Mardi Gras 2017

Join in the Mardi Gras fun at Universal Studios Orlando!  Florida’s biggest party doesn’t stop and runs every night from February 4 through March 25, 2017. This year’s Mardi Gras will have 12 amazing concerts, millions of beads and one over the top parade, and great Cajun food for you to enjoy!

The concert series runs on weekends throughout the whole event. Concert dates include:

Saturday February 4th: Trace Adkins
Saturday February 11th: Ne-Yo
Saturday February 18th: Collective Soul
Sunday February 19th: X Ambassadors
Saturday February 25th: Fifth Harmony

Saturday March 4th: Kool & The Gang
Sunday March 5th: Olivia Newton-John
Saturday March 11th: UB40
Sunday March 12th: Toby Keith
Saturday March 18th: Jason Derulo
Sunday March 19th: Earth, Wind & Fire
Saturday March 25th:The All-American Rejects

Enjoy authentic Cajun food including jambalaya, Creole gumbo, Andouille sausage, red beans & rice and beignets. While strolling through the courtyard with your mouth-watering food, you can listen to musicians straight from the streets of New Orleans.

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Gather around the streets for a view of the parade running every night at select times. The whole family will be awed by the over the top floats, stilt walker, and performers. Little ones will have their own viewing area so they are sure to see everything! The Little Jester’s Parade viewing area is right in front of the Brown Derby Hat Shop.

Don’t forget to find the perfect vacation villa for your family’s February getaway!  Our new 9 bedroom villa is the definition of luxury and will give your family enough space and entertainment options. You will even have an 81 ft parameter pool, 2 games rooms, and custom themed bedrooms!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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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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New Signature Series Villas

Magical Vacation Homes is excited to launch brand new villas that are designed for vacations. These custom villas were built with large family vacation and corporate retreats in mind. All located in Reunion Resort just 6 miles to Walt Disney World.

Enjoy discovering all of the hidden Mickeys and unexpected surprises throughout this signature estate. The villa boasts 6,103 sq. ft villa with 7 luxury bedrooms. Live in the magic with fun kids’ bedroom, with secret doorways leading into a kids’ zone complete with a stage. Share hours of fun in the extended games room or your own Star Wars themed home theater or simply lounge by the oversized pool with fantastic golf course views. This home is certainly the magical choice for your dream family vacation!

Situated in Reunion Resort overlooking the Jack Nicklaus golf course, this villa is a one of a kind masterpiece with 8 luxurious bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms.  This 8,000 sq. ft. home is by far an upscale gem that will make your vacation dreams reality.  You will be impressed as soon as you pull up to this beautiful vacation home.  Soak up the Florida sun in any of the any of the sun loungers or truly relax in the pool ledge loungers next to the custom fountain perfect for the kids to play in.  The home features a games room, theater room, full kitchen, formal dining with phenomenal sunset views, private courtyard, and upgraded electronics in all bedrooms. This vacation home will simply amaze the whole family!

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Looking for the perfect wedding or corporate retreat, then The Palace at Reunion was designed for your family or group. The outdoor gazebo is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies while the indoor banquet hall with video projector is ideal for receptions.  Corporate retreats can offer meetings in the 28 seat theater with a presentation stand. This home can comfortably sleep 34 with it 13 extravagant bedrooms, 16 bathrooms and 11,700 sq. ft of ultimate luxury vacation space. The home also boasts amenities including a custom pool overlooking the golf course, games room, putting green, fitness room and custom built bunk beds. You can even sleep under the stars in the bonus bedroom with skylight roof and electronic shutter screens.

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Discover the beautiful custom California Mediterranean-style architectural style of this spectacular vacation home. Located in the Homestead area of Reunion Resort, this magnificent 9 bedroom, 9 bathroom signature estate home boasts 5,550 sq. ft of spacious rooms, premium amenities and elegant decor inspired by the seaside villas of California and the Mediterranean. This home includes a private pool and spa, 7 Master bedroom suites, 2 themed bedrooms – Phineas and Ferb and Classic Mickey, a games room with arcade games, a “The Chronicles of Narnia” themed home theater, full kitchen, formal dining room, flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray players in all bedrooms and much more! This home has truly been designed with the vacation home guest experience in mind.

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The White House at Reunion is by far a masterpiece boasting Reunion Resort’s largest infinity pool on a south facing deck area with private conservation views. The 12,982 sq. ft villa boasts 10 stylish master bedrooms each with their own modern flair. Experience a luxury vacation experience with a private 12 seat theater room, dedicated fitness room, fully equipped kitchen and oversized great room where vacation memories can be made. While staying in the villa, guests will be entertained in the sports themed games room complete with custom jumbotron, arcade room, wet bar and poker room. Guests will experience nothing but the best in this ultimate vacation villa.

