Sporting Events at Disney – The best coming this season!

When you think of Disney, you immediately think of their most famous theme parks like Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and all of the other amazing attractions. Yet many forget that Disney offers some great opportunities to get your sports fill while you’re on vacation! From spectating to participating, here are a few ways you can enjoy your sporting season on vacation.

  • ESPN’s Wide World Of Sports: This is the perfect place to spend a day watching baseball, eating a hot dog and drinking beer. Every year the Atlanta Braves take over through March 31st and have spring training. Watch as your favorite athletes prepare for a busy season while you enjoy the food, weather and game.

  • AdvoCare Invitational: If you love college basketball, this is the perfect event for you. This division 1 tournament takes place over Thanksgiving giving you plenty of time to cheer on your favorite players. This tournament is months away but leaves you time to book your vacation with Global!

  • Typhoon Lagoon: This one is probably a little different than what you’re expecting but we highly recommend Surf School at this water park! Each morning, you can book an excursion to Typhoon Lagoon where you learn to surf in the amazing wave pool. Teacher, lesson, and surfboard are all provided! Call (407) 939-7529 to book!

Disney has some great ways for you to get outside, get active and enjoy your favorite sports teams. While you’re visiting, stay with Global Resort Homes! With gorgeous homes for families of all sizes, you’ll be sure to have a great place to come back to after your day out. Our vacation homes have beautiful living rooms too, ready for you to catch the big game. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay today!

Your Guide to a Disney Valentines Day!

Whether you’re celebrating with a loved one or celebrating with your family, Valentine’s Day is nothing short of special at Disney World. From beautiful restaurants to amazing events, you’ll have your fair share of pickings for the special day. Here are a few ideas that we came up with so you can make memories with your valentine.

  1. Our first idea is simple and sweet! Book a reservation at one of the many restaurants that Disney has to offer. We recommend a full service restaurant so you can put all your attention towards one another. If you’re looking for ideas, try The Edison at Disney Springs, Cinderella’s Royal Table at Magic Kingdom, or The Hollywood Brown Derby at Hollywood Studios. This will be the perfect way to express your love for that special someone.
  2. A champagne cruise will be the perfect way to surprise your loved one. The Boathouse at Disney Springs allows you to make reservations for a 40-foot water taxi that comes with a gorgeous ride on Lake Buena Vista, chocolate-covered strawberries and of course a champagne toast. Head over to their website or call 407-939-2628 to book your once in a lifetime Venezia cruise.
  3. If you’re looking for a stroll through nature, try booking a horse-drawn carriage ride at the gorgeous Fort Wilderness Resort. You’ll be taken through the beautiful landscape of Florida seeing palm trees, native bird species, and a gorgeous sunset. This is the perfect activity that is a bit off the beaten path and will take your valentine by surprise!
  4. Last but not least, if you’re thinking of popping the question at Disney, be sure to contact Disney. With an engagement team, they can help you plan the perfect engagement whether you want to propose in front of the castle, in Paris at Epcot or the many other romantic locations at the parks. This is the perfect way to end your special Valentines Day!

After you’re done exploring Disney on Valentine’s Day, come back to your very own vacation home. You can cook a meal for your loved one in the amazing chef’s kitchens that many of these homes have. Take a dip in the pool out on your private pool deck too! Whether you’re celebrating with your Valentine or your whole family, Global is the perfect place to stay. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com to book your special day!

