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Orlando Facts

Based on its tourist activities alone, Orlando is one of the most popular destinations in the United States. But, Orlando is much more than that and here are 7 things you didn't know about Orlando.

  1. The Orlando area receives over 50 million tourist visits a year.

  2. Before it was called Orlando, the city was know as Jernigan after one of the first settlers in the area.

  3. Orlando is home to the University of Central Florida, which is the 2nd biggest university in Florida in terms of student enrollment. Surprisingly, it is also the 6th largest university based on enrollment figures in the entire country.

  4. The city of Orlando and the immediate area boast more theme parks and tourist attractions than anywhere else in the world.

  5. Though possessing no NFL football team of their own, Orlando has had numerous professional football franchises in its past. The Florida Blazers played in the World Football League for one season (1974) before the franchise which had been originally planned for Boston would move on to San Antonio. The Orlando Renegades of the United States Football League also played one season in the city (1985) after having spent the previous two seasons as the Washington Federals, located in Washington D.C. In the early 1990s, Orlando was home to a World League of American Football team, the Orlando Thunder. Finally the Orlando Rage played one season in the XFL, getting the best record in the league before the league folded after just one season.

  6. Famous people with ties to Orlando: Deacon Jones (NFL player), Lee Corso (football coach and broadcaster), Chet Lemon (baseball player), Wayne Brady (actor/comedian), Larry The Cable Guy (comedian), Tom Gordon (baseball player), Tracy McGrady (NBA player), Frank Viola (baseball player), Ken Griffey Jr. (baseball player), Amare Stoudamire (NBA player), Delta Burke (actress), Chucky Atkins (NBA player), Daunte Culpepper (NFL player), Tim Raines (baseball player), Wesley Snipes (actor), Darryl Dawkins (NBA player), Buddy Ebsen (actor), Joey Fatone (singer), Greg Gumbel (broadcaster), John W. Young (astronaut), and Tiger Woods (golfer).

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  8. In terms of space, the Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention center complex in the United States.

  9. A visit to Orlando can be an unforgettable experience that will stay with you for the rest of your life. Orlando is truly a gem when it comes to America's major cities.

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