On November 18th, 2018, Mickey Mouse will be celebrating his 90th birthday! There are many great ways to help celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday, both at Walt Disney World Resort as well as things you can do from home. Keep reading to find out fun “mouse-do” ideas to help celebrate this magical birthday!
1. Magic Kingdom Party
Walt Disney World Resort here in Florida is celebrating Mickey Mouse with a big party from November 16th – 18th with merchandise, exclusive food and beverage options and a dance party in Tomorrowland. Of course, the Dapper Dans will be around to sing Happy Birthday to our favorite mouse!
2. Move It, Shake It, Mousekedance It Street Party
After the Holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort, we’ll be able to welcome the newest street party to Magic Kingdom! Move It, Shake It, Mousekedance It will be replacing the current Move It, Shake It, Dance It, Play It Street Parade and will reportedly focus more on Mickey and Minnie.
3. 2019 at the Theme Parks
You can tell that it’s a big birthday celebration when Mickey’s party extends for a full year! The World’s Biggest Mouse Party is what Disney is calling the upcoming celebration year. Book your trip to Walt Disney World in Florida for amazing attractions, including Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway opening in 2019, exclusive merchandise and unforgettable vacation experiences.
4. Celebrating Mickey’s 90th Birthday from Home!
Don’t worry if you aren’t anywhere close to the theme parks — there are plenty of ways to help celebrate from home! Many brand collaborations have come out with exclusive merchandise to celebrate Mickey Mouse’s 90th Birthday. Every company, from Oreo and their birthday cake-flavored Mickey Mouse Oreos to Vans Mickey Mouse shoe line, Mickey Mouse is getting in on the big birthday celebration fun. Turn on your TV’s and get ready to celebrate with the Mickey Mouse 90th Birthday Spectacular debuting on ABC on November 4th.
5. Custom Vacation Home Stay
What better way to celebrate the Mouse himself than planning a trip to meet him at Walt Disney World Resort? Stay with Magical Vacation Homes for a magical experience, like with a Mickey-inspired secret playroom at RVH_325! Enjoy the best value for a custom-designed home and have a truly magical experience. Call our Reservations team at 1-866-991-3158 or head to MagicalVacationHomes.com to find your perfect vacation home!
Until the next blog post, Have a Magical Day!
When you book your stay with us at Magical Vacation Homes, you’re getting more than just a place to stay, you’re getting a full magical experience. Your vacation rental already comes equipped with the essential things you’ll need for your vacation. If you’re interested in adding additional experiences to your trip, our dedicated Concierge team is happy to assist you with planning. We have a full list of Concierge Services that we offer. Check out some of our most popular services that the Magical Concierge team can assist you with planning!
Magical Concierge Services
Our guests are our number one priority here at Magical Vacation Homes. We want you and your family to have a truly magical experience!
Elite Arrival Service
When you arrive at your Elite Magical vacation home, our Concierge Team will welcome you to the property with a full home tour, including how to operate electronics and answer any questions you might have about the home. The Concierge Team is dedicated to exceeding expectations for your entire vacation experience. This service is available during business operating hours for guests who have booked a home from our Elite category. To book, please call 1-866-991-3158 prior to your arrival.
Kissimmee Guest Services
Kissimmee Guest Services is the most trusted name in tickets since 1997. They provide tickets for all of the major theme parks, including Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, Busch Gardens, and Legoland. In addition to theme parks, get tickets for Orlando sports teams including Orlando City and Orlando Magic or local attractions like the Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum and iFly Indoor Skydiving. Check out Kissimmee Guest Services for all of your ticket needs!
Orlando Party Servers
Party Servers offers a complete range of wedding services, party services, including catering, setting up the buffet, butler pass, bartending, portion control on the buffet, cleaning up, during and after the party and any other assistance that may be needed. Party Servers will take care of all the details from start to finish. Contact our Concierge team to assist in arranging your Orlando Party Servers, or visit the website PartyServers.net
My VIP Tour services provide private guided tours at both Walt Disney World and Universal Orlando Resort. Their tour guides offer services to tailor your VIP tour specifically to your needs, from attractions to entertainment offerings. Avoid the long lines and getting lost in the parks and book a VIP Tour Guide!
We know your pet is your best friend, but unfortunately our vacation rentals are not pet friendly. While you’re having a magical vacation, we want your pets to enjoy their vacation too! We highly recommend DogVacay for the best pet experts!
The Kids Pac provides 24-hour in-room childcare services, for everything from family vacation assistance to services during events at our vacation homes. Their team of nurturing and professionally trained childcare specialists provide quality service from the comfort of your vacation rental home. For arranging The Kids Pac childcare during your stay, call our Concierge at 1-866-991-3158 or head to their website TheKidsPac.com
Our full list of Magical Concierge services can be found on our website at MagicalVacationHomes.com
Call our reservations team at 1-866-991-3158 to book your dream vacation and add any of these amazing magical concierge services to your stay!
