Ace Cafe Orlando for Nightlife

Visit the Ace Café for an unforgettable night full of excitement of rock ‘n’ roll, an impressive display of cars and motorcycles, and delicious soul food.  What began in 1938 as a roadside café in London, has tuned into an international destination attraction.  The Orlando café is the only one in the USA, right beside I-4 and the major entertainment points of Downtown Orlando.

Nearly every night, car enthusiasts and bikers meet up to show off their wonderfully- preserved rides.  Live Music and great American comfort food that’s inspired by roadside diners compliment the exciting atmosphere.  On certain nights, you’ll be able to see Jeeps and Trucks, Volkswagens, Corvettes, Hot Rods, and nights dedicated to British cars.  View their Events Calendar to see what’s happening during your visit to the Orlando area.

When I cruised into the Ace Café on a recent Friday night, I enjoyed the Pastrami Reuben Melt sandwich with French Fries and was able to park beside the patio and table where I ate.  I drove my vintage 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon to the monthly Orlando Van Club meet that happens every first Friday of each month. 

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- 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon at Ace Cafe Orlando -


Starbright Holidays at Disney Springs

I recently had the opportunity to catch Disney’s Starbright Holidays celebration at Disney Springs.  It caught me by surprise as I was out Christmas shopping with my family, and there couldn’t have been a better time to soak up the Holiday Spirit.  The show began as we were all enjoying a bite to eat at the Disney Food Truck area at the Westside district.

Starbright is another Christmas show that you just can’t miss.  This is a professional production that is free for all to view, even the parking in the new Disney Springs parking garages is free!  It takes place nightly, during two separate presentations, through the Holidays and ends on January 8th.  The uniqueness is what makes this presentation special.  300 flying drones come together to form Christmas objects and scenes to the tune of classic holiday songs arranged by Disney.  You won’t see a Holiday Show like this anywhere else in the World!

Make sure you arrive early, before dark, to grab the perfect spot to view Starbright Holidays.  Better Yet, plan an entire afternoon at Disney Springs and cap it off with dinner and an outdoor Holiday Show!  This will, no doubt, be a memorable experience for the Whole Family.

Festive Holiday Events in Orlando

Beautiful Weather, Low Nightly Rates, and Festive Holiday Celebrations make this a Magical time for an Orlando Vacation!  Plan your vacation during these exciting events for a most- memorable experience.  No, we won't have snow, but we have the Perfect Vacation Home with Private Swimming Pool for your family's Enjoyment.  Make it an annual Tradition with our loyalty discounts and return to the magic year after year! 

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 - It's the Most- Magical time of the year at Walt Disney World! -


Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party

Now, until December 22

Magic Kingdom guests will enjoy fireworks, a special holiday parade, and live entertainment.  Experience a magical snowfall while strolling on Main Street U.S.A. You won't want to miss the extravagant display of decorations and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.

Candlelight Processional at Epcot- World Showcase

November 25 – December 30

The Candlelight Processional at Epcot is an incredible experience not to be missed this holiday season!  Embrace in the Christmas spirit in front of a live 50-piece orchestra and choir.  Watch celebrity narrators tell the story of Christmas.

The Holidays at Universal Studios Orlando

December 3 – January 1

Universal Studios throws a huge party to welcome the changing seasons.  The Holidays are nothing short of exceptional!  Make sure you’re here to catch their version of the Macy’s Holiday Parade with huge floats and another thrilling year of the Grinchmas Wholiday Spectacular at Islands of Adventure.  Live music from Manheim Steamroller fills the air on select weekend nights in December.

The Holidays at Disney Springs

November 11 – January 8

This is the best time of the year to shop and dine at Disney Springs!  Experience a festive environment this holiday season with live entertainment, photo opportunities with Disney characters, and Santa Claus.  Shop for that perfect Christmas gift in the midst of decorations and cheer.  Parking is free and quick with the newly-built parking garages just a short walk away from the excitement.

SeaWorld's Christmas Celebration

November 25 – December 31

Enjoy caroling, a seasonal ice show, an appearance from Santa Claus and Rudolf, and Shamu.  Beautiful decorations dress the whole park creating a special holiday experience for the whole family.

The Perfect Season for an Orlando Vacation

There has been a noticeable change of seasons in Orlando lately.  Take off for a long weekend escape to the Orlando area and enjoy our pleasant weather, exciting weekend festivals, and lower rates on Orlando Vacation Rentals!  Discover the many advantages of a Central Florida vacation in the fall and winter months.

The Rainy Season is over and we are seeing many more sunny days!  Daytime temperatures still climb well into the 80s (degrees fahrenheit), while nighttime temperatures rest comfortably in the 60s and 70s. Days spent at the Disney Parks will be more enjoyable with the change in seasons, not to mention shorter lines at all the popular attractions.  Beach weather lasts all year in Central Florida!

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 - A Lovely October Afternoon visiting The Orlando Eye at I-Drive on International Drive. -

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 - Experiencing Epcot International Food & Wine Festival in October.  Held at the World Showcase. -

After a busy summer season, the excitement heats up even more in Orlando!  Schedule your visit during a weekend festival in the next few months.  Each theme park hosts their own seasonal festival and holiday event.  The Amway Center, in Downtown Orlando, has great concerts planned through early next year, including the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Billy Joel, and Ariana Grande.  Plan a Shopping Trip to the new Disney Springs attraction full of great restaurants, live entertainment, and unique shopping experiences.

If you missed a memorable Disney vacation this past summer, plan to come visit Now.  A World of Fun is awaiting your family or group in Orlando. Choose a vacation rental through Magical Memories and discover the value!

