Traveling on a Budget

Traveling as a family on a budget? When traveling with family, expenses can reach ultimate high prices. According to Forbes, Orlando is the most affordable destination in the U.S. The warm weather, theme parks, water parks, and resorts make Orlando a perfect vacation destination for a family getaway.

When traveling on a budget, we have a few tips to help you stay on track. First, we recommend planning your travels ahead of time. Typically, during the summer season, you can expect the flight prices to be high. If you can travel during the off-season, spring or fall, you can see instant savings. Secondly, decide which attractions is most important for your family to visit. If traveling with children, it is likely Walt Disney World will be first on the list. Many attractions offer special offers for Canadian guests. Walt Disney World is offering a Special Ticket Pricing from now through May 20th, 2017 for Canadian Residents. There are more attractions that offer discounts just for Canadians, such as, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, The Coca-Cola Orlando Eye, and more! We also recommend Kissimmee Guest Services to our guests looking for discounted park tickets.

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When looking for accommodations, private vacation rentals offer the most for families on a budget. Vacation homes offer extra amenities, a full kitchen allowing you to prepare meals, and provides more space and privacy that you just can’t get while staying in hotels. With all of these key features, your family will save money enjoying the amenities in the home, the full kitchen allows you to prepare meals in the home so you can avoid eating out, and there is no need to reserve multiple hotel rooms to accommodate the whole family.

Here at Magical Vacation Homes, we specialize in 2 to 14 vacation rentals with hotel style amenities located just minutes away from major theme parks. Our newest villa located in Reunion Resort can accommodate up to 14 guests and was created with guest feedback in mind. Designed for Vacation is a 3,330-sq. ft. pool villa full of fun for all with theme bedrooms, a retro games room, movie room, extended deck with fire pit, and more.

Save up to 40% on a last minute getaway now through the end of May! Let us help you plan your next vacation with our reservations team available 7 days a week or check out our website with live calendars.

Remember, Orlando is one of the most family-friendly destinations in the world and has something for everyone to enjoy.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Flower and Garden Festival

Enter a world full of spring wonder, fresh flavors, incredible topiaries, and fun interactive activities for the whole family!  Take part in the annual International Flower and Garden running from March 1 to May 29, 2017 in Walt Disney World’s Epcot.

Eat tasty treats from the outdoor kitchens offering farm-to-table plates. Wander the World Showcase and sample dishes and drinks from around the world.

Dance the night away to the Garden Rocks Concert Series that runs on weekends with different artists each weekend. Be sure to check the artist schedule to see which artist is performing each week!

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Offering over 70 topiaries throughout all of Epcot. Highlights include topiaries of Anna and Elsa, Belle from Beauty and the Beast, Mickey, Minnie, and Pluto, and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Enjoy special exhibits and gardens including Butterflies on the Go, Floating Mini-Gardens, and  the Illuminated Gardens.

While visiting the theme park capital of the world, stay in one of our new luxury villas. The whole family will truly unwind in a fully equipped villa with a private pool, theater room and themed bedroom for the little ones!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Festival of the Arts

Epcot is debuting a brand new festival and showcases three artistic areas including visual, culinary and performing arts. The International Festival of the Arts runs Friday through Monday from now until February 20, 2017! This event is perfect for all ages with tasty dishes, captivating performances, and incredible artwork.

Culinary Arts

You can visit Food Studios throughout the World Showcase. Tasty highlights from the Food Studios include the Deconstructed Purple Sweet Potato Pie, Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts, BLT with Crispy Pork Belly, and the Classic Reuben.

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Each different food station offers food in different artistic styles including Pop Art, Deconstructionism, Modernism, and Renaissance just to name a few.

Performing Arts

Be wowed by a variety of live performances! Your family can enjoy the Disney on Broadway Concert Series including Beauty and the Beast, Frozen, The Little Mermaid, Aladdin, Tarzan, The Lion King and more! Be sure to view the schedules of concerts before visiting the park.

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There are other shows to choose from including the Community Arts Showcase, Art in Performance, and The Show Must Go On!. All of these shows are held at select times on select days, so be sure to check out the times schedule!

Visual Arts

Immerse yourself in Disney art with seminars, must see exhibits, workshops, photo ops, and portraits. View exhibits from all over the world and even purchase some of your favorite pieces. Learn the basics of pieces from the artists themselves and even be the student in professional workshops.

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Be sure to visit Epcot for this new festival before it ends February 20!

Call our reservationists today for help finding your perfect vacation rental! Check out this 9 bedroom villa with tons of upgrades, private theater, games room and private pool!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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World of Avatar

Walt Disney World recently provided a behind the scenes glimpse of the new rides in Pandora: The World of Avatar. The two main rides are Na’vi River Journey and Flight of Passage. Na’vi River will allow riders cruising aboard a boat through a glowing forest. Flight of Passage will take riders on a more immersive Soarin’ type attraction.

This new area will open summer 2017 and be a completely immersive world with floating mountains, thrilling rides, and bioluminescent flora.

