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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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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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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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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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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