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Orange County Public Schools Numbering 15 of the 20 largest public school districts in the United States, Orange County Public School System had an enrollment of almost 176,000 last year.
Community Partners have a substantial impact on Orange County Schools & Students are thankful

S.T.A.R.S. (Supplies to Assist ouR Students) teams with businesses and Disney’s VoluntEARS to provide backpacks for students Look what happens when you combine a vision with support and assistance from businesses, community groups and our largest corporate citizen in Central Florida: 13,000 happy students who received new backpacks filled with school supplies!

Supplies To Assist ouR Students (S.T.A.R.S.) is an organization made up totally of volunteers who work tirelessly to help students in West Orange County’s public schools start each school year with needed supplies. 

A Walt Disney World Cast Member was moved when he heard about S.T.A.R.S., he organized other Disney VoluntEARS who wanted to help. More than 586,000 supplies – about $235,000 worth – to help S.T.A.R.S. and A Gift for Teaching was raised and contributed by Disney staff members. Walt Disney World donated 5,000 backpacks that the VoluntEARS filled and delivered to the S.T.A.R.S. distribution location.

S.T.A.R.S.' mission is to coordinate community efforts so that every child can start the school year with basic supplies,” explained a spokesperson. “I truly believe that we have the resources here in Central Florida to provide backpacks and supplies to every child in need, not just in West Orange County, but county-wide. Partnerships where civic organizations, churches or businesses ‘adopt’ a grade level or part of a school can result in incredible benefits in the lives of our children and our communities.”  

“Thousands of our students thrive because of the exceptional generosity of individual, corporate and community support. When these groups come together, the effect they can achieve is powerful.”  

Orange County Public Schools is extremely grateful to Walt Disney World, the Disney VoluntEARS, and S.T.A.R.S. for the wonderful start they provide to so many of our students.  

The vision of Orlando Public Schools is to be the top producer of successful students in the  nation.

Support from the Orange County community, business partners, involved parents and interested citizens is essential, and here are some examples of how it happens:

• We have more than 35,000 registered volunteers who contribute at least 920,000 hours annually.
• We have 2,600 partnership agreements with businesses.
• PTA/PTSA memberships total more than 38,600.
• Community members are part of the School Advisory Council at each of our schools, along with parents and school staff.

• Volunteer experts in construction, engineering, finance and auditing sit on the Citizens’ Oversight and Value Engineering Committee (COVE) to oversee the district’s immense school construction projects.

Orange County Public Schools is a powerful, positive force in the economy. We’re the second largest employer in Central Florida with almost 23,400 employees and more than 176,000 students. Our operating budget is almost $1.48 billion, and our capital budget is $1.66 billion.  

Our generous community is to be commended for the opportunities provided to our students. Working together, we will ensure a strong future for the entire Central Florida region.

Orange County Public Schools

Here are some Orange County Public Schools phone numbers you may find handy:

Orange County Public Schools

A Gift for Teaching

ADDitions School Volunteers

Career & Technical Education

Community Relations

Facilities Services

Facility Rentals

Foundation for OCPS

Jessica Lunsford Act
407.317.3200, ext. 2861

Orange Co. Council of PTAs
407.317.3200, ext. 2192

Partners in Education


Public Information Office


Orlando Resources – The Arts

Live Theater
• Orlando Centroplex - Bob Carr Performing Arts Center Orlando

• Orlando Opera Orlando

• Orlando Theatre Project Orlando

• Orlando Repertory Theatre Orlando

• Orlando Youth Theater Orlando

• Slothco Productions Orlando

• Theatre Downtown Orlando

• THEM Orlando Improv comedy troupe

• Wekiva River Players Orlando

• Enzian Theater Maitland

• Annie Russell Theatre on the campus of Rollins College

• Department of Theatre and Dance - Rollins College Winter Park

• Sleuths Mystery Dinner Shows Orlando Events and Festivals

• Zora Neale Hurston Festival of the Arts and Humanities Eatonville 4 day event

• The Annual Zellwood Sweet Corn Festival Zellwood 3 day event

• Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival Winter Park Annual festival

• Orlando - UCF Shakespeare Festival Orlando

• Maitland Rotary Art Festival 29th annual fine art show surrounding beautiful Lake in Maitland. October 15-16, 2005. $20,000 in awards, based on judging.

• Central Florida's 16th Annual Rajuncajun Crawfish Festival 2005 Orlando Celebrating Cajun/Zydeco

Music, Food and Culture in true Louisiana Fashion with our Traditional Louisiana Cajun Crawfish Festival.
It's a All-U-Can-Eat-Foot-Stomping-Bayou-Blast-Good-Time! Experience the tastes, smells and sounds famous to Louisiana Cajun Country.

