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Food Recommendations in Orlando

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  1. cats88

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    My husband and I are going on a week long trip to Orlando for our honeymoon on Sunday, and I was wondering if anyone who has been there/lives there can recommend places to eat and get groceries that are budget-friendly. We will mostly be cooking in the room as it has a full kitchen, but we want to eat at a restaurant at least once or twice, and maybe order a pizza once. So, here are my questions:

    Are the Walmart/other grocery store prices really that high? What grocery store do you recommend we shop at? We will be at a resort close to Disney.
    What is a good seafood restaurant that isn't too expensive?
    Is there a Goodwill/other thrift store you can recommend for clothes shopping?
    What's the cheapest place to get a bathing suit?

    Also, what beach would you recommend we drive to? We might want to drive to a beach that isn't too far from Orlando just to see the ocean as I've never been to Florida before.

    Also, this is kind of embarrassing, but we are also going to Disney World (the honeymoon trip was a gift and they made the plans)... Is there anything for adults at Disney? I do not enjoy rides nor outdoor sing-alongs lol.

    This is my first ever "real" vacation, and I don't know when, if ever, I'll get to do something like this again. So, I want to make sure it is fun and enjoyable for my husband and I.
     
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  2. Sherbert Hoover

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    Regarding restaurants, Downtown Disney has some pretty bomb-ass places. I highly suggest the Rainforest Cafe if you've never been there. There is also one near Animal Kingdom if I remember correctly. There is also an incredible place at the Contemporary Hotel (the monorail literally goes right through it) called the California Grill.

    As far as things for adults to do at Disney:

    Magic Kingdom: I know you said you don't enjoy rides, but there are some very tame ones here. It's A Small World is a rite of passage. Pirates of the Caribbean, etc etc.

    Epcot: It's my favorite. The ride in the ball is super chill. There's also a massive section for cultural stuff, with an area for several different countries. Awesome food and such. Also give the soda testing thing a try.

    Hollywood Studios: I don't remember shit about this place because I spent four hours in line for Tower of Terror. Worth it.

    Animal Kingdom: Never been to the park itself, but it's supposedly a huge zoo. Kilimanjaro Safari is meant to be the closest thing to an actual African safari you can get, at least in the Southeast US.
     
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  3. cats88

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    Thanks! I think we're getting tickets to all four parks (buying them when we get there) so I'll get to see just about everything at Disney. The safari sounds cool!
     
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    I've never been to Disney World, but the last time I went to Disney Land over here in California, there was this McDonald's fries stand where they served nothing but fresh, hot McDonald's fries.

    Unfortunately, I heard they removed the fry stand in Disney Land years ago, so they most likely did the same to Disney World.
     
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  5. cats88

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    I think we'll be eating plenty of McDonald's on the way there (it's like ten or more hours of driving) lol.
     
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    I would really recommend you to go to universal studios too because you are going to be pretty close to it if you are going to Disney land
     
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  7. cats88

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    The trip was a gift, so we don't have much extra money to spend. Honestly, I'd rather go look at the ocean one day then go to another theme park as I am not a huge theme park fan. I read the parking at Disney is $20 per day, so that's $80 in parking right there just to go to all four parks.
     
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    At that point, it might be more cost effective to leave the car at the hotel and Uber there and back if your resort is close enough to the properties. That would save you the stress of having to figure out where to go, where to park, and remember where your car is, and maximize your time spent in the parks. Plus there are tons of codes floating around for $10 to $25 off Uber, so your first ride and then some should be free. Same goes for Lyft. Lyft has something where you can get a signup code for $50 off, $5 per ride for 10 rides.

    Also, if you're looking for beaches, Daytona Beach is an hour and a half drive from DW, is nice and empty this time of year (yet still warm) and there is plenty to do. The Ocean Walk Shops are awesome, there's an incredible Bubba Gump's, a beautiful bandshell (that's where I proposed to my wife a few years back), and if you wake up early enough, you can catch the sun rise over the Atlantic.
     
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    I know a lot of hotels have free shuttles to Disney...might want to check with yours before you decide to drive.
     
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  10. cats88

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    Just wanted to update you all and tell you that our Florida honeymoon was amazing! We stayed at the Wyndham Bonnet Creek Resort which is on Disney property. Our room had a jetted tub, walk-in shower, full kitchen, and washer and dryer. Our balcony had a pool view and a view of the nightly Disney fireworks. We relaxed in the lazy river, pool, and outdoor jacuzzi. The koi fish at the resort are HUGE. We only ended up going to Animal Kingdom, and the safari was so cool. The animals aren't in cages, so you feel like you are really in Africa. We ate Pizza Hut twice (it was the best Pizza Hut I ever had lol), I tried a couple drinks from the poolside bar at the resort, and I got Starbucks coffee at the resort. We also went to some of the Disney gift shops that aren't in Disney because they had really good deals. We even came home with some money, which is good because we needed it lol. Here are some pictures from the resort.

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