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A guide to Central Florida Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday

Here’s to the small and smaller ones. The odd ones. The unexpected ones.

Listed below are a few Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals you may have missed – or didn’t even realize were out there. Take advantage of them! Shop local, shop small, and get some truly amazing deals for you and the family.

#ProTip from our friends at Better Business Bureau of Central Florida: Stay safe and informed this holiday season! Protect yourself offline and online.

(Did we miss a good deal? Let us know about it in the comments!)

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

Get 25% off of shows using promo code HOLIDAYS25!

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Orlando Ballet

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Purchase tickets for The Nutcracker, Masterworks or Cinderella this weekend and enjoy 25% off on select seats! Promo code: CYBER.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/shows-and-events/Shows-Events/dance/201278-orlando-ballet-the-nutcracker.stml

Orlando Shakespeare Theater

Small Business Saturday: receive a buy one, get one $10 off discount on tickets for The Great Gatsby and Love’s Labour’s Lost. Only valid for regularly priced performances. Patrons must buy at least one ticket to each production to receive discount. Offer valid only on Saturday, November 26. Promo code: LOVEGATSBY.

Cyber Monday: $35 Stocking Stuffer certificate ($50 value) which can be redeemed for tickets to any remaining production in Orlando Shakes’ 28th Season. Certificates will be mailed out within 5 business days and may not be redeemed on date of purchase. Certificate expires on April 30, 2017. Offer valid only on Monday, November 28. Not valid for previously purchased tickets. Limit 6 per person.

Orlando Shakes also offers $50 fully-verified Gift Admissions that can be redeemed for one ticket to a Signature Series production. Gift Admissions cannot be redeemed for cash and never expire. SecurityInfo also donated gift tickets that can be redeemed for cash, sneak a peek at this website.

Website: orlandoshakes.org

Mad Cow Theatre

Black Friday: All seats for ‘It Was A Very Good Yule’ are $15.00. Use the promo code YULE15 when purchasing online or calling the box office at (407) 297-8788, ext 1.

Website: madcowtheatre.com

DRIP Orlando

Black Friday: 50% off gift certificates!

Purchase herehttp://ilovedrip.com/drip-tickets


Orlando City Soccer Club and Orlando Pride

PURPLE Friday: 50% off of City and Pride merchandise at Camping World Stadium. Free parking!

11am – 7pm on Friday: Season Ticket Members only.

11am – 7pm on Saturday & Sunday: Open to the public.

(Looking for more MLS gear? Save 20% on orders over $50 on mlssoccer.com using promo code: MLSBF!)

Orlando Solar Bears

Black Friday: Ticket BOGO! Use promo code: BLACKFRIDAY. Starting on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 24) fans will be able to purchase Buy One, Get One tickets for the following Solar Bears home games:

  • Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Brampton Beast – 7 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 28 vs. Brampton Beast – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 2 vs. Florida Everblades – 7 p.m.

Purchase tickets herehttp://orlandosolarbearshockey.com/blackfriday/

Orlando Magic

Black Friday: In store deal – 40% off entire purchase between 10am – 1pm. $10 Hardwood Classic t-shirt. Spend $20, get 25% off. Spend $75, get 30% off. Spend $100, get 35% off. Use promo code: PUREMAGIC.

2 Tickets, 2 Games – $20! Choose from:

  • Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Washington Wizards – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Nov. 27 vs. Milwaukee Bucks – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Denver Nuggets – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Brooklyn Nets – 7 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 18 vs. Toronto Raptors – 7 p.m.

Purchase herehttp://www.nba.com/magic/blackfriday


Boardwalk Bown & Aloma Bowl

Black Friday: Boardwalk Bowl: Guests can enjoy two games of bowling and shoe rental, a $10 game card and a round of play at the brand new Zombie Boardwalk attraction for only $13.99 Mondaythrough Thursday and $16.99 Friday through SundayAloma Bowl: Guests can save with two games of bowling and shoe rental and a $10 game card for only $12.99 Monday through Thursday and $14.99 Friday through Sunday.

