All You Need To Know About International Drive

The Orlando Eye

The Orlando Eye

International Drive is one of the most visited places in Orlando because of the amazing restaurants, shopping and entertainment. It is where tourists and locals alike come to enjoy all of what Florida has to offer. When you come and visit Central Florida, I-Drive is a must! Here are our favorite suggestions for when you visit.

  • The Orlando Eye – Soar high above Orlando with one of a kind views all while being suspended 400 feet in the air! The glass capsules will give you 360 degree views of Orlando. From Disney to downtown, you will see everything!
  • Cafe Tu Tu Tango – This latin inspired restaurant serves up tapas and drinks like no other. Try the No Way Jose Sliders or the seared tuna sashimi. These tasty combos are served up nightly here at Tu Tu Tango.
  • Fun Spot America – If you like go carting and water adventures, then this place is for you. With different race tracks from advanced to beginner, this place will get your blood pumping and your heart racing.
  • Tin Roof – If you’re looking for some great food and live music, then this is the place to go. With local bands performing nightly as well as local brews on tap, you will feel like a local as you listen to music and relax.
  • Global Resort Homes – The perfect location in proximity to I-Drive provides you with easy access to all of these cool activities. From 9 bedroom estate homes, to 2 bedroom condos, Global has everything. Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global or visit our website to book your trip

Spring Into Spring Time With Disney Springs!

Paddlefish

Paddlefish

In the few months that Disney Springs has been opened, so much has already changed! New restaurants, new shops and so much more have taken over this one of a kind vacation destination. We are here to report on all things new!

  • Paddlefish is now open! Previously known as Fulton’s Crab House, this restaurant is all new. The new menu reflects the Florida cuisine with its tasty seafood entrees! Try the Ahi Poke or the Clams Sofrito at this wonderful restaurant.
  • The Dress Shop on Cherry Tree Lane is now open! This creative dress shop takes all of the style from our Disney favorites and turns them into wearable creations. If you’re not in the market for a new dress we still recommend stopping by to see what these amazing designers made.
  • “La Nouba” at Disney Springs will have its final performance on December 31. This being said, it is not too late to get your tickets to this “out of this world” show. With summer quickly approaching, get your tickets today!
  • Kiehl’s has opened its first store in Disney Springs. Opened in 1851, this New York based company has made it their mission to make the best products for your skin and hair. Check them out the next time you’re here.

Disney Springs always has something new which gives you an excuse to come down and visit the ever changing scenery. Close to Disney Springs are all of Global’s homes. From 8 bedroom homes to 2 bedroom condos, we have it all! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global or visit our website and the Springs soon!

Get ready to travel to Pandora, starting May 27th!

Na’vi River Journey

Na’vi River Journey

If you have ever dreamed of traveling to a new world, you now can right in the heart of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Welcome to Pandora! This immersive experience will take you on a wild ride like never before. With new Na’vi adventures like boat rides, riding on a Banshee’s back and more, you are sure to leave here wanting to come back time and time again.

AVATAR

AVATAR

So what exactly will the world of Pandora have to offer? First, we know that the Valley of Mo’ara will be absolutely incredible. You’ll be able to walk among floating mountains and glowing flowers which are all native to the Na’vi land. You can also take a relaxing boat ride down the bioluminescent rainforest looking for the one and only Shaman of Songs. These interactive experiences will truly transport you to a different land.

With new land comes new food! The Satu’li Canteen at Pandora will serve food based on the art and culture of the Na’vi (along with some of our favorite Disney classics). With fresh salads, grains and hearty proteins, everyone will find exactly what they’re looking for in the world of the Na’vi.

When you visit this magnificent new place called Pandora, make sure you stay with Global Resort Homes. With vacation homes just minutes from the new world of Pandora, you’ll be in the heart of all the action! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global or visit our website and explore the world of Pandora soon!

Come Visit The Winter Garden Historic District!

Winter GardenWhen I am planning my vacations, I love to ditch the tourist spots for a few local gems that make you feel a part of the community. In Florida, the Historic District of Winter Garden will do just that! Located a few miles from the parks and close to Global’s vacation homes, you will want to make this spot a to-do on your list.

