Universal Studios: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon!

RACE THROUGH NEW YORK STARRING JIMMY FALLON

Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon

Universal Orlando Resort has announced that their newest ride, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” will officially grand open on April 6th! In this attractions guests will receive the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience as they get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action-packed race through New York City against who else… Jimmy Fallon! During the ride guests will encounter iconic landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building among so much more. To celebrate, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will take the show on the road with tapings from Universal Orlando Resort from April 3rd through 6th. This ride will also be the first attraction at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience, allowing guests to spend less time waiting in line. The Virtual Line system is accessible through the Official Universal Orlando Resort App and at kiosks located outside the attraction entrance. Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your next trip with us! Let’s plan your next trip to Universal Studios Orlando together!

New to Universal!

Amazing plans are coming this year to Universal and you have to be one of the first to try it. Not only is their new waterpark, Volcano Bay, opening, but so are many new rides and restaurants. Get ready for a summer of fun at Universal Orlando!

To begin, we have to talk about all the new updates for Volcano Bay! One of our favorite updates is the trend of visitor line skipping! Guests can now reserve line times, go play on other attractions and then come back with no wait time. This will essentially eliminate ride lines if you plan it out just right. By blurring the lines of waterpark and theme park, Volcano Bay is sure to be a hit.

Another new ride opening at Universal is Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. Taking over the previous Twister attraction, you’ll be able to follow Jimmy all around NYC and get a front row seat to his late night show. This interactive ride is sure to be a hit with it’s fun, fast paced energy.

Although we’re looking forward to a few of these new rides, don’t miss out on what’s already open! When opened earlier this year, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium became a major hit. Serving up tasty concoctions and more, this decadent delight is sure to please. Another fun ride that opened up late last year is Skull Island: Return of Kong. This surprising ride will have you coming back to ride time and time again. When you visit Orlando to try all of these fun activities, stay with Global Resort Homes! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay and let the fun begin!

Volcano Bay is Coming!

© 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

© 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

If you’re like us then you are just as excited to try out some of the rides at Universal’s new Volcano Bay Water Theme Park! Volcano Bay is set to open this summer and we cannot wait. We’ve been doing our research to update you on their most recent and splashing activities!

First, the main volcano is finally taking shape with it’s wide base and volcano-like top. With waterslides poking out the sides, it is really beginning to take shape. This will serve as the main meeting point of the park and drive home the theming. You won’t be able to miss this massive volcano.

If you are a daredevil and prefer to live on the wild side, then you will love the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. After walking up many stairs you will then take a 125-foot drop down a 70 degree angle. You will fall through the trap door and scream all the way down while having the time of your life. You can also choose to go down the body slides or “Punga Racer” which use mats to slide.

Not only will Volcano Bay have single rider slides, but the Bay will also have super fun raft rides. With over 5 different raft rides, you’ll be able to test them all or ride your favorites. One coming right along is Maku Puihi Raft Rides which allow 6 people to ascend the ride at a time. While twisting and turning you will be able to enjoy with all of the family.

These updates come with more great news that scheduling is all on track! That means you will have to bring your friends and family here to try it out all summer long! Global has homes close to all the action. Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global. We can’t wait to see you here!

A Harry Potter Celebration!

A Harry Potter Celebration!

A Harry Potter Celebration!

Wingardium Leviosa! If casting spells, playing quidditch and celebrating the Harry Potter series with some of the biggest fans in up your (diagon) alley, then we welcome you to the World of Wizarding. Harry Potter World, an extension of Islands Of Adventure, and themed around J.K. Rowling’s famous series, is hosting an event at the end of January that you will not want to miss.

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

This three day event, January 27 to 29, will be one where you can drink butterbeer with fellow Harry Potter fans and even some of the famous cast. This year the park has announced that Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) will be attending the event, so be sure to add seeing them to your list of activities to do. The park will continue to announce some more members of the wicked cast as the countdown continues to the event weekend. Be sure to begin your New Year right and come to this amazing event.

Although if you have never been to Harry Potter World you may be wondering what you can do there. The options are endless. When you enter the Wizarding World be sure to stop by and grab yourself the necessary butterbeer. After that, grab your wand at Ollivander’s shop and test out some of your favorite spells. These are just a few of the endless activities you can do at the Wizarding World! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen Now Open!

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Toothsome Chocolate Emporium

Chocolate, Ice Cream, Milkshakes and Sundaes are just a few of the magnificent desserts you will find at the all new Toothsome Chocolate Emporium located at Universal Orlando’s Citywalk. With a chocolaty treat for everyone in your party, the heavenly restaurant will have you coming back time and time again.

The Toothsome Emporium is divided into 3 parts that take you on a fun, magical story featuring characters that walk around the restaurant as you dine. You will first be greeted by an elaborate selection of freshly made as well a pre-made desserts that you can eat now or wait for later to indulge in. Merchandise is also available so you can remember your trip far after you eat your delightful treats.

On the other side of the magnificent Emporium, you’ll be able to “grab-n-go” with your desserts. Not only that but your tasty creations will be served in a plastic “Toothsome” cup that you can take as a souvenir. A few creations you can order is the “Peanut Indulgence” which features peanut butter ice cream, snickers, reese’s and much more. You can also try the “Red Velvet” which comes with a whole red velvet cupcake, raspberry sauce and topped with whipped cream. The tasty creations do not run out at this magical place!

The 3rd portion of the restaurant is reserved for sitting where you can order a meal…and then of course a fantastic dessert. The main menu is just as yummy as the dessert menu with crepes, flatbreads, pastas…the list goes on. Try the pistachio hummus, zucchini fries, southern fried chicken BLT and much much more!

