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Steampunk PinQuest at Magic Kingdom Park for the whole Family

The Magic Kingdom is the oldest thematic park at Walt Disney Resort, but until nowadays the evolution goes on. Recently, a very special news was published at the Disney Park official blog: since June 30th there is a new PinQuest! The newest scavenger hunt has a steampunk art, which is an alternative technology from SciFi and promises a remarkable adventure. Look for a Villa in Orlando as soon as possible to enjoy this limited release, and if you are already at any Orlando vacation home or rental, this is an activity to be enjoyed with both adults and children.

To be in the game it is necessary to have a ticket to Magic Kingdom Park and solicit the PinQuest Adventurer Starter Kit from one of the six shops: Fantasy Faire in Fantasyland such as Big Top Souvenirs at Storybook Circus, Briar Patch in Frontierland as Frontier Trading Post, Curtain Call Collectibles and Tomorrowland Light & Power Co. The kit costs $14.99, and includes a lanyard, a decoder medal, a map, a pouch for clue cards and other accessories to make the scavenger hunt even greater.

There are six cards, considering each one from each shop mentioned above, with clues containing questions that may be solved and shared at the NavigatEAR Cast Member. The cards are sold separately and cost $9.99 each. If the participants decide to complete the six clue cards, they can visit the Trading Post in Frontierland or Curtain Call Collectibles for a final riddle. Once it is answered, they are able to purchase the final QuestEAR. Since the scavenger hunt is finished the ticket on the bottom of each clue card can be traded for a limited-edition PinQuest pin. All the pins are only available inside the Magic Kingdom Park.

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2016

Those who pretend enjoy vacations in a delicious way must know this opportunity to get in touch with a lot of culture, diversity and good taste. Take your place at a Orlando Vacation Rentals, Homes or Villas in Orlando to appreciate the 31° edition of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

The gastronomic event will happen at the second of the forth thematic parks constructed at Walt Disney World in Bake Lake, Florida, next to Orlando. The marketplaces will be available from September 14th and go on daily until November.

There will be plenty food and drinks  to degustation from the following countries: Africa, Australia, Belgic, Brazil, Canada, Caribe Islands, China, France, Germany, Greece, Hawaii, Italy, Ireland, Japan, Mexico, Morocco, Patagonia, Poland, Scotland and South Korea – therefore may be changes.

More than the degustation of many countries, there are other marketplaces available to satisfy your gourmet taste. The Block and Hans has a selection on special American wines while Joffrey’s Coffee & Tea Company has a variety of drinks; Intermissions café offers plates we all love such as: wraps, lemon torte, salads and brownie; Refreshment Port contain ice-creams and tropical plates just as the Dole Pineapple while Refreshment Pool Cost has fast-food. Those who love chocolate cannot lose the opportunity to know The Chocolate Experience: from bean to the bar hosted by Ghirardelli Chocolate Company. And especially this year, there will be the Wine & Dine Studio, which offers the variety of wines from the Golden State, California.

In this year at the Epcot you won’t just seat and eat or drink, you can learn! The Festival has seminars, speeches and demonstrations. Some of them are the Cheese Seminar, training about drinks and Beverage seminars.

As we are talking about culture, music cannot be apart. Appreciate the nocturne presentations with Starship and Mickey Thomas, Air Supply, Fuel, Sugar Ray, Los Lobos, Wang Chung and BoDeans in September. The following month comes with David Cook, Wilson Philips, Blues traveler, Plain White T’s, 38 special, Jeffrey Osborn, Tiffany, Denis DeYoung, Christopher Cross, Toad the wet Sprocket, Chaka Khan, Billy Ocean, Livin colour and Hanson. To finish the presentations of the festival, in November there will be Soul Asylum, Delta Rae, Boyz II men, sister hazel and  Big Daddy Voodoo Daddy.

The alcoholic drink offering is to adults from age 21 above. Having entrance to the Epcot is necessary.

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Universal Orlando release news about the The Incredible Hulk coaster

After being closed for about one year, The Incredible Hulk Coaster, located on the Island of Adventure park at Universal Orlando, will reopen this summer full news.

The Universal Studios park is well located with easy access to you who chose Orlando vacation homes.

