Classic Cars at Old Town Kissimmee

Old Town Kissimmee is a wonderful attraction that transports visitors back in time to a classic Carnival atmosphere.  Adults love the thrill rides and the gentler amusements are great for the children.  Unique shops and great restaurants will keep you entertained for the whole day!  Stick around until the evening hours to watch classic cars cruise the old fashioned roads within Old Town.  Car Enthusiasts love coming here to cruise and mingle with classic car owners.

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night vintage cars line up for show at Old Town.  American muscle cars are shown every Friday night.   Local bands perform for the crowd each night with lively entertainment.  There is plenty of great food and drink nearby to keep you satisfied while checking out these masterpieces of automotive history.

Schedule at a Glance:

Wednesdays at 6:00pm- Little Darlin’s Street Party & Cruise-In.  Doo-Wop and Dance alongside classic cars!

Fridays at 4:00pm- All-American Muscle Car Cruise.  American Classics from 1964-1988.

Saturdays at 1:00pm- Saturday Nite Cruise at Old Town Kissimmee.  Models 1979 and older on display.

 

Old Town Kissimmee is Located at:

5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (Highway 192)- Kissimmee, Florida

Plan For The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Make Plans Now to visit the Disney area this fall for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Travel around the World through the World Showcase and sample delicious cuisines and unique beverages from the different cultures.  Reservations are being accepted now for culinary seminars, wine and cheese tastings, and mixology classes.  Along with your favorite Epcot attractions, this event will give you a full day’s worth of excitement!

There is So Much More to experience than the great food and extensive wine list at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Top Celebrity Chefs will teach their secrets during in-depth, hands-on culinary seminars.  Wine Masters and Cheese Experts guide you through tasting adventures with their separate seminars.  Enjoy nightly concerts at the America Gardens Theatre by popular bands and musicians!  STARSHIP, Air Supply, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, and Boys II Men are just a few of the huge acts scheduled to rock Epcot during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall. 

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 - Hang Out with your Friends at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! -

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from September 14- November 14, 2016.  There are more days to Celebrate this year, as the Festival has increased from 53 days to 62 days!  Remember to bring extra spending money in addition to admission to Epcot.  Food and beverages will cost money as will the various seminars if you choose to participate.  Nightly concerts are free!

Cool Tips For Your Orlando Vacation

It has been a hot July with a Heat Index climbing over 105 degrees on most days.  While this weather may be perfect for the beaches or Disney Water Parks, it is sometimes difficult to tolerate hours on end while visiting the Orlando theme parks or outdoor shopping malls.  Follow these simple tips to make your outdoor activities more bearable.

Dress in comfortable clothes for the weather conditions and hours of exposure to direct sunlight.  Bathing suits and light colored clothing are perfect for days spent outdoors at the theme parks.  Choose clothing that is lightweight and allows your skin to breath easily.  Apply a higher level of SPF sunblock to skin that is exposed to the sun.  Sunburn can make the rest of your vacation unpleasant. 

Drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and energized.  It is easy to become dehydrated in the summer sun, especially walking several miles within Disney theme parks.  Our bodies are mostly water.  You’ll lose a large amount of water through perspiration.  A good suggestion would be to carry a water bottle with you and refill when empty.  This will also alleviate soreness felt after a long day outdoors.

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 - Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World is The Perfect Spot for a Hot Day! -

Cool Off with a delicious ice cream snack from a snack stand.  Snack Kiosks can be found everywhere at the Disney Parks and outdoor shopping malls.  Children, especially, will be thankful for the unique treats such as the famous Dole Whips and Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars found at Walt Disney World.  Grab some treats for the whole family while waiting in line at one of the roller coasters.  Your wait will be more enjoyable. 

Take Some Time and Rest under shelters and misting stations throughout the theme parks and shopping malls.  Restrooms and restaurants within the attractions also provide for a good spot to rest in air conditioning and gain a second wind.  Wipe a damp paper towel across your head, arms, and legs for a quick cool-down in between amusement rides.

