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Long before the Orlando vacation rentals and Mickey Mouse came to Kissimmee, Florida, making it one of the happiest places on earth, the area was a trading post known as Allentown. It is reported that the purchase of the land, that later became the city of Kissimmee, saved the state of Florida from financial disaster. The purchaser of the land drained his new swamp and deepened the Kissimmee River. This was done to open up a trade route to and from Allentown to the Gulf of Mexico. The area became a prosperous community producing cattle and sugar cane. On March 24, 1883the area was incorporated into a city. At that time the citizens changed the name to Kissimmee.
By the early to mid-1900s the cattle and sugar cane industries had turned into a booming citrus business. WWII brought the construction of the Kissimmee Airport by the Army Corp of Engineers.This increased the population of Kissimmee from 2,700 to 3,700 in a matter or a few years. A major real estate boom started in the area soon after the airports completion. The region has continued to grow ever since. The latest census puts the Kissimmee population at more than 41,000.
In 1971, Walt Disney World opened its gates. Kissimmee would become a mega vacation destination that year. Many hotels, Orlando vacation homes and restaurants sprang up to accommodate Kissimmee's newest industry. Good year-round weather and close proximity to Florida's golden beaches has helped Kissimmee's tourism industry to thrive throughout the late-1900s and continue to be strong today.
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WALT DISNEY WORLD ORLANDO FLORIDA TICKETS
Magic Kingdom: This is the place where enchantment reigns over land after land of magic and make believe, from the totally insane new Stitch's Great Escape!attraction to Mickey's Philhar Magic 3-D "sym-funny" of fun, plus all-time favorites like Space Mountain!
Epcot: Let your spirits soar with world travel and wide-eyed excitement. Prepare for liftoff at the new Misssion: SPACE attraction, the most thrilling Disney experience ever created. At night, see the laser and fireworks wonders of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.
Disney - MGM Studios: Big-screen thrills, TV fun and the best of Broadway come together here. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror is scarier than ever, as you drop at random through 13 floors of fright. The nighttime Fantasmic! show pits Mickey against Disney villains.
Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park: Prepare for a thrilling journey into wild adventures, like an exciting Kilimanjaro Safaris expedition through 110 acres of African savannah, an explosive 65-million-year time trek on DINOSAUR, and fun with Timon and friends at Festival of the Lion King.
There's Disney Fun for everyone in the Family!
CHURCH - SERVICES:
Apostolic: First United Church of Jesus Christ Apostolic 550 E Jackson St., Kissimmee 407-847-4009
Baptist: First Baptist Church of Orlando 3000 S John Young Parkway, Orlando 407-425-2555
Baptist: Bible Baptist Church 1500 E Vine St., Kissimmee 407-847-4087
Buddhist: Soka Gakkai Int'l USA 452 N Semoran Blvd, Orlando (approx. 25 mi.) 407-482-3939
Catholic:Holy Redeemer Catholic Church 1603 N Thacker Ave, Kissimmee 407-847-2500
Christian: First Christian Church 415 N Main St., Kissimmee 407-847-2543
Church of Christ: W. Orange Christian Church 7325 Conroy-Windermere Rd., Orlando 407-299-2092
Church of Christ: Church of Christ Kissimmee 921 W Vine St., Kissimmee 407-847-5749
Church of God: Living Waters Church of God 1001 W Carroll St., Kissimmee 407-847-6387
Community: Hunter's Creek Community Church 123 Hand St., Kissimmee 407-846-8300
Episcopal: St John's Episcopal Church 1709 N John Young Pkwy, Kissimmee 407-847-2009
Hindu: Chinmaya Mission 1221 Florida Rd., Casselberry 407-699-7331
Independent: Celebration Worship Center 231 Academy Dr., Kissimmee 407-847-4031
Islamic: Islamic Center of Kissimmee 2350 Old Vineland Rd., Kissimmee 407-390-1100
Jehovah's Witnesses: Central Congregation of Jehovah?s Witnesses Kissimmee 407-931-0062
Lutheran: Trinity Lutheran Church 3016 W Vine St., Kissimmee 407-847-4204
Methodist: First United Methodist Church 101 W Dakin Ave, Kissimmee 407-847-3700
Pentecostal: Kissimmee Pentecostal Assembly 722 N Main St, Kissimmee 407-847-7880
Presbyterian: Community Presbyterian Church in Celebration 635 Celebration Ave, Cel. 407-566-1633
Synagogues: Congregation Shalom Aleichem 3501 Oak Pointe Blvd., Kissimmee 407-935-0064 Kissimmee Vacation Homes
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