According to the company the enhancements are exciting and will make one of the best roller coasters in the world even better.

For the first time, Universal released news about the attraction. Below you can see what to expect:

– An all-new vehicle that has a modern and elegant design;

– A powerful audio system that booms;

– An original and exclusive soundtrack by Patrick Stump, lead singer of the internationally renowned rock band Fall Out Boy;

– A new original storyline completely redesigned that puts visitors into a dangerous scientific experiment led by the nefarious villain, General Thaddeus Ross;

– A new line experience;

– A new entrance to the immense attraction that will have the Hulk himself.

So, do you like it? Check a little of what to expect in the video below:

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Are you staying at Orlando vacation rentals? You should definetly check the amazing Skydiving Simulator IFLY

Skydiving is a dream of many adventurers. But this is an extreme sport that arouses fear and requires courage, especially by height. But it is not impossible if you are one of these cases and are scheduling Orlando vacation rentals to enjoy the wonders beyond Disney.

The Ifly, Skydiving Simulator provides this adventure without being hundreds of meters from the ground. The iFly there almost 20 years ago in Orlando. It is possible to train the leap and live the adrenaline jump and fall. The space serves both for military training, and for entertainment of tourists.

The tower simulator can be seen from I-Drive and is close to the Universal park. It is a tall tower with giant and wind tunnel. Passengers are concentrated at the top waiting for the flight. With appropriate clothing (each gets a jumpsuit), equipment such as goggles, helmet, ear protectors and closed shoes, the brave are prepared to receive the instructions for the jump.

An instructor teaches basic positions and demonstrates in video illustrating the jump procedure. After all this preparation, participants enter the wind tunnel, along with the instructor, to make the jump. The flights are prohibited for children under three and pregnant women, and people with fractures and back problems and neck. They are free to all others, including those with special needs.

There are three categories of flights at iFly – the Belly Fly, basic, for beginners; Fly Back, back, to those who are already more experienced; and Fly Sit, sit, also a more complex category. Special packages for families or groups are available, encourage and facilitate the adventure.

So with courage and adrenaline dream of jumping Skydiving is close of Orlando visitors. Who knows after this prior, the adventurous courage to create a real Skydiving in Cape Canaveral, one of the points of highest jump in the world, and that is also in Florida, just few minutes from Orlando vacation rentals.

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Disney announces the official opening of the new Frozen area

If you decided to enjoy an Orlando vacation rentals next season, be sure to put in your schedule the Frozen area. Disney officially announced the date of the opening of the attractions Frozen Ever After and Royal Sommerhus, located in Norway area in Epcot. The Epcot park is a few minutes from the Orlando vacation homes.

From June 21, all visitors will be transported to adventures in the eternal winter of the Arendelle’s Kingdom and still see near the most beloved characters. The Frozen Ever After it is a boat trip departing from the Bay Arendelle among the most fantastic and freezing scenarios of the animation.

Visitors will enjoy the palace of Elsa, North Mountain and still see near the main characters, including Snowgies (born snowmen Elsa sneeze). In addition, she uses her magical powers to create for the “Winter in Summer Celebration” a winter day in midsummer.

The exterior of the flag of Norway was expanded and fully adapted to reflect the Scandinavian country architecture, and inside, it is possible to know details of art and culture typical of that region. Speaking at Queen Elsa, Royal Sommerhus will be the place where she and Anna Princess will welcome visitors.

The charming cottage will be the place for fans to a meet and greet take amazing photos and even buy souvenirs in shops inspired by the film and in real places in Norway. Fast Pass reserves for new experiences are available. The Norway Pavilion runs daily at Epcot, from 09h.

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Florida attractions finder conects users to incredible adventures in Orlando

Great news for those planning to stay at Orlando vacation rentals to enjoy the upcoming holiday. This week, Visit Florida released the Florida Attractions Finder, a super cool tool of interactive vacation planning that allows the visitor living the Florida emotions in a virtual environment, sitting in the front row.

Videos are called point-of-view (ie, the viewer sees in the protagonist’s point of view) and that make you travel a mile a minute diving the latest coasters, face a zipline going on alligators (look down if you dare!) and scan the Everglades aboard a hidrobarco.

