Mention Orlando and our minds conjure up images of thrilling rides, Mickey Mouse and Disneyland®. Orlando boasts stunning white-sand beaches that line both the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts in Florida and offers a vibrant downtown area with a wide choice of quirky shops, boutiques and award-winning restaurants. Add all those things into the mix, but when it comes down to it, Orlando is world-famous for its theme parks, which regularly attract over 50 million visitors a year in search of excitement and lifetime memories. Yet, have you ever wondered how Orlando came to be the theme park capital of the world? What caused this once sleepy town, surrounded by swampland to transform into one of the planet’s largest draws?