Located in Central Florida, it is the center of the Orlando metropolitan area, which had a population of 2,387,138, according to U.S. Census Bureau figures released in March 2016.
These figures make it the 24th-largest metropolitan area in the United States, the sixth-largest metropolitan area in the Southern United States, and the third-largest metropolitan area in Florida.
As one of the world's most visited tourist destinations, Orlando's famous attractions form the backbone of its tourism industry.
The two most significant of these attractions are Walt Disney World, opened by the Walt Disney Company in 1971, and located approximately 21 miles southwest of Downtown Orlando in Bay Lake; and the Universal Orlando Resort opened in 1999 as a major expansion of Universal Studios Florida.
With the exception of Walt Disney World, most major attractions are located along International Drive with one of these attractions being the famous Orlando Eye.