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Fun Things to Do in Orlando: Shopping

While the kids and the young teenagers are having fun in the theme and nature parks, you can also go shopping in various malls they have here in Orlando. Shopping is one of many fun things to do in Orlando. There are various shopping malls to visit and splurge while vacationing here. You can find things from designer ware to the cheapest clothes, shoes and more in the many malls located in and around Orlando.

The Mall at Millenia is home to many designer stores. If designer clothes, shoes and such is what you are after, this is the mall to shop at. High-end designer stores like Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Jimmy Choo and more have their own spaces there. Cheaper stores like the California brand Abercombie and Fitch, Zara and more can also be found there. You’ll definitely be spending a lot of time (and possibly money) while shopping – as it is one of many fun things to do in Orlando.

Stopping by the Florida Mall to do some shopping is convenient when you are in between trips to Orlando’s various theme parks with the family. This mall is just a few minutes away from Disney World, Universal Studios, SeaWorld and more. If you want a satisfying quick shopping experience or a longer one while the rest of your family is out sightseeing, then this mall is a fine choice. You can have a nice lunch or dinner in the shopping mall. Unique dining experiences are offered, and you and your family can enjoy dinner right after you’ve been to the theme parks. Dining is also one of many fun things to do in Orlando aside from shopping and going to theme parks.

Outlet stores are found in Orlando, especially Premium Outlets on International Drive. You can find cheap clothes, shoes, accessories and more in this long strip of shops. If you want to find designer stuff at cheaper prices, this is a great shopping experience. The Gap Outlet, which is a favorite of many should be a fun place to navigate in when shopping for casual t-shirts, sandals, shorts and more. Shopping here is really one of the fun things to do in Orlando, because of all the money you’ll save! It’s the place where you can find cheap wears and yet find treasures you’ll likely have in your daily wardrobe for a long time.

Orlando shopping at Winter Garden Village

If you are fond of the outdoors or the open air while browsing through shops, then you should visit the Winter Garden Village. It is a shopping center located in the western part of Orlando. This mall has a huge shopping and dining area of 1.1 million square feet. You can enjoy extensive shopping by browsing through various shops and later relax while dining out with yourself or with your family. Aside from shopping, there are other things you can do here like attending free shows, concerts and more.

There are plenty other malls to go to if you want to experience the best of shopping in Orlando, Florida. These are only some of them. If you have enough money to splurge there or if you simply want to amuse yourself by the things you can find in Orlando, Florida by window shopping, then you should not miss out on these places. Even if you are just in the shopping malls to dine and unwind, aside from shopping, there’s so many things to see and do. Shopping, dining, attending free concerts and shows—these and more are fun things to do in Orlando.

Best Jewelry Shops for Orlando Shopping

Most of the women who live in Orlando love jewelry. As a result, many jewelry shops have been established in Orlando.  There are shops that sell inexpensive jewelry and shops that sell extremely expensive pieces. The shops in Orlando sell all kinds of jewelry such as vintage, costume and engagement bands. If you are looking for the best jewelry shops to visit during your Orlando shopping tour, then check out this list of some of the best.

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Markesteyn Jewelers

Markesteyn Jewelers has been supplying Orlando with fine jewelry since 1961. All of the pieces that are being sold in the shop are custom designed, so you won’t be able to find them in any other jewelry store. This location also provides repairs and pays top dollar to people who are looking to sell used jewelry, gold, diamonds, and precious stones. You can also ask the owner of the shop to design custom jewelry for you. If you want to go to this store while doing your Orlando shopping, you can find it at 3211 Curry Ford Road in Orlando, Florida.gordons-jewelers

Gordon’s Jewelers

Gordon’s Jewelers has also been supplying residents and visitors with jewelry for many years when they have it on their Orlando shopping list. This chain of stores has been around since 1905. Gordon’s Jewelers sells necklaces, earrings, bracelets, rings, personalized jewelry, engagement rings and more. They also offer plenty of designer collections and designer watches. This shop is located at 3379 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando, Florida.Pandora beads

The Bead Lounge

If you like collecting custom jewelry, then you will love The Bead Lounge. In this store, you can buy or make your own custom-made jewelry. Before you go to the store, decide on what kind of piece you want to make. When you get there, choose the materials for your custom jewelry and make it yourself. The Bead Lounge also hosts classes, girl’s night out parties and birthday parties. The store’s selections and beads are of high quality and last for a long time. The Bead Lounge is located at 2912 Corrine Drive in Orlando, Florida.

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Zale’s Diamond Store

Another well-known jewelry store in Orlando is Zale’s Diamond Store. This chain jeweler has been supplying Orlando shopping residents with watchbands, gemstones, diamonds, sterling silver and gold jewelry since 1924. They also allow customers to pay 10% of the selection’s price and then pay an additional 10% every month until the full price of the jewelry is paid. Zale’s is located at 3293 E. Colonial Drive in Orlando, Florida.

If you have a favorite jeweler in Orlando, feel free to leave a comment and share it with our other readers! Al’s blog on Capone’s Dinner & Show is a great resource of information – even better when members of our “family” contribute.

Fun Places for Orlando Shopping

Orlando, Florida is one of the most popular vacation destinations in the United States. People go to Orlando to enjoy its warm weather, live entertainment, water parks, and theme parks. Orlando is also known for its wide variety of shops. Orlando shopping is one of the favorite activities of tourists and locals. Shopping in Orlando is almost as fun as touring the attractions. Orlando is a great place to look for designer goods that you cannot find back home or souvenirs to take back home to your family and friends. Here you will find a list of some of the most fun places that you can include in your Orlando shopping tour.

