Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Review for Fun Spot USA Located in Kissimmee, Florida







We own a timeshare in Kissimmee, Florida that we visit yearly. This year, we were looking for something to do that could meet the needs of both of our children, paying close attention to their large age gap. We have a 10 yr old son named Brandon and a 2 yr old daughter named Daniella. While searching for some ideas, a friend suggested Fun Spot USA. I contacted them and they kindly provided us with free armbands for my children to experience Fun Spot USA in exchange for my review. We visited the Fun Spot USA location in Kissimmee although there is also a Fun Spot location in Orlando!

The first things we noticed upon arriving right as they were opening for the day was that they have FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING! Not something you find very often in a resort area! I love that you can roam the park and determine whether or not it looks like something your family would enjoy BEFORE you purchase your armband to get on the rides!

The pricing for their armbands are fairly reasonable too! Check out these prices!


Adult Armband - $34.95 + tax
Youth Armband = $24.95 + tax

Or you can pay PER RIDE! Perfect for young children whose attention span won't last long or for the family on a budget who wants to at least get out and do SOMETHING on their vacation!


Per Ride Prices are:
Multi-level Tracks = $9
Flat Tracks = $6
Extreme Thrill Ride = $6
Most Thrill and Family Rides = $3

More Fun Spot USA pricing info includes Go-Kart Track sampler armbands and Chauffeur armbands!

Plus - don't forget - as in ANY resort area, you can find coupons almost anywhere! :)

Here is a list of the tracks and rides available at Fun Spot USA in Kissimmee, Florida I LOVE that their website has a ton of videos showing their park attractions in action! While viewing them before we left, Brandon was SO excited to go!

With Daniella being only 2 years old and only approximately 33" tall, she was limited on what she could ride. Yes, we could have purchased the Chauffeur armband and ridden along with her (Brandon could not ride with her), but we chose not to as we knew her attention span would only hold for so long anyway!

Daniella was able to ride the Convoy, Cyber Jets and the Red Baron. She was SO bummed that she could not ride the carousel as she is currently in LOVE with horses!

She rode the Convoy MANY times! I think she rode every vehicle on that ride! Taxi cab, fire truck, jalopy, Mustang, etc. She LOVED it! The ride operator, Kayla, was FANTASTIC! She made sure Daniella was securely buckled every time and helped her in and out of every ride as well! She was so sweet to Daniella. In fact, we she heard how bummed Daniella was that she couldn't ride the carousel horse, I asked her if it was possible since the park was dead first thing in the morning, if she would be allowed to let Daniella simply sit on the carousel horse long enough for me to take a picture of her on it but not turn the ride on. She very graciously let me!


It made Daniella's day! She was sooooo happy she would barely look at the camera - she only had eyes for that horse!


The other ride operator in the kiddie area was named Daniel and he was great too! Because it was not peak season, they did not have a ride attendant at every ride but rather had signs posted that stated that the ride was open and that ride operators were rotating. Daniel was also great at ensuring the children were buckled in well.


Kayla is buckling the children into the Cyber Jets

Enjoying the Cyber Jets ride!

Cyber Jets goes up and down
Convoy
Fire Truck on the Convoy

Cyber Jets

Daniel is buckling Daniella up on the Red Baron!

Brandon and Daniella fly together on the Red Baron!

Red Baron


Kayla is helping Daniella get safely buckled on the Convoy

Brandon liked the motorcycle on the Convoy - even though it was a "baby" ride in his eyes, he rode it several times with Daniella - what a good big brother he is!

She loved the taxi cab on the Convoy!

Riding the taxi cab some more!

Again Kayla is buckling Daniella while they are in the car

Riding the car!

                                                             
They rode the rides Daniella could ride for well over an hour before Brandon wanted to move on to a few other rides!

Castlemania

Castlemania

Castlemania

Kiddie Coaster

Kiddie Coaster

Kiddie Coaster

Kiddie Coaster

Fun Slide

Fun Slide

Fun Slide

 I do have one note I would like to make about the Fun Slide. It may have been because staff was light due to it not being a peak season, but I do wish they would have had an attendant at the TOP of the Fun Slide to help ensure the children were laying their sack on it correctly so that they were tucking their feet into the pocket. Daniel did a great job monitoring the children and guiding them verbally from below and even went up the stairs sometimes to physically help some children. I just think for safety reasons, having an additional ride attendant up at the top of the slide would have been great!
Power Trip Coaster

Power Trip Coaster

Power Trip Coaster

Power Trip Coaster

Power Trip Coaster

Power Trip Coaster

Power Trip Coaster

Screaming Eagles - Brandon's FAVORITE RIDE!

Screaming Eagles


At about this time, Daniella started getting fussy, so we headed over to the Fun Spot USA arcade! They had a special running where you could put $20 on a Fun-E-Card and they gave you $5 additional for free! So we got $25 for only $20! We had a BLAST! This arcade is huge and has a ton of games to play!






photo op in the arcade!

photo op in the arcade!

Snack bar in the arcade - tons of food to choose from and VERY reasonable prices! You can use your arcade cash card to buy food at the snack bar!

Skeeball - one of Daniella's favorites!

Michael and I played Air Hockey  - our favorite!

Michael played basketball with the kiddos


Daniella helped Daddy spray the water to race against Brandon!




So much fun! The games all have card readers that scan your Fun-E-Card, tell you how much the game costs to play (ranging from $.50 - $3. mostly $.50 - $1), what your current balance is and how many tickets you have earned! I love that we did not have to keep track of our tickets It took us over an hour to spend that $25! Then we went to the prize counter. Daniella got to spend the majority of the tickets because the rest of us got to play the majority of the games but Brandon got a few small items too!
They have huge restrooms in the arcade that were VERY clean and had large stalls inside. They even had a family restroom!
Showing off their prizes!


Then we went outdoors to eat our lunch that we brought along at one of the many picnic tables in the park. After that, Daniella was getting pretty sleepy, so they rode one more ride and we left for the day, having spent almost 4 hours at the park. Unfortunately,  Brandon was still a bit too short to ride the go-karts so we can't tell you how they are, but they look FANTASTIC! I did take a few random pictures of other parts of the park including the go-karts in usage - 
















Overall, Fun Spot USA was a great family fun place to go! The kids really enjoyed themselves. I think it was a perfect place to accommodate the age gap we have between both of our children, allowing them each their own thing to do but also some things to do together!

I know that Christmas break will be coming up right around the corner - if you plan to visit the Orlando area, I highly recommend that you check out Fun Spot USA. It is one of the more reasonably prices attractions in the area - and you definitely get your money's worth! 

I don't know if the same special will be running then or not, but while we were there over Thanksgiving break, they had a bunch of signs up showing that they had a deal running that I believe basically equaled out to paying $20 more than the All Day Armband and you got to come back a second day! What a great deal!

EDITED TO ADD: Fun Spot USA let me know that this deal is ALWAYS available! PLUS they now have annual passes!!!




Have you ever been to Fun Spot USA before? Did you love it as much as we did?

Will you be visiting the Orlando area soon? Would your family like to visit Fun Spot USA while there?




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7 comments:

  1. Looks like a great place for kids and adults! I'll have to add this to my FLorida to-do list of places to go!

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  2. It looks like such a fun time!!! Happy you all got to go!

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  3. Wow--never heard of it. Looks like fun and it is great that they can accommodate children of all ages.

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  4. My cousin recommended this blog and she was totally right keep up the fantastic work!!
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  5. Looks like a great family place, and I love all of your pictures. Thanks for the idea!

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  6. Never been there but like that the prices are much more reasonable than the big parks.

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