NBA Experience at Disney Springs – NOW OPEN!

Over the years, Disney has made a name for itself in entertainment, food and now all things sports. Disney Springs has recently opened an incredible basketball venue called the NBA Experience. You’ll be able to live out all of your pro-athlete fantasies here as you pass, dribble and shoot! Here are a few of our favorite things to do while there… 

Get your head in the game  

As you enter the venue, you emerge as an NBA player under the stands and into the arena with large screens and a scoreboard, just like the real thing! And there is no question that when you’re surrounded by all things basketball, you have to try and make a few shots. Try your best dunk attempt on the courts. With a crowd watching, you can test all of your abilities here. You can also try the “dribble” challenge where a coach will put you through some drills. Whether it’s your first time dribbling, or you just got done playing the Orlando Magic, this is the perfect place to live the immersive experience of real life NBA players. Don’t forget to smile for serious basketball photo-op including being drafted by the NBA commissioner himself!

All about those basketball stats

If you’re a nerd like me, then you love all things stats! In this fantasy court, you’ll be able to put all your NBA trivia to the test, and compete with fellow basketball players as you watch the clock tick away. You can also dive into the rich history of the NBA and WNBA. With the unique “Hall of Fame” experience, you’ll be able to follow along your favorite legends’ journey! 

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You don’t have to be a basketball nut to enjoy this experience – it appeals to everyone who enjoys a fun time and brings you along the journey regardless your age or skill set. With fun activities and games for all ages and skills, this experience is perfect for groups and families of all sizes!

Set right next to the incredible gift shop is the future home to City Works Eatery and Pour House. This American eatery is filled with your favorites along with a few creative combos. You’ll also get to sample some local beer right on tap. This will be the perfect way to end your NBA Experience.

Here at Global Resort Homes, we have the perfect accommodations ready for you. Close to Disney Springs, you’re no further than a free throw away from the NBA Experience! Not only that, but most of the clubhouses in our community come with sport courts so you can continue the fun at your vacation home. This home located in the resort community of Champions Gates is all ready for you! Continue your love for sports and competition here as you take on your friends and family in the amazing game room. Book your stay with Global Resort Homes today!

Halloween at Disney World is Finally Here!

Disney has been gearing up for one of their most beloved holidays, Halloween, all summer long. And now it’s finally here! Disney is pulling out all the stops so everyone visiting has a hauntingly good time. Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party is just the start to an incredible holiday season at Disney World. Staying with Global Resort Homes means you’re close to each and every one of these activities too. Here are our favorite things to do at the famous party.

Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular

This must-see is arguably one of Disney’s most famous Halloween movies, this show is like no other. Hosted by the wickedly famous Sanderson Sisters, you’ll be taken on a wild ride featuring songs, visual projections, and spooky special effects. Keep your eyes peeled for some special guests who also happen to be Disney’s most infamous villains. Be sure to get your Not-So-Scary tickets so you can take part in this awesome adventure.

Boo To You Halloween Parade

This “Treat” will keep you dancing all night!
Sometimes Halloween parades can be scary, but rest assured that this parade is for all ages. Filled with gorgeous floats and Disney characters in new costumes, you’ll be able to get a rare glimpse of your favorite characters like never before. Catch Wreck-It-Ralph, The Incredibles, and Sugar Rush along Main Street U.S.A. You’ll also find your favorite Disney villains at the finale, so be sure to stay the whole time.

Disney’s Not-So-Scary Spectacular

We all know that the fireworks shows at Disney are the most incredible shows that you can see. With music and special effects, you truly get to see art and technology come together like no other. Hosted by Jack Skellington, you’ll be dancing to your favorite songs while waltzing ghosts and dancing skeletons light up the sky. Be sure to stay for the grand finale as this is the perfect way to end your day at this Halloween celebration!

Close to all of the action, let Global Resort Homes take care of all your accommodations. You’ll be able to be at the Not-So-Scary party in no time when you stay at one of our homes. With homes ranging up to 14 bedrooms, we have everything that you and your guests need for an incredible stay. This spacious 9-bedroom home is just a short drive to Magic Kingdom, features 9 bedrooms and can accommodate up to 20 guests! Here at Global we have all you need for a great Halloween.

Call us at 407-387-3030 or visit us online at Global Resort Homes and book your stay today!

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.

Water Park at Island H20 Live!
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!

