Orlando Guide...Disney & Beyond



Bonjour my Beauties, a long overdue article I wanted to write about Orlando but better later than never right? 

This would be my guide of things I recommend in Orlando in terms of attractions, places to stay, food, entertainment etc (Of course this is according to the taste of a French girl that moved to Orlando, so still do your own research on google :)


LET'S GO:

Let's start from why Orlando is so famous.....Its parks...


Theme parks:

-Animal Kingdom, my favorite Disney park, I love walking around their because in all honestly they did such an amazing job at recreating each part of the world with its own culture, animal, music, food etc and NOW they added Avatar which is beyond what I expected (on that note, you MUST ride the flight of passage even if there is a ridiculous wait)
-Epcot, my second favorite where you have fun and learn at the same time, very futuristic concept, and there is also a whole section with different countries where you can experience their culture, food, drinks. Don't miss France :)
-Magic Kingdom, even though my article photo was taken in this park, I put it on third position simply because this where your kids dream come true, kid which I don't have :) It certainly has it own charm to take you back in your childhood with the Princess castle, Disney character parade, great park for photos etc but if you're an adult that comes to visit with limited budget, time and enjoy more thrilling rides, prioritize the other 2. For those that will visit though, I highly recommend this experience => Fireworks Dessert Party

Universal Studios  & Islands of Adventure  : If you love creative thrilling rides, you must do both park. I believe both parks are do-able in one day especially because you get to experience the whole Harry potter train that takes you to the other park. Go when it opens, start doing all the rides you want before heading to Harry Potter world which is located toward the end and then take the train to the head to there other park.


And of course, nothing more fun than go to water park especially with the Orlando heat. Her are the cool ones:Typhoon Lagoon, Blizzard BeachVolcano Bay (make sure to try their colorful ice cream, so yummy) Aquatica


Other fun things to do beside theme parks:

Kings BowlingIcon Park (cool area to hang out with many restaurants as well as activity), Leu Gardens (beautiful park to walk around), Orlando science centerTop GolfGatorland.



Shopping:

-Highly recommend you the outlets, amazing deals and great collection of clothes => Vineland Premium Outlets (beware, there is 2 premium outlets, one is international drive and the other one and my personal favorite because it has luxury brands is the Vineland one) Parking can be hard to find so I suggest either valet or go early in the mooning or late at night.

-Florida Mall, where you can find all the basic brands such as Zara, H&M etc...

-Millenia Mallfor the luxury feel of shopping, you can find brands like Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton etc...

-Disney Springs, has a really cool vibe with restaurants, entertainment as well as shopping with stores like Zara, Sephora etc..



And kept the best for last: Restaurants & Lounge: 

Canvas: Modern American cuisine 
Chroma: Innovative cuisine 
Urbain 40: American brasserie 
Luma: Upscale American
Bull & Bear: Steakhouse, I don't eat beef but the sides are so so yummy
Rusty Spoons: Farm to table
Oudom: Thai
Domu: Best noodles in town (personal favorite is the Uni Mazemem)
Mamak: Asian Street so food (must try the roti canai) 
Kabooki Sushi: Japanese
Kadence: Japanese (so so so good)
Dragonfly: Japanese
Capa: Spanish Tapas
Jaleo: Spanish Tapas
Bulla Gastrobar: Spanish Tapas (great charcuterie and paella) 
Santiago's Bodega: Tapas (try the lentil soup)
Old hickory Steakhouse: They have the best selection of cheese
Woodlands: Indian Vegetarian food (so yummy) 
Saffron: Indian
Rasa: Indo Chinese
Bosphorous: Turkish
Nile: Ethiopian 
Piazza Italia: Italian family owned 
Ravello: Italian
Bartaco: Taco
Pom Pom's: Delicious Sandwich 
Purple Ocean: Delicious Acai bowl
Valhalla Bakery: Only go for their Raspberry Almond cake

Great for cocktails and snack food: 


Voila! Hope you enjoyed this article.