The Haunted Mansion

Photo Credit: HauntedPA, 2004 – Even though it was called the Haunted Mansion, the building resembled a castl. The building was built in 1987 and operated as a gift shop before later being sold. The building was refitted into a haunted attraction, with a 2nd floor and elevator added in. Not to be confused with Walt Disney World’s famous attraction, the Haunted Mansion opened in 1997. While it was open, it featured a walk-through haunted... Read More

Water Mania

Located on U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee, Water Mania opened briefly in 1986 and had it’s grand opening on March 7, 1987. The park was Kissimmee’s first water park and featured rides like the “Twin Tornadoes”, “Cruisin’ Creek”, and “The Anaconda” which debuted in the 1990 season. At the time, they boasted the largest wave pool in the region and also had a surfing experience called “Wipe... Read More

Jungleland Zoo

Photo Credit: State Archives of Florida; Florida Memory, 1980s – This statue sat in front of zoo, holding the record for being the largest gator in the world at the time it was built. Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway in Kissimmee, Florida is sometimes known as it’s “tourism corridor”, which features many tourist attractions and businesses. Competition is tough along the stretch, and as competing with nearby Walt Disney World makes... Read More

Southeastern Academy of Travel and Tourism

An old photo of what the building used to look like. The Southeastern Academy of Travel and Tourism was originally opened in Orlando, offering two-year associate’s degree programs in business, computer and other professional fields. It was only temporary as their primary location was being renovated. In 1976, they moved into their new building situated on 31-acres of land, a converted Ramada Inn built in the late-1960s located just off the Florida... Read More

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