Whether the visitor is seeking his first experience in Florida, whether you want to repeat the best time lived in your last trip to the Sunshine State, the tool puts the power of discovery in the user’s hands. The Florida Attractions Finder adds images of different attractions based on changes made in the dial setting (display).

You can set four separate configurations depending on user preferences in terms of adventure: the thrilling to chilling, the popular to rare jewels, advanced technology to natural and days to hours. Then, the interface provides a consistent attraction with user-configured parameters – is an internationally famous theme park or a trip out of the ordinary.

This summer, 50 other attractions will be added to the Finder and there are plans for the future, users can send videos to compete for prizes that will be awarded to the most voted by the public. The Florida Attractions Finder can be accessed at visitflorida.com/attractionsfinder

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Cinderella Castle becomes setting for weddings at Disney’s Theme Parks

Have you ever imagined getting married at Disney, having the ability to say “yes” in front of Cinderella’s Castle in the heart of Magic Kingdom Park? It is a dream that can come true in Orlando. For the first time, the park also turns stage of unique wedding celebrations. Part of the “Wishes Collection”, the ceremonies will be held in the renovated East Plaza Garden for up to 100 guests.

And visitors who arrive early at the Magic Kingdom will have the chance to be part of this real fairy tale, since the ceremonies are planned to be held in the morning, shortly after the official opening of the park. The bride aboard a crystal horse-drawn carriage, will be received by a herald and conducted by Main Street to the garden, located in front of the castle.

“Couples come looking for a place for ceremonies and celebrations that have Cinderella’s Castle as a backdrop,” says Korri McFann, Director of Marketing for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings (Disney Fairy Tale Weddings). “We are thrilled to offer the opportunity to make more this dream come true,” he adds.

The custom decor and floral arrangements give the final touch, creating a very luxurious place for princesses. After the ceremony, the guests can continue the celebrations in the Walt Disney World Resort, which offers a variety of rooms and halls. Packages start at $ 2500, and the custom from US $ 12,000.

Nearly 25 years ago, the specialized team of Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings & Honeymoons has been developing and creating fantastic engagements and weddings, with couples dream for your unforgettable event. They can choose from a wide variety of locations and destinations around the world, including Disney theme parks, beaches and ballrooms. Every year, the Walt Disney World Resort is host to about 1200 weddings.

“A lot of our guests already Orlando vacation rentals to spend the honey moon. The news is excellent, so, besides the after celebration, they can actually marrie in a Disney theme park. For sure, a lot of our guests will choose also this option”, believes Renata Alves from Casa na Disney.

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New neighborhood will be built in the Walt Disney World Resort Disney’s Golden Oaks Unit

For those who dream of more than a Orlando vacation rentals, in late April began the sales of the last lots available in Golden Oak, the only home condo in Walt Disney World Resort. The construction of the new neighborhood, Kingswell, will be soon and the value of homes already completed, starts at $ 3 million.

The houses of Kingswell, all tailored to the preferences of buyers, will be inspired by the architecture and European design, with influences from the Caribbean, and will have between 460 and 650m². In all, 53 new lots for sale, many with a beautiful view of the lake.

“Golden Oak offers its residents the very best in luxury experiences and a unique opportunity to live in Walt Disney World Resort,” said vice president of Disney Resort Real Estate Development in disclosure to the press. “We will be very happy to receive the future residents of the brand new Kingswell, a place where families can enjoy unforgettable moments for generations,” he added.

In the new district is also planned to build a park with a green area that will be open to all residents. Next to the park, will be a bronze sculpture of Pinocchio, a new acquisition of the collection of sculptures present in the common areas of Golden Oak, which features sophisticated interpretations of classic Disney.

Following the tradition of always having a history as a backdrop, the choice of name for the new area was because it was called Kingswell the street that Walt and Roy Disney created their first studio in Hollywood – the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio – where in 1924, they produced Alice Comedies, a series that mixes animation and live-action.

Like all other owners, the future residents of Kingswell will become members of the Golden Oak Club, which offers many benefits and facilities such as access to Summerhouse, a private club that offers modern gym and fitness area, pool and the amazing Markham’s , considered one of Disney’s best restaurants complex.

