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Orlando, Florida

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Jedi94 at English Wikipedia [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Originally called Jernigan, the settlement’s name was changed to Orlando in 1857. The name was changed because of the outrageous behavior of the settlement’s founder, Aaron Jernigan. There are several stories concerning why the name was changed to Orlando. Nevertheless, Orlando was incorporated as a city in 1885. In 1965, the Walt Disney Company announced plans to build Disney World near the city. Disney World, completed in 1971, completely transformed the city into a world-class attraction.

Today, Orlando is the nation’s top destination for families. The city receives over 62 million visitors per year, making it the most visited city in the entire United States. It has the second most hotel rooms of any city in the United States. It is best known as the home of Disney World, which includes The Magic Kingdom, Disney-MGM Studios, and Epcot Center. Disney World is the world’s largest theme park resort. Orlando also features other popular attractions such as Gatorland (a refuge for thousands of alligators and crocodiles), SeaWorld, and Universal Studios. In addition, Orlando is second to only Minneapolis and St. Paul as the city with the most natural lakes.


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