2010: 238,300, #79 in U.S., #5 in Florida

1950: 52,367, #220 in U.S.

2010 Metropolitan Area: 2,134,411, #26 in U.S.

1950 Metropolitan Area: 114,950, #135 in U.S.

The Orlando area had tremendous growth after the opening in 1971 of Walt Disney World, about 20 miles southwest of town. Many other tourist attractions have opened in the area since then.


Orlando was incorporated as a town in 1875 in an area of central Florida that was, at the time, the most important citrus-growing region in the state. Downtown’s Lake Eola has a park and a walkway around it.


Tallest building: SunTrust Center (1988), 441 feet

List of tallest buildings


Orlando has no downtown department stores.


Amtrak's Silver Star and Silver Meteor go north from Orlando to New York City and south to Miami. Amtrak uses the old Atlantic Coast Line station (1926), south of downtown.


Downtown Orlando and Lake Eola


The Orlando Museum of Art and Orlando Science Center are located north of downtown.


The 12-screen Plaza Cinema Cafe opened in 2009. The Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts (2014) hosts touring Broadway shows. The Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra plays at the Bob Carr Theater (1927).


The Orlando Magic of the NBA play at the Amway Center (2010). 

Map of Downtown Orlando


Convention and Visitors Bureau