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See the Citrus Tower
The Citrus Tower: A still-functioning icon of Florida's pre-Disney tourist adventures.
Built as a tribute to Florida’s citrus industry, the attraction was highly popular in its pre-Disney glory days, bringing hundreds of tourists to its observation deck every day. The history of the Citrus Tower and its construction is illustrated in the lobby and gift shop, and photos taken from its heyday highlight its storied past.
The attraction is still open today, and one can still ride the elevator to the top (billed as “Ride to the Top”) and see downtown Orlando’s skyline (26 miles away), iconic structures such as Walt Disney World’s Space Mountain, the Contemporary Resort Hotel, and EPCOT’s SpaceShip Earth.
From the 200 ft. level, your breath will be taken away as you step out of the elevator and onto the 360 degree windowed and enclosed Observation Deck. An astonishing 8 counties are visible among sparkling lakes. While the orange groves are long gone, replaced by subdivisions, restaurants, doctor’s offices and shopping centers, the view is still quite impressive.