Mardi Gras at Universal has Officially Started!

Pack your bags and get ready for the trip of a lifetime to Mardi Gras at Universal Orlando. One of the biggest draws to the theme park, this festive parade celebrates fun, life and adventure. Happening now through March 25th, Mardi Gras has parades and performers almost every week.

The parade starts around 7 p.m. each night and is filled with traditions and a bit of Universal magic. The French Quarter at Universal, where you can get traditional New Orleans grub, is festive with jazz music and so much more. After each parade on select nights, Universal has special concerts specifically for Mardi Gras. Check out some of your favorite bands and artists like Macklemore, Fifth Harmony and more!

After your fun day at Mardi Gras, be sure to stay with Global Resort Homes so you can enjoy your very own home here in Orlando. From 9 bedroom homes to 2 bedroom apartments, and everything in between, we have everything you need!  Visit or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay today!

Concert Schedule

  • Saturday, February 10: The Beach Boys
  • Saturday, February 17: Kelsea Ballerini
  • Sunday, February 18: Andy Grammer
  • Saturday, February 24: Macklemore
  • Saturday, March 3: 311
  • Sunday, March 4: Phillip Phillips
  • Saturday, March 10: Jason Derulo
  • Sunday, March 11: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • Saturday, March 17: Foreigner
  • Sunday, March 18: Fifth Harmony
  • Saturday, March 24: Jessie J
  • Sunday, March 25: Bush

Universal’s Spooky Halloween Horror Nights is now open!

“Lions and tigers and bears, OH MY!” is an understatement to this spooky halloween tradition that comes to Universal Orlando every year. If you love to be scared then this may be the perfect event for you on your visit to central Florida. This year, Universal has decided to call their theme “The Festival of the Deadliest” featuring haunted houses from “American Horror Story,” “Insidious” and more.

For 34 nights through November 1st, Universal will be scaring adults and teens alike. For over 20 years, they have been perfecting their craft and this year they have it freakishly right. Between 6:30PM and ending at 1AM, you can get all of your scares and giggles in. Although, if Halloween Horror nights is not for you, do not worry!

First, the devilish night starts at 6:30PM leaving the whole day for you and the family to explore Universal and Islands of Adventure. After 6:30 hits, you are still able to explore parts of Universal including the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Also, Universal’s Citywalk will be open which includes gourmet restaurants, live music and shopping. A few of our favorite spots at Citywalk are The Hard Rock Cafe, The Chocolate Emporium and Margaritaville.

Luckily, Global has so many homes located just minutes from Universal. With no chance of spooky happenings in Global’s homes, you will sleep safe and sound after a night of haunted houses. Visit or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay today!

New & Exciting Updates coming to Universal Orlando!

We can’t wait to see what Universal has up their sleeves with all of the new action coming right to the Orlando based theme park. Announced earlier, Harry Potter World will be seeing a new Harry Potter themed ride that will take over the once named coaster “Dueling Dragons.” Thus far, Universal has done an incredible job recreating the famous books and bringing them to real life. We can’t wait to see how this new ride will reflect the Rowling series.

Speaking of Harry Potter, Universal is also set to get ready for a Harry Potter Christmas! This new event will feature snow, light up displays and so much more. Another new attraction, Fast & Furious: Supercharged will be set for action next Spring. Featuring a 3D car chase, pyrotechnics and much more, this is sure to be a hit!

Last but not least and something that is already here is Volcano Bay! Volcano Bay is Universal’s new water park to hit the theme park world. With a huge wave pool, slides for everyone and plenty of restaurants, you are set to have an incredible time! For more information and a gorgeous place to stay, we recommend Global Resort Homes! Visit or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book today!

All about the Orlando Water Parks!

Blizzard Beach

There is no better way to cool off from the Florida sun than going to a water park! All you can want can be found at the major water parks which include the new Volcano Bay, Typhoon Lagoon & Blizzard Beach. Sun, pools, food and more is what you need for a day of relaxation.

If you haven’t been yet, you have to get tickets to Volcano Bay. Volcano Bay is one of a kind with it’s lush green scenery and giant volcano bay. A fan favorite is Krakatau Aqua Coaster. You’ll be pushed, pulled and thrusted through the giant volcano where you and your friends will have a blast!

Another amazing water park is Typhoon Lagoon. This classic Disney park will leave you wanting to come back time and time again. As you enter the park you’ll be greeted by flourishing foliage as well as a giant “beach.” Get ready to ride the waves here with Typhoon Lagoon’s 6-foot swells.

Lastly, if you’re ready to have winter in summer, then look no further than Blizzard Beach. Blizzard Beach is made for those that love to have fun with extreme slides. The 12 story slide just may be the best Disney has to offer.

