Day 5 of Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019, the latest of my Disney Trip Reports, is here! Today we did a spot of shopping, visited Animal Kingdom, and had dinner from Bahama Breeze – our favorite off-site restaurant!
The Four Resorts, Two Festivals 2019 Trip Report Index tells you a bit about the planning of this trip, as well as some info about us – me, Michelle; and my husband, Steve. It also, of course, has the full list of days for the trip.
Day 5: Animal Kingdom
Orlando Premium Outlets, Dinner from Bahama Breeze
February 27, 2019
Considering this is our 7th trip to Orlando and Walt Disney World, you would not believe that we have never been to the Disney outlet at Orlando Premium Outlets!
On the run-up to this trip, we had been watching Disney vloggers on YouTube visiting the Disney Character Warehouse – and I was in absolute shock that we had never been before. Especially since we are Disney merch fiends!
The stores (there are two of them at both of the Premium Outlets in Orlando) sell Disney merchandise at knock-down prices. Often things that have just been for sale in the Parks and Resorts, and sometimes even still available, but at a reduced price. We were hoping that by the time we got there we would be able to get some good bargains – judging by what we saw on these vlogger’s videos!
However, when we did eventually get to the Disney outlet, we were really disappointed. I don’t know if we were just unlucky on the day that we went (stock moves quickly), but there was barely a thing worth buying (for us at least).
I bought some Tsum Tsum pins on the cheap for about $10 (normally closer to $40), and a couple of cute outfits for my newborn twin nephews. But everything else was just meh.
We were there for the opening time (a line was already forming, Disney merch resellers no doubt. Don’t get me started on those guys!) and we went on a day that was allegedly the “best day to go” according to these vloggers. But yeah, not worth the trip for us, especially since we didn’t buy anything else from other stores.
There are two Premium Outlets in Orlando one on Vineland Avenue, and the other on International Drive. We visited both and both outlets were disappointing!
To be fair we don’t buy designer stuff, so outlets are a bit wasted on us. Which is why we’ve never bothered going to them over the years other than on our first trip in 2011.
Will probably return for a look again on a future trip, but this experience was not it!
We did pop into a few other stores while here, and also had a quick spot of early lunch from the food court. We decided on a placed called Currito – Burritos, Bowls & Salads.
The food was Tex-Mex/Mexican you could choose from a variety of fillings for your meal (chicken, steak, pulled pork, tofu) and have it as a burrito, as a bowl (with rice base), or as a salad (with lettuce base). And then you could choose your own toppings.
According to our receipt we both had chicken and I had guacamole which was an added extra. Our total bill was $23.91 and included a can of drink which we shared.
We both really enjoyed our food which was really filling and tasted good and made a change from all the Disney food we’d been eating!
With our minimal shopping done, we stopped back at our resort – Disney’s Wilderness Lodge to drop our shopping back in our room, before heading on out again for a later afternoon visit to Animal Kingdom.
Animal Kingdom was celebrating 20 years (it opened on Earth Day – 22 April – 1998) so there were some flags and some merchandise still around from the year-long celebration.
With it being a late afternoon visit, we didn’t do too much other than a bit of a wander around, checking out the merch (after the earlier outlet disappointment!) and going on Kilimanjaro Safaris and It’s Tough To Be A Bug.
After the obligatory photos of the Tree of Life (which is just gorgeous and I will never tire of looking at or taking photos of it!), we saw Kevin (the giant tropical bird) from Up! doing a meet and greet of sorts. She is new to the Animal Kingdom and it’s the first time we’ve seen her – such fun!