Swim With Manatees in Crystal River

Plan to go swimming with Manatees on your next Disney vacation.  Manatee Tour and Dive specializes in these eco tours at Kings Bay in Crystal River, Florida.  This is less than a 2 hour drive to the West Coast from Orlando.  Kings Bay is the only spot where you can legally and purposefully dive and swim with Manatees.  Experience these gentle giants in their natural habitat while they eat, sleep, and play!

Travel out to the bay on a large pontoon boat with other guests.  You’ll meet new friends on the popular 2 hour tour.  First, is a snorkel practice session getting used to the gear and reviewing the rules.  Moments later, you’ll be swimming aside Manatees.  These animals are not trained, they are not aggressive and don’t feel threatened by strangers.  Warm, year-round water at the springs in Kings Bay creates the perfect ecosystem for the Manatees.  The Captain and Mate entertain by sharing facts with guests and telling jokes throughout the Tour.  Learn about how Manatees live and preservation efforts to protect them.  There is wonderful sight-seeing along the way while you ride comfortably in the boat.

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 - Awating my turn to jump in the water and see a Manatee for the first time! -

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 - Such a Beautiful Place to Swim With Manatees at Kings Bay in Crystal River, Florida. -

Manatee Tour and Dive also hosts adventure dives for Scallops in the Gulf of Mexico.  Kayak Rentals and Private Manatee Tours of 3 hours in length are some other services.  Don’t Forget to save some time in your Disney Vacation for swimming with the Manatees.


Manatee Tour and Dive | 267 NW 3rd Street, Crystal River, Florida  34428 | (352) 795- 1333

An Evening at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil

I recently had the opportunity to catch a show at La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil.  In all my years living in Orlando, I had not seen this fascinating show.  What a wonderful time I had!  La Nouba is located under that big white circus tent in the West Side at Disney Springs.  You can’t miss the enormous attraction when visiting Disney Springs.

La Nouba offers the audience nearly two hours of pure excitement.  Guests experience bright, dancing colors and a thrilling storyline set against live music.  The orchestra can be indirectly seen through the two towers at each end of the stage.  A host of Characters, dressed in unique, colorful costumes, interact with the audience on every skit.  This creates an intimate performance well worth vacation dollars and precious personal time.

La Nouba by Cirque de Soleil at Disney Springs brings together many talents under one attraction.  There’s juggling and balancing acts, mesmerizing break dancing choreography, stunning bicycle tricks, incredible trapeze artistry and aerial dancing, and a showcase of trampoline stuntmen that will set your emotions on fire.  Muscle Men, singers, and hilarious skits by clowns complement the story.  It’s a continuous stream of excitement that never dulls.

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 - La Nouba by Cirque du Soleil brings together a Wide Cast of Characters and Color! -

Make plans during your next Disney vacation to visit La Nouba.  Grab a bite to eat before the show at one of the restaurants on site at Disney Springs.  This attraction is located beside the Orange parking garage.  With the new smart parking features, finding a spot is quicker than ever.  Such a memorable experience that you’ll treasure for years to come!

Upcoming Fall Events in Orlando

Make Plans to visit Orlando this fall!  Our rainy season has just ended and warm, sunny days have arrived.  Orlando usually enjoys 80 degree days through early November.  Less crowds and low nightly rental rates make the fall season a popular time to visit the Disney Parks and other outdoor attractions, including those along International Drive. 

Let the team at Magical Memories help you find that perfect Orlando Vacation Rental.  Choose a house and refresh in your very own private swimming pool.  Or stay in one of our vacation condos or townhomes and take advantage of exclusive Resort Amenities.  Whatever Your Desire, we’ve got you covered for your upcoming visit to one of these popular fall events in Orlando.


Epcot International Food & Wine Festival | 9/14- 11/14/2016

The famous Epcot International Food & Wine Festival returns, with even more days this year to enjoy the event!  This is truly a Paradise for all food and wine lovers.  Watch live cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, participate in mixology classes, and dance along with musical performances all night long.  Get your friends together to sample some of the best international food and amazing wines at booths in the World Showcase at Epcot.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party | 9/2- 10/31/2016

Children will absolutely love Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party!  Held each year in the weeks leading up to Halloween at the Magic Kingdom, Kids get to dress in costume and trick-or-treat through different Lands within the Park.  A special themed parade and a huge party with Disney villains adds to the excitement.  The whole family will have a good time.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios | 9/16- 10/31/2016

Universal Studios hosts the biggest Halloween event in the country.  Halloween Horror Nights is an ever-changing thrill that attracts guests from all over the World.  This is total immersion within a spooky atmosphere everywhere you walk and look.  Experience haunted houses, scare zones, incredible live shows, and thrilling rides throughout the night.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular | 10/1- 10/30/2016

Halloween fun at SeaWorld takes place on the Weekends in October.  Party with sea creatures of all shapes and sizes!  Children get to dress up in costume and enjoy Halloween themed shows.  Adults can get their screams on the thrilling new Mako super roller coaster, the tallest, longest, and fastest coaster in Orlando!

Live Nightly Entertainment at the Amway Center, Hard Rock Live, & The House of Blues

Plan ahead of your visit to catch one of your favorite bands, solo musicians, or comedians while they perform in Orlando.  Hit Makers Garth Brooks, Sia, and Marc Anthony heat up the Amway Center this fall.  Tracy Morgan brings his comedy act to Hard Rock Live in November.  The House of Blues hosts chart-topping musician Charlie Puth and a long list of popular Classic Rock tribute bands.  Visit the Disney Parks during the day and see a show at night

Orlando Farmers Market at Lake Eola Downtown Orlando | Every Sunday from 10:00am- 4:00pm

Add something special to days spent at the Disney Parks.  The Orlando Farmers Market is a great experience to check out during your fall vacation.  This road side attraction in downtown features local entertainment, specialty shops, and otherwise-hidden dining options.


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