About Orlando

10 Fun Facts about Orlando

Orlando is one of the most popular travel destinations in the United States — from science programs and music festivals to bowl games and Walt Disney World! Here are 10 fun facts about Orlando!

1. Orlando is home to more than 100 lakes. Lake Eola in downtown Orlando is actually a giant sinkhole and is 80 feet at its deepest point.

2. The Orlando area was originally the main hub of Florida’s citrus industry. After a disastrous freeze right before the 1900s, farmers began moving their citrus crops south.

3. There is no official documentation on how Orlando received its name, although it is known that the city was originally named Jernigan, after the first permanent settler in the area. Some believe it was named “Orlando” for a character in Shakespeare’s “As You Like It.”

4. The Rogers Building and the 1890 Railroad Depot are the oldest remaining structures in downtown Orlando.

5. 75 million people visited Orlando in 2018, more than any other destination in the world.

6. Gatorland, the first theme park in Orlando, opened in 1949. Its main attraction was a 15-foot gator which was said to be the biggest in the world.

7. Universal Studios opened in Orlando in 1990 with Nickelodeon, Back to the Future, E.T., Ghostbusters and The Bates Hotel attractions.

8. The Orlando Public Library is the largest public library building in the state of Florida at 290,000 square feet.

9. The official nickname of the city of Orlando is “The City Beautiful.” It is also known as “O-Town.”

10, The Orlando Magic NBA team was almost known as the Orlando Juice. A contest was held in 1987 to pick the name of the team. The finalists were the “Heat”, the “Tropics,” the “Juice,” and the “Magic.”

For more information about Orlando, check out Visit Orlando.