Walt Disney World opened for business near Orlando in October 1971.
The crowds that have since made it the world's most popular tourist attraction have driven tremendous development in Central Florida and created a network of new highways to handle the traffic.
On a historic note, there were quite a few smaller attractions in Florida that were here before Disney.
Here are some of them that have survived and still entertain visitors in more quiet regions of Central Florida.
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Home of the singing carillon tower, beautiful gardens, and tranquility since 1929.
Florida Citrus Tower, Clermont. Built in 1956 and one of Central Florida's earliest big time attractions.
Gatorland, Kissimmee. People's never ending fascination with alligators has made this place popular since 1949.
Spook Hill, Lake Wales. This free attraction has been mystifying visitors since automobiles were invented.
Weeki Wachee Springs, Weeki Wachee. The "City of Mermaids" has been delighting visitors since 1947.
Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour, Winter Park. This tour of local lakes has been enjoyed by thousands of folks since 1938.
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