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The Mall at Millenia

One of the most popular malls in Orlando is The Mall at Millenia. This mall features plenty of high-end stores and mid-priced shops. You can buy diamonds at Tiffany’s, try out shoes at Jimmy Choo, check out the latest bags, accessories, and apparel at Betsey Johnson, and pick up the latest iPod or iPhone at the Apple Store. Department stores such as Bloomingdales and Neiman Marcus can also be found inside The Mall at Millenia. If you get hungry while shopping, you can dine at one of the mall’s full service restaurants. You can also enjoy specialty martinis at Blue Martini, a martini lounge that offers sweet tea-, candied apple-, espresso-, smores-, and key lime pie-flavored martinis. The Mall at Millenia is located at 4200 Conroy Road in Orlando, FL.

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney

If you are shopping with your kids, then take them to Downtown Disney for a fun shopping experience. The largest Disney store in the world, World of Disney, is found in Downtown Disney. Famous shops such as the Curl by Sammy Duvall, Basin, House of Blues, and Orlando Harley Davidson can be found in Downtown Disney. Downtown Disney is located at 1590 E Buena Vista Dr in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

Epcot World Showcase

Epcot’s World Showcase

Another fun place that you can include in your Orlando shopping tour is Epcot’s World Showcase in Walt Disney World. This unique shopping destination is made up of 11 different pavilions. Each pavilion represents a different country and sells merchandise from that country. For example, the Japan pavilion offers Japanese products such as paper parasols and the Moroccan pavilion offers carpets and mosaic tiles. Each pavilion is also themed to the country that they represent and features cast members that come from those countries. Epcot’s World Showcase is a great place to look for souvenirs at the end of your Orlando shopping tour. Epcot’s World Showcase is located at 1200 Epcot Resort Blvd in Lake Buena Vista, FL.

New Shopping Directory added!

Well, it’s that time of year again; time to shop! There are plenty of places to shop in Central Florida.  From area malls to outlet stores, you are sure to find everything on your list.  The stores will have special holiday hours, mostly beginning the day after Thanksgiving, so check the individual websites for specifics.

Many of them will be having special holiday events as well, including visits from Santa Claus and midnight madness sales.  Santa will be available for visits and photos at The Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia, West Oaks Mall, Orlando Fashion Square, Altamonte Mall, and Seminole Towne Center. Some facilities are even offering photos of your pets with Santa!  Check our Mall Directory and Outlet Mall Directory for links to individual shopping websites.

After a busy day of shopping, what better way to relax than dinner and a show!  Sure you could go to a mall food court and then attend a movie at the movie theater, but why not treat yourself and your family to Capone’s Dinner and Show’s special Christmas performance?! All ages will enjoy the show, and if you order your tickets online, you’ll save 50% off! The price includes the show, delicious buffet and all-you-can-drink! (Be sure to assign a designated driver.) The holiday show runs from Thanksgiving to January 1st.

 

Shopping safety:

Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger; people are busy and can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.  Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season merry:

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with checks, credit, charge or debit cards. Carry cash and wallets in a front pocket to reduce your chances of having your pocket picked.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Remember where you parked your car. While this may sound elementary, many shopping areas are spread out over large areas. Being unable to locate a car can cause you undue confusion and stress that may present you as a better target to a criminal.
  • If shopping late in the day or after dark, park in an area that is well lit. Keep in mind, if you are shopping at a mall, the time the store closes from which you enter the mall, as some stores close earlier than others. This may keep you from having to walk unnecessary distances to you car if you find the store has closed earlier than you expected.
  • As you return to your car, make sure to keep your car key in your hand.
  • Don’t leave car phones, purses, CD cases, or any other item of value in your parked car where they can be seen. Always conceal these items.
  • Don’t leave purchased merchandise in your parked car where it can be seen. Conceal these items also.

When shopping with children:

  • Children should never be left alone in a car – not even for a minute.
  • Inside the mall, keep your family with you at all times. If you plan to separate, arrange a meeting place and time.
  • Instruct your children never to talk to strangers.
  • Parents should never leave children unattended. Educate your children never to go off with strangers. Your children should never roam the center or a store unsupervised.
  • Children’s names should not be displayed on clothing, jewelry, T-shirts or school bags. Knowing a child’s name invites unwanted conversation with your child.
  • If you lose sight of your child, immediately contact Security, requesting their help in the search. Be prepared to quickly describe your child in detail – age, height, weight, hair color and description of clothing.
  • Teach your child to go to either of the mall’s Guest Services locations, a mall Security officer in uniform or a store salesperson to ask for help.

While these steps don’t guarantee you will not become the victim of crime, they will hopefully reduce your chances of falling prey to a criminal.

 

HAPPY SHOPPING AND A SAFE HOLIDAY TO ALL!!

 

Safety Sources: LAPD Crime Prevention Section/Simon Malls

Attention Shoppers! Christmas in July?

If you are a Disney Vacation Club Member, a Walt Disney World Annual Passholder or Season Passholder, you are invited to a special sale.  It happens July 24th at Downtown Disney at the World of Disney.  The first 1,000 guests receive a free gift, and the specials include 50% off select merchandise, surprise markdowns, and doorbuster deals.  This is a good time to purchase gifts for the Disney fanatics in your life. Rarely does Disney discount their merchandise. The challenge will be to hide (or keep quiet about) your purchases until the holidays arrive so you can surprise everyone with your gifts!

You must show your Disney Pass or Vacation Club member card to enter the store and get the deals.  Oh, did I mention that you’d better be an Early Bird?  The special sale is from 6:30am to 9am.  Happy Shopping!