How to Fill Your Cart and Tummy on Black Friday

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Black Friday is coming up fast. Here’s a look at some of the best deals, shopping tips and dining options for the big day, as seen on Orlando News 6!

Orlando Specific Black Friday Deals

  • Gatorland, the “Alligator Capital of the World” is offering several special deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, including rare savings off their annual passes and half off the park’s popular Screamin’ Gator Zip Line.
    • Starting at 6 pm on Nov. 22, Adult and Senior annual passes will be marked down to $36.99 (plus tax), from $44.99 (plus tax). Children’s annual passes (for ages 12 and under) will be $24.99 instead of $29.99 (plus tax). Passes can be purchased at or at the gate.
    • At midnight on Nov. 26, tickets for the Screamin’ Gator Zip Line will be marked down from $69.99 plus tax to $36.99 plus tax – that’s a $35 dollar savings! These tickets must be purchased online and are valid until Dec. 20, 2019, with some blackout dates. The Zip Line was voted best Zip Line in the USA by AOL Travel, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
  • Rosen Hotels and Resorts are also offering some great Black Friday deals! The promotion starts Nov. 23 and continues through Nov. 26.
    • Rosen’s Shingle Creek is offering five nights for the price of four, depending on availability for stays in November and December 2018 and September 2019. The property features an 18-hole golf course designed by the Arnold Palmer Design Company, a full-service spa, a state-of-the-art fitness center, a nature trail, four pools and tennis, basketball and sand volleyball courts.

      For information and reservations, visit or call toll-free 866-996-9939.
    • The Spa at Shingle Creek is offering 35 percent off retail purchased on Nov. 22-23, not including spa services or gift cards. Ten percent of each Beautiful of Hope Candle purchased will be donated to a non-profit working to combat sex trafficking while offering resources for survivors.
    • Rosen Centre and Rosen Plaza is offering five nights for the price of four, based on availability, for stays in Nov. and Dec. 2018, and Aug. and Sept. 2019. The property features a VIP concierge lounge, swimming pool, spa, fitness center and nine dining and lounging options.
    • Rosen Inn, Rosen Inn Pointe Orlando, Rosen Inn International and Clarion Inn Lake Buena Vista are offering affordable rates for families – just $69.99 per night (plus tax)! The breakfast buffet is included at no extra charge for two adults and two children; kids five and under eat free. These four hotels also offer free parking. Subject to availability and black-out dates, this incredible rate is available for stays at each of the four hotels from Nov. 23, 2018 through Dec. 23, 2019. Some restrictions apply.
    • To take advantage of these deals, guests must book between Nov. 23-26, 2018. Rates are based on availability and black-out dates apply. Offers cannot be combined with any other discount or promotion and are not applicable for group or citywide business. To book, visit or call toll-free 877-224-5377 and ask for the Visit Orlando Black Friday/Cyber Monday special rate (rate code: VOBF).

Avanti International’s Cyber Sale Deal includes 50% off room for select dates in 2019 plus 2 frozen drinks:

Avanti International Resort, located on Orlando’s famed International Drive is steps away from the world-famous Orlando Eye. The 652-room resort reaches beyond expectations with modern furnishings and on-site amenities including a 24-hour fitness center, access to high-speed Internet, an expansive zero-entry pool area with kid’s water playscapes, a hot tub, and a sandy beach area. Avanti International Resort also offers complimentary shuttle services to popular attractions including Disney World, Universal Orlando, and SeaWorld, putting guests in the center of everything fun in Orlando.

Avanti Palms Cyber Sale Deal includes 30% off rooms for select dates in 2019 plus 2 frozen drinks: 

Avanti Palms Resort & Conference is also located on International drive, minutes away from Universal Orlando theme parks. The newly rejuvenated resort features more than 200 remodeled guestrooms with views of Universal’s new Volcano Bay and over 20-thousand square feet of meeting and event space. On-site amenities will include a 24-hour fitness center, access to high-speed Internet, and an outdoor pool area with music, fountains, kid’s water playscapes, hot tub, and beach volleyball. The renovated resort also houses a business center and a lobby redesigned to transport guest into a vibrant and stylish atmosphere with new furnishings, flooring and lighting.


Floridays Cybersale includes 30% off your suite for select dates in 2019 plus 2 frozen drinks: 

Floridays Orlando Resort is a luxury all suite condominium-style resort located in the middle of the magic on International Drive near Disney World. This family-friendly resort offers 2- and 3-bedroom suites with full kitchens, balconies, and washer/dryers. Floridays has had the honor of being recognized as TripAdvisor's #1 Family Friendly Resort in the U.S. in 2013, 2014, 2016, and 2017. Floridays was also awarded the Certificate of Excellence in 2013, 2017, and 2018.

