My wife and I live about an hour away from Orlando, so we go all the time....
There's an eclectic little strip of shops, and a couple of free-standing rides, called Old Town, that you should check out. It's in Orlando, right
near the parks, but it's really a pretty unique little place.
Downtown Disney is a pretty neat place to shop and window shop (can be boring for kids though, other than them badgering you to buy them
Gatorland is pretty interesting, if you're into alligators and seeing them up close.
Skull Kingdom is kind of neat...basically a year-round haunted house you can go through. It's on International Drive, and you can't miss spotting this
There are other theme parks worth checking out too...
- Sea World
- Wet & Wild (water park) - though in Oct, won't likely be a good time
- LegoLand (just recently opened)
- Discovery Cove (swim with Dolphins) - again, see the Oct. caution
There are some cool dinner theaters here...with a story as you eat
- Medieval Times (dinner while watching knights joust)
- Pirate Adventures (dinner while watching a bunch of pirates on a ship set)
- Arabian Nights (dinner while watching some great horse acts)
For other restaurants....
There's an Emeril's in CitiWalk (right by Universal). However, Emeril also has another restaurant (Tchoup Tchoup) I like better. It's very close,
inside the Royal Pacific resort. You can take the water taxi to it from CitiWalk, even if you aren't staying at the resort. I'd recommend making
reservations in advance to either of these places for dinner. Lunch, you can usually walk in, though in-season, always good to check. Simply put, this
is the best food I've ever eaten in my 40 years on this planet. However, it can also be a bit pricey. My wife and I's bill usually comes to around
$130 (including drinks and appetizers) for dinner.
The world's largest McDonalds is in Orlando, and it's pretty interesting. Their Bistro menu has very un-Mc food.
Chubby's Family Diner is probably the kind of diner you're looking for. They are strictly breakfast and lunch. They are on East Colonial Drive.
The B-Line Diner at the Peabody is a great 24hr place.
There is SO much to do in Orlando that you'll never get it all in, in one or even a few trips. Hope you have fun!
October is a GREAT time to go, as it should be cooler.
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