More hot and humid days are in the forecast, at least for the next couple months.  Stay comfortable and take our Cool Advice while visiting the Orlando area theme parks this summer.  These tips will greatly improve your vacation experience at the Attractions.

Independence Day Celebrations in Orlando

Independence Day in Orlando will lead to a Magical Experience!  The magnificent Red, White, and Blue will be on display everywhere you venture from Walt Disney World up through Downtown Orlando.  There will be tons of adventure to keep you busy all weekend long leading up to the Holiday.

Walt Disney World Parks, Universal Studios Orlando, and SeaWorld will all have special fireworks shows set to Holiday music on the Fourth of July.  LEGOLAND celebrates all weekend long with their Fireworks Spectacular.  This is a party for all the Lego fans of the family.  Wear 3D glasses to view exploding bricks while watching the incredible fireworks show!  On July 4th, help build a huge American flag out of Lego bricks.  The best idea is to pick a theme park and stay the whole day late into the night.  Grab your spot under the stars early, as these events promise a packed house.

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 - Celebrating the Fourth of July at Disney's Magic Kingdom -

Fireworks at Lake Eola Park in Downtown Orlando are a free event open to the public.  July 4th marks the 39th annual Fireworks at the Fountain surrounding Lake Eola.  Enjoy the patriotic music and many food and drink options.  The festivities in Downtown Orlando kick-off at 4:00pm and last through the late night hours.

Escape to Orlando for a memorable Holiday Celebration this year.  The influence of Disney and other popular destination attractions add that extra Spark that will surely create new Magical Memories.  You’ll want to stay for the whole Fourth of July Weekend and take advantage of everything there is to experience.

Mako to Debut June 10 at SeaWorld Orlando

The wait will soon be over.  Mako at SeaWorld Orlando is set to debut to an anxious crowd on June 10.  It will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster.  Recently released behind-the-scenes videos and news reports have generated quite the hype within the last month.

Mako will anchor a new section of SeaWorld called Shark Wreck Reef.  This new experience focuses on the education and preservation of sharks.  Featured within this attraction is Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, and shops where you can find souvenirs.  Venture into a theme of an underwater shipwreck and reef before encountering Mako.

Mako will challenge riders to tight turns, the steepest drops, and thrilling speeds of up to 73 miles per hour!  Reach heights of 200 feet into the sky along a track that runs nearly a mile long.  Riders will feel a sense of weightlessness as they experience intense airtime.  There are no typical harnesses, and riders will only be held down by a lap bar.  Wow!  My heart just races thinking about this roller coaster.

Stay tuned to our Blog.  We may even take a special trip away from work to experience the Awesome Attraction of Mako when it opens.  Better yet, come to SeaWorld Orlando to ride this hypercoaster yourself.

Disney Springs Expands Into the Summer

Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, is gaining a whole new neighborhood this summer!  Town Center will feature a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with inviting common areas for guests to relax and enjoy the improved atmosphere.  Old Florida Spanish-Style architecture will be the theme throughout this new neighborhood.  Several of the shops and experiences are set to debut as soon as May 15, with the rest of this neighborhood complete in July.

Make sure Disney Springs is on your list of Disney experiences this summer.  Over 30 new shops are set to debut within the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs.  This is in addition to The Landing and Marketplace neighborhoods, which premiered during the Spring season.  Shop at popular high- end stores not hosted at other Disney properties such as Anthropologie, Johnston & Murphy, LACOSTE, Lucky Brand, Luxury of Time by Diamonds International, Na Hoku, Under Armour, Vera Bradley and Volcom just to name a few.  This list will be ever- expanding through early summer, 2016.

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 - Shop at the Newest High- End Stores at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World -

New restaurants opening at the Town Center in Disney Springs will please all diets and sophisticated tastes.  D-Luxe Burger of Disney offers impressive gourmet burgers and artisanal gelato shakes and floats.  Authentic Mexican Cuisine will be served at Tablas Frontera in a lively, colorful atmosphere fresh from Latin America.  The Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar will feature farm-to-fork cuisine, serving up southern favorites derived within the Sunshine State.  Enjoy after- dinner sweets and an indulgent experience at Amorette’s Patisserie with high- end desserts that you may have never tasted!

