In a city full of world-class theme parks, Orlando’s most popular destination remains one of its first: Walt Disney World. For anyone who loves amusement parks, Walt Disney World is a must visit! However, with four theme parks and dozens of attractions, Disney World can be a little intimidating for first-time guests. For many, Disney World is a once in a lifetime vacation destination and you’ll want to make the most of your visit. Luckily, this guide will get you started on everything you need to know to plan a magical vacation. Keep reading to find out how to plan the perfect Walt Disney World Vacation!
Choosing Where to Stay
The first thing you will need to have an amazing vacation in Walt Disney World is a fantastic place to stay! Orlando is filled with seemingly endless resorts and hotels. Surrounding Walt Disney World, you’ll find dozens of hotels on property or near the Disney Springs resort area, and you may think that they are a good choice. Although there are perks to a theme park hotel, our Orlando rentals simply can’t be beat! Instead of staying in a standard size hotel room, our rentals are entire homes that can accommodate your whole family.
Enjoy all the perks of having an entire home rental property to yourself. Rather than stay in a crowded theme park hotel, our rentals are tucked away in private neighborhoods, allowing you to enjoy some peace and quiet after a long day in the parks.
Also, for guests staying for more than a few days, you’ll love having a fully equipped kitchen at your disposal. Save time and money by making a home-cooked meal for breakfast or dinner. Our rentals also feature amazing amenities that rival those of the pricey theme park hotels. Enjoy those extra special perks such as private pools, foosball and ping pong tables, high-speed Internet, and more!
Many of our properties also offer shared amenities like a private clubhouse movie theatre, basketball and tennis courts, and community pools featuring waterslides. With all of these amenities available through one of our rentals, there really is no reason to stay in a theme park hotel. Best of all? Our rentals are just minutes away from the parks! Finding the perfect place to stay is the first step to planning a dream Disney vacation, and our rentals are the best choice.
Ticketing and Park Hopping
Now that you’ve decided where to stay, it’s time to plan your days in the parks. Disney offers many types of ticket options depending on how you would like to plan your visit. Disney breaks down their ticket pricing into two categories: child, which is considered from ages 3-9; and adult, which is anyone 10 years old or older. Children under 3 get in free and do not need a ticket. From there, tickets are priced based on the number of days and the number of parks. For a one-day, one-park ticket, the adult price is $109 and the child price is $104. However, the more days you add to your ticket, the better the value you get out of your ticket! For example, if you choose to stay for five days, a 5-day pass for adults breaks down to just $88 per day. The number of days you choose is totally up to you, but it typically takes at least one full day to enjoy most of what each park has to offer. The longer you stay, the more fun you can have!
In addition to the one park per day tickets, Disney also offers a park hopper option. This is a great feature for those who may want to visit more than one park in a given day. When you purchase a park hopper, this gives you access to a second park starting at 2pm, giving you more flexibility to your Walt Disney World Vacation. This is a great feature to take advantage of if you aren’t interested in spending an entire day in one park, or if you want to begin your day in one park, but then decide to go to a second park for a show, fireworks, or a specific ride. For an additional $50 per ticket, it is a great way to get the most out of your trip.
Dining and Fast Passes – Best Done in Advance!
Now that you’ve booked your vacation rental and purchased your tickets, there are just a couple more things you’ll want to plan in advance of your trip. Disney offers fast passes for their most popular attractions, which allows you to skip the often-long lines and get on the rides almost instantly. These fast passes are a must for anyone looking to make the most out of their trip, as it can free up hours of time to enjoy other aspects of the parks. Typically, you can only book two fast passes per day of your trip, and they open up six months in advance. Once you have your tickets, you’ll want to go online and book your fast passes for the rides of your choice. This is also a great way to plan out your trip, so make sure you pick your fast passes based on what park you’ll be in on which day. Also, if you didn’t choose a park hopper ticket, make sure all of your fast passes on a given day are in the same park.
Disney dining reservations are also highly recommended to be booked in advance. These reservations are available six months in advance and are offered at all of the sit-down dining restaurants in the parks. Although there are plenty of quick service restaurants, it is nice to have at least one true dining experience, as the food and service is almost always excellent. If you didn’t book fast passes or dining reservations in advance, have no fear! Be sure to download the app to your phone and check it throughout the day. There are often last-minute cancellations, which means you can swoop in and snag a fast pass or dining reservation!
At Disney World, you’ll have lots of options on how to get to the parks. When staying in one of our vacation rental properties, the easiest way to get to the parks is by car. However, you may not want to rent a car or pay for parking at the parks, so you may want to consider booking a taxi service. It’s a convenient and relatively cheap way to get the parks for the day. For a magical experience, consider getting dropped off at the Transportation Center. From here, you can have a fun entrance to the parks, from taking the monorail to enjoying a ferry boat ride.
For those who purchased a park hopper ticket, there’s several options for traveling between parks. Disney offers a complimentary bus service that travels between all four parks. These are probably the most convenient mode of transportation, and they are air-conditioned, which makes them a wonderful way to travel on a warm Florida day. The monorail travels throughout Walt Disney World, allowing you to easily travel from park to park. Lastly, Disney recently debuted aerial gondolas that travel between Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. Enjoy views of the entire Disney property while you travel in style. For more spectacular views, ride the gondolas at night and try to time it along with the fireworks for a unique experience!
Magic Kingdom: Quintessential Disney Experience
For many, when you think of a Walt Disney World Vacation, you think of the Magic Kingdom. This park is where all the traditional Disney magic comes to life from the classic films that you know and love! Magic Kingdom is divided into separate lands that each feature their own theme: Tomorrowland, Adventureland, Fantasyland, Frontierland, Liberty Square, and Main Street USA. Main Street, USA is the entrance to the park and is inspired by Walt’s childhood hometown. Here, you’ll find shops and restaurants exemplifying that small-town America feel, and at the end of the street sits the iconic Cinderella’s Castle.
