Having purchased a number of post cards I then discovered that my hotel sold them but at 50% more than the face value. I can’t stand being ripped off and just by change there was a post office close by so I purchased the stamps there instead. I understand it is quite common for hotels to charge a premium on stamps. You can purchase them for their face at garages and supermarkets.
Some "Tourist Info" Kiosks will have ads which says something like getting free tickets to Disney and other Orlando attractions. Read the fine print and 95% of the time they are from TimeShare companies promoting their condo or resort. In this case before you can get the free tickets you have to sit through their 2-3 hour presentation and sales pitch for their properties.
Your choice on how you want to spend your time... in the TimeShare capital of the world...
Unique Suggestions: If you do go to a TimeShare presentation, tell the greeter what your intentions are. For example, if you are there just for the free tickets and nothing else, then state it up front with the greeter so that you will be given less aggressive sales persons to churn you through the presentation.
If you're there for the free tickets and some real interest on purchasing a timeshare then state it up front with the greeter so that a more experienced sales person can be of service.
Fun Alternatives: Slight discounts on Orlando attractions can be purchased through:
1. Orlando Official Visitor Centers
There is one Orlando Official Visitor Center on International Drive about 1/4 mile past WonderWorks / Pointe Orlando
2. certain Walmarts
3. AAA Club offices
4. Florida Mall - there's an Orlando Attractions kiosk close to the Food Court
5. Premium Outlet and Prime Outlet - in the Food Court area there is an Information Kiosk which you can purchase tickets for certain attractions as well as discount promotions for certain outlet stores.
International Drive (aka I-Drive) is a long street of hotels, restaurants, mini-golf and attractions like Skull Kindgom, Ripley's and Wonder Works. Local residents consider that whole road a tourist trap and try to stay away from there.
Tommy Bahama opened a new restaurant near Pointe Orlando, the food there is not good. I would never pay to eat there again.
Unique Suggestions: One of the better restaurants on I-Drive is Bahama Breeze (American/Caribbean cuisine). It has a cool outdoor seating patio.
Fun Alternatives: You can find I-Drive stuff at any Bronson, Missouri or Gatlinburg, TN town. If you want to plunk down the money for those, go ahead, but people really come here to have fun at Disney, Universal, or Seaworld. I'd save my vacation money for those places.
This is another trap beware. They can be at the hotels, outside restaurants, and convenience stores. These people tell you that you can get a free night stay at a luxury hotel, a free cruise, or quick cash for taking a tour of some resorts. These are actually time shares which are a waste of time. They pressure you into buying a tiny time slot to use the property and it never is yours.
Unique Suggestions: Remember that you have to resist the temptation. If it is too good to be true, it probably is.
Orlando is one big Tourist Trap. You can chose to embrace it or loathe it., see it as an eyesore or a thing of magical beauty. I prefer the area in the middle. Orlando isn't as magical to me as it was when I was a kid but I still enjoy the kitschiness of it.
Got you! This is the number one tourist trap in Orlando. If something sounds too good to be true, then it probably is. Timeshares are all around the tourist attractions. A company may give you free tickets to Disney World but there will be a cost. You will usually have to sit through a 1/2 day seminar about timeshares and why YOU should buy one. It's long and painful and the people are real pushy. In the end, it probably won't be worth a couple of $60 tickets to Disney World.
Unique Suggestions: Just say NO!
Fun Alternatives: Look for discount books.
Yes folk's you remember wax museums right, well the makers of a populuar science type book made a wax museum and put thier name on it! It's well over priced and not at all thrilling. but if you like stareing at manacans in the department stores then this is the place for you! j/k no seriously your'e not missing much.
Unique Suggestions: Don't bring young children. they tend to get boared w/ this kind of attraction. and visit during the daytime hours when everyone else is at the themeparks to void the crowds.
Fun Alternatives: sit by the pool at the hotel, or try one of Orlando's dinning eateries, go shopping for someone special. trust me you could find a better use of your'e vacation time.
