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As more people settle into a new normal, working remotely has transformed our work life balance in many ways. Working from home means spending more time with family, no more work commutes, and more time to do the things you love. As travel restrictions begin to lift across the U.S., working remote can mean logging in from any destination. That means you can take that long awaited vacation without worrying about falling behind on work. With fantastic theme parks, water parks, and attractions to explore, Orlando is the perfect destination for enjoying a vacation while working remote. Perks like free high-speed internet and private bedrooms for everyone allow you to stay connected while living it up in Florida. But how do you make a workcation work? Here’s our guide to enjoying a vacation in Orlando while working remote.

Choosing the Right Accommodation

Picking the best place to stay is at the top of the list when planning a vacation to Orlando. This is especially important when you’re taking your work with you. A work-friendly accommodation with high-speed internet connection and a private work environment is so important to stay connected and productive while on vacation. But you also want to make sure you choose a place you’ll enjoy.
A vacation rental is a fantastic option that combines the luxuries of a resort with the comforts and privacy of home. With our Orlando vacation rentals, you’ll have access to high speed internet without worrying about dropped Zoom video calls or connectivity issues. You’ll also enjoy the privacy of your own space from which to work, whether it’s a spacious bedroom or you set up in another of the many comfortable spots in our rentals. Gone are the days of slow hotel internet speeds and cramped business centers.

Enjoying the Perks of Home

A workcation is so much better when you feel comfortable and at home in your accommodation. This makes taking quick breaks from work more relaxing. With our Orlando vacation rentals, you’ll enjoy the luxury perks of a resort but in the privacy of a vacation home. Take a break from work and step out into your own spacious backyard, or log off and splash into your own private swimming pool. Our selection of large vacation homes ranges from cozy 2-bedroom rentals to large 9-bedroom homes, ensuring every guest has the privacy of their own space to get work done. You can even host a team workcation and have everyone work from home while enjoying the best of Orlando during down time.

While working remotely on vacation, you also want to be sure you have access to everyday conveniences like a full kitchen and on-site laundry units. Choosing a vacation rental home with these amenities included is the best option for combining work and vacation. No constant dipping into your pocket for eating out or searching for a laundromat to keep your clothes clean.

Exploring Orlando

The best part about working from home in Orlando is getting out and seeing everything the destination has to offer. Once you log off, it’s theme parks, thrilling adventures, museums, and water parks. Every weekend is like a vacation, and it’s all right outside your doorstep. A workcation is also perfect for getting the most out of your vacation destination, giving you more time to fully explore Orlando’s top attractions.

No vacation to Orlando is complete without visiting Walt Disney World. This popular family attraction is known for its immense parks and iconic sights, hard to take in for just one day. Get your picture taken with the famous Cinderella’s Castle in the background at Magic Kingdom, and meet your favorite Disney characters like Mulan, Belle, and Mary Poppins at Epcot. Watch the nightly fireworks and parades after enjoying the classic theme park shows and thrill rides.

If you’re more of a history or science buff, make a day trip to the Kennedy Space Center, NASA’s main launch center. Join a bus tour and explore all the sights at the visitor complex. For a relaxing afternoon surrounded by gorgeous artwork, visit the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. This museum houses a mix of stained glass, jewelry, enamels, mosaics, pottery, and paintings. If you need a break from the hustle and bustle of theme parks, spend a day at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando. Flowerbeds and shady palm trees line the banks of Lake Eola, framed by a paved perimeter path perfect for getting your daily steps in.

Enjoying a Vacation in Orlando While Working from Home

As working from home becomes a larger part of the new normal, bringing your work while on vacation will no doubt follow suit. If you’re considering taking a workcation, choosing the right accommodation and maintaining a good work and vacation balance is key for successfully enjoying your vacation. Working remote won’t seem like working at all when you experience the luxury of one of our beautiful vacation homes. Reserve yours today!

From The Disney Parks Blog:

Today, we submitted a proposal to the Orange County Economic Recovery Task Force in Florida describing our approach for a phased reopening of Walt Disney World Resort theme parks planned to begin on July 11.

Pending Orange County and state approval, our Walt Disney World Resort proposal plans for Magic Kingdom Park and Disney’s Animal Kingdom to begin a phased reopening to the general public on July 11, followed by EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios on July 15. In preparing to reopen during this unusual time, we have to manage our theme parks in a very different way from what we’ve known before. As we begin to reach out to our cast members and call them back to work, they will be focused on operating our parks in a responsible way that continues to give our guests opportunities to create magical Disney memories.

