Downtown Disney Shopping Options – Part 4

If you got tired already of visiting all four Disney theme parks and even cooled off with the two water parks that they have to offer, why not just party, shop, dine over at the Downtown Disney Area. The area is divided into three sections namely Downtown Disney West Side, Downtown Disney Marketplace, and Pleasure Island. In this article we take a look on some of the shops and boutiques that you might consider doing some wonderful purchases. They have a variety of items to offer and would fit your reasonable budget. Here is the final installment of the shops in Downtown Disney.

EuroSpain/Arribas Brothers – This shop offers a lot of some one of a kind gifts, but they specialize in creating crystals. Visitors can witness some some talented craftsmen creating some wonderful pieces. There are some items as well that can be personalized.

Lego Imagination Center – For all the lego addicts out there, here is the store that sells anything and everything about Lego. From the basic blocks to their most up to date themes there is every kit for everyone. Besides the shop, they even have 3,000 square feet of play area. There are even photo spots that you can catch photos of some of those fantastic creations like the sea serpent by the lake.

Goofy’s Candy Company – For those who have sweet tooth or not, this candy store is the one for you. At less than $3 per quarter pound you can treat yourself to rows and rows of self serve bins. There are some that are already pre packed and for sale and some are in glass displays filled with your favorite treats.

Lefty’s – The Left Hand Store – Who wouldn’t have thought that there is a store for left handed? Yes, it could be found in Downtown Disney. They sell items such as pens, pencils, cooking utensils that fits for those people who are lefties.

Hand Arts Memories – Art is totally creative in many different ways. Even your own handprints can be personalized by these hand-painted artists. This is truly a priceless souvenir.

Rainforest Café Shop – Be a nature lover as this shop offers some merchandise that is hard to resist. From clothes, mugs, postcards, toys, candy and some private label condiments, your visit to the Rainforest café is superb with a good meal and some distinctive souvenirs.

Eclectic Florida Shopping Caters to Student Tours

Educational travel combines elements such as adventure, cultural encounters, and learning experiences to open students’ minds to new opportunities. Travel provides an element of learning totally unique from the classroom. But let’s be honest, while on an extended tour students also need some leisure time, shopping and entertainment to fit the bill. Not only is shopping most teenagers’ favorite pastime, it’s also a great way to experience a locale, such as Orlando, Florida. Here, student tours are treated to exciting shopping/entertainment complexes that offer hours of fun.

Universal CityWalk is a 30-acre hot spot for entertainment, shopping and dining. It includes everything from memorabilia at The Universal Studios Store to the latest teen apparel at Fossil. For a quick snack, students can head to TCBY, Starbucks Coffee, or Cinnabon.

When it comes to dining, the CityWalk has great restaurants such as the Hard Rock Cafe, NBA City, or Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. After dinner, groups can catch a performance by the Blue Man Group at Universal Orlando Resort. For those interested in movies, the 20-theater AMC Universal Complex features first-run movies and stadium seating. Finally on select dates, students can hit one of Orlando’s hottest dance floors on Teen Night at “The Groove”

Located in Kissimmee, Old Town is a unique shopping and entertainment complex. The stores along Old Town’s brick-lined streets feature a variety of specialty shops, including an old-fashioned general store, souvenir and collectible shops, and clothing boutiques. The stores not only offer shopping, but opportunities for students to have an old-time portrait taken, learn how to pull taffy, or visit the petrified rock forest.

Old Town also offers a number of amusement rides, including the new Super Shot. This thrilling ride slowly creeps its way up to 150 feet in the air and then shoots riders down in one full drop. The Old Town Slingshot catapults riders up 363 feet into the air.

Old Town has student friendly eateries offering up American fare, pizza, or British-style fish and chips. Every night at 7:30 p.m., live entertainment is enjoyed from the Old Town main stage.

