Orlando Journals

Grabbing the mouse by the ears

A January 2009 trip to Orlando by karameister

Quality Inn Maingate West Photo, Kissimmee, Florida More Photos
Quote: Orlando theme parks and other attractions can be fun for adults without children. You just have to find the right things to do!

Giordano's Restaurant and Pizzeria

Restaurant | "Chicago-Style Pizza without the Winter!"

What can you say about Chicago deep dish pizza that people don't already know? It's delicious, it's filling, and if you have not had the pleasure of eating one before, run to your nearest Chicago-style pizzeria. Giordano's serves some great deep dish pizza in a family-friendly environment. The waitstaff is on the ball, and our waiter warned us in advance that our pizza takes about 40 minutes to cook. That very helpful fact is handy if you have hungry kiddos or you've never indulged in one of these monstrosities before.For those who don't know, a Chicago-style deep dish is huge. These pizzas are cooked inside-out, with the cheese and "toppings" inside, and sauce on top. Th...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 3, 2009

Giordano's Restaurant and Pizzeria
7866 W Irlo Bronsn MMRL Hwy
Orlando, Florida 34747
(407) 397-0044

Quality Inn Maingate West

Hotel | "On the Money"

Quality Inn Maingate West Photo, Kissimmee, Florida
Unless you stay at one of the Disney-specific hotels, any hotel you get near the Magic Kingdom will be about the same. I'd rank most of those hotels as cheap, but average, and the Quality Inn Maingate West is no exception. Don't get me wrong - this is not a bad thing. We paid about $25/night for the hotel in January. The hotel is clean and comfortable. They offer several standard amenities, including wi-fi, free breakfast, and shuttles to the main attractions. When we were there in January, the shuttle service seemed sort of sporadic. I'd recommend renting a car if you plan to go to Universal, or if you're the type that needs to be at a theme park from open to close....Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 3, 2009

Quality Inn Maingate West
7785 W US 192
Kissimmee, Florida 34747