On Saturday, August 5, we held our very first Instagram meetup—InstaMeetKissimmee. It was a hot, sunny, day, perfect for walking around town.  Celebration is known for its proximity to the theme parks—it’s only three miles away from Walt Disney World. In fact, it was originally built as a place for Disney employees to live. It’s also known for its charming boutique shops in Celebration Town Center, and its delicious dining. It’s even connected directly to the Walt Disney World resorts via World Drive, which begins near the Magic Kingdom.

We gathered at The Bohemian Hotel Celebration in downtown Celebration with 30 other photography fans ready to unleash their lenses and creativity while exploring the all-American dream town that Disney Built.

Our InstaMeet walk took us around Lake Rianhard, up Front Street , Market Street, and Water Street to the pastoral Celebration Golf Club where we took a break and admired some classic cars. Next we headed down to Le Macaron for some irresistible French pastries, before hitting up our final stop and grabbing some casual family fare and much-appreciated refreshments on the outdoor patio of the New-England-style Celebration Town Tavern across from the lakefront.

 We <3 you too! Photo: @fertineli on Instagram

#InstaMeetKissimmee Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday! We had a great time meeting everyone and we had more than 290 unique photos and videos created and shared on Instagram using #InstaMeetKissimmee

It was a lovely morning, but don’t just take our word for it. Explore Celebration through the eyes of our photographers:      

Thanks to everyone who came out!

We’re sharing just a few of the snapshots taken by the incredibly talented photographers that joined our InstaMeet! To see the full gallery, check out the #InstaMeetKissimmee hashtag on Instagram. For more Kissimmee Instagram love, we recommend #MyKissimmee, where you can always share your Kissimmee vacation photos with us. 

Thanks to our partners

The event wouldn’t have been the same without their fun venues and good sense of humor when greeting our photography crew. Thanks to The Bohemian Hotel, Starbucks Celebration, Celebration Golf Club, Le Macaron, and Celebration Town Tavern for their hospitality in accommodating our visiting photographers.

Stay in Celebration

 The Bohemian Hotel Celebration nestled lakeside in downtown Celebration. Photo: @melhadtea on Instagram.

If you’d like to stay in Celebration, there are lots of options for every kind of traveler. It’s the perfect place to check in and check out after a long day at the theme parks. The walkable small town is surrounded by nature, from the charming boardwalk that connects Lakes Rianhard and Evalyn, to the boutique streets where it’s easy to grab a bite to eat, or do some shopping.

Whether you long for the romantic comfort of a luxury resort, love to lounge by the pool, unwind in a hot tub, or watch the kids play with the dog in your own private vacation home rental near Disney, our Celebration list of where to stay will surely help you choose the backdrop to your perfect vacation.  

Holidays in Celebration

For those planning beyond Summer, if you visit Central Florida during the holidays, a stay in Celebration can put you front and center for Now Snowing, a month-long Celebration Winter Wonderland spectacular holiday tradition that kicks off every late November and lasts until New Year’s Eve, featuring strolling Charles Dickens carolers, photos with Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides, nightly snowfalls and the Celebration Express train.

No matter what season brings you to Kissimmee, we’re here to help you plan your best vacation ever. We make vacations. It’s what we do. Find more Things To DoTrip Planner Tool, and Special Offers here.