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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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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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What you need to know about Disney’s new ticket pricing

Last saturday (27th february), Walt Disney World announced a change in ticket’s prices, according to the periods of high and low season. What you need to know about Disney’s new ticket pricing is that the tickets now have different prices – will be more expensive at the high season and cheaper on days with less visitants.

If you are planning the next trip to Disney and studying rent a Orlando vacation rentals to save, also keep an eye on spending on tickets. This change aims to encourage visitors to travel to Orlando at different times of the year, avoiding crowds, long lines, and even temporary closure of the parks when the capacity is exhausted.

Plus, for this period, we are entering (starting from february 28/2016), considered “low season”, a day at the Magic Kingdom will cost $ 105 dollars. In “normal” days will cost $ 110 dollars and the busiest days of the holiday, $ 124 dollars.

At Disneyland in California, a price for a ticket admission to the park is $ 95, $ 105 and $ 119 dollars, in-season, regular season or high season, respectively. Before the ticket had single price of $ 99.

For those who don’t know, low season is the period of the first half between months of March to May, as well as the second half, from August to November. The “high season” includes months of January, February, June, July and December.

Also, before scheduling the trip, it is good to keep an eye on American holidays, dates the parks receive a large number of local visitors. Just keep an eye on the dream of visiting Disney now fits in your pocket.

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Florida beats the record of 105 million tourists in 2015

You, who had rent a Disney vacation home in Orlando last year, are part of a record. Last February 18th, Governor Rick Scott announced that Florida broke the record of 105 million tourists in 2015. According to Visit Florida, this is the fifth consecutive year that the state reaches the record in tourism, surpassing the number of 2014 is 98.5 million.

The average number of jobs related to tourism in 2015 also reached its record with 1,199,200 employed people – 4.7 percent higher than the same period last year. “Tourism plays an important role in supporting our economy, and we will continue to make strategic investments in the sector to keep Florida on the right track in order to make the state better,” said Scott Governor speaking at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

“As tourism record for five consecutive years, it is time to set an even higher goal, and I look forward to receive 115 million visitors to the Sunshine State this year,” added the governor. Visit Florida estimates that a record 89.8 million domestic visitors who traveled to Florida in 2015 are a reflection of the increase of 8% in 2014.

Total shipments in the 18 airports in Florida in 2015 increased 8.2% over the previous year, representing a number of 6.1 million passengers more than in 2014. Estimates also show that 11.2 million foreign visitors and 4 million Canadians came to the state of Florida last year.

Will Seccombe, President and CEO of Visit Florida, believes that five years of visitation record does not just happen. “It is the direct result of an overall marketing strategy focused on maximizing the Florida tourism. Today’s announcement shows tourism marketing jobs and have to thank Scott, Governor and Florida Legislature for their leadership and support incomparable to put the State of Florida on track to become the destination number 1 for world turism. ”

Bob Chapek, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts, said: “As we are home to the most popular theme park in the world, we are delighted to contribute to the record number of visitors in Florida – and the jobs and economic opportunities that tourism helps to create.”

Taxable sales of tourism and entertainment for Florida increased each month and year, from January to November 2015 (month last record reported), an increase of 8.6% over the same period in 2014. For 2015, the average daily rate ( ADR) rose 5.9% and the number of rooms booked increased 4.5% compared to 2014.

The average occupancy rate of Florida for 2015 was 3.2% of 2014 to 72% in 2015. This is a record year for the occupancy rate, surpassing the previous which was up 69.8%.

John Tomlin, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Visit Florida, adds: “Achieving record visitation for five years, including 105 million visitors in 2015, is a testament to the strong industry alignment with our marketing and tourism partners. Thanks to the visionary support of Scott governor, we have built a solid foundation that will achieve our goal of generating $ 100 billion in tourism in 2020. ”

For the fourth quarter of 2015, estimates show a record thata 25.2 million people visited the state of Florida. This represents the largest fourth quarter of visitation that Florida has ever seen and reflects an increase of 6.7% over the same period in 2014.

