3 Things We’re Excited About at Disney’s Galaxy’s Edge

If you’re like us, you couldn’t be more excited for the new Star Wars land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29th!

When planning your trip to Florida, be sure to book out a few days so you can adventure into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In this fully immersive experience, you can help members of the Resistance avoid Stormtroopers, build your own lightsaber in a hidden workshop and taste Blue Milk – a favorite among travelers. Here are a few other things you won’t want to miss during your visit to the planet of Batuu.

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As you gear up for your day in the galaxy, be sure to grab your lightsaber as you ride in the famous Millenium Falcon. This audacious flight will throw you into hyperspace as fast as lightning! Facing danger at every turn, your pilot, engineer and gunner will all need to work together to make it out in one piece.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

As you explore all of Galaxy’s Edge’s immersive experiences, wander into the Den of Antiquities, which features rare and precious treasures from around the galaxy. This assortment of jewels comes from different planets, eras and generations. Although mysterious, this shop welcomes everyone to come in and choose their favorite assortment of goods to take with them along the way!

First Order Cargo & Resistance Supply

Choose where your allegiance lies and then pick up the supplies you’ll need to fight alongside either the First Order or the Resistance. You can stop at the First Order Cargo and gear up at Docking Bay 9. If you’re a part of the Resistance, you can grab everything you’ll need to defeat the First Order. Both are great places to grab souvenirs so you bring home a piece of Star Wars with you!

When you’re done fighting the First Order, come back to your very own vacation home! With Global Resort Homes, we have a variety of spacious rentals to choose from so you can find the perfect one for you and your family. Check out the out-of-this-world bedroom in this gorgeous vacation home!

When planning your next visit to Orlando, book your stay with Global today so you can get in on all the Star Wars action!

4 Reasons Why Island H2O Live! is the most advanced Water Park!

National Water Park Day is July 28th!

If you’ve heard about the Island H2O Live! water park, then you know that it is slated to be the most technologically advanced water park Orlando has ever seen! Located just outside Margaritaville Resort Orlando, this attraction has water park bands, social media stations, and so much more. Island H2O Live! is pulling out all the stops to make this one of the most thrilling and “smartest” water parks to ever exist.
Here are a few ways that this attraction is set to take the world by storm.

H2O Live App:

This incredible water park has its very own phone app that lets you vacation like no other! When you download this app you’re automatically interconnected to the entire park. You can order food, see wait times, download all of your photos directly to your phone, and do so much more right at your fingertips. This app lets you customize your experience all the way to the music you hear on some of the waterslides! Talk about living in the future!

Water Park Selfie-Shack at Island H20 Live!
One of the many Selfie Shacks at Island H2O Live!

Water Park Wristbands:

Want to plan your slide time so you can do it all? Are you a parent needing to keep track of where your kids are? These H2O water park bands allow you to do all that and more! When you have this wristband, which connects back to the app, you can do so much. When you take a photo at the Selfie Shack, it’s sent right to your app so you can share it with all family and friends. Not only that but as you do more activities, you can accrue points which can be exchanged for prizes.

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Wave Pool & Dive-In Movie at Island H2O Live!

Dive-In Movies:

Are you ready for a movie night like no other? On select nights, H2O live offers “Dive In” movies that you can watch right from the wave pool. Perfect for those summer nights, you’ll be able to swim while you watch Jaws or splash while you watch Blue Crush. This is the best spot to watch the sunset, grab a drink, sit back and relax!

Shady Area:

With all of the technological advances, it’s easy to think that Island H2O Live! had to skimp on other areas of the park, but you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, this amazing place has taken on the mission to offer the most shaded areas compared to all the other water parks. They aim to please with every detail, even down to the shade provided to guests. A concentrated effort was made to make little resting areas that are away from the sun. Take a break from the pool and cool off. It won’t be hard to find some shade!

Best of all Island H20 Live! is less than 15 minutes away from many of our resort communities in the Orlando and Kissimmee area! Check out this amazing cottage in Margaritaville or stay a short drive away in one of our other homes, townhomes or condos.

Book your stay with Global today and be sure to check out this amazing water park! With an incredible phone app, water park bands and dive-in movies, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

Hungry! Visit These 3 New Orlando Theme Park Restaurants

Besides the obvious roller coasters, shows, and entertainment, the Orlando theme parks are also known for their world-class restaurants. From Universal to Disney, you can find anything you’re craving at a moment’s notice. Recently, both Disney and Universal announced some special new restaurants and cafes that you have to try on your summer vacation!

