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Best Place for a Christmas Card Photo at Disney World

Sunday, November 21st, 2010

A Disney World Christmas vacation is not complete without a handful of photos to relive those wonderful moments. One of the most important companions for any couple or family preparing to visit Disney World Resort is the digital camera, and if possible, a mini video recorder.

New technology has made it possible for you to return home to your family, friends, and colleagues with a complete picture narrative of the attractions, rides, and events you encountered at the resort. Disney has some of the best spots which make for great photo backgrounds you can only imagine. Here are a few places you might want to check out for a great backdrop of Disney World.

- Disney Castle. No picture album from Disney World is complete without a picture in front of the famous castle. Standing at the edge of the curb with you looking directly up Main Street is a great way to capture that moment. Another fascinating style will be to snap the picture when the fireworks show is going on in the evening.
- Sorcerer’s Hat. The Sorcerer’s Hat conjures an extraordinary backdrop to your entrance at Hollywood Studios. To get this great Hollywood Studios sight in your picture, snap away while looking up Hollywood Boulevard.
- Spaceship Earth. This landmark is one of the popular spots for pictures especially at nights with all the glittering around it. There are many ways to get great shots from the edifice, just be creative.
- The Tree of Life. This location offers you a fantastic backdrop of the Animal Kingdom. Snap from the bridge or the Oasis or Safari Village and mesmerize you viewers.
- World Showcase. As you go through different pavilions and countries, make it a point of duty to snap in front of miniature landmarks representing these countries. It is a great way to actually feel the country in question.

Wherever you go in Disney World, you will surely come across one fascinating place or another that will serve as a great backdrop for your Christmas card photos. So get the camera out and click away!

If you are desiring to visit Disney World during Christmas and you want to stay in one of our Disney World vacation pool homes you need to make a reservation soon. Our homes tend to sell out very quickly.


Tips for seeing EPCOT in one day

Friday, November 19th, 2010

A visit to Disney World is not complete without visiting the EPCOT theme park. This is perhaps the most amazing theme park in the whole world. Built with state of the art equipment and designed for total fun, the EPCOT rides will take your breath away. Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) is Disney World Park’s largest in terms of land mass coverage and will require some bit of planning and intelligence to see all of it in one day.

Not so much for the size, but for the fun the different themes offer, you are spoiled with choices; and if you do not properly plan the trip, you might just probably waste the whole day confused and wandering about instead of enjoying your time at this great park.

The first thing to do is to go through Disney World website and read up all about EPCOT and what the different segments offer. Next, secure your tickets for each ride and event long before you leave your house to avoid the long queues that build at the ticket booths.If you are renting a vacation home or a Disney World condo from us then you will be pleased to know that we offer extremely good discounts on Disney World tickets. Try not to line up on queues that look too long, like the Spaceship Earth, instead, visit other parts of the park like the Future World that are not crowded and come back later to the initial ones. Do not leave the park to eat, rather, buy your meals and eat them on the go or at counter service restaurants.

Be sure to carry along some rain gear so you don’t need to stop your tour even when it’s raining. Rain is a common occurrence in central Florida. Plan your shopping towards the end of your tour or just before the park closes as this is when the shops are lease busy.

Most importantly, be time conscious and well prepared. Know exactly what you want to see and how long it will take you to do so.


Tips for Visiting Magic Kingdom in One Day

Wednesday, November 10th, 2010

What is the Best Strategy for Doing Magic Kingdom in One Day?

Maybe you wonder how you can see the best of Magic Kingdom in one day with your kids tagging along; getting maximum fun out of Magic Kingdom requires planning. From the day you conceive the idea of spending time with your loved ones at the park, you must put plans into motion.
To save valuable time on the morning of the tour, purchase your tickets online prior to your arrival. Arrive early to the venue; one hour ahead of opening time is just ideal. Picking the right day and season will go a long way in determining how much fun you can savor. Off-season tours are known to be more fun because there are fewer people on the queues waiting; early spring or fall is just ideal. If you are staying a Disney World hotel or a vacation home near Disney World, take advantage of their special ‘one hour ahead’ of other off-site guests.
If you take a look at your Magic Kingdom map, you can see the whole park is laid out in a circle, so as you enter the main gate, turn left towards Adventure Land as other would most certainly turn right to Tomorrow Land. This gives you a head start and would allow you see more and ride more.
Plan your itinerary with the ages of your kids in mind. This is quite important as kids of certain ages may not be allowed to embark on some rides. Utilize FASTPASS creatively. Some FASTPASS attractions get longer lines than others, making their FASTPASS worth more than others. In the Magic Kingdom, getting a FASTPASS for Splash Mountain, Space Mountain and Peter Pan’s Flight will save you the most time.
Pack your bag with all the drinks and snacks you will need so you don’t stop the tour when you are hungry. Plan to leave late in the day so you can do some shopping on Main Street and other shops after the park has closed.
A good understanding of the major attractions in each segment will save you enormous time as you might not necessarily need to see all eventually.


Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party

Friday, August 28th, 2009

With Universal Studios and Busch Gardens capturing the teen market for Halloween, Disney has opted for a far less frightening experience geared towards much younger park attendees. The event is called Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party and is sure to scare no one. But then again, that’s the point. This year the event lasts 24 days and as always it is filled with lots of not so scary fun.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party allows children to dress up in costumes, collect candy, ride all the Disney rides and even meet Disney characters who are dressed for the occasion throughout the park. Fireworks occur at the end of every evening of the event and there is a specially themed parade called the Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.

If children are planning to wear a costume, Disney requests that the costume not impair the child’s visibility or movement to help prevent any accidents and so the child can better take in the event. You must admit that it would not be fun for anyone if a costume prohibited the child from riding their favorite ride because the safety harness would not fit around your little Sponge Bob or perhaps they missed the whole parade because they were dressed as a venus fly trap. Because this event is catered to younger children, costumes should not scary.

This year’s Halloween Party occurs on the following dates:

• September 4, 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29
• October 1, 2, 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 23, 25, 27, 29, 31
• November 1


Disney’s Night Of Joy 2009

Friday, August 21st, 2009

Disney’s Night of Joy 2009 is set for September 11th and 12th. The event will be held at the Disney’s Hollywood Studios. This venue offers not only a great ride but great music as well. This event brings together some of the most popular artists in Gospel and Contemporary Christian Music. The music begins at 7PM each evening and the music lasts until 12:30 AM. Tickets can be purchased now or at the gate on the day of the event. One of the nice things about this event is that you can take it at your own pace. You can target which artists that you would like to see and go to rides in between sets.

This years musicians include:

Newsboys, Kutless, Tomlin, Leeland, Superchick, Skillet, MercyMe, NEEDTOBREATHE, Family Force 5, P.O.D., Jars of Clay, Flyleaf, Mandisa, and Grits.

Stages are set up throughout the park for the performances and if you have a group, group rates are available too.


Disney Fireworks July 4th – Book Your Disney Vacation Home Early

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

If you are looking to book a Disney vacation home in Kissimmee for July 4th, you must book early. The 4th of July is a very busy holiday at the theme parks and vacation homes book fast as everyone wants to catch Disney Fireworks on July 4th.

The Magic Kingdom in particular is a traffic magnet and their fireworks are not to be out done by any of the local amusement parks. Disney has a whole fireworks theme for the fourth entitled “Disney’s Celebrate America – A Fourth of July Concert in the Sky.” at the Magic Kingdom. The event makes for the perfect end of a great day at the parks. There is nothing quite like a Disney Fireworks show on July 4th.

This year the fireworks at the Magic Kingdom are scheduled at 9:00 PM. Traditionally, patriotic music and breathe taking fireworks fill the air for the celebration.

Another Disney Park that offers fireworks in honor of Independence Day is Epcot and their show starts at 10PM this year.

If you are looking to stay in the Orlando are and want to be close to all of the action, check out our discounted rates for disney vacation homes. They are only 15 minutes from all of the parks.


Why Stay in a Disney Vacation Home?

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

There are many reasons for you and your family to stay in a Disney vacation home while vacationing in Orlando.

The first that comes to mind is the size of the rental home as opposed to a hotel room. Vacation homes have much more space and often, everyone can have their own room and some accommodate pets as well. This allows everyone their own personal space and privacy. Besides everyone having their own room, you also get a kitchen, living room, laundry facilities and you could also opt to get a pool home if you choose.

This provides a home away from home for everyone and helps keep the cost of feeding a family much more manageable. You have the option of cooking meals if you want or having a place to store all of the snacks and who knows, you may need to do a load of laundry.

Homes are rented at a flat rate and not per family member. The bigger the family, the more you save.
To get the best prices and best locations on Disney vacation homes, be sure to book well in advance. Demand for these homes can be quite high during peek season. This will help assure that you and your family have their best time on their Orlando vacation.

Make sure to write down deadlines and due dates for the vacation home. Especially, if you book well in advance. It’s easy to forget things and you want this vacation to be as stress free as possible.
Also, make sure you know how to get to the property and where to get and return the key. Print out maps is necessary.

Renting a vacation home will make your stay more enjoyable and a great asset to the whole vacation.


5 Quick Tips to an Enjoyable Day at Disney World

Tuesday, March 17th, 2009

1. Check the Orlando weather forecast before heading to the theme parks and prepare accordingly. Jacket, sweaters and rain coats are available at the parks but often over priced. You can leave the extra clothing in your car if you don’t think that you will need them or do not fell like carrying them.

2. Make sure you that you bring a camera and autograph book for the kids as characters can be met throughout the day. If time allows, all the characters sign autographs and will take photos with the family.

3. If your children will need a stroller while at the park, make sure to make renting one a priority as the strollers at the parks do not last long.

4. Try to focus on just one theme park per day. Map out your day with a park map as soon as you can to make the most of your time. By focusing on one park per day and having a plan, you will see more and your time will be better spent.

5. Take breaks. The average person walks ten miles per day at the parks and all the exercise can take a bit out of you. Make sure to stay hydrated with water and take time to sit and relax when needed. Disney has many rides that are air conditioned so they make great resting stops too.

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