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How to spend less money on a Disney trip; from orlando vacation rentals to tickets

Despite ticket prices of Orlando theme parks are a bit salty, travelers who are planning the Disney trip don’t need to change the fate cause of the tight budget. Some tips on how to spend less on a trip to Orlando can be very valuable to reduce the cost of the dream to meet the Mickey Mouse’s kingdom. Among them – arrange the trip in low season, think about the possibility of Orlando vacation rentals, make food at home, avoid purchases in the theme parks, and others.

To start, choose to travel in a low season. Orlando is very crowded in December and January, and between June and August. If you choose between these months, you will find a better city where you might enjoy the weather, it’s less crowded and the prices are much better also.

Many items are much cheaper in Orlando than in other cities in America, such as Miami, Los Angeles and New York, including hosting. There are many options, for example, the visitor renting a property, whether with the family or with a group of friends. In addition, money that you spend on shopping and dining can be reduced if well planned.

It’s very simple. Make a good buy in the local supermarket and always take your snack to the rides and parks. There is a lot of frozen options and prepackaged foods that will make life easier in the kitchen. Orlando supermarkets sell everything from food to home appliances. Walmart is always a deal, with very cool prices. For those who want to eat out, the best option are always the fast food chains that have Dollar Menu, like McDonald’s or Burger King. Of course this is not such a healthy choice, but for those who want to save is a great choice.

Also avoid buying in the shops of the parks, they are very expensive. Let to buy in department stores and supermarkets. They are crammed with souvenirs and items of Disney, with much lower prices. Take a shopping list and put a limit to these expenses.

Be careful to not get carried away of Orlando outlets. They are the greatest temptation to bust the budget. Do not forget to use coupons while shopping. Try to cast doubt on this issue even before the trip. Download the apps that will be used during the trip on your phone or tablet.

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Many reasons to visit Walt Disney World Resort in 2016

For you, traveler, who are thinking about a new trip this year and the possibility of stay in an Orlando vacation rentals, it’s good to know that the surprises have not stoped. In 2016, it’s expected a lot more news that will make the Mickey kingdom a dream trip. Besides the grand openings at Walt Disney World Resort in 2015, as the expansion of Downtown Disney – Disney Springs, with new restaurants, shops, parking areas, multiple shows and attractions, let’s see what will happen this year:

Soarin ‘Around the World

From 2016, visitors will be abble to fly over the world’s most unique landscapes with Soarin ‘Around the World. The attraction in 4-D, with the same technology used in Shanghai, provides the experience in two locations – at Epcot at Walt Disney World Resort and Disney California Adventure Park at the Disneyland Resort. Soarin ‘Around the World will take adventurers for a spectacular journey to distant lands on natural landscapes and wonders built by man.

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New meals at Disney Springs

Downtown Disney had major changes in 2015, mainly in Disney Springs expansion. Several new concepts in restaurants and bars were introduced, including the The Boathouse, Morimoto Asia, Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar and Dockside Margaritas. To 2016 yet, it is expected the opening of STK Restaurant, Blaze Fast-Fired Pizza and The Edison.

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Jungle Skipper Canteen at the Magic Kingdom

A new culinary adventure will be provided to visitors in the Jungle Skipper, the new restaurant in Adventureland. “World Famous Jungle Cuisine” offers Asian flavors, South America and Africa, an area with 222 seats divided into secret environments and Tiffins restaurant at Animal Kingdom. The new restaurant will celebrate the art of travel. Indoors and outdoors, include sea ​​views and a diverse menu of places that inspired the creation of the Animal Kingdom. The word “Tiffin”, in Indian English, refers to a meal noon and means container used to transport food while traveling.

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Invictus Games on ESPN Wide World of Sports

From May 8, 2016, Prince Harry brings to the Orlando Invictus Games, which will be held at the Complex ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort’s. Military who suffered injuries and women who have gone through life-changing during wars, up to 14 nations will compete in various sports. It will be the first time these games take place in the United States. Altogether there are 10 sports, including archery, cycling, indoor rowing, sitting volleyball, swimming, athletics, triathlon, wheelchair basketball, wheelchair rugby and wheelchair tennis.

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“Symphony in the Stars: The Galactic Spectacular” at the Hollywood Studios

Show of fireworks themed Star Wars is one of the Hollywood Studios attractions, released on December 18, 2015, and continuing next year. The park also has other experiences with the theme, including Star Wars Launch Bay and a review of Star Tours.

