Crowds. Nothing lights up a dealer's eyes faster than a jam-packed showroom. Crowds likely will be the rule at the National Automobile Dealers Association's 2000 convention beginning Saturday, Jan. 22, in Orlando, Fla. NADA expects 25,000 to 28,000 people to attend the convention, the dealer group's first in Orlando. And when convention-goers look for fun outside the Orange County Convention Center, they'll have plenty of company. Central Florida is filled with activities and attractions that draw visitors from across the nation and around the world. Attendance at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom theme park alone - 14 million people a year - nearly equals the population of Florida, according to one guidebook. Other area hot spots include Disney's Epcot Center and Disney-MGM Studios, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and Cypress Gardens. Convention-goers planning to sample the Disney parks, take heart: The NADA gathering occurs during one of the periods expected to be least crowded. And if you'd like to bypass these attractions, central Florida is a golf hotbed. The area boasts more than 120 courses within a 45-minute drive from downtown Orlando.
Visitors to the 'Twister' attraction at Universal Studios Florida experience five, wind, rain, lightning and more.
Cypress Gardens, one of central Florida's oldest manmade attractions, opened in 1936. It covers 200 acres and has more than 8,000 types of plants from 75 countries.
Golf is huge in Orlando. In addition to 123 courses within a 45-minute drive of downtown, the area is home to at least 30 PGA Tour pros, eight Senior Tour pros and more than a dozen LPGA pros.
The Magic Kingdom's Main Street, U.S.A., left, and Epcot's Spaceship Earth, above, are among the signature sites at the Disney theme parks.
Situated around a 17-acre central lake, SeaWorld features rides as well as exhibits and shows.