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.

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping In Orlando!

Family, togetherness, and generosity are the signs that the holidays are here! This means gift giving is one of the many ways you can show your love to the family members who mean the most to you. Orlando is the epicenter for shopping and that means you have options from Disney to luxury fashion brands..or both! Here is where the locals say are the best spots to shop.

  1. Disney Springs: If you’re looking for a wide arrange of stores then this is your place. With everything from Anthropologie to Lacoste to boutiques like American Threads, this is the perfect place to find a gift. Riddled with locally owned shops and name brands alike, you’ll be able to find anything and everything. There are also restaurants so you can take your sweet time, taking breaks to eat the amazing food.

  2. Mall at Millenia: If luxury is your style then you have found your home! Mall at Millenia is located on I-4, a well known interstate close to all of Global’s resort communities. This mall in unlike any other malls with their luxury fashion brands waiting for you at every corner. Stop by Gucci, then by Louis Vuitton, and end up at Saks Fifth Avenue to end your trip. There are also gourmet eating spots like Brio, Capital Grille, and Earls Kitchen + Bar. Santa will also be stopping by so be sure to book your tickets for “The Santa Experience.”

  3. Orlando International Outlets: If you’re looking for a deal, this is your spot! Known to give incredible discounts, the outlet stores provide you with endless options at incredible prices. Including large holiday discounts, you can go anywhere from Nike to Adidas, Forever21 to Ralph Lauren, and Gucci to Kate Spade. Their truly is everything for any price point.

Book your stay now with Global Resort Homes so you can start shopping for gifts for family and a few for yourself. When staying with Global you’ll have your own house for your vacation, relaxing in the peace and serenity of your space. Visit GlobalResortHomes.com and book your stay today for the perfect holiday trip!