Enjoy the Best of Shopping in Orlando This Fall
Fall brings cooler weather to Orlando, but at retail meccas throughout the area, shopping and fashion are heating up. From luxury brands at state-of-the-art malls, to eclectic boutiques with one-of-a-kind finds — not to mention special fashion events — we have something for every style and budget. Here are a few top locations to add to your Orlando shopping list this fall!
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Luxury Fashion Week at The Mall at Millenia
The Mall at Millenia in Orlando
The Mall at Millenia offers a shopping experience unlike any other, with more than 150 luxury boutiques and high-end stores like Louis Vuitton, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci combined with first-class dining options, about 10 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort. In short, it's a fashionista's dream — and starting Sept. 17, the venue will host its 13th annual Fashion Week!
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During this popular event, fashion-lovers can meet with key industry influencers at Fall Inspiration Stations in the Grand Court, or up their selfie game with photo opportunities throughout the mall. Shoppers can also attend a variety of programming, including the "Best of Brand" showcase featuring models, entertainment and special gifts, and a luxury store event benefitting Runway to Hope, a charity that helps local children and families impacted by pediatric cancer.
Visitors to The Mall at Millenia can take advantage of complimentary valet parking and Wi-Fi, plus currency-exchange services. You can even get answers to questions about Orlando, trip-planning advice, discount attractions tickets and other trusted resources from Visit Orlando representatives at the mall's concierge desk.
Scintillating Shopping and Family Fun at The Florida Mall
The Florida Mall in Orlando
The Florida Mall provides a day of shopping and fun for the entire family, just 20 minutes from Orlando International Airport, SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort. For starters, this mall is your source for several high-profile, market-exclusive retailers — including many that are kid-friendly — such as Crayola Experience, M&M's World, American Girl, Carlo's Bakery (headed by Cake Boss star Buddy Valastro) and The Disney Store.
All told, The Florida Mall's 1.8 million square feet hosts more than 250 retail, dining and entertainment options, making it the largest shopping destination in Central Florida. Anchor stores include Macy's, Dick's Sporting Goods, JCPenney and Dillard's.
Guests can also take advantage of a wealth of services, such as valet parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, currency exchange, baggage and package check, and two children's play areas. And if you want to plan your entire Orlando vacation around shopping, The Florida Mall can help with that, too, courtesy of The Florida Hotel and Conference Center, which is connected to the mall itself.
Top Brands for Great Prices at Orlando Outlets
Loft Outlet at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores in Orlando
If you're looking for great brands at a fraction of their regular prices, you can't go wrong with Orlando's outlet malls. For instance, at Orlando International Premium Outlets, you can find killer deals on coveted names like Guess, Calvin Klein, Adidas and Victoria's Secret, all less than 5 minutes from Universal Orlando Resort.
Located 10 minutes from Walt Disney World Resort, Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets has more than 160 designer and name-brand stores, offering savings of 25 to 65 percent off retail. Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores is close by, with savings on top designer names like Gap, Levi's, Nike and Tommy Hilfiger.
Diverse Shopping Districts in Orlando
Park Avenue in Winter Park Near Orlando (Photo: City of Winter Park Communications Dept.)
At Disney Springs and Universal CityWalk, you can shop till you drop — and then recharge your batteries with the all-in-one entertainment complexes' dining, nightlife and attractions. Admission to both locations is free, with Disney Springs providing complimentary parking all day. Parking at Universal CityWalk is free after 6 p.m., excluding special events such as Halloween Horror Nights.
On International Drive, Pointe Orlando and ICON Orlando 360 both pulse with a diverse collection of outdoor shopping, dining, live entertainment at nightspots, and fun attractions. Pointe Orlando's ways to play include Main Event Entertainment and WonderWorks, while ICON Orlando 360 boasts its namesake ICON Orlando observation wheel, Orlando StarFlyer, Madame Tussauds Orlando and many others.
You'll also find diverse shopping districts in and around downtown Orlando, but if you live to shop, you'll want to make the trip to Winter Park, about 25 minutes north of downtown. Here, you can stroll down 10 blocks of refined shopping and dining on tree-lined Park Avenue and its adjacent streets.
Shop at national retailers such as Lilly Pulitzer and Williams Sonoma, or browse for the latest styles at locally owned boutiques like Tuni and Violet Clover. Then, after a relaxing day of shopping, treat yourself to a delicious meal at any of Park Avenue's street-side restaurants, or take in views of the area's lakes and canals on the Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour.
Orlando International Fashion Week
Orlando International Fashion Week Returns This Fall
If you'll be in Orlando from Nov. 4-11 and want a true catwalk experience, don't miss Orlando International Fashion Week Fall 2018. It kicks off with an opening show on Nov. 4 at The Castle Hotel, Autograph Collection, featuring a night of fashion and live entertainment featuring some of Orlando's hottest designers and boutiques.
Orlando International Fashion Week will also include Fashion EDGE at downtown Orlando's Tier Night Club on Nov. 9, followed by a closing show at Wyndham Orlando Resort International Drive on Nov. 10. And on Nov. 11, children take center stage — literally — for the Fierce Kids Fashion Show, also held at Wyndham Orlando Resort. One thing's for sure: It's going to be fabulous!
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