It has become something of a tradition to do a round up post at the end of our Florida holidays and so this is it.
Here I group together all the posts to allow you to quickly find the post most relevant to what you are interested in. If you want to do a comparison you can find the round ups for 2009 and 2011 also.
Finally, this was all correct in April 2014 but is subject to change – check the links to the official sites provided to see if it holds true now. And enjoy!
Things to do
- Disney Hollywood Studios 1 and 2
- Disney Animal Kingdom 1 and 2
- Disney EPCOT 1 and 2
- Disney Magic Kingdom
- Downtown Disney
- Disney Water Parks
- Universal Studios 1 and 2
- Universal Islands of Adventure (Harry Potter)
- Dolphin Watching
Places to Eat
You’d be hard pressed not to find somewhere that you want to eat out in Orlando as the place is packed with a wide range of restaurants to suit all tastes and pockets.
From the list below Cracker Barrel was the cheapest (helped by it being ‘dry’) and The Cheesecake Factory was the costliest based on bill size for our party of four. Don’t forget to tip which will add 15% minimum to your bill.
Here are some of our favourites:
- Perkins – great breakfasts – check out my favourites the Tremendous Twelve and the Magnificent Seven.
- The Cheesecake Factory – the enormous portions for the mains sadly prevent you from getting to the cheesecakes, which is a shame. Buy to take away and eat at home.
- Cracker Barrel – a good value family restaurant serving traditional style food
- Bahama Breeze – another good, more upmarket, restaurant, probably my favourite with a wonderful Shrimp Creole and Key Lime Pie
- Red Lobster – great for fish, obviously!
- Downtown Disney (official site) – plenty of choice from McDonalds to themed restaurants to relaxed dining.
Places to Shop
Plenty of bargains to be had in the US, particularly in clothing if you like their styles and fit. Here are some places we like to shop:
- Shopping – blog post on where we went
- Lake Buena Vista – mainly clothes but also a good character outlet selling cheap Disney stuff
- Dollar Tree – America’s answer to Poundland but remember that by the time you add tax it is actually Dollar oh Seven Tree!
- Wallmart – Asda’s owner and you will notice some similarities, such as the George clothing brand, and some differences – they are huge places
- Premium Outlets – Higher end clothes retailers
- Barnes & Noble – Book store. There is one opposite Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse on West Sand Lake Road. Pay a visit before getting a great steak!
Americana & Trivia
Various topics mentioned in the posts that capture the essence of both America and the holiday:
This is a list of all posts in the order that they were posted:
- Day 15 – The long way home
- Day 14 – And that’s a wrap
- Day 13 – Dial one, get one free
- Day 12 – Two park blow out
- Day 11 – The Thompsons – dolphin hunters
- Day 10 – A trip to Seahaven
- Day 9 – Rain and Shazam
- Day 8 – A visit to The (I’ve eaten too much to have any) Cheesecake Factory
- Day 7 – A Magic Kingdom
- Day 6 – Soarin’ through EPCOT
- Day 5 – More Bort licence plates to the gift shop
- Day 4 – Under the sea
- Day 3 – I am the only one that can save the universe
- Day 2 – Realigning the Internal Clock
- Day 1 – A fast pass for the TSA