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NOTE: It is outdoors but there are icy drinks
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The Anti-Disney: It's like a state fair subtracted the civic/ag stuff, added some souvenirs, kept the demographic, and set up shop in two strip malls facing each other down a street closed off to cars.
There's parking on the side by the interstate behind the buildings. If that's full there's more to the SE but if it's that full we usually don't stay.
Unless you have just the right kind of kids with you you'll probably have had enough inside an hour.
The first time I stopped here it was on the way back from Disney I wanted to see what this psychotic thing Celebration was. Celebration is more or less a hyper planned community by Disney that I thought would be a spotless dystopia but was really a spotless boring housing development that didn't seem to work.
Anyhow - outside if Celebration on the highway is just chaos. A bunch of huge stores that are like KMart was - decrepit and almost going out of business with all kinds of signs of poor repair - but replace the merchandise with mostly cheap Disney and Florida t shirts etc. The kind of place that advertises "3 T's for $9.99". So that plus crap like maybe an Appplebees and "Machine Gun America" - just a place you can fire machine guns - aka a touristy gun range.
But amongst this is Old Town. It's two mostly single story strip mall type things facing this 2 lane street that's closed down for just pedestrian traffic. Around it there are a few rides like sitting in a cart that gets flung way up in air by bungees on two cranes - that kind of thing.
The shops themselves are pretty eclectic but I think you could say they all have in common impulse purchase items and being something you might see in the mall that's going out of business, not the one that is putting the other out of business.
The whole place is a little fun for adults but it gets more fun if you have kids with you.
First the somewhat interesting ones:
Other ones - I think there's an anime/Japanese comics shop, an "as seen on TV" store with just that kind of stuff, tattoo parlor, there was a psychic, a haunted house I never went in, an old-west photo posing place where you dress in cowboy clothes etc that every mall had in the 1980s, A magnet store, a couple Disney t-shirt type places, and if you love products with James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe on them - that kind of stuff is for sale all over. The pictures show some right-wing-ish t-shirts but there's not much of that - I just zoomed in on the odd.
So - it's not someplace I'd take someone to impress them but it does manage to be a fun place to stop to detox after a day at Disney or as a break from driving to hiking spots and usually be at least a little fun.
Just be careful on Friday and Saturday nights - parking can fill up and it can take awhile to figure that out if their parade of old guys with their classic cars are slowly driving through.
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