This incredible restaurant is sure to please with its crazy concoctions and delicious meals. The combinations are endless when it comes to what you crave and what they have. The desserts are show stopping and the food will leave you wanting more. Call and book your Global vacation home and come try the chocolate Emporium! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

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.

Volcano Bay: Coming Early Summer Of 2017

In the early summer of 2017, Universal Orlando Resort welcomes Volcano Bay! This water park is coming along very nicely and I’m sure it will make a splashing debut amongst Universal fans. Check out this video:

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

The all new action-packed waterpark strives on the motto that “Water is Life. Life is Joy.” I can go with that. Nothing like the beautiful Orlando weather year-long and a day at the beach, or in this case, a waterpark. Volcano Bay also is breaking new grounds on how a themed-park should be. Using what they call a “TapuTapu” there’s no standing in huge lines, wrestling with tubes, or waiting whats-so-ever for the fun to begin. It’s sort of like a bracelet, or magic-band, that secures your spot in line while you enjoy other aspects of the park, such as the lazy river. Volcano Bay is going be an awesome addition to the Universal Orlando Resort. Tickets On Sale November 15! Planning a visit to Universal Orlando this upcoming summer? Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen Now Open

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen

The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium and Savory Feast Kitchen is now open at Universal’s CityWalk! This is one cool new attraction in Orlando! So the story is Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker Toothsome learned new and fascinating methods of infusing chocolate into the very extraordinary recipes from the Alps to the empire of the Aztecs all by making friends and receiving honors everywhere she went. Take a look!

When Professor Doctor Penelope Tibeaux-Tinker returning home to London she was determined that she would share the love and knowledge of chocolate with the world and that’s great news for Orlando! She went about building The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium & Savory Feast Kitchen, a 19th century themed, Steampunk-inspired dining establishment with a façade of towering smokestacks and an interior dressed with interesting gizmos and gadgets. If you’re looking for a place to stay close to Universal Studios, book your stay with Global Resort Homes. Our town homes will be the perfect place to come back to and relax after your day at the Lagoon. Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Halloween Horror Nights: The Repository

The Repository

The Repository

Looking for something new to do this Halloween? Check out “The Repository” coming to Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights! With a team of investigators, enter a centuries old, secret warehouse where mysterious artifacts have been collected and stored for hundreds of years. Advanced supernatural and paranormal devices are being tested using new technologies to determine the power these relics hold. You will make your way through many rooms and find yourselves transported to various worlds in this personalized, mind-twisting experience. “The Repository” takes you into a terrifying, first-of-its-kind realm of psychological horror. It’s an experimental journey that is a disturbing combination of Virtual Reality and Fear. Available on select nights from September 29th through October 31st, you’ll venture truly unnerving environments, encounter bizarre relics and interact with unforgettably haunting live actors. Reservation times are available between 5PM and 1AM. Check out their website to learn more! If you’re looking for a place to stay close to Universal Studios, book your stay with Global Resort Homes. Our town homes will be the perfect place to come back to and relax after your day at the Lagoon. Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

The Incredible Hulk Reopens At Universal’s Islands Of Adventure!

The Incredible Hulk

The Incredible Hulk

Let’s welcome back our favorite beast to the Islands of Adventure family. After a short hiatus, the Incredible Hulk is now bigger and badder than ever. With new features all around, you’ll be able to experience this coaster like never before.

The Hulk has gotten some serious upgrades since we last checked in. These upgrades not only change the experience on the coaster but also the storyline as you wait. The first thing you’ll notice as you approach the coaster is the new queue. This is reimagined and redesigned around the storyline of the Hulk which features hi-tech details. The science facility in which the queue is designed after will make your wait time go much faster.

There is also a new ride vehicle which will make you feel as though you’re flying through the air. The modern design will leave you wanting to ride over and over again. This being said, you have to get down here and test out the Incredible Hulk!

But don’t worry, if big roller coasters are not your forte, Islands of Adventure has got you covered. You can head right over to Harry Potter World where many activities await. Pick out your favorite wand or grab a pint of butterbeer to sip on. Go with Harry Potter and escape the Gringotts right in the heart of Diagon Alley. This amazing park has it all!

If you want to come and ride the new Incredible Hulk, then stay with us at Global Resort Homes. We have houses just minutes from the park’s entrance. With all of our vacation homes, you will have the comfort of home right in the middle of the Orlando area. Head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

Skull Island: Reign of Kong- Universal’s Newest Multi-Dimensional Ride

Skull Island

Skull Island

You may have thought Kong was gone, but after this ride you’ll realize he is here to stay. Welcome to Universal’s newest and most immersive ride. As you begin your journey, the line is filled with dark, mysterious tracks that Kong had been there. Once you arrive on Skull Island you then watch a storyline of what Skull Island is and how it got there.

After this, the surprises keep coming as the expedition truck is surrounded with animals of different kinds and prehistoric creatures. The special effects of the ride make it feel as though you are truly on Skull Island. With 360 degree action around the expedition vehicle riders can take the trip more than once with a different view every time. Check out this video by Universal Orlando!

This one of a kind ride with technology like no other will transport you to a land where Kong rules. After you experience this new ride, head over to another of Universal’s immersive rides such as Revenge of the Mummy or Men in Black: Alien Attack. If you want something a bit more extreme check out Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket- the speedy coaster that twists and turns while you listen to your favorite tune. Whatever you choose to do with your day at Universal Orlando, you are in for a day of fun, family and Kong! Book your vacation rental with Global Resort Homes at 877-724-0138 or visit globalresorthomes.com.

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