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It was founded in 1842.
Today, the city is known as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country, with some of the best theme parks in the world, including Disney World and Universal Studios.
People Born in Orlando
Orlando in People's Lives
Connie Talbot: I visited here in 2012, on a holiday with my family and Jordan Jansen. We visited Disney World and other local attractions.
Hanna Merjos: I traveled here in 2015 with my boyfriend. We attended Disney World together, which I called "magical."
Liam Neeson: I traveled here in 1998 to film scenes of the movie The Haunting.
Taylor Lautner: I traveled here in 2003 to compete in the ISKA US Open karate competition. I was eleven years old, and naturally went to Disney World as well.
Walt Disney: I visited this city around 1964, searching for a place to build my second Disneyland on the east coast. Among other reasons, this spot was endeared to be due to the fact that my father had worked as a manual laborer on the railroad just a few miles north, dreaming of building his family a better life.