Luckily, Disney and Universal are in the perfect spot next to Global Resort Homes. With so many various locations, options and more you will have everything you need to begin your vacation the right way. Visit or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book today!

Plan your vacation around your favorite concerts!

December 17, 2017- Katy Perry

Orlando is the home to entertainment. From Disney and Universal to championship winning sports teams, we truly have it all. With all of that means we have your favorite artists visiting year round, gracing us with their talents. 2017 is no exception with an incredible lineup visiting the Amway Center, which is just miles from many of Global’s vacation homes.

  • July 28, 2017- Shawn Mendes
  • July 29, 2017- Prince Royce
  • August 16, 2017- J. Cole
  • August 31, 2017- Ed Sheeran
  • September 21, 2017- Mumford & Sons
  • September 29, 2017- Pitbull
  • October 14, 2017- Bruno Mars
  • October 26, 2017- Santana
  • November 19, 2017- Marc Anthony
  • December 17, 2017- Katy Perry

This year, the Amway is hosting a wide array of artists from pop, soul and much more. Located in downtown Orlando, the Amway is close to all of Global’s homes which means you, family and friends can hit all of your favorite concerts. From 2 bedroom condos to 9 bedroom houses, Global has it all. With access to clubhouses, private pools and more, you are sure to love where to stay. Visit or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book today!

Holiday Events at Universal Orlando – Book Now!

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

It is never too late to be thinking of the holidays considering they’re less than 6 months away! Luckily for you, Universal is already planning some pretty cool events for you to attend when you visit. From the classic holiday parade to Christmas in the Wizarding World and everything in between, you are sure to have a blast this holiday.

Universal just announced it’s Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter which is set to be spectacular. Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley will be transformed with festive decor that turns it from summer to winter in London. Hogwarts will be unrecognizable with this exciting celebration. Another fun sight to see is “Grinch-mas” which is a live re-telling of the famous Dr. Seuss story. See your favorite characters come alive in the “who-liday” spectacular.

Lastly, a must see is Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s. The best of the best Universal characters come and celebrate the holidays with you. Madagascar, Shrek and the Minions are sure to make an appearance.

When you come to see all of these happenings, be sure to stay with Global Resort Homes. We have 2 bedroom apartments and 9 bedrooms homes, ready for however big your family is. Visit our website or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your holiday stay today!

The Dream Of Volcano Bay To Soon Become A Reality!

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

Krakatau Aqua Coaster

With an open date set for June, all eyes have been on the development of Volcano Bay. Questions of new line technology, huge waterslides and beautiful scenery are all coming to fruition in the first sneak peeks of the park. Located close to the hub of all theme parks, this water park is sure to change the game.

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay

Universal Orlando’s Volcano Bay

The new TapuTapu wristband is sure to peak your interest by letting you virtually skip all of the lines. Included with admission, this lets you check yourself into all of the lines without having to actually wait allowing you to maximize your time at Volcano Bay.

The major showstopper of this theme park will be the huge volcano. Easily spotted from the main roads of Orlando, you will feel transported to a new land. With a 125 feet plummeting water slide going through the middle, this slide is for the dare-devils. Not to mention you will be experiencing all of this through a “trap door”.

Set your sights on Orlando for your next family trip! Stay with Global Resort Homes and have the trip of a lifetime. From 2 bedroom condos, to 9 bedroom homes Global has everything that you could want. Get ready for the vacation of a lifetime!

Celebrate Christmas At The Wizarding World Of Harry Potter This Year!

Universal Orlando Resort

Universal Orlando Resort

It’s April, but yes let’s talk Christmas plans! It’s never too early to prepare for a Christmas of a lifetime and this year if you come to Orlando your family is in for something special! Christmas is always a special time in the Harry Potter series. Fans from all over the globe have long wanted to enjoy that part of J.K. Rowling’s story for themselves. So Universal is getting on it and this November, the new Christmas experience in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will give visitors an awesome opportunity to see, feel and taste what it’s like to celebrate the magic of Christmas in the Wizarding World. When the sun goes down, a magical holiday transformation of the Hogwarts castle will take place right before your very eyes. Projection mapping and special effects will wrap the iconic castle which will bring holiday cheer and memorable Christmas moments from the Harry Potter movie series to life like never before. Decorations like ornate garlands will be throughout the streets of both Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley and each storefront will be decked out with interestingly themed decorations. What I’m most interested is the food! I always love eating here and during this time guests will be able to enjoy special holiday themed food, drink and even entertainment! If you’re interested in checking this out and need help planning your next trip to Orlando Global Resort Homes is here to help! Go to our or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your next trip with us!

Universal Studios: Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon!


