4th of July in Orlando

According to AAA Travel, Orlando is the #1 destination for travel this 4th of July! It’s easy to see why, especially when we have theme parks known for their awe-inspiring fireworks spectaculars happening nightly! If you’re planning to be at the theme parks or in the Orlando area for Independence Day celebrations this July 4th, we’ve put together a guide for you!

Our first Magical tip: the theme parks fill up very fast on the 4th of July, so be sure to keep that in mind when you are planning your day! There will be heavy crowds, so plan for long wait times for rides and characters and make sure to scope out your fireworks spot early!

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EPCOT

Epcot is the #1 spot for Independence Day celebrations! Here’s an inside look at the special offerings:

  • Special Fireworks: “The Heartbeat of Freedom” What would a 4th of July celebration be without fireworks? And Epcot has the best show around! It starts at 9 p.m. with a performance of “IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth,” which concludes with the addition of a heart-pounding, all-American grand finale. This one-night-only fireworks extravaganza unites music from great American composers with more pyrotechnics than Guests can imagine!
  • Voices of Liberty – An Epcot tradition for more than 35 years, this legendary a cappella group will perform a series of special evening concerts of great American songs in the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30 p.m., 6:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. Joining the Voices of Liberty on stage will be Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy, dressed for the occasion in their special “Spirit of ‘76” attire. Guests can also catch Voices of Liberty performing special patriotic songs in the rotunda of The American Adventure at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
  • Disney Characters – During the day, Guests will have the opportunity to get a special photo with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto and Chip ‘n’ Dale, all wearing their patriotic best, right outside The American Adventure pavilion.
  • Specialty Foods – Guests can add some flavor to their celebration with all-American foods throughout the park. There will be decadent red, white and blue cupcakes available at Fountain View and Sunshine Seasons, where they can also nosh on their yummy BBQ pork sandwich. Refreshment Port will have specially decorated croissant doughnuts (Who can resist those?!) and Liberty Inn has got Guests covered with the all-American burger, southern fried chicken sandwich, apple pie cheesecake and –just for the 4th – a slice of watermelon!
  • The American Adventure – This epic attraction, another Epcot original, has recently been updated with an all-digital projection system, a new screen, new speakers and an all-new recording of the iconic “Golden Dream” anthem. And look for new faces added to the show’s finale including composer John Williams, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson and noted ballerina Misty Copeland.

Magic Kingdom

Enjoy Disney’s Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky on July 3rd and 4th at 9:15 pm! See beautiful fireworks in the sky and special effects on Cinderella’s Castle.

Also around the Magic Kingdom will be DJ Hosted dance parties from 7 pm to midnight on both the 3rd and the 4th in Frontierland and Tomorrowland. Dance the night away with both contemporary songs as well as tunes themed to the lands.

Universal Studios Orlando

Starting at 5 pm on July 4th, Universal Studios Orlando will host special entertainment to celebrate, including a live performance from the band Raydio, award-winning DJ M-Squared spinning hits and a special dance party with Universal’s beloved characters.

Fireworks begin at 9 pm, and the park will stay open until 10 pm to keep the Independence Day fun going until late!

Outside of the Theme Parks

Trying to avoid the busy theme park crowds? This website has compiled all of the events happening in the Central Florida area for the 4th!

Thinking about planning your Orlando vacation and need some assistance with where to stay? Contact us today, our dedicated reservations team is here 7 days a week to help you plan the vacation of your dreams today!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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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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Christmas Celebrations

This Holiday Season give your family a gift they will never forget. Take part in the holiday festivities at the theme parks, while spending quality time with your loved ones. Plan the vacation of a lifetime in sunny Orlando, Florida this December and truly make this Christmas a memorable holiday.

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios all have amazing holiday events this Christmas. The special events at each park are unique and something everyone will enjoy. We recommend planning to visit all three parks to truly get in the holiday spirit!

Enjoy the winter celebration with Santa at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Live entertainment including A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and spectacular Christmas fireworks await you! This special holiday event runs from November 8 through December 18.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is sure to be a splash hit with the whole family! SeaWorld has plenty to offer for everyone. Holiday events range from Elmo’s Christmas Wish, Winter Wonderland on Ice, the breathtaking Sea of Trees, and the special Shamu Christmas Miracles. These wonderful shows are held on select dates from November 21 through December 31.

Celebrate the holidays like never before at Universal Orlando’s Oh What Fun It Is. Your family will love watching the Macy’s Holiday Parade and eating breakfast with The Grinch. Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist, will also be playing live on select nights during the event. Holiday events at Universal Studios begin December 5 and end on January 2.

If you’re looking for the perfect home to spend the holidays this year, we have the home for you! Treat your family to a magical vacation while staying in Indulge in Luxury, a unique extravagant home. Give us a call today or visit us online. Your magical vacation awaits!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Halloween Happenings

If you’re visiting Orlando this fall, we have some great recommendations for Halloween activities with your little ones! Fun holiday events at Walt Disney World and SeaWorld are great opportunities to dress up like your favorite character, trick or treat, and still have time to visit your favorite rides.

Walt Disney World’s Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party runs from September 15 through November 1. Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade is bound to be the highlight of the night. The parade kicks off with the Headless Horseman riding through Frontierland and features your favorite characters in costume. Not only will there be live spooky performances but also Halloween fireworks that perfectly frame the night sky. Be sure to enjoy the special treats such as the Monster Cupcake, Halloween Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich or the Candy Corn Soft Serve Ice Cream just to name a few of the delicious goodies awaiting you!

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular takes place on weekends in October and is included in regular park admission. The whole family will enjoy dressing up together while trick or treating throughout the park.   The kids can partake in fun activities while the live DJ plays spooky tunes at Penelope’s Party Zone. You can also make brunch reservations to Dine with Shamu. The little ones can also enjoy Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween with Count, Elmo and the rest of the Sesame Street gang.

Plan your upcoming October vacation with the help of our reservations team or view our live calendars online 24/7 to help you find the perfect vacation home.   Vacation in luxury in one of our newest villas, Island Dream Villa offering 3 stories of balconies, 2 games rooms, and amazing views!

This upcoming Halloween season is sure to be a real treat!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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