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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.

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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!

Text graphic holiday themed with quote "Holiday magic is endless" and Walt Disney World® trademark.

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Until the next blog post, Happy Holidays!

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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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.

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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.

volcano bay artist rendition

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!

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Treat yourself a sweet and delicious chocolate overload 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 smokestacks and staff dressed in trues Steampunk fashion. This sweet dining option is set to open sometime this year at Universal CityWalk.

The Toothsome Chocolate Factory artist rendition

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.

Three specialty milkshakes from The Toothsome Chocolate Factory

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!

 

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.

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Until the next blog post, have a magical day!

This Holiday Season give your family a gift they will never forget with many of our Orlando Christmas celebrations. Take part in the holiday festivities at the theme parks, while spending quality time with your loved ones. Plan the vacation of a lifetime in sunny Orlando, Florida this December and truly make this Christmas a memorable holiday.

Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios all have amazing holiday events this Christmas. The special events at each park are unique and something everyone will enjoy. We recommend planning to visit all three parks to truly get in the holiday spirit!

Enjoy the winter celebration with Santa at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party. Live entertainment including A Frozen Holiday Wish, Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade, and spectacular Christmas fireworks await you! This special holiday event runs from November 8 through December 18.

SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration is sure to be a splash hit with the whole family! SeaWorld has plenty to offer for everyone. Holiday events range from Elmo’s Christmas Wish, Winter Wonderland on Ice, the breathtaking Sea of Trees, and the special Shamu Christmas Miracles. These wonderful shows are held on select dates from November 21 through December 31.

Celebrate the holidays like never before at Universal Orlando’s Oh What Fun It Is. Your family will love watching the Macy’s Holiday Parade and eating breakfast with The Grinch. Mannheim Steamroller, the best-selling holiday artist, will also be playing live on select nights during the event. Holiday events at Universal Studios begin December 5 and end on January 2.

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Join us in celebrating 25 years of fun, entertainment, and thrills with Universal Orlando this November. You can spend your weekends dancing the night away whilst watching live performances from your favorite artists. While at Universal Studios for the concert series, you can also enjoy your favorite rides and attractions.

On November 14, Jason Derulo will kick off the festivities showcasing his amazing dance movies and catchy songs. Colbie Caillat, known for her popular “Bubbly” and “Realize” singles, will hit the stage next on November 21. Following Colbie Caillat is Flo Rida, a native Floridan, on November 22. Carly Rae Jepsen will perform live on November 27 and finishing the event on November 28 is Daughtry. All of these fantastic artists are sure to offer a performance that you will never forget during the 25th Anniversary Concert Series.

Plan a trip to Orlando this November to celebrate 25 years with Universal Orlando and see today’s most popular artists and spend a week of fun at the theme parks. Let Magical Vacation Homes help you find the vacation home of your dreams so you can relax during your getaway. Why not stay in one of our newest Villas known as Muirfield Magic where true fun and luxury come together. 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!