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TRAVEL TIPS: Orlando, FL

MEET
Theme Parks and TONS of walking…. it’s like a match made in heaven for podiatry!

EAT
One of Sarah’s & Ann’s favorite things to do when they travel to a podiatry meeting is finding new and interesting places to eat! Sarah is always on the lookout for oysters and the rarest steak she can find…. while Ann’s taste buds are constantly seeking out the best Mexican restaurant in the area! Fortunately, Orlando offers the best of both  worlds… it really must be the happiest place on Earth!

Sarah’s Pick
Ocean’s Prime
7339 West Sand Lake Road | 407-781-4880

I always “bank” on this place as a go-to when taking a group out to dinner.  The sides are a la carte with plenty for sharing with others.  Every time I’ve been there (which is several because I love it so much), we all walk away just looking forward to coming back!

Ann’s Pick(s)
Rocco’s Tacos | 7468 W Sand Lake Rd | (407) 226-0550

Additionally, The California Grill at the Disney’s Contemporary Resort (see more about that below) is amazing. Definitely make reservations.
You can watch the fireworks from the restaurant if you time it right!

If you were able to bring your family along, experience a Character Dinner at Chef Mickey’s at the Contemporary Resort.  It’s not easy to get in, so make reservations now!

Finally, Johnnie’s Hideaway is a great location for seafood lovers – like Sarah!

PLAY
Like many of the locations for podiatry meetings, if you can’t find something fun and exciting to do in Orlando… you must not be looking too hard!  With so much to see and do, here are some of our favorites for a quick visit to the area…

Of course – DISNEY

If you’re going to do Disney, read up on the blogs (Wdwprepschool.com and Disneytouristblog.com) about Fast Passes, Child Swap and other tips. Also, know that you can bring in food. I always pack snacks, drinks and sandwiches for my kids so we don’t have to spend all our time and money eating at the restaurants in the park.  Be sure to also check the FAQ on the Disney parks website for rules about bags, strollers, coolers, etc.

Best for families or just fans of Disney: Spirit of Aloha Dinner Show at the Polynesian

If you want some Disney experience, but don’t want to spend much money- head to Disney Springs. You can park for free, there are some activities for the kids, lots of Disney shopping plus boutique shopping and tons of restaurants plus nightly entertainment.

Didn’t bring the family… the best theme for adults is  The Boathouse at Disney Springs. Bonus! Walk off your dinner afterwards by shopping and exploring all that Disney Springs has to offer and there’s FREE PARKING in the garages.

Final Quick Tip: Avoid International Drive if at all possible. Traffic is terrible and most things to do in this area are super touristy and often aren’t worth the money.