New Year’s Resolution – Take a vacation, it’s good for your health!

Kids Jumping in PoolThe new year is here and that means one thing… New Year’s Resolutions. While most of us might want to hit the gym more often or put down the sweets, have you thought about adding a vacation to that list? If not, let us convince you why traveling will be the best decision you make this year:

Vacation creates family bonds and memories

  • With millions of working parents admitting that it has been more than a year since their last family vacation, kids are missing out on time with their parents that they treasure most, and the memories that come with it.
  • Family vacations create memories that last for decades, are shared across generations and bring a family closer together. Many adults say they still have vivid memories of family vacations taken in their early childhood and children say family vacations create some of their favorite memories.

 

Vacation makes you healthy

Healthy heart

  • Men who didn’t take a vacation for several years were 30%  more likely to have heart attacks compared to men who did not take time off.
  • Women who took a vacation only once every six years or less were almost 8 times more likely to develop coronary heart disease or have a heart attack compared to women who vacationed at least twice a year.

Decreased Depression

  • A study of 1,500 women determined that those who vacationed less often than once every two years were more likely to suffer from depression and increased stress than women who took vacations at least twice a year.
  •  1,400 people were surveyed and found that leisure activities – including taking vacations – contributed to higher positive emotional levels and less depression. The benefits of vacationing also extended to lower blood pressure and smaller waistlines.

Less stress

  • A study released last year by the American Psychological Association concluded that vacations work to reduce stress by removing people from activities and environments that tend to be sources of stress. Similarly, a Canadian study of nearly 900 lawyers found that taking vacations helped alleviate job stress.

 

Vacation makes you perform better in the workplace

  • 77% of HR managers agree that employees who take most or all of their vacation time are more productive in their jobs than those who do not.
  • 75% of HR managers believe using vacation time leads to higher performance.

 

The Orlando area offers you and your family plenty of ways to make wonderful memories.  So take those extra days off and let Global Resort Homes help make your vacation stress-free.  And to help here are some videos on how you can Vacation Smarter with Global

 

 

How Orlando ranked #1 for New Year’s Eve Celebration

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Based off of a new study by WalletHub, Orlando is the hot spot for your New Year’s Eve celebrations!

In order to find the most fun and affordable New Year’s Eve locations for ringing in the New Year, WalletHub’s analysts compared the 100 most populated cities across 17 key metrics, ranging from the legality of fireworks to the average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket as well as the forecasted precipitation on New Year’s Eve.

Here’s how Orlando ranked by category:

  • 7th: Average price of a New Year’s Eve party ticket
  • 29th: Average beverage price (wine price)
  • 1st: Number of nightlife options per capita
  • 1st: Number of restaurants per capita
  • 4th: Luxury shopping
  • 1st: Legality of fireworks
  • 53rd: Walkability
  • 7th: Number of New Year’s Eve festivals, performances and galas per capita
  • 5th: Number of music venues per capita

Also to be noted, Tampa at No. 13, Miami at No. 17 and Jacksonville at No. 36.

New Jungle Cruise inspired dining experience at Disney

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If dining and Disney are both on your to-do list, we have news for you! A new restaurant has started its soft opening and is officially open at Magic Kingdom this week, The Jungle Navigation Co. Ltd. Skipper Canteen, located near the Jungle Cruise Attraction.

The menu will feature an array of flavors that are inspired by the flavors of the rivers found on the Jungle Cruise. These flavors include Asian, South American and African cuisine. Like the Jungle Cruise, there is a wise-cracking staff on hand.

Among the choices are arepas, grilled steak, farm-raised shrimp and a rice noodle bowl. A chocolate cake (with carmelized bananas and cashew ice cream) is called Kungaloosh, a nod to the old explorer-themed Adventurers Club at Downtown Disney.

Specialty drinks include the Punch Line Punch (tropical fruit juice and mango puree) and the Schweitzer Slush (frozen apple juice and passion fruit topped with green apple boba balls). They are non-alcoholic.

The 222-seat restaurant is broken into three seating areas: a mess hall, a jungle-inspired parlor and a hidden meeting room of the Society of Explorers and Adventurers.

