On a bright and sunny Friday afternoon, a group of “O”bassadors (Orlando social media ambassadors) gathered to do something all local Orlandoans should have on their bucket list: ride the Lake Eola swan boats in the heart of downtown Orlando.
After the launch of the Orlando EDC’s Obassador campaign, many Obassadors discussed interesting places in our region and things to do in Orlando. The Obassadors mentioned numerous locations, events, and unique experiences throughout Orange, Lake, Seminole and Osceola counties; one activity, however, emerged consistently throughout the conversation: many Obassadors had not ridden the swan boats at Lake Eola – but they wanted to!
Chris Wallace, the Lake Eola Park Manager, kicked off the event with a brief history of the park, Lake Eola, and the iconic, beloved fountain located in the middle of the lake downtown. Some fun facts about Lake Eola park included:
- Lake Eola is over 70 feet deep! (Click to tweet this!)
- Lake Eola was originally named Sandy Beach Lake because of its sandy bottom (Click to tweet this!)
- A lifelong Orlandoan couple got engaged INSIDE the fountain (so it is possible to get in, as a local rumor would have it) (Click to tweet this!)
- A small part of Lake Eola Park was once briefly owned by China (yes, the country) (Click to tweet this!)
- The Lake Eola fountain pumps water from 40 feet down so that the spray is always cool (Click to tweet this!)
- Get more than 50 feet close to the fountain and it could suck you in! (Click to tweet this!)
Obassadors gathered on the swan boats (taking prolific selfies) and took off around Lake Eola. The view of Orlando from the calm, serene perspective of the swan boats was breathtaking. Many Obassadors went Facebook Live to document their heroic journey out on the lake. You can view pictures from the meetup here.
Using the hashtag #Swanbassador, the Obassadors reached over 95,401 users with an estimated 359,355 impressions, spreading the message of Orlando locals enjoying a unique experience in the heart of the city.
About this series: Exploring Orlando’s “other half”.
This post is the first in a series following the Obassadors as they explore unique experiences in the Orlando region, while sharing their experiences with the rest of the world. If you are interested in becoming an Obassador, please visit www.orlandoedc.com/obassadors.