Get your geek on at unique comic-book and hobby shops throughout Orlando.
Orlando is home to some of the coolest hobby, comic-book, games and toy stores on the planet. Read on for nine unique Orlando retailers where you can nourish your favorite hobby — or even pick up a new one.
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Comic Book & Hobby Shops in Orlando’s Tourism District
Gods & Monsters
Located on International Drive, less than 15 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld® Orlando, this shop offers comic books, games, toys and collectibles, as well as a robust events schedule. What really makes it stand out are thematic elements like a gallery of pop culture displayed as fine art, and the on-site Vault 5421, billed as a post-apocalyptic-themed, craft-beer bar.
Coliseum of Comics
A local tradition for decades, this family of stores currently has four Orlando-area locations, including one near The Mall at Millenia, about 25 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort and SeaWorld, and in Kissimmee, about 25 minutes from Walt Disney World® Resort. Besides comics, they stock games, toys and related merchandise, in addition to hosting gaming events.
Mike’s Comics & Collectibles
Just across from The Florida Mall®, Mike’s is a one-stop shop for comics, action figures, statues and other collectibles, and they also host cool events. Star Wars fans will definitely want to visit, as the store carries a vast collection of merchandise based on the fabled galaxy far, far away.
Comic Book & Hobby Shops in Downtown Orlando and Nearby Areas
Originally called Acme Comics Superstore, this shop has been selling comics, games, toys and related memorabilia since 1980. Inside their 10,500-square-foot collector’s paradise, they host signings, gaming tournaments, movie screenings, art exhibitions and other events. They’re located in Longwood, about 25 minutes northeast of downtown Orlando.
A Comic Shop
Don’t let the name fool you. The Winter Park store, about 20 minutes from downtown Orlando, packs a lot of under-the-hood surprises, including The Geek Easy — an on-site, craft-beer bar with fun events like “Geek Trivia,” “Nerdy Karaoke” and live music. Not to mention that the shop is a great place to stock up on everything comics- and games-related.
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Although this shop stocks pretty much everything a pop-culture fan might want, they really specialize in games. What’s more, they devote plenty of room to tabletop gaming of all kinds, including board, card, role-playing and miniature games. They’re outside Orlando’s Baldwin Park neighborhood, about 15 minutes east of downtown.
Colonial Photo & Hobby Inc.
This unique store in downtown Orlando started as a camera shop more than 60 years ago but, today, they service just about every sort of hobby imaginable. In addition to the latest and greatest cameras and related merchandise, you’ll find remote-control (R/C) vehicles, model trains and a lot more inside their iconic storefront.
Remote Control Hobbies
Although this acclaimed family of specialty shops has a handful of outposts throughout North America, Orlando is the only place to find them in Florida. Just 15 minutes east of downtown Orlando near the Baldwin Park neighborhood, the shop has a wide selection of R/C vehicles for land, sea and air, as well as everything you’ll need to keep your fleet in tiptop shape.
Big League Cards
In Casselberry, about 20 minutes north of downtown Orlando, this location is a go-to source for trading cards of all sorts, including rarities, autographed cards and more. Although they specialize in sports cards, you can also get Pokémon, Yu-Gi-Oh!, Magic: The Gathering and even My Little Pony cards. Plus, they run in-store promotions on a regular basis, such as Trade Night on Fridays.
Cover image courtesy Madame Tussauds Orlando.
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