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.”
72 million people visited Orlando in 2017, more than any other destination in the world. The number of visitors in Orlando each day is equivalent to the population of Atlanta.
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.