AVATAR Set To Open Summer 2017

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Coming in the New Year!  The World of AVATAR Set To Open Summer 2017 at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Disney keeps surprising us with many many exciting plans for the parks!

If you are planning a visit to Central Florida after school’s out, you will be in for a treat!  Opening at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park in summer 2017 will be Pandora – The World of AVATAR! When you and your guests travel to this new land you will be absorbed in adventure and wonder with the following amazing experiences! First, you will experience

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

AVATAR-Inspired Land Coming to Disney’s Animal Kingdom

AVATAR Flight of Passage – Excursions that offer the jaw-dropping experience of riding on a Banshee over the world of Pandora. Then, the Na’vi River Journey – A family-friendly experience that will send you and your guests down a sacred river hidden within a bioluminescent rainforest. After you’ve completed these great adventures, head over to Satu’li Canteen,  the main restaurant in Pandora which will feature Na’vi art and cultural items.  Or check out Pongu Pongu – A special drink location with a design that is a eclectic as its Expat owner. And finally, you won’t want to miss Windtraders –  The merchandise location where travelers can find Na’vi cultural items, toys, science kits and more. Fun for the whole family! But don’t wait to book your vacation home. Summer is the busiest time in the Orlando area so book now! Most of our homes are just a short drive to all of the theme parks! Call us at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay near Walt Disney World with Global Resort Homes!

D-Living: New Store Comes To Disney Springs!

Disney Springs

Disney Springs

It’s that time of year again when shopping is on all of our minds! Well, check it out – Disney Springs has a new store! Newly opened on November 23rd, D-Living is the ultimate home décor store for all ages – especially our Disney fans! Whether you are looking for a Disney inspired home furnishing or a perfect gift for the holidays, you will not have to look any further! Guests will discover a charming selection of Disney-inspired furnishings, housewares, and décor sure to make every home magical and bright. There is surely something to please every taste. Call an agent here at Global Resort Homes at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with us in sunny Orlando!

Leu Gardens: Do What The Locals Do!

Leu Gardens

Leu Gardens

Do you want to escape the theme park crowds and do something the locals do? Then come to Leu Gardens – just a short drive from any of Global’s resorts.

Snuggle up with your loved ones and enjoy an outdoor movie in a beautiful garden. Please bring blankets and/or chairs. You may bring a dinner picnic basket and alcohol is permitted. This movie is rated PG13. Under 13 years of age requires accompanying parent or adult guardian. Garden Admission is $6 adult, $3 child (K-12th grade) and is collected at the door. Curbie’s Sidewalk Cafe will be selling great food and Peak Season Pops will be selling popsicles and popcorn. Call Global at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with us here in Orlando!

Disney’s 4 Park Magic Ticket

Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World

Looking to explore more than one Walt Disney World theme park at a bargain? If you answered yes, then we’ve got the perfect deal for you! For a limited time, you can purchase a 4 Park Magic Ticket for only $70 per day! This special ticket gains you admission to the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This ticket is a spectacular way for guests to experience all of the magic that the different Disney parks have to offer! Guests can use this ticket for admission into the 4 parks until May 26, 2017. From fireworks lighting the night sky over Cinderella’s Castle at Magic Kingdom to traveling around the world at Epcot, this ticket truly captures it all. With an immense amount of new attractions at the parks, like “Frozen Ever After” at Epcot, the timing could not be more perfect to purchase this limited time ticket. The magical memories made are sure to last a lifetime, so be sure not to pass this amazing opportunity up! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Celebration Town Center Holiday Extravaganza