The Point’s Cyber Sale is 30% off your suite for select dates in 2019 plus 2 frozen drinks:

The Point Hotel and Suites offers comfortable, contemporary accommodations with full size kitchens and in-room stackable washer/ dryers for the guests’ convenience. Located within walking distance of Universal Studios, the Point is a popular option for travelers seeking a relaxing place to stay close to the theme parks and a place escape the crowds after a long day.


  • Visit Orlando is celebrating Black Friday and Cyber Monday with some great deals. From November 20-29, you’ll be able to save an extra 10% at checkout on top of our already discounted tickets with promotion code GIFT. In addition to a wide range of ticket options, exclusive Black Friday Deals include the following.
    • Walt Disney World Resort: Savings start at $30 per ticket on Flexible Date Disney tickets. Receive a FREE commemorative Toy Story towel with the purchase of a 5-day or longer Flexible Date ticket (one towel per order while quantities last).
    • Universal Orlando Resort™: Purchase a 3-Park, 2 Day Park-To-Park ticket, and receive an extra two days free of unlimited admission to Universal Studios Florida™, Universal’s Islands of Adventure™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay™. A total savings of $65 per ticket!
    • SeaWorld Orlando: Get 2 days for the price of 1 with a 2-Day, 2-Park ticket for use at SeaWorld, Aquatica and Busch Gardens Tampa. A savings of $75 per ticket!
    • LEGOLAND Florida Resort: Get a second day FREE when you purchase a single day admission. A savings of $35 per ticket!

Online/National Black Friday Deals

Tip: If you’re a stay-at-home/avoid the crowds shopper you may find that Amazon is offering ‘price matching’ for the same item you may see in a competitor’s ad. It’s worth checking to be sure you’re getting the best deal possible.

  • Walmart is offering up some huge savings, especially in the electronics department. The deals start online on Nov. 21 at 10 p.m. Some special buys include:
    • 65″ Class 4K Roku Smart TV – $398
    • Hisense 40″ Class 1080p TV – $99
    • Hover-1 Liberty Hover Board – $99
  • JCPenney is starting its sale at 2 p.m. on Thanksgiving day, although the sale prices will be available online all day. The sale will continue through Friday. Some highlights from their ad include:
    • 50 percent off toys (sale $19.99-$64.99, reg. $39.99-$129.99)
    • Boots for the family for just $19.99 (reg. 50-$89)
    • Up to 80% off fine jewelry

TIP: Compare In-Store and Online Prices. Not all Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals are amazing  It’s worth checking online for better deals both in-store and online for the same items. Take into account shipping charges as well to be sure you’re getting the best deal.

  • Kohl’s online sale has already started, and its in-store sale will begin at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. They’re also offering some great savings on electronics, including:
    • Canon EOS Rebel T6 camera with Wifi Connectivity, includes a bag, an 18-55 mm lens and a 75-300 mm lens. (reg. $749.99, sale $399.99)
    • Microsoft XBox One S 1TB Minecraft Creators Console Bundle, includes 1,000 Minecoins (reg. $299.99, sale $199.99) –
    • Beats By Dr. Dre Studio Wireless headphones (reg. $349.99, sale $279.99)
      LG 49″ 4K Smart TV (reg. $449.99, sale $329.99)

Additionally, the store is offering $15 of Kohl's Cash for every $50 spent. Kohl's cash can be used Nov. 24 through Dec. 5. The Black Friday ad also comes with a coupon for 15% off your purchase using coupon code CHEERFUL (exclusions apply).

TIP: Search for Coupons. Many of the retailers offer coupons for online sales or their in-store sales. You can find often find these coupons on the retailer’s website, mobile app or in the Black Friday ad itself.

  • Target is starting their Black Friday sale at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. The sale will continue until 1 a.m. and then start again at 7 a.m. The retailer is also offering free two-day shipping on online orders. Some of the highlights of its Black Friday add include:
    • Fitbit Versa Smartwatch – $149
    • Instant Pot Duo 7-in-1 6 qt pressure cooker – $69.95
    • Google Home Mini – $25
    • Samsung 65” 4K Ultra HD Curved Tv – $799.99
    • Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) – $199.99
    • Buy One Get One 30% off select app store and iTunes gift cards

TIP: Check Shipping Charges. Many stores will offer great shipping deals, and it is worth taking advantage of them. While one online retailer might offer free standard shipping (which can take longer), another store might offer free 2-day shipping on orders $50 or more.

