The Florida Mall Hosts ‘More Than Pink’ Spring 2018 Promotion Apr 14-20

The Florida Mall in Orlando, FL

The Florida Mall has announced its Spring 2018 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.

From April 14 to May 20, visitors to The Florida Mall will be able to participate in a variety of programs to help support Susan G. Komen, such as:

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Cake Boss Buddy Valastro to Open New Bakery at Florida Mall December 5

Many know Buddy Valastro as the “Cake Boss,” and soon Orlando will get to enjoy his creations at a new bakery that will open at the Florida Mall.

Carlo's Bake Shop - Buddy Valastro

It will be called Carlo’s Bake Shop, and will be modeled after the flagship bakery in New Jersey.

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ThinkGeek to Open First Offline Retail Outlet at Florida Mall in Orlando

Online retailer ThinkGeek has announced it will open its first physical retail store at the Florida Mall on September 25.

ThinkGeek at Florida Mall

ThinkGeek, which specializes in collectibles and geek-themed merchandise, and its parent company Geeknet were recently acquired by retailer GameStop.
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Out and About: Previewing the New Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall in Orlando

Today (July 1), the new Crayola Experience opens at the Florida Mall in Orlando, to entertain families. Yesterday, my family and I had a chance to preview the Crayola Experience during a media event.

Crayola Experience opens at the Florida Mall - crayola crayons by Kirk Garreans

I was unsure what to expect as this is a new experience in Orlando. The original Crayola Experience, however, has been open for over 18 years in Easton, Pennsylvania, and this Orlando location marks their second location. So we went with an open mind, as well as a lot of excitement. Who doesn’t love Crayola, right?

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Crayola Experience at Florida Mall Close to Opening with Main Signage Now Up

The Crayola Experience at Florida Mall will be opening this summer, and they’ve now got the main signage up on the building.

Crayola Experience at Florida Mall At Crayola Experience Orlando, families will enjoy many of the brand’s signature attractions – such as “Wrap it Up!” where you can name and wrap an authentic Crayola crayon and “Be a Star,” where you can star in your very own coloring page – as well as some exciting new attractions that will debut in Orlando.

The attraction also will have a retail store where guests will discover hundreds of unique Crayola products and souvenirs only found at Crayola Experience.

This will be the second retail experience store for Crayola. We’ll let you know as soon as we discover an opening date.

Florida Mall Adds to American Girl Store Grand Opening on November 15 and 16, 2014 #agorlando

 As we wrote previously, the hugely popular American Girl store is opening an outpost in Orlando at the Florida Mall the weekend of November 15 and 16. To make the celebrations even bigger, the mall itself will be holding an array of activities during the opening.

Beginning at 9am, kids can enjoy an array of activities near the American Girl store, which will include live performances, arts and craft stations, a social media zone, food trucks and so much more. In addition, families will be entertained by elements like stilt walkers and balloon artists before entering the store.

The Florida Mall will also be hosting activity stations inside the mall from 11am-6pm on Saturday and 12pm-5pm on Sunday. This will include carnival row with carnival games and more near Buca di Beppo, Mad Science activity stations near Dillards, live DJ’s playing the kids favorite tunes near Old Navy and Center Court, arts and crafts near Center Court and more.

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Orlando’s American Girl Store to Host Grand Opening at Florida Mall November 15-16, 2014 #agorlando

American Girl opens in OrlandoIf you have a little girl in the house, chances are you are familiar with the American Girl brand. Well, shopping for that young fan is about to become a lot easier and fun for her when American Girl opens their brand new store in Orlando at the Florida Mall.

The grand opening celebration is set for the weekend of November 15-16 at the store, which occupies 15,000-square feet of retail space over two stories.

Inside, you’ll not only find the latest in American Girl products, but a Bistro where families can have lunch, dinner or enjoy tea service with their dolls (see sample menu), a Doll Hair Salon where dolls can get treated to a new hairdo, and more.

Family-friendly events and activities based on the American Girl characters and award-winning books will also be available throughout the year.

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Crayola Experience Coming to Orlando’s Florida Mall in 2015

Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall

Crayola announced this week that it will open a Crayola Experience at the Florida Mall in 2015.

At Crayola Experience Orlando, families will enjoy many of the brand’s signature attractions – such as “Wrap it Up!” where you can name and wrap an authentic Crayola crayon and “Be a Star,” where you can star in your very own coloring page – as well as some exciting new attractions that will debut in Orlando.

The attraction also will have a retail store where guests will discover hundreds of unique Crayola products and souvenirs only found at Crayola Experience.

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Orlando’s Florida Mall Plans New Food Pavilion and Redesigned Entrance

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Florida Mall has released plans to create a new food pavilion in a portion of the former Saks building.