Those who buy a home in Disney can also take advantage of the services offered by the Resident Services team, which includes, among other things, a concierge available to help with anything you need: from transportation to the parks to reservations in spas, restaurants or special events.

Kingswell is the sixth district to be built in Golden Oak since the project was announced in 2010. Two years later, the community began to receive its first residents and, in 2015, announced the start of sales of the Four Seasons Private Residences.

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Orlando Expansion: City is the favorite to receive the Ferrari park

The Ferrari brand with the most coveted sports cars in the world, is also synonymous with entertainment and fun. It’s first theme park was installed in Abu Dhabi in 2010, a partnership of the Italian industry with Farah Experiences LLC, which manages unique parks in the United Arab Emirates.

The power and fame of the Ferrari brand, known for its fast cars and impressive design, has also become the world’s powerful theme parks. The news that there would be a possible expansion of the Ferrari World in North America put Orlando, the world capital of entertainment, such as the favorite city.

“The rumors about building a Ferrari park in Orlando are circulating since 2010. The news gained momentum during the IAAPA Attractions Expo 2014 (event that takes place in Orlando, every November, and exposes the big news for theme parks)”, explains Ricardo Molina, CEO of Orlando Vacation Rentals Vip.

Besides the Ferrari World Abu Dhabi (operating) there are two Ferrari parks to be opened around the world, all built in partnerships with third parties: Ferrari Land – PortAventura World Parks & Resort in Barcelona, ​​Spain (opening forecast for early 2017); and a close in China, the capital Beijing or Shanghai city (with no provision for opening).

The facility in Orlando, Central Florida would be the fourth Ferrari World, and also in partnership with major investors. Despite the market in the region is very experienced and complete in a matter of theme parks, analysts consider that Ferrari proposal will add something different, grander and more sophisticated attractions.

Hotel Ferrari World Abu Dhabi

The Ferrari World Abu Dhabi is the largest indoor theme park in the world, with twenty attractions available – 17 in the covered pavilion and three in the outside area. It is one of the most spectacular roller coasters on the planet – the Formula Rossa.

With initial rate of acceleration of 100 km / h in the first two seconds, the atraction reaches the maximum of 239 km / h and give the feeling to the riders are driving a formula car 1. The roller coaster rail 2.2 km length was inspired by the legendary Autodromo Nazionale Monza, Italy.

Besides the famous rollercoaster, postcard park, the complex includes the G-Force, plummeting elevator with 62 meters high; the Fiorano GT Challenge, another double roller coaster that simulates a dispute between two carts; and lighter toys like the Speed ​​of Magic and Viaggio in Italy, both in 4D cinema with simulator.

All attractions are linked to the world Ferrari and motorsport racing. There is no shortage in the park are Ferrari cars, all models, scattered to the four corners. The complex also has restaurants with Italian chefs, and souvenir shops and Ferrari products.

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Sea World’s Roller Coaster will be the largest and fastest of Orlando

If you are planning to Orlando vacation rentals in June, better know that the month will arrive with some radical news in the SeaWorld’s complex in Orlando. The theme park scheduled to inaugurate Mako, the longest, tallest and fastest roller coaster in the region, with 60 meters high, nearly 1,500 meters in length and speed that can reach 118 km / h.

The giant Mako has its structure practically ready and those visiting the park can now compares its grandeur with the other two existing coasters – the Kraken and Manta. The attraction will open to the public in mid-June, the month that starts the summer season.

The new roller coaster will take up a large thematic space dedicated to sharks, along with other thrilling rides. Your name Mako was just inspired by one of the fastest shark species in the oceans – the Mako.

The roller coster will sinuous curves, loops and steep free fall that will simulate the sensation of zero gravity, the known “air time”. The new roller coaster will be one of the few hypercoasters the world.

The cart, customized and inspired by the Mako shark has five sides and striking eyes gills. The wheels were made of special material that reduces friction providing speed from beginning to end.

Adventurers will be secured with a lock around the waist and have more mobility to enjoy the feeling of “butterflies”. The coaster will feature 21 stands arranged in three blocks of seven each carts.

SeaWorld Orlando is investing in new attractions that will replace the more traditional park-like show with orcas, which will be extinct by the programming controversies related to life in captivity of these animals.

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