I’m following up on my Places to Go When You’re in Orlando post with another place-centric post today, I hope you guys don’t mind! When I first visited Orlando on my own in 2013, I didn’t explore the retail districts much – I stayed towards attractions and food places, only popping my head in the malls briefly and even then becoming overwhelmed before leaving.
Now, though? I have a list of places to check each time we visit where I can almost guarantee a great bargain – whether you’re looking to get official Disney merchandise for over 50% less than you’ll see it in the parks, or you’re after a great designer steal (the only time I ever buy anything designer is while I’m in the States, my wallet screams at the thought of even checking the websites back here in England!) then do I have the list for you! I’d love to hear if you guys have any go-to places, as well, for a great find or cheaper steal. And without further ado…
The Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets
8200 Vineland Ave, Orlando, FL 32821, USA
I absolutely love the Orlando outlet malls – the two on either side of International Drive, in particular. Although they differ in shops slightly (the Vineland one doesn’t have Bath and Bodyworks or Aeropostale, as well as some others), they both average out around the same price for their items.
If you’re after Disney merchandise – make sure to hit up the Disney Character Warehouse in the Vineland Premium Outlet. Firstly, their Disney outlet store is over double the size of the other one, and while I was there I found stock that was still being sold in the parks for over 80% off! I picked up a huge Mickey Halloween mug for $5 when I had seen it in Disney Springs for $24 literally hours before. Amazing.
The most important stores to check around the Premium Outlets are ones like Tommy Hilfiger and Calvin Klein – not just because they have awesome deals on all the time (which they do) but because when you make a purchase, you’ll also be given around 3/4 vouchers for additional money off at other stores in the complex. For each Tommy purchase we were given money off at Calvin, then vice versa when we picked up anything from Calvin Klein! Literally the best and worst way to find yourself in a spending spree!
Tommy Hilfiger Clearance Store
9101 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
This store is a godsend. Not just for their stock, but the fact that all stock rotates almost daily – meaning that whenever you visit, you can almost guarantee that you won’t see the store in the same state twice on the run. Every time I visit, Tommy jumpers (which are perfect for the weather back here in England) are $19, shirts are $14 and trousers can range from $15-30. You can pick up Tommy underwear for $3 a pair and scarves for $9 – it’s a little bit hectic, but a whole lot affordable.
Nike Clearance Store
5209 International Dr, Orlando, FL 32819, USA
If you’re anything like me, you’ll love Nike clothing. I’m pretty big into working out – and I love the Nike dry fit series for their material and how breathable they feel whether jogging or lifting. The prices can range from yikes to pretty steep here in England, but at the Nike Clearance Store in Orlando, it’s not uncommon to see the same stock already reduced with a store-wide 30% discount slapped on top of it, too. When I visited last week, all Nike tanks were $6 each and you could nab pairs of the exercise compression pants for $14 – which is a literal third of the £30 price tag they carry back here in England.
The Florida Mall
8001 S Orange Blossom Trail, Orlando, FL 32809, USA
Although the Florida Mall is somewhere that sounds mega expensive, if you’re purchasing park tickets from the UK then you’re more than likely to be granted certain perks for booking through certain sites. For example, when we booked our park tickets through AttractionTix, we received a complimentary discount book for the Florida Mall.
Even before receiving this little book of gold, I was entirely surprised by some of the deals we found while exploring the Mall. There was an additional 30% off all clothes (incl. sale items) at Hollister, leading to some great tees for $6 each, Bath and Body Works were hosting a special seasonal sale and giving out complimentary $10 vouchers with every $10 spent in store, and a load more stores had sales even better than those. It was amazing!
The Florida Mall seemed to have stores from every other mall we had visited while in Orlando – they had ones from Disney Springs, ones from the Orlando outlets and ones from Mall of Millennia – all under one roof, and the majority of them were hosting the same sales and honouring the same prices you’d have found in their other stores, too, which was super nice!
4750 Millenia Plaza Way, Orlando, FL 32839, USA
It’s pretty much impossible to avoid the Target-hype when you’re living in England. I feel like I see people talk about their love of the store all over social media: from YouTube to Twitter and even occasionally on Facebook. I never truly understood it, until – we visited Super Target.
When we visited last year, we poked our heads into Target near the Florida Mall and were surprisingly unimpressed with what they had to offer. I don’t know if I was just in a funky mood that day, or if I’d just built it up too much in my head – but that Target just reminded me of a rebranded Matalan. Even the colours were the same: I thought I was going to stumble into wonderland and instead walked into a clothing store that didn’t really have anything I was looking for.
When we took a bet on Super Target though, oh wow. I fell in love. This Target seemed to offer everything you could imagine – the layout was completely different, the clothes were all (weirdly) from a style that I would love to wear, and they all looked like they were great quality – I ended up picking up two lightweight sweaters in a 2 for $30 deal (#winning) and bought more sweets than my luggage allowance should have let me. It was an experience, to say the least.
Since that meeting, we ended up frequenting Target almost nightly. And, not gonna lie, it was one of my favourite things about our trip – haha!
As always, thank-you so much for reading. If you’d like to read more about my recent trip to the States, please click here.