November 26, 2022


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On Location: These Kissimmee trip properties are on the doorstep of Florida’s high theme parks

On Location: These Kissimmee trip properties are on the doorstep of Florida’s high theme parks

Why ought to Disney-bound households keep in Kissimmee, Florida?

Yinglu Tian, director of worldwide and home gross sales at Expertise Kissimmee, has a easy reply to that query: “It’s actually, actually handy.”

“Each lodging is a really quick drive to Disney World,” Tian mentioned, talking to PAX final month throughout a FAM journey in Kissimmee, the place the tourism board, alongside Air Canada and Air Canada Holidays, hosted Canadian journey advisors from Sept. 5-9.

Not only a quick drive to Walt Disney World Resort.

Kissimmee, which was the unique gateway to Disney’s Magic Kingdom again when the park opened in 1971, is on the doorstep of a number of main theme parks in Florida, together with Common Orlando Resort, SeaWorld Parks and Leisure, Legoland Resort, and others.

On Location: These Kissimmee trip properties are on the doorstep of Florida’s high theme parks

From Kissimmee, which is positioned in Florida’s Osceola County, simply south of Orlando, the automobile trip to Walt Disney World Resort is beneath 10 minutes (relying on visitors). Common Orlando Resort is roughly 25 minutes away.

However the consolation and comfort of Kissimmee is not outlined solely by its shut proximity to theme parks.

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What’s driving bookings is a booming trip house market.

Kissimmee is the Vacation Home Capital of the World. (Pax Global Media)

Made for guests 

Kissimmee’s some 60,000 rentable properties exist in “purpose-built” communities – suburban-like, gated neighbourhoods designed completely for guests. Households particularly.

The furnished properties, which may vary wherever from three to four-bedrooms to “mansions” with upwards of 18 bedrooms, include fully-equipped kitchens, personal swimming pools and barbecues.

The upper finish classes might embrace personal bowling alleys, film theatres, arcade rooms and themed bedrooms (like Star Wars) for the children (or adults).

Kissimmee’s rentable homes exist in “purpose-built” communities. (Pax Global Media)

Travel advisors check out the cottage kitchen at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and Cottages. (Pax Global Media)

Location and comfort is a key promoting level: a lot of Kissimmee’s trip properties are constructed on golf programs and provide the facilities of a resort, comparable to a central pool and/or water park, eating places and concierge desk.

Some neighbourhoods provide free shuttle service to theme parks and most properties include audio/video fixings, making them appropriate venues for company teams, too.  

All of this interprets into a big worth proposition, Tian defined.

Travel advisors tour a luxury vacation home at The Bear's Den Resort Orlando. (Pax Global Media)

It may be cheaper for a household to remain in a spacious three or four-bedroom house for roughly $300 to $400 (USD) an evening (relying on the season) as a substitute of a standard (and far smaller) resort room.

“However you even have to think about the price of eating out daily,” Tian mentioned. “In a house, you may get groceries and make straightforward, reasonably priced meals.”

This permits guests to “put {dollars} in direction of the expertise” versus meals at eating places, she mentioned.

The “Trip House Capital of the World”

How did Kissimmee grow to be the “Trip House Capital of the World?”

Tian says the native phenomenon was born out of two markets: Brits and Brazilians.

Within the years main as much as 2014 (the yr when Kissimmee’s trip house stock took off), many British guests had been staying in Central Florida for longer than per week, creating a requirement for extra beds and area, Tian mentioned.

Brazilians, in the meantime, led the multi-generational market, with teams arriving in Florida with “20 individuals and their nanny.”

“Having a home to themselves was extra reasonably priced,” Tian mentioned.

Global Resort Homes offers spacious and modern vacation home rentals. (Pax Global Media)

So the demand was there, and after years of enlargement, trip properties now make up greater than 60 per cent of Kissimmee’s room stock, Tian mentioned. 

