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.

Mako at SeaWorld Orlando

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 - Artist Rendering of the Mako Roller Coaster at SeaWorld Orlando -

SeaWorld Orlando will soon be home to Orlando’s tallest, fastest, and longest roller coaster.  Mako is set to debut in Summer, 2016.  Dedicated to the ocean’s fastest shark specious, it will be the anchor attraction to an area at SeaWorld all about sharks.  Shark Encounter, a restaurant named Sharks Underwater Grill, and other educational experiences and shops will surround the coaster.

Just this week, the highest point of the roller coaster was installed.  Thrill seekers will be carried 200 feet into the sky before a sudden plunge.  Speeds will reach up to 73 mph!  Experience the feeling of weightlessness as you race through turns and hills.  We will certainly be fighting for a spot in the front of the line!

Orlando Vacation Resolutions for 2016

Did you miss out on an Orlando vacation in 2015?  Don’t make the same mistake again.  Make sure you contact Magical Memories in the New Year for a most- memorable vacation.  We all need a break from the daily grind to keep in touch with our sanity.  There is so much to see and do in Orlando and the Disney area. 

Each year brings new experiences in Orlando!  Big changes took place in 2015 at Downtown Disney, when it transformed into Disney Springs.  A fresh, new theme to the Disney attraction brought more stores with huge brand names and exciting restaurant options.  The International Drive area grabbed headlines with the debut of the 400 ft. tall observation wheel, known as the Orlando Eye.  It’s located at the I-Drive 360 attraction, complete with specialty shops and a mix of restaurants and bars.  Plans of the World’s tallest roller coaster, Skyscraper, are buzzing with the promise of an opening in 2018.

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 - Soar 400 feet above Orlando when riding the Orlando Eye on International Drive! -

Let Magical Memories host your vacation in 2016.  Renting a management- hosted house or resort villa will be one of the smartest vacation decisions you make in the New Year.  Enjoy the comforts of home while having fun at Disney.  To highlight a few advantages of vacation rentals:  All houses have private swimming pools enclosed within screened patios; resort villas feature a long list of amenities including pools, game rooms, fitness facilities, sports courts, and nature tails for walking and running activities; the privacy of separate bedrooms and bathrooms; the functionality of  fully- equipped kitchens; togetherness in spacious living rooms; and the conveniences of free Wi-Fi internet access and in- property laundry machines. 

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 - Your Oasis Awaits!  All Vacation Homes at Magical Memories feature Private Pools. -

Make your vacation dreams come true in the New Year!  Contact Magical Memories soon, to make sure you get the best pick from our inventory of vacation rental homes near Walt Disney World.  Stay with us in the spring or fall for the best rates of the year, published now!

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