More to Sea!

SeaWorld Orlando will be introducing new attractions over the next year. This $175 million project will include a remodeled Dolphin Nursery, New Orca Encounter, virtual-reality roller coaster and a new Food and Wine-style festival. These expansions are expected to bring more tourists to the Orlando area.

The new Dolphin Nursery will allow guest to see the animals underneath the water’s surface and will feature digital displays to teach guests about dolphin behavior and biology and also educate guests on conservation efforts. Another exciting project coming soon is the reimagining of the Orca Theater. The Orca Experience offers a natural world for the animals and will be an educational ground for visitors. SeaWorld’s first virtual-reality roller coaster will also be hitting the parks sometime in 2017. Kraken will be retrofitted with headsets and possible 3D images. It will give the guest the experience of going on a deep-sea mission alongside the fictional Kraken and other animals. The expansion will also provide guests the Seven Seas Festival, a food and music extravaganza in 2017. An amazing nighttime show will start in the summer of 2017. The show ,Electric Ocean, will include music, live performances, bioluminescent lighting, fountains, and last but not least fireworks!

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Don’t forget all the other fun that SeaWorld has to offer! The parks have amazing restaurants such as  SeaFire Grill and Sharks Underwater Grill and cultural events like Viva la Musica, a Hispanic festival with live concerts providing families the chance to enjoy Latin culture.  Newer family favorite exhibits include Antartica: Empire of the Penguin, Shark Encounter, TurtleTrek, and much more. SeaWorld is always focusing on the animals health and care while educating guests on the natural world.

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One of our signature series luxury homes has a completely custom Finding Nemo theme bedroom. This room is perfect for your little ones, they will feel like they are taking a journey in across the ocean with Nemo and Friends. This villa features 6 bedrooms 6.5 full bathrooms with over 4,200 sq. ft., Golden Bear Retreat features a theater room and private pool with spillover spa for your family to enjoy your next vacation.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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2016 Food & Wine Festival

The month of September keeps getting better and better! Walt Disney World is celebrating its 21st year of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival from September 14 until November 14, 2016. You have the opportunity to experience over 30 global marketplaces and over 50 tasting stations offering culinary and beverage mixing seminars.

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The Festival provides a variety of beer, wine, appetizer-size dishes from different countries including Germany, Canada, France, and Africa, just to name a few. Food is not the only thing the Food and Wine festival has to offer! Eat to the Beat is a concert series with some of the biggest stars in music. Enjoy funk and soul,  jazz, and even rock ‘n’ roll music. The 2016 Food & Wine Festival has fun and awesome activities for the little ones also. Kids of all ages are welcome to join Remy’s Ratatouille Hide & Squeak scavenger hunt with special prizes once they have found all the hidden Remys. The event has so much to offer, mark it on your calendar to have the time of your life.

Plan your next vacation to visit the Food & Wine Festival and let us help you book a stress-free vacation with your family. If you’re still looking for a fabulous vacation villa, check out our website with live 24/7 calendars. Our team is available 7 days a week to answer any questions and help you book the vacation of a lifetime. Your next magical stay is calling your name!

Until next time, but for now have a Magical day!

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Magical Dining

Vacations in Orlando always consist of visiting the theme parks but the city has more to offer. Indulge in Magical Dining Month from now through October 2nd, where you have many choices from the finest cuisine here in Orlando. Over 90 restaurants are available for your special night, with each restaurant providing three-course, prix-fixe meals which include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for only $33. Choose from some of the finest restaurants including The Capital Grille, The Melting Pot, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Eleven- Reunion Resort and many more. You can see the full list of participating restaurants to make your selection today!

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Magical Dining month is a great way to spend time with your loved ones while saving on fine dining as well. Not only are you saving, but you are also giving back! For each meal, all restaurants involved will donate one dollar to The Russell Home for Atypical Children.  This organization is a non-profit facility for severely disabled children in Central Florida. There is no better way to enjoy a night of fun while giving back.

While visiting Orlando, stay in one of our luxury villas. Magical Vacation Homes proudly offers over 200 properties to choose from, whether it is a family getaway or a fun couple’s retreat, we have the perfect home for your stay.  Our Exquisite Mansion with private pool and spillover spa are ideal for you to enjoy before heading to your Magical Dining night. Let us help you plan the perfect magical stay that you deserve. For reservations, our team is available 7 days a week or you can head to our website with live calendars 24/7 to reserve your perfect home.

Hope to see you soon and have a magical day!

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Halloween Magic

September and October are great months to visit Orlando. There are plenty of fun holiday events to choose from ranging from family friendly to downright terrifying. Dress up as your favorite character and trick or treat through the theme parks this fall!

If you’re looking for a family friendly event, Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party is the perfect option for you running select nights from September 2 through October 31. The kids will love seeing special character appearances from Jack Skellington and Sally, Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil, and many more rarely seen characters! There won’t be a dull moment all evening with villainous entertainment to choose from. The Boo-to-You Halloween Parade is a highlight every year with the Headless Horseman kicking off the festivities, Haunted Mansion dancing characters, and frightening floats to thrill you!

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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is another fantastic family friendly Halloween event that runs from October 1 through the 30. Little ones can spend the day trick or treating throughout the park, be fully immersed in a sea of fun, create fun arts and crafts together, and experience animal encounters all while having access to the full park. Special Halloween shows and dining options are available including Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween, a Meet and Greet with Cookie Monster or Dine with Shamu for brunch.