3 Amazing Attractions That Opened in 2018: Disney!

2018 was a spectacular year for Disney with the openings of many new attractions. Each park seemed to get an update that we didn’t see coming. From Toy Story Land to new restaurants at Disney Springs, each update had us wanting more. Here are a few of our favorites that we keep going back to.
  • Toy Story Land: This was one of the biggest openings that Disney had in 2018. Adding a much needed whimsical element to the park, Toy Story land swept us off of our feet. By shrinking us down to the size of Woody and Buzz alike, we get a view like never before. Slinky Dog Dash, Alien Swirling Saucers and plenty of lunch-pale grub were on the menu. This is the perfect place to bring both adults and kids!
  • H2O Glow Nights: Stay up extra late at Typhoon Lagoon and get ready for the ultimate night. H2O Glow Nights were announced and allowed you to swim like never before. With the pools lit up, you are able to float down the lazy river or ride “humunga cowabunga” in complete darkness. Such a success must be repeated, right? This summer, Typhoon Lagoon will host this once again starting in May and ending in August. Give us a call and book your tickets today!
  • The Edison: Unlike the other two, this is both an attraction and a restaurant. The Edison is Disney Springs newest restaurant themed to a 1920’s electric power plant. This one of a kind dining experience is split into sections where you’ll be able to see performers. With contortionists, palm readers and DJ’s, so much fun is to be had here.
When you come and experience these attractions, stay with us at Global Resort Homes. We have your perfect accommodations after a night out at the parks. Call us at (888) 426-0472 or visit GlobalResortHomes.com to book your vacation today!

A Foodie’s Guide to SeaWorld Orlando

Although SeaWorld is one of Orlando’s most beloved theme parks, food is not the first thing you think about when you come here. Luckily for you, SeaWorld has some of the most immersive restaurants that let you taste different parts of the world all while being right in the middle of Orlando. Our favorites are as follows:

  • Seafire Grill: Located on SeaWorld’s beautiful lake, this restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner options that will be popular with the whole family. These meals are packed with Asian inspired flavors that will have you coming back time and time again. The signature Asian ribs and lettuce wraps are a few options that are sure to please.
  • Shark’s Underwater Grill: Dine where you have never dined before- underwater! This unique experience brings you deep into the ocean. This full service restaurant is home to seafood paella, grilled salmon and so many more seafood dishes. With beautiful sharks swimming all around you, this will be an experience that you won’t forget.
  • Mama’s Pretzel Kitchen: A twist on the classic pretzel, this place allows you to have sweet or savory, salty or spicy, all in one pretzel. With pretzel dogs to cheeseburger pretzels, you’ll have to choose your favorite. Just a few steps from the Shamu stadium, this is the perfect spot for you!
  • Polar Parlor Ice Cream: Of course you’ll need a cold treat after walking around all day! Try Polar Parlor ice cream where the options are endless. You can get a sundae, a Shamu ice cream bar and so much more here. This is the perfect place to end your day at SeaWorld.
  • Flamecraft Bar: Located near Seafire Grill, the all-new Flamecraft Bar offers a scenic patio view over the water and a multitude of adult beverages to enjoy. It’s a great place to relax and unwind after a day of taking in all the amazing sealife that Seaworld Orlando has to offer. Top that off with some outstanding appetizers like nachos, quesadillas, and pretzels and you’ve got a hit when it comes to making the most of your vacation.

Stay with Global Resort Homes on your next vacation to SeaWorld. With homes just miles from the entrance, you’ll be there in no time enjoying the rides, attractions and food. Call us at (888) 426-0472 or visit GlobalResortHomes.com to book your once in a lifetime vacation!

3 Ways to Celebrate “The Lion King!”

With the summer release of the reimagined “The Lion King” soon approaching, now is the best time to book your trip to celebrate the classic movie! Disney is rolling out all the stops to commemorate the special events. Here are a few ways you can get into the spirit of Mufasa, Simba and Nala.

  1. Starting January 18th, you can start the party at Animal Kingdom in Discovery Island. Led by Rafiki and Timon, guests will enjoy games and dances as you jump and play all night. This “Hakuna Matata Dance Time Party” will be a night to remember.

  2. Festival of The Lion King is one of the best shows that Animal Kingdom has to offer. With amazing songs and entertainment, you are sure to be drawn in as the African plains come alive. You’ll see your favorite characters come to life as you see The Lion King portrayed like never before.

  3. Kilimanjaro’s Safari may not be exactly Lion King themed, but you will see lions and many other animals that roam the great African plains. You’ll see sky high giraffes and giant elephants. You’ll see lions perched upon pride rock and crocodiles below. This is a one of a kind safari that you can only see here!