Soak up some famous Florida sunshine this summer in Orlando! Enjoy the beautiful sunny weather and keep cool at the same time at some of the area’s best water parks – conveniently located near our magical rental homes. Keep reading for useful info on the best water parks around.
Walt Disney World is home to two award-winning water parks – Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon. Both offer a unique theme and exciting experiences the whole family can enjoy.
As legend has it, one year a freak snowstorm came to Florida. A ski resort popped up for all of the tourists to enjoy the slopes, but when all of the snow melted, Blizzard Beach water park made its debut! This ski-resort themed water park is home to the thrilling Summit Plummet – a 12 story free-fall body slide. If sliding down one of the highest and fastest water slides on Earth isn’t your thing – no worries! A leisurely lazy river winds through the park for total relaxation, as well as a whole kiddie section named Tike’s Peak, full of fun for the little ones.
The other Disney water park is Typhoon Lagoon, themed as a tropical paradise after a crazy typhoon-storm. The centerpiece of this park is one of the largest wave pools in the world. This park also features plenty of places to relax along artificial white sandy beaches and family attractions like the Crush ‘n’ Gusher water coaster and Mayday Falls raft ride. This summer, the park is debuting H2O Glow Nights, staying open at night, for the first time in the 29 years since opening, for a nighttime party with the Toy Story characters.
Universal Studios Orlando debuted its new park in 2017 with the opening of Volcano Bay. The water park is themed around a 200-foot tall volcano named “Krakatau” and features a technology-driven experience with a wearable wristband called TapuTapu. The TapuTapu wristband holds your place in line so you can relax and enjoy the park instead of waiting in long lines for popular attractions. There’s a great balance for relaxation and thrills at this gorgeous Polynesian themed park.
SeaWorld Orlando’s water park continues SeaWorld’s themes of animal education and conservation. The most popular slide in the park takes a plunge through the dolphin pool, and the new Ray Rush family slide promises a thrilling slide, splash and soar with the whole family.
Slide, splash and build all day at the LEGOLAND Water Park! There’s some fun for everyone with attractions and slides to the all-new Creative Cove, where you can build and race your own LEGO boat! Beat the heat and still spend some quality time with the whole family at the LEGOLAND Water Park!
You don’t even have to go far from your gorgeous vacation rental home to experience a great Florida water park experience! The Reunion Resort Water Park is 5 acres of tropical Florida fun, with three water slides, a lazy river and a kids play park. In order to spend time at this park, please be sure to register in advance as a Reunion Resort House Guest if the option is available for your rental home – if you have any questions about this, please be sure to reach out to our Care Team and they will happily answer any questions you may have to ensure your vacation is magical!
Enjoy the brand new community splash park and water slides in Windsor Hills! Windsor Hills Resort is located only two miles away from Disney with all of the amenities of a luxury resort paired with the comfort, convenience, and privacy of a high-end vacation home, at just fraction of the cost! Be one of the first guests to enjoy the brand new pool enhancements when you stay in one of our Windsor Hills properties!
Sometimes, you don’t even have to leave your backyard to stay cool and have fun in the sun with your whole family! Relax in privacy with your own backyard pool, soak up some Florida sunshine and spend quality time with your loved ones.
This beautiful Reunion home, Designed for Vacations, even has a waterslide in this infinity pool with a spillover spa. Get details and check availability HERE
Looking for some privacy and relaxation? Stay at The White House at Reunion to enjoy the LARGEST infinity pool in Reunion. To add to the ultimate relaxation, the property is bordering a nature conservation which adds to the feeling of privacy and has a private sauna Learn more about this beautiful villa HERE
I hope you’re ready to splash your way through the summer at some of Orlando’s finest waterparks! If you’re looking for tickets to these exciting experiences, check out this website for some great deals!
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Until the next blog post, we hope you have a magical day!
Traveling as a family on a budget? When traveling with family, expenses can reach the 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 are 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.
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!
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’s schedule to see which artist is performing each week!
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!
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.
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.
Each different food station offers food in different artistic styles including Pop Art, Deconstructionism, Modernism, and Renaissance just to name a few.
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.
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 time’s schedule!
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.
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!
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.
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 walkers, 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!
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.
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!
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 Year’s 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’s 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!
Planning a last-minute holiday vacation? Magical Vacation Homes have 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 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!
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 guests 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!
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 animal’s health and care while educating guests on the natural world.
One of our signature series of 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 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!