Exciting big things coming to Osceola County!

New development in Kissimmee

There are some exciting and big changes coming to Osceola County!

County commissioners gave the OK for more development in downtown Kissimmee including a five-story hotel, residential homes and retail shops. It is believed the new development could change the way people are getting around the city.

The plan is to redevelop the Hansel Plant and Toho Square sites, which are both located near new 30 million dollar Kissimmee Lakefront Park, was unanimously agreed on.

“It’s going to create places for people to live. They can get on a bicycle and ride on the SunRail or they can walk to the SunRail. So we feel like it’s going to be a huge insane enhancement to our downtown area,” said Mayor Swan.

With the new SunRail station coming to town, the mayor hopes that the development will push people to use the different forms of transportation available to get around.

Bill Muntzing another Kissimmee resident said, “I think the SunRail is great. Actually I think we should have more public transportation like that around the state to alleviate congestion on highways and roads.”

The SunRail should be completed by 2017 and that’s when leaders hope people can start enjoying the new hotel, homes and shops.

Calling all Cake Boss Fans!

Cake Boss Now Open in Orlando Florida at the Florida Mall

Cake Boss Now Open in Orlando Florida at the Florida Mall

Buddy Valastro aka TLC’s Cake Boss, welcomed his fans at his brand new Carlo’s Bakery located in The Florida Mall. The Florida mall location is the 12th location for the Jersey-based chain. The 2,300-square-foot bakery is part of the mall’s new Dining Pavilion.

“I started working at Carlo’s Bakery when I was 11 years old, and I will tell you, on my first day, the last thought I had was that I’d be introducing a 12th location in Orlando, Fla., someday,” said Valastro in a prepared statement. “You know, my family and I love Orlando; there’s so much to do here with all the attractions, and the locals are always so welcoming. I’m so excited to give the city the opportunity to have access to our treats and cakes at The Florida Mall, Central Florida’s largest shopping center.”

More than 2,500 people were lined up on Grand Opening Day. It’s great to see that the celebrity baker can help draw even more tourists to one of Central Florida’s busiest shopping destinations — quite a recipe for success that will contribute to Orlando’s $60 billion tourism industry.

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12/11/2015:
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12/12/2015:
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12/13/2015:
11am – 9pm (Holiday Hours)

12/14 – 12/17/2015:
9am – 10pm (Holiday Hours)

12/18 – 12/23/2015:
9am – 11pm (Holiday Hours)

12/24/2015:
8am – 6pm (Christmas Eve)

12/25/2015:
Closed (Christmas Day)

Holidays Made Better with 20% Off Your Stay

Holidays Made Better

‘Tis the season to spend the holidays at Global Resort Homes. Indulge yourself in joy this December, in Global’s luxurious homes that are sure to create memories that last a lifetime.

With every vacation booking of 5 nights or more this holiday season, receive 20% off your stay. This offer is available starting December 9-26, 2015. Let Global make your stay better this Christmas, call (855)-441-2187 to book now and receive.

Enjoy beautiful Orlando and Kissimmee vacation home rentals boasting private screened pools and spas, conveniently located near Disney World, SeaWorld, Universal Studios, the Orlando Convention Center and other top destination attraction. Choose from unique townhomes, stately condos and spacious vacation homes located within very distinctive resort communities. Each resort community offers a family-friendly atmosphere and a variety of recreational activities to suit all ages.

Global Resort Homes is a holiday stay made better for all the festivities. All hearts come home for Christmas, so gather the family around spend the holidays at your home away from home.

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Orange County Commissioners approve Skyplex Orlando

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Although many people lobbied against it, this past Tuesday, Orange County commissioners unanimously approved a 501-foot roller coaster, which will be called the Skyplex Orlando and will be located on International Drive.

The $500 million project, which is planned to be built at the intersection of International Drive and Sand Lake Road, needed final county approval before moving forward in planning and construction.

It was ruled in July that the 501-foot roller coaster, which would be the tallest in the world, did not pose a threat to aviation traffic. The FAA approved the tower’s height up to 700 feet.

