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Go back to when times were simpler and the pace more relaxed. Spend a day or evening in Kissimmee’s Old Town, minutes from Orlando and the Disney area.
Easily accessible from I4 and Hwy 192, Old Town is a classic Florida town recreated. It’s a walking district spread over 18 acres that includes more than 70 shops, restaurants, bars, rides, and family friendly attractions.
If you’re taking the kids, make time for the Ferris Wheel. This attraction was made in Italy and features 18 gondolas that each seat six. From the top, at 85 feet high, you can see out over the lights of Kissimmee and Orlando. Tickets cost $6 for adults and $3 for kids.
Are there aspiring magicians in your family? Don’t miss the magic shows in The Great Magic Hall at 3 p.m., 7 p.m., and 9 p.m. The shows can fill up quickly so consider ordering your tickets online at https://www.theatremagic.com/.
If haunted houses are your thing and you’re jonesing for a good scare, check out the Mortem Manor Haunted Attraction (nightly Wed-Sun). It’s a two-story house with live actors and state-of-the-art animatronics and props. Tickets cost $15 and can be purchased online at the Mortem Manor website: http://www.mortemmanor.com/
Do you have a stomach of steel? Experience the Old Town Slingshot. Slingshot passengers are propelled 300 feet into the air at approximately 99 mph. It’s powered by a spring propulsion device (not rubber ropes or bungee cords as is commonly thought).
If you’re not into rides and attractions, there are plenty of other things to enjoy at Old Town.
Tuesday nights are Karaoke night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday nights feature one of America’s longest-running weekly car shows: the Saturday Nite Car Cruise.
At this event, show-quality 1987 and older hot rods, street rods, and antiques line up on Trophy Row and around the property. At 8:30 p.m. they drive single-file down Old Town’s Main Street, with cash prizes, drawings and giveaways.
There is also live music at 7 p.m. on the Trophy Row Stage.
Mondays at 6 are Bingo nights
For Family Games, come out on Wednesdays at 6 p.m.
Sundays at dusk are Family Movie Night (free movies on a big screen).
Bike Night is every Thursday t 5, and Muscle Car Show and Cruise are Fridays starting at 4.
Between events and rides (or instead of them), stroll through Old Town and just shop and dine.
There are tons of shops where you can pick up clothes, accessories, and gifts, or avail yourself of services such as printing, electronics, car rental, tattoo, portrait gallery, vacation center, spa, and more.
Just want a fun place to eat or get some drinks? Old Town has full service restaurants (Bamboo Court, Flippers Pizzeria, Froggers Bar & Grill, Southern Breeze, TexMex Express), fast and casual dining (Jimmy Johns, Kissimmee Popcorn, Mr. Sushi, Sweet Dreams Ice Cream Cake, Coffee and Tobacco Works, and more), and several bars and saloons.
Location: 5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy.
Hours: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
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