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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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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Magical Dining

Vacations in Orlando always consist of visiting the theme parks but the city has more to offer. Indulge in Magical Dining Month from now through October 2nd, where you have many choices from the finest cuisine here in Orlando. Over 90 restaurants are available for your special night, with each restaurant providing three-course, prix-fixe meals which include an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for only $33. Choose from some of the finest restaurants including The Capital Grille, The Melting Pot, Eddie V’s Prime Seafood, Eleven- Reunion Resort and many more. You can see the full list of participating restaurants to make your selection today!

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Magical Dining month is a great way to spend time with your loved ones while saving on fine dining as well. Not only are you saving, but you are also giving back! For each meal, all restaurants involved will donate one dollar to The Russell Home for Atypical Children.  This organization is a non-profit facility for severely disabled children in Central Florida. There is no better way to enjoy a night of fun while giving back.

While visiting Orlando, stay in one of our luxury villas. Magical Vacation Homes proudly offers over 200 properties to choose from, whether it is a family getaway or a fun couple’s retreat, we have the perfect home for your stay.  Our Exquisite Mansion with private pool and spillover spa are ideal for you to enjoy before heading to your Magical Dining night. Let us help you plan the perfect magical stay that you deserve. For reservations, our team is available 7 days a week or you can head to our website with live calendars 24/7 to reserve your perfect home.

Hope to see you soon and have a magical day!

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Halloween Magic

September and October are great months to visit Orlando. There are plenty of fun holiday events to choose from ranging from family friendly to downright terrifying. Dress up as your favorite character and trick or treat through the theme parks this fall!

If you’re looking for a family friendly event, Mickey’s Not-So Scary Halloween Party is the perfect option for you running select nights from September 2 through October 31. The kids will love seeing special character appearances from Jack Skellington and Sally, Alice, the Mad Hatter and the Queen of Hearts, Cruella De Vil, and many more rarely seen characters! There won’t be a dull moment all evening with villainous entertainment to choose from. The Boo-to-You Halloween Parade is a highlight every year with the Headless Horseman kicking off the festivities, Haunted Mansion dancing characters, and frightening floats to thrill you!

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SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular is another fantastic family friendly Halloween event that runs from October 1 through the 30. Little ones can spend the day trick or treating throughout the park, be fully immersed in a sea of fun, create fun arts and crafts together, and experience animal encounters all while having access to the full park. Special Halloween shows and dining options are available including Sesame Street’s Countdown to Halloween, a Meet and Greet with Cookie Monster or Dine with Shamu for brunch.

Horror lovers will die for Halloween Horror Nights. Scream through six different haunted houses including Texas Chainsaw Massacre, American Horror Story, Halloween, Krampus and more! Wander through scare zones around the park, experience live shows and ride the best attractions Universal Studios Orlando has to offer. This horrifying special event runs from September 16 through October 31. Be warned, this special event may be too intense for young children and is not meant for guests under the age of 13.

If you’re looking for another special event option geared to frighten, Busch Gardens Howl-O-Scream is a great alternative. Experience a truly horrifying experience with seven different haunted houses to choose from. Walk through scare zones and escape the roaming hordes. You can also be entertained by scary shows and ride the best of roller coasters in the evening! This event runs on select nights from September 23 through October 30.

Plan a fall getaway to the theme park capital and visit the Halloween special events throughout the parks. Our reservations team is here to assist you in finding the vacation home of your dreams for your upcoming getaway! One of our newest luxury villas has availability through September and October and would be perfect for your family.

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

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Frozen Summer Fun

In honor of the Olympic Games, head over to the Frozen Games at Blizzard Beach! Choose between Team Kristoff and Team Olaf as you take part in a snowball of fun. The games are held everyday between May 27 and August 21, 2016 at Blizzard Beach.

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Activities include Ice Pail Relays, Slide Races, a Snowball Toss, Ski Pole Limbo and much more! The whole family will have a blast and all activities are included at no extra cost. The events start after park open and last throughout the day. Olaf and Kristoff will even host opening and closing ceremonies and can be seen throughout the day in the park.

Head over to Blizzard Beach to cool down before it’s too late!

If you’re looking for just the right villa with a fun Frozen themed room, we have just the vacation home for you! Golden Bear Luxury is a brand new 5 bed villa in Reunion Resort with an amazing superhero games room, Star Wars and Frozen custom themed bedrooms and large pool with spillover spa.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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