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Orlando, Florida

Walt Disney World® Resort opened in the Orlando area in 1971, setting into motion a Florida tourism boom of grand proportions. With the sister to the West Coast’s Disneyland® Resort in their back yards, devotees of all things Mickey Mouse east of the Mississippi no longer had to trek across country to tap into the magic. As Disney’s East Coast kingdom grew exponentially, so, too, did the competition that eventually transformed Orlando into one big theme park of a destination. Walt Disney World® set the bar for wholesome family fun and then raised it time after time with faster rides, cuter characters and livelier entertainment to captivate every age group.

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Orlando Magic vs. Sacramento Kings
7:00 pm - 400 W Church St
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The Killers
8:00 pm - 6050 Universal Blvd
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NFL Pro Bowl
3:00 pm - 1610 W Church Street
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Orlando Magic vs. Los Angeles Lakers
7:00 pm - 400 W Church St
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UCF Knights vs. UConn Huskies
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Lana Del Rey
8:00 pm - 400 W Church St
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UCF Knights vs. Houston Cougars
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Orlando Magic vs. Cleveland Cavaliers
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Chase Rice
8:00 pm - 1490 E Lake Buena Vista Dr.
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UCF Knights vs. South Florida Bulls
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UCF Knights vs. Southern Methodist (SMU) Mustangs
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Dancing With The Stars
8:00 pm - 401 W. Livingston St
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Orlando Solar Bears vs. Florida Everblades
7:00 pm - 400 W Church St
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Orlando Magic vs. New York Knicks
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Orlando Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals
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Orlando Solar Bears vs. Norfolk Admirals
1:30 pm - 400 W Church St
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UCF Knights vs. Wichita State Shockers
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Orlando Magic vs. Detroit Pistons
7:00 pm - 400 W Church St
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UCF Knights vs. Tulane Green Wave
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Orlando Magic vs. Boston Celtics
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Orlando Magic vs. Philadelphia 76ers
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Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays
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Video Games Live
8:00 pm - 6050 Universal Blvd
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Orlando Solar Bears vs. South Carolina Stingrays
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Pink
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Clean Bandit
6:00 pm - 46 N Orange Ave

Destination Articles

Orlando, Florida

Essentials

Pose for a picture between the massive alligator jaws at Gatorland (14501 S. Orange Blossom Tr.), and continue snapping away inside the longtime Orlando favorite. Since 1949, the attraction has provided a way to (safely) view Florida's famous reptiles. A secondary site—a collaboration with Fun Spot America (5700 Fun Spot Way) called Gator Spot—adds more alligators to the mix, including a white one!
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Top Picks for Kids

Disney parks offer loads of fun! At the Magic Kingdom® Park (3111 World Dr.) in Lake Buena Vista, kids soar into the sky on Dumbo the Flying Elephant®, spin their teacup in the Mad Tea Party and scream as loud as they want on the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train.
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Shopping

Orlando is a shopper's wonderland. You can buy mouse ears, T-shirts and, ironically enough, snow globes, to your heart’s content in Orlando, but the city has so much more to offer both bargain hunters and lovers of luxury goods than just ordinary souvenirs. You just have to know where to find it all.
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Orlando, Florida

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