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Old 11-08-2010, 07:44 AM   #1
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Orlando Dec 19 for 2 weeks: Need inputs

Hi everyone !

I just joined this forum and would like inputs from you folks ...

We/I went to Florida 3 times (wife twice and kids once in 2009) but it was basically confined to Disney, Universal (kids & wife never did), International drive area (kids never did) so we are planning to visit Universal, Islands of Adventure, and perhaps a couple of other theme parks this 2 weeks.

We would also like to do some shopping. I heard Florida Mall but would like to know more about shopping (outlet malls, great sales, boxing day/week sales ...)

Since we will be in the Orlando area for 2 weeks, we would like to know where else to go ? I had been to the International drive area in Orlando (wife and I), the Tampa area (all 4 of us but for just a few hours), SW Fl (Fort Myers, Naples, all 4 of us for 2 days) and Kennedy Space Centre, Fort Lauderdale (wife and I).

Our itinerary:
(1) Must do: Universal and Islands of Adventure (2 days each theme park or 1 day each theme park enough ?) Please comment !
(2) Must do (shopping): 1 day ? 2 days ? Which outlet malls or other malls ? Please comment !
(3) International drive area: Is it a must do for kids ?
(4) Remaining days: WHERE TO GO ? Other theme parks ? Please comment !

Any input is appreciated !

Thank you !

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Old 11-08-2010, 09:02 AM   #2
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There is a large outlet mall just off universal blvd.. . It is an easy trip from Orlando to Cape Canaveral . Universal & Islands of adventure have gotten huge .It will take a few days to see them. There is also "The Blue Man group " show which is in City Walk outside Universal . Check around for discount tickets .
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Hi,

Thank you for the inputs.

I heard about Florida Mall, does anyone know they offer good deals there or is it a waste of time ?

Thanks !

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I have never been to the Florida Mall but it is pretty similar in the stores to most of our malls and at the time of year you are going you should get great deals but you will get even greater deals at the Outlet . What kind of things are you looking for ?
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Hi Moemg,

Thanks for your quick reply.

We like the outlet malls and could you tell me which outlet malls (with links, names and addresses) to get the best deals ?

We will be buying "things" we can bring back to Canada. It's so expensive here in Canada ...

My wife: Clothes (petite), handbags (Coach), cosmetic, shoes, children's outfits (girls) ...

My daughters: Toys, American Girl (dolls), Silly Bands, Build A Bear ... My daughters are 10 & 13

Myself: Shoes, clothes, electronics (no TV as I can't bring it home), home electronics ...

Food: Chocolate (See brand ?)

Will add more when we think of something else ...

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I remember going to Orlando Premium Outlets Mall (Vineland Ave, off I-4). Huge, nice and a bit upscale IIRC.

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=17
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I checked out the list of stores at the Outlet off international drive . Lots of teenage brands ( Gap ,forever 21 ,etc. ) for your wife I would highly recommend " White House Black Market " . The clothes are like Ann Taylor but with a kick . The outlet stores discount the clothes unbelievable and they are not seconds or made for outlet brand . For you I would recommend The Columbia outlet . Another great outlet store is Bass shoes . Have fun !
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I just asked my wife and she mentioned Liz Claiborne ... Do you know which outlet malls have Liz Claiborne ?

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I just asked my wife and she mentioned Liz Claiborne ... Do you know which outlet malls have Liz Claiborne ?

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Prime Outlets Orlando (International Dr.) has a Liz Claiborne outlet.

Premium Outlets: Orlando
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Are outlet malls for suckers?
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I just asked my wife and she mentioned Liz Claiborne ... Do you know which outlet malls have Liz Claiborne ?

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Liz Claiborne brand has really gone down hill in the last few years . So frankly the stuff they have now is pretty sad as compared to years ago . Most of the Liz outlets are in the process of closing.
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I could only compare prices between Toronto Canada and where I bought in the outlet malls as we had only limited time in Florida as tourists.

I bought, say, a pair of New Balance running shoes (609 series) and cost me less than US$50/pair in Georgia just North of Atlanta when we on our way back to Canada. If I bought the same pair in Toronto, it might have cost me over Cad$100.

Same with air tickets. If I flew from Buffalo NY to Orlando or SW Florida, a return ticket would have been US$160 taxes and fees included; If I flew from Toronto to Orlando or SW Florida, it would have been Cad$350 or $380.

It's expensive here in Toronto. I recall Toronto international airport has the highest landing fee in the world.

Liz Claiborne is still around in Toronto. I saw them in big malls like Vaughan Mills mall etc ...

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II don't know if you'd be interested, but the last time I was down there with my DW and then two teenage children, we did an hour trip through some mangrove swamps on a 4/5 person airboat (those flat Skiffs with the big fan on back). It was real fun with a great guide and we got up close and personal with a few aligators. Anyway the kids thought it was "Awesome"
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Also you mentioned chocolate. I was at the Florida Mall in June. They have a pretty big M&M store. Mmmmmmmmm
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Speaking of airboat, I love it but DW doesn't know how to swim and she's afraid of getting near the water.

I've got to persuade her on this airboat thing.

When we went to Fort Myers beach last year, she only poked her feet in the water once

My kids love chocolate, we will visit Florida Mall as well as Orlando outlet mall and other malls as suggested by Moemg.

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This is by far the best mall for discounted international brands., coach, liz claiborne, etc.
Seems to me we went to all of the others in orlando.
We were there a couple of weeks ago, and the excited wife pulled out mad money, I hadn't realized existed.
She had a lot of fun, and I enjoyed her excitement.
Prime Outlets International
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This is by far the best mall for discounted international brands., coach, liz claiborne, etc.
Seems to me we went to all of the others in orlando.
We were there a couple of weeks ago, and the excited wife pulled out mad money, I hadn't realized existed.
She had a lot of fun, and I enjoyed her excitement.
Prime Outlets International
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Did you mean Orlando Outlet Mall or Prime Outlets International ?

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Frankly I have been to Orlando 3 times but don't seem to know much about Orlando !

First time was in the early 90's, our honey moon Orlando, Fort Lauderdale ... Disney, Sea World, Universal, International drive, Church street or downtown (the shopping district is not there anymore) ...

Second time by myself to a wedding in Tampa. That time I went to Universal & Islands of Adventure ...

Third time last Xmas, a family of 4 (wife & 2 kids). Kids to Florida first time. Of course Disney (all 4 theme parks), then Fort Myers beach and drive around, Naples, Tampa ...

That's why I said I don't seem to know the real Orlando. But I am determined to explore the real Orlando in my 4th visit ...

Please help !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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We know it as poi, international dr. makes a bend to the rt north of turnoffs to universal park, poi is on the outside of the bend(left side) white bldings. It is an outside mall, has a neiman marcus and saks discount. Best we found, orl is packed with malls.
On way home we went to phipps mall in atlanta, too rich for us, had lambos and aston martins for sale there....good window shoppin.
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