Travel Diaries: Florida

Travel Diaries: Florida

Where I stayed

The B Resort & Spa

We stayed at The B Resort & Spa in the Lake Buena Vista Area.  The hotel itself had an amazing contemporary feel with quirky touches, and is within walking distance of Downtown Disney.  The hotel also offers a free shuttle service to the Disney parks (the hotel is located within the Walt Disney World Resort) which departs several times throughout the day and evening.

We stayed in a pool facing room with a balcony (highly recommended) and the leisure area with an adequately equipped gym (yes I used it!) was great.  The hotel also had your typical American 'Tony Roma' style restaurant just off the lobby which served breakfast, lunch and dinner.  The restaurant also had a fully equipped bar with stylish seating.

Things to do

I'm going to try and keep this section to a minimum, as Florida has an almost unlimited number of things to do - as you made have heard! 

Obviously the Disney Parks and Universal were our main port of call (I'll definitely get to that in a minute!) however we also frequented the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores where we had some amazing (like unbelievable) deals on luggage, watches, clothing and (of course) handbags! Hello Kate Spade shop...

The Parks

When it comes to theme parks, you're obviously spoilt for choice in Florida.  If you're new to it all you absolutely have to try them all of course! My favourites are Epcot (I think I'm on my own there!), Universal and Disney's Hollywood Studios (Tower of Terror has now gone - boo! but the Aerosmith roller coaster is a MUST!)

Downtown Disney

Downtown Disney is also always a spot worth a visit.  The area is filled with shops and bars and is perfect for an evening dinner and walk. There's so much to see! Expect crowds though as it does get really busy - it might be worth pre-booking those dinner reservations to avoid queueing.

Where we ate

Aside from the theme park food there were a couple of places we ate I though deserve a mention. 

Johnny's Hideaway

As a group of 13, Johnny's had no problem accomodating us for dinner without a booking.  The food is priced in the middle-range (i.e. not super expensive but definitely a bit more than your average meal out).  The food itself was faultless and service was great also.  Overall a great place to eat! I would definitely recommend it and will be going back next time I'm in Florida.  

Fulton's Crab House

Fulton's Crab House (pictured above) was a New Orleans style boat restaurant (now called Paddlefish) serves {as the name would suggest} seafood and American style fayre, with vegetarian options also available.  It's a great novelty style restaurant with great food in a fantastic location.

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