Starbright Holidays

Starbright Holidays

It’s that time of year again! Nothing welcomes the holiday season quite like the tree lighting ceremony at Celebration Town Center. The town of Celebration is conveniently located between Highway 192 and Interstate 4 near Walt Disney World. This family friendly event will take place on November 26th and will feature live music and a visit by Santa Claus himself. And guess what? The fun doesn’t stop there! In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, you can enjoy a synthetic ice rink, concerts and community performances all throughout the holiday season. The Winter Wonderland Spectacular also features Charles Dickens Carolers, photos with Santa, horse drawn carriage rides, and nightly snowfall at 6:00, 7:00, 8:00 and 9:00 PM. And if you enjoy live music joined with holiday cheer, be sure to attend the special Radio Disney Holiday concert on December 17th. These events will surely bring the holiday spirit to you and yours, so make sure to stop by the Celebration Town Center this holiday season! Visit GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

ICE!® featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

It’s time to put away your tank-tops and flip flops and bundle up for ICE! This festive and fun event takes place at the Gaylord Palms and occurs from November 18th until January 1st. ICE! is an indoor winter wonderland (perfect for us Floridians) that is kept at a very chilly 9 degrees! Now, I know that 9 degrees may seem dauntingly cold, but no worries, ICE! provides all guests with calf-length, hooded winter coats to keep them warm. Coats are available in all sizes, including children and infants, and up to an adult 4XL, so there is sure to be a size for all members of your family. Guests are only required to show up with long pants, closed toed shoes and ready for an experience of a lifetime! Every year, ICE! has a different beloved theme, and this year it is “A Charlie Brown Christmas”. This very special winter wonderland features two million, yes you read that right, TWO MILLION pounds of hand- carved ice sculptures! While you’re taking in the breathtaking beauty of the ice sculptures, you can also slide down four different ice slides. Last, but certainly not least, the final room of the exhibit is a beautiful Nativity scene carved from clear ice-now talk about beauty! Prices for adults to enter ICE! is $28.99, $26.99 for seniors, and $14.99 for children ages 4-12. Bundle up and enjoy! Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

SeaWorld

SeaWorld

Calling all SeaWorld fans! If you love getting festive for the holidays while enjoying the adventures an amazing theme park, then you must head over to SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! This is an event that is certain to make lasting holiday memories for all. Guests can enjoy the soothing sounds of carolers while watching world-famous ice skaters twirl around a rink surrounded by sparkling, lighted trees. The celebration will also have an enormous selection of delightful holiday foods, as well as incredible live shows. And, they even have you covered for checking gifts off of your list for your loved ones with the lakeside Christmas Market! This market will have gifts for all ages on your list, so you will be sure to find something special for everyone. From the cinnamon and spice holiday scents of delicious treats to the delightful entertainment of the natural world, SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration should definitely be a joy for all. The celebration runs for select nights from November 25th until December 31st and is included with park admission! Be sure to join in on the fun and get your ticket today! Visit GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

One of the most moving holiday traditions is back: Epcot’s Candlelight Processional! What is the Candlelight Processional you may ask? Each year, Epcot hosts this event at their America Gardens Theatre. This glorious experience takes place three times per day, at 5:00, 6:45 and 8:15PM.The Processional features a celebrity narrator, a 50 piece orchestra, mass choir, and the biblical tale of Christmas. The rich holiday music sung by the choir paired with the heart touching story of the babe in the manger, make for a truly memorable evening. This year, the celebrity narrators for the event are as follows:

Steven Curtis Chapman – November 25 to 27, 2016

Neil Patrick Harris – November 28 to December 1, 2016

Whoopi Goldberg – December 2 to 3, 2016

Edward James Olmos – December 4 to 6, 2016

Anthony Mackie – December 7 to 9, 2016

Robby Benson – December 10 to 12, 2016

Meredith Vieira – December 13 to 15, 2016

Jim Caviezel – December 16 to 18, 2016

Joe Morton – December 19 to 21, 2016

Ming-Na Wen – December 22 to 24, 2016

Jodi Benson – December 25 to 27, 2016

Cal Ripken, Jr. – December 28 to 30, 2016

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Epcot’s Candlelight Processional

Admission to the Processional is included with your park ticket, but in order to secure your seating, you can purchase Candlelight Processional dining packages. Dining Packages can be purchased at all participating Epcot restaurants, or by calling (407) WDW-DINE or (407) 939-3463. Don’t miss out on this magical holiday event!

