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.

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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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Until the next blog post, Happy Holidays!

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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.

If you’re looking for more water fun this vacation, checkout this villa that comes complete with its own private water slide!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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Incredible Hulk Coaster Relaunch

The Incredible Hulk Coaster closed in September 2015 to undergo a major enhancement. Universal Studios engineers have been working feverishly to unleash a whole new beast summer 2016.

The ride enhancements will make the entire experience more immersive with high-tech upgrades. Guests will be thrown into a new story line where General Thaddeus Ross subjects volunteers to high levels of gamma radiation.

The original ride will be incorporated into the new ride. Look out as Hulk uses his strength to hold up the arching original track while you pass through the ride entrance. The ride queue continues the military bio-radiological theme as guests walk through laboratories toward the radioactive core.

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The Incredible Hulk Coaster originally opened in 1999. Reaching speeds of 67 mph and going from 0 to 40 in 2 seconds, guests underwent a G-force of 4. The new ride will have even more thrills, twists and turns.

We are looking forward to the ride reopening this summer. The coaster has always been a crowd favorite and one of America’s most popular rides.

Keeping with the hero theme, we have Magical Luxury which offers a fun Marvel superhero themed games room. Our reservations team is available in house 7 days a week to assist you with planning your next vacation.

Until our next blog post! Have a magical day!

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New Arrivals at Universal Studios

Universal Studios is continually evolving to stay a favorite among theme parks in Orlando. There are at least 3 new attractions with completion dates in 2016 and 2017. It is sure to be an exciting time in Central Florida with something for everyone to enjoy.

Can you survive a 1930’s expedition trapped in a brawl between colossal predators? You’ll find out in Skull Island: Reign of Kong opening summer 2016.  This multi-sensory 3D ride places you right in the middle of prehistoric creatures and King Kong.

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Volcano Bay will be an entirely immersive water park 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. The water park is set to up sometime in 2017.

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The Tonight Show is coming to life like never before in Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon! This ride will merge comedy and iconic New York landmarks in an unforgettable adventure. Stay tuned for more information on this attraction opening in 2017.

Your family will love the opportunity to experience the latest and greatest while making memories to last a lifetime! Our knowledgeable reservations team is here 7 days a week to help you find the vacation home of your dreams. Give us a call today or visit us online! Your magical vacation awaits!

If you’re planning a vacation this summer, we have new luxury villas that will be the perfect fit for your family. Champions Magic is just one of our newest vacation homes!

Until our next blog post! Have a magical day!

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Chocolate Overload

Treat yourself to something sweet and delicious at The Toothsome Chocolate Factory. The 19th century style Steampunk restaurant draws inspiration from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Be fully immersed in a world with smoke stacks and staff dressed in trues Steampunk fashion. This sweet dining option is set to open sometime this year at Universal CityWalk.

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While dining enjoy decadent options including Bacon Brittle, a unique milkshake that combines bacon, chocolate and caramel, or Chocolate x5 which simply exudes chocolate in a variety of forms. You can even watch while the chocolate creations are made.

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Spend the day at Universal Orlando and dine as a family at The Toothsome Chocolate Factory. After a long day, come home to your home away from home, Castle Pines Paradise. Your family will love having their privacy and luxury of their own vacation home in Reunion Resort.

Let our friendly reservations team help you plan your next vacation. We have the best in vacation rentals available for your upcoming family getaway!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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