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2017 continues to look like a great year for the theme parks in Orlando. Disney’s Animal Kingdom will expand with the addition of Pandora: The World of Avatar and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will grow with a Star Wars area. Be sure to stay tuned for more information on additions to the theme park capital of the world.

With 2017, right around the corner, begin planning your new adventures and stay in any of our luxury vacation rentals. Stay in the magic in our recently furnished 5 bed villa in Reunion Resort complete with a custom Star Wars game room.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Holiday Celebrations

The holiday season is here and there are a lot of activities happening in Orlando. For the months of November through December, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, and SeaWorld are offering tons of Christmas fun!

The Universal Orlando Theme Parks are featuring The Macy’s Holiday Parade, holiday shows for all ages, The Grinchmas Who-Liday Spectacular, and even a New Years Eve Party at Universal CityWalk. The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade will take your breath away with fun balloons and floats just like the parade in New York City. You can also feel the spirit of Christmas with music and festivities of Grinchmas featuring a live retelling of Dr Seuss classic holiday tale.

From the dates of November 7 through December 22, 2016, Walt Disney World has a special ticketed event, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. It is filled with holiday joy as Mickey and friends celebrate the season for guests of all ages. There are many celebrations happening such as Mickey’s Merriest Celebration, Mickey’s Once upon a Christmastime Parade, and the most popular Holiday Wishes Dessert Party. The Holiday Wishes Dessert Party allows guests to have an exclusive view of the Wishes Fireworks with many dessert options to choose from. You do not want to miss this celebration and the beautiful Christmas lights decorating the Castle!

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Planning a last-minute holiday vacation? Magical Vacation Homes has brand new luxury homes now available for you to enjoy the holidays in. Our newest luxury rental, Castle Pine Villa, is an 8,300 sq. ft home with 9 beds and 10.5 full baths featuring a south-west facing 48 ft parameter pool, games room, theatre room and more. Let us help you plan your next magical vacation with our reservations team available 7 days of the week or check out our website with live calendars available 24/7.

Until the next blog post, Happy Holidays!

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Coca-Cola for All

With the reimagining of Disney Springs comes plenty of new entertainment possibilities. The Coca-Cola Store is an exciting new addition that is sure to please a variety of visitors. The new store offers 3 floors of everything Coca-Cola, ranging from home decor, clothing, and most importantly soft drinks from all around the world. The Coca-Cola store is perfect for any age. The little ones will enjoy the chandelier made out of recycled Coca-Cola bottles while the adults have a variety of unique alcoholic beverages to taste.

The real highlight for everyone is the breathtaking views the 3rd floor has to offer. On this floor, you will find a rooftop bar which serves soft drinks for everyone and Coca-Cola inspired cocktails for the adults. Just picture more than 100 drink choices to choose from! One of the most popular items on the menu is the International Tray that features 16 different flavors that take your taste buds around the world! Try a scoop of vanilla ice cream with 6 choices of soft drinks from Tastes of the World.

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Disney Springs has opened more retail stores such as Lacoste, Kate Spade New York, MAC, Sephora, Under Armour, Vera Bradley, Oakley, and more. The newly designed area also offers restaurants with a variety of flavors including American, Asian, Irish, Mexican, Cuban, and more. On your next vacation, visit the newly re-imagined Disney Springs for a night of fun, lots of food, and a more wonderful vacation!

Planning a last minute vacation? Make sure to visit our website to find the perfect villa for your family. Castle Pines Paradise is a brand new 4 bed and 3.5 bath luxury home in Reunion Resort with private pool, summer kitchen, a games room, and located off the 2nd hole of Tom Watson Golf Course. Let us help you plan your magical vacation with our reservations team available 7 days of the week and live calendars.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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The Insider

Magical Vacation Homes was established in 2007 as a property management company in Orlando, Florida. Since then, our company has served over 16,000 reservations within the last year and welcomed over eighty-four thousand guests. We manage over 200 vacation home rentals in three of the best communities Windsor Hills, Reunion Resort, and Champions Gate all only a few miles to Walt Disney World.

We are dedicated to providing a magical stay for all guests by offering the best in rental ranging from two-bed condos to 13 bedroom luxury homes. Our reservations team is available 7 days a week to assist you in finding your dream vacation home, browse online live calendars on our website so you can plan your vacation anytime, and book with ease of mind knowing our care team is in the field every day from 9am to 5pm allowing you a magical vacation experience from start to finish.

Our luxury vacation rentals offer fun themed bedrooms for the kids including Frozen, Star Wars, Harry Potter and more!

Take a refreshing dip in any of our truly impressive pools when you reserve one of our amazing pool homes.

Did we forget to mention the awesome games rooms our homes have to offer? Everyone will have a blast on your next vacation, it cannot get better than this!

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Let us help you plan your most magical vacation yet. We have something for everyone with our wide selection of rentals. Contact our knowledgeable reservations team today to start planning your vacation to the theme park capital of the world.

Until the next blog, Have a Magical Day!

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