Experience Holiday Events in Orlando

Warm and Sunny Orlando is the place to be for the Holidays! Extravagant Holiday displays and lights can already be seen at attractions and shopping centers.  Popular seasonal events have been luring crowds of families for many years. It becomes a family tradition as we welcome the same happy faces year after year. We may not have snow, but the excitement is through the roof at Walt Disney World and the surrounding theme parks and road- side attractions. The most beautiful beaches in the Nation are just a short drive from our vacation rental homes. Pack your bags and head to Orlando for a Holiday Vacation that you’ll remember for a lifetime. Seek out the following Holiday events for the most Magical Memories.

SeaWord’s Christmas Celebration

November 21- December 31, 2015

Experience a winter wonderland during SeaWorld’s Christmas Celebration! Planned excitement includes a special Live Holiday Shamu show, a Polar Express Experience that will surely impress, and a fascinating ice- skating extravaganza set to popular carols.

The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Now, until January 3, 2015

Enjoy one of the most famous Holiday lights displays in the World, the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights. Hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights are choreographed to popular Holiday tunes. Grab a hot cup of cocoa, stroll down the canopy of lights, and reminisce. This will be the last showing of the Osborne Lights at Disney in its 20 year history.

Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at the Magic Kingdom

Now, until December 18, 2015

Select Nights from 7:00pm- 12:00am. Magic Kingdom guests will enjoy fireworks, a special holiday parade, and live entertainment. Watch snow fall on Main Street U.S.A.! You won't want to miss the extravagant display of decorations and complimentary cookies and hot cocoa.

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Candlelight Processional at Epcot

November 27- December 30, 2015

Epcot Guests are treated to the Story of Christmas, narrated by well- known Celebrities. Enjoy the magical sounds of the season coming from the incredible 50-piece orchestra. The Candlelight Processional takes place within the World Showcase at Epcot and comes included within park admission.

The Holidays at Universal Studios

December 5- January 2, 2016

Universal Studios hosts memorable New York City floats at the Macy’s Holiday Parade, complimented by festive music, bright lights and decorations, and a visit from Santa himself! Make sure you visit the Islands of Adventure as it transforms into Seuss Landing for their Grinchmas Who-Liday Spectacular!

Popular Fall Orlando Events

Summer flew by in a blink of an eye. Rest assured though, Orlando will keep the warm weather and sunshine as we continue into the pleasant Fall months ahead. Gas prices are much lower and so are the nightly rates for our vacation rentals. Wait lines at all the top attractions have shrunk to a minimum. Plan your Disney vacation around these popular Orlando Events to add a little more Magic to your experience.

Orlando Farmers Market at Downtown Orlando

Every Sunday Afternoon, from 10:00 am- 4:00 pm

The perfect destination to check out while on your next Disney vacation. It compliments days spent at the local theme parks and adds something special for the whole family. Experience local entertainment, specialty shops, and otherwise- hidden dining options.  Food vendors are always cooking up some local favorite dishes and treats!

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Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

September 25- November 16, 2015

You'll want to be at Epcot this fall to enjoy their food and wine festival. Billed as a "food and wine lover's paradise," this event will feature cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, mixology classes, and live musical performances! Sample some of the best international food and amazing wines.

Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

September 15- November 1, 2015

Children and Adults alike will love Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, held at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World. Dress in your most-creative costume ready to trick-or-treat around the different Lands at the Magic Kingdom. A special spooky parade and party with Disney villains are entertainment to set this event apart from others.

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

September 18- November 1, 2015

Immerse yourself in a real life Horror film! Universal Studios Orlando puts on the biggest Halloween event in the country, if not the World. Guests from all over the World come to experience this popular Terrifying Attraction. The Adventures include haunted houses, scare zones, incredible live shows, and Universal's thrilling rides amongst the spookiest nights.

SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular

October 3- October 31, 2015

Weekends in October are the Spookiest Experiences at SeaWorld Orlando. Halloween season in Florida wouldn't be special without partying with Sea Creatures of all shapes and sizes. Children get to dress in costume and enjoy the afternoon with colorful creatures and watch great Halloween shows! There is even a special Sesame Street Musical that takes place.

Upcoming Orlando Events- Summer, 2015

Summer is sizzling right now in Orlando! From unique experiences at Walt Disney World, to high energy concerts at the Amway Center in Downtown Orlando, these events provide that extra spark to your summertime vacation. Use this schedule to plan your upcoming vacation celebration at Magical Memories.

Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Epcot World Showcase (through July 25, 2015). Rock and dance to live tributes of your favorite classic rock bands. The concerts take place at the America Gardens Theatre and feature 3 different performances late into the afternoon after you have ridden most of the rides and experienced several shows. Even better, Epcot has included this special bonus in your paid admission to the park!

Summer Nights at SeaWorld (through August 9, 2015). Visit SeaWorld for an entire day and stay late into the evening. The excitement gets turned up a notch when the sun sets. Experience weekend concerts, a special Shamu celebration with spectacular visual effects, and ride your favorite roller coasters under the night sky! It’s well worth skipping your bed time.

Night of Joy at Magic Kingdom (September 11- September 12, 2015). Popular Christian music bands and musicians converge on the Magic Kingdom for two rockin’ nights of music and fellowship. From soul and inspirational singers to hard-rocking bands, there is live excitement for every taste in music. The entertainment kicks off at 7:30pm and continues until 1:00am. Shift your vacation into overdrive, and be prepared to rock ‘n roll the nights away this September at the Magical Kingdom.

Rock the Universe at Universal Studios Orlando (September 11 - September 12, 2015). An impressive line-up of popular Christian bands rock together during this popular Christian music festival at Universal Studios. Surrounding the excitement are heart-pounding rides and attractions. After partying with new friends, visit both theme parks, Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure, for an unforgettable experience.

