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.

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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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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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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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