Orlando or the settlements around what is now Orlando dates back to 1838 at the height of the Seminole Wars. The U.S. Army built Fort Gatlin south of the present day Orlando to protect settlers from attacking Indians. By 1840, the small community of Jernigan had grown up around the fort. It was named after the Jernigan family, who had established the first permanent settlement in the area. Jernigan also set up a post office in 1850. Six years later with the settlement expanding northward, the community officially changed its name to Orlando. In 1857, the US Post Office adopted the name change. The Town of Orlando was incorporated in 1875 with 85 inhabitants, 22 of whom were qualified voters.
Today Orlando is one of the world's premier travel destinations. More than 35-million people visit our area every year, enjoying the many attractions, beaches, and events that make Central Florida a great place to visit. Disney World, SeaWorld and Universal Orlando are just some sights that appeal to mainstream vacationing families.
Population: Metro Orlando 1,744,561, Orange County 900,344, Seminole County 401,196, Lake County 220,528, Osceola County 175,4931.
Land Area: 93.5 square miles.
Flight times: Chicago-3.75 hr., NYC-3 hrs., Los Angeles-4.5 hrs., Miami-.5 hrs.,London-8.5 hrs.
Expect warm winters and very warm humid summers; rain may be persistent.
Average Daily High/Low Temperature:
Spring: High 88/ Low 55
Summer: High 92/ Low 71
Fall: High 90/ Low 58
Winter: High 74/ Low 52
Orlando Travel & Visitors Bureau www.orlandoinfo.com/vacationkit
Tourist Information www.orlandoinfo.com
Orlando International Airport (www.OrlandoAirports.net: one of the fastest growing airports in the US for passenger traffic.
Mears Shuttle service available from the airport to the most locations in the Orlando Area. Available on Level 1 on the A and B sides of the Terminal. http://www.mearstransportation.com/
Lynx buses are available on Level 1 of the Main Terminal, on the A-side, at Commercial Lane spaces A5-A7 Lynx buses 11, 41, 42, and 51 depart every 30 minutes to downtown Orlando and International Drive, from 05:30 to 23:30 (less frequent on Sundays and holidays) Travel time to downtown is approximately 40 minutes, and to International Drive approximately 60 minutes, at a cost of $1.25 for either destination
LYNX Bus Service (www.golynx.com): Standard One-way Fare $1.25 Xpress Link One-way Fare $2.00 Single-Day Pass $3.00 7-Day Pass $10.00 30-Day Pass $36.00. Transfers are free. (407) 841-lynx.
Greyhound(www.greyhound.com): 800 231-2222
Taxis: Taxi fares in Orlando are not regulated, so you will see different fares from different companies.
Star Taxi (407) 816 0183
Afc Taxi (407) 695-9994
Safety Taxi (407) 699-9999
Disney World (www.disneyworld.com): 1494 E Buena Vista Dr., Lake Buena Vista, (407) 824-2222. Hours and prices vary.
Sea World (www.seaworld.com/orlando): 7004 Seaworld Dr, (407) 351-3600. Visit (www.seaworld.com/ParkHours.aspx?locID=1) for park hours. Admission: Adults-$69.95, Children-$59.95.
Orlando Museum of Art (www.omart.org): 2416 North Mills Ave, (407) 896-4231. Open Tuesday-Friday 10 am- 4 pm.
Metropolitan Museum of Art (www.metmuseum.org): 4200 Conroy Rd # 233, (407) 248-7883.
Orlando Science Center (www.osc.org): 777 E Princeton St, (407) 514-2000. Open Monday-Tuesday and Sunday 10 am- 6 pm, Wednesday-Thursday 10 am-9 pm. Friday-Saturday 10 am-11 pm.
Holy Land Experience (www.theholylandexperience.com): 4655 Vineland Road, (407) 872-1759. Hours vary.