no disney,seaworld, universal in orlando

Jul 28th, 2007, 11:53 AM
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no disney,seaworld, universal in orlando

please help me spend four days in orlando without any parks.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 11:59 AM
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No can do. That's against some sort of law, I just know it.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 12:12 PM
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Gatorland? Although it is even tackier than the theme parks.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 01:04 PM
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Check out www.visitflorida.com for lots of great information.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 01:40 PM
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steamer-

Give us a few more details to work with.

When do you plan to come?

From where are you coming?

Interests (shopping, natural attractions, restaurants, etc.)?

How far outside the greater Orlando area are you willing to travel?
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Jul 28th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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Is the Tupperware Museum still there?
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Jul 28th, 2007, 03:30 PM
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Oddly enough, many of us who live here manage to be entertained outside the parks. ;-)

As OrlandoVic says, give us some more info and we can give you some recommendations.
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Jul 28th, 2007, 04:23 PM
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If you don't want to see the parks - and don't know what else there is to do - is there some reason you decided to come to Orlando to begin with? Versus Miami or someplace else in FL? Or someplace else completely different?
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Jul 28th, 2007, 05:58 PM
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Well, Downtown Disney is a fairly neat place. La Nouba is definitely worth seeing.
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Jul 29th, 2007, 03:21 AM
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I also say go to www.visitflorida.com for more information. We have lived just north of downtwon Orlando for 16 years and have been to the parks only 5 or 6 times with visiting family. There is SO much more here than that.
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Jul 29th, 2007, 04:47 AM
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Educational and entertaining
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Jul 30th, 2007, 11:28 AM
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Hope you don't mind if I piggyback onto this thread with my own request:

Hubby and I driving over for a long weekend to celebrate a Big Anniversary. Think romance. No parks for us either.

Where would you dine? We love special, independent, or maybe famous chef. Have already been to Emeril's (loved it). One night, cost does not matter, we want the best. Second night, we still want great food, but more casual.

Also, what's better for nightlife, Church Street Station or Pleasure Island? We love jazz, island, blues music.

Thanks in advance!
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Jul 30th, 2007, 11:56 AM
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For a visitor coming to the Orlando area, here are three of my very best picks. Any one would be appropriate for a special occasion.

1. California Grill. Scott Joseph is the restaurant critic of the Orlando Sentinel. His recent review <http://tinyurl.com/yuodao> should convince you that this is a superb choice.

2.Seasons 52 <http://www.seasons52.com/> on Sand Lake Road. This is a very classy restaurant and requires reservations 1-2 weeks in advance.

3. Artist Point <http://tinyurl.com/8nc5x> at the Wilderness Lodge. Great food in a Pacific Northwest ambience. It probably requires even more advanced reservations that Seasons 52.

You can't go wrong with either of these fine restaurants.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 12:33 PM
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Joan - it obviously would be decided by where you are staying. There are so many fabulous dining places away from the parks area. I am in the Winter Park Maitland area. Lots here for sure! As far as Church Street Station...most is gone and closed down, it is being worked on but not much there yet as I understand it.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 12:54 PM
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Thanks to both of you!
We are staying at the Omni in Championsgate (about six miles west of DW). The main restaurant there is called Zen, and there's also "trevi"...don't know anything about either. I know there are lots of great places on Sand Lake Road, how far would that be? Also, I believe Omni has a shuttle system to Disney, so getting to the California Grill would be worry free (got to have that bubbly!).
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Jul 30th, 2007, 01:20 PM
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Go out to the St John's River for an airboat ride. Tons of fun and you'll see lots of gators.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 01:41 PM
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Sand Lake has Antonio's - wonderful Northern Italian food. The origianl is here in Maitland but there are two other locations - Sand Lake and Celebration.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 02:24 PM
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Seasons 52 is also on Sand Lake Rd. One of my favorites.
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Jul 30th, 2007, 04:12 PM
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I second Orlando Vic's restaurant reccomendations. Had a fantastic meal at Artist Point earlier this year (man-I love the discounts get through my kids!). You might also consider Narcoose's, Citronelle (sp?), or Boma (casual but nice buffet). They are all on Disney property.

Pleasure Island would be closest for nightlife, but since you mentioned jazz & blues, you might consider City Wall at Universal, or some of the clubs downtown.

Since you have shuttle service to Disney, you might consider things to do there besides the parks. They have a couple of golf courses. You can hire a guide to go fishing: they have bass in most of the lakes. You can rent a boat and toole around on your own. Downtown Disney and Pleasure Island both have plenty of shops for browsing. You might be able to arrange spa services at some of the nicer hotels. There may be a concert or act you would enjoy playing at House of Blues (Downtown Disney) or at City Walk (Universal).

Away from the parks: airboat rides, space center & wildlife refuge, outlet shopping, swampbuggy rides, tubing at Rock Springs, canoeing at Wekiva, time at the beach, Morse Museum for great Tiffany art display and shopping in Winter Park, Orlando Art Museum and Science Center, and so on...
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Jul 30th, 2007, 06:38 PM
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Snorkeling with the manatees in Crystal River. About an hour and a half west of Orlando.

Winter Park is great...cute shops and a great wine bar right on the park.
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