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Each villa is unique in its own rights bringing a touch of magic and luxury to the vacation home capital of the world. Guests looking for the privacy of a home, amenities of a resort and high-end lifestyle, will find everything they need. Magical Vacation Homes is proud to continue to expand into this market with large scale vacation rentals.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunch

The Incredible Hulk Coaster closed in September 2015 to undergo a major enhancement. Universal Studios engineers have been working feverishly to unleash a whole new beast summer 2016.

The ride enhancements will make the entire experience more immersive with high-tech upgrades. Guests will be thrown into a new story line where General Thaddeus Ross subjects volunteers to high levels of gamma radiation.

The original ride will be incorporated into the new ride. Look out as Hulk uses his strength to hold up the arching original track while you pass through the ride entrance. The ride queue continues the military bio-radiological theme as guests walk through laboratories toward the radioactive core.

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster originally opened in 1999. Reaching speeds of 67 mph and going from 0 to 40 in 2 seconds, guests underwent a G-force of 4. The new ride will have even more thrills, twists and turns.

We are looking forward to the ride reopening this summer. The coaster has always been a crowd favorite and one of America’s most popular rides.

Keeping with the hero theme, we have Magical Luxury which offers a fun Marvel superhero themed games room. Our reservations team is available in house 7 days a week to assist you with planning your next vacation.

Until our next blog post! Have a magical day!

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Animal Kingdom’s Evening Entertainment

Starting Memorial Day weekend, Animal Kingdom will now be offering nighttime experiences. Watch as the parks transforms into an evening spectacular with soft lighting, animal calls and a whole new world to discover.

The Tree of Life Awakens brings Animal Kingdom’s park icon to life with magical fireflies retelling stories. Observe animal imagery displayed beautifully on the tree.

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All new to the park is The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic. The live show is an action filled adventure with music and special effects based of the new live action The Jungle Book film.

Kilimanjaro Safaris now presents sunset treks. Guests can encounter animal behaviors unique to their typical daytime activities. African wild dogs and hyenas will now be part of the safari.

Most of the park attractions will remain open until park close. A party atmosphere will set the mood for fun at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and the Discovery Island Carnivale.

The grand finale to a wild evening in the park will be the awe inspiring Rivers of Light. The new show intertwines the magic of animals, humans and our natural world. Guests will enjoy a one of a kind spectacle with performers, floating lanterns and animal imagery.

All of this and more can be part of your next Disney World vacation! Let our reservation team assist you in finding the perfect home for a family vacation. Southern Exposure is a gorgeous villa with a fun Mickey Mouse safari themed kids bedroom that fits perfectly with the new entertainment at Animal Kingdom.

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

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Mother’s Day Magic

Mom works hard all year long, show her some extra love this Mother’s Day! Plan a special family vacation that she will always cherish. From the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot to a special brunch for the family, there is plenty to see and do in Orlando this May.

The Flower and Garden Festival is sure to be mom’s favorite! Choose from a variety of outdoor kitchens dishing up tantalizing fresh eats. Stroll through the breathtaking topiaries shaped as your favorite Disney characters including Anna and Elsa, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Mickey and Minnie. There will even be special play areas and gardens just for the kids. The Flower and Garden Festival is a seasonal event that ends May 30, 2016.

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Throughout Orlando, local businesses are also offering special treats in honor of mom. Send mom to the spa for the day or treat her to an amazing brunch at Dexter’s or The Bistro on Park Avenue. There are also plenty of shopping options so you can enjoy quality time together.

Let our knowledgeable reservations team ease the stress of planning the perfect vacation. We can help you find the vacation home of your dreams. Homestead Bliss is conveniently located in the heart of Reunion Resort and would be a great option for any family.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Mako Breaking Water

The newest hypercoaster, Mako, will be making waves this 2016. Mako is SeaWorld’s latest roller coaster and will be the tallest, fastest and longest coaster in Orlando. The coaster themed after the ocean’s fastest shark will reach speeds as high as 73 mph, has a drop of 200 feet and will have 4,760 feet of track.  Dive through a shipwreck while simulating the Mako’s ability to make quick turns and extreme jumps.

Mako will reinvent the current shark area into the Sharks Realm. The Sharks Realm will feature Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, shops, fun theming and educational experiences.   Other new experiences in SeaWorld include Clyde & Seamore’s Sea Lion High and Bands, Brew & BBQ Festival that is held typically through May.

Plan a fun family trip to SeaWorld during summer 2016 and experience the latest addition! Let our magical reservations team help you find the perfect vacation home this summer. Plan ahead and you will have plenty of fantastic villas to choose from including our recently updated Signature Villa. Your little Jedi will love the Star Wars themed bedroom with all the finishing touches.  Contact our team today for more information!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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