Downtown Winter Garden is filled with locally owned shops and restaurants that make it the perfect place to visit. We have a few recommendations for you to try when visiting! First, shop in the many locally owned businesses downtown. Find the perfect decor for your house at Adjectives. Go grab a coffee or tea at Axum or try the Winter Garden Pizza Company for some lunch. After that, let the kids run around in the fountain downtown. One of our favorites is the Chef’s Table. Sample all different kinds of tapas here and pair them with a fantastic wine or beer.

If you’re looking for a great dinner, look no further than Plant Street Market. This open air market features local vendors that offer food, drinks and more. Grab an ice cold beer at Crooked Can Brewing Company and pair it with a gourmet burger from Five Thymes Five. You can also grab a roll of sushi from Jodo sushi- one of our favorites. If you’re vegan, visit Press’d Juice Bar for an amazing array of vegan eats. Whatever you want, Plant Street Market is sure to have it!

After all of that, cozy up to your very own vacation home located just miles from the Historic District of Winter Garden. With Global, you’ll feel like you live the Florida vacation everyday! With homes close to the parks, downtown and more, you’ll have plenty of options to choose from. Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global or visit our site. We can’t wait to see you here!

Many tasty treats to try at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival!

Epcot's 24th International Flower & Garden Festival!

Epcot’s 24th International Flower & Garden Festival!

Spring Break is upon us and that means many people coming to Epcot to try the wonderful food of the Flower and Garden Festival. Make sure you stop by to try all of what Epcot has to offer during this wonderful time. Running through May 29th, you’ll be able to try the international foods of many countries all while enjoying the beautiful, lush scenery of Disney.

This festival is all about the food! With some past and new traditions meeting up, there is no doubt that you’ll find your new favorite dish. Disney has also put out some incredible vegetarian dishes for you to try as well. First, you have to try the Berry Basket which is an all new booth. Specializing in salads which includes field greens with fresh strawberries, bleu cheese, strawberry vinaigrette and spice pecans. Also, try the quinoa salad with lamb and blackberry dressing. These tasty combos will leave you coming back for more!

The new booth, Northern Bloom is also here with over the top decadent food. Scallops and butter potatoes meet bacon and brown butter vinaigrette to create a combo like no other. The beef tenderloin tips are also out of this world with whipped potatoes and mushroom bordelaise sauce. Although, there are still some of the old treats we love from last year! The pineapple dole whip is here once again. Try it regular or spice it up with a coconut rum floater option. At Cider House, try the shredded corned-beef and cabbage. You can also grab a delicious cheddar and potato biscuit with smoked salmon tartare.

You have to come try these delicious treats! Global has vacation homes close to Epcot and all of the Disney parks. With that being said, book your spring or summer vacation now! Visit http://www.globalresorthomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to plan your vacation and let the tasty adventure begin.

Visit The Hidden Gem Of Central Florida… Celebration!

Celebration

Celebration

I don’t know about you but when I go on vacation I love doing local activities. From Bok Towers to downtown Kissimmee, Central Florida has it all. But hidden in the mix of it all lies Celebration, a community built by Walt Disney’s dream.

Celebration is known for it’s perfect architecture, manicured lawns and over the top scenery. Just as Walt envisioned, Celebration grew up to be one of Florida’s best kept secrets. When you visit we have a list of all the fun you can plan on.

  • Rent a bike with Celebration Bike Rental and cruise around town. With a small town, wooded paths and more, you can see it all in a day. The palm trees and beautiful weather will be unforgettable.
  • Eat at one of the many restaurants downtown. Celebration has a wide array of restaurants from Upper Crust Pizza to Ari Sushi. There is no disappointment when it comes to food!
  • Relax by the lake! The main lake in downtown Celebration is meant for relaxation. Lined with rocking chairs, you can sit for hours and enjoy the warm sun.
  • Let the kids run free in the fountain! A classic tradition that I grew up doing was running through the downtown fountain on hot summer days.
  • Last but not least, take a walk on the beautiful tree-lined streets.

Celebration is a place meant for you to escape from the regular vacation. With so many activities, you’ll be happy to relax and enjoy all that it has to offer. My personal favorite way to finish the day is with an ice cream cone by the lake. Luckily, Global has homes just minutes from the downtown area of Celebration. That being said, you’ll be able to enjoy all these activities day in and day out. Visit our website or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to plan your spring vacation!