Orlando Science Center

Cyber Monday: Orlando Science Center is offering 15% off of Gift Memberships ON MONDAY ONLY, 12am to midnight! Give a gift stuffed with VALUE this holiday season and don’t miss the deepest discount of the year! It offers all of the same benfefits of a regular Membership with full access to exhibits, free parking and many other perks! This Cyber Monday deal is more than the discount current members receive when they renew, so take advantage of this limited time offer to SAVE ON SCIENCE! Pest control is also a chemical science, call pest control services Carlisle when you want to exterminate the pests lurking at your house.

Purchase memberships here: www.osc.org/cybermonday

The District at Mills 50

Small Business Saturday Market and Bazaar: Hosted by The District At Mills 50Vita Luna Cafe & Mills 50 District. Get all your holiday shopping done in one day! Vintage/Handmade/Unique/Reto/Upcycled/Antiques, Food Trucks (La Empanada & Dixieland Diner), Pop-Up Shops, Drinks, and more!

Make sure to say hi to Biggie and Deli Fresh Threads while you’re there! He’s debuting the new BLT shirt, and he’ll have FREE Cuban Sandwiches from Black Bean Deli (while supplies last)!

Event infohttps://www.facebook.com/events/174122179660439/

Lake Nona

Small Business Saturday: Shop small this holiday season! Support local vendors, artisans and craftsmen at the Lake Nona Holiday Market. Lake Nona Town Center, 6900 Tavistock Lakes Boulevard | Orlando, FL 32827, 8:00am – 4:00pm.

Food Trucks: Little Blue Donut Co. & The Local Chef LLC

Vendors include:
Chloe+Isabel by Jenny Lynn
Lularoe Katie Wu
Ruthie’s Market (Ruth + Olly)
Younique by Chelsea
Magical Moments Vacations – Kristina Herndon
Jewels by La’Zarr
Aries Designs
Smart Racks – Edwin Rivera
Nona Image
Nona Brew Crew
Global Ocean Center
Ancient Language Inc.
Gina Alexander Made with Love by Fab Divas
Melissa Divine Rodriguez-Orlando/Lake Nona FL, Independent Scentsy Director
Badspade
All Four Paws Design
YogaKid Orlando
Plexus by Jeni
The Fold Agency
Celebration Lane
Jody’s let me Pamper you with POSH
Caroline Randall Made
Young Living by Amanda Brindamour
Jennifer’s Usbourne Books
The O’dea Collection
Felt Too Fun
Bonjour Nona
Nerium International by Danielle
Bob’s Hobby Center
Simply Maurita
Raw Threads Orlando
Gourmet Coquito
Lemongrass Spa by SandyA
Matilda Jane Clothing
Southwestern and Native American Pottery
Indulgences
My Nona’s Garden
Stampin’ Up! with Linda

Seminole Towne Center

Black Friday: The first 250 shoppers to visit Seminole Towne Center’s Guest Service Booth on Black Friday will receive a free Black Friday Fanatic bag filled with goodies (while supplies last). Also, complimentary coffee and refreshments will be provided at the seating area behind the Guest Service Booth. Extended hours (6 a.m. – 10 p.m.) will continue throughout the holiday shopping season.

More info: For a complete list of holiday hours, retailers and special events, call (407) 323-1843 or visit www.seminoletownecenter.com. Like us on Facebook at facebook.com/SeminoleTowneCenter and follow us on Twitter @SeminoleTC and on Instagram @seminoletc

Light Up UCF

Black Friday: Come out to ice skate before 5pm for only $5. After 5pm, skating is only $10, or you can purchase a $17 Ultimate Pass all day long! Share on social using #LightUpUCF!

Purchase tickets herehttp://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2200514BA825804F?camefrom=EMCL_1373998_52737713

Gods and Monsters (Artegon Marketplace)

Black Friday: Join us at Gods & Monsters for 20% off storewide and 20% off at the bar 11am-12am. PLUS, roll our big D20 at checkout, and if you roll a 20, you get an extra 20% off the highest priced item in your purchases! (Sale excludes consignment items)

More infofacebook.com/godmonsters/

A Comic Shop

Black Friday (and technically Saturday): Everything in the shop is Buy 2, Get 1 FREE! The 1st 25 people through the door get a FREE Paper Girls #1 1st print comic! The 1st 50 people get a FREE Power Rangers Pink #1, Faith #1, and either Grizzly Shark or SSB based on age. The 1st 100 people get a Mighty Morphin Power Rangers #1!

