Kissimmee Journals

One week in Orlando

A November 2005 trip to Kissimmee by Josh&Jaimee

Quote: Great time despite the cold weather. One week is not long enough.

One week in Orlando

Overview

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Restaurants. I love the food in Florida. Disney, enough said. Old Town is highly recommended. So much shopping to do.

Quick Tips:

If planing to do the Disney/Seaworld/Universal experience, one week is not enough. There is so much more to do and see.

Best Way To Get Around:

Car. Rental car is almost a must in Florida.
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Best Things Nearby:Disney, Old Town, restaurants.Best Things About the Resort:Close to Disney, privacy.Resort Experience:The compound is huge, there are over 11 buildings (some under construction). The nature walkway lets you enjoy a peaceful moment by the lake complete with ducks, turtles, and fish. Each cluster of buildings has it's own set of pool(s) and hot tubs. Our pool heater wasn't working, and on our cold week's stay (60 degree temp.) we had to go to the other pool a little less then 1/4 mile from our unit. Unit Type: 1 Bedroom Activities: Poor Am...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 7, 2005

Black Angus Restaurant & Lounge

Restaurant | "Black Angus"

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Excellent steak for the price. Decor is that of the old west, meets sports bar. Good steak, cold drinks, sports on the TV (only near the bar), what more could a guy want?

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2005

Black Angus Restaurant & Lounge
7516 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway
Kissimmee, Florida 34747
(407) 390-4548

Fuddruckers

Restaurant

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The best hamburgers in the world. The best part is dressing them yourself. The Fudd's in Ft. Lauderdale (Sunrise & University) has more options for size of burger and toppings. Come hungry, choice of 1/3 all the way to a one pound burger! Cooked to your specifications, along with freshly made buns to fit which ever size burger you want. The restaurant also has arcades for the kids.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on December 7, 2005

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All you can eat lobster! They also have a few types of shrimp as well as crab, mussels, and other seafood. Good food as long as you don't mind doing a little work to get the meat out of the shells. Staff were friendly and offered to show you the best way to crack open the lobster. Stay away from the mussels, my fiancee got sick from them. I think they also had a hunk of roast beef for those who aren't that keen on shellfish.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on December 8, 2005

Old Town

Attraction

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Carnival style rides with plenty of shops. There's this one ride that brings you up to 300 feet and lets you swing all the way down like a pendulum. I got goose bumps just looking at it. They also have a vintage car show every Friday and Saturday for the auto enthusiasts, where people bring in mostly classic cars and some modern tuned cars with all the neon and customized parts. Each ride cost a different amount of tickets, and an all day pass can be purchased. Tiki Jim's has some of the funniest T-shirts I've seen, worth a look. It's not as big as Disney, but worth a look and very affordable. Look for advertisements to get a coupon book for more savings.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2005

Old Town
5770 West 192
Kissimmee, Florida 34741
(407) 396-6884

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Attraction | "Busch Gardens"

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Some of the best roller coasters in the world, mixed with a zoo. Great fun for the whole family. The beer school/tour was very interesting and more educational than I thought. Free samples is what made me sign up, and they provided many helpful tips for the beer drinker that really wants to enjoy his/her beer. All kinds of different restaurants, we tried the Smoke House, which had ribs and chicken smoked to give it extra flavour. Huge portions and reasonably priced.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on December 8, 2005

Busch Gardens Tampa Bay
3000 East Busch Boulevard
Tampa, Florida 33612
(813) 987-5000

Sterling Casino

Attraction

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Only go if you like to gamble. It's an old cruise ship turned into a casino. We singed up when we checked into Vacation Village at Parkway, for $5 per person, they provided transportation to and from Cape Canaveral. A bus picked us up around 5pm, cruise left just after 7:30 and returned to port around 12:30am. They provided a free buffet which was way below my expectations. The band did a great job, different styles of music with three different singers. Kudos to them on a wonderful performance. If it wasn't for them I'd consider the night to be a total failure...that and I won $50.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on December 8, 2005

Attractions

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We first went to Busch Gardens in Tampa. The drive took about an hour from Kissimmee. It had animals to see and some of the best roller coasters in North America. This was free with our Discovery Cove purchase. Discovery Cove is very expensive. The only way to get the same experience is out in the ocean. For those of you that are geographically challenged, Kissimmee is no where near the ocean. So if you want to see marine life by a reef, as well as a Dolphin encounter (extra) and have a few hundred dollars to spend, then Discovery Cove is for you. Old Town is also highly recommended, great for kids. Think of it as a carnival with lots of stores.