If you’re active in the Disney community, then you’ve probably heard about great deals and finds people snag at a Disney Outlet in Orlando. Kind Orlando friends have grabbed me some great runDisney merchandise at a fraction of the cost after the races. This post was prompted by the 20 minutes driving around the parking lot trying to look for said outlet. When I traveled to Walt Disney World recently, my friend Patty and I went on the hunt. We soon realized that all Disney Outlets are not created equally.
We stopped at a Walmart on Apopka Vineland Road to buy some race sign-making supplies to cheer on the Walt Disney World Marathon Runners. When we were headed back we saw a legit-looking sign that said Disney on it in an outlet shopping mall, so we stopped by. We were looking for some deals! It sold “theme park merchandise, but it felt like a gift shop you would find in Times Square. It wasn’t strictly Disney merchandise.
We did some asking around and an employee directed us to the Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets. It’s about 10 minutes from the Disney Springs area. Well we decided to come on a Saturday afternoon. Big mistake. Huge. I suggest arriving early when the store opens for better parking options.
Character Warehouse Disney Outlet
8200 Vineland Ave
Orlando, FL 32821-6811
It’s located behind the Food Court in the center of the outlets. I ran in really quick, but it was hard to shop, because we were in a time crunch, and it was so busy. They had some fabulous deals. Since I was there at the beginning of January there were holiday items like nutcrackers, ornaments, and tree skirts.
There was also a big summer blowout on 2016 merchandise.
There was a lot of merchandise to be found at 50%-80% off. Authentic Disney Parks merchandise. I saw t-shirts, Halloween shirts, Vera Bradley bags, toys, etc. Some things were not discounted though, like candy and park tickets.
It’s worth a look if you have some spare time and are looking to save money. You can also use a little retail therapy on a rainy day or on a non-park day. We sometimes would leave gifts from Tinkerbell for our kids in the hotel. This is a great place to find inexpensive souvenirs.
There’s also another Character Warehouse on International Dr., closer to Universal Orlando. The address is 4951 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819. ETA: My friends say that they like this Character Warehouse better. Smaller, but more of a selection. However, the closest one to Walt Disney World is the one on Vineland Avenue.