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WUCF TV’s Central Florida Roadtrip Journeys to Orlando

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Central Florida Roadtrip returns Thursday on WUCF, taking viewers inside the stories and history that shaped the city of Orlando.

Explore the mystery of how Orlando was named and its strange connection to Shakespeare. “It’s probably William Shakespeare who gave Orlando its name,” says Ben Brotemarkle, executive director of the Florida Historical Society.

Then, see how WWII drove Orlando away from cattle ranching and the citrus industry in the early 20th century and into a hub for pilot training and air bases.  

Discover the Wells’ Built Museum, originally the Wells’ Built Hotel, a safe haven for African American travelers during a time of deep segregation in America and a performance venue for famous black musicians like Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and, most famously, Ray Charles.

Take a walk through Orlando history—literally—at Greenwood Cemetery, the only cemetery within Orlando’s city limits, which is home to almost all of the city’s forefathers.

Finally, see why Walt Disney chose Orlando for Disney World, turning the city into the theme park capital of the world and attracting some 65 million visitors a year.

Central Florida Roadtrip airs Thursday, October 12 at 8 p.m. on WUCF TV.

You can learn more about Central Florida Roadtrip on the website (http://www.wucftv.org/roadtrip).