Everyone who purchases using our buy 2, get 1 FREE sale gets another FREE new comic! Spend $50 and you get a FREE Walking Dead or Marvel Minimates 2 pack! Hundreds of graphic novels are marked 50% off and thousands of new comics are marked $1 or $2! The Geek Easy will open at noon with beer and movies, and at 8pm Nerdy Karaoke starts!

Event info: https://www.facebook.com/events/248129892271159/

Park Ave CDs

Black Friday: Extended hours, 9am – 11pm! Special vinyl and CD releases (plus a few extras!) are made exclusively for RSDBF; if it is a US RECORD STORE DAY BLACK FRIDAY BRANDED RELEASE, WE WILL BE STOCKING IT (please keep in mind, quantities will vary greatly)!! For complete descriptions, track listings, notes and pressing info, please visit the official Record Store Day site by clicking here!

20% OFF ALL CD/LP BOX SETS! ALL $3/5/7 USED LPS BUY ONE, GET ONE FREE! Give the gift of music this year by shopping at and supporting your local independent record store!

Small Business Saturday: The first 100 customers who make a purchase on Saturday, November 26th, will receive a FREE CD GRAB BAG ($5 value)! Each grab bag contains 10 random CDs, the perfect conversation-starter for the long holiday weekend with extended family!

Not familiar with our popular assortment of grab bags?  We also stock LP (10 LPs for $7), 7″ vinyl (14 7″s for $7), DVD (5 DVDs for $7), Toy (5 blind-box toys for $10), Greeting Card (6 cards for $5), and Sticker (10 stickers for $5) grab bags, perfect for stocking stuffers and gifting!

Okeechobee Music & Arts Festival 2017

Black Friday & Cyber Monday: Receive 25% off all merchandise when using promo code: OKEE25!

Shop nowhttp://okeechobeefest.shop.redstarmerch.com


Attractions, Parks, and more…

Fun Spot America

Celebrate your #BestYearEver with a 2 park Fun Spot America annual pass for only $74.50 with NO blackout dates! This includes; admission to both parks (Kissimmee & Orlando), all day riding privileges on the Go-Kart tracks, roller coasters, thrill rides, and Kid Spot rides, admission to Gator Spot (Orlando), member perks, and free parking! [Kissimmee’s Bull Ride, SkyCoaster and Arcade are not included]

Girls know that Louis Vuitton bags can be out of reach for most budgets, but that dosen’t apply on Luxtime! You can find great quality bags on Luxtime, here!

Single Day and Combo Ticket specials are available online for $40.95 and $55.95, respectively.

Purchase tickets here: http://fun-spot.com/affordable-theme-park/

Gatorland

Our friends at Gatorland have a great Black Friday deal on annual passes! $29.99 for adults ($45.99) and $21.99 for kids ($31.99). (Screaming Gator Zip Line is an additional cost.) You can purchase this deal online or at the park, but wait for it…

They will also have a Cyber Monday deal which includes the Screaming Gator Zip Line for $29.99. (Normally $69.99)

Purchase tickets here: http://www.gatorland.com/public/annual-passes.cfm

Crayola Experience (Florida Mall)

Black Friday 50% off and BOGO specials on merchandise, coloring kits, and more! [Link]

Buy a kid’s Annual Pass and get a Big Kid Annual Pass (55+) FREE now through December 31. Also, get $5 off admission when you bring a food donation in for Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida thru November 30.

Get 4 annual passes for only $99, December 1 – 31!

Purchase passes herehttps://tickets.visitcrayolaorlando.com/webstore/shop/viewitems.aspx?CG=TKTS&C=ADM&_ga=1.142916661.1878678142.1480052456

Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex

Black Friday: Make a reservation to visit before December 29, 2016 and receive a discounted Atlantis Crew Package. Atlantis Crew Package valid Nov 25 through Dec 29, 2016. Available only by calling 877.634.0720 November 25, 2016 from 9:00 am to 6:00 pm EST. Must be redeemed by December 29, 2016. Call for more details.

