air Force Bases (AFB). In 1958, Pinecastle AFB was renamed McCoy Air Force Base after Colonel Michael N. McCoy Air Force Base (1940-1947 1951-1975 is a former United States Air Force base located 10 miles (16 km south of Orlando, Florida. W. McCoy, a former commander of the 320th Bombardment Wing at the installation, killed in the crash of a B-47 Stratojet bomber north of Orlando. WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout In the 1960s, the base subsequently became home to the 306th Bombardment Wing of the Strategic Air Command (SAC), operating B-52 Stratofortress and KC-135 Stratotanker aircraft, in addition to detachment operations by EC-121 and U-2 aircraft. The Strategic Air Command (SAC was both a major command and a "specified command" in the U WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft. Please see WikipediaWikiProject Aircraft/page content for recommended layout
Orlando is close enough to Patrick Air Force Base, Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and Kennedy Space Center for residents to commute to work from the city's suburbs. Patrick Air Force Base is a United States Air Force Base located between Satellite Beach and Cocoa Beach, in Brevard County, Florida The Cape Canaveral Air Force Station (CCAFS is a detachment of the 45th Space Wing (45 SW Patrick AFB provides headquarters functions from the 45 SW a major airfield The John F Kennedy Space Center ( KSC) is the NASA Space vehicle launch facility and Launch Control Center ( Spaceport) on It also allows easy access to Port Canaveral, an important cruise ship terminal. Port Canaveral is a major cruise and cargo Port located in Brevard County Florida. A cruise ship or cruise liner is a Passenger ship used for pleasure voyages where the voyage itself and the ship's amenities are part of the experience Because of its proximity to the Space Coast near the Kennedy Space Center, many high-tech companies have shifted to the Orlando area. The Space Coast is a region in the US state of Florida around Kennedy Space Center, where the U The John F Kennedy Space Center ( KSC) is the NASA Space vehicle launch facility and Launch Control Center ( Spaceport) on
Perhaps the most critical event for Orlando's economy occurred in 1965 when Walt Disney announced plans to build Walt Disney World. Walter Elias Disney (December 5 1901 – December 15 1966 was a multiple Academy Award -winning American Film producer, director, Screenwriter Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels Although Walt had considered the regions of Miami and Tampa for his park, one of the major reasons behind his decision not to locate there was due to hurricanes. A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a low pressure center and numerous Thunderstorms that produce strong winds and Flooding Orlando's inland location, although not free from hurricanes, exposed it to less threat than the coast. The famous vacation resort opened in October 1971, ushering in an explosive population and economic growth for the Orlando metropolitan area, which now encompasses Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and Lake counties. Orange County is a County located in the US state of Florida and is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. Seminole County is a County located in the US state of Florida and part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. Osceola County is a County located in the US state of Florida. Lake County is a County located in the state of Florida, United States. As a result, tourism became the centerpiece of the area's economy. Tourism is Travel for Recreational or Leisure purposes The World Tourism Organization defines tourists as people who "travel Orlando is consistently ranked as one of the top vacation destinations in the world, and now boasts more theme parks and entertainment attractions than anywhere else in the world. Theme park is the generic term for a collection of rides and other Entertainment attractions assembled for the purpose of entertaining a large group
Another major factor in Orlando's growth occurred in 1962, when the new Orlando Jetport, the precursor of the present day Orlando International Airport, was built from a portion of the McCoy Air Force Base. McCoy Air Force Base (1940-1947 1951-1975 is a former United States Air Force base located 10 miles (16 km south of Orlando, Florida. By 1970, four major airlines (Delta Air Lines, National Airlines, Eastern Airlines and Southern Airways) were providing scheduled flights. Delta Air Lines Inc ( is a United States Airline based and headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Eastern Air Lines was a major United States Airline that existed from the late 1920s until 1991 Southern Airways was a Regional airline operating in the United States from its founding by Frank Hulse in 1949 until 1979 when it was folded into McCoy Air Force Base officially closed in 1975, and most of it is now part of the airport. McCoy Air Force Base (1940-1947 1951-1975 is a former United States Air Force base located 10 miles (16 km south of Orlando, Florida. The airport still retains the former Air Force Base airport code (MCO).
In addition to McCoy Air Force Base, Orlando also had a naval presence with the establishment of Naval Training Center Orlando on the former Orlando AFB in 1968. McCoy Air Force Base (1940-1947 1951-1975 is a former United States Air Force base located 10 miles (16 km south of Orlando, Florida. The newest of three Naval Training Centers in the United States providing training to recruits, as well as being a base for selected post basic training programs for enlisted personnel, NTC Orlando also conducted nuclear power training for commissioned officers and the base had a prominent presence in the area. In 1993, the Base Realignment and Closure Commission ordered that NTC Orlando be closed, along with a companion installation, NTC San Diego. Base Realignment and Closure (or BRAC) is a process of the United States federal government directed at the administration and operation of the Armed NTC Orlando continued in a diminished capacity until the base closed for good in 1999 with the last graduates of the base's Naval Nuclear Power School leaving in December of 1998. Naval Nuclear Power School is a Nuclear engineering school operated by the U The former base has been developed into tracts for upscale housing called Baldwin Park. Other than Reserve and National Guard activities, the Orlando area's remaining military presence is the Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division/Naval Support Activity Orlando, located just east of the city limits in the Central Florida Research Park. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division ( NAWCTSD) of the US Navy is located in Orlando FL in the University of Central Florida The U. S. Army's Program Executive Office for Simulation, Training and Instrumentation (PEO-STRI), the U.S. Marine Corps' Program Manager for Training Systems (PMTRASYS) and the U. S. Air Force's Agency for Modeling and Simulation are also collocated at that location.
The SunTrust Center, the tallest building in Orlando at 441 ft (134 m), was built in 1988. SunTrust Banks Inc ( is an American Bank holding company. The largest subsidiary is SunTrust Bank The next tallest buildings are the Orange County Courthouse (1997, 416 ft (127 m). This article is for the new Orange County Courthouse For the old courthouse see Orange County Courthouse - Old (Florida. /127 m), the Bank of America Center (Formerly Barnett Plaza, 1988, 409 ft (125 m). Banc of America Securities Bank of America () is the largest bank by asset and second largest commercial Bank by deposits and Market capitalization in United Barnett Bank, founded in 1877 eventually became the largest Commercial bank in Florida. /123 m), Solaire at the Plaza (2006, 359 ft (109 m). /109 m) and the Orlando International Airport ATC Tower (2002, 346 ft (105 m). Air traffic control ( ATC) is a service provided by ground-based controllers who direct Aircraft on the ground and in the air /105 m). The VUE at Lake Eola, currently under construction, will become the second-tallest building in Orlando upon completion at 426 ft (130 m) tall, but with 35 stories it will have more stories than the SunTrust Center.   The SeaWorld SkyTower, at 400 ft (122 m) tall, is the tallest tower in Orange County outside Orlando proper. History Milton C Shedd, Ken Norris, David Demott, and George Millay brought SeaWorld to life yet that was not the initial idea There are also several tall transmission towers in Orange County, the tallest of which is the WFTV transmission tower in Christmas at 1,617 ft (491. For the defunct television station in Duluth Minnesota, see WFTV (Duluth. Christmas is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, United States. 6 m) tall.
In the hurricane season of 2004, Hurricanes Charley, Frances, and Jeanne battered the Orlando area, causing widespread damage and flooding and impeding tourism to the area. Hurricane Charley was the third named storm the second Hurricane, and the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Frances was the sixth named storm, the fourth hurricane, and the third major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. Hurricane Jeanne was the tenth named storm, the seventh hurricane, and the fifth major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. A flood is an overflow of an expanse of water that submerges land a deluge
Orlando is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 261. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census as defined in Title) is the government agency that is responsible for the United States Census 5 km² (101 mi²). The square mile is an imperial and US unit of Area equal the area of a square of one statute mile. 242. 2 km² (93. 5 mi²) of it is land and 19. 3 km² (7. 5 mi²) of it (7. 39%) is water. Orlando is, on average, 106 feet (32 m) above sea level.(28. 533513, -81. 375789).
