Sunshine and Mickey Mouse appeal to both my mom and I, and we wanted to see as much of Kissimmee as possible in our week-long vacation, so I got to planning our trip right away. I wrote a list of my favorite spots, read guide books and blogs, and added to my Google reader.
Planning trips is my forte, and I'm pretty sure that, if I weren't a writer, I'd be a travel agent. Here are my top 6 tips for planning a Kissimmee vacation:
1- Choose your accommodations wisely. Locally-owned hotels, resorts and b&bs offer great amenities at any price range, and offer a taste of Florida that national chains may not. Be sure to book your 'home base' relatively close to a major road or to the attractions you most want to see, especially if you don't drive, like my mom and I. Spending hours in traffic takes away from the fun of a vacation-- don't let that happen to you!
2- Don't skip Disney. It's classic, it's fun, it's synonymous with Central Florida, and it's magical for kids and adults alike.
3- But remember there's more to Kissimmee than Mickey has to offer. This week we'll be exploring just that!
4- Stay cool. Even in winter, Florida can get pretty hot (especially by Canadian standards!), so be sure to include lots of activities to keep you cool. Grab frozen yogurt at a local shop, go swimming, shop in an air-conditioned malls or take a dip at one of Disney's water parks.
5- Consider how you'll get around. Many parts of Central Florida are sparsely populated with stores and attractions (unless you're somewhere like I-Drive). You have two main options: drive or stay near all the things you want to do (if you're lucky enough that all of them are in the same area).
A better option is splurging on a taxi or town car from time to time, to get back to your hotel after a fun-filled day at Disney, or even to check in to your hotel on your first day in Kissimmee. This is the option my mom and I chose, and it was so worth it! Happy Limo picked us up at the airport and dropped us off at our hotel on timely fashion (it would have taken ages to get from the airport to our resort by bus!).
Also, getting aquainted with Lynx (Central Florida's public transportation system) and your hotel's theme park shuttle schedules is a good idea. You'll save money and hassle this way.
6- Most of all, be sure to have fun!
Disclosure: Happy Limo provided me and my traveling party with complimentary transportation services, though all opinions are my own.