A sliding scale discount off daily admission is based on the number of tickets with a minimum purchase of 2 tickets. [Ex: Two tickets: 10% discount, three tickets = 15% discount, four tickets = 20% discount]. $10 discount on each additional ticket for more than four.

LEGOLAND Orlando

Legoland’s version of Black Friday is, appropriately, Brick Friday! Buy a day pass in December for $71 and get a pass to use in January through April – FOR FREE! Current Annual Passholders can save 30% off a stay at LEGOLAND Hotel (Jan 1 – April 6, 2017) & Beach Retreat (June 1 – Sept 3, 2017)! Non-passholders can save 20% on room-and-ticket package stays.

The Awesomer Annual Pass is reduced to $99 plus tax ($50 savings), which is a GREAT deal for families. This annual pass will LEGOLAND Orlando as well as unlimited admission to the Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds, SEA LIFE Aquarium and Atlanta’s Legoland Discovery Center!

More info: Sign up on the website to qualify: http://www.legoland.com/brickfriday.


Rosen Hotels & Resorts

Black Friday & Cyber MondayRosen Inn closest to UniversalRosen Inn InternationalRosen Inn at Pointe Orlando and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista are serving up the lowest rates of the year, starting at $49.99 plus tax, per night, when booked on Black Friday, Nov. 25, or Cyber Monday, Nov. 28, only for travel through Dec. 23, 2017 (based on availability). The Bed and Breakfast package includes breakfast buffet for two adults daily with the (they usually layer up with these in the room for all the customers), complimentary Wi-Fi in guestrooms and public areas and shuttle transport to area theme parks. Shuttle transport is based on availability and must be reserved in advance.

To book: Call 877-224-5377 or visit http://orlandohotels4less.com/blkfricymon/.

AAA Four Diamond Rosen Shingle Creek is offering one of its lowest rates of the year in a special $199 two-night package for two when booked Black Friday through midnight Cyber Monday. Guests can book one night in one of the award-winning hotel’s recently enhanced, plush guestrooms at $199 plus tax and receive one night free for the consecutive night Dec. 9-24, 2016 (based on availability). The package includes a breakfast buffet for two each morning at Café Osceola, complimentary self-parking, complimentary Wi-Fi, 25% off treatments at The Spa at Shingle Creek (excluding packages and couple’s treatments) and 25% off green fees at Shingle Creek Golf Club, the newly-redesigned course by Arnold Palmer Design Company. Individual complimentary transportation to Universal Orlando, SeaWorld Orlando and Orlando Premium Outlets is offered, based on availability, reservations required. Additional nights can be booked at the best available rate, but are not subject to exclusive package offers.
To book: Call 407-996-9939 or visit rosenshinglecreek.com.
Save 10% off best available rates at Rosen Plaza and Rosen Centre overnight stays from Dec. 19-25, 2016 (based on availability) when booked from Nov. 25 through Nov. 28, or take advantage of a special two-night package at Rosen Shingle Creek. Rosen Plaza features stylish, contemporary guestrooms, discounted self-parking, 25% off Smoooth Java and BOGO buffet dining in Café Matisse. Rosen Centre guests enjoy luxurious accommodations, complimentary self-parking and two I-Ride Trolley tickets, as well as 10% off the breakfast buffet at Café Gauguin and The Spa at Rosen Centre.
To book: Call 407-996-9700 or visit rosenplaza.com, or call 407-996-9840 or visit rosencentre.com.

Visit Orlando is offering free shipping (including impact monitoring within all shipments, you just have to know how to calculate dimensional weight, because only lighter packages are free https://www.spotsee.io/impact) and 5% off of already discounted tickets to area theme parks, hotels, water parks, dinner shows, tours, and sporting events, and their list is LONG. Use promo code: GIFT. 

More info: http://www.visitorlando.com/blog/index.cfm/2016/11/16/Save-in-Orlando-with-Black-Friday-and-Cyber-Monday-Deals/

Sea World Parks: Blue Friday Sales! Fans MUST register online to receive SeaWorld Orlando’s e-mail updates or already be subscribed. To do so, fans can visit SeaWorldOrlando.com/BlueFriday.