In Tomorrowland, you can travel to the future and enjoy the popular thrill ride, Space Mountain. This roller coaster in the dark takes you on an adventure through space! For more family-friendly Tomorrowland attractions, consider the Carousel of Progress, People Mover, or Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin. Fantasyland celebrates the classic Disney fairytales and features classic rides such as It’s A Small World, Peter Pan’s Flight, and the Mad Tea Party. For a fairytale thrill ride, head to Seven Dwarf’s Mine Train that takes you on a Snow White-themed adventure! Liberty Square features the Haunted Mansion and Hall of Presidents, and in Frontierland you’ll find the famous thrill rides Splash Mountain and Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. Last, but not least, Adventureland features attractions from all over the world, such as the Jungle Cruise, and Pirates of the Caribbean. Whether you’re looking for family-friendly attractions or full-on roller coasters, Magic Kingdom has it all!
Beyond the attractions and rides, the Magic Kingdom offers some of the best entertainment in all of Walt Disney World! Here you’ll find amazing character interactions, parades, fireworks shows, and special entertainment events. Although many of these are currently unavailable, Disney still brings the magic with drive-by character interactions and special performances by the Dapper Dans singing group.
Here in Magic Kingdom, there are several classic Disney park treats that are a must eat! Churros and Mickey-shaped pretzels have become iconic treats here and are offered at many quick-service carts throughout the park. Another classic treat is the Dole Whip, a tasty pineapple soft serve from Adventureland that is a delicious way to cool off in the summer. For dining, the Be Our Guest restaurant is one of the most coveted reservations in Disney World! Here, you can dine for breakfast, lunch, or dinner in Beast’s Castle from the beloved Beauty & the Beast film. This is a must for anyone who loves the movie or simply wants to feel like a princess! Between the rides, attractions, and dining, the Magic Kingdom is truly a magical park.
Epcot: Travel Around the World
Each Disney park features unique attractions, events, and experiences that perfectly match the theme of the park. Disney’s Epcot park is all about travel. Here, you can travel around the world, under the sea, and into outer space and beyond! The centerpiece of Epcot is the Spaceship Earth attraction that famously is shaped like a giant golf ball. Inside, the Spaceship Earth attraction is one of Epcot’s most popular. A great attraction for all ages, this ride takes you through human history and technology. Another popular attraction in Epcot that is themed to human innovation is Journey Into Imagination With Figment. This ride introduces you to the mascot of Epcot, a mischievous dragon named Figment, who is sure to delight adults and little ones alike. Popular family-friendly attractions at Epcot include Frozen Ever After, the Gran Fiesta Tour Starring The Three Caballeros, and The Seas with Nemo & Friends. For those that are more interested in thrill rides, be sure to ride Soarin’ Around the World, Test Track, and Mission: SPACE.
Although it has dozens of amazing rides, the entertainment of Epcot doesn’t end there! The main attraction here is The World Showcase, where you can travel around the world to over a dozen countries, from Mexico and Norway to Morocco, France, and the United Kingdom. Each country features food and drinks that exemplify the cultures of each nation, and you can purchase Disney-themed merch from each country as well. It’s a great way to show your national pride in the Disney way! The most popular sit-down restaurants in Epcot are the Teppan Edo restaurant in Japan and the Rose & Crown restaurant in the United Kingdom. In addition to great attractions and dining, you can also enjoy character interactions!
Animal Kingdom: Reconnect with the Wild
If you are an animal-lover, then Animal Kingdom is a must visit during your Walt Disney World vacation! Animal Kingdom is organized into several different lands that each celebrates the magic of nature and animals. The most popular attractions here are found in Pandora – The World of Avatar. This is the newest addition to Animal Kingdom that celebrates the beauty of the world from James Cameron’s iconic movie Avatar. Here, you’ll be transported to Pandora and enjoy some of the best rides in all of Disney World: Na’vi River Journey and Avatar Flight of Passage. Both of these are must rides! You’ll also want to visit Pandora at night, as the park recreates the beautiful bioluminescence of the movie.
Beyond Pandora, the land of Africa in Animal Kingdom features the Kilimanjaro Safari, which takes you through the lush African savannah to view live animals such as elephants, lions, and more. This is the centerpiece of the Disney wildlife conservation efforts and is also a great ride to rest your feet! The land of Asia features thrill rides such as the Kali River Rapids, a water ride that is a must visit for a summer vacation, and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain, an exciting roller coaster adventure through the Himalayas. Dinoland, U.S.A. celebrates dinosaurs, and features more kid-friendly attractions alongside the DINOSAUR thrill ride. You’ll find attractions of all thrill levels at Animal Kingdom!
In addition to great attractions, Animal Kingdom offers great dining. Popular quick service restaurants are Harambe Market and Sat’uli Canteen; however, the table service dining here is a great choice. Yak & Yeti Restaurant and Tiffins Restaurant are both delicious, slightly higher-end dining options. Entertainment options at Animal Kingdom are somewhat limited right now, but you can still plan on seeing a few characters around the parks. Normally, you’ll find lots of character interactions, light shows, wild animal presentations, and musical entertainment!