Race through New York starring Jimmy Fallon

Universal Orlando Resort has announced that their newest ride, “Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon,” will officially grand open on April 6th! In this attractions guests will receive the ultimate “Tonight Show” experience as they get up close and personal with the show’s most hilarious segments before taking off on a wild and action-packed race through New York City against who else… Jimmy Fallon! During the ride guests will encounter iconic landmarks from the Statue of Liberty to the Empire State Building among so much more. To celebrate, “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” will take the show on the road with tapings from Universal Orlando Resort from April 3rd through 6th. This ride will also be the first attraction at Universal Studios Florida to feature an all-new Virtual Line experience, allowing guests to spend less time waiting in line. The Virtual Line system is accessible through the Official Universal Orlando Resort App and at kiosks located outside the attraction entrance. Head over to or call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your next trip with us! Let’s plan your next trip to Universal Studios Orlando together!

New to Universal!

Amazing plans are coming this year to Universal and you have to be one of the first to try it. Not only is their new waterpark, Volcano Bay, opening, but so are many new rides and restaurants. Get ready for a summer of fun at Universal Orlando!

To begin, we have to talk about all the new updates for Volcano Bay! One of our favorite updates is the trend of visitor line skipping! Guests can now reserve line times, go play on other attractions and then come back with no wait time. This will essentially eliminate ride lines if you plan it out just right. By blurring the lines of waterpark and theme park, Volcano Bay is sure to be a hit.

Another new ride opening at Universal is Race Through New York Starring Jimmy Fallon. Taking over the previous Twister attraction, you’ll be able to follow Jimmy all around NYC and get a front row seat to his late night show. This interactive ride is sure to be a hit with it’s fun, fast paced energy.

Although we’re looking forward to a few of these new rides, don’t miss out on what’s already open! When opened earlier this year, The Toothsome Chocolate Emporium became a major hit. Serving up tasty concoctions and more, this decadent delight is sure to please. Another fun ride that opened up late last year is Skull Island: Return of Kong. This surprising ride will have you coming back to ride time and time again. When you visit Orlando to try all of these fun activities, stay with Global Resort Homes! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay and let the fun begin!

Volcano Bay is Coming!

© 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

© 2015 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

If you’re like us then you are just as excited to try out some of the rides at Universal’s new Volcano Bay Water Theme Park! Volcano Bay is set to open this summer and we cannot wait. We’ve been doing our research to update you on their most recent and splashing activities!

First, the main volcano is finally taking shape with it’s wide base and volcano-like top. With waterslides poking out the sides, it is really beginning to take shape. This will serve as the main meeting point of the park and drive home the theming. You won’t be able to miss this massive volcano.

If you are a daredevil and prefer to live on the wild side, then you will love the Ko’okiri Body Plunge. After walking up many stairs you will then take a 125-foot drop down a 70 degree angle. You will fall through the trap door and scream all the way down while having the time of your life. You can also choose to go down the body slides or “Punga Racer” which use mats to slide.

Not only will Volcano Bay have single rider slides, but the Bay will also have super fun raft rides. With over 5 different raft rides, you’ll be able to test them all or ride your favorites. One coming right along is Maku Puihi Raft Rides which allow 6 people to ascend the ride at a time. While twisting and turning you will be able to enjoy with all of the family.

These updates come with more great news that scheduling is all on track! That means you will have to bring your friends and family here to try it out all summer long! Global has homes close to all the action. Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global. We can’t wait to see you here!

A Harry Potter Celebration!

A Harry Potter Celebration!

A Harry Potter Celebration!

Wingardium Leviosa! If casting spells, playing quidditch and celebrating the Harry Potter series with some of the biggest fans in up your (diagon) alley, then we welcome you to the World of Wizarding. Harry Potter World, an extension of Islands Of Adventure, and themed around J.K. Rowling’s famous series, is hosting an event at the end of January that you will not want to miss.

The Leaky Cauldron

The Leaky Cauldron

This three day event, January 27 to 29, will be one where you can drink butterbeer with fellow Harry Potter fans and even some of the famous cast. This year the park has announced that Warwick Davis (Professor Flitwick and Griphook) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom) will be attending the event, so be sure to add seeing them to your list of activities to do. The park will continue to announce some more members of the wicked cast as the countdown continues to the event weekend. Be sure to begin your New Year right and come to this amazing event.

Although if you have never been to Harry Potter World you may be wondering what you can do there. The options are endless. When you enter the Wizarding World be sure to stop by and grab yourself the necessary butterbeer. After that, grab your wand at Ollivander’s shop and test out some of your favorite spells. These are just a few of the endless activities you can do at the Wizarding World! Call an agent at (888) 426-0472 to book your stay with Global.

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