Orlando has a warm and humid subtropical climate, and there are two major seasons each year. The subtropics are the zones of the Earth immediately north and south of the tropic zone which is bounded by the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Climate encompasses the temperatures humidity rainfall atmospheric particle count and numerous other meteorogical factors in a given region over long periods of One of those seasons is hot and rainy, lasting from May until October (roughly coinciding with the Atlantic hurricane season). The following is list of Atlantic hurricane seasons. The Atlantic hurricane season is the period in a year when hurricanes usually form in the Atlantic Ocean The other is a cooler season (November through March) that brings more moderate temperatures and less frequent rainfall. The area's warm and humid climate is caused primarily by its low elevation and its position relatively close to the Tropic of Cancer, and much of its weather is affected by the movement of the Gulf Stream. For the novel by Henry Miller, see Tropic of Cancer (novel. The Tropic of Cancer, or Northern tropic, is one of five The Gulf Stream, together with its northern extension towards Europe the North Atlantic Drift, is a powerful warm and swift Atlantic Ocean current that
During the height of Orlando's very humid summer season, temperatures rarely fall below 70 °F (21 °C), and daytime highs average in the 90s (32-37 °C). Although the city rarely records temperatures over 100 °F (38 °C), extreme humidity often pushes the heat index to over 110 °F (45 °C). The heat index ( HI) is an index that combines Air Temperature and Relative humidity in an attempt to determine the human-perceived equivalent The city's highest recorded temperature is 102 °F (39 °C), set in 1998. During these months, strong afternoon thunderstorms occur almost daily. These storms are caused by air masses from the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean colliding over Central Florida, and they often bring high wind, damaging hail, heavy rainfall (sometimes several inches per hour), and violent lightning. The Gulf of Mexico ( Spanish: Golfo de México) is the ninth largest Body of water in the world Wind is the flow of Air or other Gases that compose an Atmosphere (including but not limited to the Earth's) Hail is a form of precipitation which consists of balls or irregular lumps of ice (hailstones Rain is Liquid precipitation. On Earth it is the condensation of atmospheric Water vapor into drops heavy enough to fall often making it to Lightning is an atmospheric discharge of Electricity, which typically occurs during Thunderstorms and sometimes during volcanic eruptions or
During the winter season, humidity is lower and temperatures are more moderate, and can fluctuate more readily. Average nighttime lows in January are around 50 °F (10 °C), and average daytime highs are about 72 °F (22 °C). Temperatures rarely reach below 32 °F (0 °C), though the city can drop below freezing once or twice a year. Because the winter season is dry and most freezing temperatures occur after cold fronts (and their accompanying precipitation) have passed, Orlando experiences no real snowfall. Although no measurable amount of snow has ever fallen (though areas just west recorded up to 2" in 1977), trace amounts were officially observed on December 23, 1989, and trace flurries of ocean effect snow were also reported in nearby coastal Brevard County on January 24, 2003. Events 962 - Byzantine-Arab Wars: Under the future Emperor Nicephorus Phocas, Byzantine troops stormed the city Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar) Lake-effect snow is produced in the winter when cold Arctic winds move across long expanses of warmer lake water providing energy and picking up Water vapor which freezes Events 41 - Gaius Caesar (Caligula, known for his eccentricity and cruel Despotism, is Assassinated by his disgruntled Year 2003 ( MMIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. 
The average annual rainfall in Orlando is 50. 1 in. (128 cm), most of it occurring in the period from June to September. The metre or meter is a unit of Length. It is the basic unit of Length in the Metric system and in the International The months of December through May are Orlando's driest season. During this period (especially in its later months), there is often a wildfire hazard. During some years, fires have been severe. In 1998, an El Niño condition caused a usually wet January and February, followed by drought throughout the spring and early summer, causing a record wildfire season that created Greater Orlando's first instances of unhealthy air quality alerts. El Niño-Southern Oscillation ( ENSO; commonly referred to as simply El Niño) is a global coupled ocean-atmosphere phenomenon
Orlando has a considerable hurricane risk, although it is not as high as it is in South Florida's urban corridor or other coastal regions. A tropical cyclone is a storm system characterized by a low pressure center and numerous Thunderstorms that produce strong winds and Flooding Since the city is located 42 miles (68 km) inland from the Atlantic and 77 miles (124 km) inland from the Gulf of Mexico, hurricanes usually weaken before arriving. Storm surges are not a concern since the region is 100 ft (30 m) above sea level. Despite its location, the city does see strong hurricanes. During the notorious 2004 hurricane season, Orlando was hit by three hurricanes that caused significant damage, with Hurricane Charley the worst of these. TemplateHurricane season single. -->The 2004 Atlantic hurricane season officially began on June 1 2004 and lasted until November 30 2004 Hurricane Charley was the third named storm the second Hurricane, and the second major hurricane of the 2004 Atlantic hurricane season. The city also experienced widespread damage during Hurricane Donna in 1960. Hurricane Donna in the 1960 Atlantic hurricane season was a Cape Verde-type hurricane which moved across the Leeward Islands, Puerto Rico
|Record high °F (°C) (year)||87 (31) (1991)||90 (32) (1962)||92 (33) (1994)||96 (36) (1968)||100 (38) (1962)||100 (38) (1998)||102 (39) (1998)||100 (38) (1980)||98 (37) (1988)||95 (35) (1986)||89 (32) (1992)||90 (32) (1978)||102 (39) (1998)|
|Average high °F (°C)||72 (22)||73 (22)||77 (25)||83 (28)||88 (31)||91 (32)||92 (33)||92 (33)||89 (31)||84 (28)||77 (25)||73 (22)||83 (28)|
|Average low °F (°C)||50 (10)||51 (10)||55 (12)||61 (16)||67 (19)||71 (21)||73 (22)||73 (22)||72 (22)||65 (18)||56 (13)||51 (10)||62 (16)|
|Record low °F (°C) (year)||19 (-7) (1985)||26 (-3) (1996)||25 (-4) (1980)||38 (4) (1987)||48 (9) (1992)||60 (16) (1984)||64 (18) (1981)||64 (18) (1957)||56 (13) (1956)||43 (6) (1957)||29 (-2) (1950)||20 (-7) (1983)||19 (-7) (1985)|
|2. 1 (5)||3. 1 (7)||3. 5 (8)||2. 6 (6)||3. 0 (7)||6. 5 (16)||8. 1 (20)||7. 2 (18)||6. 8 (17)||3. 9 (9)||1. 7 (4)||2. 1 (5)||50. 6 (128)|
|6. 4 (16)||6. 8 (17)||10. 5 (26)||6. 2 (15)||8. 6 (21)||18. 3 (46)||19. 6 (49)||16. 1 (40)||12. 2 (30)||14. 1 (36)||6. 4 (16)||4. 7 (11)||68. 7 (174)|
|Source: Weatherbase. Temperature color representation based on Weather Underground. Weather Underground is a commercial weather service that provides real-time weather information via the Internet.|
NOTE: The record high of 102 °F (39 °C) was recorded at Orlando International Airport, and is available from AccuWeather.com. (historical data from July is only visible in July and August unless you buy into their premium services) WeatherBase only uses historical data recorded at Orlando Executive Airport. Both airports have official National Weather Service recording stations. The National Weather Service ( NWS) once known as the Weather Bureau is one of the six scientific agencies that make up the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Orlando has many neighborhoods  within city limits:
Orlando is the hub city of the Orlando-Kissimmee, Florida, Metropolitan Statistical Area, colloquially known as "Greater Orlando" or "Metro Orlando". Greater Orlando, alternatively known as the Orlando Area or Metro Orlando, is the third most populated metropolitan region in the state of Florida, and The area encompasses four counties (Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake), and is currently the 27th-largest metro area in the United States with a 2007 Census-estimated population of 2,032,496. Orange County is a County located in the US state of Florida and is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. Osceola County is a County located in the US state of Florida. Seminole County is a County located in the US state of Florida and part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. Lake County is a County located in the state of Florida, United States. See also Metropolitan Statistical Area, Core Based Statistical Area Table of United States Core Based Statistical AreasThe United States Census Bureau has defined
When Combined Statistical Areas were instituted in 2000, Orlando was initially joined together with The Villages, Florida, Micropolitan Statistical Area, to form the Orlando-The Villages, Florida, Combined Statistical Area. Table of United States Combined Statistical AreasThe United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. For the Memorial Villages see Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Hunters Creek Village, Piney Point Village Table of United States Combined Statistical AreasThe United States Office of Management and Budget (OMB defines micropolitan and metropolitan statistical areas. In 2006, the metropolitan areas of Deltona (Volusia County) and Palm Coast (Flagler County) were added to create the Orlando-Deltona-Daytona Beach, Florida, Combined Statistical Area. Deltona is a city located in southwestern Volusia County Florida. The Palm Coast Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area is a Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA consisting of Flagler County in the state of Florida Flagler County is a County located in the US state of Florida.  This new larger CSA carries a total population (as of 2007) of 2,693,552. , and carries three of the 25 fastest-growing counties in the nation--Flagler ranks 1st; Osceola, 17th; and Lake, 23rd. 
