World Class Shopping During Your Orlando Vacation
Whether you need to pick up forgotten items during your trip or you just want to get away from the hustle of the Orlando theme parks, the Orlando shopping scene offers something for everyone. Orlando currently has eight major shopping malls, and three of those malls are outlet malls. These outlet malls boast savings of 25-65% off retail prices at many popular major retailers. Domestic and international tourists alike can save a bundle shopping at the outlets. The three outlets malls that are located in Orlando and are close to the tourist area are:
Orlando Premium Outlets International Drive, 4951 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819 (Map)
Orlando Premium Outlets is the closest to Universal Resorts and features the Disney’s Character Warehouse, which is a clearinghouse for the out of season and surplus Disney merchandise. Some of the largest stores there are Saks Fifth Avenue Off 5th, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Victoria’s Secret, Polo Ralph Lauren, Coach, Nike and Forever 21.
Getting there: You can take I-4 East to the 75A – Universal exit. Follow to International Drive and turn left. The center is located at the North End of International Drive. The I-Ride trolley stops there too, every 15 minutes. Trolley stop # 1. (More info about the tolley at www.iridetrolley.com)
Orlando Premium Outlets Vineland Road, 8200 Vineland Avenue, Orlando, FL 32821 (Map)
This outlet mall is close to Downtown Disney. It also has the Disney Characters Warehouse, but this location has a much larger variety of items than the Premium outlets. Some of the largest stores there are Banana Republic, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger, Coach, Nike and J. Crew.
You can take I-4 Westbound, exit 68 (Rte. 535). Left at light onto Route 535, left at next light onto Vineland Avenue at Little Lake Bryan; proceed 1 mile. They also offer a free shuttle service from participating hotels on International Drive, and the I-Ride trolley stops there every 15 minutes. Trolley stop # 42. (More info about the tolley at www.iridetrolley.com)
Don’t forget to check out the Orlando Premium Outlets website, http://www.premiumoutlets.com/ They offer tons of information about their stores and the option to join the VIP Shoppers Program, which features Exclusive Online Coupons, Voucher for a Free VIP Coupon Book, Deals Around Town, Insider Info from Your Favorite Brands, Email Updates: Sales & Special Events, and more.
Premium Outlets also offer discounts for our men and women in the military. Members of the military, veterans and their families can show their IDs at the on-site Information Center all year long to receive a free VIP Coupon Book. Plus, join the VIP Shopper Club for free access to exclusive online coupons.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, 15657 S Apopka Vineland Road (State Road 535), Orlando, Fl 32821-6316 (Map)
This mall is nearest to Walt Disney World. It has similar merchandise as the other two malls but is the smallest of the three. Some of the largest stores there Tommy Hilfiger, Reebok, Old Navy Outlet and VF Outlet.
From I-4, take exit 68, 2 miles south on S Apopka Vineland Rd (State Road 535). The Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores provides FREE scheduled shopping shuttle to and from select participating hotels.
Lake Buena Vista Factory also has a great website with loads of information for shoppers: http://lbvfs.com. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores also has a members club that offers great deals and printable coupons for shoppers.
Written by Michelle “Princess Traveling Pants” Durdan. From the budget conscious family with kids to the retirees wanting the vacation of a lifetime, Michelle is your one stop destination for your dream vacation. Book your next vacation with Michelle at 262-613-1435 or michelle@