After years and years of just attending the theme parks here in Orlando, my family and I decided to try out the Kissimmee Go-Karts after receiving an e-mail from Groupon. (Groupon has many local deals in Orlando for dining and other attractions, so it is definitely smart to sign up for it.) The discount deal included alligator feeding, forty tokens to the arcade, and most importantly, seven laps on the go-karts for two people. This was all twenty dollars. To upgrade to the faster “indy karts,” it was five dollars per person, but completely worth it. Just so you know, you have to have a license in order to drive the faster go-karts.
We arrived there and the first impression was not too great to be honest. It does not look like much from the outside, but do not let that fool you! We walked into the arcade (which is where you must go to purchase tickets for the go-karts), and we showed the printed out Groupon coupon to get everything. We went back outside to feed the alligators first. They do have plenty of gators, but I must say that the water should be cleaned a little often. This did not necessarily affect the experience, since the alligators were plenty hungry which made it fun to feed.
After that, we finally raced the go-karts, and I can honestly say that racing them was one of the funnest parts of this Orlando trip. The track is almost a mile long, and it is a really super fun course to drive (especially with the faster go-karts). With tons of twists, turns, and bridges, it is definitely a blast driving on it. The person keeping track of how many laps you do even tried (and succeeded) to get me to beat my brother. Driving the go-karts is obviously the best part about the experience, so I would make sure to try it out when visiting Orlando, especially if you have a license and can ride the faster go-karts. If not, the regular go-karts still go fast, and my father’s friend’s son and daughter who drove them (ages 8 and 10) had a blast on the regular ones.
After the go-karts we decided to go play the tokens at the arcade. There are two or three machines that did not work, but that did not really make any difference (not being able to play one certain game is not the end of the world). When one of the games did not give us our prize, we told the employee, and they, without any problem, just opened it up and got the prize that we won. They also gave us another keychain that fell to the bottom that we did not win just because.
Out of five stars, I would give this place four stars. It is really fun, but the place is kind of out-dated. The arcade is a little old, but the main reason for going is for the go-karts anyway. The employees and service was really nice. People were polite and friendly, and we did not have any problems. Like I said, the gators were fun to feed, but their pool and environment could have been a little cleaner. If you have a Groupon, the price really is not bad at all, but the prices without a Groupon deal are a little expensive (eleven laps on the regular go-karts is $21.50, making eleven laps on the faster indy go-karts $26.75). It was, for sure, a great experience in general, and it is a lot different from all of the rollercoasters and rides that Orlando is known for.
All in all, I would try to get this place on your agenda. It only takes about an hour and a half to do everything, so this is a good idea for one of those days when you just way to relax by the pool but need something else in addition to that.
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