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Old Town - Kissimmee
Old Town Kissimmee is a rather an unusual place. It used to be a celebration of all that was good about the USA in the past. It now is just a place for people to browse, eat and shop. It is laid out as a couple of cobbled streets but is not accessible to traffic, apart from on Fridays and Saturdays when they feature vintage motor bikes (on Friday) and vintage cars on Saturdays. The vehicles are parked up from 1pm for the public to view and photograph and even ask the owners questions. At 8. 30pm they all parade slowly through the streets while 50’s and 60’s pop music is played, first on records and then by a live band in the evening. The atmosphere is wonderful, especially if you remember that great period in modern history, as I do.
The shops are somewhat on the unusual side, tattoo parlours, horror house, a shop that takes photos of you in period costume, native Indian souvenirs, nail shops, oyster pearl shops, swim wear shops and an assortment of sweet shops. There are several types of restaurant, an all American food diner, an English food shop, a Mexican food restaurant and many more. At the centre of the street is a bucking bronco ride on which you can try and stay until they speed it up to make sure you fall off – unless you are an expert. There are a couple of amusement arcades too and a souvenir T-shirt shop.
At the entrance is a sling shot ride so high it needs a light at the top to warn aircraft. I believe this was featured in an episode of “You’ve Been Framed” showing a young boy screaming for all he was worth, “I’m falling, I’m falling”. There is also a go cart track and a Ferris Wheel.
At the end of the street and to the side, they have built a Fun Stop amusement park. This features all the usual rides of a fun fair; roller coasters, roundabouts, flying swing chairs, Go Karts and a selection of stalls with huge Cuddly toys to be won.
The main feature is the world’s highest Sky Rider that shoots the occupants of a large box, 300 feet in the air – this too has a light at the top to warn aircraft.
Entrance to the amusement park is free but the rides charge individually. Parking is available all around the town on the public streets so do not be tempted to park in any of the unofficial car parks that charge $5 or more.
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