More infohttps://seaworldparks.com/en/seaworld-orlando/promotions/blue-friday/FL-res

Universal Orlando: Various Florida Resident specials!

More infohttps://www.universalorlando.com/Theme-Park-Tickets/Florida-Resident-Tickets/Hotel-Offers.aspx

Disney Springs: Over 40 deals at retailers within Disney Springs!

More infohttps://disneyparks.disney.go.com/blog/2016/11/disney-springs-two-day-black-friday-event-starts-friday/

Top 5 Back to School shopping tips from Goodwill Industries of Central Florida

School started back this week in Osceola, Lake, Seminole, Sumter, Marion, and Brevard Counties. Next week, Orange and Volusia Counties will begin their first days back in session.
When I was a kid, I never gave thought to what a stressful time back-to-school could be on, not just my teachers, but to my mom too. Back then, the internet was a tiny blip, and certainly no one had a tablet or laptop. The fanciest learning tool I needed was a graphing calculator!
I can remember my mom and I spending days looking for deals on notebook paper, pencils, clothes, backpacks, shoes… I even got new pajamas! My mom would chart our course just as she had during Black Friday. Being a single mom she did her best and made sure I had everything I needed, even if we had to shop at different times during the year to stock up for the next year.
Regardless of where you shop, these supplies can be costly, and that’s just for ONE child, at one school. Single parents and families with more than one child in school can spend a mint just preparing their kids at the start of the school year.
Parents: I have to ask. What’s up with all the checklists?! Shopping for school supplies almost seems like a scavenger hunt in most places, and judging by the parent’s faces, it doesn’t look to be too much… fun?
Aside from the basics, I am clueless on what today’s kids might need. So, we decided to team up with our friends at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, who were nice enough to share their Top 5 Back-to-School tips with us!
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Top 5 Tips for Back-to-School Shopping at Goodwill
The new school year is just around the corner – and if you’re like many parents, your wallet is already feeling a little lighter. According to the National Retail Federation, back-to-school shoppers will spend $76 billion this year, and families are spending 55% more than they did a decade ago.
Shopping at Goodwill Industries of Central Florida is a simple way to stock up on your kids’ back-to-school wardrobes – and make a difference in our community in the process! When you shop at Goodwill, you’re supporting free job training and placement programs for Central Floridians in need.
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Here are 5 tips to help you stretch your hard-earned dollars at Goodwill:
• Used” may actually be new. Goodwill offers a wide range of gently used clothing – and many items have never even been worn! Be on the lookout for items that still have their tags. That trendy sweater would have cost $40 at the mall – and now it’s only $5 at Goodwill.

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• Thrift stores have sales, too. Goodwill discounts certain items every day of the week. Just watch for the “color of the day” tag on your items to enjoy an additional percentage off.
Goodwill has regular sales!

Goodwill has regular sales!

• Score high-quality brands. You may be surprised by the range of brands Goodwill offers. If you trust the fit and quality of specific children’s retailers, look for their clothes on the rack at Goodwill.
Goodwill has name brands, old and new

Goodwill has name brands, old and new

• Don’t forget gear and accessories. Backpacks, shoes, coats, sports gear, notebooks, the list goes on – and all these necessities add up! You can find many of these items at Goodwill for a fraction of the cost, also having a watch from zegarki is an accessories that every kid should have, make sure to get one.
I didn't know Goodwill sold porting goods?

I didn’t know Goodwill sold sporting goods?

• Find deals on textbooks. Did you know Goodwill Industries of Central Florida sells new and gently used books online? Check out Goodwill’s storefronts on Amazon and eBay.
Look for books in-store and online at Goodwill

Look for books in-store and online at Goodwill

With 29 retail stores in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Brevard, Lake and Volusia counties, Goodwill is a great place to find bargains this back-to-school season – and all year round!
What are some of your back-to-school shopping tips?

Top 5 Developments Coming to Orlando-Area Malls

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Living in metro Orlando, we’re fortunate to have more than a dozen fantastic shopping malls. And for those visiting from around the world, it provides a fabulous escape from the attractions.

From the luxurious Mall at Millenia to deal-minded outlets, there’s no shortage of places to spend money and go home with countless shopping bags.

