Orange County, Orlando - Mosquito County


Consistently staying as one of the most famous counties in Florida, Orange County is currently experiencing an urban sprawl. Its estimated population is 1,100,000.

Previously known as Mosquito County, Orange County hailed its named from the county's main fruit product. However, the freezes in the 1980s had destroyed a major portion of the orange groves, having transformed the former impressive agricultural sight of orange tree trails into a growing housing and construction site.

Some of Orange County's popular incorporated municipalities are Winter Park, Lake Buena Vista, Eatonville, Ocoee and Orlando. Amusement parks are seemingly the greatest attractions in the formerly agricultural county. Parts of the following resorts are located in the Orange County.

The Walt Disney World Resort which is in two locations: Lake Buena Vista and Bay Lake are inside the territories of Orange County. First is the most visited theme park in the world, the Magic Kingdom which was established in 1971. The Magic Kingdom is represented by the Cinderella Castle, which is also hailed as the most photographed structure. Lands of the Magic Kingdom include Main Street, U.S.A, Adventureland, Frontierland, Fantasyland, Mickey's Toontown Fair and Tomorrowland. The other theme park is the 1982-established Epcot Center which is the third most visited theme park in the United States and the sixth around the world. The park is composed of the following pavilions: Spaceship Earth, Innoventions, Universe of Energy, Mission: SPACE, Test Track, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, The Land and Imagination.

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Disney's Hollywood Studios (1989) is the third theme park built in the WDW Resort. it is the fourth visited amousement park in the United States and the seventh arounf the world. Among its attractions are Hollywood Boulevard, Backlot, Mickey Avenue, Pixar Place and Sunset Boulevard. Another theme park is Disney’s Animal Kingdom (1998) which is also accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a proof that they have exceeded the standards in Education, Conservation and Research regarding animal conservation. It is the fifth most visited amusement park in the United Stated and the eight in the world. In addition to WDW Resorts in Orange County are two Disney water parks: Disney's Typhoon Lagoon and Disney's Blizzard Beach.

Universal Orlando resort has three amusement parks housed in the Orange County. First is in the Wet 'n Wild resort (opened in 1977) which is hailed as the first major water park in the United States. Rides are categorized as Thrill (e.g. Storm, Mach 5, Knee Ski), Multi-person rides (Disco H20, Black Hole), Kids Rides and Lazy River. Second in the list is Islands of Adventure (opened in 1999) which is ranked as the ninth most visited theme park in the United States. This theme park is a unique one such as that the guests will have to travel into "five islands" which is actually the resort's entirety categorized into themes. Last is the Universal Studios Florida (opened in 1990), the sixth most.