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Kissimmee,Fla. (January 4, 2017)-The new year is here and it's time fornew adventures. Whether your wild side leads you off-road or on top of thewaves, Kissimmee offers unrivaled entertainment options for those seekingunforgettable experiences. Below, we've compiled the latest destinationinformation to inspire your next trip ... and the ultimate selfie.


Roller coaster enthusiasts, take note! A woodenrollercoaster is expected to open summer 2017 at Fun Spot America's Kissimmee theme park. The coaster will be theonly wooden coaster in the Southeast United States to include a barrel roll.The track will be 2,256 feet long, 82 feet high with a top speed of 48.5 mph,featuring 11 instances of air time. Fun Spot America will be investing $6million in the attraction that has not yet been named.

Discover your sense of adventure on a Revolution Off-Road VIP tour. This newpackage is perfect for guests seeking a more intimate, outdoor experience. Itincludes a personal tour guide, ATV's, beachside gazebo, USB flash drivecontaining digital copies of the pictures taken by the guide and unlimited softdrinks and bottled water for up to four guests.

Boggy CreekAirboat Rides invites you to explore their newly-expanded Southport Parkfor a true Florida experience. The $1 million renovation to the park featuresremodeled structures and a landscape overhaul. Additions to the park include aNative Experience in which guests can explore an authentic Native Americanvillage, a new full-service restaurant with indoor and lakeside dining and Romp in the Swamp-a new, one-of-a-kindexperience that puts guests in the captain's seat of a dual-controlled airboat!Additional experiences opening later in 2017 include a fossil dig and glamping.

Gatorland,the"Alligator Capital of the World," will add a brand new outdoor adventure on the undeveloped acreage next to the park. Opening in the summer of 2017, the separately-ticketed experience will signal the park's largest expasion since opening in 1949.

Cool off at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center's new waterslidecomplex and FlowRider surf simulator, the only simulator of its kind found inthe Central Florida region. The $4.2 million investment

comes four years after the resort completed a $50million renovation that included construction of two new swimming pools-thefamily-friendly Cypress Springs Water Park and the South Beach adult-only pool.The new water structures include a pair of dueling, looping tube slides thatallow riders to race each other and a 48.5-foot AquaDrop-the tallest in the state of Florida. Hotel guests can booka 30-minute FlowRider session for$15 or a 60-minute session for $25.

In Spring 2017, fans will be immersed in the worldof "The Tonight Show" in a brand-new attraction - "Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Universal Orlando Resort. Guests will board the "world's first-everflying theater" which seats up to 72 audience members for a thrilling raceagainst Jimmy Fallon through the city streets. The attraction will also featurecameos by familiar faces like Sara from "Ew," Jimmy in "Tight Pants," theshow's announcer Steve Higgins and the Grammy-award winning band, The Roots.

Universal'sVolcano Bay, Universal Orlando Resort's highly-anticipated water theme park,is set to open in summer 2017. The 30-acre park is will offer something foreveryone, including a multi-directional wave pool with sandy beaches, apeaceful winding river, twisting multi-rider raft rides and speeding bodyslides that drop from the top of a volcano into the waters below.

Starting in February, SeaWorld Orlando's popular music and food events will expand to atotal of 14 weekends in 2017 as part of the Seven Seas Festival-a culinaryfeast inspired by street food from Asia, the Caribbean, South America and theMediterranean. Guests will also be able to enjoy a variety of international,local and seasonal craft brews. Additionally, the park will debut its firstdigitally enhanced ride experience this summer as the legendary Krakenrollercoaster is transformed into a virtual reality (VR) coaster experience,allowing guests to embark on a deep sea mission alongside creatures inspired byextinct and legendary animals of the past.

The unveiling of a magical, mythical world of floating mountains, bioluminescent rainforests and soaring Banshees anchors anexciting 2017 at Walt Disney WorldResort. A transformational experience unlike any other, Pandora - The Worldof Avatar, opens in summer 2017 at Disney's Animal Kingdom, bringing JamesCameron's "AVATAR" film to life.

For the ultimate Star Wars fan comes the ultimatetour. An all-new Star Wars Guided Tour is a seven-hour immersion in all currentStar Wars experiences at Disney'sHollywood Studios. Character greetings, themed dining, ride experiences,insider's tours, dessert party and VIP viewing of "Star Wars: A GalacticSpectacular" are among highlights. Offered Mondays and Saturdays, it's part ofseveral new Star Wars additions announced in December 2016 for the park,including a new onstage sequence in the daytime experience "Star Wars: A GalaxyFar, Far Away." Star Wars-themed lands are planned for Walt Disney World Resortand Disneyland Resort.

A brand new attraction called "Miss Fortune Falls" is coming to Disney's Typhoon Lagoon in spring of2017. Aboard treasure rafts, guests will ascend to the top of the attractionbefore plunging into a white-water adventure where they will be able to spotsome of the treasures Captain Oceaneer gathered from around the world, beforeshe became stranded at Typhoon Lagoon many years ago by a rogue storm. With aride time of two minutes, Miss Fortune Falls will be among the lengthiestattractions at both Disney water Parks.