Hollywood Studios: Hollywood Glamour and Action
For those who love movies, Disney’s Hollywood Studios recreates all the magic of your favorite films. Hollywood Studios has recently been revamped with some of the most exciting attractions you’ll find in all of Walt Disney World! For those who love Star Wars, Galaxy’s Edge is a must visit. Here, you’ll find an entire land that is designed to transport you into the world of Star Wars, with everything from the shops to the restaurants to the Cast Member interactions helping make you feel as though you have stepped inside the world of the films. In Galaxy’s Edge, there are two attractions that are sure to be some of your favorites in all of Disney—Millennium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance. These two rides bring together some of the best of Disney Imagineering to create one-of-a-kind rides. Other popular activities in Galaxy’s Edge include the lightsaber and droid building experiences. Not only do you get to take home a customer souvenir, but you also get a fantastic experience to remember for a lifetime!
Beyond Galaxy’s Edge, you’ll find great thrill rides throughout Hollywood Studios. The Tower of Terror ride is an immersive experience that takes you on a journey through a haunted hotel in 1930’s Hollywood and is famous for its thrills and chills. For more of a traditional roller coaster experience, head to the Rock n’ Roller Coaster. This indoor roller coaster offers thrills set to the music of the classic rock band, Aerosmith. If you are looking for attractions for all ages, head to Toy Story Land, where you’ll find rides themed to the classic Pixar movie that are sure to delight little ones. Another popular attraction here is the newly debuted Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Train, an adventure ride with the iconic Disney characters that is perfect for children and adults alike.
In addition to the great rides, Hollywood Studios prides itself on its shows and entertainment. For the princess-obsessed, enjoy the Frozen Sing Along Celebration. Little ones will love the dining experiences with Mickey and Minnie or the Disney Junior Play & Dance musical celebration. You’ll find great shows and character interactions throughout the park! For dining in Hollywood Studios, look for reservations at Olga’s Cantina in Galaxy’s Edge or Hollywood & Vine. Both of these sit-down restaurants offer immersive dining experiences that are sure to delight the whole family. Meet your favorite characters and experience the magic of the movie firsthand with a day in Hollywood Studios!
Special Events and Occasions
In addition to all the amazing attractions, dining, and entertainment that Walt Disney World offers all throughout the year, Disney really knows how to keep guests excited with special events throughout the year. Epcot has three main festivals throughout the year that remain popular and keep people coming back year after year to experience them! The International Flower and Garden Festival features beautifully designed landscaped installations, themed and shaped to look like your favorite characters from Disney’s movies. Epcot’s International Food and Wine Festival expands the international options for food and drink. At this festival, you’ll receive a passport where you can get a stamp in return for dining or drinking at each country and there are special challenges that reward you with a free food item for completing. Also popular is the International Festival of the Arts, where you can pick up unique art pieces featuring popular Disney characters and landscapes from a variety of artists.
In addition to these annual events, Walt Disney World is getting ready to celebrate a very special event: its 50th anniversary! Starting on October 1st, 2021 and lasting for 18 months, Disney is rolling out new and exciting events, attractions, and entertainment. In Magic Kingdom, Cinderella’s Castle will be newly painted in a special color palette to revamp it for the 50th anniversary celebration. They are also planning to debut a new fireworks show spectacular that is sure to delight. Disney fireworks shows never fail to impress, and they are sure to make it extra special for such an important milestone. In Epcot, Disney will be debuting the newest attraction in France, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure. This trackless ride takes you through the streets and restaurants in France in the spirit of the popular Pixar movie, Ratatouille. There are also more events that haven’t yet been announced to look forward to!
Plan Your Walt Disney World Vacation Today!
As you can see, there is no shortage of fun to be had at Walt Disney World. It’s a place that you can visit again and again and still find something new every time you return. One visit here and you’ll see why people flock from all over the world to spend a vacation here. Make memories to last a lifetime with a magical Walt Disney World Vacation!
The year-round sun and warmth of Florida is the perfect destination no matter what time of year you want to get away. The decision to head to Florida may be simple, but you’ll also need to plan things like where to go, the fun you’ll have with family and friends, as well as where to stay so you can do it all in comfort. Orlando is a choice that will give you unforgettable memories, sun, and fun throughout your stay.
The vacation home at 8961 Amelia Downs Trails is a 7-bedroom, 6.5-bathroom home with room for up to 16 guests. From the moment you step in you’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a home away from home while being close to all Orlando fun and attractions you desire. Check out this amazing Florida vacation rental!
• Central A/C
• Master Bedroom (King) + ¾ bath
• Flat Screen TVs in Every Bedroom
• Private Pool and Spa
• Theater Room
Guest looking for a fun and exciting stay in Orlando will find all they desire in 8961 Amelia Downs Trails. Stylish furnishings and finishes can be found at every turn, in both the bedrooms and living spaces. Located in a resort community without the resort fees, 8961 Amelia Downs Trails is just moments away from everything you want to see and do. Enjoy exciting activities, bars, shops, and countless other attractions to keep you busy during your stay.
From the moment you drive up, you’ll feel your worries slip away and relaxation take their place. The light and breezy tan with darker shaded trim and aqua front door project the soothing feel of the beach. An expansive fenced-in yard gives plenty of outdoor fun, while an enclosed private pool and spa with cobblestone deck provides refreshment and relaxation any time of year, or lounge in one of the provided deck chairs. A covered patio next to the pool is also enclosed and offers comfortable patio furnishings and outdoor dining options.
Step into luxury and relaxation. The living area boasts a large couch and two wing-back chairs surrounding a coffee table and facing a 65” Smart TV. Beautiful tile floors run throughout the kitchen and living area. Enjoy making a meal in the fully equipped kitchen with plenty of prep space, including an expansive kitchen island with sink and bar seating for four, stainless steel appliances, and dark wood cabinets. Enjoy the meal in the dining area, with a large table and enough seating for nine. A Mickey Mouse-themed theater room offers plush theater seating, a 65” Smart TV, and PlayStation 4. An upstairs loft features neutral carpeting, a large comfortable couch in blue with light accents, and plenty of natural light from windows. In the corner of the loft is a foosball table for extra entertainment.