The metro area is one of the fastest-growing areas in the nation, and the surrounding counties, such as Polk, Brevard and Marion, are also seeing high growth rates. Polk County is a County located in the US state of Florida. As of 2000 the population was 483924 Brevard County is a county located in the US state of Florida, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. Marion County is a County located in the US state of Florida.
|Northwest: Apopka, Mount Dora, Eustis, Tavares, Leesburg, The Villages||North: Eatonville, Maitland, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Sanford, Deltona, Longwood, Bunnell, Lake Mary||Northeast: Casselberry, Oviedo, Winter Springs, Daytona Beach, New Smyrna Beach, Palm Coast|
|West: Ocoee, Winter Garden, Gotha, Windermere, Clermont, Oakland, Bushnell||ORLANDO||East: Bithlo, Union Park, Wedgefield, Eastwood|
|Southwest: Lake Buena Vista, Celebration, Citrus Ridge , Doctor Phillips||South: Edgewood, Belle Isle, Kissimmee, Poinciana, Meadow Woods||Southeast: Saint Cloud, Harmony, Holopaw, Yeehaw Junction|
As of the censusof 2006 estimate, there were 220,186 people, 80,883 households, and 42,382 families residing in the city. Mount Dora is a US city in Lake County, Florida. As of July 1 2006 the U Eustis is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States. The population was 15106 at the 2000 census Tavares is a city in central Florida in the United States. It is the County seat of Lake County. Leesburg is a city in Lake County, Florida, United States. The population was 15956 at the 2000 census For the Memorial Villages see Bunker Hill Village, Hedwig Village, Hilshire Village, Hunters Creek Village, Piney Point Village Eatonville is a town in Orange County, Florida, six miles north of Orlando. Maitland is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 12019 at the 2000 Winter Park is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Altamonte Springs is a City in Seminole County Florida, United States. Sanford is a city in and the County seat of Seminole County, Florida, United States. Deltona is a city located in southwestern Volusia County Florida. Longwood is a city in Seminole County, Florida, USA. The population was 13745 at the 2000 census Bunnell is a city in Flagler County, Florida, United States. The population was 2122 at the 2000 census. Lake Mary is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. Casselberry is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. Oviedo is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 26316 at the 2000 census Winter Springs is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. New Smyrna Beach is a city in Volusia County, Florida, United States. Palm Coast a city in Flagler County, Florida, United States. As of 2006 the population recorded by the U Ocoee is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. According to the 2000 census the city proper had a population of 24391 Winter Garden is a city located west of downtown Orlando in western Orange County Florida. Gotha is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, United States. Windermere is a town in Orange County, Florida, in the United States. Clermont is a western suburb of Orlando in Lake County, Florida, United States. Oakland is a town in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 936 at the 2000 census Bushnell is a city in Sumter Bithlo is a Census-designated place and an Unincorporated community in Orange County, Florida, United States. Union Park is a Census-designated place (CDP in Orange County, Florida, United States. Wedgefield is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida, United States. Orlando is a major City in central Florida, USA and is the County seat of Orange County Florida. Lake Buena Vista is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Celebration Florida is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated master-planned community in Osceola County in the U Citrus Ridge, often called Four Corners, is a Census-designated place in Florida, located at a Quadripoint formed by Lake, Dr Phillips is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated area in Orange County, Florida; commonly known as a Suburb of Orlando Florida Edgewood is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 1901 at the 2000 census Belle Isle is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Kissimmee (kɪˈsɪmi with the accent on the second syllable is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. Poinciana is a Census-designated place (CDP in Osceola and Polk counties in the U Meadow Woods is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated area located in southern Orange County Florida between Orlando International Airport and St Cloud is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. Harmony is an unincorporated, award winning Master-planned community near St Holopaw Florida is a small Unincorporated community in Osceola County, Florida, United States. Yeehaw Junction is an unincorporated community in Osceola County, Florida, United States. A census is the procedure of acquiring information about every member of a given population The population densitywas 767. Population density (in agriculture standing stock and Standing crop) is a measurement of Population per unit area or unit volume 9/km² (1,988. 9/mi²). There were 188,486 housing units at an average density of 365. 4/km² (946. 4/mi²). The racial makeup of the city was 61. 10% White, 26. 70% African American, 1. 43% Asian, 0. 34% Native American, 0. 08% Pacific Islander, 5. 41% from other races, and 2. 54% from two or more races. 17. 79% of the population was Hispanicor Latinoof any race. Non-Hispanic Whites made up 50. 8% of the population. The city has large Puerto Rican, Colombian, Venezuelan, Haitian, and Vietnamesecommunities (among others), as well as a growing number of British(mostly English) residents. Puerto Ricans in the United States (also referred to as the "Puerto Rican Diaspora," " Nuyorican " "Stateside Puerto Ricans" "mainland Colombian Americans are citizens of the United States who trace their nationality or heritage from the South American nation of Colombia. Venezuela (ˌvɛnəˈzweɪlə) officially the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela (Spanish República Bolivariana de Venezuela) is a country on the Haitian Americans are Americans of Haitian heritage or immigrants born in Haiti who achieve United States citizenship A Vietnamese American (người Mỹ gốc Việt is a resident of the United States who is of Vietnamese heritage The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, commonly known as the United Kingdom, the UK or Britain,is a Sovereign state located The English people (from the adjective in Englisc) are a Nation and Ethnic group native to England who predominantly speak English There were 80,883 households out of which 24. 5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 32. 4% were married couples living together, 15. 4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47. 6% were non-families. 35. 0% of all households were made up of individuals and 8. 5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2. 25 and the average family size was 2. 97. In the city the population was spread out with 22. 0% under the age of 18, 10. 7% from 18 to 24, 37. 3% from 25 to 44, 18. 6% from 45 to 64, and 11. 3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 94. 0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91. 3 males. The median incomefor a household in the city was $35,732, and the median income for a family was $40,648. The median household income is commonly used to provide data about geographic areas and divides households into two equal segments with the first half of Households earning less Males had a median income of $30,866 versus $25,267 for females. The per capita incomefor the city was $21,216. Per capita income means how much each individual receives in monetary terms of the yearly income generated in the country About 13. 3% of families and 15. 9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27. The poverty threshold, or poverty line, is the minimum level of Income deemed necessary to achieve an adequate Standard of living in a given country 0% of those under age 18 and 12. 6% of those age 65 or over. Orlando is also home to one of the nation's highest population percentage of GLBTpeople. LGBT (also GLBT) is an initialism referring collectively to Lesbian, Gay, bisexual, and Transgender / transsexual According to a study by UCLA, 7. The University of California Los Angeles (generally known as UCLA) is a public research university located in Westwood Los Angeles, California, United 7% of Orlando's population is gay, lesbian, or bisexual and with 5. 7% of the entire metropolitan population, it ranks 9th in the nation. 
