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.

Classic Cars at Old Town Kissimmee

Old Town Kissimmee is a wonderful attraction that transports visitors back in time to a classic Carnival atmosphere.  Adults love the thrill rides and the gentler amusements are great for the children.  Unique shops and great restaurants will keep you entertained for the whole day!  Stick around until the evening hours to watch classic cars cruise the old fashioned roads within Old Town.  Car Enthusiasts love coming here to cruise and mingle with classic car owners.

Every Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday night vintage cars line up for show at Old Town.  American muscle cars are shown every Friday night.   Local bands perform for the crowd each night with lively entertainment.  There is plenty of great food and drink nearby to keep you satisfied while checking out these masterpieces of automotive history.

Schedule at a Glance:

Wednesdays at 6:00pm- Little Darlin’s Street Party & Cruise-In.  Doo-Wop and Dance alongside classic cars!

Fridays at 4:00pm- All-American Muscle Car Cruise.  American Classics from 1964-1988.

Saturdays at 1:00pm- Saturday Nite Cruise at Old Town Kissimmee.  Models 1979 and older on display.


Old Town Kissimmee is Located at:

5770 West Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway (Highway 192)- Kissimmee, Florida

Plan For The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Make Plans Now to visit the Disney area this fall for the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Travel around the World through the World Showcase and sample delicious cuisines and unique beverages from the different cultures.  Reservations are being accepted now for culinary seminars, wine and cheese tastings, and mixology classes.  Along with your favorite Epcot attractions, this event will give you a full day’s worth of excitement!

There is So Much More to experience than the great food and extensive wine list at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.  Top Celebrity Chefs will teach their secrets during in-depth, hands-on culinary seminars.  Wine Masters and Cheese Experts guide you through tasting adventures with their separate seminars.  Enjoy nightly concerts at the America Gardens Theatre by popular bands and musicians!  STARSHIP, Air Supply, Sugar Ray, Blues Traveler, and Boys II Men are just a few of the huge acts scheduled to rock Epcot during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival this fall. 

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 - Hang Out with your Friends at the 2016 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival! -

The Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from September 14- November 14, 2016.  There are more days to Celebrate this year, as the Festival has increased from 53 days to 62 days!  Remember to bring extra spending money in addition to admission to Epcot.  Food and beverages will cost money as will the various seminars if you choose to participate.  Nightly concerts are free!

Cool Tips For Your Orlando Vacation

It has been a hot July with a Heat Index climbing over 105 degrees on most days.  While this weather may be perfect for the beaches or Disney Water Parks, it is sometimes difficult to tolerate hours on end while visiting the Orlando theme parks or outdoor shopping malls.  Follow these simple tips to make your outdoor activities more bearable.

Dress in comfortable clothes for the weather conditions and hours of exposure to direct sunlight.  Bathing suits and light colored clothing are perfect for days spent outdoors at the theme parks.  Choose clothing that is lightweight and allows your skin to breath easily.  Apply a higher level of SPF sunblock to skin that is exposed to the sun.  Sunburn can make the rest of your vacation unpleasant. 

Drink lots of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and energized.  It is easy to become dehydrated in the summer sun, especially walking several miles within Disney theme parks.  Our bodies are mostly water.  You’ll lose a large amount of water through perspiration.  A good suggestion would be to carry a water bottle with you and refill when empty.  This will also alleviate soreness felt after a long day outdoors.

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 - Blizzard Beach at Walt Disney World is The Perfect Spot for a Hot Day! -

Cool Off with a delicious ice cream snack from a snack stand.  Snack Kiosks can be found everywhere at the Disney Parks and outdoor shopping malls.  Children, especially, will be thankful for the unique treats such as the famous Dole Whips and Mickey Mouse Ice Cream Bars found at Walt Disney World.  Grab some treats for the whole family while waiting in line at one of the roller coasters.  Your wait will be more enjoyable. 

Take Some Time and Rest under shelters and misting stations throughout the theme parks and shopping malls.  Restrooms and restaurants within the attractions also provide for a good spot to rest in air conditioning and gain a second wind.  Wipe a damp paper towel across your head, arms, and legs for a quick cool-down in between amusement rides.

More hot and humid days are in the forecast, at least for the next couple months.  Stay comfortable and take our Cool Advice while visiting the Orlando area theme parks this summer.  These tips will greatly improve your vacation experience at the Attractions.


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