Kissimmee, Florida  offers never ending good times from experiencing nature to playing in Florida's most famous theme parks and so much more.

The gateway to the Everglades, a shopping and dining paradise, and just a hop, skip and a jump away from some of the most popular theme parks in the United States, Kissimmee was made for vacation. Take advantage of all Kissimmee has to offer when you plan your next trip to this magical, one-of-a-kind destination.  Located just south of Orlando and just minutes from the main gates to Walt Disney World Resort, Kissimmee is rightfully known at the Gateway to Fun. Visitors enjoy easy access to some of the world’s greatest theme parks and attractions.

Stay

Magical Vacation Homes offers rentals ranging from 2-bedroom condos to 15-bedroom villas! With more than 10 years of experience in hospitality, you can count on superior service. They work hard to make your stay magical and memorable. Select from more than 250 properties all located within minutes of many of the popular theme parks. They also offer custom themed bedrooms. The best part about Magical Vacation Homes? They’re affordable -- with something to fit just about any budget! A house that sleeps 22 starts as low as $700 a night and a three-bedroom for as little as $109 (seasonal pricing.)For more rates or to book your stay, visit magicalvacationhomes.com.

The four-diamond Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate features 36 holes of championship golf and 15 acres of recreation including a wave pool, a lazy river, kids pool with pool slides, family pool, all-adult pool, 23 private cabanas, and a lighted, 18-hole miniature golf, and 9-hole lighted par 3, signature Mokara Spa, 24 hour fitness center, and nine on-site dining options. The main resort features 720 resort guest rooms. The hotel offers free shuttles to Disney World.
Enjoy Southern-style cuisine and cocktails at Chef Art Smith's Homecomin', a restaurant and bar located within Town Center at Disney Springs.

 

The Omni Orlando Resort at Champions Gate is a destination resort located outside of the parks. With nine on-site restaurants, five pools, a spa and a variety of activities ranging from fishing to miniature golf and more, you will always have something to do! Should you decide to venture out, the Omni offers free shuttle service to Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Visit omnihotels.com to learn more.

Do

Each year, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival takes place to showcase food and wine from around the world. In 2019, they featured global cuisines from more than 40 destinations. The festival runs 75 days out of the year with different events happening throughout the span of the festival. 

Peruse Epcot on your own as you make your way around the various booths to sample delicious dishes from Africa to Germany, Japan and more. There you’ll find places like Emile’s Fromage Montage, where you can sample an assortment of delicious cheese, and Joffrey’s Coffee and Tea Company where you can sip on exotic tea-based beverages from the U.S., Canada and beyond. Or, make sure to mark your calendars for special events like Party for the Senses, an unforgettable evening of food and wine from across the globe. Throughout the festival, you can also expect nightly performances from your favorite bands of the 80s and 90s. For more information, visit disneyworld.disney.go.com

Visit STK Orlando, a modern steakhouse featuring a lounge atmosphere, world-class service and incredible food—in Disney Springs at Walt Disney World .
One of 4 theme parks at Walt Disney World Resort, Epcot theme park sprawls across 300 acres—twice the size of Magic Kingdom park. The Epcot Center offers plenty of exhibits and attractions which cater to all ages of the family.

 

See Kissimmee from up above when you book a hot air balloon ride! This once-in-a-lifetime experience will have you floating among the clouds for approximately 45 minutes to an hour depending on weather. Each balloon holds up to 12 people and can be booked for any weekend or weekday morning. To learn more, visit orlandoballoonrides.com

Visit the incredible Historic Downtown Kissimmee and enjoy all the charming boutiques, galleries, antique shops and more. This quaint, All American town is more than the gateway to Disney. Its history has deep roots in the Florida cattle and citrus industries. Yet it’s now equally comfortable touting its shops, boutiques, dining, nightlife and more.

Historic Downtown Kissimmee features a wide range of charming homes, boutiques, galleries, antique shops and more. Shoppers will find a treasure trove of trinkets, collectibles and one-of-a-kind artwork. Don’t miss your opportunity to explore Kissimmee. There’s a special world of adventure awaiting – all just minutes from Walt Disney World Resort.

Established in 2007, Magical Vacation Homes is a family-owned and locally-operated company that welcomes over 16,000 guests each year into their properties. Their inventory features over 250 of the best luxury vacation home rentals located in Windsor Hills, Champions Gate and Reunion Resort. Based locally in Florida, their team is passionate about creating magical guest experiences with friendly service and affordable prices.

Eat

An outdoor shopping, dining and entertainment complex at the Walt Disney World Resort, Disney Springs boasts more than 50 eateries and six James Beard Award winning chefs! During our visit, we enjoyed meals at STK, Jaleo and Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’. 

Jaleo offers a taste of Spain with a lunch and dinner menu boasting traditional and contemporary dishes. Opt for paella cooked over a wood fire or any one of their popular tapas. 

STK is not your average steakhouse -- it is ultra modern with an undeniable energy. Once inside, you’ll find a DJ and fire pit lounge in the main dining room. Expect delicious steaks as well as dishes like their Roasted Lamb Rack, Hibachi Chicken and Chilean Seabass.

Serving comfort food, Chef Art Smith’s Homecomin’ offers savory, home cooked dishes you’ll love. Consider their Southern-style brunch that runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday -- you can’t go wrong with their Hallelujah Biscuit or Fried Chicken and Doughnuts!

To learn more about the place vacations are made, visit experiencekissimmee.com

Cynthia Calvert
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A trained journalist with a masters degree from Lamar University, a masters from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, as well as extensive coursework toward a masters of science in psychology from the University of New Orleans, Calvert founded the Tribune Newspapers in 2007. Her experiences as an investigative, award winning reporter (She won Journalist of the Year from the Houston Press Club among many other awards for reporting and writing), professor and chair of the journalism department for Lone Star College-Kingwood and vice president of editorial for a large group of community weeklies provides her with a triple dose of bankable skills that cover every aspect of the journalism field. Solid reporting. Careful interviews. Respect and curiosity for people and places.

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