ComfortSuites Maingate East is proud to re-introduce its newly renovated property.The 198-room hotel offer amenities such as free, high-speed internet, a 24-hourheated pool, hot tub and poolside bar, no resort fees, complimentary breakfastbuffet and scheduled transportation to Walt Disney World® theme parks throughthe Walt Disney World Good Neighbor® Hotel program.

The second Red Lion-branded franchise location in Florida will openin Kissimmee-the Red Lion Hotel-LBV South.It will have 412 rooms, a Mexican restaurant, a poolside sports bar, a lazyriver, pool and Jacuzzi, a fitness center and 1,800 square feet of meetingspace.

The GreenPoint Hotel brand is set to open its firstlocation in Kissimmee spring of 2017-the GreenPointHotel Kissimmee. The 200-room property will offer fully-furnished king anddouble rooms, designed with a fresh and contemporary flair, providing aluxurious experience at a modest price point. Complimentary breakfast will beprovided in the expansive, communal lobby space. Guests can also visit TheSpot, the resort restaurant, for additional breakfast offerings, dinner andlate night bites.

The Omni Orlando Resort atChampionsGate will break ground in 2017 for an extensive $40 millionexpansion project. The significant redevelopment includes: 23,000 square feetof additional pool deck and recreational space, installation of Kissimmee'sonly resort wave pool, a new 93-room property villa building and a redesign ofTrevi's Restaurant that will include an outdoor garden terrace and bar. Theexpansion will also include the addition of 100,000 square feet of expandedevent lawn and conference center space, further establishing the resort as anall-in-one luxury reprieve for guests.

Alreadybreaking ground, with its first phase set to open in late 2017, the $750million vacation resort MargaritavilleResort Orlando, promises something for everyone. The property will be hometo a 187-room Margaritaville-branded hotel, 1,000 vacation homes and 300timeshare units allowing for up to 6,000 guests to be accommodated in theresort at one time. And Central Florida visitors will no longer have to travelto the coast to get their snorkeling fix. The resort will feature three acresof swimmable freshwater lagoons and water-based activities will include a12-acrewater park, paddle-boarding, snorkeling and children's play areas.


Island Grove Winery Company at Formosa Gardens is expected to open spring of 2017. Surrounded by lush botanical gardens, the sustainable winery and microbrewery will feature a bistro, winery tours, tastings, over 3,000 sq. feet of meeting space for corporate meetings, weddings and events and a theater room that can accommodate up to 30 people. The botanical garden will grow organic fruits and vegetables, while maintaining sustainable agricultural practices that include biodynamic practices, permaculture and hydroponics.

Great new food and beverage options lead the way to an exciting new year at Disney Springs:

  • After a bow-to-stern transformation from the former Fulton's Crab House, Paddlefish will serve fresh seafood, steaks and chops. Unique menu choices for seafood lovers include a build-your-own boil. A new rooftop lounge will serve up a late-night menu and shipshape views of the water and Disney Springs.
  • Longtime Downtown Disney-goers will remember Planet Hollywood, the iconic domed restaurant that drew celebrities and fans of the Hollywood scene. The reborn space, Planet Hollywood Observatory, will be themed to stars of a different kind: a turn-of-the-20th-Century observatory serving up amazing burgers and sandwiches created by celebrity chef Guy Fieri, and craft cocktails whose names are inspired by the planets and space travel.
  • A sister restaurant to the Ravenous Pig, a favorite with Orlando locals, The Polite Pig will bring the same focus on genuine Florida cuisine to a broader global audience at Disney Springs. Lunch and dinner menus will feature a variety of wood-fired smoked and grilled items as well as an innovative beverage program that serves all drinks on tap, including beer, wine and cocktails.
  • Orlando master sommelier George Miliotes uncorks his first Disney wine bar in a space reminiscent of a winemaker's estate warmed by oak wood and cozy lighting. Small plates dominate the food menu at Wine Bar George, but it will be the wines with a starring role: more than 100 selections both by the bottle and the glass in a range of varietals and vintages
  • The Edison, a lavish "Industrial Gothic"-style restaurant, bar and nighttime destination, will feature exceptional classic American food, artisanal craft cocktails and unparalleled live entertainment.

About Experience Kissimmee:

Experience Kissimmee is the travel and tourism authority for the Kissimmee destination and Osceola County, Florida. In its role, it promotes the destination domestically and around the world to potential leisure, business and sports travelers. It offers easy access to Orlando's world famous theme parks, natural adventures, eclectic dining and shopping options, golf courses, a long history of rodeo action and more. Kissimmee's nearly 50,000 total accommodations include luxury resorts, well-known and comfortable hotels and motels, vacation rental homes and villas, and campgrounds. Start planning a Kissimmee vacation today by visiting