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“Rivers of Light” in the Animal Kingdom

The spectacle of lights, set to open in spring 2016, will take place at Discovery River between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest. The magnificent show will combine live music, lights, water and motion pictures. A craft will follow the river through a dramatic dance of water and light to invoke animal spirits. Furthermore, the landmark life park tree will be lit for magical fireflies.

Kilmanjaro Safaris by sunsets

A new nocturnal adventure is being prepared for visitors to the Kilimanjaro Safaris. Your time will be extended and guests can travel across the African savanna and discover two new species of animals – African wild dogs and hyenas.

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Frozen Ever After at Epcot

The story of “Frozen” will be retold in a fantastic experience at Epcot, Walt Disney World. The adventure is replacing the old Maelstrom in the Norway pavilion. Visitors will be brought to the kingdom of Arendelle, through stories, music and technology. The attraction will also include the “Winter in Summer Celebration” where Queen Elsa turn Summer into winter. Also, everyone to visit Elsa’s Ice Palace and the world of blue ice in the North Mountain. Frozen’s favorite characters will also be a part of an attraction – a new meet-and-greet will put fans in touch with their favorite characters.

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Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

From march on, guests traveling to Epcot can enjoy the Festival that will Outdoor food, fun games and new topiaries with Disney characters – three nephews of Donald Duck, Huey, Dewey and Louie will make its debut alongside the topiaries Donald and Daisy, the park entrance garden. In addition, an exhibition Mickey Mouse topiary Ranger will monstrada the first time, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Plus, Floral Sun Garden; Game Fab Five; topiaries Anna and Elsa, Frozen; Garden Rocks series of concerts; mini gardens; Butterflies on the Go; and seminars on gardens.

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Annual events at Walt Disney World

Again, guests can wait for the Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the celebration of Halloween Mickey’s Not-So-Scar, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, Epcot’s Holiday Around the World and Candlelight Processional, which will return to the park this year. The Magic Kingdom Park was the first park to open at the Walt Disney World Resort, and October 1, 2016, will celebrate its 45 years. It is undoubtedly a special year!

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Disney Parks may be closed by blending holidays

If you are one of thousands of tourists who are thinking about renting an Orlando vacation homes to enjoy the winter at Disney, you also know that now is one of the busiest times in Orlando theme parks, especially in Disney’s Magic Kingdom. But have you ever though how many people can fit in those parks? Probably not, since Disney does not usually disclose this type of information.

However, some sites, blogs and web pages often publish non official figures and comments about the possibility of closing the parks because of holliday’s crowd. We do not know exactly the number of people needed to close a park; as well as visitors, we have to take into account the employees, suppliers, outside artists, etc.

Then, it need to check the layout of how the parks are during these days of maximum capacity, based on previous years. Recalling that the parks can change the schedule at any time without notice, as required. Once the park reaches a certain number of visitors, the entries begin to be limited by following the steps below:

Phase One

Visitors who are not staying in Disney’s hotels (maybe on an Orlando vacation rentals) and have no ticket, and those with tickets in a single day (single-day) and guests from Cast Members (CM tickets guests) will be directed to make a return, or may not even park in the parking lot (the TTC).

Who can still enter the park:

– Hosted at Disney hotels
– Annual Passholders without blackout dates
– Visitors with hopper ticket
– Hosted at Disney who use buses, boats and monorail
– Visitors who have appointments or reservations (remember to bring a printed copy to the event something unexpected with the system Fastpass reservation + does not apply.)
– Visitors with multi-day ticket / park tickets (multiple days)
– Visitors who have left the park and are returning

Phase Two

The following visitors are allowed to park and enter the park:

– Hosted at Disney hotels
– Annual Passholders without blackout dates
– Visitors with hopper ticket
– Hosted at Disney who use buses, boats and monorail
– Visitors who have appointments or reservations (remember to bring a printed copy to the event something unexpected with the system Fastpass reservation + does not apply.)
– Visitors who have left the park and are returning

Phase Three

The following visitors are allowed to park and enter the park:

– Hosted at Disney hotels
– Annual Passholders without blackout dates
– Visitors who have appointments or reservations (remember to bring a printed copy to the event something unexpected with the system Fastpass reservation + does not apply.)

