Imagine a vacation with theme parks, attractions, museums, and activities beyond your senses. You’ve found it in sunny Orlando, Florida an excellent family vacation spot. The City Beautiful offers more than just the shining face of Mickey Mouse. If you plan your vacation to the area well, your enthusiastic family won’t miss any of the excitement that the city has to offer.
The history of Orlando dates back to 1838 when the United States Army built Ft. Gatlin to protect settlers from the Indians in the Seminole Wars. The area continued to grow, and in 1875 the Town of Orlando was incorporated and listed as an area serviced by the Postal Service. In 1880 the South Florida Railroad extended the rail transportation to Orlando and the citrus industry grew exponentially. Because of this growth Orlando was able to survive the Great Depression and World Wars.
In the 1940’s the Army established two Air Force bases, as well as three Naval Training Centers here. With the move of the Army, along came what is now known as Martin Marietta. The town was starting to develop a technical economy until Walt Disney visited the area and purchased over 30 acres of land. In 1971 Walt Disney World was opened, creating a whole new industry for Orlando- tourism.
Since then Disney has expanded upon their land and brought with them Unisversal Studios, Anheuser-Busch, and other large corporations as well as people to maintain business and The City Beautiful.
Where to Stay
Planning your accommodations to the Orlando area should be prepared well in advance, especially during the summer months when the city receives the most travelers.
Think about the activities that you plan to participate in. If attending all of the major theme parks within Walt Disney World, or Universal Studios is your main objective, then staying at a hotel on site would be simple. All of the hotels on Disney and Universal property have travel accommodations to the theme park of your choice, as well as restaurants where you can take your meals, leaving your stay less hectic and relaxing.
If you plan to take in more sights and plan to utilize a shuttle service or rent a car; you have more choices in where to stay. You can still stay in one of the theme park resorts, or you can look for accommodations nearby that suit your taste and budget.
The Disney hotels range in price from seventy-seven dollars a night to over four hundred dollars, depending on the space that you need and amenities that you want to surround yourself with during your stay. The hotels are listed by which theme park they are associated with, or what area of the property they sit. All amenities and further information about each Disney hotel as well as a virtual tour can be found at their website, www.disney.com under the Walt Disney World resorts link.
All Disney hotels offer travel accommodations to and from their facilities. Shuttle services can be acquired to attend other events within the Orlando area.