Chrysler Caravan. 7 people, people carrier surprisingly comfortable and lots of room. Very easy to drive and got me out of a near crash.
For the first week. This was in Buenaventura Lakes in a fairly new gated estate. Local shops included Albertsons and Publix.
Best Western, Clearwater Central. (now Travelodge)
The best hotel in the world, for me anyway. Located on US 19 we have been back every year since. Hot Spa, great pool and security patrolled. 15 min from beach. Shops nearby include Target, Best Buy and the Dollar Tree. Great Buffet Buddy Freddy also close by. A Scouser lady works there as well.
Travelodge, Maingate East. (now Holiday Inn)
Big hotel directly across from Kissimmee Old Town. Lots of onsite amenities and close to good eateries, including Ponderosa.
This year we took not only my parents again, but my wife's mum and niece. We had booked a viewing site to see another shuttle launch. I had no sleep the day before and drove to Titusville at 1:30am to see it. Afterwards we drove up to Daytona and spent the day there, then drove back to Clearwater. I was completely shattered after all this.