• Joey Amato

Pride Journey Holiday Spotlight: Kissimmee, Florida

The holiday season is just around the corner and Experience Kissimmee is ready to celebrate. There are many ways to shop for family and friends – from presents to experiences the whole group is sure to enjoy. Check out some of Experience Kissimmee’s Industry Partners’ holiday season offerings.


Spread cheer with some online shopping. The spirit of the season is all about giving. When purchasing a gift from Walt Disney World Resort’s recent Wishes Come True Blue Color Collection, special donations are made to Make-A-Wish – a nonprofit organization that helps fulfill the wishes of children with critical illnesses. This special line of merchandise includes face masks, Sprit Jerseys, ear headbands, and all-new adjustable ear headbands for children of all abilities. The Wishes Come True Blue Color Collection is available throughout Walt Disney World Resort and on shopDisney.com.


Give the gift of a ticket or annual pass to Universal Orlando Resort with discounts and savings. Florida residents can receive three days for $55 per day (plus tax) with a 2-Park, 3-Day Base Ticket – available for purchase now through Dec. 17, 2020, and valid through March 26, 2021. Florida residents can also save on year-long passes, available for purchase now through Dec. 17, 2020. Domestic and international fans of Universal Orlando Resort can shop merchandise from their favorite park on shop.universalorlando.com.


Give the gift of an experience. Memories are forever. Experience a change of scenery and spend the holidays in one of Kissimmee’s vacation homes. Then, visit some of the area’s newest and most beloved events.

Gather the family and head to Jolly Creek Holiday Festival and Marketplace at Boggy Creek Airboats for an outdoor, Florida winter wonderland like never before – featuring live music by the Jolly Creek Society Orchestra, select “Paw-liday” evenings that allow guests to bring their canine members of the family, and much more. A portion of the proceeds from this season-long event will be donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. To purchase tickets, visit jolly-creek.com.


Take a walk around the grounds of Give Kids the World for a never-before-seen view of the village, covered in millions of lights. A festive kaleidoscope of sights and sounds, this holiday event will include a shimmering 150-foot tunnel leading to 45 decorated villas. Guest admission includes complimentary hot chocolate, as well as unlimited access to the village’s rides and attractions. To purchase tickets, visit https://www.gktw.org/lights/event.php.


Step inside classic holiday films at Gaylord Palms Resort and Convention Center’s all-new I Love Christmas Movies event – featuring over 13 fully immersive scenes in a 17,000-square-foot, multi-sensory pop-up exhibit, from movies such as The Polar Express, A Christmas Story, Elf, and more. To purchase tickets and to see the resort’s other holiday offers, visit gaylordpalms.com.


Note: All three events are enforcing health and safety guidelines.

Shop local. Find that perfect something at one of Celebration Town Center’s gift shops, located in the heart of downtown Celebration. From fashion to home décor, there’s something for everyone. Plus, every night from Nov. 28 through Dec. 3, visitors can enjoy the nighttime festivities of Celebration’s Winter Wonderland, including surprise “snowfalls,” ice skating on a synthetic rink, train rides, and more. There’s even more to experience on the weekends, like holiday carolers and horse and carriage rides. Health and safety guidelines will be enforced. Admission is free; visit celebrationtowncenter.com.


Splurge on something delightful. Savory or sweet, Island Grove Wine Company at Formosa Gardens is offering 10 percent off food, wine, and retail throughout the holiday season. Plus, online ordering is now available for curbside pick-up. Guests can receive 10 percent off orders of $60 or more with code FORMOSA10. For more information or to place an online order, visit formosawinery.com.



Continued services, The Mall at Millenia is offering Millenia Express and Millenia Direct. Millenia Express allows shoppers to pick up their orders from their favorite retailers, curbside; while Millenia Direct sends orders directly to shoppers’ homes. Both services are offered every day. Venturing in the mall for holiday shopping? Bring the family and stop by The Mall at Millenia’s all-new Holiday Wander – an interactive experience that welcomes children to wander through a magical extravaganza of fun. For more information, visit mallatmillenia.com.


Give the gift of lifelong learning. Celebration Lifelong, a lifelong learning membership program under the Celebration Foundation, in Celebration, Florida, is offering gift memberships for newly virtual classes. For the first time ever, memberships can be purchased for family and friends with a special promotion code. Gift memberships are $40 and include monthly clubs and access to the lecture series – three-week courses that can be purchased for an additional $20 each. The gift membership can be used for the Spring 2021 term or any future term. For more information, visit https://celebrationfoundation.org/what-we-do/celebration-lifelong/.



Share an outdoor adventure. Kissimmee is known for its sunny skies and warm temperatures. Why not experience the holiday season in the great outdoors?


Wild Florida is offering an all-new annual pass for its visitors. Available for purchase Black Friday through Cyber Monday only, this pass is $80 per person and includes unlimited weekday safari admission for its Drive-Thru Safari Park, unlimited any day admission to the Gator Park, and 10 percent off all Wild Florida merchandise. For more information, visit wildfloridairboats.com.


On the other side of town, Gatorland Orlando is kicking off the season with a series of special offers for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Adult annual passes will be $36.99 plus tax, and children’s passes will be $12.99 plus tax. The Screamin’ Gator Zip Line deal will offer more than 40 percent off regular pricing. To learn more about these special offers and when they will be available, visit gatorland.com. The Experience Kissimmee Story: Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 9,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than the wave-of-a wand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the headwaters of the Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 70,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and over 50,000 vacation homes.


Need help planning your next getaway? Or dreaming up future travel plans? Mimi is here to help. Interact with Experience Kissimmee’s chatbot, directing you to all things Kissimmee.

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