As of 2000, 75. 43% of all residents spoke English as their first language, while 16. English is a West Germanic language originating in England and is the First language for most people in the United Kingdom, the United States A first language (also mother tongue, native language, arterial language, or L1) is the language a human being learns from birth 60% spoke Spanish language, 1. 93% spoke Haitian Creole, 1. Haitian Creole language ( kreyòl ayisyen) often called simply Creole or Kreyòl ( pronounced) is a language spoken in Haiti 33% spoke French, and 0. French ( français,) is a Romance language spoken around the world by 118 million people as a native language and by about 180 to 260 million people 99% of the population spoke Portuguese as their mother language. Portuguese ( or língua portuguesa) is a Romance language that originated in what is now Galicia (Spain and northern Portugal. A first language (also mother tongue, native language, arterial language, or L1) is the language a human being learns from birth 
Like Florida cities Miami and Tampa, Orlando has a large and increasing number of Latino residents living in the city. Orlando is home to one of the nation's largest and most rapidly growing Puerto Rican communities (particularly its metropolitan area). Puerto Ricans in the United States (also referred to as the "Puerto Rican Diaspora," " Nuyorican " "Stateside Puerto Ricans" "mainland A metropolitan area is a large population center consisting of a large Metropolis and its adjacent zone of influence or of more than one closely adjoining neighboring central This is reflected by the abundance of mainly Puerto Rican-themed restaurants and radio stations. Spanish-language music, such as Reggaeton and Salsa, are common on Orlando radio stations. Reggaeton (also spelled reggaetón, and known as reguetón and reggaetón in Spanish) is a form of urban music which became popular This article is about radio broadcasting for other uses see Radio (disambiguation. The Orlando Magic basketball team is the only team in the NBA to have a Latin Night, which is geared towards the Hispanic population in the area. The Orlando Magic is a professional Basketball team based in Orlando Florida. Throughout the city, many Puerto Rican flags can be found on or near buildings, including car dealerships. The city's local newspaper, The Orlando Sentinel, publishes a weekly all-Spanish newspaper called El Sentinel. The Orlando Sentinel is the primary Newspaper of the Orlando Florida region The Orlando-Central Florida area is home to the most affluent Puerto Rican families in the United States, followed by Los Angeles and Texas. Wealth derives from the old English word "weal" which means "well-being Los Angeles (lɑˈsændʒələs los ˈaŋxeles in Spanish) is the largest City in the state of California and the American West Texas ( is a state geographically located in the South Central United States and is also known as the Lone Star State. Many Puerto Ricans have relocated to Central Florida, mainly to the Orlando-Kissimmee area. Central Florida is the central region of the United States state of Florida, on the East Coast The short air travel distance from Orlando to Puerto Rico, similar climate and job opportunities have attracted many Puerto Ricans to choose Orlando-Kissimmee. Orlando also has many residents of Cuban descent, largely refugees or their children from the Cuban Revolution. Cubans (Cubanos are people inhabiting or originating from Cuba. According to the 1951 Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, a refugee is a person who owing to a well-founded fear of being persecuted for reasons of race The Cuban Revolution refers to the revolution that led to the overthrow of the United States proxy ruler General Fulgencio Batista 's regime on January 1,
Orlando has an even larger African-American population. African Americans or Black Americans are citizens or residents of the United States who have origins in any of the black populations of Africa The city is located within six miles (10 km) of the suburb Eatonville, Florida, the first all-black town to be incorporated in the United States. Eatonville is a town in Orange County, Florida, six miles north of Orlando. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the
A thriving Vietnamese quarter called "Little Vietnam" or "Little Saigon" exists in the Colonialtown district of Orlando. The Vietnamese people (người Việt or vi ''người Kinh'' are an Ethnic group originating from what is now northern Vietnam and southern China. This article deals exclusively with the Vietnamese communities within the United States of America; for other communities outside Vietnam refer to the Overseas Vietnamese  The neighborhood has become a landmark in the city of Orlando and consists of numerous restaurants, groceries, and merchants offering imports from across Asia such as music, videos, collectibles, et al. The heart of the district is the intersection of East Colonial Drive/HWY50 and Mills Ave, also known as the "Vi-Mi" district. The Orlando Vietnamese community has its roots in war refugees seeking a new life in America after the fall of Saigon. Notable pro-democracy activists, such as Thuong Nguyen Cuc Foshee, who was just recently released from prison in Vietnam, call Orlando their home. Thuong Nguyen Cuc Foshee is a Vietnamese American who was held without formal charge by the government of Vietnam after her arrest in September 2005 on accusations Several local and statewide media groups serve the Orlando Vietnamese and Asian communities, notably the online and in-print Asia Trend Magazine, and Saigon Moi magazine. Magazines, periodicals or serials are Publications generally published on a regular schedule containing a variety of articles, generally
The hip hop music scene, metal scene, rock music scene, Reggaeton and Latino scene, are all active within the city, which is largely home to the Florida Breakbeat movement. Hip hop music, also referred to as rap music, is a Music genre typically consisting of a rhythmic vocal style called rap which is accompanied with Rock music is a genre of Popular music often though not necessarily employing Electric guitar, Bass guitar, and Drums. Reggaeton (also spelled reggaetón, and known as reguetón and reggaetón in Spanish) is a form of urban music which became popular Florida breaks, also referred to as Florida breakbeat, Funky Breaks, and Tampa Breaks, is a Genre of Breakbeat music which as the Orlando has also been called Hollywood East because of numerous cinematic enterprises in the area. 
Until recently, Walt Disney Feature Animation operated a studio out of Disney/Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels Feature Animation-Florida was primarily responsible for the films Mulan, Lilo & Stitch, and the early stages of Brother Bear and contributed on various other projects. Universal Studios's Soundstage 21 is home to The TNA Impact Zone, but Nickelodeon Studios, which through the 90s produced hundreds of hours of GAK-filled game shows targeted at children, no longer operates out of Universal Studios Florida. Universal Studios (sometimes called Universal Pictures or Universal City Studios) a subsidiary of NBC Universal, is a major Global American TNA Impact! (official typeset " TNA iMPACT! " is a Professional wrestling Television program produced by Total The Florida Film Festival in nearby Maitland is one of the most respected regional film festivals in the country and attracts budding filmmakers from around the world. In addition, the implosion of Orlando's previous City Hall was filmed for the movie Lethal Weapon 3. Lethal Weapon 3 is a 1992 buddy cop action - Comedy film directed by Richard Donner and starring Mel Gibson Orlando's indie film scene has been picking back up since Haxan Film's The Blair Witch Project (1999) and a few years later with Charlize Theron winning her Academy Award for Monster (2003). A Florida state film incentive has also helped increase the amount of films being produced in Orlando and the rest of the state.
The Orlando Metropolitan Area is also home to a substantial theatre population. Several professional and semi-professional houses and many community theaters dot the area including Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival, Orlando Repertory Theatre (Central Florida's only Professional Theatre for Young Audiences), Orlando Theatre Project, Starlight Dinner Theatre, Mad Cow Theatre, Theatre Downtown, The Osceola Center for the Arts, Winter Park Playhouse, Theatre Winter Haven, IceHouse Theatre, and Seaside Music Theatre. Orlando also hosts the Orlando International Fringe Theater Festival every summer. Disney also a cast theater company known as S. T. A. G. E. as well as Encore, a cast choir and orchestra whose annual charity concerts have raised thousands of dollars. In addition, the Bob Carr Performing Arts Center brings national tours through town on a regular basis. Each spring, local theaters and downtown venues play host to the Orlando International Fringe Festival, which draws touring companies from all around the world as well as readings and fully staged productions of new and unknown plays by local artists. Also in the spring, Darden Restaurants sponsors a Festival of New Plays, hosted by Orlando-UCF Shakespeare Festival.
Orlando's Culture Coast consists of Ormond Beach, Daytona Beach and New Smyrna Beach and includes many cultural attractions including the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Atlantic Center for the Arts, Southeast Museum of Photography, Ormond Beach Art Museum, plus numerous galleries and shops located in the quaint downtown districts of Daytona Beach, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. Cinderella ( French: Cendrillon, Slovak: Popoluška, German: Aschenputtel, Spanish: Cenicienta This article is about the Theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels The Museum of Arts and Sciences, often referred to as the MOAS, is a Museum in Daytona Beach, Florida, United States. Mission Atlantic Center for the Arts (ACA is a nonprofit interdisciplinary artists’ community and arts education facility dedicated to promoting artistic excellence by providing The Southeast Museum of Photography is located in Daytona Beach, Florida, on the campus of Daytona State College. This area really is like Orlando's cultural district on the beach.
The Orlando area is home to a wide variety of tourist attractions, including the Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando. Walt Disney World Resort is the most visited and largest recreational resort in the world containing four Theme parks two Water parks twenty-three themed hotels Universal Orlando Resort is a Theme park Resort in Orlando Florida. SeaWorld Orlando is a Theme park near Orlando Florida. It is owned and operated by Busch Entertainment Corporation, a subsidiary of Anheuser-Busch The Walt Disney World resort is the area's largest attraction with its many facets such as the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Disney's Animal Kingdom, Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard Beach, and Downtown Disney. This article is about the Theme park at Walt Disney World Resort. Epcot is a Theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. The park is dedicated to international Culture and technological Innovation. Disney's Hollywood Studios is a Theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Disney's Animal Kingdom is a Theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Typhoon Lagoon is a Water park located at the Walt Disney World Resort. Blizzard Beach is a Water park located at the Walt Disney World Resort. SeaWorld Orlando is a large adventure park that features numerous zoological displays and marine animals alongside an amusement park with roller coasters and water park. Universal Orlando, like Walt Disney World, is a multi-faceted resort comprising Universal Studios Florida, CityWalk, and the Islands of Adventure theme park. Universal Studios Florida is an Amusement park located in Orlando Florida. Universal CityWalk is the name given to the entertainment and retail districts located adjacent to the theme parks of Universal Parks & Resorts. Universal's Islands of Adventure is a Theme park located in Orlando, Florida.