Join SeaWorld For The Seven Seas Food Festival!

SeaWorld

SeaWorld

SeaWorld has always been known for their shows, incredible animals and now the Seven Seas Food Festival which allows you to taste food from around the globe. Happening through May 13th, this event will keep you coming back for more.

This is how it works. Different stations will be set up around the park with unique names that identify the cuisine such as “mexican” or “brazilian.” You’ll be able to then visit each station, tasting the different appetizers that they have to offer. In the Korean booth, try the Korean Beef Tacos with Kimchi, Coleslaw and Sweet Pepper Sauce. If you’re looking for something new, try the Ahi Tuna Tartar with Sesame Lavosh, Wakame Salad and Sweet Chili Sauce. These decadent apps are sure to please! If you want to stay local, you can even try a fried Kataifi Orange, drizzled with Local Honey.

Admission to these events are included in the cost of the one-day ticket and food can be purchased at each booth separately. Although, you can buy a “Food & Brew 10 Item Sampling Lanyard” for $40 or the “Food & Brew 15 Item Sampling Lanyard” for $55. By doing this, you’ll be able to try food from all your favorite markets!

After you’re full on the most amazing food you’ll be able to cozy up to your own bed in one of Global’s Vacation Homes. Global has homes just miles from the gates of SeaWorld which is the perfect proximity to both Disney and SeaWorld. Visit our website or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global today!

Miss Adventure Falls To Open Next Week!

Miss Adventure Falls

Miss Adventure Falls

With much anticipation, Typhoon Lagoon will open its new ride, Miss Adventure Falls early next week. This being said, you have to come try it! With new technology, twists and turns, this ride is sure to be a showstopper.

Miss Adventure Falls is the longest ride at Typhoon, lasting a total of 2 minutes. Open to all ages, this expansion of the waterpark brings together all specialties of Disney. The animatronics, ride safety, and technology that goes into this ride is like nothing we have ever seen before. If you have ever been on Crush N’ Gusher, Miss Adventure is similar in style but much different all around.

The storyline follows Captain Mary Oceaneer and her side kick parrot after they have been stranded on Typhoon Lagoon, searching for treasure. The ride then immerses you in her life as you ride past treasures she once collected, all while twisting and turning.

If extreme is not your liking, Typhoon Lagoon has plenty of other options. First, lay out by the massive wave pool where you can soak up the Florida sun. Try out the many restaurants or float in the lazy river all day long! Whatever you do, you’ll be sure to have a blast.

When booking your trip, make sure to stay with Global Resort Homes. With homes close to all of the Disney parks, you’ll have all the perks of home right on vacation. Visit our website or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global today!

Get A Closer Look At The Majestic Elephants Of Animal Kingdom!

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney’s Animal Kingdom

If you have ever experienced the magic of Disney’s Animal Kingdom, then you know all about the amazing creatures that you can see while there. From monkeys to crocs, they have everything! Recently, Disney has started a new viewing experience that allows guests the opportunity to view the gentle giants of the animal kingdom at approximately 80 to 100 feet away. See and hear elephants like never before!

So what do you get with this incredible experience? Led by a tour guide, this 60 minute guided tour will teach you just how they care and provide for the elephants who have taken up residency at Animal Kingdom. While teaching you all about their daily ins and outs, you’ll be able to observe the elephants at a closer distance than ever before. African culture representatives are also on standby to share Disney’s conservation efforts with guests. For only $30 per person, you can’t miss out on this amazing opportunity. All you have to do is call 407-939-7529 to reserve your spot.

After your visit with the elephants of Animal Kingdom, you have to check out the other amazing exhibits that Disney has to offer. First, head to the Tamarin exhibit at Rafiki’s Planet Watch. These squirrel sized monkeys are sure to entertain! After that, head over and view the Gorillas at the Gorilla Falls Exploration Trail. After that, take Kilimanjaro’s Safari to see all the rest of what this Kingdom has to offer.

Lucky for you, Global Resort Homes has vacation homes located close to Animal Kingdom. Within a few miles from home to park, you’ll be on your way to enjoying your perfect vacation. Visit http://www.globalresorthomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global today!

