After all, it was his event that began the start of their new life.

Whether youre looking for love or just a good time with some great people, try a Lock and Key Event. With Lock and Key events, you can talk in person, read body language and can immediately tell if there is chemistry or not without having to email or chat back and forth a bunch of times, Reich says.

Its better than sitting behind the computer to find your match. The Lock and Key format provides a great ice breaker for people to talk to each other.

Sometimes people dont want to approach someone they are interested in at a club, but at Lock and Key, thats the whole point so there is no awkwardness.

But these stories are generally cobbled together out of statistics and polls compiled and analyzed by journalists who never set foot in the towns theyre writing about.

So we consulted with some dating experts and single people who are here in Orlando for a few firsthand observations and options from the front.

Santa Barbara Matchmakings Lisa Darsonval can help.

The go-to local matchmaker hosts regular Lock and Key parties that offer a space for matching that is as straightforward as it is creative.

We hope that in the future this can happen in Detroit too. Until they met by chance at a birthday party in an Orlando bar, Aaron Bean and Katie Merrigan counted themselves among the thousands of singles in Orlando. If we hadnt met just then, it wouldnt have worked out, says Aaron. The Internet bristles with an arsenal of dating apps and surefire matchmaking algorithms.

Magazines and websites produce periodic Best Cities for Singles stories that judge communities mainly on how easily their unattached residents can become attached.

Women will receive padlocks when they arrive at Red Ox and men will get keys.