The Today Cafe

Never been to New York City but you’ve always wanted to go? Eating here will make you feel as though you’re in the center of the famous Rockefeller Plaza in Midtown Manhattan. The Today Cafe is a replica of Studio 1A, where The Today Show is filmed. Not only does the atmosphere make you feel like you’re on set, but this cafe offers scrumptious options like Eggs Florentine or the Chinatown Chicken Salad. Complete with stage lighting, stage design, and orange decor, you’ll feel as if Hoda is right at your own cafe table.

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo

As a part of the Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, this new restaurant is sure to keep you fueled up so you can keep exploring all day. Opening late August, this quick-service restaurant will be themed like a classic Docking Bay from Star Wars. Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has developed dishes that are reminiscent of the galaxy itself. Using unusual flavors, he’ll transport your taste buds to a new dimension, leaving you with a new experience and a new memory.

Takumi-Tei Restaurant

Get ready for a traditional meal like you’ve never had before! Meaning “House of the Artisan,” Takumi-Tei will be located in the Japanese pavilion at Epcot. This upscale restaurant will center around Japanese tradition and showcase craftsmanship as well as the natural beauty of Japan. A traditional tea service, multi-course tasting menu, and so much more is waiting for you to try! Opening in Summer 2019, now is the perfect time to book your reservation.

Book your stay with Global Resort Homes today and try all these amazing restaurants when you come to visit. Between dining out, you can always cook meals in your gorgeous vacation home. Staying with Global means having the convenience of a full kitchen at your disposal anytime you need. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay now!

Which Disney Park is Right for Your Vacation?

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With so many Disney World parks it can be hard to choose which few to tackle during your stay in Orlando. From Epcot to Magic Kingdom, each offers a unique and fun experience. Here are our suggestions on Disney parks based on what you’re looking for!

  1. If you’re feeling hungry for new cuisine: Although each park has its signatures, there is no better way to fill up than at Epcot! Epcot has star dishes in each country highlighting the seasonal food and favorites that all their guests enjoy. Now is a great time to experience the magic at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. Running through June 3rd, you can experience incredible Spring flowers along with new small plates! Epcot is the perfect place to enjoy the weather, friends and food.

  2. If you’re feeling adventurous: Get ready to feel like you’re on a wild vacation at Animal Kingdom! Animal Kingdom provides you with sights of far far away lands that are sometimes only dreamt about. Hop on a safari and see lions, tigers and giraffes on Kilimanjaro’s Safari. You can even fly away to the land of the Na’vi at the new Avatar Land, and ride with the Mountain Banshees. These incredible adventures will keep your heart racing and your blood flowing. Get ready for a day to remember!

  3. You’re feeling nostalgic: If we know anything, we know that Disney brings a sense of childhood to everyone that walks through the magical gates. Now is a great time to visit Hollywood Studios where you can experience the childhood favorites of Toy Story in person! Toy Story Land, now open, will take you right back to your childhood as you shrink to the size of Buzz and Woody. A blast from the past comes alive right before your eyes! If you were more of a Star Wars kid (or both!) you can also see some of your favorite characters right around the corner. Be sure to come back in Summer 2019 when Star Wars Land opens featuring new rides, restaurants and more!

There is no better feeling than coming to Disney and feeling like a kid again. Whether you’re coming with your family or friends, be sure to stay with Global Resort Homes for the perfect stay. From 2 bedroom homes to 14 bedroom homes, we have you covered! If you’re feeling like comfort is what you need, look no further. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay today!

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!

All the Best New Ways to Meet Mickey at Disney!

If you have ever been to Disney you know the highlight of the trip is meeting the mouse who started it all! Being in the presence of such an icon is always worth spending a few extra minutes in line. Here are a few ways you can see and meet this wonderful character!

  1. Town Square Theater: Situated in Magic Kingdom, Town Square Theater is the perfect spot to meet both Mickey and Minnie. With their brand new party attire, you and your family can squeeze in for the perfect photo opp. Use this once in a lifetime opportunity to shake hands, give a hug or high-five to this memorable mouse!

  2. Epcot Character Spot: Right across from the innovations pavilion, you’ll have the chance to meet Mickey and a couple other friends! Be sure to get there early in the morning so you’ll be guaranteed a spot to meet the magical mouse. We recommend right when the park opens! In addition, this location is air conditioned so you’ll look your best for your magical photos.

  3. The Magic of Disney Animation Courtyard: Get a chance to meet “Sorcerer Mickey” here before he pulls out all the stops in “Fantasmic.” From our research, the best time to meet Mickey is as soon as he begins his meet n’ greet or later in the evening once many have gone home. Doing this ensures a short line and a perfect picture.

Begin planning your trip this week and make time to meet Mickey Mouse! Here at Global Resort Homes we have all of your accommodations ready for your vacation. Whether it is your family of 4 or 24, we have homes that can fit everyone perfectly.  Call us at (888) 426-0472 or visit GlobalResortHomes.com to book your Mickey vacation today!

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!