Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Turns 20!

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Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores Turns 20!
By ATD’s Florida Experts, Susan and Simon Veness
When Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores opened in 1996 the likes of Belz Outlets, the Mercado Mediterranean Village and Flea World were big players. Disney’s Village Marketplace had not yet been renamed Downtown Disney, let alone Disney Springs, and Church Street was still a thing.

Quite a bit has changed at the shopping centre over the last 20 years as the outlets went from humble (our first mention of it in the Brit’s Guide to Orlando simply read, “New plazas are being added all the time, like the Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, with more top names like Reebok and Wrangler at discount prices”) to hearty (the 2016 edition of the Brit Guide devotes a full page to it).


Lake Buena Vista


The first fully purpose-designed outlet in the area, LBVFS also broke the mould by introducing a resort alongside an outlet mall, with the Lake Buena Vista Resort Village and Spa, which opened in 2006 and remains hugely popular with British visitors for its large, self-catering suites and fantastic kid-friendly pool with an enormous pirate ship as its centrepiece.


Lake Buena Vista Resort


There have been a few expansions over the years, with SoulFire Theater and Dinner Experience opening in 2002, marking an expansion that also added more shops to the centre. The Theater’s debut show was Memories and Mayhem: The Reunion of the Cursed Class of Herbert Hoover High, later transitioning to the popular New York show, Tony ‘n Tina’s Wedding, a raucous gathering as the Nunzio and Vitali families came together for a reception after the wedding, with you, the guests, also in attendance.

As it gained ground, competition entered the market, but 3 and 4 shopping days in a two-week holiday were the norm, and Brits continued to flock to the outlet not only for its shops—notably the Disney Character Outlet and the yummy pastries, coffee, and internet access at the World of Coffee Internet Café—but also for its easy walkability and free, convenient parking.

In response to its biggest overseas market (the UK), LBVFS introduced something unique in the outlet shopping world, and it now serves beer and wine in the Food Court, allowing the kiddies to enjoy a play area while their parents take the edge off their hectic holiday with a cold one.

The other benefits included shops that Brits didn’t necessarily know – like the bargain clothing of Old Navy, SAS Shoes and Travelpro Luggage – and some real specialities, such as the Lindt Chocolate Shop, Under Armour and the huge Nike Factory Store, all of which provide great-value shopping.


Lake Buena Vista Shopping

Here is a full list of the shops now open at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores:

  • Aeropostale Factory Store
  • Avanti Sunglass Boutique
  • Beyondtech
  • Calvin Klein
  • Carter's For Kids
  • Converse Sneakers & Apparel
  • Crocs
  • dressbarn & dressbarn Woman
  • Easy Spirit Outlet
  • Eddie Bauer Outlet
  • eSunWear Swimwear Outlet
  • Express Factory Outlet
  • Fossil
  • G By GUESS
  • Gap Outlet
  • Just Watches
  • Justice
  • Levi's Outlet Store
  • Lindt Chocolate Shop
  • Mall Office
  • NikeFactoryStores
  • Old Navy Outlet
  • Oshkosh B'Gosh
  • Perfume Smart
  • Rack Room Shoes
  • Rawlings Factory Outlet
  • Reebok
  • Reflections Spa-Salon
  • Samsonite Factory Store
  • SAS Shoes
  • Theme Park OUTLET
  • Timberland Factory Store
  • Tommy Hilfiger
  • Travelex
  • Travelpro Luggage Outlet
  • U.S. Polo Assn.
  • Under Armour
  • Van Heusen | IZOD GOLF
  • VF Outlet
  • Vitamin World
  • Wilsons Leather Outlet
  • World of Coffee Cafe

There is always something exciting going on at Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, with seasonal events such as an Easter Egg Hunt, Halloween Trick-or-Treating, and the famous (or infamous!) Black Friday sales events that take place in the U.S. on the day after Thanksgiving each November. And don’t worry if you do partake of a brew or two while you’re there. The outlet center offers a free shuttle to and from 66 hotels and resort in Orlando and Kissimmee.

Follow Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores on Facebook for coupons and special events, then join us on Attraction Tickets Direct’s discussion forums for more on shopping and all the fun you’ll find in Orlando!

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