The insiders guide to Orlando Florida

Orlando is famous for theme parks like Disney World, Sea World, and Universal Studios. But Orlando is a big city with a diverse economy, and the heart of central Florida, which includes a diverse group of smaller cities such as Winter Park, Altamonte Springs, Lake Mary, and Apopka.

Orlando is also home to the University of Central Florida (UCF), which has grown into a massive 50,000 student college and Rollins College, and many corporations such as Ruth’s Hospitality Group (Ruth’s Chris Steak House), Superchips, Terra Block, Tupperware, Warburton, and many others.

College Park

Just a few minutes west of downtown Orlando is a quaint brick street neighborhood called college park. College park is 287 acres of unique homes on quiet well kept streets.

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UCF Football

UCF plays football in Division I-A in Conference USA with teams such as East Carolina, Memphis, Southern Miss, Houston, and others. The Golden Knights play in Bright House Network Stadium, which opened in 2007 and seats over 45,000.

Disney Fast Pass

Avoid the long lines and reserve your seats for the popular rides at Disney World with a Fast Pass.  It’s a free service that Disney provides at its theme parks so you can schedule your day without waiting hours and hours in lines.

Orlando Magic

The Orlando Magic were created in 1989 as part of an expansion of the NBA. The Magic are in the Eastern Conference of the NBA and play in the Orlando Arena in the center of downtown Orlando Florida.

College Park

Just a few minutes west of downtown Orlando is a quaint brick street neighborhood called college park. College park is 287 acres of unique homes on quiet well kept streets.

The Tap Room

When the Inside Florida team visits Orlando, the Tap Room is one of our favorite lunch spots. Sitting on the porch is especially nice. We have tried most of the food and sandwiches, salads, burgers, and shrimp and crab cakes are all excellent.

Valencia Community College

Valencia Community College in Orlando is famous for its fine arts program, specifically the film school. Valencia has about 42,000 students that attend classes at 7 different locations in and around Orlando


If you could only visit 2 theme parks in Orlando, Seaworld would have to be on your list.

At Seaworld you can see a 10,000 pound killer whale jump 20 feet of out the water, propel a trainer like a rocket, and use its’ tail to splash the first 15 rows of spectators. And that’s just one show.

Dubsdread Golf Course

On the northern edge of Orlando almost on the border of Winter Park is Dubsdread Public Golf course.

The course is just minutes from downtown Orlando and features an 18-hole course that is a relatively short 6,055 yards and a great restaurant.

Lake Eola

In the center of downtown Orlando Lake Eola is an oasis. On the east side of the lake is Lake Eola Park with a playground, open space for walking a dog, and swans and other birds. 

On the west side (nearest to downtown) is the Walt Disney Amphitheater where you can see a concert or watch a play.

Bay Hill Golf

Every March the world best golfers converge on Orlando for the Arnold Palmer Invitational. The Tournament takes place at Arnold Palmer’s Bay Hill Club and Lodge.

Disney World

Disney World in Orlando is one of the top vacation destinations in the world and no one knows how to create a theme park better than Disney.  If you have never been to Disney you can easily spend a week especially with all the other attractions in central Florida such as Sea World, Universal Studios, and Islands of Adventure.

University of Central Florida

Based in Orlando The University of Central Florida is a public multi-campus metropolitan research university. UCF was founded in 1968 with campuses to serve its 11 surrounding counties. The University offers 95 Baccalaureate, 97 Master’s, and 28 Doctoral programs to the student population of over 46,000.