This phased reopening will demonstrate a deliberate approach, with limits on attendance and controlled guest density that aligns with guidance on physical distancing. That means certain experiences we know draw large group gatherings – such as parades and nighttime spectaculars – will return at a later date. In addition, “high-touch” experiences such as makeover opportunities, playgrounds, and character meet and greets will remain temporarily unavailable, but characters will still be in our parks to entertain and delight our guests.

Because theme park capacity will be significantly limited as we welcome guests back to the magic, we will manage attendance through a new theme park reservation system that will require all guests to obtain a reservation for park entry in advance. At this time, we are temporarily pausing new ticket sales and Disney Resort hotel reservations so we can focus on guests with existing tickets and reservations. Existing ticket holders and Annual Passholders will be able to make reservation requests in phases before new tickets are sold; we’ll be reaching out to these guests soon to provide additional details. We will resume new ticket sales and hotel reservations after that period of time. Theme park reservations will be limited due to attendance limitations and will be subject to availability. More details about this new reservation system will be available soon.

Additional information on enhanced health and safety measures and operational changes for reopening locations will be shared soon. These policies are under continuous review and are subject to change as we monitor conditions and receive guidance from health and government authorities.

We’re being deliberate during these phased reopenings, and we’re encouraged by how our guests are responding at Shanghai Disney Resort and Disney Springs. We’re doing our part, and we need our guests to do their part, too, as we work together to focus on safety.

Each year thousands of people head to Orlando for the theme parks, sunshine, and to create everlasting family memories. But did you know Orlando has the second-largest convention center in the country? The Orange County Convention Center draws in thousands of guests each year. With COVID-19 on everyone’s mind, it’s hard to tell when Orlando will be booming with business travel once again.

In this article, we’re going to cover what could be your next home away from home and some tips to avoid the bore that can be working from home. You won’t find any packing tips, or how to get the most out of your airline’s reward program. Grab your boarding pass and check a bag because working remotely from a vacation home here in Florida could be what you need to spruce up your work-from-home routine.

Free Wi-Fi For All

Internet connections can be a tricky thing when working while away from home. Frequent travelers know hotels jam hundreds of guests onto a single access point which leads to massive slowdowns. With a vacation rental, your connection is just like the one you’d find at home… maybe a little better.

Each one of our Orlando vacation rentals includes private internet access and robust wifi for the whole family. No more dropped Zoom calls and robot voices. Save time and stay connected with the entire team.

Upgrade From the Tiny Hotel Desk

Privacy is one of the most important requirements when it comes to working remotely. Traveling with your family in a hotel could mean and an important call is interrupted by the rest of your group. Spreading out over an entire home means more room for privacy. Some of our homes even have theaters and lofts that can be a great spot to catch up with the team remotely.

After some of the jet lag has worn off you can also set up a remote work area near the pool. Most of our homes come with a screened in lanai which makes a great office backdrop in the morning.

As the heat picks up mid-day you can cool off inside and away from the busy pool. Hotel rooms just don’t have any flexibility when it comes to working space. Nobody wants to spend their business trip cramped up in the room or in a drab business center.

Make Use of the Rental Car

Most frequent flyers know it’s best to grab a rental car for their trip. Moving luggage and carry on bags is a lot easier, and making sure to be on time is a lot easier when you don’t have to depend on Uber and Lyft to get you places. Trust us, it can get busy during convention season.

A rental car is also a great way to break away from the rest of the crowd or pick up some lunch for the family. If you didn’t bring enough healthy snacks to your rental, you can always head to the local Wal-Mart or Publix for a quick trip during your lunch break. They’re usually just a few minutes away and be sure to pick up a Publix Sub to enjoy some local Florida fare.

Make Your Next Business Trip Even Better

Traveling to Orlando with family is great, but did you know you can also book a home or villa for your entire team. With flexible cancellations, easy payments, and hundreds of homes to choose from Global Resort Homes is a perfect fit for your next team outing. Homes up to 9 bedrooms can host even the biggest teams. Your next breakout event or team building adventure can take place in a Global Vacation Rental.

Mickey and Minnie have a new ride in Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The new dark ride replaces The Great Movie Ride and features projection mapping and your favorite Disney characters like you’ve never seen them before. The ride is now open alongside other new additions to the park. Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Millenium Falcon: Smuggler’s Run are also welcoming guests in Hollywood Studios.

Guests are immersed in the cartoon world of the new Mickey Mouse shorts. For the first time, guests can experience what it’s like to be inside of a Mickey Mouse short. This is a first for Disney theme parks and we’re happy to have the new ride right here near Kissimmee.

Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse search for their perfect picnic spot in Runnamuck Park as part of Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, the new family-friendly attraction which opened on March 4, 2020, in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. The first ride-through attraction in Disney history featuring Mickey and Minnie brings guests into the vibrant world of “Mickey Mouse” cartoon shorts.

Check out Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway next time you’re here in Orlando. The ride is great for families and offers an exciting take on what to expect from a new ride.

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

Get your head in the game

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

All about those basketball stats

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

More and coming soon…

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

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

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

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

Hocus Pocus Villain Spectacular

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

Boo To You Halloween Parade

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

Disney’s Not-So-Scary Spectacular

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

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

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

If you’re like us, you couldn’t be more excited for the new Star Wars land opening at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on August 29th!

When planning your trip to Florida, be sure to book out a few days so you can adventure into Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. In this fully immersive experience, you can help members of the Resistance avoid Stormtroopers, build your own lightsaber in a hidden workshop and taste Blue Milk – a favorite among travelers. Here are a few other things you won’t want to miss during your visit to the planet of Batuu.

Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run

As you gear up for your day in the galaxy, be sure to grab your lightsaber as you ride in the famous Millenium Falcon. This audacious flight will throw you into hyperspace as fast as lightning! Facing danger at every turn, your pilot, engineer and gunner will all need to work together to make it out in one piece.

Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities

As you explore all of Galaxy’s Edge’s immersive experiences, wander into the Den of Antiquities, which features rare and precious treasures from around the galaxy. This assortment of jewels comes from different planets, eras and generations. Although mysterious, this shop welcomes everyone to come in and choose their favorite assortment of goods to take with them along the way!

First Order Cargo & Resistance Supply

Choose where your allegiance lies and then pick up the supplies you’ll need to fight alongside either the First Order or the Resistance. You can stop at the First Order Cargo and gear up at Docking Bay 9. If you’re a part of the Resistance, you can grab everything you’ll need to defeat the First Order. Both are great places to grab souvenirs so you bring home a piece of Star Wars with you!

When you’re done fighting the First Order, come back to your very own vacation home! With Global Resort Homes, we have a variety of spacious rentals to choose from so you can find the perfect one for you and your family. Check out the out-of-this-world bedroom in this gorgeous vacation home!

When planning your next visit to Orlando, book your stay with Global today so you can get in on all the Star Wars action!

National Water Park Day is July 28th!

If you’ve heard about the Island H2O Live! water park, then you know that it is slated to be the most technologically advanced water park Orlando has ever seen! Located just outside Margaritaville Resort Orlando, this attraction has water park bands, social media stations, and so much more. Island H2O Live! is pulling out all the stops to make this one of the most thrilling and “smartest” water parks to ever exist.
Here are a few ways that this attraction is set to take the world by storm.

H2O Live App:

This incredible water park has its very own phone app that lets you vacation like no other! When you download this app you’re automatically interconnected to the entire park. You can order food, see wait times, download all of your photos directly to your phone, and do so much more right at your fingertips. This app lets you customize your experience all the way to the music you hear on some of the waterslides! Talk about living in the future!

One of the many Selfie Shacks at Island H2O Live!

Water Park Wristbands:

Want to plan your slide time so you can do it all? Are you a parent needing to keep track of where your kids are? These H2O water park bands allow you to do all that and more! When you have this wristband, which connects back to the app, you can do so much. When you take a photo at the Selfie Shack, it’s sent right to your app so you can share it with all family and friends. Not only that but as you do more activities, you can accrue points which can be exchanged for prizes.

Wave Pool & Dive-In Movie at Island H2O Live!

Dive-In Movies:

Are you ready for a movie night like no other? On select nights, H2O live offers “Dive In” movies that you can watch right from the wave pool. Perfect for those summer nights, you’ll be able to swim while you watch Jaws or splash while you watch Blue Crush. This is the best spot to watch the sunset, grab a drink, sit back and relax!

Shady Area:

With all of the technological advances, it’s easy to think that Island H2O Live! had to skimp on other areas of the park, but you couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, this amazing place has taken on the mission to offer the most shaded areas compared to all the other water parks. They aim to please with every detail, even down to the shade provided to guests. A concentrated effort was made to make little resting areas that are away from the sun. Take a break from the pool and cool off. It won’t be hard to find some shade!

Best of all Island H20 Live! is less than 15 minutes away from many of our resort communities in the Orlando and Kissimmee area!

Book your stay with Global today and be sure to check out this amazing water park! With an incredible phone app, water park bands and dive-in movies, there is something for the whole family to enjoy.

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!

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!