Old Town Orlando is sort of a shopping mall, sort of a theme park, is a classic car showing venue, and is an Orlando fun destination without an entry fee. Which isn’t to say that it’s all free. Though there is much to do without having to spend money (a welcome relief for residents and tourists I expect) there is lots upon which you can spend more than a few bucks.
One of the nice things about this sort of theme park / shopping mall is that you don’t have to pay a huge whacking daily fee, for sure. Could you spend a bunch of cash there? Also for sure. The rides are not free here at Old Town Orlando.
Cars are a big attraction at Old Town. Drive throughs, classic cars, and then wheeled items of the latest variety, such as:
How’s this for an older beauty?
There are a few activities the kids can enjoy, some shops that the parents can take in, and there just happens to be another non-theme-park, no-entry fee, entertainment venue for kids and adults right next door. You can visit and take in the best of both. And right across the street are a couple of indoor flea markets, too.
One of the oddest attractions in my opinion is the “Insert a dollar to watch him holler”. For a dollar inserted into the slot, the mechanical “man” inside is fried in an electric chair for all to see. Just what you want the kids to see hmmm…. Nightmares anyone?
The “main street” of Old Town is primarily for people, though at time vehicles may travel the length, and there are cross streets that vehicles do travel from time to time.
Down the center of the street there is a boulevard with greens, trees, and in the cross streets additional stores, drink sellers, or souvenir shops. On the other side of the boulevard shown above was another street also with all kinds of shops and restaurants.
Here’s one outlet in Old Town that I hadn’t seen before, but have now seen in different locations since. I didn’t even know what the heck this was!
Night Time at Old Town Orlando
Before we had always visited Old Town during the day. When we visited on a Friday night, what a difference? Lots of folks, all the restaurants and attractions all lighted up, and antique car show, live bands… lots of fun.
Are you nostalgic for the “old days” with the now-classic cars of your youth rolling down main street, and on display? Take in the Old Town USA “Cruise Nights” for vintage automobiles.
One of the two newer rides we saw at Old Town Orlando this year was the Vomatron. What’s that you say? Have a look at the photo below, and then we’ll explain.
The pink rectangle you see at the top right of the photo is one end of a giant, 200 foot arm that rotates at up to 70 MPH. The little item you see at the bottom of the pink rectangle is actually a free spinning car, holding two riders. There is another at the other end of the 200′ arm. Around and around you go, car spinning, end of arm moving at up to 70 MPH, passengers undergoing up to 5 G’s of force.
Here’s what it looks like in operation.
Maybe try not to stand right under it as you are watching as it’s not called the Vomatron for nothing!
Some of the Old Town Rides.
- Ferris Wheel
- Kiddie Fun Rides
- Hangman Challenge
- Happy Days Family Fund Center
- The Hurricane
- Mortem Manor
- Rootin’ Tootin’ Shooting Gallery
… much more to see and do.
Some of the attractions at the rear of Old Town are reserved for children only.
Old Town Shopping
Old Town Orlando is no slouch when it comes to offering shopping for the parents while the kids are enjoying the rides. Some of the shops are for kids too. Expect to see around 60+ shops and restaurants at Old Town, some offering some pretty eclectic stuff.
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