Local traditions and culture in Orlando

  • tip
    tip
    by doug48
  • Verbalized
    Verbalized
    by Marinel
  • Theme Parks
    by JuliWarfel

Most Viewed Local Customs in Orlando

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST RADIO STATION

    by Michael_D Updated Feb 3, 2010

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST RADIO STATION
    Real Radio 104.1 FM
    www.realradio.fm

    Talk radio is usually hideous. But if you have the choice of suffering the wagging tongues of right-wing nitwit Republican pundits or Monster (truck) comedians, the latter are certainly more entertaining for your busy ears. Between the Monsters in the Morning 6AM-11AM(Russ Rollins, Tiffany, Tom Vann, Daniel Dennis, Dirty Jim), Jim Philips (and Moira!)from 3-7PM ..they added the Buckethead 11/3PM show in the afternoon and SPK(Kevin) has his own show at night.(7-11PM)

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Pressed Pennies & Quarters

    by cjg1 Written Mar 3, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I had seen machines that do souvenir coins in other places before so this was not a new thing for me to see. It is a custom for Liz to get pressed pennies from every Disney location when she visits. She's been doing this since she was a child and has a nice collection from all of her trips.

    A souvenir penny is $51 cents (two quarters and one penny). A souvenir quarter is $1.25 (5 quarters).

    Was this review helpful?

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Pin Trading

    by cjg1 Written Mar 3, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I had never heard of such a thing as "Pin Trading". Liz had told me that it's a Disney custom and has become an obsession for some die hard Disney enthusiasts.

    In every Disney Park and the Market place there are pins and lanyards for sale. You start by buying a lanyard and a few pins. As you walk through the parks you can trade one of your pins for any staff members pin that you like. Certain pins are staff only issue so they are off limits (staf will normally explain that to guests). It's a fun activity for kids and adults alike. Liz used to be a pin nut but has resigned herself to just buy souveniers instead of doing the pin trading thing.

    There are some really cool pins in the Parks that display certain locations, attractions, characters and celevrations occuring in the park.

    Was this review helpful?

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar

    by cjg1 Updated Feb 18, 2009

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    All the Disney Parks and properties sell the Mickey Premium Ice cream bars and other Mickey themed ice cream treats. I had never eaten one before but Liz assured me that I had to have one. It's a good sized bar of vanila ice cream covered in a chocolate shell and shaped like Mickey's head. It was so good we actually had two in one day.

    The Mickey's Premium Ice Cream Bar is only $2.50 each so it's delicious and affordable.

    Mickey's Cookies n Cream Sandwich is $2.50 as well.

    Taking a Liz and her Mickey Bar

    Was this review helpful?

  • cjg1's Profile Photo

    Refillable Mugs

    by cjg1 Written Dec 15, 2008

    4.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    For only $12.49 (each) we were able to purchase a refillable mug at our resort. This enabled us to have free refills of coffee, iced tea, soda and hot chocolate for the duration of our stay. The mugs can only be used at the resorts but are worth it. We are both big drinkers of iced tea and that can add up at the end of the day.

    **The mugs also make a nice re0usuable souvenier of your trip.**

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    Orlandos best

    by Michael_D Updated Dec 2, 2006

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST PLACE TO RID YOURSELF OF DEMONS
    The Labyrinth at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando
    1901 E. Robinson St., (407) 898-3621
    www.fuconet.org

    The goal is to gain a greater awareness of the self and one's spiritual side.

    Related to:
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • nick723's Profile Photo

    No speak espanol?!

    by nick723 Written Aug 3, 2005

    When visiting southern FL, southern CA, or even West TX you mite want to brusch up on your'e spainish, because 3/4 of the pop's in theese area's speak only espanol. you wouldn't want to aciendly insult anyone, or find your'e self in spot and no one speaks english.

    Related to:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST SPANISH FOOD

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST SPANISH

    Café Aragon

    2415 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, (407) 671-
    2222,

    www.cafearagon.com

    OK, it might be best by near-default, but just because Café Aragon's menu is somewhat unique in town doesn't diminish the fact that said menu is a joy every time we eat there. The staff practically insists that you spend at least an hour with your dinner; not with slow service, but with a friendly atmosphere that's conducive to relaxed consumption of a substantial meal. Perfectly cooked meats and a variety of seafood preparations provide something for almost anybody.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST SEAFOOD

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST SEAFOOD

    High Tide Harry's

    925 N. Semoran Blvd., (407) 273-4422,

    www.hightideharrys.com

    We're very aware of the fact that there are prettier, more elegant (and more expensive) seafood establishments in Orlando. But we also know there's not a lot of class to be had when it comes to ripping into crab legs by the pound or plateloads of oysters. And Harry's serves up enormously generous portions of very fresh seafood cooked just about any way you'd want it. Couple that with a not-too-shabby beer selection (at good prices) and a supercasual atmosphere and you'll never drive to the beach just to get dinner again. Oh, wait, are we the only people who do that?