When it’s time for a nap or a good night’s rest, choose one of the private bedrooms. The first master suite is on the first floor and includes a king four-poster bed with matching night stands and dresser and ¾ bath. An expansive double-sink vanity allows for plenty of room for your morning and evening routine, and a luxury frameless shower soothes and relaxes. The other first floor bedroom features a king size bed and is close to a bathroom in the hall.
Head upstairs and off to Dreamland in any of the second level bedrooms. Another suite is on this floor and boasts a matching dresser provides ample space for all your things. Enjoy getting ready for the day in the ¾ bath featuring shower and double-sink vanity. A third suite includes a king bed and ¾ bath. A bedroom with one twin and one full bed features matching-style bed frames and dresser and shares a Jack and Jill style bathroom with a bedroom with queen size bed with upholstered platform and headboard. The final bedroom includes one twin and one full bed and is served by a nearby hall bathroom featuring a tub/shower combo.
No matter when or how long you plan to stay in Orlando, 8961 Amelia Downs Trails will give you all the fun, relaxation, and excitement you’re looking for and much more. Contact us today to book your memorable stay that will have you coming back for years to come! Learn more about us.
It’s fair to say that 2020 wasn’t the world’s best moment. For many of us, it was a calendar year filled with stress, disappointment, and a feeling of time lost to tragedy. Families across the globe sacrificed well-loved holiday traditions and time with family in the name of health and safety. While things aren’t entirely back to normal, 2021 is shaping up to be a great moment to make up for some lost time!
Easter is just around the corner and when you’re ready to get out of the house and take back the fun that you’ve been missing out on, a holiday trip to Orlando, Florida is a fantastic way to celebrate a new page in life. Orlando is a vibrant and exciting destination that has a way of catering to all ages and interests, making it a perfect locale to select when your Easter travel plans involve the entire family.
Beyond the fun, Orlando promises to provide visitors with a healthy dose of good weather and sunshine to match. What could be more exciting? When you’re ready to make your Orlando Easter 2021 an unforgettable holiday, the following are just a few reasons why it’s the perfect place to escape this year!
You Can Stay in an Amazing Rental
Orlando is a sprawling city with intriguing neighborhoods and areas that are sure to inspire. No matter where you plan on focusing your Easter fun, booking an amazing and inviting vacation rental through Global Resort Homes elevates the experience from start to finish! While our dedication to keeping properties safe and healthy is top-notch, the incredible amenities and furnishings we offer our guests take things to the next level of excellence.
Guests who book a stay over Easter can take advantage of our wide variety of floorplans available that cater to their every need and travel preference. Whether your Easter journey includes a small group of friends or your whole family, we have a rental with the space and luxurious extras to match.
While some Easter Orlando travelers will be excited to head out and explore the many area restaurants, others will be excited to continue on with a traditional home-cooked meal during their stay. The inclusion of full kitchens in many of our properties makes this entirely possible and even easy. When it’s time to dine, guests can gather around a large dining room table to indulge the tastebuds or just as easily head out to patios, decks, and balconies to savor an alfresco Easter meal that comes with a view.
Between the tasteful furnishings, access to wi-fi, and exciting extras like access to pools, hot tubs, waterslide, and beyond, a stay in a Global Resort Homes rental is bound to take your Easter in Orlando experience to new heights.
Take a Stroll Down International Drive
Those Easter visitors who can’t wait to maximize time exploring shops, fun museums, restaurants, and more will love every moment they spend strolling down the city’s iconic International Drive. Packed with one-of-a-kind and big-name eateries, this street is a one-stop shop for all things family-focused fun. Check out Madame Tussaud’s while you’re in the area and for a truly new perspective, consider an Easter ride up the 400-foot wheel that dominates the landscape of nearby Icon Park.
Check Out the Harry P. Leu Gardens
For a more tranquil take on Easter 2021 in Orlando, head over to the beautiful and endlessly inspiring Harry P. Leu Gardens. This oasis of natural beauty sprawls across nearly 50 acres of land and features gardens that showcase tropical and exotic plants alike! Wander along the pathways admiring the flower beds, enjoying sights of the ponds and lakes, and counting your Easter blessings in true Florida style.
There’s Always Disney!
Of course, an Easter trip to Orlando doesn’t feel complete without some quality time spent at Disney theme parks. Whether you’re traveling with the kids or still consider yourself a kid at heart, incorporating time at The Magic Kingdom, Epcot and more is sure to add a touch of magic to your Easter experience. While Animal Kingdom is bound to capture the imaginations of those visitors with a heart for wildlife, you can always add a side trip to Universal Studios to the itinerary to truly round out your theme-park-focused day.
Book Your Trip Today
When you’re excited to enjoy a trip to Orlando this Easter and can’t wait to leave the holiday distress of 2020 far behind, the team at Global Resort Homes has your back. Reach out to our team of property professionals today to learn more about our many exciting rental options in the area. We’ll take care of your holiday accommodation details so you can focus on making sure your Easter 2021 travel experience is nothing less than exceptional. We’re excited to see you in sunny Orlando soon! Learn more about us.
Orlando, Florida is a fantastic vacation destination to enjoy any time of year. This central Florida hotspot is known for its family-focused fun and adventures, but if you happen to be here as a couple and can’t wait to spend time enjoying a date night that’s just as memorable, the city can cater to that as well! Vibrant and sprawling, Orlando offers up much in the way of sensational dining, entertainment, exploration, and inspiration no matter what it is that brings you and your loved one together. When you’re putting together that perfect date night, be sure to consider the following date spots in Orlando to make the most of every moment.