New Character Dining Experience at Disney!

Trattoria al Forno

Trattoria al Forno

There is nothing like waking up, heading to get breakfast and being greeted by some of your favorite characters from the Disney movies we all know and love. Disney has now invited some very special guests to the Disney Boardwalk restaurant, Trattoria al Forno. Naming it the Bon Voyage Breakfast, guests will be able to snack on their favorite morning treats all while chatting with Princesses and Princes alike.

Rapunzel

Rapunzel

So you may be wondering who will show up to your very special dining experience. First, do not be surprised if you see Rapunzel carrying her infamous frying pan around the kitchen. Flynn Rider is also known to be seen around the dining room every once in awhile as well. After you say hi to them, catch up with Ariel and Prince Eric as you feast on your favorite treats.
Speaking of treats, the menu is sure to please everyone who chooses to dine with the Princesses and Princes. The menu features specialties like Shipwreck al Forno, a stuffed breakfast calzone with gooey cheese and more. The Tower of Pancakes, Royal Breakfast and Tangled Eggs will give everyone just what they’re looking for to start the day. This fun dining experience will cost adults $34 and children $20.

Disney’s Boardwalk has plenty of other restaurants to dine at too! Grab a quick bite and take it to the beach at Boardwalk Bakery. Later in the day, try Flying Fish or ESPN Club. For a sweet treat, try Ample Hills Creamery. While you visit these amazing restaurants, stay at one of Globals Vacation Homes. With full vacation homes located just miles from these spectacular restaurants, you’ll have everything you want right at your fingertips. Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay and let the tasty adventure begin!

Get To Know All The Local Restaurants In Orlando!

The BOATHOUSE, at Disney Springs

The BOATHOUSE, at Disney Springs

On vacation, don’t fall into the trap of chain restaurants! Try authentic food native to Orlando, Disney and much more. Orlando is known for its cuisine of many different kinds including New American, Italian, and Japanese. Here is a list of our favorites that are located close to all of our vacation homes!

Located in Disney Springs, The Boathouse is one of our favorites with its ambiance, food and scenery. With a raw bar, fresh seafood and other options, this restaurants has something for everyone. The New American cuisine sets itself apart by using only the freshest ingredients. With the perfect location in Disney Springs, you can make a night out of visiting this wonderful restaurant.

We also love Fresco Cucina Italiana which proves to be one of Orlando’s best. Located right off of Sandlake Road, this hidden gem is where all the locals go to eat. The fresh pasta, pizza and paninis are a match made in heaven at Fresco. Mildly priced with great food turns out to be one of our favorites.

Lastly, if you’re craving sushi, you must try Amura Japanese Restaurant, located right on Sandlake. The sushi here is some of the freshest that Orlando has to offer and serves up tasty combos daily. Although, if sushi isn’t your forte, this restaurant doubles as a hibachi where you can get fried rice and much more…all cooked in front of you!

Try these 3 amazing restaurants in Orlando and dine where the locals do. Global Resort Homes has vacation homes close to all of these locations so you can try all 3! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay and let the tasty adventure begin!

What is new at SeaWorld?

SeaWorld

SeaWorld

As one of Orlando’s top theme parks, SeaWorld is known for it’s top roller coaster attractions. From Kraken, Manta and Mako, SeaWorld has some of the tallest and fastest roller coasters that Florida has to offer. Coming into 2017, they have no plans of stopping, adding a virtual reality coaster and much more.

If you’re like me, you have always loved the classic roller coaster Kraken. Taking you up high above Orlando and then dropping you 149 feet, this roller coaster is one for the books. SeaWorld has decided that Kraken will now be Orlando’s first virtual reality coaster! By adding a headset which will cover your eyes and ears, you will be transported into the depths of the sea, on an adventure with the Kraken!

SeaWorld is also planning to unveil Electric Oceans, which will make the park come alive as the sun goes down. With all new technology, SeaWorld will have a light show like no other. Adding lights to pathways, rides and much more, you will feel as if you are one with the creatures of the ocean.

Book your vacation now so you can come see all the new happenings at SeaWorld. See creatures up close and personal and ride with some of the most extreme coasters that Florida has to offer! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay and let the fun begin!

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