ABOUT THE ORLANDO MAP
I’ve included a few detailed extracts taken from my Orlando map, just to show you the level of content that is depicted in all its glory. The map itself is A1 size (840mm x 594mm) and folds down to 105mm x 198mm. It’s printed on both sides in full colour and has an exceptionally detailed inset map showing International Drive (one of the main tourist areas). The small scale map covers the area from Orlando South down to Kissimmee and Celebration, that’s the area of most use for the majority of tourists. Detailed maps showing the Disney Resorts and Theme Parks are available free from Disney when you get there. Likewise at Universal and SeaWorld. The new map also has inset maps showing the route from Sanford airport and Villa areas along US27, 192, Poinciana Blvd and Champions Gate.
REASONS FOR PRODUCING THIS MAP
I fell in love with Orlando during my first visit in 2001. Being a Cartographer, and a self employed one at that – I always take an (unhealthy) interest in other people’s map offerings. A lot of the maps available in Orlando (even now) are of the Free variety, supported by masses of advertising. The maps are RUBBISH, and there’s a reason why most of the advertisers pay for their little space next to the map. They tend to be the places that you would never go back to twice – get my meaning . . . There are a few exceptions, but not many. Orlando Maps available in most of the Guide Books are also very bad, either too small a scale, so you have difficulty in locating places, or just plain wrong ! I firmly believe that ALL of the current maps available (apart from mine of course) have NOT been researched properly or checked on-the-ground. I have been shocked at some of the errors that I’ve found on so-called well-known publishers maps. I vowed to put things right – and, at last, I’ve done it – and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. If you disagree, let me know…
I’ve been involved with producing Tourist Maps and Street Plans for 30 years, so I think I’m qualified.
The new Orlando map has been researched using the latest aerial photographs supplied direct from the USA, satellite imagery, road information compiled by a Cartographic Editor prior to digitizing the base using the very latest Apple Macintosh computers and mapping software.
The initial research and drafting took over 600 hours. This was followed up by doing further research on the internet, and then I went over there (purely business you understand, but I managed to grab one day off and visited Epcot and MGM) to fully test the map base and confirm locations of hotels, shops, restaurants and places of interest. I now have the most comprehensive photographic library available of every hotel and restaurant along I-Drive. Every piece of information that is shown on the map has been verified personally.