Mako to Debut June 10 at SeaWorld Orlando

The wait will soon be over.  Mako at SeaWorld Orlando is set to debut to an anxious crowd on June 10.  It will be Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster.  Recently released behind-the-scenes videos and news reports have generated quite the hype within the last month.

Mako will anchor a new section of SeaWorld called Shark Wreck Reef.  This new experience focuses on the education and preservation of sharks.  Featured within this attraction is Shark Encounter, Sharks Underwater Grill, and shops where you can find souvenirs.  Venture into a theme of an underwater shipwreck and reef before encountering Mako.

Mako will challenge riders to tight turns, the steepest drops, and thrilling speeds of up to 73 miles per hour!  Reach heights of 200 feet into the sky along a track that runs nearly a mile long.  Riders will feel a sense of weightlessness as they experience intense airtime.  There are no typical harnesses, and riders will only be held down by a lap bar.  Wow!  My heart just races thinking about this roller coaster.

Stay tuned to our Blog.  We may even take a special trip away from work to experience the Awesome Attraction of Mako when it opens.  Better yet, come to SeaWorld Orlando to ride this hypercoaster yourself.

Disney Springs Expands Into the Summer

Disney Springs, formerly known as Downtown Disney, is gaining a whole new neighborhood this summer!  Town Center will feature a sophisticated mix of shopping and dining along with inviting common areas for guests to relax and enjoy the improved atmosphere.  Old Florida Spanish-Style architecture will be the theme throughout this new neighborhood.  Several of the shops and experiences are set to debut as soon as May 15, with the rest of this neighborhood complete in July.

Make sure Disney Springs is on your list of Disney experiences this summer.  Over 30 new shops are set to debut within the Town Center neighborhood of Disney Springs.  This is in addition to The Landing and Marketplace neighborhoods, which premiered during the Spring season.  Shop at popular high- end stores not hosted at other Disney properties such as Anthropologie, Johnston & Murphy, LACOSTE, Lucky Brand, Luxury of Time by Diamonds International, Na Hoku, Under Armour, Vera Bradley and Volcom just to name a few.  This list will be ever- expanding through early summer, 2016.

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 - Shop at the Newest High- End Stores at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World -

New restaurants opening at the Town Center in Disney Springs will please all diets and sophisticated tastes.  D-Luxe Burger of Disney offers impressive gourmet burgers and artisanal gelato shakes and floats.  Authentic Mexican Cuisine will be served at Tablas Frontera in a lively, colorful atmosphere fresh from Latin America.  The Homecoming – Florida Kitchen and Shine Bar will feature farm-to-fork cuisine, serving up southern favorites derived within the Sunshine State.  Enjoy after- dinner sweets and an indulgent experience at Amorette’s Patisserie with high- end desserts that you may have never tasted!

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 - All New Restaurants at Disney Springs, Walt Disney World -

Additions to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World are set to be complete this Fall.  At completion, over 150 new offerings will be available.  The shops, restaurants, and entertainment venues will more than double in size than what was Downtown Disney.  Visitors will surely enjoy the Old Floridian theme encompassing the waterfront environment and other natural beauty throughout.

Awaken Summer at Walt Disney World

The excitement of summer lies just around the corner.  We have tons of New Experiences to look forward to at the Disney Parks!  Walt Disney World has just announced new additions to their classic amusements.  There is so much more to look forward to on your next summer vacation to the Orlando area!

New at Animal Kingdom

Summer Nights will be full of color and fascination at Disney’s Animal Kingdom!  This Park has now transformed into a day- long destination.  The famous Tree of Life lights up in a display of dancing light and adventure by illustrating stories that relate to the spirits of the animals held within.  You’ll want to catch the new nighttime light show- Rivers of Light at Discovery Island.  The presentation bursts with intense energy and brings to light how all living creatures are connected through nature. 

You won’t want to miss the new Nighttime Safaris at the Animal Kingdom.  What used to be off limits when the sun set, is now one of the most- anticipated experiences at Disney!  A thrilling African Adventure takes you across the savanna as you set safari and encounter nocturnal activities of exotic animals.  Scout lions, elephants, hyena, crocodiles, zebra, and many more of your favorites in somewhat of a behind-the-scenes show!  The guide will entertain with interesting facts and trivia as you ride along in a large off- road vehicle.

Animal Kingdom’s newest eatery, Tiffins, is open for lunch or dinner and features water views along with indoor and outdoor seating.  This restaurant tells the story of the foundation of the popular Disney Park and is inspired by exploration and adventure.  Enjoy unique food created from recipes from far- off lands!  The nearby Nomad Lounge, with their impressive list of wines and cocktails, is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy after dinner drinks and small plates.

