I love Old Town! I once worked there, back when they owned radio station WOTS. The call letters stood for Wonderful Old Town Sound. Your author hosted the 6-10PM show before a live audience consisting of people from all over the world. It was one of the best times I ever had working in radio! After the station was sold and we all lost our jobs, I continued to visit on a regular basis. The car cruises, rides, food, and fun brought me back again and again. Best of all, both admission and parking are FREE. Because of this, Old Town has earned the SSD seal of approval!
The Saturday Night Cruise is one of the largest weekly car cruises in the United States. Operating since 1990, they average 300 cars per week, all classics from 1983 and before. Cars start arriving at 1:00PM with the cruise beginning promptly at 8:30PM. Live music on the Saloonatix stage starts at 7:00PM.
The Friday Night Cruise was added in 1998. Today, it is known as the Friday Muscle Car Show & Cruise. This cruise consists of show-quality muscle and factory-performance cars from 1964 and newer, plus classics from 1983 and before. On Friday, the cars start arriving at 3:00PM with the cruise starting promptly at 8:30PM.
Don’t forget the Wednesday Night Themed Car Show, beginning at 5:00PM. This one features show-quality specific types, models or makes of cars and trucks which change every week:
– July 21: Mustangs and Classic Fords
– July 28: Pick up trucks, Jeeps, and Mini Coopers
– August 4: Mopars
– August 11: Camaros, Corvettes and Classic Chevys
– August 18: Mustangs and Classic Fords
– August 25: Pick up trucks, Jeeps, and Mini Coopers
As long as you own that type of vehicle, you can be a part of the show. It’s free to participate or attend. Live music on the main stage starts at 6:00PM.
Several rides, restaurants, bars, and specialty shops round out the Old Town experience. For complete information, check out their official website.
Here’s an audio clip of WOTS, recorded directly off the air in October, 1996. I am the main DJ/announcer. A couple of our in-house promotional commercials for Old Town are also included:
Whether you live in Central Florida or are vacationing in the Orlando area, be sure to check out Old Town. The complex is located just a few miles east of Walt Disney World on U.S. Highway 192 in Kissimmee. It’s a great experience for the entire family at a price everyone can afford!