Our Favorite Restaurants In Central Florida That Are Off Disney/Universal Property

We know that lots of theme park fans don’t like to go off theme park property when they vacation in Central Florida. We used to be like that, too. Eating at a theme park is usually faster than traveling off property to dine, it keeps you immersed in the theme park experience, etc. And we get it – there are indeed some really nice places “on property” that give you awesome food and/or theming, and you get to maximize your time in the parks. But if you limit yourself to just eating on property, you are denying yourself some incredibly good eats that usually cost a fraction of Disney’s and Universal’s prices and often taste even better than anything you can get in the parks or on property.

These are some of our most favorite “off property” restaurants. We’ve listed them in alphabetical order, since it would be almost impossible to put them in order of which is
best, second best, etc., and they run the gamut in terms of price point, food type, dress requirements and distance from the parks. Many offer meals throughout the day (i.e. breakfast, lunch, brunch, high tea), although we’re specifying our experiences with them for dinner. Most are places you can’t find anywhere else (or at least have only limited locations), they’re all “not to be missed” and some, we admit, are really just for adults (we’ve included level of “kid friendliness,” based on our observations, in each of the narratives). Continue reading “Our Favorite Restaurants In Central Florida That Are Off Disney/Universal Property”

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The Fate Of Anthony Bourdain’s Frequent Flyer Miles, How To Get $10 Off Amazon Prime Day Purchases & More

Wow, it’s already Sunday? How does the weekend go by so fast? Anyway, he hope you had a good week! Here are some travel articles we’ve recently seen that we think you may enjoy.

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Carnival & Midway Games: The Science Of The Scam, And How To Win

‘Tis the season for local carnivals, fairs, festivals and lots of other events that, at least in the U.S., usually includes soft ice cream, corn dogs, kettle corn, funnel cake, fried stuff on a stick, and “spin and puke” rides. Probably in that order. 😉

When I was a kid, the things I loved the most at the carnival were the games of chance. Whether it was squirting water into a clown’s mouth, aiming a wiffle ball to land in a red cup or trying to break balloons with darts, I was positive that I could beat the odds and win that 3’ plush Snoopy I had my eye on. Unfortunately, although I spent a whole lot of money trying, I never did win that Snoopy. But I did win a working kid-sized blender on a carnival roulette wheel once, when I was about seven.

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What Do You Do If You Forget Your Prescription Medications When Visiting Universal Orlando?

With so many things you need to remember when going on a trip to Universal Orlando, it’s understandable if you leave something at home. If you forget your toothbrush, toothpaste or comb, it’s easy enough to get those items at the gift shop of your hotel. However if you’ve forgotten to bring your high blood pressure, diabetes, thyroid or any other prescription medication with you, it could ruin your once in a lifetime trip to visit The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. While you’ll find many stores in Hogsmeade, a muggle pharmacy isn’t one of them.

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Luckily for you, it isn’t the first time this has happened to someone and pharmacies around the Universal Orlando Resort area are there to help you. Here’s a guide to help you get your medications and get back to enjoying your vacation.

Please note, the instructions below are only if you normally get your medications filled in the United States. If you’ve forgotten your medication and are from outside the United States, you’ll first need to see a medical provider in the U.S. to write prescriptions for your medications.

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How To Get the Most Reward Points When You Buy Amusement Park Tickets

Summer will be here before you know it and it’s time to start making plans for a trip to your local amusement or water park, or maybe you’re going to go to pack up and head to Walt Disney World for the week. Finding discounts for some places can be easy, such as saving on admission for Six Flags parks by bringing a Coke can (They’ve been doing this promotion since I was a kid). Finding discounts for the Disney parks can be much more difficult and here are some hints of where to look (and where not to).

Wherever you decide to go, you can also maximize the points you earn for the tickets by paying with the right credit card. Here’s how:

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