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Save vs. Splurge Experiences in Kissimmee

Where does your budget fall when planning your vacation? Are you all about saving to make the most of your travel fund? Or do you feel the need to go big when you leave home? Whether you tend to save or splurge when on vacation, Kissimmee has amazing experiences for every budget. Check out our top picks for things to do, places to stay, and more.

To Stay

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If you have your sights set on staying in the idyllic, quaint town of Celebration, add Meliã Orlando Celebration to your vacation itinerary. A family-friendly destination that offers a free shuttle to the major theme parks and great discounts on local attractions, you can save up to 50% on stays at this stylish resort. Planning a big get together? Encore Resort at Reunion has four-bedroom resort homes that sleep up to eight for a great nightly rate. Plus, you can’t beat complimentary breakfast and a $100 resort credit.

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For luxury stays, Isolé Villas delivers incredible amenities and service, all in an exclusive 25,000 square foot setting. When you stay in one of their 15 stunning suites, you’ll have access to a private spa and wellness center, a sports lounge, a piano bar, and a multi-level saltwater pool. If you want to really live that movie star life, you’re in luck here in the Vacation Home Capital of the World. Think cool themed rooms, in-house theaters and arcades, and even a bowling alley! Plus, take the experience to the next level with an in-home private chef to fix your meals during your stay. 

Melia Orlando Celebration
exterior shot if pool and home of Isole Villas
Isole Villas

To Play

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Saving on fun in Kissimmee is a walk in the park – Kissimmee Lakefront Park that is! This 18-acre park on the shore of Lake Tohopekaliga in downtown Kissimmee is the place to go for some free outdoor fun. Explore two playgrounds, 15 pavilions, a fishing pier and bait shop, a concession stand, a splash pad, and 475 feet of boardwalks. Or, stop at Pioneer Village at Shingle Creek and take a step back in time with through original pioneer homes, a general store, schoolhouse, blacksmith shop, and more to experience Kissimmee life from a bygone era. 

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For animal lovers, you’ve got to dive into big adventure at Discovery Cove. Reserve a private cabana and set out on bucket-list adventures like swimming with sharks, mingling with flamingos, and feeding rays. Take your experience to the next level and become a Trainer for a Day. You’ll get a private photo session with dolphins and special meet-and-greets with colorful tropical birds and ultra-cute otters. Then, go from sea life to space life at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex on a private tour. Get up close to real, historic spacecrafts, chat with retired astronauts, go behind closed doors, and feel what lift off is really like on the Shuttle Launch Experience. 

Kissimmee Lakefront Park
A woman kisses a dolphin at Discovery Cove in Kissimmee
Discovery Cove

For Theme Park Fun

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Did you know you can have amazing theme park experiences without even buying a pass? Disney Springs offers the Disney magic you love for free – you can spend a whole day exploring this exciting district. Listen to live music at the House of Blues, take a tour in a vintage Amphicar on water and land, and delight in world-class dining. For more blockbuster fun, Universal CityWalk has loads of attractions set against the backdrop of a beautiful lagoon, like 1950s-themed mini golf, karaoke, and shops that have all your franchise favorites.  

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To make the most of your time at the big parks, private VIP tours are the way to go! At Walt Disney World Resort, get the keys to the Magic Kingdom Park (and more) with your own personal guide who’ll share secrets of the park, make food and snacks appear out of thin air, and most importantly: get you to the front of the line for all your favorite rides. Universal Orlando Resort brings you the A-List treatment on their VIP tours. These all-access tours include valet parking, VIP breakfast and lunch, and front-of-the-line priority for all the rides you like. Plus, you’ll receive an Express Pass Unlimited to use for the day after your tour ends.

Universal CityWalk
Little boy running in front of parents at Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort

For Delicious Dining

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Make the most of your night out and combine dinner with a show. Kissimmee offers not one, not two, but three incredible dinner theater experiences to help your dining budget go further. Grab a turkey leg and watch all the jousting action unfold at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament, enjoy American fare and a ‘30s gangster cabaret at Capone’s Dinner & Show, or put your crime solving skills to the test at Sleuths Mystery Dinner Show.

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In Kissimmee, you’ll find famous chefs and musicians who have created some of the most splurge-worthy dining experiences in town. Estefan Kitchen (owned by, you guessed it, Gloria Estefan) serves up elevated Latin flavors in an exciting, electric atmosphere. Or, experience Iron Chef’s Masaharu Morimoto exceptional, authentic omakase menu at Morimoto Asia. This experience features five to seven ever-changing courses and is hosted in the intimate 14-seat sushi bar. For an authentic American steakhouse dinner, you’ve got to try Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse. With an impeccable 1,200-bottle wine list, elegant surroundings, and private dining spaces, this is the place to go all out. 

Knights battle at Medieval Times
Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
Estefan Kitchen

For Fun Shopping

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For big brand-name shopping that doesn’t break the bank, Kissimmee has you covered with great outlet shopping. At Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, enjoy free parking and savings on labels like Gap, Levi’s, Reebok, OshKosh B’Gosh, Nike, and more. Looking for the largest outlet mall in Florida? You’ll find it at Orlando Premium Outlets’ International Drive location. With 180 name-brand and designer shops and savings of 25%-65% every day, you’re sure to find deals for everyone.

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To up the luxe factor, check out The Mall at Millenia. Indulge in a personal shopper who’ll show you the very best of Hermès, Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Rolex, and more. And get your new fits made to measure with the help of their in-house tailor. If you’ve shopped to your heart’s content, the mall’s Millenia Direct service offers same-day delivery right to your hotel, so you don’t have to lift a finger. 

Orlando Premium Outlets
The architecture AND the designer names at The Mall at Millenia in Central Florida will impress you during a shopping excursion.
The Mall at Milenia

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