It's easy to find this place. It's in a "crooked" house in the very tacky "tourist district" known as International Drive.
$9 gets you an unpleasant 20 minutes of viewing displeasure. You can look at very large chairs and fake animals with two heads, but for the most part the museum frames photographs and hangs them up.
It's lame. Don't waste your time or money.
Fun Alternatives: Disney Quest at Downtown Disney
Okay, so in some seriously retarded moments, I have shelled out the fifty dollars to get from Uptown to JFK so I wouldn't miss my flight. To me, that's the most anyone should ever spend on travel per mile. However, Orlando has some other ideas. Cabs to cart around drunks here are plentiful but expensive, so watch out. You as the tourist would not know this, and that's what the cabbies prey on. Assign a designated driver ahead of time or you'll wake up with a head full of stars but an empty wallet.
Bongos is a cuban restaurant in Downtown Disney. It is outrageously priced. Here is an example: 4 of us went to see a movie and stopped at Bongos beforehand. We each had two drinks and shared an appetizer. Guess how much: $50-60. HA! I wish! our bill was $143.00 oddly when we inspected the bill we saw that although we were drinking the same thing, there were different prices for the drinks. When we questioned the waitress she offered a lame excuse of she 'gave a discount on the first round' right. We complained and the manager took a couple drinks off the tab, but was still ultra expensive.
Unique Suggestions: Don't be afraid to ask the price ahead of time.
Fun Alternatives: Take your business elsewhere.
Actually so long as you know what you're getting into you might see these as part of the experience. We did 2 on our first visit many years ago. The first in return for cheap park tickets, the second in return for $cash! Being absolutely broke on our last day when we called in at a tourist info centre and said "been there, done that" we were then offered $50 instead - great - it paid for our last day food, parking and spending.
Unique Suggestions: If it's an option go VERY early - they used to serve a continental breakfast for free. The kids get to play supervised and are therefore happy, and you get to see how the other half lives in some very nice condo's and villa's.
All you have to do is sit through the hard sell and say "No Thanks" when the time comes. Pretty easy when you couldn't afford it anyway.
Also quite fascinating how as you say no the price keeps coming down some more. We were out by 10.30 both times and since on our last day Disney was virtually across the road were in the park by 11am spending our $50.
I have been inripleys before at niagra falls...The only thing that is bad is paying $ 17.95 ea when you have 5 people just to walk through the place...since there are no posted prices you do not no till you get to the cashier..We turned around and saved the money for some thing else..I think we took the air boat ride which was much more fun...and different..
Unique Suggestions: bring alot of money
Fun Alternatives: play mini golf at pirates cove....
You know those discount theme park ticket booths in Orlando hotels? You think, "What a great deal, I can get my tickets here, instead of waiting at the gates!" Remember that old saying, "If it's too good to be true, it's not!"
I find that is the general idea for these discounts. Usually in order to get these discount tickets, you have to look into buying a timeshare, or buying something else.
Unique Suggestions: I don't think you really have to deal with this, unless you chose to. Some of these vendors can get aggressive, but it's because most of them work off commission.
Fun Alternatives: There are alternatives to this problem. When you plan a trip, buy tickets ahead of time, instead of purchasing them at the hotel. Most people buy the theme park tickets at the gate. If it is possible to get tickets online, or go to a travel agent, that is the best option. Just make sure it is all legit.
I went here with Mark, who owns a t-shirt / tourist store in Sausalito California. He just HAD to see what these guys were selling. Inside we found some of the cheapest quality shirts we could imagine and shirts with messages so tacky, they're not worth repeating here.
Then, at the front of the store, we saw the display pictured here. Baby shakrs in fermaldihyde, stuffed aligators and aligator skulls. Yuck!
Orlando, in general, seems like one huge tourist trap. This store, however, really screamed at us. Glaring neon, paintings of scantilly clad GIANT babes on the wall and the side of the building is a mural of a giant American eagle and U.S. flag.
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