Horror lovers will die for Halloween Horror Nights. Scream through six different haunted houses including Texas Chainsaw Massacre, American Horror Story, Halloween, Krampus and more! Wander through scare zones around the park, experience live shows and ride the best attractions Universal Studios Orlando has to offer. This horrifying special event runs from September 16 through October 31. Be warned, this special event may be too intense for young children and is not meant for guests under the age of 13.

If you’re looking for another special event option geared to frighten, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream is a great alternative. Experience a truly horrifying experience with seven different haunted houses to choose from. Walk through scare zones and escape the roaming hordes. You can also be entertained by scary shows and ride the best of roller coasters in the evening! This event runs on select nights from September 23 through October 30.

Plan a fall getaway to the theme park capital and visit the Halloween special events throughout the parks. Our reservations team is here to assist you in finding the vacation home of your dreams for your upcoming getaway! One of our newest luxury villas has availability through September and October and would be perfect for your family.

Until the next blog post, happy haunting and have a magical day!

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Frozen Summer Fun

In honor of the Olympic Games, head over to the Frozen Games at Blizzard Beach! Choose between Team Kristoff and Team Olaf as you take part in a snowball of fun. The games are held everyday between May 27 and August 21, 2016 at Blizzard Beach.

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Activities include Ice Pail Relays, Slide Races, a Snowball Toss, Ski Pole Limbo and much more! The whole family will have a blast and all activities are included at no extra cost. The events start after park open and last throughout the day. Olaf and Kristoff will even host opening and closing ceremonies and can be seen throughout the day in the park.

Head over to Blizzard Beach to cool down before it’s too late!

If you’re looking for just the right villa with a fun Frozen themed room, we have just the vacation home for you! Golden Bear Luxury is a brand new 5 bed villa in Reunion Resort with an amazing superhero games room, Star Wars and Frozen custom themed bedrooms and large pool with spillover spa.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Disney Springs Reimagined

Disney Springs has redefined itself. The recent expansion has brought a variety of shops, eateries, entertainment and activities. Visitors can experience the best in world class entertainment. You can even just spend the evening walking through the new areas such as Town Center and simply enjoy the beautiful walkways and gorgeous waterways.

If you’re looking for a family fun night you can visit the AMC Movie Theater with an option to dine in while watching the latest movies with the fork and screen option. Afterwards, you can head over to Splitsville Luxury Lanes for a little competition while bowling with your loved ones.

If you’re looking for a romantic date night, you can choose from numerous upscale dining options including STK, The Boathouse, Bongos or Morimoto Asia. After dinner you can, wander through Disney Springs listening to live music options.

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For the fashionista in your group, Disney Springs will fit their need. You can peruse stores such as Zara, Vera Bradley, Ugg, Trophy Room, Sperry, Sephora and many more! There is something for everyone to enjoy!

If you’re planning an upcoming vacation, we have new luxury villas that will be the perfect fit for your family. Golden Bear Luxury is just one of our newest vacation homes! This brand new 5 bed luxury villa offers a fun superhero games room, Star Wars and Frozen custom themed bedrooms, private pool and spa and luxury throughout.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Water Park Fun

Orlando has more to offer than theme parks! While vacationing in the theme park capital of the world, be sure to visit any of the awesome water parks in the area.

Disney World offers two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.Both parks are unique and offer guests a completely different experience.

Blizzard Beach was once a ski resort that has melted into a water park wonderland. Spend the day racing down the slalom courses or enjoy riding a raft together down Teamboat Springs. Blizzard Beach is an ideal location for a day of family fun. The little ones can enjoy Tike’s Peak or Ski Patrol Training Camp featuring water fun for any height. The brave of heart can ride the chairlift up to Slush Gusher or Summit Plummet.

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Typhoon Lagoon  is the result of a furious storm that swept Miss Tilly on top of Mount Mayday, flinging surfboards and boats throughout the park. Enjoy the island life all day in Castaway Creek or catch a big wave in the Surf Pool. Typhoon Lagoon provides guest with a truly unique experience at Shark Reef, where you snorkel alongside stingrays and sharks.

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Universal Studio’s currently offers Wet n Wild; however, this park will be closing at the end of December 2016. Wet n Wild offers super thrills and family fun. For big thrills, guests can choose between Aqua Drag Racer and The Storm. If you’re looking for attractions you can experience as a family, head to Blastaway Beach or Surf Lagoon.

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Universal Studios will be opening Volcano Bay in 2017. This water park will be an entirely immersive experience centered around big thrills and the relaxing island lifestyle. The focal point of this water park will be the life size volcano complete with high speed drop slide.

SeaWorld features Aquatica, a one of a kind water park merging animal encounters with a variety of water experiences ranging from thrilling water slides to relaxing rivers. Slide down Dolphin Plunge with the Commerson’s dolphins. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the tallest multi-drop tower in Orlando. Relax in Walkabout Waters or float along in Roa’s Rapids.

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You can’t go wrong choosing any of these amazing water parks. Your family is bound to have the vacation of a lifetime in sunny Orlando this summer.

If you’re looking for more water fun this vacation, checkout this villa that comes complete with its own private water slide!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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