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 - All New Restaurants at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World -

Additions to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World are set to be complete this Fall.  At completion, over 150 new offerings will be available.  The shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues will more than double in size than what was Downtown Disney.  Visitors will surely enjoy the Old Floridian theme encompassing the waterfront environment and other natural beauty throughout.

Awaken Summer at Walt Disney World

The excitement of summer lies just around the corner.  We have tons of New Experiences to look forward to at the Disney Parks!  Walt Disney World has just announced new additions to their classic amusements.  There is so much more to look forward to on your next summer vacation to the Orlando area!

New at Animal Kingdom

Summer Nights will be full of color and fascination at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  This Park has now transformed into a day- long destination.  The famous Tree of Life lights up in a display of dancing light and adventure by illustrating stories that relate to the spirits of the animals held within.  You’ll want to catch the new nighttime light show- Rivers of Light at Discovery Island.  The presentation bursts with intense energy and brings to light how all living creatures are connected through nature. 

You won’t want to miss the new Nighttime Safaris at the Animal Kingdom.  What used to be off limits when the sun set, is now one of the most- anticipated experiences at Disney!  A thrilling African Adventure takes you across the savanna as you set safari and encounter nocturnal activities of exotic animals.  Scout lions, elephants, hyena, crocodiles, zebra, and many more of your favorites in somewhat of a behind-the-scenes show!  The guide will entertain with interesting facts and trivia as you ride along in a large off- road vehicle.

Animal Kingdom’s newest eatery, Tiffins, is open for lunch or dinner and features water views along with indoor and outdoor seating.  This restaurant tells the story of the foundation of the popular Disney Park and is inspired by exploration and adventure.  Enjoy unique food created from recipes from far- off lands!  The nearby Nomad Lounge, with their impressive list of wines and cocktails, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy after dinner drinks and small plates.

The Discovery Island Carnivale and Harambe Wildlife Parti will keep you moving into the night.  Dance in the streets to high- energy live music and enjoy the shows put on by Disney street performers only seen at the Animal Kingdom.

New at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has become the place where Star Wars Lives.  This is the place to be for all Star Wars fans.  The Launch Bay will feature replicas and props and memorabilia from the Star Wars movie series and Storm Troopers will be on the loose throughout the Park.  Catch Star Wars stage shows and the most- elaborate fireworks presentation in the history of Hollywood Studios!  A Galactic Spectacular will feature insane effects with explosions of lasers and pyrotechnics!

New at Epcot

Soarin’ gets an improved lift for this summer!  Guests will Soar Around the World high above natural and man- made wonders across all corners of the Globe.  You’ll get the refreshing feeling of gliding slow within the clouds looking down with a bird’s eye view.

Disney’s Frozen continues its popularity at the Norway pavilion in the World Showcase.  Frozen Ever After is a boat tour through Frozen’s Arendelle Kingdom.  It will be a great break from the heat during this summer’s debut.  After the ride, make sure you meet Anna and Elsa inside their summer cabin for pictures.  Children, especially, will love this new adventure!

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 - Mickey is Dressed To Impress at the Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stage show! -

New at the Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is the new exciting stage show coming in June to the Magic Kingdom.  A new song, On This Day, will debut here.  See all your favorite classic Disney characters in new costumers celebrating to original new music and dance!  This show takes place in front of Cinderella Castle and is sure to draw a large crowd.

Skipper Canteen is another restaurant opening at Disney that fuses adventure with food.  Sit down and take a break from the Magic Kingdom excitement and enjoy authentic tropical cuisine.  This soon-to-be-a-favorite restaurant is themed after an exotic outpost within Adventureland.  African and Latin flavors are combined to introduce a unique flavor to the Magic Kingdom.

Wow!  So Many New Experiences to see and do coming this summer at Disney!  Add more value to your Disney Vacation by staying in one of our vacation rental condos, townhomes, or vacation homes with a private pool.  All our properties are located close to the Hot Summer Excitement in Orlando.

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