by Val Kilner
Hi we are going to Disney in August for woohoo 3 weeks – I don’t drive over there but would like one day to visit a shopping mall – not a designer one – but one where I will really get the mall experience . We are staying at CBR – can you guide me as to which would be the best closest one and approx how much we would be looking at by cab ? Or any other way we could get there safely – this is our 2nd visit & but will be our first time ever leaving Disney so am a bit nervous Thanks so much.
The Florida Mall is a great shopping center Expedia.com
Dad’s Shop ‘Till You Drop Answer
Shopping is a very popular activity in Orlando, especially for tourists! In addition to the designer shops, there are plenty of regular malls and outlet malls – and most are nice and close to Disney. Here are a couple I recommend:
Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets are open Monday-Saturday from 10am-11pm and Sunday from 10am-9pm. They have 160 stores like Adidas, Banana Republic, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Converse, DKNY, Forever 21, Kate Spade, Lululemon and more. Since it’s an outlet you might find some good deals. This is an open-air shopping center.
The Florida Mall has over 250 stores, including American Girl, JC Penney, Macy’s, Zara, and H&M. This one is huge at nearly 2 million square feet. It’s more of a traditional mall with department stores and boutiques, and has a mix of indoor/outdoor corridors. It’s open Monday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 10am-10pm, and Sunday 12pm-8pm.
To get to these malls if you’re not renting a car, your best bet would be to have your hotel concierge ring up a taxi for you – or, if you use the Uber mobile app, you can certainly use that service in Orlando instead of a taxi. When it’s time to come home, either user Uber again, look for a taxi stand at the mall entrance, or call for a taxi youself. Diamond Cab is a standard metered taxi service and their number is 407-523-3333.
Depending on where you are heading, you can expect to pay around $25-50 per direction. The Outlets are closer and have lots of great shopping, but if you’re looking for a classic American mall experience (or it’s a rainy day), The Florida Mall is where you want to go.
Dad’s Bottom Line
There is no need to be afraid when going off property to visit some of the nearby malls. The area surrounding Disney is all tourist-based and friendly. Of course, be safety smart as you would in any city – don’t leave your purse unzipped, don’t allow little children to run off from you, etc. You’ll have a great time on your shopping spree.