And the COVID-19 pandemic solely boosted the market’s want to trip in a personal area – away from crowds – or work remotely in a setting the place Mother and Dad have their very own workplace, and the place a work-life stability is embraced. 

“We noticed a giant spike through the pandemic,” Tian mentioned. “[With vacation homes], you do not have to share a foyer, or a health club, or a pool.”

Brokers open doorways  

Not like most Airbnb leases, Kissimmee’s trip properties are professionally managed and include housekeeping, safety, and grocery supply providers.

They’re additionally bookable and commissionable to journey advisors.

That is one thing PAX, alongside Canadian brokers, discovered final month whereas staying in a spacious eight-bedroom house at “Encore at Reunion,” considered one of a number of Kissimmee-based rental communities.

Travel agents experience Encore at Reunion in Kissimmee, FL. (Pax Global Media)

Positioned minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort, Encore has the comforts of a house (like personal bedrooms, dwelling/TV rooms, ready-to-use kitchens and personal swimming pools) with the facilities of a resort.

On the centre of this 800-home compound – which is so manicured it might cross as a film set – there’s a membership home, foremost pool (with waterslides), a restaurant, bar, health club and concierge desk.

Encore additionally provides free shuttle rides to main theme parks, eliminating the necessity to hire a automobile.

A spacious kitchen at Encore at Reunion. (Pax Global Media)

Encore at Reunion as an on-site waterpark. (Pax Global Media)

Nevertheless it’s simply considered one of many rental neighbourhoods in Kissimmee. Brokers, final month, had been in a position to see a spread of properties which might be obtainable to hire in Kissimmee. 

Solara is one other spot the place International Resort Properties provides leases, from two-bedroom condos to luxurious nine-bedroom homes with quite a few bogs, fashionable kitchens, family-ready dwelling areas, video games rooms and personal screened-in swimming pools and spas.

Margaritaville Resort Orlando and Cottages has additionally tapped into the holiday house pattern. 

Margaritaville Resort Orlando and Cottages. (Pax Global Media)

The Jimmy Buffett franchise, the place island and parrot imagery guidelines (and embracing a “flip-flop way of thinking” is inspired), created greater than 300 lime, blue, peach and aqua-painted cottages.

Consider these as premium, standalone properties – harking back to the colorful buildings seen alongside the shoreline of Willemstad, Curaçao – in-built an island paradise.

Cottage living at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and Cottages. (Pax Global Media)

The cottages (a lot of which include personal swimming pools) vary from one to eight bedrooms, offering visitors with peace and privateness for unplugging in a lush setting.

Cottage visitors can nonetheless entry the facilities of the principle resort, which options two towers (totalling 235 suites) and different on-site comforts, comparable to lagoon-style swimming pools, three eating places, a sandy “seashore,” the St. Someplace Spa and complimentary shuttle service to close by parks. 

Private pools by lagoons at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and Cottages. (Pax Global Media)

Agents get into a flip-flop state of mind at Margaritaville Resort Orlando and Cottages. (Pax Global Media)

The property can be proper beside Island H20 water park, the place households can get their splash on.

For a condo-like expertise, there’s Spectrum, a resort with fashionable and chrome-toned models that vary from three to 5 bedrooms in a luxurious setting.

Lodging at this upscale property (which is model new) might appear to be flats from the skin, however inside, the models are stylish, vibrant, multi-level and constructed for on a regular basis household dwelling.

Modern fixtures and furnishings at Spectrum Resort Orlando. (Pax Global Media)

Spectrum, too, comes with luxurious on-site facilities, from a waterpark to a state-of-the-art health centre, and all visitors have entry to the membership home at Encore.

Additional up the posh scale is The
Bear’s Den Resort, the place Kissimmee’s “mansion” section is discovered.

Ultra-luxe living at Bear’s Den Resort. (Pax Global Media)

Right here, Jack Nicklaus-branded properties with glowing swimming pools vary from 4 to eight bedrooms and provide entry to on-site options, like a waterpark (with lazy river), a restaurant, tennis/pickleball courts and spa providers.

