Let´s face it. While many people love to go on vacation and check out museums, parks, attending events or enjoy nature, most times, a vacation is not complete until you´ve gone to the Mall or the Outlets and you´ve done some serious shopping.
After all, that´s what most people ask me about when I am writing about a particular place, they send me tweets or ask me on Facebook or Pinterest: “Hey, have any tips for where to go do some shopping there?”. And that happens with every single city I cover. That´s why, now I´ve decided to formally add that to my coverages, and in this case I am going to review my visit to Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, the first outlet in the Orlando area.
We had been staying at Lake Buena Vista Resort and Spa, which I also reviewed, so the pairing of those two ended up being a great match, because I could walk across the street from my room to do some shopping at the Outlet.
Let´s start with a few general things about it.
Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is a mile away from Disney, which is a good option for those who are actually staying there on an on-site hotel. The outlet is in there since 1996, making it the very first one in the Orlando Area, and one of the early arrivals to Florida, before the big guns got there. If you are seriously thinking about hardcore shopping spree on your vacation, you should consider staying at the hotel too, as in Orlando distances are long for everything, and having the outlet stores just steps away is a big plus.
When you compare this one with other outlets in the area, it will clearly have some pros: It is a great place to do some shopping without having to be in the middle of a huge crowd. (I am talking about regular days; not around Black Friday or the Holiday season).
Another thing is you won´t be so easily lost or tireed if you go with little kids.
Some Tips for when you visit Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores
Get the Coupon Booklets. There are two different kind of booklets with coupons. Make sure you pick up both. Sometimes the discounts are better in on than in the other, sometimes you can even use both on your same purchase. If you are going to shop-a-lot, you need to shop smart.
Free Shuttle: If you are staying in a nearby hotel you can get picked up to visit the Outlet. You should make sure to check the list of hotels that have the shuttle, and the hours; and you can even forget about driving.
Parking: There are tons of Free Parking Spaces, and you can even move your car to park in front of the store you are buying. This is particularily important if you are with little kids, or people that get tired easily or need special accommodations.
Money Exchange Service: You can get to the Outlet with your own country currency and there is a finantial services and Money Exchange area.
Bag Wrapping: Sometimes you need to make sure your bags are secured. There is a place where you can leave them, and also you can have them wrapped in plastic.
World Of Coffee: When you spend a whole day of shopping, walking here and there, you will get hungry. And, same as there are a few options in the Hotel across the street, within the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores there´s a good options to grab a bite: World of Coffee.
There are tons of options to select in terms of coffees and delicatessen both sweets and salty treats.
Our selection, and the best option I can recommend is the Spanakopita, a spinach tart that is very tasty.
Now onto the important part… What can I buy when I visit Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores?
There are nearly 50 stores and over 400 brands in there, and you can buy anything ranging from clothes and shoes for men, women, kids, toddlers, babies, accesories, and many things more.
The full list of stores in Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is:
- Aeropostale Factory Store
- Avanti Sunglass Boutique
- Calvin Klein
- Carter’s For Kids
- Converse Sneakers & Apparel
- Easy Spirit Outlet
- Eddie Bauer Outlet
- ESunWear Swimwear Outlet
- Express Factory Outlet
- Famous Footwear Outlet
- G By GUESS
- Gap Outlet
- Just Watches
- Levi’s Outlet Store
- Lindt Chocolate Shop
- LOFT OUTLET
- Mike Sport
- Nike Factory Stores
- Nine West Outlet
- Old Navy Outlet
- Oshkosh B’Gosh
- Perfume Smart
- Rack Room Shoes
- Rawlings Factory Outlet
- Reflections Spa-Salon
- Samsonite Factory Store
- SAS Shoes
- Theme Park OUTLET
- Timberland Factory Store
- Tommy Hilfiger
- Travelpro Luggage Outlet
- U.S. Polo Assn.
- Under Armour
- Van Heusen | IZOD GOLF
- VF Outlet
- Vitamin World
- Wilsons Leather Outlet
All in all, if you are a shopping enthusiast, or you want to include some shopping in your next Orlando vacation, you shouldn´t leave this outlet out of your planning.
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