  • Home Depot will be closed Thanksgiving day, but sales will start bright and early at 6 a.m. on Black Friday. Some deals include:
    • 22” Fresh Cut Wreaths – 2 for $12
    • 7.5’ Pre-Lit LED Townsend Christmas Tree – $79
    • 5.2 CU FT Steam Washer or 7.4 CU FT Steam Dryer – $648 each (They were $999 each, so that’s a savings of $702 for the pair!)
    • 268 pc. Mechanics Tool Set – $129
    • 46” 9-drawer steel mobile work center – $298
  • Best Buy will open its doors at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, although some items are already on sale online.  They’ve got huge markdowns including:
    • Toshiba 43” Class LED 2160p Smart TV – $129.99 – This deal is in store only.
    • Blu-Ray movies are just $6.99 each
    • Samsung 11.6” Chromebook – $99
    • Apple Ipad Mini 4 (Wi-Fi) – $249.99
    • KitchenAid Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer (in silver) – $219.99

TIP: Make your wishlist according to when those items go on sale. Some sales start earlier in the week and can last a few days later. By making a list, with the prices, you can be sure you are maximizing your shopping time and dollars.

  • Lowes will be closed on Thanksgiving but will be open 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Black Friday. They’ve got some great deals on appliances, including a rebate that will score you a gift card up to $600 for the purchase of any two appliances $396 or more. Other deals include:
    • Samsung Stainless or Black Stainless 25.5-cu ft french door refrigerator – $999 (That’s up to a $1,200 savings from their original price of $2199)
    • Up to 40% off select refrigerators, washers and dryers, ranges, dishwashers, microwaves, wall ovens and cooktops
    • Up to 35% off select freezers and ice makers

TIP: Don’t Forget the Cash Back. When shopping online, you can save even more by activating cash back through Swagbucks.

  • Menards will kick off its Black Friday sale at 6 a.m. but watch out! The savings only last until noon or when supplies run out – whichever comes first. Some highlights from its ad include:
    • 50” x 60” fleece throw blankets – $1.49 each
    • Barbies – $2.99 each
    • ½” Drill and Impact Driver Combo Kit – $79 (after $50 mail-in rebate)
    • 13’ Aluminum Multiposition Ladder – $58
    • 6-Piece Contractor Level and Tool Kit – $49.99 (After $40 mail-in rebate)



We always say, “Don’t shop hungry!”

Whether out shopping or just don’t plan to cook at home, there are lots of choices out there. Just remember to call your local franchise to double-check their holiday hours.

Tip: Buy discounted gift cards from sites like MyGiftCardsPlus or Raise.

Applebee’s – Select locations offer a special Thanksgiving meal, complete with turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, and garlicky green beans.

Denny's – You can eat breakfast or indulge in the classic turkey dinner, or eat in the wee hours of the morning before Black Friday shopping starts.

TGI Friday's – a feast for two will start at $20 this Thanksgiving.

Boston MarketIf you order your to-go box by November 18, they will deliver it to your door in time for Thanksgiving Day. Or you can always eat at the restaurant if you don't want any mess to clean up.

Waffle House – Is open 24/7 including Thanksgiving.

IHOP – Pumpkin Spice Pancakes is on the menu right now. If you’re out shopping or on the road, stop in for this seasonal favorite.

Bob EvansTheir 3 to-go meals: Ham Farmhouse Feast, Turkey Farmhouse Feast, or Premium Farmhouse Feast are ready to feed either four or eight guests and start at $50.

Cracker Barrel – You can order ahead of time and pick it up as early as November 17. Or dine-in for a special Thanksgiving menu (called the Homestyle Turkey n' Dressing meal) including sweet potato casserole and pumpkin pie.

Ruby Tuesday – Simply looking for a regular dining menu. Then Ruby Tuesdays is the place to stop. No special Thanksgiving meals here.

Macaroni Grill – is offering a classic prix fixe menu for $25 per person. Your meal will include several traditional Thanksgiving dishes including turkey, buttermilk mashed potatoes, and fresh apple-cranberry chutney. Your meal will end with a slice of pumpkin pie topped with amaretto mascarpone cream.

Written by Josh Elledge - Chief Executive Angel

Josh Elledge Consumer Savings Expert and Founder/Chief Executive Angel,®

Josh Elledge is on a mission to help Americans save money and time so they can give. He is Founder and Chief Executive Angel of®, which was created to bolster the buying power of the average U.S. family by combining technology, coupons and smart thinking for extreme savings on household consumables and everyday items.

Through his work with, Elledge has emerged as one of the nation's leading experts on consumer savings appearing in the media more than 2,000 times!


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