Designed to reflect the tropical weather of central Florida, Pointe Orlando is a 17-acre shopping and entertainment complex with more than 60 stores, numerous restaurants, and attractions. Student tours enjoy the brightly colored buildings, towering palm trees, and outdoor plazas, complete with benches and fountains, where musicians and jugglers can often be seen performing. Shoppers indulge at Disney Worldport, Magnetville USA, and FAO Schwartz, where a 33-foot Raggedy Ann sits at the entrance to the store. For non-shoppers in the group, Pointe Orlando also offers an IMAX 3-D theater and WonderWorks. Wonderworks features virtual reality experiences and simulations of natural disasters. Johnny Rockets, B.B. King’s Blues Club, and Tommy Bahama’s Tropical Café and Emporium top the list of dining options.

The world’s most famous surf shop, Ron Jon’s Surf Shop was first begun in 1959 in New Jersey by Ron DiMenna, who was just discovering the sport of surfing with fiberglass surfboards. When he headed to Cocoa Beach several years later, the Ron Jon Surf Shop really took off. Today, it has grown into a world-famous surfing mecca. The Cocoa Beach store encompasses more than two acres, overflowing with surfwear, sportswear, and beach gear. The store also features an indoor waterfall and a glass elevator. Students enjoy purchasing a Ron Jon’s logo t-shirt – one of the shop’s most popular souvenirs. The store is open 24 hours a day.

At Downtown Disney Marketplace, students head to the World of Disney Store for the ultimate interactive shopping experience. Every corner bursts with fun-filled goodies and unique gifts. Two expansive floors at the Virgin Megastore feature the latest movies, music, and books. At Arribas Brothers, student groups discover the age-old art of glass blowing from European artists. Other highlights of Downtown Disney include Planet Hollywood on Location, the Rainforest Cafe Shop, and Orlando Harley Davidson.

Singapore – Beyond Shopping

When visiting the island of Singapore, the leisure traveler immediately begins to think of shopping. While Singapore is a shopper’s haven it isn’t the only article on offer. Beyond the urban metropolitan feel of the city and the usual attractions of Sentosa Island, Singapore is also host to botanical rich venues as well.

The Singapore Botanic Gardens, for example offer a calm and soothing atmosphere in which to spend time with family and friends whilst learning about a variety of plant life. The lush green three hectare site is home to more than 1,000 species of orchids and 2,000 hybrids of orchids. The Gardens also feature numerous botanically related venues such as the Ginger Garden and the Evolution Garden in addition to three beautiful lakes.

Another excellent stop is the Singapore Zoo. The zoo offers a walk through the rich Singapore rainforests with chances to view its beauty and its inhabitants. The zoo is also home to acrobatic apes, white rhinos, zebras, giraffes, meerkats, lions, elephants, white tigers and even polar bears. In addition there are also several types of rides within the premises which include trams, horse carriage and other animal rides. With such a rich offering of life on display, visitors won’t be disappointed.

Beyond the nature rich attractions you cannot afford to miss the world’s largest observation wheel. Built with cutting edge technology, the wheel stands at a whopping 165m off the ground. Visitors can see sprawling views of Marina Bay, the City of Singapore and beyond. The view isn’t the only thing on offer however. The Singapore Flyer has dining options in the form of several restaurants so that you can eat with family and friends whilst soaking in the magnificent view. The entire central atrium of the complex also features a rainforest which provides a serene environment to relax in.

Another venue you shouldn’t miss is the Raffles Hotel Museum. The museum is situated in the Singapore luxury hotel of the same name and is based around the hotel and its beginnings during the Golden Age of Travel. In this time period Singapore was known as the ‘Crossroads of the East’. Exhibits include memorabilia of Raffles Hotel, Singapore as well as the region during the period. In addition silver, china, postcards, letters and photographs from the hotel are also on display. Several 19th century photographs of Singapore and Southeast Asia are housed in the museum as well and represent an important historical documentation of early life in Singapore.

When in Singapore shopping will most likely have a role, however no matter what Singapore hotel you pick remember that there are variety of exciting venues out there to discover.