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Finally UPDATED! 4/11 - Keeping to a budget - offsite & Universal food pre-trip report - Oct 18

Hi there!

Welcome to my pre-trip report. Hopefully youll be joining us for our Orlando feast!

Day 1 - Travel Day (part 1)
Day 1 - Travel Day (part 2)
Day 2 - Shopping, Disney Springs, Popping into IOA and CityWalk
Day 3 - US, IDrive outlets and Texas de Brazil
Day 4 - IHOP & HHN
Day 5 - Volcano Bay, HHN & Steak & Shake
Day 6 - Islands of Adventure, Altamonte Mall & Taco Bell
Day 7 - Putting Edge, Bubbalous Bodacious BBQ, Blue Man Group & Hash House a Go Go


We are a couple in our early 30s with lots of Orlando/WDW visits under our belts. We will be spending two weeks in Orlando & since this holiday wasnt really meant to be happening at all... were going to stick to a budget... all things going well!

We are staying in a hotel, so no cooking amenities and will only be visiting the Universal parks. We both have fairly adventurous tastes, but do have a habit of sticking to what we know we love.

The aim is to stick to $100 a day for all food and drink for the two of us, all going well.

Ive got a list of favourite places as well as some new ones wed like to try. Since we arent doing WDW our plans are really flexible, so I dont have anything booked at all yet.

Were planning on upgrading our Universal tickets to annual passes so will have a discount on Universal / citywalk food and drinks.

Old favourites
Longhorn
Panda Express
Ihop
Mythos
Margaritaville
Earl of Sandwich
Cheesecake Factory
Cracker Barrel


Newbies
Hard Rock Hotel breakfast buffet
First watch
Kekes
Sweet Tomatoes
Teak Neighbourhood Grill

Blaze Pizza
Wine Bar George

Snacks
Voodoo donuts
The big Simpsons donut
Diagon Alley ice cream
HHN pizza fries
Dole Whip (if we end up visiting the Poly)

Vouchers
- Hash House a-go-go - Travelzoo -$29 for $50 of food
- Smashburger - groupon $10.12 (after discount) for $20 of food
- Cicis - groupon $2 (after discount) for buffet & drink for 2
- Steak & Shake - $25 gift card for $20 ($5 free for Halloween)

Whatdya think? Fancy joining along for the ride?


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Looking forward to this.p.s. The hard rock buffet is fab and their corned beef hash 😍😍
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Definitely coming along for the ride. Are you staying onsite at a Universal Hotel or somewhere offsite as you don't say where you're staying. Just helps to give local recommendations!
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Originally Posted by Floridaagogo View Post
Looking forward to this.p.s. The hard rock buffet is fab and their corned beef hash 😍😍
Welcome! My boyfriend isnt much of a breakfast eater, so Im really hoping I can convince him a buffet is worth it...!

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Definitely coming along for the ride. Are you staying onsite at a Universal Hotel or somewhere offsite as you don't say where you're staying. Just helps to give local recommendations!
Welcome! We are staying offsite. Down by Disney actually. I know its a strange choice but the hotel looked ok for the (very) low price and I like driving out there. Plus we can still do some of the WDW things that you dont need a ticket for.

Ive realised how much Ive missed off my lists... Bubbalous Bodacious BBQ and/or 4Rivers are definitely on the to try list. Im sure theres plenty more Im forgetting!
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Some of our likes and dislikes:

My likes
Chicken
Eggs
Steak
Biscuits and gravy
Avocado
Anything salted caramel
Oreos
American lemonade (no fizz!)
Mojitos

My dislikes
Fishy fish 🐟
Flakey / hard pastry
Mac & cheese
Peas!

DPs likes
Steak
Bacon
Bacon cheeseburgers
General Tsos 🤤
Chips
Chocolate cake / desserts
Dippin Dots
Cherry coke
Larger

DPs dislikes
Most fish
Mayo / creamy sauces
I think thats it...!

Were pretty easy going with our food and willing to try new things.
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