Enjoy an Elevated Wine Tasting
Couples who share a passion for wine often find wine tastings to be the ultimate date night adventure. That said, if you’re in Orlando and hoping to elevate the experience further, booking a private session with the professionals at KCuvée is a must! Marketed as a wine consultation and education company, KCuvée provides couples with a chance to move beyond a traditional tasting and more seamlessly through multiple course offerings while learning the specifics of labels, bottling, and how to recognize those ever-elusive undertones.
If you’re up for a post-tasting dinner opportunity, that can be added to the experience with ease. This part of the journey is designed by Chef Kevin Fonzo.KCuvée is currently offering these spectacular and inviting wine education session in person at the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Kitchen House for couples that can’t wait for the hands-on experience. However, for those who are more comfortable enjoying the moment from the comfort of a home or vacation rental, KCuvée is proud to provide virtual sessions upon request!
Put the Focus on Ice Cream
If you’re looking for a unique and sweet take on date night, head over to Matcha Café Maikowhich sits within the greater Mills 50 District. Couples with a sweet tooth to satisfy will find this ice cream stop to be a delight. Matcha Café Maiko serves up everything green tea ice cream to floats of the same nature. Of course, lattes and teas are readily available as well. Making the experience even better is the fact that all of their organic ingredients are ceremonially-certified and originate in the Harima Gardens of Kyoto which are more than 300years old!
Try Time in a Splatter Room
Creative couples who can’t wait to design one-of-a-kind art together on date spots in Orlando will love every minute spent at Pinspiration. This Alafaya Trail favorite establishment invites gusts to access their inner Picasso by booking a private splatter room, zipping up their protective jumpsuits, and letting the paint fly! You’ll spend time sipping delicious wine while splattering paint on the wall-to-wall canvass to create a masterpiece you’ll both be proud of. While there are tamer versions of painting opportunities available, booking a splatter room promises to be a date night highlight you won’t soon forget.
Enjoy a Performance at the Dr. Phillips Center
The Dr. Phillips Center is one of Orlando’s premier performance venues and if you’re looking forward to a date night experience where you take time to savor the culture and the arts, this is the place to be. Tickets can be booked in advance online for selections ranging from ballet to fan-favorite plays like Peter Pan. In the event your date night lines up with Valentine’s Day this year, Moulin Rouge will be performed by the Orlando Ballet from February 11ththrough the 14th, providing guests with an opportunity to indulge their Parisian inspirations while seated in the heart of Florida.
Hang Out at Icon Park
When amusement park inspired rides and fantastic food selections are your thing, center your date night around time spent at Orlando’s well-loved ICON park. Restaurants, bars, shops, and over 40fun attractions are in place and waiting to take your date night to the next level of excitement within the parameters of this appealing destination. A ride on the towering Ferris wheel is bound to be inspiring as you soar upwards together under the nighttime sky and take in the glittering lights of the city all around you. The opening of a slingshot ride and drop tower in 2021 are bound to make this moment even more adrenaline-pumping if you’re up for some date night adventure!
Book a Trip Today
There’s no reason to linger at home when Orlando is waiting to treat you and your loved one to an amazing date night and getaway! When you’re looking for those ideal accommodations that keep you close to the fun and cozied up in luxury and style, the team at Global Resort Homes has the rental for you. Contact our professional staff today to learn more about our many options and to begin planning your next Orlando-bound adventure. We can’t wait to see you here soon!
Orlando, Florida is a fantastic vacation destination that calls to multitudes of travelers each year. While it’s a sunny central Florida locale known for its Disney-centric fun, it has just as much to offer in the way of luxurious appeal! Those seeking an upscale escape from their daily routine will find plenty of options for a weekend in Orlando to indulge in their intentions. When you book a trip this way, it’s easy to find your pampered stride and while you’re at it, make sure not to leave a single one of the following stops off your itinerary.
Enjoy Sensational Shopping Options
There’s nothing quite like setting aside some time within your Orlando adventure to focus exclusively on retail therapy. Whether you’re on the hunt for luxury brand items or can’t wait to stumble upon some unique goods that make for amazing souvenirs, you’ll never run short on options in this city. Both the Orlando International Premium Outlets and The Mall at Millenia make for amazing places to spend a day browsing storefronts and indulging in upscale surroundings.
Dine at Le Coq Au Vin
French cuisine is notoriously luxurious and decadent. When you make your way to Orlando, you can enjoy the French cuisine experience right in the heart of Florida! A dinner enjoyed at Le Coq Au Vin is one you won’t soon forget. Located at 4800 S. Orange Avenue, Le Coq Au Vin is open Tuesday through Saturday from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm. An ambiance that reflects authentic French-country dining awaits with both indoor seating and outdoor patio options available to guests.
While local ingredients are sourced to great farm-to-table style meals, the results are decidedly French. Begin your culinary adventure with appetizers like escargot or baked brie before moving onto delectable main course selections such as seared scallops, duck, or fish of the day. No matter what you choose, be sure to pair it with just the right French wine to top the experience off in style. If you aren’t sure what to choose, your server will be well-versed in matching your plate to a spectacular red, white, or sparkling selection.
Book an Appointment at The Spa Orlando
Fine dining and sensational shopping are wonderful options for getaway fun, but when it comes to upscale luxury, nothing surpasses a great spa day. When you could use some pampering, book an appointment at The Spa Orlando to elevate your experience. Located at 2626 Edgewater Drive, The Spa Orlando is the ultimate place to find yourself when you’re in need of a massage, facial, skin treatment, or wrap. The Spa Orlando also offers salon services when you’re hoping to walk out both feeling and looking your best. A pre-booked appointment is required to enjoy these experiences and The Spa Orlando is open daily between 9:00 am and 8:00 pm.
