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For many no vacation is complete without a nice long shopping trip and Orlando has many different kinds of shopping. Whether you are in the mood to peruse gift shops in The big Theme parks, you are a bargain hunter with a thing for outlet malls or you crave some unique high end goods in quaint Victorian neighborhoods Orlando has it all.
Orlando is known for its souvenirs, and visitors can bring home everything from local produces to high quality antiques to merchandise from their favorite theme park. Some of the most popular souvenirs include Florida citrus like oranges and tangerines. If you are looking for something more tangible, try some of the sea life themed gifts and clothing from theme parks like Sea World and Discovery Cove. You can also find this kind of merchandise in many of the shops throughout Orlando.
Many of the theme parks also have their own set of souvenirs. In Walt Disney World classics include collectible pins and Mickey Mouse ears. In Universal, you can’t go wrong with one of their many movie-themed T-shirts and other gifts.
Disney World prides itself on its ability to submerge its guest into each of its parks as if it was its own separate world, and many consider their shopping experiences to be the same way. Each of Disney’s theme parks has many different stores each specifically designed around a theme that is exclusive to that park.
In Hollywood Studios, there are spots like Villains in Vogue, which only has goods depicting Disney’s famous cast of villains. In Epcot, each country has its own separate shop filled with foods, gifts, crafts, and clothing specific for that country. Magic Kingdom, of course, has all things Dinsey and there are items depicting every character you can imagine. The Animal Kingdom has cultural goods from places like Africa and the Himalayas mixed in with your favorite Disney characters. While this isn’t in the parks, Downtown Disney is also known for its shopping and has the second largest Disney store in the world. There is also a wide range shops selling everything from candy to apparel.
Universal Orlando has more than 50 stores on its property. In its two parks, guests can find hundreds of different novelty shops selling goods unique to the area that they are in. There are shops for comic book heroes, dinosaurs, Dr. Seuss characters, and many others. Similar to Downtown Disney is Universal’s City Walk, which is located between Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios. City Walk has lots of shops as well, and one of the most popular is the Engaged Species Store which sells goods to raise awareness about endangered animals around the world.
Places to Shop Outside of the Parks
There are hundreds of places to shop outside of the parks, and locales range from cute boutiques to massive malls. Celebration is known for its high end shops and is a relatively short drive from Disney. Further out from the main attractions of Orlando is Winter Park. Winter Park was once a Victorian vacationing ground for New Englanders looking to escape the cold, and its cobblestone streets lined with shops still reflect its history. There are ten blocks of shops with everything from big name brands like the Pottery Barn to small boutiques and antique shops. Every second Thursday of the month the stores host an event that include bargains, later hours, and complementary cocktails.
Malls and outlets
There are nine malls and three shopping outlets in Orlando. Some of the best ones are on International Drive among the theme parks, attractions, and hotels, and even the Orlando locals are known to venture into these touristy neighborhoods in search of a good bargain. Some of the most well-known are the Festival Bay Mall and Prime Outlets International.