Holiday Fun at Universal Studios

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Universal Studios is bustling with activities to keep your family busy and entertained this holiday season! Firstly, Universal Studios will be hosting their version of the annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade from December 3rd until January 1st. This is the perfect opportunity to finally see the amazing parade in-person, instead of on your TV. Once the legendary New York City parade is over on Thanksgiving Day, they send many of their astounding floats and balloons to Universal Studios for its very own special parade; Santa even makes an appearance as well! Universal will also be hosting a couple of different holiday shows, in addition to the amazing parade. Barney and his friends will be putting on a magical show for the little ones in your life, full of exciting music and dancing. And, for the older folks in your party, be sure to check out The Blues Brothers Holiday Show. Jake and Elwood will be performing festive tunes like “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” and “Blue Christmas”. After the performances, breathtaking snow will fall on Delancey Street in Universal Studios. Each of these amazing events are included in your admission ticket to the park, so be sure to grab yours today! Go to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

New Year’s Eve at Universal City Walk

NBC Sports Grill and Brew, Publicity

NBC Sports Grill and Brew, Publicity

Are you tired of spending your New Year’s Eve at home or out at a crowded restaurant that is impossible to book a reservation at? If you answered yes, then look no further! Universal City Walk is hosting “Eve”, the mind-blowingly amazing party that the entire year has been leading up to! Enjoy signature cocktails, six incredible clubs with live DJs and bands, as well as unlimited gourmet food, such as prime rib and fresh seafood. Grab all of your friends and family (21+) and join the biggest outdoor dance party of the year. Coca-Cola is even sponsoring LED-Wristbands for everyone to wear, so the night sky will be lit up with beautiful colors as you wave your hands to some of the biggest touring musical acts that will be up on stage performing. And as if the evening couldn’t get more enchanting, there will be a champagne toast and a pyrotechnic display to help you start 2017 the right way! Tickets are $109.99 and are sure to sell out fast, so get yours today and enjoy the biggest party of the year! Visit GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!

Jingle Bell, Jingle Bam!

A new holiday show has just been added to Disney’s Hollywood Studios! This new spectacle will include projections, fireworks, and music. The best part…..a holiday dessert party! Dessert party guests will be able to mingle with a special character and watch the show from a reserved viewing area with 3D HoloSpex glasses. The eyewear will create holographic illusions around the show’s lights. How cool is that? Guests will be able to visit food stations, from sweet to savory, in the courtyard of The Great Movie Ride. Enjoy hot cocoa, a Santa Mickey chocolate cupcake with peppermint bark, a nitrogen dessert station and more. Beer, wine and specialty cocktails will be available for grownups over 21. How sweet it is!

Planning a visit to Walt Disney World? Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Chroma at Lake Nona

Chroma

Chroma

Earlier this month, we had the incredible opportunity, though by mistake, to dine at Chroma; Tavistock Restaurant Collection’s newest original concept in Lake Nona (just a short drive from any Global Resort Homes.) And what a beautiful experience it was! My husband and I attended Diner en Blanc, a pop up dining experience, with our 1200 best friends in the courtyard just outside Chroma, near The Beacon. As it were, our dinner that was pre-ordered from a different restaurant never showed up much to our disappointment. However to our surprise and delight, we were able to order a wonderful dinner in its place from Chroma. Not only is the ambience of the restaurant one of class and modern comfort, but also the food is more than we could have imagined. Served as small plates, literally everything we ordered was fantastic!

We loved everything but the Sticky Florida Pork Ribs were definitely our favorite. And the serving staff and General Manager couldn’t have been more helpful and wonderful. Take a break and give a try to somewhere the locals go!

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