Orlando has become one of the fastest growing retail markets in the USA with at least five major upscale department stores opening last year alone and more than 50,000,000 square feet (4,650,000 m²) of shopping space in Central Florida. 
Orlando is home to the Orlando Magic, an NBA pro basketball franchise that plays at Amway Arena in downtown Orlando. The Orlando Magic is a professional Basketball team based in Orlando Florida. Basketball is a team Sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by propelling a ball through a 10 feet (3 m Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando, and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena Led by Shaquille O'Neal, the Magic made it to the NBA Finals in 1995. Shaquille Rashaun O'Neal (born March 6 1972 frequently referred to simply as " Shaq " is an African American Professional basketball The NBA Finals is the championship series of the National Basketball Association and the conclusion of the sport's postseason each June Orlando's Amway Arena, opened in 1989 is already one of the oldest arenas in the NBA. It will be replaced around 2010 by the $480-million Orlando Events Center. The Orlando Events Center is a sports venue that is under construction in Orlando, Florida, United States. The WNBA's Orlando Miracle played four seasons at Amway (1999-2002) before moving north to become the Connecticut Sun. The Connecticut Sun are a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA team based in Uncasville Connecticut. The Connecticut Sun are a Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA team based in Uncasville Connecticut.
Pro baseball has been played in Orlando since 1919, primarily in the Class A Florida State League, until the Orlando Twins joined the AA Southern League in 1973. The Florida State League is a Class A Advanced Minor League Baseball league which operates in the state of Florida. The Southern League is a Minor league baseball league which operates in the Southern United States. Tinker Field, named for baseball hall-of-famer Joe Tinker, is a historic baseball stadium next to the Citrus Bowl, currently out of use. Tinker Field is a Stadium in Orlando, Florida. It is primarily used for Baseball, and was the home field of the Orlando Rays Baseball is a Bat-and-ball Sport played between two teams of nine players each Joseph Bert Tinker ( July 27, 1880 - July 27, 1948) was a Major League Baseball player and manager. It was formerly the spring training home of the Minnesota Twins (and the Washington Nationals/Senators before them) and the AA Southern League affiliates of the Twins, Chicago Cubs and Tampa Bay Devil Rays. In Major League Baseball, spring training is a series of practices and exhibition games preceding the start of the Regular season. The Minnesota Twins are a professional baseball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Chicago Cubs are a Professional Baseball franchise based in Chicago, Illinois. The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St In 2000, the Orlando Rays moved from Tinker Field to Cracker Jack Stadium at the Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex. Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex is a 220 Acre (89 ha) athletic complex located in the Walt Disney World Resort. Despite having a beautiful new ballpark (which also serves as spring training home of the Atlanta Braves), the Rays drew poorly at Disney and moved to Montgomery, Alabama for the 2004 season. The Montgomery Biscuits are a Minor league baseball team based in Montgomery Alabama. The stadium has been mostly empty ever since, although it did play host to first-round (Pool D) games in the 2006 World Baseball Classic and a three-game series between the Tampa Bay Devil Rays and the Texas Rangers in 2007. The 2006 World Baseball Classic was the inaugural tournament between national baseball teams that included players from The Tampa Bay Rays are a Major League Baseball franchise based in St The Texas Rangers are an American professional baseball team based in Arlington Texas, United States, representing the Dallas-Ft Orlando is currently the largest metropolitan area in the United States without a pro baseball team.
The Citrus Bowl is the home of the Capital One Bowl (formerly the Florida Citrus Bowl) and the Champs Sports Bowl (formerly the Tangerine Bowl). The Florida Citrus Bowl (formerly Orlando Stadium, Tangerine Bowl and the Citrus Bowl) is a Stadium in Orlando Florida, The Capital One Bowl is an annual College football Bowl game played in Orlando Florida at the Citrus Bowl, and previously known as the The Champs Sports Bowl is an annual College football Bowl game that is played in Orlando Florida. It also hosts regular-season football games for Jones High School, as well as the annual Florida Classic played between the NCAA Division I-AA Football teams from Florida A&M University and Bethune-Cookman University. American football, known in the United States and Canada simply as football, is a competitive Team sport known for mixing strategy with Jones High School is located in the Parramore/Lorna Doone neighborhood in the urban heart of Orlando, Florida at 801 S Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, commonly known as Florida A&M or FAMU, is a historically black university located in Tallahassee Bethune-Cookman University or simply BCC (as it was formerly called or BCU (as it is called as of Feb The University of Central Florida (NCAA Division I-A) played its regular season games at the Citrus Bowl through the 2006 season, until the construction of a new stadium on the UCF campus, Bright House Networks Stadium. Bright House Networks Stadium is a 45301-seat Stadium in Orlando Florida. UCF plays college sports at the highest level. The National Collegiate Athletic Association ( NCAA, often pronounced "N-C-Double-A" is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions conferences organizations
Professional football in Orlando in goes back to the 1960s, when the Orlando Panthers played in the minor-league Continental Football League. The Continental Football League was an American football league played in North America from 1965 through 1969. The Panthers won two CPFL titles in 1967 and 1968, but folded with the league after the 1969 season. In 1974, the World Football League was formed, and a franchise originally planned for Boston, then moved to the Washington D. C. area, wound up in Orlando as the Florida Blazers. The World Football League was an American football league that played in 1974 and part of 1975. Washington DC ( formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, the District, or simply D The San Antonio Wings was a team that played in the World Football League for the 1975 season Despite playing before sparse crowds at the Citrus Bowl and not getting paid for weeks at a time, the Blazers won their division with a 14-6 record and qualified for the first (and only) WFL championship game, losing to the Birmingham Americans, 22-21. The Birmingham Americans were the most successful of the World Football League franchises The franchise was relocated to San Antonio for the 1975 season, then quietly expired with the league in October of that year.
