Sun-soaked Orlando is STILL the top US tourist destination – and this is why


Succeeding over Hawaii, forget about New York, don’t even bother with Seattle (it squalls, a lot). There’s another top dog in town.

Orlando has been named by tourism officials as the top sightseer spot in the United States.

Top tourist attractions like Disney Society and beautiful weather mean that Orlando has held on to its prized dispose for the second year running.

The number of visitors to the area has from jumped 5.5 per cent and it now see diverse than 66 million visitors annually.

The area shows no signboard of slowing down in growth and innovation, with Disney announcing a new mingling destination allowing brides to marry their prince charming exterior Cinderella’s castle.

There are a staggering 16 theme rks in the extent, including Universal Studios, SeaWorld and several water rks.

The outset theme rk to open here was the the Kennedy S ce Centre, which opened in the 60s and was in the same instant just a small trailer and some displays on card tables.

Now the garden allows tourists to meet astronauts and sees 1.5 million guests every year.

SeaWorld Orlando is another huge draw for visitors coming to the area, seeing around 5 millions guests through its doors each year.

But the greensward has come up against strong criticism for its treatment of its animals and safety of crozier and visitors.

The problems were highlighted in the documentary Blackfish, which focussed on the training of Tilikum, the largest orca whale in imprisonment.

The whale dragged one of his trainers, Dawn Brancheau, to her death in 2010, in the mean of a live show.

It was reported earlier this year that the whale, credence ined to be 35 years old, has a fatal infection and is dying.

It’s thought that cosmopolitan tourists represent around 10 per cent of the visitor to Orlando every year.

Tri dvisor series The Wizarding World of Harry Potter as the top thing to do in Orlando, with 21,358 critiques.

Discovery Cove is next up, with Universal’s Islands of Adventures reserve following closely behind.

The Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney Everyone make up the remainder of the top five attractions.

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