• Basically, if your children fall in love with everything Florida has to offer, they will be asking you to move to Orlando! Entertainment & Recreation

• Downtown Disney Unique shops, restaurants, entertainment, theaters, shows, amusement. pdf Map

• Downtown Disney Shops

• DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park at Downtown Disney five floors featuring Disney's innovation and imagination in cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3-D experiences.

• Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney live performances and nightclubs make this the place to party and have some fun!

• Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

• Disney's Board Walk

Enjoy a walk along the 1930's themed coastal village boardwalk featuring great views, shops, cafes, fine art, amusement and entertainment. pdf Map Disney Theme Parks & Water Parks - Links Magic Kingdom – Celebrating its 50th Birthday! The original Florida park, this is the park that most people think of when they think of Disney World. Featuring the classics such as Mountain, Mountain, Thunder Mountain Railroad, Mansion, Pirates of the Carribean, It's a Small World, Country Bear Jamborie as well as new attractions such as Stitch's Great Escape and Mickey's PhilharMagic. Not surprisingly, thousands of visitors to the Magic over its 50 years have decided during their visit to move to Orlando.

• Disney - Magic Kingdom Park

 Animal Kingdom Featuring the Tree of Life as the Landmark and centerpiece of the park. Several Lands surround the Tree of Life including Africa, Asia, Camp Minnie-Mickey, and DinoLand USA.

• Disney's Animal Kingdom Park Official Site

• Animal Kingdom Park Map (pdf) Disney MGM Studios Celebrating Showbiz, this park features the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Star Tours, Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Honey I Shrunk the Kids play area, Voyage of the Little Mermaid, Indiana Jones Stunt show, Beauty and the Beast Live on Stage in a moving scene, and more.

• Disney - MGM Studios Official Site

• MGM Studios Park Map (pdf) Epcot Spaceship Earth is Epcot's landmark 180 foot silver geosphere. Future World features future technologies, journey into the imagination, the land, the seas, communication, energy, and motion. Take a journey around the World Showcase to experience the culture, arts and entertainment from nations around the world. Be sure to plan your trip around the world to enjoy your favorite nation’s cuisine, and make your reservations early to be assured priority seating. This may turn out to be your motivation for moving to Orlando!

• Disney - Epcot Center Official Site

• Epcot Park Map (pdf) Water Parks

• Disney's Blizzard Beach Official Site Disney's water park that looks like a northern ski resort! See snow everywhere while you play in the cool waters under the sun! Featuring water slides, raft rides, flumes, a one acre pool, lazy creek, kids water play areas.

• Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Official Site Featuring water slides, rafting adventures, flumes, a lagoon with surfing size waves, kids water playground, snorkeling in the saltwater Shark Reef Orlando Restaurants Eating at Disney can be one of the most memorable parts of your vacation. There is something for everyone including dinner shows, character dining, themed dining, signature dining, quick dining and more. Check out all of the dining options available, plan ahead, and make reservations for priority seating (many of the restaurants fill up early!) For priority seating at any of Disney's restaurants, call 407-WDW-DINE. See Also:

• Walt Disney World

• Shopping & Entertainment Disney Resorts

• Disney's Dining Finder locate a restaurant based on location, dining experience and cuisine.

• Magic Kingdom Dining List

• Disney's Animal Kingdom Dining List

• MGM Studios Dining List

• Epcot Dining List

• Resorts Restaurants List Character Dining Character Dining is loads of fun and will create special fun memories for you and your children. The characters make a stop at every table for autographs and photos and sometimes just to add a little fun and silliness to your day! Character dining is popular and is only offered at specific restaurants and only at certain meal times, so plan ahead! It is offered in the Theme Parks and in the Resorts...remember, you do not have to be staying at a resort to eat there! The information listed here is only a guideline, if you are looking for specific characters, check with Disney's Dining Priority Seating Hotline at 407-WDW-DINE. Your children will want to move to Florida and have every meal with a favorite character!
Magic Kingdom

