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Orlando bumps Vegas from top of Orbitz spring break destination list


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Aerial views of The Strip in December 2010.

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In this publicity image released by Disney, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds fly over the Magic Kingdom on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The special flight over Walt Disney World commemorated the start of "Air Force Week" which runs through Oct. 31.

A more family friendly travel destination has bumped Las Vegas from the top spot of the hottest spring break vacation locations on one travel website.

After holding steady at No. 1 for two years, Las Vegas moved to No. 2 as Orlando moved into lead spot on’s list of the most popular destinations for the 2011 spring break season.

Orlando ranked at No. 5 last year.

Four of the most popular spring break locations on the travel website are in Florida this year, including Fort Myers and Tampa, which didn’t make the top 10 last year.

Other top locations on last year’s list included Cancun, Honolulu, New York and San Francisco.

According to a survey conducted by, 88 percent of respondents said they try to avoid well-known college spring break locations.

The majority of respondents said they plan to spend either less than $500 per person or between $1,000 and $2,000 per person on spring break this season.

This year, MTV has chosen the Palms as the headquarters for the network’s spring break debauchery. The resort is offering packages for as low as $119 for the second weekend of March, which includes nightclub access and a hotel room.

The Hard Rock is offering a similar package for $140 per night. MGM Grand has resort packages that include two buffet passes, a $50 cabana credit and free admission to its nightclubs for $108.

Mandalay Bay has the same offer for $102.

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  1. In another poll, Orlando is tied for third place with Birmingham, Alabama for America's unsafest cities plagued with crime.

    Las Vegas is not in the top ten.

    But Orlando is a better tourist destination?

    Oh. I see. They elevate them on that list so the criminals can victimize them when they show up.

    Makes sense.

  2. This is not true. Students on west coast are smarter than that. It will be las Vegas for those who can afford it. Palm Springs or Lake Havasu for those who have less money to spend. Never FLORIDA

  3. Florida has some great beaches, however Spring Break College Students are not encouraged to come. They create Traffic and Police problems while not spending enough to stimulate the economy. Hotels in Daytona, Ft. Lauderdale, etc.. all have age restrictions, minimum number of room nights, number of occupants per room, increased rates, etc... to keep them away. Orlando is a Family Destination and has been experiencing exponential growth with the opening of Harry Potter at Universal Studios. Plus Florida has better weather this time of year than Las Vegas.