The Discovery Island Carnivale and Harambe Wildlife Parti will keep you moving into the night.  Dance in the streets to high- energy live music and enjoy the shows put on by Disney street performers only seen at the Animal Kingdom.

New at Hollywood Studios

Hollywood Studios has become the place where Star Wars Lives.  This is the place to be for all Star Wars fans.  The Launch Bay will feature replicas and props and memorabilia from the Star Wars movie series and Storm Troopers will be on the loose throughout the Park.  Catch Star Wars stage shows and the most- elaborate fireworks presentation in the history of Hollywood Studios!  A Galactic Spectacular will feature insane effects with explosions of lasers and pyrotechnics!

New at Epcot

Soarin’ gets an improved lift for this summer!  Guests will Soar Around the World high above natural and man- made wonders across all corners of the Globe.  You’ll get the refreshing feeling of gliding slow within the clouds looking down with a bird’s eye view.

Disney’s Frozen continues its popularity at the Norway pavilion in the World Showcase.  Frozen Ever After is a boat tour through Frozen’s Arendelle Kingdom.  It will be a great break from the heat during this summer’s debut.  After the ride, make sure you meet Anna and Elsa inside their summer cabin for pictures.  Children, especially, will love this new adventure!

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 - Mickey is Dressed To Impress at the Mickey's Royal Friendship Faire stage show! -

New at the Magic Kingdom

Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire is the new exciting stage show coming in June to the Magic Kingdom.  A new song, On This Day, will debut here.  See all your favorite classic Disney characters in new costumers celebrating to original new music and dance!  This show takes place in front of Cinderella Castle and is sure to draw a large crowd.

Skipper Canteen is another restaurant opening at Disney that fuses adventure with food.  Sit down and take a break from the Magic Kingdom excitement and enjoy authentic tropical cuisine.  This soon-to-be-a-favorite restaurant is themed after an exotic outpost within Adventureland.  African and Latin flavors are combined to introduce a unique flavor to the Magic Kingdom.

Wow!  So Many New Experiences to see and do coming this summer at Disney!  Add more value to your Disney Vacation by staying in one of our vacation rental condos, townhomes, or vacation homes with a private pool.  All our properties are located close to the Hot Summer Excitement in Orlando.

Experience Disney After Hours at the Magic Kingdom

Add more Disney magic to your Orlando vacation this spring.  The Magic Kingdom will remain open for 3 additional hours on select nights, closing an hour or two after midnight.  Disney After Hours is a new special event that is available for a limited number of fans.  If you feel like a whole day inside the Magic Kingdom is not enough time to experience all the fun, then you may want to pick up a ticket before they’re sold out.

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 - It's a Whole New Experience during Disney After Hours -

Favorite Disney attractions will still be open for fans.  This includes the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, and Space Mountain.  Many of the Disney Princesses will be wide awake to greet guests.  Complimentary treats and beverages will be available throughout the Park, including the classic ice cream snacks.  Casey’s Corner, Main Street Bakery, and Starbucks will also be open and selling a limited menu during the Disney After Hours event.

You can be sure that tickets will sell fast for this event.  Come back for a spring vacation at Magical Memories and experience Magic Kingdom into the early morning hours.  Scroll through our Blog to learn about other ideas to extend your vacation longer into the week.

 

The dates and times of Disney After Hours are scheduled for April 14 and 21; May 8, 12 and 19 (11pm- 2am).  On April 28 and May 5 (10pm- 1am).  These dates and times may change under Walt Disney World discretion.  Please contact Walt Disney World for tickets.

 

Experience the Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

Tucked within the expanse of factory outlet stores and high- end shopping malls along International Drive is a new kind of shopping experience in Orlando.  A hidden treasure best described as the Anti- Mall, the Artegon Marketplace hosts local artisanal shops, additional entertainment options, and divine treats and restaurants.  The Artegon Marketplace is something different to enjoy while visiting the Disney area, and one of the best options for a rainy vacation day or to stay cool on a hot summer afternoon.

The Artegon Marketplace is built around Florida’s largest, and Orlando’s only, indoor artisanal marketplace that is open every day of the week.  Over 100 local arts and crafts vendors can be found here.  Shop for local treasures and well- known brands while you stroll in and out of unique smaller stores.  Outdoor goods and fresh- water boats are on display at the popular Bass Pro Shops.  The most- popular surf shop in the World, Ron Jon Surf Shop, is a wonderful place to grab beach gear.

