What’s not to love about renovations? We, the Magical Team, asked ourselves this just over a year ago and we immediately got to work. Over the past 12+ months, our staff has slowly begun introducing little changes, from a shiny new logo to exciting new email layouts. And now the day has arrived where we can introduce our greatest reno of all. We are thrilled to finally introduce to all of our guests the stunning new magical website revamp of MagicalVacationHomes.com.
We’ve taken your comments and suggestions and used these to bring you the best site yet. Rebuilt from top to bottom, our new magical website has been enhanced with a gorgeous modern layout, user-friendly features throughout, and added convenience to the guest booking process. Whether you’re browsing our villas on desktop or checking out property availability via mobile, we’ve worked to make sure that each visit experience is equally fast, convenient, and easy to understand.
Our Newest Features
We understand that there are times when you have a general idea of when you’re traveling, but you’re flexible on the set dates! This is why we’ve added the “Dates Flexible” tool, giving you the option to, well, weigh out your options! This tool not only allows you to view different check-in/check-out pricing, but it also may provide additional rentals to choose from.
Select from one to three days in flexibility and the timeframe you’re looking to travel around, and let our advanced property software do the rest. It’s that simple.
The Magical Blog
Read all about it (like you’re doing right now)! With so much going on in Central Florida every day, we know it may be challenging to keep up. Add ease to planning your getaway adventures with The Magical Blog, your guide to all things theme park, entertainment, holiday events, and more.
View our most recent posts on the main page for the most up-to-date news in the area and even within our company! Guests can also browse our organized categories to read about particular topics, like Walt Disney World® Resort or Universal Orlando™. We’ve also implemented a search box for those looking to go back to a blog they’ve already read.
Ready to read about the magic happening in Orlando? Head to our Magical Blog main page to view our other great posts.
The My Stay Guest Portal, Powered by Happy Stays
For the first time ever, your confirmed reservation will now be accessible through our new online guest portal, My Stay, powered by Happy Stays. Here, guests can view their property documents, booking information, add-on vacation services, and more.
To review an existing reservation on desktop, guests can locate the My Stay portal at the footer of our website. You may also head over directly to https://magicalvacationhomes.happystays.com/visitor-guide/#/login at any time. All you need to log on via desktop is your registered email address and check-in date.
For those using their mobile device, you can download the free Happy Stays app from the App Store and Google Play. Once you’ve downloaded the app, sign in with the access code provided in your Happy Stays email. You are now on your way to having all the information needed right at your fingertips. It’s that simple!
Once you’re in, you can click on any existing reservations you have on file and access everything you need to know for your upcoming getaway. From check-in and check-out times to the address and wifi password, you’ll be instantly prepared for your journey to Orlando.
Guests may also utilize our remote check-out option. Just let us know through the portal that you are on your way out and our teams will take care of the rest!
Have multiple guests in your party? Not a problem. Invite your family and friends through the “Invite Friends” tab so everyone can view the reservation whenever they please, keeping all guests in the loop 24/7.
For those deciding that they may want to add special services, such as pool heat, for example, may do so on the portal without having to call or email.
Our Magical Guest Moments
Each year we welcome guests from all over the world, and we are always thrilled when guests share their magical experience with us. With Our Magical Guest Moments, we are able to share with YOU the magical memories these families made.
We are always welcoming more guest experiences and would love to hear and see your vacation experience! If you would like the chance to be featured on our site or social media, just submit your favorite vacation photos and a small story about your getaway at the bottom of the page. We can’t wait to hear about your trip!
These are only some of the amazing features you’ll encounter while visiting our new and improved website, and we cannot wait for you to witness it for yourself! See the best of it all at MagicalVacationHomes.com and while you’re here, feel free to book a vacation (or two) with one of our many Book Direct deals and specials.
Until the next blog post, have a Magical rest of your day!
Happy Holidays from everyone here at Magical Vacation Homes! To celebrate another year of making magical memories, we’re offering 12 days of Magical Giveaways on our Instagram Account! Enter to win 12 days of amazing prizes, with an incredible grand prize of a FREE STAY in Luxury Vacation Villa (RVH_092M), a beautiful 5 bedroom vacation home in Reunion Resort.
Enter to WIN the Magical Sweepstakes
Want to win a stay at the vacation home of your dreams? Of course, you do! Entering is very simple, just follow these steps:
1) Follow @MagicalHomes on Instagram
2) Like the daily posts on our Instagram
3) Comment what you would do on your Orlando vacation
4) Tag a friend in the comments of the Instagram post
Don’t forget to enter every day, as each daily entry is automatically entered to win our Grand Prize package of a FREE STAY in RVH_092M. The contest runs from December 13th – December 25th, 2018.
Want to know more? The contest is open to US Residents only, Must be 18 years of age or older to enter. No Purchase Necessary. Winner will be selected at random from valid entries. Contest closes on December 25th at 10:00 am EST and the winner will be announced within 24 hours! Read the full Contest Rules.
Luxury Vacation Villa
The vacation home of your dreams! Our grand prize for the 12 Days of Christmas Sweepstakes is a FREE 4 night stay in low or mid season in RVH_092M, a 5 bedroom vacation villa located in Reunion Resort!
This is the perfect place to stay for your Orlando vacation, located close to all of the Orlando attractions while away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds. Relax in luxury at your own villa complete with private pool, game and theater room and customized bedrooms for the kids!