Book a Private City Tour
For many travelers, a luxurious stay means never having to stress about the crowds. When you’re looking forward to sightseeing and enjoying iconic stops, but want to make it a private and convenient experience, Orlando VIP tours can help. This company specializes in helping guests personalize their luxurious getaways by providing routes to skipping amusement park lines and offering backstage options at places like Universal Studios. Looking for more? Orlando VIP Tours can even customize a one-of-a-kind itinerary that includes excursions like airboat tours and hot air balloon rides. Combined, it creates an experience that you won’t soon forget.
Enjoy Luxurious Accommodations
Amazing activities are inspiring, but there’s nothing like knowing you have a vacation rental booked that comes with upscale extras to enjoy too! At Global Resort Homes, we encourage our guests to ask about our properties that feature everything from sprawling pools and private hot tubs to interiors that showcase fine leather furnishings, stone fireplaces, vaulted ceilings, and more!
Check Out EVE Orlando
Transition your luxurious getaway from day to night with a visit to the always elegant EVE Orlando. This iconic nightclub is located at 110 S. Orange Avenue and is a high-style stop that requires your best dress as you make your way across the dance floor and lounge. The doors open between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm and guests can expect to party the night away in style until at least 2:00 am.
Whether you’re in town for the magic of Disney-focused fun or can’t wait to make it a luxury weekend in Orlando you’ll always remember, the team at Global Resort Homes has the vacation rental made to match. We make sure all of our guests enjoy the comfort, style, and convenience they deserve. Reach out to our team of property professionals today to learn more about how we can help you turn your vacation dreams into an Orlando reality. We can’t wait to welcome you to Florida soon!
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When you’re ready to leave the cold behind and swap it out for mild temperatures and a Florida-bound view, make sure to make plans to travel to Orlando this year when it’s time to book a well-deserve and romantic getaway over Valentine’s Day. Orland is a city that’s known for fun, but also comes with access to romantic activities in Orlando that are sure to inspire! The following are a few to be sure to add to your Valentine’s lineup when you’re looking to make the most of every romantic moment.
Enjoy the Wheel at ICON Park
The city of Orlando has a way of highlighting the fun and excitement of a getaway for couples that set their sights here over Valentine’s Day. Beyond the Disney theme parks, ICON park is just as popular amongst those visitors looking to make the most of rides, fun museums, and sensational area dining. If you’re looking to take your romantic getaway to new heights, hop on the Wheel at ICON Park and enjoy settling in for a ride on this impressive 400-foot observation structure. Climate controlled capsules make the ride a must and if you don’t want to share your romantic moment with others, there are options to book a private ride on the wheel as well.
Spend Time at Harry P. Leu Gardens
Quality time enjoyed with the one you love most in Orlando over Valentine’s Day is best spent surrounded by an amazing view. When you’re looking to set the romantic scene, head over to the Harry P. Leu Gardens and savor time strolling hand-in-hand through this 50 acres botanic garden brimming over with lush greenery and florals. There are plenty of benches along the way to settle in amongst the flowers and enjoy quiet conversation. The tropical appeal of this incredible destination will have you feeling like you’ve been transported to your own private island.
Savor the Swan Boat Experience at Lake Eola Park
Orlando is the ideal Valentine’s Day destination for those couples that love to spend time city-center just as much as they crave time out in nature. One of the most unique places in town that provides this convenient balance is Lake Eola Park. Settled right in the heart of downtown, Lake Eola Park provides guests with a tranquil retreat complete with options to take a romantic swan boat ride if they choose to. You’ll peddle your way across the water in a two-person vessel, taking in the sights of lakeside strollers as well as surrounding downtown buildings.
Dine at Chez Vincent
You don’t have to go all the way to Paris to enjoy the feeling of traditional French dining when you make your way to Orlando over Valentine’s Day. Instead of hopping on a plane, make your way to Chez Vincent in nearby Winter Park and savor a meal that’s inspired by the traditions and flavors of France. This upscale dining stop is a popular one amongst those looking to give their romantic dinner the European flair it deserves. Reservations are required and once you book your spot, you’ll find yourself settled into an elegant dining room looking over a robust and inspiring menu. Whether you go with the quail and raspberry sauce or rack of lamb topped with blue cheese your tastebuds will thank you for the experience.
Don’t Forget Disney
Of course, if your Valentine’s Day getaway was set for Orlando because you and your loved one are both Disney enthusiasts, then you won’t find anything more romantic on earth than watching the fireworks go off over Cinderella’s castle. This year you can celebrate the day in Magic Kingdom with your other half. Grab a milkshake with a Mickey straw or savor the flavors of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts.
Try Eddie V’s Prime Seafood with Live Jazz Music
When a savory seafood and steak dinner would take your Valentine’s adventure over the top, a stop at Eddie V’s Prime Seafood Restaurant is a must during your getaway. Situated near Big Sand Lake in Orlando, this restaurant is known for its upscale ambiance which lends itself to a romantic moment—especially in light of the fact that this locale hosts live jazz performances in its lounge. Take time to unwind with the one you love most and add some sensational flavor and wine options into the mix as well. You’ll enjoy an elegant setting that’s as romantic as it is palate-pleasing!
