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Name changed - but still great shopping
I had completely forgot when we arrived at the "BELZ" shopping area, just off International Drive, that it had in fact now become PRIME OULETS!!
I was a little confused, even though I knew the area well, fortunately. So make sure when you go, unlike my good self, that you realise the shopping mall that so many guides and holiday information packs you read before you go for your big Orlando adventure has changed it's name now. BELZ to PRIME!! As far as I could tell from the shops we visited, nothing major had changed, and all the malls and outlets all appeared to be in the same position, but it did occur to me at the time, that so many visitors have guides and information that they would have received in good faith from perhaps people who had been before or perhaps even the local library at home, and there would undoubtedly be a strong possibilty that the information they received had referred to these malls by their original name of BELZ.
So, with it's new name of PRIME, what can you expect? Well, as with any shopping expedition in the Orlando area, sore feet if you try to do it all! The place is massive and has every conceivable shop you are likely to want to visit really. If you have some favourites, from previous visits, you will likely find them here at Prime too! We, for example, never miss an opportunity to visit a GAP OUTLET store when in the area, and there is a large one here. The other shop we like to try to fit in too, is Disney's Character Premier, which is located in MALL 1. There is even a Universal store in this mall too. Though they do not tend to have the most up to date theme park items, we often find items in these stores which is a good way of reducing your budget and still having themed items from the "proper" shops!! There are of course a complete abundance of designer shops to checkout while you are there, including just about everything from Liz Claiborne Women to BIG DOG sports wear!! When our daughter was younger, we often used to head for the OshKosh Clearance too, couldn't resist the prices I'm afraid!!
My advice would have to be, have an idea of the stores you really want to go to, then plan from there, Prime do have a web site, this would really help any shopping trip. I am sure it is possible, but in 15 years, I am sure we have never been able to wonder around it all. Don't forget PRIME is the new BELZ though, still great shopping!! Have fun!!
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