Of course, when in Orlando… there are also a bunch of other silly/fun/random things to do in addition to those two.
The Central Florida Transit system is called LYNX. They have a trip planner, so that’ll make getting around easy. It’s 4.50 for a single day pass. or $2 one way.
Where to stay
I’m partial to these two, but they both have separate things going for them:
- Orlando’s Palm Lakefront Hostel (4840 W. Irlo Bronson Hwy 192 – Kissimmee, Florida)
- (19$/person for a dorm room or 36$ for a private room for 2)
- they have wifi
- Buses (for about 2$) out to places I’d want to see
- is a hostel
- Imperial Swan Hotel (7050 South Kirkman Road Orlando, FL)
- Has a decent location.
- Is not a hostel, but is still inexpensive
- Free shuttle service to theme parks
- con: Doesn’t have free wifi
Things that really excited me about going to Orlando is there is quite a selection of places to go that are vegan.
Here are a few I really wanted to try:
- Ethos Vegan Kitchen (1235 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL).
They seem to have a very comfort food vibe, which I’m very into. The Pecan Encrusted Eggplant and What’s the Dilly, Philly? (philly cheesesteak) are dishes that I’m very into.
- Café 118 Degrees (153 E Morse Rd, Winter Park, FL) Their entire menu is organic, vegan and also prepared completely raw.
- I read on someone’s blog they had a veganized meal from Norman’s (4012 Central Florida Pkwy, Grande Lakes, FL) at The Ritz. That was in 2007, but I’m hopeful that this could still happen.
- While in the Magical World of Disney, I’m going to take advantage of Brown Derby at MGM Studios.
It does not have a huge selection of vegan options, but it does have something marked vegan right on the menu (that isn’t a salad), the coconut-encrusted tofu with thai noodles and vegetables. It also serves one vegan dessert every day.
Coffee / Cafe
I was excited to hear about the Raphsodic Cooperative Company Bakery & Store (710 N Mills Ave, Orlando, FL). They are entirely vegan, and sound like they have a great variety of yummy baked treats, plus there is wifi! Definitely a must visit.
Another coffee shop that sounded interesting was Drunken Monkey Coffee
(444 N Bumby Ave, Orlando, FL). It’s not entirely vegan but they do have vegan baked goods, and a variety of nondairy milks. They would be another spot for wifi.
Fun (for me) Activities
I’m not sure how I could spent a lifetime not visiting this place.
Admission to the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex: is $41 adult/$31 child (ages 3-11) plus tax
But, since I’d want to take it to the next level… how does one do that? Why… with a half-day program of astronaut training of course. It’s pricy (no surprise there) $145 (plus tax)
ATX focuses on hands-on aspects of astronaut training, including a mission simulation and training simulators. During this exciting half-day of astronaut training, you will hear from veteran NASA astronauts and progress through a mission simulation as you experience what it takes to become a NASA astronaut.
Then there is the whole… Disney Experience.
It looks like a day pass to Disney would be $71, by the time I go, I’m sure it will change
- EPCOT Center, I’d want to check out Mission to Mars, and the Illuminations show (a combination of laser, lights and fireworks synchronized with classical music)
- MGM Studios. I’d have to go on the The Tower of Terror, see the Muppets 3D and Fantasmic( the fireworks show).
Then the other stuff…
- Universal Studio’s Orlando: has a special Harry Potter thing going on right now. I’m going to pretend I’m seeing it now.
- Then my usual art gallery visit, which in this case would be the Orlando Museum of Art
- Daytona 500: A park for race car enthusiasts featuring a museum, interactive exhibits, simulators, an IMAX theater and Speedway tours. I would have to check out whether there was a race going on while I was there, because it might actually be kind of fun to be there while it’s happening.