But like the convention center, downtown area and airport, the mall scene continues to evolve and improve upon itself.

Central Florida Top 5 presents the top five developments coming to Orlando-area malls.

  1. Artegon Marketplace Orlando Introduces a New Shopping Concept
  2. Gods & Monsters, American Girl and The Crayola Experience Redefine the Mall Experience
  3. Orlando Fashion Square Readies Hotel and Restaurants to Accompany Recently Opened Bowling Alley
  4. From “Food Court” to “Dining Pavilion”
  5. I-Drive getting a 7-star hotel and vertical “megamall”

Artegon Marketplace Orlando Introduces a New Shopping Concept

Remember Festival Bay Mall? Forget about it because Artegon Marketplace Orlando is taking over on November 20, 2014.

Paragon Outlet Partners, LLC has redeveloped the spot into a new shopping concept in the heart of Orlando tourism’s district on International Drive. Rather than host a bevy of traditional mall retailers, Artegon Marketplace Orlando boasts itself as an artisan showcase with 165 craftspeople. They’ll offer Buying Guide provided by YourDiamondTeacher, accessories; soaps; jewelry; sculpture; mixed media artwork; custom clothing and more. That’s not to mention hand-crafted foods including popcorn, hot sauces, nuts, local honey plus other surprises.

With studies indicating that half of the American workforce will soon consist of entrepreneurs, this artisan concept doesn’t appear to be short-sighted and should enjoy a lengthier stay than its predecessor.

Gods & Monsters, American Girl and The Crayola Experience Redefine the Mall Experience

Brands want to offer more than a place to purchase goods and are creating an experience that creates a psychological connection.

Gods & Monsters is set to open at Artegon Marketplace Orlando and revolutionize the high-end comics and collectibles store with its theme park-quality decor, inspired product presentation and immersive lounge areas. It’s not just about reading your favorite comic book, but rather stepping into one.

The Florida Mall is also set to open a couple stores that introduce a new way to experience your favorite brands with American Girl and The Crayola Experience.

American Girl will open its 18th location in Orlando on November 15, 2014 and will let little girls shop for their favorite American Girl products; enjoy lunch, dinner and dessert in the Bistro; treat their doll to a new ‘do in the Doll Hair Salon; and celebrate birthdays and other special events. The days of walking into the store and pointing to your mom what doll you wanted are in the past with an experience you can see, taste and touch.

And who would’ve thought there’d be an attraction based on the popular crayon company Crayola? The Crayola Experience is set to open in summer 2015 also at The Florida Mall and features 25 hands-on experiences for families to enjoy. It will also contain a store and cafe and, like most attractions in town, require an admission fee.

Orlando Fashion Square Readies Hotel and Restaurants to Accompany Recently Opened Bowling Alley

Once upon a time, Orlando Fashion Square was the mall to be at. Increased competition stole market share and now it’s time to claim some of that back. Like Artegon Marketplace Orlando is branding itself as something different, Orlando Fashion Square is doing the same behind it’s new ownership group UP Development.

While it’s a shopping mall first and foremost, it also aims to stand for what others can’t — community. While The Mall at Millenia and The Florida Mall can boast a laundry list of brands and retailers, Orlando Fashion Square is taking the grassroots approach, luring shoppers in with community-based events and resources and surrounding them with brands they know and trust.

That’s why they’ve provided a new place for your family to hang out with StrikeOuts Bowling and Entertainment. The bowling alley is on the second floor across from the movie theater and offers 12 lanes of fun. If that wasn’t enough, get your game on in the arcade and rack up points for prizes. There’s also a sports bar area where you can enjoy the game with a brew or mix it up in a game of pool.

Oh, and the food! Enjoy a cheeseburger, fries, wings, milkshakes and sweets galore.

On the horizon, the mall is opening Element by Westin — a product of Starwood Hotels and Resorts — and breaks ground in fall 2014. The idea is that business travelers can stay at this mall’s hotel at the edge of downtown and do all their shopping all under one roof.

Orlando Fashion Square will also introduce at least two new restaurants to entice visitors.