• Once Upon a Time Breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table in Cinderella's Castle, enjoy a royal breakfast with Cinderella and friends. • A Fairytale Lunch at Cinderella's Royal Table in Cinderella's Castle, enjoy a royal lunch with a princess!
• The Crystal Palace all day character buffet dining with Winnie the Pooh and friends.
• Liberty Tree Tavern Character Dining in Liberty Square, home style American Dinner with Minnie and Friends. Epcot
• Princess Storybook Dining at Restaurant Akershus in the pavilion offers breakfast, lunch or dinner with Disney's favorite Princesses. Will your little girl want to move to Orlando?
• The Garden Grill Restaurant in The Land pavilion offers lunch and dinner in this rotating restaurant with Mickey Mouse and his friends. Disney's Animal Kingdom
• Restaurantosaurus in DinoLand offers a Prehistoric Breakfastosaurus with Donald and friends. In the Resorts
• Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club Resort offers a Breakfast Buffet with Goofy and his friends
• Chef Mickey's at Disney's Contemporary Resort offers a buffet breakfast and dinner with Mickey and his gang. The monorail goes right into this resort making this a popular choice!
• 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort & Spa offers the Supercalifragilistic Breakfast with Mary Poppins and friends and Cinderella's Gala Feast dinner buffet with Cinderella and friends. Well Chim-chimen-nee and move me to Orlando!
• 'Ohana Character Dining at Disney's Polynesian Resort a family-style breakfast with Mickey and friends.
• Gulliver's Grill at Walt Disney World Swan offers dinner with characters in this gazebo style restaurant. The Disney Parks are not the only way to have fun at Disney World! In fact, you could spend days of fun without ever going to the parks! To have plenty of time to see and experience everything, you will just have to move to Orlando! Downtown Disney, Pleasure Island, Disney's BoardWalk and Wide World of Sports offer enough shopping, entertainment and recreation to keep you busy and entertained after your move here!
• Downtown Disney Unique shops, restaurants, entertainment, theaters, shows, amusement. pdf Map
• Downtown Disney Shops
• DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park at Downtown Disney five floors featuring Disney's innovation and imagination in cutting-edge technology, virtual reality and 3-D experiences.
• Pleasure Island at Downtown Disney live performances and nightclubs make this the place to party and have some fun!
• Cirque du Soleil: La Nouba

Disney's BoardWalk Official site Enjoy a walk along the 1930's themed coastal village boardwalk featuring great views, shops, cafes, fine art, amusement and entertainment. pdf Map

Orlando Resources – Night life

When you take your trip or move to Orlando, know that Orlando has a plethora of clubs in and around the city, and if you’re an all night partier, you will probably appreciate the great opportunities the city holds. You won’t need to look far in to find a club, and what ever part of Orlando you choose to move to, you are probably within a stone’s throw of clubs, restaurants and pubs. And to talk about restaurants in would be volumes. We have mentioned a few here, but when you move to Orlando, you will find you can have a different restaurant and club experience every night, and still not visit them all. We’ve named just a few here:

Antigua Telephone: 407 649 4270 One of the best bars in downtown and is a bar. Check on the opening hours but it’s early till late.

Zinc Bar Telephone: 407 246 1755 Zinc is situated in downtown and is the right place for you whether you want a drink or to have a good old dance!

Chilis Grill and Bar OK it’s standard steak, ribs and chips type restaurant but it actually has quite an extensive menu and everyone, no matter what their tastes, will come away very satisfied. There are ten of them in , Orlando …Colonial Drive, International Drive, Lake, Winter Park, etc. Visitors from will find it a real American experience.

Church Street Station Church Street Station is a huge place around a railway track. It has five centers of entertainment – from to Rock ‘n Roll. You can also have a meal here. Maybe before you dine go to Meg’s Tavern’s Horseshoe Bar for a drink, it’s only a short walk away.

Lee’s Underground Tavern

Medieval Banquet and Show This includes a show and tournament with jousting knights in full magnificent costumes. You also get dinner or rather a medieval banquet. The cost is about $60 a person. This is more suited to adults rather than children. This is in Kissimmie - Highway.

Kate O’Brien’s Irish pub 42 West Central Boulevard As you go into this Irish pub, this time the walls are decorated with beer posters. The pub also has a beer garden and good value meals and of course you’ll enjoy the Irish “craic”.

International Drive On International Drive is Pointe Orlando with a multiscreen cinema, outdoor entertainment and many shops. Also here is the Mercado Marketplace (more rock ‘n roll) and an English Pub, the Cricketers Arm as well as almost 100 shops and restaurants.

Pleasure Island and Downtown Disney Pleasure Island is a Disney club with dining and entertainment, jazz and comedy, and was one of the first set up by a theme park. Downtown Disney is a group of restaurants and shops, a games centre and one of the restaurants is the famous Bongo’s owned by Gloria Estefan. In Downtown Disney is the world famous Cirque du Soleil – a circus with special lightning and amazing effects. Book ahead for this show.

Rose and Crown 1675 Buena Vista Drive Tel. (407) 939 3463 Make a reservation for outdoors here before you leave home for the time of the nightly fireworks and you’ll enjoy an excellent meal and a ringside seat for the fireworks – the kids will love it. It’s in the United Kingdom Pavilion in Epcot in Disney World.

City Walk - Universal Complex It has restaurants, shops, cinemas etc and also includes the biggest Hard Rock Café.

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