Plans for that tower include a thrill-drop ride built inside the framework of the roller coaster, an observation deck and a rotating restaurant, said Wallack. Kantor (Skyplex attorney) said the tower would not be taller than 600 feet.

Those in favor of the project, including Orlando attorney and real-estate agent Mark NeJame, said the development was necessary for the continued growth of North I-Drive.

“And I think the thing that’s important to remember is this wouldn’t fit most places, but I-Drive is the place for projects like this, and that came across loud and clear,” Jacobs said.

It is hoping to be open in 2018.

A List of Orlando’s Theme Park Holiday Events

Mickey Christmas

Christmas at the Orlando’s world renowned theme parks has something for kids of all ages.  From LEGOS to dazzling lights, the holidays at any theme park is sure to start a new family traditions.

DISNEY PARKS
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Select nights Nov. 8 – Dec. 18, 2015
You’re invited to a holiday party like no other at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

Join Mickey and the gang for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade with. See Cinderella’s Castle sparkle white lights, as well as a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Osborne Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights:
Nov. 6 – Jan. 3, 2016
Behold millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is your last chance to take in the dazzling display before it bids a final adieu.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot:
Nov. 27 – Dec. 30, 2015
Journey around the World Showcase and experience time-honored holiday traditions from around the world.

Taking place three times each day, the Candlelight Processional features a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator, set against the inspirational backdrop of a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

SEAWORLD
SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration:
Select night Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2015
On select nights family and friends can create yuletide memories as SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the holidays with SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.

Included with regular park admission, guests can experience the fun-filled holidays with special shows and attractions, including Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice and The Polar Express Experience.

UNIVERSAL PARKS
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure:
Dec. 4 – Jan. 2, 2016
Don’t miss this classic Christmas story come to life as Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Suess Landing into the whimsical world of Grinchmas.

Included with park admission, Grinchmas will be sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor, a heartwarming live show featuring recorded music by Mannheim Steamroller, and meet-and-greet- opportunities with the Grinch himself!

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida: Dec. 4 – Jan. 2, 2016
Watch the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive as they fill with floats and balloons straight from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in Universal’s very own Macy’s Holiday Parade.  Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights! Event admission is included with regular park admission.

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LEGOLAND
Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida:
Weekend Dec. 5 – Dec. 30, 2015
Bring in the holiday season with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment.

LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier make daily appearances in the Park providing a perfect family photo opportunity.

 

Purchase your tickets to these festive events and many more attractions here.

Global Resort Homes wins Management Company of the Year

Global Resort Homes wins CFVRMA Property Management Company of the Year

Global Resort Homes wins CFVRMA Property Management Company of the Year. Pictured: Robyn and Guy Bouchard.

Global Resort Homes, a leader in the vacation rental home industry with over 23 years of experience, is pleased to announce our win for Property Management Company of the Year presented by the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association (CFVRMA) at the 2015 VRM Gala that was held November 7th at Westgate Vacation Villas in Kissimmee, Florida.

“Being recognized by the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association among the top trendsetters in our industry is an exciting accomplishment for our company as a whole,” comments Robyn Bouchard, Vice President and Co-Founder of Global Resort Homes. “We are honored to be recognized as the winner for our accomplishments in the industry. I’m so proud of our team members that make Global the great company it is today. It is their dedication to our guest and owners alike that makes Global standout.”

Since 1993, Global Resort Homes has continued to grow and evolve with the changing times. Today, we strive to be at the forefront of the vacation home industry in both vacation home rentals and real estate sales.

ANNIKA Academy announces two new golf programs

Annika Lesson Reunion Resort

If your golf game is anything like mine, consistently inconsistent, then news of the two new ANNIKA Academy programs is reason to celebrate.

The Hall-of-Fame golfer Annika Sorenstam’s boutique golf instruction and fitness school – announced two new golf instruction programs for the 2015-16 season.

“Silver” and “Short Game” programs are now available, joining the popular “Soren-Slam,” “Major,” “Platinum,” “Championship,” and “Player’s” options.