Phase Four

This phase is when the park and parking lot close of truth, regardless of whether it is host Disney or type of ticket and even have reserve.

This procedure is adopted by any Disney park and can happen at any time, but is usually more common in the Christmas and New Year’s Eve, and parks Magic Kingdom and Epcot, because of year-end fireworks show!

If you and your family want to spend much New Year’s Eve in the Magic Kingdom, the tip is to arrive early, be prepared to stay all day (until dawn) and face five hours line at every attraction. In previous years the closure scheme began around 10 am, therefore, be prepare to arrive early and enjoy your day!

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How about Orlando vacation rentals during Halloween?

How about Orlando vacation rentals during Halloween in September / October / November?

The programming of the city, or rather across the United States, is very cool for this time of year. All parks usually do special for Halloween and there are still other options, such as haunted houses and Halloween stores. Certainly, my favorite is the Halloween Horror Nights  at Universal Orlando.

Universal Orlando Resort unleashes the horror of some of the most terrifying names in entertainment with Halloween Horror Nights 23.

In its 25th edition, the event promises to be even greater, longer and more intense this year. Visitors can visit Universal Orlando theme parks during the day and becoming victims in their own night horror movie by night.

Below are some of the highlights you need to know to plan your trip:

– The event will bring together NINE haunted houses – more than any other in the history of Universal’s Halloween.

– The streets will be full featured actors. Visitors will find twice as “scareactors” than in previous years, and they will scare visitors in completely themed haunted areas in the park.

– Halloween Horror Nights 25 will have more nights than ever – towards breaking the record of 30 nights, from September 18 to November 1.

 

For more information about Halloween Horror Nights 25, visite www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando.

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Boardwalk: an unforgatable and hidden corner inside Disney

Planing to rent Orlando vacation homes, you must include Disney Springs in the itinerary; the evening entertainment center of Disney complex. But what you probably do not know is that this is not the only place where you can leave the park circuit to enjoy a pleasant afternoon or evening in shops, bars or restaurants within Disney.

There is also the Boardwalk, a boardwalk with over 27,000 square meters largely unexplored by tourists but which can guarantee a great day out. Disney’s Boardwalk is located between Hollywood Studios and Epcot, and its concept is based on the popular promenades in the 20th century of coastal cities like New York, Atlantic City and New Jersey.

There, you can have a delicious breakfast at the local bakery, enjoy the shops, rent a bike to enjoy a group ride or even wet the feet in the water at small shore, which has sand! When night falls, the place turns into a hot spot for those who want to enjoy lots of live music, great restaurants or street vendors, games and artists who are around the boardwalk.

Among the dining options, the highlights are the Boardwalk Bakery, which is the best option for a coffee in the morning or afternoon filled with delicious items, especially when it comes to sweets; and, for the night, the ESPN Club restaurant dedicated to sports lovers.

The amazing restaurant has the proposal to be a perfect steakhouse for those who want to watch the games with good food. There, it is impossible to miss any play, as there are TV’s even in the bathroom. There we find the renowned Flying Fish Cafe, for those who like seafood; Big River Grille & Brewing Works, for fans of craft beers; and Trattoria Al Forno, for those who like to taste the delights of Italian cuisine.

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If your idea is to go shopping, Disney’s Boardwalk also suits your needs. The boardwalk brings specialized goods stores in Disney characters, sports clothing, souvenirs, bathing suits and even an art gallery.

And if the focus is enjoy the nightlife of the place, you can dance at the Atlantic Dance Hall, where you can dance at the sound of the 80s, 90s and today’s songs, but it is worth remembering,that the United States clubs closes at 2 am. You can also enjoy one night  dueling between pianists in Jellyrolls, a very intimate bar that still watering his visit to free popcorn and water at ease.

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To get to Disney’s Boardwalk you can ride one of the buses that circulate within the Disney complex; go boating or walking from the Hollywood Studios or Epcot; or driving. If the last is your option, you must stop the car in the parking lot of Disney’s Boardwalk Inn – a hotel that also gives entrance to the boardwalk -; let them know that you walk along the Boardwalk and nothing will be charged.

Disney’s Boardwalk is a great tour for those who want to explore Walt Disney World in depth, in its most hidden corners, and have one of those magical nights that only a Disney experience can provide. More than recommended!

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