The spacious properties on the Bear’s Den overlook a lavishly-green golf course (there’s three PGA programs close by).

Private pools overlooking a gold resort at The Bear's Den Resort Orlando (Pax Global Media)

Equally interesting are the townhouses at Eagle Hint, which flanks the 18th fairway of a Jack Nicklaus golf course and comes with open flooring plans, giant home windows, a resort pool and different hotel-like facilities.

All of those neighbourhoods, that are pet pleasant, fall beneath the Rentyl Resorts banner, and every model has its personal distinctive vibe and character.

Fully-furnished townhouses at Eagle Trace. (Pax Global Media)

Inns for all budgets

However Kissimmee isn’t restricted to simply trip properties. Town provides a spread of conventional accommodations, too, for all budgets.

Consolation Inn Maingate, positioned two kilometres from Walt Disney World Resort, is a well-liked selection for a lot of Canadian households.

It serves a sizzling buffet breakfast and has complimentary shuttle service to the main theme parks, which saves money and time.

At Walt Disney World Resort itself, there’s the colourful “All-Star” worth resorts.

Travel advisors tour Disney's All-Star Music Resort. (Pax Global Media)

The playful accommodations have completely different themes (sports activities, music and flicks), and all three are located on the southern portion of Walt Disney World (the one portion of Disney positioned in Osceola County).

Every property, which is barely decrease in worth in comparison with different Disney-branded accommodations, looks like a vibrant pop-up e book with enjoyable outsized parts reflective of every resort theme.

Disney’s All-Star Sports activities, for instance, has large soccer helmets connecting every constructing, whereas the music property has a pool within the form of an enormous guitar (with the Three Caballeros propped within the centre).

Disney's All-Star Sports Resort, (Pax Global Media)

Households are the goal market – at Disney’s All-Star Music Resort, for instance, some suites include murphy beds so there’s room for everybody to maneuver and sleep.

Another choice is Meliã Orlando Celebration, a “Walt Disney World Good Neighbour Resort” in quaint Celebration, a Pleasantville-like group, beside Disney World, that was initially developed by The Walt Disney Firm.

This resort has spacious models with homey options, like fully-equipped kitchens and outsized bogs.

Agents get a Canadian welcome at Meliã Orlando Celebration. (Pax Global Media)

It’s pet pleasant and has a big foremost pool, assembly areas, out of doors actions, shuttle service to theme parks and entry to the neighbouring 18-hole Celebration Golf Membership.

Taking a day to discover Celebration itself can be nice solution to break up theme park days.

Strolling through Celebration, Florida. (Pax Global Media)

Celebration is an experiment in “new urbanism” – a master-planned group of white picket fences and suburban uniformity that, at this time, is akin to the picture-perfect cities seen within the “The Stepford Wives” or “The Truman Present.”

The serene, tree-lined streets wind round parks and boardwalks, the place crops (like inexperienced fly orchids) and wildlife native to the swampy Everglades thrive.

One of the best ways to soak all of it up is on a motorcycle tour with Celebration Bike Rental.

Agents get pedalling with Celebration Bike Rental. (Pax Global Media)

Guide early

Relating to Kissimmee, Yinglu Tian’s recommendation to Canadian journey advisors is to e book lodging early because the winter season rolls in.  

“We’re going through a list scarcity throughout the board,” she mentioned.

Expertise Kissimmee’s FAM final month unfolded as Florida’s theme parks reveal new and reimagined experiences.

There’s the continued celebrations for Walt Disney World’s fiftieth anniversary, for one, and Common Orlando Resort is again in motion with thrilling park adventures, from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to Marvel Tremendous Hero Island.

Keep tuned as PAX brings you extra unique protection from Expertise Kissimmee’s final agent expertise! For extra on Kissimmee, click on right here. 

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