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Vacationing in Kissimmee   by Jennifer Weiss

Kissimmee, Florida is located just south of Orlando and is generally considered one of the main gateways to the fun and excitement of Walt Disney World. While most individuals travel here to enjoy Disney's four theme parks, there are numerous other avenues for adventure that visitors should explore to get the most out of their Florida vacation. Make your way to Kissimmee the next time you want a theme park-filled getaway and experience a side to the Orlando area that you may have missed on previous excursions.

Even though you may have already experienced the essence of Disney at the Magic Kingdom, no vacation is complete without a stop near Cinderella's Castle. Disney's Magic Kingdom appeals to visitors of all ages with the broad range of attractions such as Splash Mountain, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, and the Haunted Mansion. Venture through as many of the five lands, Tomorrowland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square and Adventureland, as possible during your day's adventure and let the child inside of you run free as everyone in your group enjoys the real Disney.

After spending a day at Disney World, head over to MGM Studios to be transported back to another world where television and movie production take center stage. Take the Backlot Tour for a behind the scenes look or watch Disney animators at work on the Magic of Disney Animation tour. There are also numerous thrills to go along with your day on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and Star Wars rides. And when you are ready to sit back and relax, the stage productions of Beauty and the Beast and the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular await to amuse and excite audiences.

If you have an animal lover in your family, Disney's Animal Kingdom can certainly entertain their passion with its more than 1700 animals and 250 species. But don't worry about everyone else since the exciting way the animals and landscape are presented, such as the Expedition Everest ride and the Kilimanjaro Safari, is bound to leave your entire family content with their day here. Epcot is another Disney theme park that allows visitors to experience eleven different countries and cultures through exhibits, performances, restaurants, and shops. Although not the most popular park, it is worth a visit for anyone who has ever wanted to travel the world in a day.

Beyond the parks, Kissimmee is an excellent jumping off point for enjoying the numerous freshwater lakes of this area. Hop aboard a boat tour on Lake Tohopekaliga to catch sight of birds, alligators, other wildlife, the stunning landscape, and a breathtaking sunset complete with Native American tales about the constellations. If fishing is more your style, participate in wild shiner fishing in search of some of the largest bass in the world with one of the numerous guides in the area.

To cap off a long day outdoors in Kissimmee, take in an entertaining, family-oriented dinner at one of the broadway-styled shows. Arabian Nights allows you to escape to a world of fantasy while enjoying a magical feast while Capone's Dinner and Show harks back to the 1930s with a song and dance musical comedy accompanied by an all you can eat dinner. Afterwards, you can head out with the kids to the Applause Academy for the children's live entertainment or to the Kissimmee Sports Arena and Rodeo for weekly rodeo action on Friday nights.

To make an already promising Kissimmee vacation even more relaxing and thrilling, consider Kissimmee rentals for your accommodations needs. You can stay close to all the excitement of Walt Disney World while also allowing for easy access to the other great attractions outside of the theme parks. Don't miss out on any of the entertaining prospects the Kissimmee area has to offer by choosing a vacation rental that meets all your needs and makes it easy to enjoy everything you love about central Florida.

About the Author offers a comprehensive selection of vacation rental homes to accommodate every vacationer's needs. For an alternative lodging option, consider Kissimmee rentals for your next trip to the Orlando area.

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