(Closed) recommendations for activities/shopping Orlando for 12 nights?

posted 6 years ago in Honeymoons
Post # 3
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

If you want to go to the parks, you will need probably at least 3 days in Disney and maybe one or two in Universal.  You might also want to check out Sea World one day, I love that place.

Post # 4
2889 posts
Sugar bee

I love outlet shopping in the US but I would save that part for the end of my trip. First because there are some great outlets in Vegas (I think it’s the Premium outlets North -there’s north and south but I found the one which is just off the strip to be the best). Google Premium Outlets to see the locations of all. Second, I would not want to worry about carrying stuff I bought longer than I need to. I can’t really advise on Orlando but I do know you should make dinner reservations far in advance if you plan to eat in the Disney parks.

Post # 5
270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Hi, I loooove Orlando and there is so much to do! I would really recommend staying in a villa, and hiring a car. Maybe you would rather stay in a hotel though…def don’t do too much, if you are going to the parks have at least a day between them! There are tons of outlet shopping, Florida mall is good also although not an outlet. Parks wise, I would recommend magic kingdom, animal kingdom, universal studios -not the main one but the other one which I can’t remember the name off… and blizzard beach. We got a good deal on tickets from a place on I92, let me know if you want any more details! I’m well jel!

Post # 6
3886 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Rent a car and spend 2-3 days (if not more) at the coastal beaches. There’s tons of beaches within a 2-hour drive of Orlando. My pick would be St. Augustine which is a really charming and historic town, gorgeous beach, tons of great restaurants and lost of B&B’s. Cocoa Beach is for the most part a more quiet beach town, nice smooth white sand. Melbourne Beach isn’t far from Cocoa, they are both fairly close to Cape Canaveral, unfortunately no more space shuttle launches to watch but there’s still a lot of “space tourism” down there with various exhibits and visitors’ centers to enjoy.

Orlando itself gets a bit one-dimensional after a while but since it’s centrally located, you can drive to an awful lot of places from there.

Post # 7
2135 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I second the idea of going to Cocoa Beach for a day!

Post # 8
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Try to get into the actual city of Orlando. If you’re staying down by Disney and the outlet malls you’re not in Orlando, though everyone just lumps it all together. The actual city itself is about 30 minutes North east of the Disney area. It’s a really pretty little city and there’s lots to do. If you need a break from the Disney scene there are really great bars and restaurants in downtown Orlando and it’s not touristy at all and much cheaper. Check out Lake Eola. There’s a great restaurant/wine bar right on the lake (Eola Wine Company).

And personally, I would stay away from the International Drive (“I-Drive”) area. It’s popular with tourists for some reason but it’s pretty sketchy and VERY expensive. And it’s all just chain restaurants. Avoid. 

And I also second checking out the beaches. Cocoa is really nice and a bit further north is New Smyrna. It’s a cute little town with some great restaurants and big clean beaches. It’s much nicer than Daytona. If you want to take two beach days I would stay one night in Cocoa then drive up A1A from Cocoa to St Augustine.

St Augustine is amazing and the drive up the coast is beautiful. Have fun!  

Post # 10
205 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

You should definitely check out the Harry Potter World. Even if you’re not a huge HP fan, it’s absolutely amazing what they were able to do. Also, we went to the mantee reserve, it’s about 30 minutes from Orlando, but so amazing to see them up close (and it’s free).


Post # 11
97 posts
Worker bee

Since you’re going to be here for 12 days you should make the trip down to gulf coast beaches. Cocoa is nice but the water in the gulf is usually much more blue and clear, plus while you’re near Tampa you can visit some of the other parks like Bucsh Gardens.


Post # 12
17 posts
  • Wedding: September 2012

Winter Park is an upscale area about 10 mi. north of Orlando and is a very pretty town with lots of shops and restaurants, nice to walk around. Also, if you new husband has any interest in space travel, Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center are on the coast near Cocoa Beach (if that’s not your thing, have him drop you off at the outlets, LOL). 

Post # 13
7902 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

OMG, Mall at Millenia for sure and rent a car and go over to St. Augustine or Cocoa Beach for a day. Go to Sea World; honestly, they now have AMAZING rollercoasters. Their water park (Aquatica) is a lot of fun too.

Post # 14
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Last May we went to just outside Orlando for 12 nights. We stayed at the Sheraton Vistana Resort and rented a car. We were mostly there to do Disney and Universal. All the theme parks are big and have lots to see, if you want to see and do everything, you’ll need: Magic Kingdom- 2 days, Epcot- 2 days, the other 2 Disney parks 1 day each. You can see Universal and Islands of Adventure in the same day if they have longer hours that day. Both Disney and Universal have downtown shopping areas with lots of stores and restaurants. There’s a large outlet mall just off the highway on the drive from Disney to Universal. A lot of the “residential”, non touristy areas are pretty sketchy. On the days we weren’t at the theme parks or shopping we hung out by the pool at our resort and enjoyed the weather. 

Post # 15
62 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I forgot to mention that Disney’s 2 water parks. We went to Typhoon Lagoon one day for about 4 hours and had a blast. Sea World has an exclusive water park that could be worth looking into. It’s a little pricey but could be a nice honeymoon experience, it’s called Discovery Cove. On my last trip there, we drove out to Kennedy Space Center. It was fun, and interesting. 

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