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Orlando, home to multiple theme parks, has been ranked the most overrated city to visit worldwide.
Heavy is the head that wears the mouse ears, as the old saying goes.
Orlando is the most overrated and disappointing city in the world, according to reviews posted on the online travel platform Tripadvisor. The City Beautiful placed No. 1 in a recent report compiled by Radical Storage, a luggage company based in the United Kingdom. The research was done to find which cities around the world led tourists to experience "Paris Syndrome
," a condition in which travelers are left disheartened as their vacation destination did not live up to expectations.
[Editor's note: Tripadvisor contacted Orlando Weekly three days after the first publication of this story with the following statement. "Radical Storage ... has performed its own, flawed analysis using Tripadvisor’s online reviews. Please note, Tripadvisor has not approved the use of these reviews in such a report and as such, our data has been significantly misappropriated. ... As the world’s largest travel guidance platform, Tripadvisor views content moderation with the utmost importance, and as such, reviews by our community must be showcased accurately and are not subject to interpretation."]
Radical Storage's assessment
revealed Orlando had the highest number of complaints, with visitors feeling the city did not deliver the magic they had hoped for. Out of over 9,000 reviews, nearly one out of five tourists vented about how underwhelmed and let down they felt about their visit to Orlando.
Over 19 percent
of visitors left negative comments about Orlando in their reviews on the website, as reported by The Daily Mail.
Most complaints frequently mentioned
increased prices at theme parks and large crowds. About 8.4 percent of reviews included mentions of "rude people," placing right behind New York City.
Reviews of Orlando also contained the highest number of words such as "terrible" and "disappointing," with 7.4 percent of reviews including such descriptions.
The research report analyzed 826,292 Tripadvisor reviews of 100 of the world's most visited tourist attractions. Out of 95 global cities, Orlando had the most negative reviews.