Orlando’s premium outlets are great places to spend the day shopping. With many brands to choose from and each giving large discounts, you may have a dilemma choosing between the two popular premium outlets, namely Vineland Premium Outlets and International Drive Premium Outlets. Both outlets are similar in layout but vary in size, brands and parking spaces.
Here are the differences, similarities and some tips on shopping at the outlets.
Free parking at the outlets but different number of lots.
Parking at the premium outlets is free of charge, which is a huge relief so you can have all the time you need to spend the day. However, the number of parking lots differ in the two competing premium outlets.
Vineland has both indoor and outdoor parking spaces; its numbers almost double that of International Drive, which only has outdoor parking. Thus, getting a parking lot at Vineland during peak shopping hours is less of a hassle with waiting times of about twenty minutes whereas at International Drive, you might have to wait for forty minutes.
Both outlets’ outdoor parking space is right next to the shops; making the shops easily accessible to and from your car, about a five-minute walk from the furthest lot. Vineland’s indoor multi-storey carpark is slightly further away. The multi-storey carpark is linked via an overhead bridge to the shops. There is an elevator in the multi-storey carpark as well. Walking to and fro the indoor carpark to the shops takes slightly less than 10 minutes.
Different number of stores and brands
Both premium outlets have a similar layout of shops; a mix of sheltered and unsheltered walkways with stores that line both sides. The Premium Outlet at International Drive is larger, holding 180 different stores compared to 160 stores at Vineland.
Some brands can be found at both outlets while some brands are at one or the other. The same brands also hold slightly different ranges at each outlet. Discounts for the same brands at the different outlets can vary, some deals are better at Vineland while some are better at International Drive, you can check these on the outlet’s website.
Save more with added discounts when you join the VIP Shopper Club
Go online and join the outlet’s VIP Club. It is a free membership that entitles you to discounts on top of the ones already in-store. You can get these discounts using a discount book that you can collect at the information counter in each of the outlet’s food court.
These discount books give you discounts such as additional 15% off your purchase or 50 USD off for spending of 150 USD at stores. Depending on the store, there may be additional discounts. Or if the discount in the book is better than the discount at the store, the store recognizes the discount in the book instead.
Simply log in to your account on your mobile device when you get to the outlet and show your logged in account with name to the attendant at the information counter. Try to log in before you get into the food courts because signal tends to be very poor and you might not be able to load the page. Each member gets one booklet only, so it might be a good idea to create an account for each shopper. That way you can carry multiple booklets in case you shop separately.
While you are at the information counter, you can also pick up a floor map of the outlet that will help you to navigate easily around the shops.
Arrive early to reduce waiting time
Tourists and locals alike frequent the outlets. Shoppers tend to come in between 1230 to 1500 hrs and the place gets packed. There will be long lines at the food court and the biggest struggle would be getting a parking lot. This can be felt at both outlets but more so at International Drive because it has half the number of parking spaces. On a busy day, you will see cars parked on pavements, grass patches and randomly on the roads. Fortunately, this can be avoided if you come any time earlier than these peak hours.
Have a great day shopping!
Each outlet has its advantages in parking spaces and brands available, take a look the full store listing on the website prior to visiting. Furthermore, you may want to consider the proximity of each outlet to you and the time of day you plan on making your way to the outlet so that you can get what you need.