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.
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.**
When you can't walk cuz you fell off the sidewalk, go sit in the doctor's chair near the Tea Cups. The artist will paint your face whichever way you want. It's almost as relaxing as a massage!
Too bad I had to wait in line with a knee as big as my waist for 40 minutes but I don't want to get negative here!
My neighbour's face turned out well!
Orlando caters to tourists and derives a great deal of its income from the masses of families, honeymooners and others who visit its theme parks and other attractions. Once you enter Orlando, it becomes apparent that the city is attempting to take every cent you have, can withdraw from an ATM machine or borrow from your credit card company. The Disney resort area has this down to a science. Those staying at the theme park resort area are instructed to toss their wallets and anything else of value into a large bin located directly beneath the large overhead sign bearing a gigantic picture of Mickey which marks the entrance to the Walt Disney World property. Any coins that are somehow left over will be retrieved at one of the many tollbooth locations conveniently placed about 1/4 mile apart on any of the Orlando area highways.
The above is clearly in jest. Well, partly anyway. Beware of those tollbooths, as they will bleed you dry .75 cents at a time.
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.
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).
Eevry March, Winter Park hosts one of the best art festivals in the Country. Park ave is closed down to make room for the artists. All the shops have sales as well. It is a great time and you will be thankful to be exposed to so many talented people.
You ask for a piece of cake and they bring something close to the whole cake. But things are changing. Now they believe in style and they are commited to something mor eimportant than "more for your dollars". Good for them and for the rest fo the World.
The figure shows small rations for delicous deserts as they are served in Seasons52
Orlando is very conservative and not very open-minded. I was going to rag on it some more, but compared with other parts of Florida, it actually isn't that bad. It's probably the most gay-friendly city in the area--at least the downtown is.
The Orlando government is overly obsessed with image, and will go to great lengths to accommodate and protect tourists.
BEST INDIAN FOOD
12541 State Road 535, (407) 827-9080,
Oh, Dakshin, how we love you, but we long for you to be closer. Your proximity to Disney may mean more tourist dollars (or not), but surely you must know how we pine for your lusciously spicy seafood dishes and hard-to-find Goan preparations, but shrink from the thought of battling T.G.I. Friday's customers for a parking spot. All of it is served in such a classy way in such a beautiful environment … those sun-pinked Ohioans surely don't love you as much as we do. Come closer, Dakshin, and we will reward you with the banana-leaf hugs you deserve.
1275 S. Highway 17-92, Longwood,
Sundays at Gargi's Lakeside, 1414 N. Orange Ave., (407) 894-7907
The fairy godchild of Julian Bain and Sam Singhaus recently relocated to the newly-lakefront Italian eatery, Gargi's, and has shifted moods. Where it was once bawdy, it's now just picturesque. Better food and a better view make it still the place to drown your sorrows on a Sunday afternoon.
BEST OUTDOOR DINING
4201 S. Orange Ave., (407) 240-2557,
Herons, raccoons, gators and hapless waterskiers … what else do you need to look at while you're scarfing down dishes from Julie's surprisingly diverse menu? Gut-busting all-you-can-eat fish fries (on Tuesdays and Fridays) will test your consumption abilities, but decent salads and wraps as well as odd treats like lobster nuggets and toasted ravioli round out a stellar surf & turf menu. And hey, you can bring your dog!
You may find that the service here in the summer is not exactly...friendly. Please don't be upset. It's just the weather. Everyone is hot and sticky, and while you're on vacation and intent on having a good time, remember, the people serving you are just at work for another day.
BEST PLACE TO RID YOURSELF OF DEMONS
The Labyrinth at the First Unitarian Church of Orlando
1901 E. Robinson St., (407) 898-3621
The goal is to gain a greater awareness of the self and one's spiritual side.
BEST RADIO STATION
Real Radio 104.1 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)
As an alternative to Orlando's many hotels, the villas on offer make an excellent base for an...more
I stayed at Cypress Harbour with my kids and we all loved the place. The resort is beautiful and has...more
Nice, warm greeting at the Front Desk, with comfortable accommodations. We chose the 1-Bedroom...more