The new food area will feature 16 eateries, including several new dining choices. The new design doubles the available seating and will feature indoor and outdoor dining options.

The existing food space will continue to serve customers until the new food pavilion opens, which is expected to be in spring 2015.

Here are some artist renderings of what the food pavilion will look like when completed:

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The Florida Mall to Host Free 75th Anniversary of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Event on September 21, 2013

The Florida Mall is celebrating The Wizard of Oz‘s 75th Anniversary on Saturday, September 21, with a free family event from Noon to 2pm.

Wizard of OzHosted by the Simon Kidgits Club, the event, full of Wizard of Oz inspired activities, will take place in the Macy’s Court.

There will be clip from the classic film, a storytime for the kids, character cut outs, coloring sheets, a Make Your Own Rainbow necklace, and The Wizard of Oz-themed giveaways.

In addition, those who dress up like their favorite Oz character will receive a free Rubie’s Red Trick-or-Treat pail.

Warner Bros is re-releasing The Wizard of Oz in a 75th Anniversary Edition on October 1st.

The Florida Mall is located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Orlando.

MAC Cosmetics Unveils Fall Color Collection at Florida Mall in Orlando August 30 – September 2, 2013

Beauty and fashion fans will want to be at the MAC Cosmetics store at the Florida Mall Labor Day weekend, when the company unveils its fall color collection to the public.

MAC CosmeticsFrom August 31 through September 2, the event will take place each day from 11am to 7pm, with a live opera performance, a DJ, and the chance to have one of the store’s resident artists create a new look for you with the collection.

Book your makeup appointment by August 29 at 407.251.9640.

The Florida Mall is located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail (at the intersection of Sand Lake Rd) in Orlando. The MAC Cosmetics store is located near the Florida Hotel area of the mall.

Bring the Family to “Macy’s Great American Drive-In” at Florida Mall to Watch The Smurfs Movie Free on June 25, 2013

Macy’s Great American Drive-InThis summer, Macy’s celebrates the 80th anniversary of the drive-in theater with “Macy’s Great American Drive-In” events nationwide, including their Florida Mall location in Orlando.

The event takes place in the Florida Mall parking lot, next to Macy’s, on June 25, starting at 6pm. It’ll be a free evening filled with fun carnival activities, top tunes and yummy treats.

At dusk, enjoy a screening of the family blockbuster hit The Smurfs and a sneak peek of the upcoming family comedy, The Smurfs 2, in theaters July 31st.

Shop the kids department that day and with any $40 or more kids purchase, receive a Macy’s Drive-In lawn chair to watch the The Smurfs in style.

For more information, visit macys.com/icons.

Renovation Plans Announced for Florida Mall in Orlando

One of the most popular shopping centers in Orlando, the Florida Mall has announced plans to renovate.

The center court, just outside of the food court, will be totally remodeled. The separate structure that once held Dylan’s Candy Bar will be removed and new tenants will occupy the space (I presume in a new structure).

In addition, the mall says they are set to welcome new businesses such as Wasabi Sushi- Modern Japanese Cuisine, Pinkberry, iFix and Repair and Signature Day Spa.

Victoria’s Secret is also undergoing an expansion.

The owners of the Florida Mall say all work performed will be done in such a way as to minimize interference or customer inconvenience during the mall’s operating hours.

Free Movie Night at Florida Mall on April 20, 2012

Wondering what to do with your family that won’t cost a lot of money this upcoming weekend?

Florida Mall has just the thing, with the next installment of their Movie Under the Stars program.

It takes place this Friday, April 20, as soon as it gets dark, over by the H&M. Just drive around until you see the big 35 foot jumbotron in the parking lot.

This month’s movie is We Bought a Zoo, starring Matt Damon. In it he plays a father who moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and re-open a struggling zoo.

So bring some chairs to sit on and enjoy a free night out with your family courtesy of the Florida Mall.

Gamers Will Want to Check Out Simon GamePlay This Weekend at Florida Mall

This weekend is Florida’s back-to-school tax-free weekend, but if you happen to be a gammer, you may want to visit the Florida Mall and not just for the deals the various stores will be having.

The mall will be hosting the Simon GamePlay event during which gaming fans can get behind-the-scenes peeks at game codes and meet some game developers in person.

There will also be giveaways, freebies and more.

Look for the gaming area inside near Saks from 10am to 6pm on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14, at The Florida Mall.

I don’t know what games are being featured, but the event is being held in conjunction with GameStop, so there will probably be a good variety.

For those 18 and over, there is also a separate Toyota Test Drive event happening in the mall’s parking lot the same days. You can test out some of the latest models and drivers even get a free gift.

The Florida Mall is located at 8001 S. Orange Blossom Trail, at the intersection with Sand Lake Rd.

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