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 - Storefronts at the Artegon Marketplace, Orlando -

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 - The Inspiration Wall at the Artegon Marketplace, Orlando -

Fun, family- friendly entertainment options include Sky Trail, Putting Edge, and a Cinemark movie theater with XD and reclining chairs.  Sky Trail is Florida’s largest indoor ropes course.  Walk high above the shoppers in a thrilling course perfect for all ages.  The fun continues at the Putting Edge, an 18 hole glow-in-the-dark miniature golf course with an arcade included!

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 - An old- fashioned Records store at the Artegon Marketplace, Orlando -

All this shopping and excitement from the attractions at Artegon, can stir up hunger pretty quick.  Restaurants and snack kiosks are plentiful for when you desire additional energy.  Fuddruckers, with their custom made-to order burgers, is a favorite amongst locals and vacationers alike.  Pizza lovers embrace Pizza@Artegon for their fast, casual service and a la carte menu.   

Make sure you schedule an adventurous afternoon at the Artegon Marketplace Orlando during your next Disney vacation.  You may find that treasure that you’ve been longing for your whole life!  Though, an enjoyable time is a guarantee.

 

The Artegon Marketplace | 5250 International Drive - Orlando, Florida  32819

Enjoy MLS Soccer in Orlando

The Orlando City Soccer Club will begin their second season of MLS play this March.  Add some spice to your Disney vacation and attend an Orlando City game.  Join thousands of fans in downtown Orlando and cheer on Florida’s only current MLS Soccer franchise.

The Orlando City Lions enjoyed a successful first season of MLS play in 2015.  This year promises a bigger thrill at the Citrus Bowl in downtown Orlando.  Attendance for the games typically stretches over 34,000 fans.  Excitement, just like the game being played before you, is non- stop and guarantees to keep you involved in the action.  To feed this enthusiasm over our soccer club, a new stadium is being built downtown, within 2 blocks of the Amway Center and within an easy walk to popular restaurants and nightclubs.  This new venue is scheduled for completion for the 2017 season.

To further propel Orlando into the Soccer world, the NWSL (National Women’s Soccer League) recently announced MSL status for the women’s team.  The women’s Orlando Pride Soccer Club begins their inaugural season at the Citrus Bowl a month later, in April.  Judging by the attendance for Orlando City last year and the excitement brewing for March’s kick off, you can expect a large showing for The Pride as their games get underway.

This Spring in Orlando

Escape from those Winter Blues and plan a Spring Vacation to Orlando.  Conditions could not be better for an impromptu trip to the Sunshine State.  Spring is the perfect season to visit popular Orlando Attractions.  Warm day time temperatures with mostly- sunny skies make Walt Disney World a pleasant spot to spend your vacation days.  Yes, the waterparks remain open during these off- season months.  Gas prices are still low compared to previous years, and you can expect a sharp decline in nightly rates at your favorite Vacation Rentals.  Plan ahead and make room in your schedule for these well- known seasonal festivals hosted by Orlando Theme Parks.

Mardi Gras at Universal Studios.  February 6- April 16.

Visit Universal Studios Orlando to Embrace the Excitement of Florida’s Biggest Party on weekend nights this Spring!  Legendary bands, authentic New Orleans cuisine, and a wild and outrageous flamboyant parade highlight the popular Mardi Gras celebration at Universal Studios.  Start your collection of party beads here.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival.  March 2- May 30.

Guests enjoy beautiful garden displays and powerful live entertainment at one of the most- anticipated Spring events year after year.  Fun for the whole family!  A packed schedule is full of gardening presentations, children’s play areas, and concerts by top bands and musicians.  Check out all the sights and sounds while dining on tasty cuisine and drinks.

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 - Disney's Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival Begins Soon! -

Viva La Musica.  April 16 & 23 and May 7 & 14.

Celebrate Latin culture while spending the day at SeaWorld! Experience delicious Latin cuisine and exciting concerts featuring internationally renowned Latin musicians. Come hungry, as there are lots of international dishes to sample.  This event is free with a paid SeaWorld admission.  Watch SeaWorld’s famous animal shows then head to the party for a memorable good time!

Orlando Farmers Market at Downtown Orlando. Every Sunday, 10am- 4pm.

On your next visit, stop by the Orlando Farmers Market to experience something totally different than the Theme Park world.  Local musicians and entertainment, specialty arts and crafts, and local tastes and treats thrive here, beside the Lake Eola Park and waterfront.

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