Although many people say they don’t go on holiday to shop we have found that many people enjoy shopping whilst in Orlando as the shops carry such a wide selection of goods often at a great price.
This may be because of the exchange rate when it is in your favour or simply because of the attractive stores and the range of goods that are available.
You will find that the goods manufactured in the USA offer the best value. Clinique for example is a cheaper than Clarins, Abercrombie cheaper than Jack Wills and such like.
The Florida Mall, The Mall at Millenia and Disney Springs offer high end fashion stores as well as having restaurants, bars and children’s play areas.
We love visiting The Mall at Millenia and have spent many an hour in Macy’s and Abercrombie. The Cheesecake Factory is a popular place to eat here as is Brio and the foodcourt.
There are four main department stores Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nieman Marcus and Bloomingdales in Orlando, found within the Malls.
Shops such as Anne Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, Abercrombie and Fitch, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works, Brooks Brothers, Foot Locker, Forever 21, Gap, Guess, Hollister, J Crew, Kate Spade, Nieman Marcus, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Nike, Adidas, Gap, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Tiffany, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch, Under Armour, Urban Outfitters, Vans, Vera Bradley,Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret and so on. Take a look at the links below to see where they are.
A trip to Orlando is not complete without a shopping trip to the outlets. The one that we use and recommmend is The Vineland Premium Outlets found on the Interstate 4 at Lake Buena Vista – Junction 64. Here you can find so many well known designer brands. Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Nike, Guess, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Boss, Michael Kors, DKNY, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Kate Spade, Tony Burch and more.
Our tip here is to visit early or late so as to avoid the busy shopping times.
There is another Premium Outlets on International Drive.
If you turn left onto the Interstate 4 at Junction 58 and travel West towards to Tampa for one junction you will find the retail park at Posner Park. If shopping for sporting goods visit Dicks Sporting Goods, craft goods in Michaels,food and so on Target and make up, clothes, bedding etc visit JC Penney.
If you were to turn left onto the 192 from Formosa Gardens or alternatively take the toll road 429 out from the back at Reunion and travel for one junction here on the 192 you will find a large SuperTarget and TK Maxx. You will also find the Formosa Gardens Shopping Centre.
You may enjoy browsing in a Marshalls or HomeGoods Store if you are looking for household goods and furnishings. Like TK Maxx you never know what you may find. These can be found in several locations around Orlando.
The first shopping you will probably do in Orlando however is in the supermarket.
If staying in a Reunion home there are two Publix supermarkets – one at Junction 58 in Championsgate and the second practically opposite Reunion if you take a left out of the main gate. You will be able to find everything you require for your vacation here.
When you visit the Parks you will see shops as soon as you enter the theme parks but do take note as each time you get off a ride you will walk through a themed shop. Who said shopping was boring? Some rides such as Everest in The Animal Kingdom need you to walk through the shop first. Main Street USA has several shops on both sides. At Epcot you can shop all around the World.
Not all the shops are the same so please if you are looking to purchase something in particular e.g a Christmas decoration then make a note of where that shop is in case you need to return to it later in the day.
You may find it useful to give your children a daily allowance so they can decide what to spend it on to stop any constant questions of can I have? With so much choice and so many fantastic goods on offer it can be very easy to shop until you drop!
Here are some links to help you plan your shopping and how to get there.
We look forward to you sharing some of your favourite shops and shopping tips with us.