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.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay: New Details!

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay

If you are a big fan of waterparks, then we have big news for you! Universal Orlando has just revealed details about all of its new attractions and what is to come at Volcano Bay. This Central Florida attraction will bring new visitors from all over the world to test out these wavy waters.

The first major detail revealed about this magnificent water park is the four different themed areas, according to sources. The first is Krakatau, which will be home to the 200-foot volcano, the park’s main attraction. Within this volcano will be body slides and “high speed racers.” One of the body slides will include a 125-foot slide at a 70 degree drop. These extreme slides will give even the most daring daredevil a run for their money.

Next, the park will feature three separate “villages.” This includes Wave Village, River Village and Rainforest Village. Wave Village will feature a huge wave pool as well as a sand beach. Also, if you are in the mood for relaxation, one or two story cabanas will be for rent. River Village will feature a lazy river as well as family raft rides. Lastly, Rainforest Village will feature a relaxing lagoon or for the speedster, multi-person rides that wind and zip through beautiful scenery.

This park will truly have everything for everyone. Not only will their be speedy waterslides that get your heart racing but it will also feature attractions just for kids! The park will not only have a large wave pool but will also have a viewing pool for the ones who want a little more relaxation. With that being said, this 28-acre park will be a hit. If you are looking to cool off in this Florida summer heat, then Universal Orlando will soon have the place for you!

If you have a sweet tooth, we have a surprise for you!

Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium

Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium

Universal Orlando is getting a new restaurant, and if you like chocolate, let’s just say this may be your new favorite. Set to open in 2016 is The Toothsome Chocolate Factory & Savory Feast Emporium. Opening on the famous City Walk, this restaurant will feature everyone’s favorite dishes and desserts.

First, the theming of the restaurant will be an old-time chocolate factory. With dark wood features, brass finishes and a giant smoke-stack, this place will wow anyone who passes by. The location of this new creation will be located between the Hard Rock Cafe and Islands of Adventure theme park.

The menu is also sure to please. The day time menu will feature light options such as crepes, quiche and an all day brunch, according to sources. The dinner menu will also feature classic pasta, steak and gourmet-burger dishes.

Although, if you came to the chocolate factory for some sweets, they got you covered! The factory will feature desserts that will leave you speechless such as their “Bacon Brittle” and “Red Velvet” milk shakes. There will also be a viewing area where you can see all of your yummy treats being made.

Make sure to stop by their store to pick up some treats for the way home! We hope you stop by this one of a kind factory in City Walk.

Mardi Gras: Florida’s Biggest Party

Universal Mardi Gras

Universal Mardi Gras

Orlando may have been the place you thought you were visiting, but you will be transported to the heart of New Orleans once you come to Universal for their annual Mardi Gras celebration.

But you only have until April 16th to get in on the action, which I recommend! Universal Orlando® hosts quite the celebration (on select dates). The food is incredible, featuring classic New Orleans dishes. From mounds of shrimp to stacks of Beignets, the food is down-home traditional NOLA cuisine.

Each celebration, the mainstage is taken by a headliner featuring their biggest hits. This year’s lineup includes artists like The Fray, Shawn Mendes and Jessie J to name a few. If that is not enough, T-Pain and Fall Out Boy will also be on the set list.

Mardi Gras at Universal begins with a giant parade- filled with floats, masquerades and beads. As the green, purple and gold pass you, it will feel as if you are in New Orleans! After that, be sure to grab a seat for the main performance.
What is the best part about this you may ask? It all comes at no extra cost! As long as you have a ticket to the park, the parade and all festivities (besides food) are free! Many may be wondering if this is a kid friendly celebration? The answer is YES! The parade, food and festivities are all meant to be enjoyed with the family. The only thing we suggest is making sure the performer suits your guidance.

We hope to see you at the next Mardi Gras celebration here at Universal. It truly is Orlando’s biggest party and will give you memories that last a lifetime.

A Celebration of Harry Potter™

Harry Potter

January 29th through the 31st you can be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter™ at Universal Orlando® Resort! This is a must-see for the fans because this a weekend that only comes once a year and it adds so much to the Harry Potter experience in the parks. During the event, you can take part in some brand new attractions as well as the classic attractions in Hogsmeade™ at Universal’s Islands of Adventure®and Diagon Alley™ at Universal Studios®. Take a peek at this video!

As you can see, there will be stars from the film and they will be having Q&A sessions, demonstrations, and special panels. Pretty cool right!? Well there always seems like there is something fun to do here in Orlando so what are you waiting for? Call us today toll free at (888) 426-0472 and let’s plan your next vacation!

A 65,000 sq-ft golf facility one step closer to break ground near International Drive

Topgolf Orlando
Topgolf recently received permit approvals from South Florida Water Management District to begin construction on Universal Boulevard.

Topgolf Orlando, the 65,000-square-foot golfing, entertainment facility still has more government hoops to jump through, but it’s the first step toward opening the facility that is expected to create up to 125 new jobs along the tourism corridor.

Plans show the facility is set to be three stories tall and will include the iconic Topgolf-style driving range.

Learn more about Topgolf here.

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