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With a new Frozen ride opening at Disney's Epcot park this summer, we think it's a safe bet Orlando will continue to reign.

It’s a crowded world after all — at least in Orlando’s hotels and theme parks.

Tourism officials announced Monday that the number of visitors coming to Orlando last year jumped 5.5 percent to more than 66 million visitors.

That figure sets a record for tourists in Orlando and helps Orlando hang onto its bragging rights as the top tourist destination in the United States for the second year in a row.

International tourists represented about 10 percent of the visitors.

The head of Orlando’s tourist marketing bureau says a combination of factors contributed to the increase. Those include momentum from new theme park rides at Disney World and Universal Orlando that opened the previous year, and a new marketing campaign aimed at pulling on tourists’ heartstrings.

This article was written by Mike Schneider from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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Tags: orlando, theme parks, tourism, walt disney world

Photo Credit: Fireworks and confetti fly over the castle at Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom in 2012. Joe Burbank / Orlando Sentinel/MCT

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