D.J. Jones

Correspondent

  • Orlando, Florida, USA

D.J. Jones is a correspondent who lives in Central Florida and covers Orlando for Forbes Travel Guide. The prolific travel writer has a passion for great hotels, restaurants and the game of golf. He left a career at an Orlando luxury hotel to pursue these passions from a different perspective. Jones is a regular contributor for GolfWRX, Huffington Post Travel, and his travel blog, The World of Deej. When he is not cheering on the Florida Gators or Manchester United, you can usually find him on the golf course where he plays to a six handicap.

  • On May 31, 2013
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    What are the best restaurants in Orlando?

    The culinary scene in Orlando has grown exponentially over the last decade, with a stable of classic award-winning restaurants leading the way, alongside a variety of new favorites.

    The Forbes Four Star Award winning Victoria & Albert's at Disney's Grand Floridian Resort has been regarded as the best dining experience in Orlando for over two decades. The seven course, pre-fixe menu is a heavenly experience for the tastebuds, however those looking for even more intimacy should consider the exquisite Queen Victoria Room. This separate room with only four tables offers a fireside setting paired with a ten course culinary extravaganza. If you're celebrating an occasion or just need a good excuse to splurge, look no further than the Queen Victoria Room at Victoria & Albert's.

    In Downtown Orlando, The Boheme restaurant in the Grand Bohemian Hotel has been an Orlando favorite since opening in 2001. The menu is an eclectic mixture of New American cuisine, served in an ultra-modern dining room. In addition, the best Sunday brunch in Orlando is arguably found at The Boheme, where the mimosas flow alongside the sounds of the hotel's rare Imperial Grand Bosendorfer piano.

    Finally, if dinner alfresco is what you're after, pay a visit to the Forbes Recommended Vineyard Grill at the Ritz Carlton Grande Lakes. Their outdoor terrace is the perfect place to soak in the sunset, with a few delectable bites. The cheese display is one also of the most extensive in Orlando, and pairs perfectly with the restaurant's extensive wine list.

    Thanks to these restaurants and many others, Orlando has quickly became one of the culinary capitals of the United States, and that growth shows no sign of letting up anytime soon.
  • On May 30, 2013
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    Where is the best shopping in Orlando?

    While my fellow experts are correct that Orlando is home to plenty of great shopping for high fashion, many visitors will invariably find themselves on the hunt for the perfect souvenir. For that, the best shopping in Orlando is undoubtedly found at Downtown Disney. Specifically the enormous World of Disney store, where one can literally find everything under the Mouse's sun. From stuffed animals to t-shirts with jewelry and fine art in between, the World of Disney carries it all. They will even ship your purchases home to save you the hassle of bringing them back on the plane, or complicating your efforts to repack the car with the additional baggage.

    Also inside the World of Disney is a section dubbed "Bippity Boppity Boutique" where little ones can have a full makeover into their favorite prince or princess. A memory they will no doubt keep for quite some time, making it possibly the best souvenir of all.

  • On May 30, 2013
    D.J. Jones answered the question: D.J. Jones

    Where is the best shopping in Orlando?

    While my fellow experts are correct that Orlando is home to plenty of great shopping for high fashion, many visitors will invariably find themselves on the hunt for the perfect souvenir. For that, the best shopping in Orlando is undoubtably found at Downtown Disney. Specifically the enormous World of Disney store, where one can literally find everything under the Mouse's sun. From stuffed animals to t-shirts with jewelry and fine art in between, the World of Disney carries it all. They will even ship your purchases home to save you the hassle of bringing them back on the plane, or complicating your efforts to repack the car with the additional baggage.

    Also inside the World of Disney is a section dubbed "Bippity Boppity Boutique" where little ones can have a full makeover into their favorite prince or princess. A memory they will no doubt keep for quite some time, making it possibly the best souvenir of all.

  • On May 30, 2013
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    What are the best activities in Orlando?

    While the theme parks get most of the attention when it comes to activities in Orlando, Disney and Universal are also home to two incredible Las Vegas style shows that shouldn't be missed.

    First up is La Nouba by Cirque du Soliel, which is found at Downtown Disney. Inside the theater - which resembles a circus tent - acrobats from around the world put on an amazing display of strength, coordination, and agility. The show will keep you on the edge of your seat, and with so much activity happening onstage at once, there isn't a bad one in the house. Just be sure to book tickets early, as the show is extremely popular and is dark on Sundays and Mondays.

    Over at Universal, you'll find the Orlando outpost for the Blue Man Group. Where La Nouba will keep you riveted with feats of strength and skill, Blue Man Group will have you laughing most of the night. The show is a comic display of music and art, combined with an interactive experience for the audience. The young and young at heart will be entertained from start to finish, but be warned: You will get wet!
  • On May 30, 2013
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    What are the best attractions in Orlando?

    Orlando's status as the "Theme Park Capital of the World" is well deserved, however after waiting for the 3 o'clock parade, chances are you'll want to cool off from the sweltering Florida heat. That makes the various water parks around town some of the best attractions in Orlando. A personal favorite is Disney's Typhoon Lagoon, where you can take on such thrilling slides as the Humunga Kowabunga or just relax and drift along in their lazy river. Listen out for the shipwrecked Typhoon Tilly to announce the top of the hour and the impending tsunamis in the enormous wave pool.

    If you happen to prefer history to roller coasters, then consider making the 45-minute drive over to the coast for a visit to Kennedy Space Center. Here you'll find rocket exhibits, Imax movies, and a ride based on the game Angry Birds. You can even have lunch with an astronaut, all of which is designed to give visitors an up close and personal look at the history of America's space program.
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