9 Things You Probably Don’t Know about Orlando

July 16, 2016 by Just Marry!

We’re continuing to feature all of the wonderful things about The City Beautiful this month. Today we thought we’d share some fun tidbits that even long-time Orlando residents probably don’t know. After getting this inside scoop, we’re sure you’re going to want to plan your destination wedding here in Orlando!

  1. This is truly the heart of Florida. Geographically speaking, Orlando is right near the center of the state, sitting at the crossroads of I-4 and SR 408.
  2. Orlando is a Foodie Mecca. There are new restaurants opening up in Orlando every day. It’s been said that a person could eat three meals a day in different restaurants around Orlando and still need five years to get through them all. Hope you’ve got a healthy appetite!
  3. There’s some Hollywood magic here. Not only are we home to Universal Studios® Orlando, we’re the filming location of some well-known blockbusters. Lethal Weapon 3, for example, opens with a famous scene where Orlando’s old City Hall was demolished in a spectacular explosion, and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom was actually filmed at Orlando’s Gatorland theme park. Other well-known films shot in and around the city are Ocean’s 11, 2 Fast 2 Furious, My Girl, Apollo 13, The Waterboy, and Van Helsing.
  4. A number of musicians got their start here. Some of the most popular bands and artists from now and years past got their start right here in Orlando. Among the most well-known are The Backstreet Boys, Matchbox 20, Mandy Moore, N’Sync, and O-Town.
  5. You’ll see a lot of cows. Before Walt Disney decided to build Disney World Resort® here (in what was essentially swampland at the time), Orlando was known for cattle ranching. There are still a number of cattle farms around the city, so you’re likely to find cows in some unlikely places.
  6. We embrace your inner geek. Love to cosplay? You’ve probably come here to Orlando for Megacon or another comic book convention. You’ll fit right here among the many theme parks and characters around the city!
  7. Wet n’ Wild was the first waterpark in the world. Opened in 1977, Wet n’ Wild has been a mainstay in Orlando attractions for nearly 40 years. Many similar waterparks have opened since then, but we’re proud to say we started it all.
  8. We have plenty of room for you to stay here. In terms of the number of hotel rooms, Orlando is second in the country behind Las Vegas.
  9. Southern hospitality is here to stay. Orlando, while a melting pot of cultures and not truly “southern” in its roots, is consistently ranked among the Top 5 cities in the United States when it comes to our hospitality. We’ll make sure you have a wonderful visit!

Are you interested in having an Orlando destination wedding? Just leave us a comment or e-mail us at info@justmarry.com and we’ll get started on your planning right away!

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