Orlando is a city in the central region of the U.S. state of Florida. It is the county seat of Orange County, and the center of the Greater Orlando metropolitan area. Orlando is the fifth largest city in Florida, and the state’s largest inland city. Orlando is nicknamed “The City Beautiful” and its symbol is the fountain at Lake Eola. The city is also sometimes nicknamed, “The Theme Park Capital of the World”, as it is best known for the Walt Disney World Resort founded by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, the Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Gatorland, and Wet ‘n Wild Water Park. With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive. The city’s famous attractions form the backbone of Orlando’s tourism industry, making the city the most visited American city. The city is also one of the busiest American cities for conferences and conventions. Like other major cities in the Sun Belt, Orlando grew rapidly during the 1980s and well into the first decade of the 21st century. Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida, which is the second largest university campus in the United States in terms of enrollment. Orlando attracts over 51 million tourists a year.
SeaWorld Orlando is a theme park, and marine-life based zoological park, near Orlando, Florida. It is owned and operated by SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment, a subsidiary of The Blackstone Group. When combined with its neighbor Discovery Cove and the Aquatica waterpark, it forms a larger entertainment complex devoted to Earth’s oceans and the array of life that inhabits them. In 2010, SeaWorld Orlando hosted an estimated 5.1 million guests, ranking it the ninth-most visited amusement park in the United States.