Spend Time at Quantum Leap Winery
If a wine tasting is where you and your significant other prefer to connect, Quantum Leap Winery will do the trick. Located at 1312 Wilfred Drive in Orlando, Quantum Leap Winery is a unique urban winery that serves up sensational flavors in their tasting room which is open for private events during the winter months by reservation and also offers tours upon request. Enjoy the blends that speak to Florida growth in a setting that’s intimate and comfortable.
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When the snow begins to fall, there’s nothing quite as inviting as turning your attention to sunnier destinations and planning a well-deserved getaway to Orlando, Florida. This scenic and inviting vacation destination is a popular one amongst Disney enthusiasts year-round, but the mild temperatures it enjoys throughout the winter months make it particularly appealing when the snow and ice appear in other locations across the map and temperatures begin to cool.
When you’re not out making the most of Disney theme parks during your visit, it’s just as easy to maximize time exploring the many stops that make Orlando worth enjoying anytime you’re in town. From time in a swan boat at Lake Eola Park to a stroll down International Drive stopping in at all the unique museums, guests of all ages will find that Orlando is a destination that caters to varying travel preferences and style—and that includes taste!
Your winter getaway to Orlando is bound to be fun, but it also promises to be a savory adventure. For travelers looking to take a time-out from their excursions and focus on the flavor for a while during their trip, there are plenty of places where it’s more than possible to enjoy hot meals in Orlando when your travel plans bring you here in the winter.
When you’re in the mood to enjoy a mouthwatering steak dinner in a setting that’s as historically relevant as it is sophisticated, dress your best and head over to Kres Chophouse while you’re in Orlando this winter. Kres Chophouse is located at 17 W. Church Street and is open to the dining public Monday through Thursday from 11:30 am until 11:00 pm with extended dining hours on Fridays and Saturdays until midnight. On Sundays, those with a hankering for savory menu selections available at Kres Chophouse can enjoy their favorites for dinner between 5:00 pm and 11:00 pm.
This modern steakhouse provides guests with an elegant take on dining by offering late-night service within the parameters of a historic Church Street building. The contrast makes for an unforgettable dining moment that’s just as suitable for a group meal as it is a romantic night out on the town. Kres Chophouse is easy to spot thanks to its bold red and black signage which continues throughout the restaurant’s interior. Geometric patterns dot the décor which includes a sleek bar, cloth-covered tables, and dim lighting to create a warm and sophisticated atmosphere.
Menu options at Kres Chophouse are top of the line, bringing diners back to this destination time and again. Begin your culinary adventure with a selection of appetizers that might include anything from clam chowder and pan seared scallops to oysters rockefeller or escargot. The dinner menu at Kres Chophouse features the best of short ribs and duck to filet mignon and New York Strip. The seafood selections at this location are vast and those that adhere to dietary restrictions will enjoy the lineup of vegan options as well. The wine list at Kres Chophouse is designed to impress while a side of truffle fries is certain to accompany any plate you order up with ease!
To keep diners safe and satisfied, Kres Chophouse is accepting reservations for parties of less than six guests and mask are required. Plexi glass partitions are in place at the bar and tables are thoroughly sanitized between each and every seating.
When your idea of a warm winter meal focuses more on fare that come from worlds away, a stop at Santiago’s Bodega promises to please! Situated at 802 Virginia Drive, Santiago’s Bodega is a welcoming and vibrant destination specializing in savory tapas that’s sure to keep all thoughts of cold weather you left behind at bay. Santiago’s Bodega is a lively late-night eatery that’s open to the public between 11:00 am and 2:00 am Monday through Friday with extended hours on Saturday and Sunday with an opening hour of 10:00 am.
A full bar and colorful patio seating are defining features of a stop at Santiago’s Bodega. Natural wood tables in the dining room sit in eye-catching contrast to the walls which are painted bright yellow and host an array of colorful artwork to enjoy! The atmosphere is jovial, and the menu options are vast at Santiago’s Bodega. Guests are invited to browse a menu that features everything from spicy shrimp bisque and salads to cheese plates and salmon carpaccio paired with hot tapas selections like roman meatballs and chicken skewers. No matter what you order up, you’ll want to pair it with a one-of-a-kind handcrafted cocktail to top off the experience. Curbside pickup, delivery and dine-in options are all currently available at this exciting eatery in Orlando.
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For some adventurers, winter is a time to savor every moment in the snow and celebrate those falling temperatures. For others, it’s the ideal moment to book a trip far from home and head for sunnier horizons. If you’re the type of traveler that prefers year-round sunshine, make sure to make travel plans that bring you to the winter in Orlando, Florida this year.
Winter in Orlando- An Ideal Destination
Orlando sits in the center of the state and while winter temperatures may bring an early morning or late evening chill throughout the winter months, daytime temperatures are fantastic! Travelers headed this way in the winter in Orlando will want to be sure to have a jacket on hand but can expect highs to linger around the mid-70s for the majority of the time. With so much to see, do, and explore, Orlando is an amazing place to get away from it all when winter has you itching to travel!
Wander Through Universal CityWalk
Those headed to Orlando for a winter adventure that are craving as many palate-pleasing moments as possible along the way will want to be sure to include a stroll through Universal CityWalk to their itinerary. There’s no charge to make your way through this vibrant area packed with whimsical restaurants, fun shops, and often, live entertainment too.
Visit Disney Theme Parks
Winter in Orlando is a wonderful time to visit the Disney World theme parks that have long provided Orlando with its reputation for magical and memorable moments to be enjoyed! When you’re headed this way with the entire family, Disney theme parks are the ideal place to enjoy time with the kids or rediscover that you’re in fact a kid at heart. Day passes and multi-park passes are available when you’re looking forward to discovering the best of all that’s Disney in Orlando. From the Magical Kingdom and Animal Kingdom to Epcot and beyond, Disney has a little something for everyone to enjoy.
