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The 2019 Kissimmee Round Up

It’s hard to believe, but we’re almost at the end of 2019. And here in Kissimmee, this was a year for the ages. There was time to race through forbidden forests at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, celebrate food from all around the world at Epcot, and explore a galaxy far, far away at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. There were new rides, classic attractions celebrating milestones, and some of the most spectacular shows and parades ever! 

Best of all, visitors had their cameras out every step of the way — taking awesome photos and sharing them with us. And now, we want to share some of them with you! Here are a few of our favorite Kissimmee moments from 2019.

Friends and Families in Kissimmee

In Kissimmee, you’ll find something for everyone — from the very tall to the very small, from those who want a little to those who want it all. That makes it the perfect spot to vacation with friends and family. See for yourself!

Guests ride Hagrid’s™ Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure
Universal's Island of Adventure (photo: @honaker.photography)

Are you from a family of thrill seekers? You'll find rides here that are sure to have you holding on tight — like Hagrid’s Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure™ at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™.

A little girl smiles at Universal's Volcano Bay
Universal's Volcano Bay (photo: @jerarlinec)

And if you'd rather chill by the water, there's time for that as well! Dip your toes at Universal's Volcano Bay — where, rumor has it, the volcano keeps the water temperature just right! 

 

A little girl rides the lazy river at Reunion Resort & Golf Club
Reunion Resort & Golf Club (photo: @lovedwellshereblog)

From our world-class theme parks to local attractions and resorts (like the Reunion Resort & Golf Club), we hope wherever you go in Kissimmee, you have a smile as big as this little one’s!

Check out a few more of our favorite friends and family photos from vacations in Kissimmee below.

Food in Kissimmee

If you're a foodie, Kissimmee is the place to be! From sweet treats to fancy feasts, visitors enjoyed all kinds of photogenic food in 2019. Here are a few favorites — served up fresh, of course!

Colorful macarons cookies
Le Macaron French Pastries (photo: @kaylasbeenhere)

As colorful as they are tasty, the macarons from Le Macaron French Pastries are the perfect treat for any occasion. And with 20 different flavors to choose from, you'll love trying them all!

A plate of nacho chips with guacamole.
Universal CityWalk (photo: @blondeceliac)

When it comes to chips and dip, you're sure to love snacking on these from Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville at Universal CityWalk. If fact, just one bite might have you yelling "Holy guacamole!"

A Minnie Dessert Taco from the Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet Food Truck
Disney Springs (photo: @despinadoesdisney)

And if dessert is something you love to taco ‘bout, then be sure to try the Minnie Dessert Taco from the Cookie Dough and Everything Sweet food truck at Disney Springs. It's the cherry on top of any delicious day.

For another helping of amazing food shots from right here in Kissimmee, dig into the gallery below.

Animals in Kissimmee

Animal lovers and Kissimmee go together like Mickey and Pluto, like Harry™ and Hedwig™, li—well, you get the idea. Whether visiting a four-legged friend or stopping in to say “hello” to the animals of Kissimmee, visitors definitely answered the call of the wild here in 2019.

A little girls looks at a dolphin in SeaWorld Parks and Resorts Orlando
SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando (photo: @roswaldthe1st)

Making a special connection with an animal friend is an unforgettable experience — one that visitors of all ages can have at SeaWorld Parks & Resorts Orlando.

Two flamingos at Gatorland
Gatorland (photo: @lakeberkley)

Did you know there's more than just gators at Gatorland? You'll also find tortoises, wildcats, snakes, and more! Even flamingos like these two call Gatorland home.

A lion asleep on a rock
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park (photo: @walleing_around)

In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight. Here's proof that even a king needs his beauty sleep over at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park. What do you think he’s dreaming about? 

We’re off to a roaring start, and there are even more animal encounters for you to see in the gallery below.

Views in Kissimmee

From the out-of-this-world sights at the theme parks to the stunning beauty of natural Florida, there’s a lot to take in here. And in 2019, visitors captured it all from their different points of view.

