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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. Three styles of bagel-shaped sandwiches (Trio of Savory Croissant Doughnuts) on wooden slab for Epcot International Festival of the Arts. 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. Close-up shot of the concert main stage at the World Showcase with a projected logo still-animation reading "Disney on Broadway Presented by Epcot International Festival of the Arts" 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! 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. Man on one knee leaning over to use squeeze-bottle of white paint on a Disney character painting for Epcot International Festival of the Arts. 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. Female decorated in colorful Mardi Gras attire on a colorful Mardi Gras float featuring a fake elephant and leopard for Universal Orlando Resort's Mardi Gras parade. 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!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! Cheesecake creme brulee with assorted berries on a white plate sprinkled in powered sugar.

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 a 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!

Mom works hard all year long, so show her some extra love this Mother’s Day with some of the best Mother’s Day magic in Orlando! Plan a special family vacation that she will always cherish. From the Flower and Garden Festival in Epcot to a special brunch for the family, there is plenty to see and do in Orlando this May. Out of all Mother’s Day events in Orlando, the Flower and Garden Festival is sure to be mom’s favorite! Choose from a variety of outdoor kitchens dishing up tantalizing fresh eats. Stroll through the breathtaking topiaries shaped like your favorite Disney characters including Anna and Elsa, Peter Pan, Beauty and the Beast, and Mickey and Minnie. There will even be special play areas and gardens just for the kids. The Flower and Garden Festival is a seasonal event that ends May 30, 2016. Celebrate Mother's Day, Orlando, two mothers with kids walking through Epcot Throughout Orlando, local businesses are also offering special treats in honor of mom. Send mom to the spa for the day or treat her to an amazing brunch at Dexter’s or The Bistro on Park Avenue. There are also plenty of shopping options so you can enjoy quality time together. Let our knowledgeable reservations team ease the stress of planning the perfect vacation. We can help you find the vacation home of your dreams. Homestead Bliss is conveniently located in the heart of Reunion Resort and would be a great option for any family. Until the next blog post, have a magical day!Make this Valentine’s Day in Orlando a special day for you and your sweetheart. Plan a special date just for two celebrating your Valentine’s Day love. We have hand-picked our favorite Orlando date ideas, making your date hassle-free.

Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts

On February 13th, legendary composer and performer, YANNI will be showcasing his talents. Enjoy a romantic evening in the Walt Disney Theater with the performance starting at 8:00 PM.

Chocolate Table at Animal Kingdom Resort

Partake in chocolate and wine at the Jambo House lobby of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The 6ft chocolate table is available from 4-9 PM daily February 9th through the 15th.

Reunion Resort’s Eleven

Indulge in a three-course prix fixe menu with gorgeous rooftop views of Reunion Resort. Dinner reservations run from 5:30-10 PM on February 14th.

Victoria & Albert’s

Walt Disney World knows how to celebrate special occasions better than anybody! Spend an intimate 2.5 hours with your love whilst listening to beautiful harp melodies, personalized menus, and long stem roses for each lady. The prix fixe menu starts at $135 per guest.

Emil Buehler Planetarium

This date will be truly out of this world. Lean back and take in the tremendous interstellar views while learning about the love stories of Vega and Altair, Orion and Artemis, and Algon and the lost star maidens of Pleiades. This special show starts at 7 PM on February 13th and at 8:30 PM on February 12th and 13th. Plan a last-minute vacation today and surprise your Valentine. Reunion Estate is a luxurious villa that is available for a special Valentine’s getaway. Whatever you and your sweetheart end up doing, we hope it’s a great evening filled with love. Until the next blog post, have a magical day!Mardi Gras isn’t just for New Orleans. Universal’s Mardi Gras is one of Orlando’s biggest and best Mardi Gras party. The party is so big, it doesn’t just last one night. On select dates, guests can enjoy live music, Cajun-style food, a dazzling parade with street performers, incredible floats and more beads than you can imagine. Universal's Mardi Gras nighttime parade Head over to Universal’s Mardi Gras at Universal Studios starting February 6th through April 16th, 2016, and listen to the biggest names in music, LIVE! Performers include artists such as Hunter Hayes, Diana Ross, Fall Out Boy, Jessie J, REO Speedwagon, T-Pain and many more. See the full lineup below:

Concert Dates:

Saturday, February 6th: Hunter Hayes Saturday, February 13th: Diana Ross Sunday, February 14th: Barenaked Ladies Saturday, February 27th: Fall Out Boy Saturday, March 5th: Kool & The Gang Saturday, March 12th: The Fray Sunday, March 13th: Adam Lambert Saturday, March 19th: Shawn Mendes Sunday, March 20th: 3 Doors Down Saturday, March 26th: REO Speedwagon Saturday, April 2nd: T-Pain Saturday, April 9th: Jessie J Saturday, April 16th: Yandel Mardi Gras is a great event for the whole family and has something for everyone to delight in. There is even a special parade viewing area just for the little ones! Be sure to visit the French Quarter Courtyard to grab a plate of authentic Cajun and Creole food available for purchase. Regular park admission includes the Mari Gras concerts, parade and French Quarter music. There’s no reason for the family fun to stop at the park. Book a rental home so everyone can be in one place together during your vacation. Villa Moderno is a fantastic new villa offering contemporary luxury throughout, a well-equipped games room, private pool, and fun themed rooms perfect for the kids. Until the next blog post, have a magical day!Indulge in some of the finest cuisines in Orlando this September with Visit Orlando’s 10th Anniversary “Magical Dining Month”. This culinary celebration runs from August 24th through September 30, 2015. This September you can wine and dine at more than 75 restaurants in Orlando. Each restaurant will serve three-course, prix-fixe meals for $33. Some of the crowd favorites include Taverna Opa, Luma Park, and Florenzo Italian Steakhouse.

Enjoy Dining in Orlando

The Magical Dining Month is a great way to enjoy dining out in Orlando with significant savings. In the spirit of giving, one dollar from every meal will be given to a local charity called ELEVATE, which offers life-skills and education for the urban youth. We here at Magical Vacation Homes are looking forward to enjoying plenty of magical meals this upcoming month! We hope you and your family will take advantage of this fantastic dining option and tickle some taste buds with some seriously fantastic food. You can check out the full list of restaurants participating in Magical Dining and make your selections today!

Book our Vacation Villas in Orlando Today!

Fancy heading down to Orlando and staying in one of our magical homes? Why not stay in one of our newest Villas known as Magical Luxury, where true fun and fantasy are brought to life. Let us help you plan the September vacation of your dreams. Our reservations team is available 7 days a week or you can view our live calendars online 24/7 to help you find the perfect vacation villa! Until the next blog post, have a magical day!