Since then, Orlando has hosted several pro teams in short-lived leagues. In 1985, the USFL's Washington Federals shifted to the Citrus Bowl and were re-named the Orlando Renegades. For the proposed "New USFL" see United States Football League (2010. The Orlando Renegades was a professional American Football The Orlando Renegades was a professional American Football Despite a 5-13 record, the Renegades were one of the eight teams that stayed in the USFL for its projected fall season in 1986, but the league folded before any games were played that year. Next came the Orlando Thunder, a charter team in the World League of American Football in 1991 and 1992. The Orlando Thunder was a member of the World League of American Football from 1991 to 1992 (known as NFL Europe from 1995 onwards NFL Europa was an American football league which operated in Europe from 1991 until 2007. They lost the World Bowl to the Sacramento Surge in 1992. The World Bowl was the American football Championship game of NFL Europa, similar to the Super Bowl of the National Football League. The Sacramento Surge was a professional American football team that played in the WLAF in 1991 and 1992. Like all of the other the American-based teams, the franchise was dropped in the World League reorganization of 1995. Then came the Orlando Rage, a member of the infamous XFL who, like the other teams, played at the Citrus Bowl. Orlando Rage is a name used by two different American football teams based in Orlando Florida: one was originally part of the failed XFL begun by The XFL was a professional American football league that played for one season in 2001 The Rage had the XFL's best record at 8-2, but were upset in the playoffs, and the XFL folded. (The Orlando Rage name has since been revived in the semi-pro Southern States Football League). The Southern States Football League ( SSFL) is a late winter-spring semi-pro American football league with all of its teams based in Florida. The Citrus Bowl was originally slated to host some of the games for the Florida team in the All American Football League beginning in 2008, but Team Florida will play their games in Gainesville, Tampa and Jacksonville instead. The All American Football League is a proposed professional American football league Gainesville is the name of several places in the United States of America: Gainesville Alabama Gainesville Florida,
The Citrus Bowl also hosted an NFL team -- a fictional one, the Orlando Breakers, who were featured in the last two seasons of the television sitcom Coach. The National Football League ( NFL) is the largest professional American football league. Coach is an American television Sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997 Coach is an American television Sitcom that aired for nine seasons on ABC from 1989 to 1997 The team was a plot device to reflect the 1995 addition of the Jacksonville Jaguars to the real-life NFL. A plot device is an element introduced into a story solely to advance or resolve the plot of the story
In arena football, the Orlando Predators have been one of the Arena Football League's flagship franchises since entering the league in 1991. The Orlando Predators are an Arena Football League team based in Orlando Florida that was founded in 1991 The Arena Football League (AFL was founded in 1987 as an American football indoor league. Playing at Amway Arena, the Predators have won seven divisional titles and two Arena Bowls, in 1998 and 2000. The ArenaBowl is the Arena Football League 's championship game
In the 1990s, ice hockey became popular in Orlando, perhaps due to large influx of northerners to the city. Ice hockey, often referred to simply as hockey, is a team Sport played on Ice. In the 1993-94 NHL season, the Tampa Bay Lightning played four "home" games at the Orlando Arena, with a 1-2-1 record. The Tampa Bay Lightning is a professional ice hockey team based in Tampa Florida. Amway Arena (formerly known as the Orlando Arena, TD Waterhouse Centre, and The Arena in Orlando, and colloquially known by the nickname of O-Rena The Orlando Solar Bears, of the now-defunct International Hockey League, were formed in 1995 and were very successful, making the playoffs in each of its six seasons and qualifying for Turner Cup Finals twice (losing both times) before finally taking the title in 2001. The Orlando Solar Bears were a Professional Ice hockey team based out of Orlando Florida that played their home games at the TD Waterhouse Centre The International Hockey League (IHL was a minor Professional Ice hockey league in the United States and Canada from 1945 to 2001 The Turner Cup was the championship trophy of the International Hockey League 's annual playoffs Unfortunately, that was the IHL's final season, and the Solar Bears folded. In 2002, the Atlantic Coast Hockey League was formed with Orlando hosting one of the charter franchises, the Orlando Seals, which won their Commissioner's Cup in 2003; this made Orlando the only Florida city with two hockey championships. ACHL redirects here For the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords in the United Kingdom see Judicial functions of the House of Lords. The Florida Seals was a minor league Ice hockey franchise a member of the Southern Professional Hockey League The Seals moved to the World Hockey Association 2 in 2003, then the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2004. The World Hockey Association 2 was an Ice hockey league created at the instigation of the organizers of the proposed recreated World Hockey Association to serve as The Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL is a low-level professional Ice hockey league with teams located in the southeastern United States. The City of Orlando revoked their lease for the present Amway Arena, however, forcing them to sit out the 2004-05 season. They moved to Kissimmee and became the Florida Seals in November 2004. Kissimmee (kɪˈsɪmi with the accent on the second syllable is a city in Osceola County, Florida, United States. The team resumed play in the 2005-2006 season, playing home games at the Silver Spurs Arena, making it to the President's Cup Finals before losing to Knoxville. The current Silver Spurs Arena is an 8000-seat (10500 seat max capacity multi-purpose Arena in Kissimmee Florida. The Presidents Cup is a series of men's Golf matches between a United States team and an International Team representing the rest of the world less Europe The Knoxville Ice Bears are a professional Ice hockey team The team competes in the Southern Professional Hockey League. Then on January 4, 2007, the Silver Spurs Arena abruptly booted the Seals due to unpaid rent, forcing the franchise to fold. There will be no pro hockey in Orlando in 2007-08.
In soccer, the Citrus Bowl hosted games for the FIFA World Cup '94 and the 1996 Summer Olympics. The 1994 FIFA World Cup, the 15th staging of the FIFA World Cup, was held in the United States from June 17 to July 17 1994 The 1996 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXVI Olympiad and unofficially known as the Centennial Olympics, were an International The Orlando Lions were a member of the third incarnation of the American Soccer League in the late 1980s/early 1990s. ASL/APSL The first Orlando Lions were formed as an inaugural franchise of the third incarnation of the American Soccer League in 1988 The American Soccer League has been a name used by three different professional Soccer leagues in the United States. The Orlando Sundogs were a minor-league soccer team in the A-League that played in the Citrus Bowl, disbanding after their season in 1997. The Orlando Sundogs were an American Soccer club that played in the A-League in 1997. History In 1996 the United Systems of Independent Soccer Leagues established the new Select League consisting of its strongest teams from its professional FIFA Presently, two lower-division soccer teams call Orlando home: the Premier Development League's (PDL) Central Florida Kraze, and Ajax Orlando. The Kraze won the PDL Championship in 2004, while Ajax (pronounced EYE-acks) is the only American subsidiary of global soccer power Ajax Amsterdam of the Dutch Eredivisie (professional soccer league). Amsterdamsche Football Club Ajax ( also referred to as AFC Ajax, or simply Ajax, is a professional football club from Amsterdam The Eredivisie ( English: Honorary Division) is the highest football league in the Netherlands. Indoors, Orlando gained an expansion franchise in the Major Indoor Soccer League, the Orlando Sharks, for the 2007-08 season. The Major Indoor Soccer League was the top professional Indoor soccer league in the USA. The Orlando Sharks are a US Indoor soccer team that began play in the Major Indoor Soccer League for the 2007 - 2008 season
Orlando is also the home to the NBA Pre-Draft camp, the MLB Draft, the MLB Winter Meetings, and the NFL Annual Meeting, and since 2005, the PSP World Cup paintball tournament. The First-Year Player Draft, also known as the Rule 4 Draft, is Major League Baseball 's primary mechanism for assigning amateur baseball players from high schools
The Orlando Citrus Bowl was also home to WWE Wrestlemania XXIV in 2008. The Florida Citrus Bowl (formerly Orlando Stadium, Tangerine Bowl and the Citrus Bowl) is a Stadium in Orlando Florida, World Wrestling Entertainment Inc ( WWE) is a publicly traded privately controlled integrated media (focusing in Television, Internet, WrestleMania XXIV was a Professional wrestling Pay-per-view event produced by World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE which took place on March 30 2008 at
A large part of the Orlando area economy is involved in the tourist industry. List of Florida companies includes notable companies that are or once were headquartered in Florida Over 48 million visitors came to the Orlando region in 2004. The convention industry is also critical to the region's economy. The Orange County Convention Center, expanded in 2004 to over two million square feet (200,000 m²) of exhibition space, is now the second-largest convention complex in terms of space in the United States, trailing only McCormick Place in Chicago. The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC is the primary public Convention center for the Central Florida region History As early as 1927 Robert R McCormick and the newspaper he controlled the Chicago Tribune, championed a purpose-built lakeside Chicago (ʃɪˈkɑːgoʊ is the largest City by population in the state of Illinois and the American Midwest of the United States. The city vies with Chicago and Las Vegas for hosting the most convention attendees in the United States. Las Vegas ( Spanish: "The Meadows" is the most populous City in the state of Nevada, the seat of Clark County, and an internationally 
Lockheed-Martin has a large manufacturing facility for missile systems, aeronautical craft and related high tech research. Lockheed Martin ( is a large multinational Aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology Company formed in 1995 by the merger of Other notable engineering firms have offices or labs in the Central Florida area: KDF, General Dynamics, Harris, Westinghouse, Siemens, Veritas/Seagate, multiple USAF facilities, Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD), Delta Connection Academy, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, GE, Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS), Army Simulation Training and Instrumentation Command (STRICOM), AT&T, Boeing, CAE Systems Flight & Simulation Training, HP, Institute for Simulation and Training, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon Systems. "KDF" redirects here For the Nazi organization see Kraft durch Freude In Cryptography, a key derivation function (or General Dynamics Corporation ( is a defense conglomerate formed by Mergers and Divestitures and as of 2008 it is the fifth largest Defense contractor Harris Corporation ( is an international communications equipment company that produces Wireless equipment electronic systems and both terrestrial and spaceborne antennas Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems was created by Northrop Grumman's acquisition of Westinghouse Electronic Systems Group in 1996 In Roman mythology, Veritas (meaning truth) was the Goddess of Truth, a daughter of Saturn and the mother of Virtue. The Naval Air Warfare Center Training Systems Division ( NAWCTSD) of the US Navy is located in Orlando FL in the University of Central Florida Delta Connection is the name under which a number of individually owned Regional airlines and Comair operate short and medium haul routes in association with Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ( ERAU) is a private, Coeducational University with a history dating from the early days of aviation The United States Air Force established the Air Force Agency for Modeling and Simulation (AFAMS in June 1996 Before proposing a merge request please see Talk and see if the merger you propose has recently been made and The Boeing Company is a major Aerospace and defense corporation originally founded by William E Northrop Grumman Corporation ( is an Aerospace and defense technology company formed by the 1994 purchase of Grumman by Northrop. Raytheon Company ( is a major American Defense contractor and industrial corporation with core Manufacturing concentrations in Defense systems The Naval Training Center until a few years ago was one of the two places where nuclear engineers were trained for the US Navy. Now the land has been converted into the Baldwin Park development.