Make delicious meals in the fully equipped kitchen and sit down together as a family to enjoy quality time together. Even be able to hire a private chef or spa services to come to your villa. Learn more about Magical’s Concierge Services!
Located in an unbeatable location in Reunion Resort, you will be close to all of the amazing attractions and still able to have a private getaway to retreat to.
Enter to win a free stay at Luxury Vacation Villa!
Find out more details about this gorgeous house on the Magical Website! Good luck to everyone entering, we wish you a Magical day!
Until next time!
Orlando is the #1 destination to visit in the USA, welcoming a record-breaking 72 million visitors in 2017. The holidays are a truly magical time to visit Orlando, with fabulous events all around. When you’re staying at a vacation home, it opens up even more amazing ways to spend the holiday season. Keep reading to discover fun ways to spend the holidays at Reunion Resort.
1) Dining at Eleven
One of the featured luxury dining experiences at Reunion Resort is Eleven. Situated at the top of the 11th floor of the towering Reunion Grande building, Eleven provides a luxurious dining experience for the whole family. Enjoy a Christmas dinner at Eleven with a menu featuring seasonal specials including Winter Fig Salad, Prime Rib, Pan Seared Sea Bass and more! You can even watch the magical Walt Disney World fireworks with a stellar view from the restaurant. Spend the holidays dining here, reservations are highly recommended. View more Reunion Dining Experiences!
2) Pampering at the Reunion Resort Spa
The Reunion Resort spa is a great way to treat yourself and your loved ones this Holiday season! You have the option to visit the boutique spa in the resort, or even have the masseuse come to you! Enjoy a poolside massage and be able to truly relax without stress this holiday season. Be sure to call 407.662.4772 to book your holiday spa trip!
3) Enjoying Your Magical Vacation Home
Make your holidays Magical by staying at an amazing Magical Vacation Home rental. Make a meal with the whole family at your own kitchen and sit down to dine all together. Escape the crowds of the theme parks by relaxing in your own private villa. Even get to decorate your home for the holidays with Christmas tree rentals!
Holidays are truly magical with a stay at Magical Vacation Homes! You can even stay in your very own Castle at The Reunion Castle, a brand new home designed for your vacation with 10 bedrooms, a custom infinity pool, secret playrooms and the same high-tech golf simulator that the pros use!
4) Golfing at Legendary Courses
Reunion Resort features 3 award-winning golf courses designed by some of the biggest names in golf. Featuring the Arnold Palmer Legacy Course, the Tom Watson Independence Course, and the Jack Nicklaus Tradition Course, Reunion Resort is truly a golfer’s paradise. Spend the holiday season enjoying the beautiful Florida weather and golfing on some of the best courses in Florida.
5) Relaxing by the Reunion Resort Pools and Water Park
On your vacation to the Sunshine State, maximize your time soaking up the sun at the beautiful Reunion Resort pools! Even during the colder months of the Holidays, Florida weather is perfect for relaxing poolside! Reunion Resort features 8 different community pools in addition to a Water Park and Pool exclusive for registered house guests — ask our reservations team for more info about house guest registration! Of course, a majority of our rentals include your own private pool, but if you’re looking to socialize poolside this holiday season, Reunion Resort pools are the place to be!
Maximize your time during the Holidays at Reunion Resort with all of these incredible amenities! Holidays in Orlando are unlike anywhere else, and are sure to be a magical time!
#MagicalStays Contest (CONTEST CLOSED)
Have you always dreamed of staying in a magical home, where you can choose from sleeping in a castle to watching your favorite superhero movie while surrounded by your favorite characters?
All of your vacation dreams can come true with a stay at The Fun House at Reunion! This luxury 5 bedroom villa located in Reunion Resort has everything you need for a magical vacation — and you now have the chance to win a free week!
That’s right — enter to win a free week at The Fun House at Reunion (RVH_520) by submitting your favorite Orlando vacation memory photo HERE.
The Fun House at Reunion
By entering our #MagicalStays contest, you’re entering for a chance to win a free 7-night stay in this incredible new vacation home rental. Every inch of the 3,374 square foot house features luxurious furnishings, the latest technology, and magical details to truly make it a home away from home.
Each bedroom is customized for both the kids and the adults. Little princesses will love the opportunity to sleep in their own castle, and Jedi knights will love to sleep in their own galactic getaway complete with a fun slide! Adults enjoy King sized beds, and beautiful decor. One room even features a life-size astronaut and fiber optic star ceiling! All bedrooms have their own SMART TV and ensuite bathroom.
A great feature is the west-facing private pool and spillover spa. Soak up the famous Florida sunshine while lounging on the patio furniture, or cook a meal outdoors in the summer kitchen and dine outdoors!
Play all day in the lounge games room with fun arcade games and a Star Wars Battle Pod Arcade. Get your game on playing foosball or going head to head on the video game systems.
At the end of the day, curl up and watch your favorite superhero movie on this 120-inch movie screen in the private home theater. This amazing property is only minutes away from Walt Disney World Resort, and close to other amazing Orlando Area attractions including Universal Studios and SeaWorld.
Enter the Contest
Share a photo of your favorite Orlando vacation memory with us. Be sure to keep sharing with your friends and family to get the most votes and win a free stay at The Fun House at Reunion!
Until the next blog post, we hope you have a Magical Day!
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!
Book your dream vacation with confidence now at MagicalVacationHomes.com!
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!