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Old 11-26-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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Las Vegas Nevada claims to be the so called 'entertainment capitol of the world'...
Las Vegas: Gambling & Casinos in the Entertainment Capital of the World
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Old 11-26-2012, 12:46 AM
 
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Las Vegas Nevada claims to be the so called 'entertainment capitol of the world'...
Las Vegas: Gambling & Casinos in the Entertainment Capital of the World

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Old 11-26-2012, 08:57 AM
 
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a "world center of tourism?" not in anybody's wildest imagination after travels to major international destinations

Theme parks clustered in an area do not a "center of tourism" make.
hey sunspriy and eureka1, i would like to cite what wiki told me. "The city's famous attractions form the backbone of Orlando's tourism industry, making the city the most visited American city in 2009.[5] The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions [...] A vital part of the Orlando area economy is tourism. The Orlando area is home to Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort, and SeaWorld Orlando. Over 48 million visitors came to the Orlando region in 2004. The convention industry is also critical to the region's economy. The Orange County Convention Center, expanded in 2004 to over two million square feet (200,000 m) of exhibition space, is now the second-largest convention complex in terms of space in the United States, trailing only McCormick Place in Chicago. "

How's that?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:00 AM
 
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I have tried to like Orlando ... but it has been a struggle.

Cheap flights, good. Usually cheap rental cars, good. Hotels with ridiculous"resort fees." Really poor restaurants compared to the rest if the state.

Other than to walk around Lake Eola and a trip to Wekiwa State Park for swimming and canoeing, I would skip Orlando.

Personally, I had more fun in Tampa and Jacksonville.
how about their vacation homes? u think they are satisfying?
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Old 11-26-2012, 09:03 AM
 
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There are some bad parts of town, traffic on I-4 can be brutal, and at certain times of the year the tourists are unbearable.

But we've got an incredible music scene, tons of stuff to do both inside and out, and a great restaurant scene if you know where to go.
lol i love concerts! especially if it is folk or reggae! and restaurants! what can you suggest about the restaurants?
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Old 11-26-2012, 02:33 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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Las Vegas Nevada claims to be the so called 'entertainment capitol of the world'...
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Yes, they do, but I don't know why. It takes less than 1 day to walk around and look at all the beautiful casinos. Food is only so-so and no longer cheap like it used to be. The shows are mostly old has-beens. You want to see Mel Tourme? Really?

There is golf but weather is 120 in the summer and below freezing in the winter. Not my idea of great golf and there are places with better golf, like Bend, Oregon with over 30 golf courses.

If I walk around and look at the gamblers, there is not even a single one of them that looks like they are having fun. They just look desperate.

I like Las Vegas for a couple of days every 15-20 years or so. It's a bit like walking around inside a giant pinball machine. And like pinball, it is way outdated as entertainment.
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Old 11-26-2012, 05:27 PM
 
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lol i love concerts! especially if it is folk or reggae! and restaurants! what can you suggest about the restaurants?
If you live here, ask your friends.
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Old 11-26-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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> Yes, they do, but I don't know why. It takes less than 1 day to walk around and look at all the beautiful casinos. Food is only so-so and no longer cheap like it used to be. The shows are mostly old has-beens. You want to see Mel Tourme? Really?

Yeah, that's certainly true. But. You are pretty much guaranteed to get a less-expensive flight to Vegas. With good planning you can get an inexpensive hotel night. Save enough to go to one of the better restaurants, then off to the national parks by car. Zion is closest and good for a few days. With luck a great place even in winter. Bryce a little farther. Several more parks a little farther than these two. Hoover dam. Within striking distance of northern Arizona. 24 hours of Vegas weirdness and a great time in the outdoors.

Your mileage may vary.
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Old 11-27-2012, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Orlando
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Tourist Destinations: 25 Most Visited Tourist Attractions in USA

Let's get the travel ranking of Orlando out the the way 1st ok? And just because some posters don't "get into Disney" doesn't mean millions of other's don't either. On just this list Orlando ranked #5. I would have to say that it's a MAJOR tourist destination.

Now back to the tourist information....the tourist area of Orlando is great. There is a lot to do and if you get bored or hungry it's your own fault.

Now, the City of Orlando and the metro area is about 15-20 miles north of Disney and is a whole different place than the theme parks. It is a living breathing city with good places and bad.
There are many things to do and countless non-chain restaurants to eat at. You just have to look for them.
Again, if you get bored or hungry, it's your own fault.

Looking for different things to do is also very easy...go to any local news website and look under the "events" tab.

The locals do NOT advertise on the boards the places we like to frequent because then they become yet another tourist trap.

Of course if you only have stayed or researched the tourist area, you have no way of knowing that.
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Old 11-27-2012, 12:20 PM
 
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I like to use the old adage of when in Rome.......you know the rest. What I'm trying to say is, to get a true feeling of what Orlando is really like, immerse yourself into the city center. Talk to locals and find out about good places to visit, eat, stay, etc. The locals usually know where the best places are without the barrage of tourists. Too many people associate Orlando with Disney and they overlook the other great parts of the city. Unless you have kids to entertain or you yourself like Disney, avoid those places like the plague.
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