Check Out the Harry P. Leu Gardens
When there’s no snow to contend with, a walk through a spectacular Orlando-based garden is a great winter getaway excursion! Guests who make their way to the Harry P. Leu Gardens on North Forest Avenue will find over 50-acres waiting to be explored. Visitors can meander along scenic shaded trails that highlight colorful flowerbeds paired with romantic ponds throughout. Take time to admire the view from one of the many benches or capture some photographic moments on camera.
Explore International Drive
When you’re up for some quirky fun, International Drive is a great place to explore. This stretch of roadway is home to a variety of delicious dining stops but is also home to one-of-a-kind museums that are worth checking out. From Ripley’s Believe It or Not! To the Titanic Artifact Exhibition, this destination combines the best of unique moments and historical importance. Feeling up for something a bit more savory? International Drive host the Chocolate Museum & Café as well!
Sunnier weather also opens up opportunities during a winter getaway to Orlando for time spent on the greens. When you’re the type of traveler that has a passion for making sure those tee times are firmly in place, no matter where you roam, time at the North Shore Golf Club this winter is bound to please. Featuring a Mike Dasher design, the North Shore Golf Club is located only minutes from Orlando International Airport, making it a convenient place to play when you’re in the mood for 18 holes of friendly competition. Beautiful views are yours for the savoring when you make time for a round at this course which is as scenic as it is challenging. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as well at North Shore Golf Club!
Explore Lake Eola
The city of Orlando is home to a long list of unique stops to enjoy while you’re here, but among them, Lake Eola is truly fascinating. In the heart of bustling downtown, Lake Eola provides a place where tranquility takes centerstage! Those looking to get out on the water without leaving the parameters of downtown can do so by renting a pedal-powered swan boat on Lake Eola exploring at your own peaceful pace. Swan boat rentals are available daily between 11:00 am and 6:00 pm and can be picked up off of North Rosalind Avenue once a reservation is put in place.
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Sun, warm weather adventures, and endless fun are all defining features of a fantastic getaway experience to Orlando, Florida. While some come here for the flavorful fare on International Drive, and some come to make the most of beautiful destinations brimming over with color like the Harry P. Leu Gardens, the vast majority come seeking the magic and thrills offered up at Disney World.
Global Resort Homes has long been the area’s premier provider of welcoming accommodations that keep guests close to the Disney fun they crave. In fact, our properties put visitors in the epicenter of opportunities whether you’re in town to explore Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, Epcot, Blizzard Beach, or Typhoon Lagoon Waterparks.
At Global Resort Homes, we’re committed to creating stays that provide the luxury, comfort, and convenience our guests deserve, all while keeping them close to the many theme parks families and Disney enthusiasts seek out in the name of magical adventures. Where there’s always something new to be discovered at Disney World, it’s hard to deny that the addition of Star Wars in Flordia: Rise of the Resistance to the lineup of attractions hasn’t topped the list of recent thrills!
A One-of-a-Kind Ride and Experience
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is part of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge located within Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Guests who have the opportunity to enjoy the ride will be part of an epic battle, taking on the First Order from their secure seat. Built for kids, teens, and adults alike, Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance first opened to the public in December 2019 and has continued to rise in popularity among the Disney-centric masses! The experience functions on a multi-ride system complete with twists and turns, incredible light illusions, and structures that bring the movies to life before your eyes.
As Disney enthusiasts have long known, when it comes to new rides within the parks, access is absolutely everything! In order to keep up with popular demand regarding Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, the associated virtual queue system has become more imperative than ever and recent changes are bound to make this experience more readily available to excited Disney guests.
A More Efficient Virtual Queue Process
As of November 3, 2020, the virtual queue system for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance was officially integrated into a new piloting approach aimed at helping guests plan ahead and access this incredible ride with peace of mind and more ease. Beginning at 7:00 am on the day visitors would like to enjoy the ride, guests who hold a valid ticket or pass with a Disney Park Pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios can access the virtual queue system to check for available boarding groups. This makes it simple for guests to check for open slots while they’re nearby or even before leaving their Orlando accommodations.
For those that aren’t able to secure a place in the morning boarding group queue, the second round of openings becomes available daily at 2:00 pm. It’s important to note that those looking to be a part of this ride roundup must be inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios to access an afternoon boarding pass. Those who receive a later boarding time from the get-go, there’s more flexibility in scheduling. Once your boarding time is in place, you can simply relax, enjoy time at your Orlando accommodations and make your way to the park closer to your scheduled arrival for the ride experience.
Safety Measures to Maximize the Fun
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is an undeniably popular ride, and these days, it seems everyone is looking for their place on the journey. In order to allow for more people to enjoy the attraction while keeping safety standards top of mind, clear barriers have been set up between rows on the attraction vehicles.
Things to Keep in Mind
Getting into the virtual queue for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is designed to be seamless, but there are a few things in mind to make sure it all goes off without a hitch. Above all, guests looking forward to the ride experience should make sure they have an account in My Disney Experience set up by at least the day prior to their visit. Downloading the My Disney Experience mobile app is the quickest way to ensure you’re always up to date on the latest information before arriving at the park. Make sure every guest has a valid Disney Park pass reservation for Disney’s Hollywood Studios in hand the day of the visit and link each ticket to the My Disney Experience account.
It’s important to note that the virtual queue is only accessible through the My Disney Experience app and those looking to enroll during the 7 am roundup should be using the app on a smartphone rather than a browser. Only one guest per party should enroll in the virtual queue and those that need help joining the afternoon 2:00 pm roundup can always seek out assistance from a Guest Relations or Guest Experience cast member at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.