AS I’VE WATCHED ORLANDO evolve as a city over the last decade or so, I’m always surprised to find that outsiders see it as essentially just the place that happens to be attached by an interstate to Disney World. Even for all the naysaying I’ve done about the place in the past, the fact is people in Orlando know what’s up.
1. We don’t go to theme parks.
If you live in Orlando, or any of the surrounding towns that are basically just Orlando’s suburbs (Sanford, Winter Park, Lake Mary, Oviedo, Altamonte, etc.), getting onto I-4 and taking it all the way to Kissimmee is enough of a pain in the ass to not want to go even if you have annual passes. There’s plenty to do that isn’t absurdly hot, expensive, and kid-infested.