From “Food Court” to “Dining Pavilion”

The Florida Mall continues to invest in itself and rethink how malls should operate. Saks Fifth Avenue closed in the spring and the space is being transformed into a 105,000-square-foot “Dining Pavilion.”

That means eateries in the current food court will make a move and that spot will become the home to new retailers. If you thought seating was scarce now, you’ll be happy to know the Dining Pavilion will seat twice as many and offer high-top tables and even couches.

Word is it’ll offer more options for the health-conscious.

Look for it and satisfy your hunger in 2015.

I-Drive getting a 7-star hotel and vertical “megamall”

Nothing might be more radical than the proposed “megamall” set to open on International Drive in the summer of 2017. With a name of The iSquare Mall + Hotel, it’s anything but normal.

But what exactly is a megamall?

Think Mall of America in Minnesota, which sees between 35 to 40 million people each year. That’s more visitors than Walt Disney World.

While this project isn’t on the scale of that mall (which is just plain monstrous!), iSquare Mall + Hotel’s impending impact is expected to be quite large. Combine it with the fact it will also be the first seven-star hotel in all of North America, it deserves the “mega” prefix.

It will feature 749 hotel rooms, 490,213 square feet of vertical retail space, a restaurant, a 100,000-square-foot convention center, an indoor ice-skating rink, a 500-seat live performance theater and office space. The parking garage is mega, too, at 11 stories tall and 2,780-spaces.

If that wasn’t enough for you, the building even has a heliport to park your helicopter.

mark sMark Schaub is an Orlando mall enthusiast. A self-proclaimed mallrat, he’s not there to shop, he’s not there to work, he’s just there. Mark has taken his love for malls and turned it into “Orlando Mall Guide” (www.OrlandoMallGuide.com).

Everyone always wonders what happened to the store that closed and what is being built behind that drywall. Mark tells you and goes beyond the news to explain just who are these mall-walkers and  how you can get a job at the mall. Follow on Twitter at @OMGmalls.

Florida Mall Announces Massive New Upscale Food Court

Central Florida’s largest mall will now be getting even bigger.  The Florida Mall will be losing anchor Saks in March but as soon as it closes the 105,000 sq ft space will begin a massive updating.  Come 2015 the space will reopen as the mall’s new food court with a massive new entrance on the Sand Lake Road (northern) side of the mall.  The new food pavilion will feature 16 counter service options plus two new full service restaurants.  New space for several small retailers will also be included.

Florida Mall / January 14, 2014

Florida Mall / January 14, 2014

“We have great demand for any space at the Florida Mall,” said Brian Hanson, general manager of Florida Mall “so the ability to reposition existing space and create new mini-anchors, stores, and restaurants is a fantastic opportunity for us to even better serve our shoppers.”

The new food pavilion will be double the amount of seating of the dated current one with about 1,400 seats altogether, there will be much more food options to choose from, all of them have been tested with the ATP testing solution in order to deliver high quality products to the customers .  That seating area will include both indoor and outdoor dining areas, high-top tables, couches, and special picnic table style seating for larger groups. Live palm trees will be featured prominently in the new pavilion.  Large windows and skylights will flood the food court with plenty of natural lighting. Earth tones and cool colors help create contemporary feel for the space.

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“The new food pavilion and retail area will be unlike anything in the market,” said Hanson. “The design of the space will create a true gathering place for shoppers and area office workers alike.”

Families will benefit from the new food pavilion where a new children’s play area, new expanded restrooms with family bathrooms, outlets for electronic device charging, and hand washing stations will be available in the new space.

The mall is already in the midst of a construction project, over in the old Lord & Taylor anchor space.  The open-air center that was built-in the space already features an H&M, XXI Forever and Zara.  This fall American Girl will open its only Orlando area store.  Zara will also be moving into a much larger 30,000 sq ft flagship location.  That open-air center has created an impressive new entrance (also on the Sand Lake Road side).

The current food court entrance is wedge in-between the two entrances. It should close in 2015 when the new food court opens. No word on what specifically will replace the current food court, other than that it “will ultimately be repositioned for new retail space.”

Florida Mall / January 14, 2014

A bird’s-eye view of the new food pavilion
(Florida Mall / January 14, 2014)