Get Out of Disney

By Kelly Schrank posted 09-29-2017 10:30


As promised in my article in the latest AMWA Journal, I am sharing information on things to do while you’re in Orlando for the conference. AMWA staff has provided lots of good information already on the website, so please start there:

But if you’d like to get out of Disney, I have some ideas for that, too!

So what can you do when you want to get away from Disney and explore a bit more of Orlando?
5. Wrestle a gator at Gatorland(14501 S. Orange Blossom Trail, – it’s much safer than it sounds.

18. Ride an airboat at Black Hammock Adventures(2356 Black Hammock Fish Camp Road, Oviedo, Riding airboats and gawking at gators is a quintessentially Central Floridian activity, and Black Hammock, located on gator-choked Lake Jesup, is the spot to do it.

27. Browse Renninger’santique center (20651 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora, Start out in the sprawling lawn of squatters and then work your way up to the impressive collections housed in two separate markets.

31. Buy a used book from the eclectic, gently used collection at Stardust Video and Coffee(1842 E. Winter Park Road,
80. Wander the grounds of the eccentric, gorgeous Maitland Art Center (231 Packwood Ave., Maitland,, founded as an art colony in 1937 and dotted with charming little studio/cottages and kooky Mayan Revival carvings.

  • Head over to Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure for the Harry Potter attractions. There are many places to eat and drink at CityWalk, between the two parks, too.
  • Explore lesser known parts of Orlando looking for places that have been on the Food Network show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives:

Whatever you decide to do with your free nights and other time before or after the conference, I know you’ll be able to find something to see and do. It’s actually a great time to see Florida. While there are always tourists, there are not the throngs that you see in summer and spring breaks. And the weather is usually mild by Florida standards, not too humid, but warmer than what those of us in the Northern parts of the country are starting to get in November.

If you don’t have plans yet, it’s not too late, but you need to get moving. I hope to see you at #AMWA2017!