So this is the final post of the holiday I promise and it is the now traditional round-up post. 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 , 2011 and 2014 here.
This was all correct in May 2018 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, 2 and 3
- Disney Animal Kingdom 1 and 2
- Disney EPCOT 1 and 2
- Disney Magic Kingdom 1 and 2
- Disney Springs
- Disney Water Parks
- Universal Studios Florida & Islands of Adventure 1, 2 and 3
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 18 -20% 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!
- Disney Springs – this has changed enormously since we were last there and there are many more options to suit all tastes and wallets. We particularly like House of Blues.
- Olive Garden – a new one for us this year as it wasn’t built the last time we were here. It is “Italian”ish!
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 (but pricey) steak!
This is a list of all posts in the order that they were posted:
- Day 15 – The End of the End?
- Day 14 – Back to see Harry once more
- Day 13 – A Visit to the Typhoon
- Day 12 – Cars and Shopping
- Day 11 – I Knew a Pandora Once
- Day 10 – Too Hot to Mickey Around
- Day 9 – A last hurrah for Hollywood Studios
- Day 8 – Helen makes a plan
- Day 7 – Rivers of Light
- Day 6 – Universal Appeal
- Day 5 – A Pale Shadow of its Former Self
- Day 4 – Shop till you flop
- Day 3 – Not so Fast not so Furious
- Day 2 – Kerching!
- Day 1 – Never Say Never Again
Oh, and don’t forget to stock up on Fanta Pineapple!