Any shopping to be done? Just take a trip to The Mall at Millenia, which offers both local and international brands. Foreign visitors will be pleased to know that a bureau de change/Wechsel is at hand, so there's simply no stopping you from grabbing the designer apparel you've set your heart on! The multi-lingual staff will assist you in getting around, just in case language is a barrier. To pump up the energy during your shopping frenzy, visit restaurants like the Cheesecake Factory and The Capital Grille.
The most important thing to know about Downtown Disney Marketplace is that you don't have to be a park patron to shop here. An open-air shopping enclave, it is built at the edge of a lake and offers 26 stores, including the Ghiradelli Soda Fountain and Chocolate Shop, Lego Imagination Center and, of course, the World of Disney, billed as the planet's largest Disney merchandise store. A number of restaurants are tucked in here, including Bongo's, Blues Cafe, Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood, and Wolfgang Puck Express.
At 50,000 sq. ft., this is the world's largest World of Disney store with the world's biggest collection (8,000 items) of Disney memorabilia, souvenirs, toys and gotta-have-its. To keep it all straight, departments feature a specific theme from favorite Disney movies, ranging from Sleeping Beauty to The Little Mermaid and 101 Dalmatians, among others. Going beyond toys, the store offers an enormous range of Disney-logo items from clothing to tableware and linens, jewelry and toys.
Nestled within Orlando World Center Marriott and styled like an oasis, the spa offers a luxurious, rejuvenating experience. Cozy sofas, dark walls, aromatic candles and mellow lighting put you instantly at ease as soon as you enter. Rekindle your spirit with treatments ranging from body wraps, facials, manicures and eye treatments to massages, body scrubs and many more. Enhance the experience with a loved one with their couple's massage session. They also offer a wide array of salon and grooming services to complete the experience.
With more than 200 shopping-and-dining outlets, Florida Mall is the largest shopping spot in Central Florida. Visitors come from all over the state and the nation to browse through the racks of retail outlets such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Dillard's and JC Penney. You'll also find plenty of specialty stores here, including those offering adventure gear, books, electronics, toys, videos, leather and more. If you're hungry, dine in the mall's food court, or at restaurants such as La Casona or Versailles Latin Cuisine. If an afternoon expedition does not afford you enough time to buy all you want, check into the Adam's Mark Hotel on the premises.
This 18-hole course is nestled around the Orlando World Center Marriott, yet is well maintained and has an abundance of wildlife. Located two miles (3.21 kilometers) from Disney, the original Joe Lee layout was redesigned by Robert E. Cupp II in 1999. Water is in play on 15 of its 18 holes and the entire back nine provides challenges for all golfers amid the unique environment of wetlands co-existing with the 2000 room Orlando World Center Marriott resort complex. At 6810 yards from the Championship tees, Hawk's Landing features large tifdwarf greens, distinctive undulating fairways, and four sets of tees to inspire golfers of all skill levels. Open hours are seasonal and based on sunrise and sunset so call ahead.
Thornton Park is an upscale and sophisticated shopping district, teeming with boutiques, restaurants and bars within downtown Orlando. Nearby Lake Eola Park also offers a relaxing setting to unwind. Every second Thursday of the month, Thornton Park hosts a wine and art walk to celebrate the arts in the community.
At the end of vacation and business trips comes that inevitable moment when you have to figure out what to take to friends and associates back home. When that moment hits, stop at Art Angels for a look at an intriguing variety of dried floral arrangements, stationery, candy and gift baskets made to order. Focusing on an angel motif, as the name suggests, with lots of light and color washed walls, the store has a decidedly feminine air, but the staff is happy to see to the gifting needs of male shoppers as well.
Eola is known for its excellent wine tasting sessions. They have an impressive drink selection with more than 70 wines and 30 bottled beers. Tasty appetizers and comfortable seating area make it a good place to chill out. The outdoor area offers a more casual take on this 'beautiful people, great wine' atmosphere. Wines and cheeses clearly rule the roost, but there's more variety on weekends.
Hey, Floridians needs fur, too, so don't go snickering over the idea of a furrier here in the middle of one of the nation's warmest states. While there may not be much chance to wear them here, furs come in pretty handy in other parts of the world and Floridians do occasionally leave, despite the paradisaical aspects of the place. To warm up the locals who visit cold climes, this place has been fitting furs for 80 years. The La Belle Fur & Outerwear Co store claims that it's selling them at discount prices; you can be the judge. On sale here are fur, cashmere and leather, plus designs from noted American and European designers.
In operation since 1975, Soul Train Music claims to carry the area's largest selection of blues, reggae, gospel, rhythm and blues, dance music and videos. It draws a loyal local clientèle, as well as tourists who've heard of the store's reputation. Soul Train carries mostly CDs, but purists will also find a selection of vinyl records.
If you're looking for something special to perk up your home or a souvenir to commemorate your Orlando trip, add Foreign Accents to your list of shopping stops. Here, you'll find works of art imported from Europe, Indonesia, Mexico and many other nations. The fine art is a big attraction, as are the store's catalogs, from which shoppers can order upscale furniture. The home accessory items, crystal chandeliers, gilt mirrors and artwork are the perfect gifts for friends and family.