Book your stay today with Global Resort Homes so you can celebrate the release of this amazing movie in style. With Global Resort Homes, you can feel right at home on your very special vacation. Call us at (888) 426-0472 or visit GlobalResortHomes.com. See you soon!

New Year, New Vacation Home!

With the holidays behind us and the new year in full swing you can officially start planning your summer vacation! The best part of the new year is that the possibilities are endless with all the adventures you can have in the Orlando area. From Disney to Universal, you can only dream of what this city has to offer. When visiting Orlando, Global Resort Homes proves to have the best vacation homes with a large range of options. Here are a few featured homes that you’ll love to stay in for your vacation!

  1. 9025 Sunshine Ridge Loop (Solara Resort): This featured vacation home is unlike any other. A sprawling floor plan adds to the large feel of the home. Sleeping a total of 19 guests, you are sure to find your perfect paradise here. A private pool and gameroom allow you and your guests to spend all day here. 7 bedrooms and 6.5 bathrooms round out this homes charm and beauty.

  2. 2979 Buccaneer Palm Road (Paradise Palms): This Paradise Palms home is a part of the grand collection meaning it was professionally designed and decorated with you in mind. High ceilings and gorgeous decor will have you coming back time and time again. A master kitchen will make you want to cook here too. 5 bedrooms sleeps a total of 10 guests making it the perfect place for one or two families.

  3. 4741 Clock Tower Dr. #102 (Storey Lake): 2 bedrooms sleeps a total of 4 guests, making this home the perfect quaint getaway. With masterful finishings and a warm interior, you are sure to feel cozy here. You’ll never feel rushed here as you enjoy the quietness and beauty of this home.

As you can see, these homes have an array of options for your stay with Global Resort Homes. From 9 bedrooms to 2 bedrooms, we have choices for you and your guests. Start your 2019 right by booking your vacation today. Call us at (888) 426-0472 or visit GlobalResortHomes.com. See you soon!

New Year’s Eve Last Minute Activities!

If you’re in Orlando and looking for something to do on New Year’s Eve then look no further. Here are a few of our favorite suggestions for the special night! From Disney to Universal, there is so much to do here in Orlando!

  1. Magic Kingdom Dance Parties: Dance your night away at Frontierland and Tomorrowland in the New Year’s Eve Celebration! From 7 P.M. until Midnight, DJ’s will be taking the streets as you dance to your favorite songs. You can also catch the “Fantasy In The Sky” fireworks show which begins at 11:50 P.M. and lasts into the New Year. These two events will have you ready to ring in the New Year with Mickey and Minnie!

  2. EVE at CityWalk: For the older ones in your party (21+), you are set for a night of fun at CityWalk. Turning the streets into the biggest block party in Orlando, CityWalk transforms into a New Year’s Eve dream. Clubs, dancing, live bands, DJ’s and so much more are all ready for you to come and join them. No reservations required- just show up and have a great time.

  3. Disney Springs: With a variety of events, Disney Springs is set to feature live music and delicious dining options. A few ticketed events that you have the option of attending are the New Year’s Eve Gala at The Edison or the Party at Raglan Road Irish Pub. Whatever you choose, you’re sure to have good music and great food!

  4. Your Vacation Home: If you’re looking for a night in then there is no better place to stay than Global! With your very own pool, you’ll be able to ring in the new year while swimming and splashing. You can play games, cook a great meal, and so much more in your gorgeous vacation home.

These 4 options are perfect for anyone’s New Year celebration. From everyone at Global Resort Homes, we wish you a Happy New Year! If you’re looking to escape in 2019 and book your stay with Global, visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay today!

Five Of Our Favorite Christmas Day Activities!

We are so excited that you chose to stay with Global Resort Homes this holiday season! Below we put together a list of all of our staff’s favorite activities to do around this holiday so that you get the inside scoop on all the activities happening around Orlando. If you’re needing some last minute plans then look no further!