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST MIDDLE EASTERN

    Cedar's Restaurant

    7732 W. Sand Lake Road, (407) 351-6000

    The thing about Middle Eastern food is, well, every restaurant serves the same stuff — so you tend to just go to the one that's closest.

    Cedar's, however, adds inspired originals to the mix. The eggplant stuffed with pickled walnuts is worth the trip down to the Sand Lake Road restaurant pileup. And the usual suspects — delicate, fresh-baked pitas, silky baba ghanoush, luscious hummus spiked with ground sumac — are perfect renditions of the basics, without unnecessary embellishment.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST CEVICHE

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST CEVICHE

    Pollo Rico

    4006 S. Semoran Blvd., (407) 381-5519

    Seafood cooked in the acidic juice of citrus fruits is a glorious gift to us from the Incas.
    And the folks at Pollo Rico must be channeling the ancient deities, because their version of this essential South American dish is otherworldly. They toss big chunks of raw fish, scallops, calamari and shrimp into a vat of citrus juice (heavy on the lime) and let the acid do its thing. (South American fisherman in a hurry let the mixture sit out in the sun to cook faster.) Then they mix in tomatoes and cilantro, garnish with slices of raw red onion and corn on the cob, pile it high on a plate and put it in front of you, for the very reasonable price of about $11. And there we go slobbering again just thinking about it.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST MEXICAN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST MEXICAN

    Maria Bonita

    10615 E. Colonial Drive, (407) 282-1411

    Try as we might, I can't find a better Mexican restaurant in town than Maria Bonita's. We've been there so often they know us by name, which is probably a reflection on the dearth of good Mexican in this city as much as it is a recommendation. But believe us, you're not settling for what's available when you eat here. All the standards (enchiladas, burritos, tacos) are good, and the tortilla soup is exquisite. If you're lucky, they'll even serenade you while you sip your margarita.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST LATIN AMERICAN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST LATIN AMERICAN
    '
    Pio Pio

    5752 International Drive, (407) 248-6424

    Your first jaunt into this fabulous Colombian restaurant will be the beginning of a longtime love affair with their roasted chicken and garlic sauce. Even though Pio Pio is practically hidden in the back of an International Drive strip mall, it's clean and comfortable, and the no-frills atmosphere makes it a great lunch spot, a casual dinner joint, even a good place to dine alone. The service is friendly and even though the food choices are limited, everything on the menu could induce severe Latin-food addictions.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST KOREAN

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST KOREAN

    Shin Jung

    1638 E. Colonial Drive, (407) 895-7345
    ]
    Even your uncle from Alabama, who subsists solely on steak and potatoes, couldn't resist the bulgogi (marinated, barbecued beef) here. Every type of dieter can stuff their face on some of the tastiest meals around — meat for the low-carb crowd, chicken for the low-fat crowd. And everyone loves the array of marinated and pickled veggies provided with every meal. Try their whole menu of comfort foods and you too might be considering an early retirement in Korea.

    Related to:
    • Budget Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Family Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • Michael_D's Profile Photo

    BEST JAPANESE/SUSHI

    by Michael_D Written Mar 22, 2005

    1.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    BEST JAPANESE/SUSHI

    Yae Sushi

    2050 N. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, (407) 677-1088

    Picking the best sushi joint in town is like picking the best parents in town: The answer is always mine. Though we don't make it out to Yae Sushi as often as we wish we could, every time we go, it's like going to some other kid's house and saying, "Man, I wish my parents were as cool as yours." Service is impeccable, the atmosphere is authentic in a Kyoto-shopping-bazaar kind of way and the sushi … oh, God. A blinding variety of one-of-a-kind rolls, expertly cut sashimi and loads of hard-to-find dinner dishes make us wish that Yae would adopt us away from our strict, boring Japanese restaurant.

    Related to:
    • Family Travel
    • Business Travel
    • Budget Travel

    Was this review helpful?

Orlando Hotels

See all 353 Hotels in Orlando

Latest Orlando Hotel Reviews

Blue Tree Resort
497 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 9, 2014
The Peabody Orlando
1945 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
Baymont Inn & Suites International Drive Orlando
153 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 7, 2014
Hawthorn Suites Orlando Seaworld
381 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
Hard Rock Hotel Orlando
3281 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
Marriott Orlando World Center Resort
2257 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes
1561 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
Homewood Suites by Hilton Lake Buena Vista-Orlando
525 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
World Quest Resort
1238 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
Orlando Continental Plaza Hotel
470 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jun 30, 2014
Floridays Orlando Resort
4125 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
Marriott's Cypress Harbour
1031 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando - International Drive / Convention Center
840 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 10, 2014
Doubletree Resort Orlando International Drive
2964 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 11, 2014
Lake Eve Resort
579 Reviews & Opinions
Latest: Jul 6, 2014

Instant Answers: Orlando

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

99 travelers online now

Comments

Orlando Local Customs

Travel tips and advice posted by real travelers and Orlando locals.
Map of Orlando