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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!

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!

Girl dressed up in Minnie Mouse costume marking with her Halloween pail marching with Disney characters and other kids behind Cinderella's Castle at Magic Kingdom.

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 treat 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. Walkthrough 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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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 every day between May 27 and August 21, 2016, at Blizzard Beach.

A guy, a little girl and an adult woman ride on a ski lift at Disney's Blizzard Beach during the daytime.

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 the park opens and lasts throughout the day. Olaf and Kristoff will even host the 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 a large pool with a spillover spa.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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.

Guy, cross-armed over chest, screaming as he drops down the slide known as Summit Plummet at Disney's Blizzard Beach Water Park during the daytime.

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.

Father and daughter holding onto each other's lazy river tube as they float down the lazy river at Disney's Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

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.

A group of people, two women and two men, use a four-person water tube to slide through an enclosed slide at Wet & Wild Water Park.

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 a 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.

Computer-generated graphic to showcase one of Aquatica's water-slides, the Dolphin Plunge. The see-through tube slide submerges underwater and is surrounded by Commerson's Dolphins. Teenage male is pictured to be zooming through the slide.

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, check out this villa that comes complete with its own private water slide!

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

 

 

Magical Vacation Homes are excited to launch brand new villas that are designed for vacations. These custom villas were built with a large family vacation and corporate retreats in mind. All located in Reunion Resort just 6 miles to Walt Disney World.

Enjoy discovering all of the hidden Mickeys and unexpected surprises throughout this signature estate. The villa boasts 6,103 sq. ft villa with 7 luxury bedrooms. Live in the magic with fun kids’ bedroom, with secret doorways leading into a kids’ zone complete with a stage. Share hours of fun in the extended games room or your own themed home theater or simply lounge by the oversized pool with fantastic golf course views. This home is certainly the magical choice for your dream family vacation!

Situated in Reunion Resort overlooking the Jack Nicklaus golf course, this villa is a one of a kind masterpiece with 8 luxurious bedrooms and 8.5 bathrooms.  This 8,000 sq. ft. home is by far an upscale gem that will make your vacation dreams reality.  You will be impressed as soon as you pull up to this beautiful vacation home.  Soak up the Florida sun in any of the sun loungers or truly relax in the pool ledge loungers next to the custom fountain perfect for the kids to play in.  The home features a games room, theater room, full kitchen, formal dining with phenomenal sunset views, private courtyard, and upgraded electronics in all bedrooms. This vacation home will simply amaze the whole family!

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Looking for the perfect wedding or corporate retreat, then The Palace at Reunion was designed for your family or group. The outdoor gazebo is the perfect setting for wedding ceremonies while the indoor banquet hall with a video projector is ideal for receptions.  Corporate retreats can offer meetings in the 28 seat theater with a presentation stand. This home can comfortably sleep 34 with its 13 extravagant bedrooms, 16 bathrooms, and 11,700 sq. ft of ultimate luxury vacation space. The home also boasts amenities including a custom pool overlooking the golf course, games room, putting green, fitness room and custom-built bunk beds. You can even sleep under the stars in the bonus bedroom with skylight roof and electronic shutter screens.

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Discover the beautiful custom California Mediterranean-style architectural style of this spectacular vacation home. Located in the Homestead area of Reunion Resort, this magnificent 9 bedroom, 9 bathroom signature estate home boasts 5,550 sq. ft of spacious rooms, premium amenities and elegant decor inspired by the seaside villas of California and the Mediterranean. This home includes a private pool and spa, 7 Master bedroom suites, 2 themed bedrooms – Phineas and Ferb and Classic Mickey, a games room with arcade games, a “The Chronicles of Narnia” themed home theater, full kitchen, formal dining room, flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray players in all bedrooms and much more! This home has truly been designed with the vacation home guest experience in mind.

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The White House at Reunion is by far a masterpiece boasting Reunion Resort’s largest infinity pool on a south-facing deck area with private conservation views. The 12,982 sq. ft villa boasts 10 stylish master bedrooms each with their own modern flair. Experience a luxury vacation experience with a private 12 seat theater room, dedicated fitness room, fully equipped kitchen and oversized great room where vacation memories can be made. While staying in the villa, guests will be entertained in the sports-themed games room complete with custom jumbotron, arcade room, wet bar, and poker room. Guests will experience nothing but the best in this ultimate vacation villa.

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Each villa is unique in its own rights bringing a touch of magic and luxury to the vacation home capital of the world. Guests looking for the privacy of a home, amenities of a resort and high-end lifestyle, will find everything they need. Magical Vacation Homes is proud to continue to expand into this market with large scale vacation rentals.

Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

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 storyline where General Thaddeus Ross subjects volunteer 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!

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.

Artist rendition of new attraction, Skull Island: Reign of Kong, at Universal Orlando Resort

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 a high-speed drop slide. The water park is set to open 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 at Universal Studios 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!

Starting Memorial Day weekend, get ready for Animal Kingdom’s newest nighttime experiences. Watch as the parks transform into an evening spectacular with soft lighting, animal calls and a whole new world to discover.

The Tree of Life Awakens brings Animal Kingdom’s park icon to life with magical fireflies retelling stories. Observe animal imagery displayed beautifully on the tree.

Tree of Life Awakens at Disney's Animal Kingdom at Night, Part of Animal Kingdom's Nighttime Experiences

All new to the park is The Jungle Book: Alive with Magic. The live show is an action-filled adventure with music and special effects based on the new live-action The Jungle Book film.

Kilimanjaro Safaris now presents sunset treks. Guests can encounter animal behaviors unique to their typical daytime activities. African wild dogs and hyenas will now be part of the safari.

Most of the park attractions will remain open until park close. A party atmosphere will set the mood for fun at the Harambe Wildlife Parti and the Discovery Island Carnivale.

The grand finale to a wild evening of Animal Kingdom’s nighttime experiences will be the awe-inspiring Rivers of Light. The new show intertwines the magic of animals, humans and our natural world. Guests will enjoy a one of a kind spectacle with performers, floating lanterns and animal imagery.

All of this and more can be part of your next Disney World vacation! Let our reservation team assist you in finding the perfect home for a family vacation. Southern Exposure is a gorgeous villa with a fun Mickey Mouse safari-themed kids bedroom that fits perfectly with the new entertainment at the Animal Kingdom.

Until the next blog post, Kwa Heri 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!