The newly announced Silver program includes three half days of instruction (three hours / day) covering the full swing, short game, bunker play and putting; 54 holes of golf (18 holes / day); three hours of on-course instruction; and breakfast daily.

Similarly, the new Short Game program features three half days of instruction (three hours / day), 54 holes of golf (18 holes / day) and breakfast daily. Instruction is focused, however, on wedge play inside 80 yards, shot selection and putting. It also includes SAM PuttLab Analysis and wedge fitting – the revolutionary system is the latest addition to the Academy’s lineup of innovative technology.

“Led by Annika’s sister Charlotta and Henri Reis, Annika’s lifelong coach, the Academy team is incredibly knowledgeable about every aspect of the golf swing and putting stroke,” says Shawn Thorimbert, Director Operations, ANNIKA Academy. “Their decades of experience are crucial to guests fully grasping Annika’s ‘Winning Approach’ to playing better golf.”

For those seeking to learn directly from Annika, the Major and Soren-Slam offer opportunities to receive instruction from a 10-time major champion. Whether via a clinic (Major) or nine holes of golf (Soren-Slam), guests will enjoy a precious glimpse into what made Annika the best player in women’s golf for more than a decade.

The ANNIKA Academy is located at Reunion Resort just moments from some of our most beautiful homes. So grab your golf friends and plan the golf vacation you’ve always dreamed.

Final year for Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Hollywood Studios

Festival of Lights, Disney

If you are a fan of Christmas lights, then we recommend you make your way to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, as this will be the last year to view the amazing Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. The spectacle includes MILLIONS of colorful holiday lights and its final season begins Nov 20 and runs nightly through Jan. 3.

Disney claims the reason for this being its final year is due to expansions happening which include “Star Wars” and “Toy Story” franchises. Although specifics are elusive, this would seem to spell the end for the Streets of America.

Disney World’s next larges holiday attraction, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, will begin November 22 at Magic Kingdom. The extra-ticket event runs on select nights through Dec. 18.

Festivities include the lighting of Cinderella Castle, a holiday parade, fireworks and shows, faux snowfall on Main Street plus cookies and hot cocoa.

Tickets range from $74 to $82 ($69 to $77 for ages 3-9), depending on date.  Purchase your tickets today!

Top Reasons to Rent a Vacation Home this Thanksgiving

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If you’re like the rest of us, the holidays sneak up on you and this includes planning the Thanksgiving feast. All of a sudden you are deciding what side dishes to bring and who is hosting this year’s turkey day. So instead of piling into your parent’s house (and still being forced to sit at the kids table even though you are 28) we have the perfect solution…

Rent a home in sunny and warm Orlando! Renting a home in this magical place will make the short holiday break seem long and provide even longer lasting memories.

Not quite convinced? Here are 8 reasons to rent a vacation home this Thanksgiving:

1) There’s room for the whole family
Forget sharing two queen beds in a hotel room! Our homes can sleep up to 22 people!

Family 1-62) Full kitchen and Dining Areas
All Global Vacation Homes have a fully equipped kitchen with dish washers, ovens, and microwaves. A Thanksgiving feast is easy as pumpkin pie with all the cook wear and dinnerware ready to go!

3) Private Chef
If you are not all about cooking on the Holidays, there is no need to travel to a restaurant! Let Chef Troy, or a ton of other great chefs in the area, come to your home and cook his out-of-this-world amazing food for you!

4) Pool Time! 
That’s right! One of the perks of being in sunny Florida is that the pool is ready for you year round, so don’t forget your swimmies!

5) Multiple Televisions
….just in case every family member doesn’t like football.

6) No cleaning before guests arrive 
We have all frantically cleaned before company arrives including throwing dirty clothes in the closet. But when you rent a vacation home, you are the guest. Each home is meticulously clean before arrival.

7) Low seasonal rates
November is traditionally an off-peak month. With our rates at their lowest, you can make wonderful memories without breaking the bank.

8) Parks and Shopping Galore!
We are conveniently located to all of the major theme parks, and they all love to celebrate the Holiday’s with you!   If you are more into shopping during the Christmas season, there are Outlet Malls around every corner!

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