  1. The Snowfall in Celebration: This free event is the perfect way to end your day, getting ready for Christmas morning. Each night, Celebration has a “snowfall” where it’ll turn the streets of Florida into a magical blizzard. You’ll hear your favorite Christmas songs along the streets as you dream about the morning. This event is the perfect place to take your family and friends.

  2. The Boardwalk at Disney: We love to come here each and every year to see the lights and Disney decorations of The Boardwalk. Walk around the lake, eat at the restaurants and finish your day off at Beaches and Cream with a yummy ice-cream cone. The Boardwalk allows you to see the fireworks from Epcot while having space to move and walk around. Be sure to try the Flying Fish restaurant too!

  3. Disney Springs: Although this is one of the busier locations, we still love coming here to look at all the gorgeous Christmas trees and decorations. The shopping is world-class and the Christmas day deals cannot be beat. Not only that but on the day of, Disney will have musicians playing music all throughout the day.

  4. Light Up UCF: Just east of Orlando, you will find the campus of UCF! Each year, UCF puts on an incredible light show where you and your family will be left in amazement. Playing your favorite tunes, you’ll be able to hear songs and sounds of the season with a live band. There will also be an ice-skating rink so you can feel as though you’re truly up north even though you’re in the middle of Orlando!

  5. Grand Floridian Gingerbread House: Each year, we love to head to the Grand Floridian at Disney and look at their gorgeous decorations. Their annual tradition is to set up a giant gingerbread house which is absolutely breathtaking (you can even buy a few pieces at the store!) You can also grab afternoon tea here as well.  This will make you truly feel in the Christmas spirit!

NEW Holiday Dessert Party at Universal!

Universal Orlando recently announced that they are having an exclusive holiday dessert experience where you can get the best view of the Macy’s parade. From December 24th to December 30th, you can buy your tickets to have a one of a kind experience.

With these tickets you’ll get:

  • Beverages including coffee and hot cocoa

  • Incredible seats to the Macy’s parade

  • Seasonal desserts & sparkling wine

This wonderful experience begins at 7 p.m. where you’ll head to the exclusive VIP viewing location. In the Hollywood area of the park, you’ll be able to see the park like you’ve never seen before. From here, you’ll have the chance to watch the Macy’s parade. After this, you’ll head over to the special viewing area at 8:45 p.m. where you can watch the Cinematic Celebration. See gorgeous, powerful projections on huge walls of water and be in awe of everything around you.

While you’re visiting Universal, be sure to stay with Global Resort Homes. We have the perfect vacation home for you to come back to day after day when you visit all the central Florida theme parks. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay for your holiday festivities.

Experience the 2019 Garden Rocks Concert Series!

In the midst of the holiday rush, Disney is already planning their Garden Rocks Concert Series which takes place at the world famous Epcot. Over the 90 day event, happening March 6th- June 3rd, you’ll be able to see some of your favorite bands all included with admission. Taking place during the International Flower & Garden Festival, you’ll also have the chance to wine and dine yourself with drinks and small bites from each country.

This year, Disney also announced that they’re extending this event to seven days a week! That means if you’re visiting for a week, month or are an annual pass holder that you will be able to see a new band every day. With performances taking place at 5:30 PM, 6:40 PM, and 8:00 PM, you’ll never miss your favorite performer.

When you come to this incredible event, be sure to stay with Global. We have the perfect vacation homes for you and your family as you explore Epcot and all of the parks. If you’re coming to Epcot within the next month, then be sure to check out the Candlelight Processional. Featuring a full choir and a celebrity “reader,” you’ll be able to hear songs of the season and the Christmas story from one of your favorite actors.

Book your stay today for the incredible Garden Rocks Concert Series. Below is a list of all the performers!

