SOME FLORIDA ATTRACTIONS THAT SURVIVED WALT DISNEY WORLD
August 12, 2020
We know many of you are limiting travel during these uncertain times. Although we continue to feature trips and places to visit, we are not encouraging you to visit them until it is safe. We want to support Florida's attractions and businesses during this situation, and hope you will plan to visit them when things get better. In the meantime, enjoy them virtually from the comfort of your home.
Walt Disney World opened for business near Orlando in October 1971. The crowds that visit the giant theme park have since made it the world's most popular tourist attraction.
It is estimated that in 2018 a whopping 58 million people visited the Magic Kingdom and the other Disney parks and resorts.
Not Really Mickey Mouse, An Impersonator
The attraction has also driven tremendous development in Central Florida. These new people and tourists have created a nightmare network of new highways to handle the traffic.
Many of the older Florida tourist attractions could not compete with Disney and the giant theme parks that followed. You can read about many of them at Florida's Lost Attractions.
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.
ATTRACTIONS THAT SURVIVED WALT DISNEY WORLD
BOK TOWER AND GARDENS
Bok Tower Gardens, Lake Wales. Home of the singing carillon tower, beautiful gardens, and tranquility since 1929.
Bok Tower Gardens is one of the most serene Florida tourist attractions. This oasis of quiet beauty is only an hour south of Orlando.
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