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!

Calling all Cake Boss Fans!

Cake Boss Now Open in Orlando Florida at the Florida Mall

Cake Boss Now Open in Orlando Florida at the Florida Mall

Buddy Valastro aka TLC’s Cake Boss, welcomed his fans at his brand new Carlo’s Bakery located in The Florida Mall. The Florida mall location is the 12th location for the Jersey-based chain. The 2,300-square-foot bakery is part of the mall’s new Dining Pavilion.

“I started working at Carlo’s Bakery when I was 11 years old, and I will tell you, on my first day, the last thought I had was that I’d be introducing a 12th location in Orlando, Fla., someday,” said Valastro in a prepared statement. “You know, my family and I love Orlando; there’s so much to do here with all the attractions, and the locals are always so welcoming. I’m so excited to give the city the opportunity to have access to our treats and cakes at The Florida Mall, Central Florida’s largest shopping center.”

More than 2,500 people were lined up on Grand Opening Day. It’s great to see that the celebrity baker can help draw even more tourists to one of Central Florida’s busiest shopping destinations — quite a recipe for success that will contribute to Orlando’s $60 billion tourism industry.

STORE HOURS:

Monday to Friday
10am – 9pm

Saturday
10am – 10pm

Sunday
12pm – 8pm

SPECIAL HOURS:

12/11/2015:
10am – 10pm (Holiday Hours)

12/12/2015:
9am – 10pm (Holiday Hours)

12/13/2015:
11am – 9pm (Holiday Hours)

12/14 – 12/17/2015:
9am – 10pm (Holiday Hours)

12/18 – 12/23/2015:
9am – 11pm (Holiday Hours)

12/24/2015:
8am – 6pm (Christmas Eve)

12/25/2015:
Closed (Christmas Day)

A List of Orlando’s Theme Park Holiday Events

Mickey Christmas

Christmas at the Orlando’s world renowned theme parks has something for kids of all ages.  From LEGOS to dazzling lights, the holidays at any theme park is sure to start a new family traditions.

DISNEY PARKS
Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party
Select nights Nov. 8 – Dec. 18, 2015
You’re invited to a holiday party like no other at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Magic Kingdom Park.

Join Mickey and the gang for live entertainment, spectacular fireworks and an oh-so-jolly holiday parade with. See Cinderella’s Castle sparkle white lights, as well as a magical snowfall on Main Street, U.S.A.

Osborne Lights

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights:
Nov. 6 – Jan. 3, 2016
Behold millions of glittering lights perfectly synchronized to holiday music at The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This is your last chance to take in the dazzling display before it bids a final adieu.

Holidays Around the World at Epcot:
Nov. 27 – Dec. 30, 2015
Journey around the World Showcase and experience time-honored holiday traditions from around the world.

Taking place three times each day, the Candlelight Processional features a stirring retelling of the story of Christmas by a celebrity narrator, set against the inspirational backdrop of a 50-piece orchestra and mass choir.

SEAWORLD
SeaWorld Orlando’s Christmas Celebration:
Select night Nov. 21 – Dec. 31, 2015
On select nights family and friends can create yuletide memories as SeaWorld Orlando celebrates the holidays with SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration.

Included with regular park admission, guests can experience the fun-filled holidays with special shows and attractions, including Shamu Christmas Miracles, Winter Wonderland on Ice and The Polar Express Experience.

UNIVERSAL PARKS
Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure:
Dec. 4 – Jan. 2, 2016
Don’t miss this classic Christmas story come to life as Universal’s Islands of Adventure transforms Suess Landing into the whimsical world of Grinchmas.

Included with park admission, Grinchmas will be sure to delight Dr. Seuss fans of all ages with festive storybook décor, a heartwarming live show featuring recorded music by Mannheim Steamroller, and meet-and-greet- opportunities with the Grinch himself!

Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal Studios Florida: Dec. 4 – Jan. 2, 2016
Watch the streets of Universal Studios Florida come alive as they fill with floats and balloons straight from Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City in Universal’s very own Macy’s Holiday Parade.  Afterwards, enjoy the spectacular tree lighting ceremony with music and a dazzling display of lights! Event admission is included with regular park admission.

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LEGOLAND
Christmas Bricktacular at LEGOLAND Florida:
Weekend Dec. 5 – Dec. 30, 2015
Bring in the holiday season with a 30-foot tall LEGO Christmas tree made of 270,000 LEGO bricks, life-size LEGO Santa, reindeer and sleigh, festive decorations, LEGO build activity, a LEGO Santa Scavenger Hunt and holiday entertainment.

LEGO Santa and LEGO Toy Soldier make daily appearances in the Park providing a perfect family photo opportunity.

 

Purchase your tickets to these festive events and many more attractions here.

Global Resort Homes wins Management Company of the Year

Global Resort Homes wins CFVRMA Property Management Company of the Year

Global Resort Homes wins CFVRMA Property Management Company of the Year. Pictured: Robyn and Guy Bouchard.

Global Resort Homes, a leader in the vacation rental home industry with over 23 years of experience, is pleased to announce our win for Property Management Company of the Year presented by the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association (CFVRMA) at the 2015 VRM Gala that was held November 7th at Westgate Vacation Villas in Kissimmee, Florida.

“Being recognized by the Central Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association among the top trendsetters in our industry is an exciting accomplishment for our company as a whole,” comments Robyn Bouchard, Vice President and Co-Founder of Global Resort Homes. “We are honored to be recognized as the winner for our accomplishments in the industry. I’m so proud of our team members that make Global the great company it is today. It is their dedication to our guest and owners alike that makes Global standout.”

Since 1993, Global Resort Homes has continued to grow and evolve with the changing times. Today, we strive to be at the forefront of the vacation home industry in both vacation home rentals and real estate sales.

Candlelight Processional at Epcot

candlelight processional at Epcot

This Nov 27-Dec. 30, 2015 retelling of the Christmas story as Candlelight Processional returns to Epcot® at the Walt Disney World® Resort

The impressive list of Celebrity Narrators scheduled to make appearances this year include:

  • 11/27 – 11/29 — Gary Sinise
  • 11/30 – 12/3 — Neil Patrick Harris
  • 12/4 – 12/5 — Whoopi Goldberg
  • 12/6 – 12/8 — Joe Morton
  • 12/9 – 12/11 — Ana Gasteyer
  • 12/12 – 12/14 — Meredith Vieira – NEW
  • 12/15 – 12/17— America Ferrera – NEW
  • 12/18 – 12/20 — Chandra Wilson – NEW
  • 12/21 – 12/23 — Daniel Dae Kim – NEW
  • 12/24 – 12/26 — Edward James Olmos
  • 12/27 – 12/28 – Blair Underwood
  • 12/29 – 12/30 — Amy Grant

Showtimes are 5 p.m., 6:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. nightly. Showtimes on Dec. 6 are 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.

You can enjoy this holiday tradition, as well as a delicious meal at an Epcot restaurant with Candlelight Processional Dining Packages – starting $35 for lunch and $50 for dinner for adults (plus tax and gratuity). Packages include an appetizer, entrée, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage per person (or one full buffet where applicable). Availability is limited. Please note Park admission is required and is not included in the price of the dining package.

Book a Candlelight Processional Dining Package for your Clients today by calling 407-WDW-DINE or visit Disneyworld.com/holidays.

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