Another developing sector is the film, television, and electronic gaming industries, aided by the presence of Universal Studios, Disney's Hollywood Studios, Full Sail School, the Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy, and other entertainment companies and schools. Universal Studios Florida is an Amusement park located in Orlando Florida. Disney's Hollywood Studios is a Theme park at the Walt Disney World Resort. Full Sail University is a private, for-profit university located in Winter Park Florida and geared toward the entertainment industry The Florida Interactive Entertainment Academy (FIEA is a downtown campus of the University of Central Florida. Numerous office complexes for large corporations have popped up along the Interstate 4 corridor north of Orlando, especially in Maitland, Lake Mary and Heathrow. Interstate 4 (I-4 is a 13230-mile (21291 km intrastate Interstate Highway located entirely within the state of Florida, United States. Maitland is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 12019 at the 2000 Lake Mary is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. Heathrow is a Census-designated place and an unincorporated suburban community in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The U. S. modeling, simulation, and training (MS&T) industry is centered around the Orlando region as well, with a particularly strong presence in the Central Florida Research Park adjacent to UCF. The Institute for Simulation and Training is an internationally recognized Research institute that focuses on advancing modeling and Simulation technology Central
Orlando is the home base of Darden Restaurants, the parent company of Red Lobster and Olive Garden and the largest operator of restaurants in the world by revenue. Darden Restaurants Inc ( is a multi-brand Restaurant operator Red Lobster is a US chain of Seafood Restaurants It also operates in Canada and Japan. Olive Garden is a casual dining American restaurant chain specializing in Italian-American food They are building a new world headquarters and central distribution facility on John Young Parkway.
Nearby Maitland is the home of Tiburon, a division of the video game company Electronic Arts. Maitland is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 12019 at the 2000 Originally Tiburon Entertainment, it was acquired by EA in 1998 after years of partnership, particularly in the famous Madden NFL series and NCAA Football series of video games. Madden NFL is an American football Video game series developed by Electronic Arts Tiburon for EA Sports. This article is for the video game series for the sport see College Football.
Orlando has two non-profit hospital systems: Orlando Health and Florida Hospital. Orlando Health's Orlando Regional Medical Center is home to Central Florida's only Level I trauma center, and the adjacent Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies has the area's only Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC a 581-bed hospital in downtown Orlando specializes in trauma critical care emergency care cardiology orthopedics and neurosciences A trauma center is a Hospital equipped to provide comprehensive Emergency medical services to patients suffering traumatic injuries The Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women and Babies is an Obstetrics Hospital located in Orlando, Florida, United States. A neonatal intensive care unit, usually shortened NICU (pronounced "Nickyou" and also called a newborn intensive care unit intensive care nursery (ICN and special Florida Hospital's main campus is ranked as one of the best hospitals in the nation, and has a renowned brain attack facility. A stroke is the rapidly developing loss of brain functions due to a disturbance in the blood vessels supplying blood to the brain  Orlando's medical leadership will be further advanced with the completion of UCF's College of Medicine and a new VA Hospital, both of which will be located in a new medical district in the Lake Nona area of the city. Veterans Health Administration (VHA is the component of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA that implements the medical assistance program of the VA through 
There is a very low unemployment rate in Greater Orlando, 3. 1% as of March 2007.  The result is growth that has led to urban sprawl in the surrounding area and, in combination with the 2007 Subprime mortgage financial crisis, to the rising cost of home prices. Urban sprawl, also known as suburban sprawl, is the spreading of a city and its Suburbs over rural land at the fringe of an urban area The subprime mortgage crisis is an ongoing financial crisis characterized by contracted Liquidity in global credit markets and Banking Housing prices in Greater Orlando went up 34% in one year, from an average of $182,000 in August 2004 to $245,000 in August 2005, and eventually to a record $255,000 in February 2007. They are tapering off, however, down to $211,000 in April 2008. 
Notable companies and organizations that have their corporate headquarters or a major presence in the area:
Public primary and secondary education is handled by Orange County Public Schools. The AAA (usually read triple-A) formerly known as the American Automobile Association, is an American not-for-profit Automobile The Adventist Health System is the organisation responsible for overseeing matters related to Hospitals and other medical facilities related to the Seventh-day Adventist AirTran Holdings ( is a Nevada corporation, based in Orlando Florida, that operates as an Airline Holding company. Bright House Networks is a Cable television company and the sixth largest MSO in the United States owned by Advance/Newhouse, headquartered in The Busch Entertainment Corporation (abbreviated BEC or also called Anheuser-Busch Adventure Parks is the family entertainment division of the Anheuser-Busch Companies Campus Crusade for Christ is an Interdenominational Christian organization that promotes Evangelism and discipleship in over 190 countries around CNL redirects here see also Commissioners of Northern Lighthouses The National Literature Centre (Lëtzebuerger Literaturarchiv Centre Darden Restaurants Inc ( is a multi-brand Restaurant operator Gaylord Entertainment Company ( operates a number of Hotel, Resort, and media companies that was built by Edward Gaylord. Hard Rock Cafe was founded in 1971 by Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton, and their first Hard Rock Cafe opened near Hyde Park Corner in London, Hewitt Associates ( based in Lincolnshire, Illinois is a global Human resources (HR Outsourcing and Consulting firm delivering Hilton Grand Vacations Company, a subsidiary of Hilton Hotels, based in Orlando Florida is a leading operator of Timeshare resorts with about 30 properties Hughes Supply Incorporated is a very large wholesaler of construction supplies operating in 40 of the United States and two Canadian Provinces Harcourt Trade Publishers is a US Publishing firm with a long history of publishing fiction and nonfiction for children and adults Intrawest ULC is a developer and operator of destination resorts and a luxury adventure travel company Ligonier Ministries is a Reformed, evangelical, non-profit organization headquartered in the greater Orlando area Lockheed Martin ( is a large multinational Aerospace manufacturer and advanced technology Company formed in 1995 by the merger of Luctor International is the importing company for Vincent Van Gogh Vodkas vodka-based Liqueurs and Van Gogh Gin. Marriott Vacation Club International is a Timeshare program by Marriott International. NBC Universal is a media and Entertainment company formed in May 2004 by the combination of General Electric 's NBC with Vivendi Universal The Nemours Foundation is a Non-profit organization created by philanthropist Alfred I Oracle Corporation ( specializes in developing and marketing Enterprise software products — particularly Database management systems In 2007 Oracle ranked Pioneers is an international group of Christian Missionaries seeking to spread Christianity to people in places where other missionaries have not gone or churches Planet Hollywood, a Theme restaurant chain inspired by the popular portrayal of Hollywood, was launched in New York on October 22, Pulte Homes Inc ( is a Bloomfield Hills MI based company founded by Bill Pulte. Reed Elsevier is a global Publisher and information provider It came into being in autumn 1992 as the result of a merger between Reed International a British Ruth's Chris Steak House ( is a chain of over 114 Steakhouses ref> Press Release Ruthschris Ryland Homes is the United States' 11th-largest developer and Home -builder The Scholastic Corporation (or sometimes referred to as Scholastic Press; in other cases Scholastic Inc Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Inc ( is a Hospitality ownership management and franchise organization based in White Plains New York. SunTrust Banks Inc ( is an American Bank holding company. The largest subsidiary is SunTrust Bank Symantec Corporation, founded in 1982 is an International Corporation which sells Computer Software, particularly in the realms of security TG Lee Dairy is a company which has made Milk products for the state of Florida since 1925 The Golf Channel, sometimes abbreviated as TGC, is an American Cable television network with coverage focused on the game of Golf. Tupperware is the brand name of a home products line that includes preparation storage and serving products for the kitchen and home which debuted in 1946 Westgate Resorts is a timeshare company owned and operated by David A Wycliffe Bible Translators is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making a translation of the Bible in every living language in the world especially for cultures with little Wyndham Vacation Resorts, part of Wyndham Vacation Ownership, a subsidiary of Wyndham Worldwide, was formerly known as Fairfield Resorts. Cendant Corporation was a New York -based provider of business and consumer services primarily within the real estate and travel Orange County Public Schools ( OCPS) is the Public school district for Orange County, Florida. Some of the larger private schools include The First Academy (of First Baptist Church, Orlando), Trinity Preparatory School, Lake Highland Preparatory School, Bishop Moore High School, Orlando Christian Academy, and Forest Lake Academy. Trinity Preparatory School of Florida is an independent college preparatory day-school for children in grades 6 to 12 located east of Winter Park, Florida Lake Highland Preparatory School is a 26 acre Private school in Orlando Florida that was founded in 1970 Bishop Moore Catholic High School is a Roman Catholic High school in the College Park neighborhood of Orlando Florida.