  • March 9-10: Glass Tiger “Don’t Forget Me (When I’m Gone)”

  • March 17-20: Simple Plan “Welcome to My Life”

  • March 28-29: Berlin featuring Terri Nunn “Take My Breath Away”

  • March 30-31: The Smithereens (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Top of the Pops”

  • April 3-4: Christopher Cross (NEW to Garden Rocks) “Sailing”

  • April 5-7: The Spinners “Working My Way Back to You”

  • April 12-13: Sister Sledge (NEW to Garden Rocks) “We Are Family”

  • April 17-19: Sister Hazel (NEW to Garden Rocks) “All For You”

  • April 20-21: Steven Curtis Chapman (NEW) “Cinderella”

  • April 22-23: TobyMac (NEW) “The Elements”

  • April 24-26: Lonestar “Amazed”

  • April 27-30: The Orchestra starring former members of ELO “Evil Woman”

  • May 1-4: Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone “I’m Henry VIII I Am”

  • May 5-7: Don Felder, Formerly of the Eagles “Hotel California”

  • May 20-21: Colin Hay of Men at Work (NEW) “Who Can It Be Now?”

Best Places To See Santa In Orlando!

If you’re on vacation, you may be wondering “Where can I see Santa this year?” Well look no further because we have a list of our fave spots for you to see the big man in red!

  1. Walt Disney World: Santa makes multiple appearances this holiday season at Disney and we are here for it all! Find Santa in the Candy Cane Garden next to Town Hall at Magic Kingdom. You can also catch him and Mrs. Clause at Epcot in the American Adventure pavilion. Lastly, stick around for Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party and see him fly high above Magic Kingdom.

  2. Universal Orlando: Come and join in on the Macy’s Holiday Parade and see Father Christmas dancing and singing with your favorite characters. As he spreads his cheer across the park, you’ll also see The Grinch, minions, and so many other characters! You can also meet The Grinch over at The Grinchmas Who-liday Spectacular.

  3. The Mall at Millenia: This is not your regular mall Santa. The Mall at Millenia provides a luxury experience for you to meet Santa Clause, where you can get photos and video all for yourself. Not only that, but you can shop and eat before or after your Santa meeting. This is a win/win for both the parents and kids!

  4. Now Snowing in Celebration: Just minutes from Disney property, you can spend the day in Celebration eating yummy food and seeing Christmas lights. Now, Santa has arrived and is greeting young ones each day. With photo opportunities and extra entertainment, be sure to plan your day around this fun event!

Be sure you book your stay with Global Resort Homes for the fun holiday traditions that you can start with your family. Staying with Global means having your very own home for the holidays. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay today for the perfect holiday trip!

Top 4 Reasons To Come To Florida For The Holidays!

 

  1. Disney: There is nothing like spending the holidays at Disney World. From the food to the decor, Disney outdoes itself every year by providing magical experiences to all of their guests. Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party is happening now on select nights through the 21st too! You can also catch the Christmas Parade which features all of your favorite characters. From Ariel to Cinderella to Tiana, everyone’s favorite princess is here. Disney also rolls out the red carpet at Epcot for you to meet Santa at each different country. Disney is the perfect holiday getaway!
  2. Global Resort Homes: You’ll come back every year after you spend the holidays with us! Global Resort Homes makes your vacation extra special by providing you with your very own vacation home. Gone are the days where you share beds on vacation because Global has room for everyone. With kitchens, private pools and so much more, you’ll feel as though you are home for the holidays…but in Florida! Book today at GlobalResortHomes.com.
  3. CityWalk: Universal’s CityWalk lights up the night with their amazing cuisine. Decorated for the winter season, CityWalk is lined with shops and restaurants all for you. Our favorites are Emeril’s Restaurant, Vivo Italian Kitchen and of course The Chocolate Emporium.
  4. Shopping: You didn’t think we would forget the best part, did you? Orlando has some of the best shopping known to the USA. With incredibly discounted outlet malls, locally owned stores, and everything in between- you’re in no shortage! Our favorites happen to be the International Outlet Malls, Florida Mall, and Mall At Millenia. If you stick with these 3 stores, you’ll be sure to find something for you and your special someone.

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