A hot air balloon floats over a lake in Kissimmee, Florida
photo: @bossbeauty_03

Taking to the skies with Orlando Balloon Adventures is a perfect way to see all the sights Central Florida has to offer. An early morning balloon flight like this one is sure to light up your day.

The Partners Statue in the Magic Kingdom at sunset
Magic Kingdom (photo: @the.disney.dad)

Of course, you can still see breathtaking sights from the ground as well. Just take a look at this spectacular sunset near the Partners statue at Magic Kingdom

The Christmas tree in Celebration Town Center
Celebration Town Center (photo: @listen2lena)

It's beautiful all year round here, but when the tree goes up in Celebration Town Center, the views start to get really special, wouldn't you agree?

Want to see other impressive views from all around Kissimmee? Your wish is our command.

Fun in Kissimmee

Vacationers had the time of their lives in Kissimmee in 2019 — and there are so many sunny photos to show it. Take a moment to see just some of the memories made here

A man smiles while riding an airboat in Kissimmee, Florida
Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures (photo: @rosieandluketravel)

It's easy to be all smiles when you're cruising along on an awesome airboat ride with Boggy Creek Airboat Adventures.

A child playing in the water
photo: @tihlershay

Or when you're making a splash with the ones you love. 

A child slides down a water slide
Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate (photo: @cpatten386)

In fact, with so much to do (including this awesome water slide at Omni Orlando Resort at ChampionsGate), it's easy to soak up the fun everywhere you go in Kissimmee!

Looking forward to your own fun times in Kissimmee in 2020? Here are a few more photos to get you excited about your upcoming adventures.

Shows in Kissimmee

Parades, music, singing, dancing, explosions — if there’s one thing Kissimmee knows, it’s how to put on a show! Here are some of our favorite performance shots from 2019.

The Hogwarts Choir performs in Universal's Islands of Adventure
Universal's Islands of Adventure (photo: @jackiepochadt)

Have you ever seen a singing frog? You can when you watch the Hogwarts™ Choir perform in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ - Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.

Cookie Monster waves hello at SeaWorld Orlando
SeaWorld Orlando (photo: @jcadventures24)

The entire Sesame Street gang is here for the Sesame Street parade at SeaWorld Orlando, including Cookie Monster. He wants you to know that, in this case, C is for "Cool photo".

Storm Troopers patrol Disney's Hollywood Studios
Disney’s Hollywood Studios (photo: @whoiscliffwang)

Sometimes, rides (like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance at Disney’s Hollywood Studios) are so immersive that you feel like you're part of the show. Here, you can get your chance to be a star in a galaxy far, far away!

Check out a few more of our favorite photos from shows in Kissimmee below. 

Fireworks in Kissimmee

We’re capping off our look back on 2019 the same way so many of the favorite attractions cap off every day — with epic fireworks!

Fireworks over Hogwarts
Universal's Islands of Adventure (photo: @rickkbowles)

It's easy to feel completely spellbound by this remarkable firework display over Hogwarts™ Castle.

 

Fireworks over Epcot
Epcot (photo: @disney_rich)

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth fireworks display always looked amazing lighting up the night above Epcot. It was a show you’ll never forget but just wait until you see the new fireworks show, Epcot Forever.

Fireworks over Magic Kingdom
Magic Kingdom (photo: @jaimehendrixphotography)

The characters, the lights, the wonder — moments like this one really put the magic in Magic Kingdom.

For more colorful skies to dazzle your eyes, take a look at the gallery below.

As you can see, it was an incredible year here in Kissimmee, and 2020 is shaping up to be the best one yet. Ready to see these sights (and maybe snap a photo or 10 of your own)? Start planning a Kissimmee vacation today using our handy trip planning tool. And for more pictures of all things Kissimmee, be sure to follow us on Instagram. We can’t wait to see you in the new year!

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