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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Until the next blog post, Happy Holidays!

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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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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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Water Park Fun

Orlando has more to offer than theme parks! While vacationing in the theme park capital of the world, be sure to visit any of the awesome water parks in the area.

Disney World offers two water parks, Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon.Both parks are unique and offer guests a completely different experience.

Blizzard Beach was once a ski resort that has melted into a water park wonderland. Spend the day racing down the slalom courses or enjoy riding a raft together down Teamboat Springs. Blizzard Beach is an ideal location for a day of family fun. The little ones can enjoy Tike’s Peak or Ski Patrol Training Camp featuring water fun for any height. The brave of heart can ride the chairlift up to Slush Gusher or Summit Plummet.

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Typhoon Lagoon  is the result of a furious storm that swept Miss Tilly on top of Mount Mayday, flinging surfboards and boats throughout the park. Enjoy the island life all day in Castaway Creek or catch a big wave in the Surf Pool. Typhoon Lagoon provides guest with a truly unique experience at Shark Reef, where you snorkel alongside stingrays and sharks.

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Universal Studio’s currently offers Wet n Wild; however, this park will be closing at the end of December 2016. Wet n Wild offers super thrills and family fun. For big thrills, guests can choose between Aqua Drag Racer and The Storm. If you’re looking for attractions you can experience as a family, head to Blastaway Beach or Surf Lagoon.

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Universal Studios will be opening Volcano Bay in 2017. This water park will be an entirely immersive experience centered around big thrills and the relaxing island lifestyle. The focal point of this water park will be the life size volcano complete with high speed drop slide.

SeaWorld features Aquatica, a one of a kind water park merging animal encounters with a variety of water experiences ranging from thrilling water slides to relaxing rivers. Slide down Dolphin Plunge with the Commerson’s dolphins. Ihu’s Breakaway Falls is the tallest multi-drop tower in Orlando. Relax in Walkabout Waters or float along in Roa’s Rapids.

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You can’t go wrong choosing any of these amazing water parks. Your family is bound to have the vacation of a lifetime in sunny Orlando this summer.

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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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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.

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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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