The Magic Kingdom: It’s A Small World

“it’s a small world”

“it’s a small world”

“It’s A Small World” is one of those classic rides you have to experience when visiting The Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort for the first time. This attraction and it’s notorious song has been titled “The Happiest Cruise That Ever Sailed.” So hop aboard and sing along to the classic anthem of world peace. The boat tour is hosted by the children of the world. These cultures are all highlighted in your worldly expedition:

  • The Middle East
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Antarctica
  • Scandinavia
  • The British Isles
  • Western Europe
  • Eastern Europe
  • South America
  • Australia and the South Pacific Islands

Before the ride finishes you’ll witness the children reunite for a grand finale! This is to remind us all of the common bonds of laughter, friendship, and happiness we share as human beings of this world. Are you coming to sunny Florida with your family and need help planning your next trip to the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort? We are here to help! Go to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your next trip with us!

Activities In Orlando For $20 Or less!

We all know that vacations can be expensive, but why not try some local favorites that are inexpensive yet jampacked with fun? These are our recommendations.

  • For the speedsters in your family, K1 Speed Indoor Karting is a major win. Starting at $19.95, this is the perfect activity to show off your driving skills.
  • Central Florida Zoo & Botanical Garden is one of a kind. Located on Lake Monroe, this is home to over 500 species that are truly amazing. Only $16.50 for adults, you’ll be able to make a day out of it!
  • Winter Park Scenic Boat tour is also a must! See views of Orlando like never before on the historic canals of Winter Park. Million dollar real estate is around the corner when you take this tour.
  • We love the Dine in Theatre at Disney Springs. Try something new and dine while you see the latest in movie magic.
  • We also love the Orlando Museum of Art! Only $10 for adults, this museum features permanent collections as well as featured collections.

Orlando does not have to be expensive! We love to do local activities! Spend your time here and stay with Global which has properties close to all these fun things! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global. We can’t wait to see you here!

Exploring Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando

Downtown Orlando

If you’re like me, when you go on vacation, you love to do what the locals do. This is no exception when visiting Central Florida. From world class restaurants and fun sightseeing, there is nothing like it and downtown Orlando has plenty to offer.

First, you have to visit Lake Eola Park. In the heart of downtown, Lake Eola offers serene views of Orlando as well as local restaurants. Bring a blanket and relax while enjoying the views. If you’re looking for a restaurant, there are plenty. Try the Relax Bar and Grill for some mediterranean cuisine. If you are wanting something a bit fancier, Spice Modern Steakhouse is always a good choice.

There is also plenty of entertainment downtown too! The Dr. Phillips Performing Arts Center is always showcasing something new. This month, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder, as well as Harry Potter in Concert is featured front and center. Tony Bennett will also be making a debut this March! You can also head over to the Amway Arena to catch a sporting event or concert. This month, the Magic and Solar Bears will be playing. Be sure to catch a game while you’re here!

Downtown Orlando really has all you need for a perfect night of exploring. Global has many vacation homes located close to all these fun activities! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global. We can’t wait to see you here!

Valentine’s Day At Walt Disney World!

Walt Disney World Resort Offers Romance for Lovebirds on Valentine's Day and Every Day

Walt Disney World Resort on Valentine’s Day

Walt Disney World Resort has so many romantic offerings for couples out there! From fireworks to love boats, you can find something here for couples of all ages! The four Walt Disney World theme parks create a perfect setting for spontaneous romance. Watching fireworks, a special bike ride for two, or a leisurely swing beachside, couples can embrace so many romantic experiences. So maybe try something new this Valentines day with your significant other and spend it at the most magical place on earth, Walt Disney World Resort. Thinking about coming? Then head over to GlobalResortHomes.com or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your next Valentines Day adventure with us!

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.

Windsor At Westside: Clubhouse Now Open!

Windsor At Westside

Windsor At Westside

The ClubhouseIt’s here! The Windsor At Westside Clubhouse is now open. This clubhouse is stunning inside and out. I must say, it offers some great stuff too. First off, the fitness center is open 24/7! Being a gym enthusiast, this is such a great perk. Also, outside near the pool, there are Cabanas and how can we forget.. there’s even a lazy river by the pool. I attended the most recent event put together by Windsor At Westside and let’s say cabanas, fitness center, and the lazy river is not all you’re getting. This place has a huge beautiful pool and a jam-packed full-of-fun arcade for the kids. The clubhouse is the perfect blend for families to enjoy. Everyone will have a great time!

So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to book your next vacation in Orlando and this time how about you try out Windsor At Westside, located only minutes from Walt Disney World Resort! Visit our website at GlobalResortHomes.com today!

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