With more than 47,000 students, University of Central Florida is the sixth largest university in the nation, with over $120M in research, international reputations in innovation in lasers & optics and hospitality and a new medical school breaking ground. Valencia Community College is a multi-campus college located in Orlando Florida in the United States. Seminole Community College (SCC is a Community college with four campuses throughout Seminole County Florida, offering two-year college credit degrees (A Sanford is a city in and the County seat of Seminole County, Florida, United States. Oviedo is a city in Seminole County, Florida, United States. The population was 26316 at the 2000 census Altamonte Springs is a City in Seminole County Florida, United States. Rollins College is a liberal arts college located in Winter Park Florida, United States, a suburb of Orlando Florida. Winter Park is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Asbury Theological Seminary is a multi-denominational graduate institution that offers a variety of master degree and postgraduate degree programs Barry University is a private Catholic university which was founded in 1940 in Miami Shores Florida, a suburb northeast of Miami Florida. Brevard Community College, founded in 1960, is a Community college on Florida's Space Coast, in Brevard County Florida. Brevard County is a county located in the US state of Florida, along the coast of the Atlantic Ocean. DeVry University and DeVry Institute of Technology are divisions of Devry Inc Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University ( ERAU) is a private, Coeducational University with a history dating from the early days of aviation Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University, commonly known as Florida A&M or FAMU, is a historically black university located in Tallahassee A law school (also known as a school of law or college of law) is an institution specializing in Legal education. Florida Institute of Technology, also known as Florida Tech, is a private independent technical university located in Melbourne Florida. Everest University, formerly Florida Metropolitan University is a system of For-profit universities with most of their campuses located in the state of Florida in Full Sail University is a private, for-profit university located in Winter Park Florida and geared toward the entertainment industry Winter Park is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. Winter Park is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The Hindu University of America is a US Non-profit educational institution based in Orlando, Florida. The International Academy of Design and Technology in Orlando which was founded in 1977 offers students the opportunity to obtain a Bachelor’s or Associate degree Nova Southeastern University ( NSU) is a selective Coeducational private Non-profit university in Davie, Florida, Le Cordon Bleu ( French for " Blue ribbon " is the world's largest hospitality education institution with over 22000 students and a presence in 20 countries Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS is a Non-denominational, evangelical Protestant Seminary dedicated to training current and future leaders Stetson University is an independent private co-educational liberal arts University that consistently earns high rankings in national college guides DeLand is the county seat of Volusia County, Florida. In 2006 the U Strayer University, formerly Strayer College of Washington DC The University of Florida ( Florida or UF) is a public land-grant, sea-grant, space-grant major Research The University of Phoenix ( UPX) is a for-profit educational institution that specializes in Adult education.
The University of Central Florida’s Institute for Simulation & Training developed the nation’s first master’s and PhD programs in simulation and human performance enhancement.
Orlando currently ranks 8th in the nation for traffic congestion, surpassing Miami and other major cities. According to a recent national study by the Texas Transportation Institute; the average Orlando Resident spends about 54 hours per year stuck in traffic. Heavy traffic is unpredictable, however, rush hours (peak traffic hours) are usually weekday mornings (after 7am) and afternoons (after 4pm). There are various traffic advisory resources available for commuters including dialing 511 5-1-1 (a free automated traffic advisory system provided by the Florida Department of Transportation, available by cellphone or landline by dialing 511), visiting the Florida 511 Web site, listening to traffic reports on major radio stations, and reading electronic traffic advisory displays (also called Dynamic Message Signs, information is also provided by FDOT) on the major highways and roadways. 5-1-1, initially designated for Road Weather information is a Transportation and Traffic information The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT is a decentralized agency charged with the establishment maintenance and regulation of public transportation in the state of
The Orlando area is served by one through railroad, CSX Transportation's A line (formerly the Atlantic Coast Line Railroad's main line), and some spurs, mostly operated by the Florida Central Railroad. The Atlantic Coast Line Railroad was an American railroad that existed between 1898 and July 1, 1967, when it merged with the Seaboard Air Line Railroad The Florida Central Railroad is one of several Short line railroads run by the Pinsly Railroad Company. Amtrak passenger service runs along the CSX A line. The National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Doing business as Amtrak, is a Government-owned corporation that was organized on May 1, 1971 See also a map of these railroads. In 2005 Federal and state funding was granted for the establishment of the Central Florida Commuter Rail service to operate on the CSX A line tracks between DeLand and Poinciana, passing through the downtown area and surrounding urban neighborhoods along the way. Central Florida Commuter Rail is a proposed Commuter rail system in the Central Florida ( Orlando) area The service is expected to substantially reduce traffic congestion along the I-4 corridor, especially between downtown Orlando and the suburban communities in Seminole and Volusia Counties. The Federal and state funds would cover approximately 80% of the estimated $400 million cost for track modifications and construction of stations along the route. Pending approval by the county governments (Volusia, Seminole, Orange and Osceola) involved and the set aside of matching funds, the line is projected to begin operations in 2009.
The following major railroad stations have existed in Orlando:
Orlando is served by LYNX, offering local transit service which covers the five-county area (Osceola-Orange-Seminole-Lake-Volusia). The Orlando Amtrak station lies south of downtown about a mile south of the old stations at Church Street and Central Boulevard Orlando (ACL station redirects here For the post-1926 ACL Orlando station see Orlando (Amtrak station. LYNX is a bus system run by the Central Florida Regional Transit Authority, serving the Orlando area Osceola County is a County located in the US state of Florida. Orange County is a County located in the US state of Florida and is part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. Seminole County is a County located in the US state of Florida and part of the Orlando-Kissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA. Lake County is a County located in the state of Florida, United States. 
Additionally Greyhound Lines offers intercity bus service from Orlando to multiple locations across the country. Greyhound Lines is an intercity Common carrier of passengers by Bus serving over 3700 destinations in the United States. The Orlando Greyhound Station is located west of Downtown Orlando.
Several attempts have been made to bring a light rail system to Orlando, but each one has met with failure due to a perceived lack of public interest and various conflicts over a potential route. For specific light rail systems many of which use the words "light rail" as part of their name see List of light-rail transit systems. Walt Disney World officials have been particularly adamant that a light rail line run from Orlando International Airport to the resort, drawing opposition from other vacation destinations who fear loss of business. Some local residents also oppose the idea of funding a system they believe to be only for the benefit of out-of-town tourists. This is in addition to the statewide debate over high speed rail, the various plans of which all center around Orlando. Florida High Speed Rail is a proposed High-speed rail network in Florida. Another attempted route was a rail going between Tampa, Orlando, and Miami.
Many residents who have lived in Orlando for many years believe that a light rail system should be added to the city's growing economy to help cure the metropolitan area's difficult traffic problems. However several residents who move to the Central Florida area from other communities (specifically larger metropolitan cities) find it too industrializing for the city whose "quiet charm" would like to remain established. This creates a conflict between new residents and those who have been born and raised in the Orlando metropolitan area and other Central Florida cities.
A commuter rail system, Central Florida Commuter Rail, is in active planning with a planned opening in 2009 along current CSX lines between DeLand and Poinciana, going through Downtown Orlando with stations at the LYNX Central Station and Church Street Station. Central Florida Commuter Rail is a proposed Commuter rail system in the Central Florida ( Orlando) area DeLand is the county seat of Volusia County, Florida. In 2006 the U Poinciana is a Census-designated place (CDP in Osceola and Polk counties in the U 
In 2006, based on the Department of Justice's FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division, Orlando reported 42,300 violent crimes including 49 murders, a record number since 36 in 1982. Crime in Orlando has been up 329% since 2006. Based on the Morgan Quitno Press 2006 national crime rankings, Orlando ranked #1 in Florida and #3 in the United states for overall standings. Morgan Quitno Press is a research and publishing company based out of Lawrence, Kansas. As of Nov, 19 2007 Orlando was ranked Most Dangerous, Out Of Control City in Florida and 2nd Nationwide.
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Given Orlando's status as a busy international tourist destination, a handful of foreign governments have opened up consulates in Orlando:
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