The Amway Center in downtown Orlando is hosting two huge concerts in September! Ed Sheeran will be performing on September 8, 2015, and Janet Jackson is bringing her high energy show to us on September 23, 2015. Buy tickets now to add that extra spark to your summer vacation. Both of these concerts are happening mid-week, so make your stay last a whole week to take advantage of everything the Orlando area has to offer!

Epcot International Food & Wine Festival (September 25 - November 16, 2015). You'll want to be at Epcot this fall to enjoy their food and wine festival. Billed as a "food and wine lover's paradise," this event will feature cooking demonstrations by celebrity chefs, mixology classes, and live musical performances! Sample some of the best international food and amazing wines.

Exciting Fall Events in Orlando

Did you miss your opportunity for a Disney vacation this past summer? It’s not too late to fit in the Magic still this fall. With the exciting seasonal events through November and lower rates this season, the timing couldn’t be any better than NOW to escape for a long weekend! Plan your trip around these popular fall events to make the most out of your visit.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party lasts until October 31st. The whole family can enjoy this celebration at the Magic Kingdom Park. Trick-or-Treat for sweets throughout the park. Many of the famous Disney characters will also be taking part in the seasonal festivities, dressed in unique costumes as well. Catch a special evening “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade and party alongside famous Villains from your favorite spooky movies.

Halloween Horror Nights, which is going on now through November 1st, is in its 24th horrific season at Universal Studios Orlando. This year brings 8 terrifying haunted houses, ridiculously scary street experiences, live shows, and new rides and attractions to compliment this thrilling mega-event. Experience the most well-done Halloween amusement in the country right here in Central Florida. This guarantees screams and thrills from the bravest person.

So many events and parties go on at Epcot International Food and Wine Festival. It is scheduled to run until November 10th. Travel around the world in the World Showcase and sample popular food, fine wine, and craft beer from many different cultures! Live, well-known bands and cooking demonstrations compliment this fall festival. Stay late on Thursday nights for more indulgences with the “Late Nights LIVE!” celebration of food and fun. It’s a perfect mixture of activity that flows well with a day at Epcot while experiencing your favorite theme park rides.

Don’t miss out on all the excitement this fall. Contact Magical Memories to see how affordable a weekend escape can be. Reservations can be made for a villa in an all-inclusive Kissimmee resort or a larger vacation rental home with private pool. See you soon in Central Florida!

Keep Your Cool at Orlando Theme Parks

We are well into our summer season in Orlando and one thing is for certain; it is HOT! 90 degree temperatures are normal in late July and into August. It is important to stay cool and hydrated while visiting the Walt Disney World parks, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, and other outdoor amusements. Keep in mind the following cooling tips so you can enjoy the theme parks and feel more comfortable through the hot Florida summer.

The most important advice to staying cool is to drink plenty of water throughout the day. You can lose a lot of water through perspiration by walking over 10 hours straight in the hot sun. Aim for drinking a gallon or more of water during your theme park excursion. Carry a water bottle with you and refill it with water when empty. Not only will you feel more awake and energized, but you will be properly hydrated and cool.

Snack stands feature delicious treats to suppress hunger, keep you active, and cool you down. There is no shortage of ice cream bars and delicious popsicles at Disney. Children love these fun snacks and they will be satisfied for hours! Buy some extra treats to enjoy while waiting in line at rides and your experience will be much more enjoyable.

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It is important to dress appropriately for the weather and hours of walking in the direct sunshine. Wear light colored clothing and materials that allow your body to “breath” and wicks away moisture. Athletic apparel and bathing suits are perfect for park hopping. Remember a high level of SPF protection if you’re wearing clothes that expose your skin directly to the sun. Sunburn would make your day at the park difficult.

Take frequent breaks under shelters and misting stations located throughout the parks. You will often find that misting stations are popular hangouts. Stop for a few moments inside a restroom, wet a paper towel with cold water, and wipe your head and arms. You will immediately feel revitalized and ready to conquer the next big ride on your list.

The heat and direct exposure of your skin to the sunlight can make you feel exhausted quickly. These cooling tips will greatly improve your theme park experience and will ensure lasting memories. Don’t get caught “under the weather” and ill-prepared.

Upcoming Events in Orlando - Spring and Summer 2014

Plan your upcoming vacation around these fun spring and summer events at the Orlando area theme parks. All of the listed events are family-friendly. Admission to most events is covered in the cost of your park ticket and will complement the excitement of thrilling rides and amusements. Check our blog often for more great ideas that will add to your Central Florida vacation experience.

The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival (now through May 18th) is a wonderful kick off to our spring season in Kissimmee. Visitors enjoy bright flower displays, home improvement seminars, live music from legendary bands, and unique seasonal foods at the World Showcase. After one trip to the Flower & Garden Festival, you'll want to schedule future vacations around this event.

Epcot’s popular summer concert series, Sounds Like Summer, begins on June 8th and runs until July 26th. Listen to your favorite classic rock songs performed by tribute bands. Bands honor the Beach Boys, U2, the Eagles, Bee Gees, and other well-known acts. These concerts take place in the America Gardens Theatre in the World Showcase with a different band performing each week.

Fans of the popular Star Wars films will enjoy Star Wars Weekends at Hollywood Studios, May 16th - June 15th. Disney is the place to be for special thrilling entertainment paying tribute to the Star Wars franchise. Experience specialty rides, celebrity parades, fireworks shows, Jedi Training for younger children, and collect autographs from your favorite Star Wars characters. It's all taking place right here!

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Viva La Musica takes place at SeaWorld every Saturday, from April 26th - May 17th and pays homage to Latin culture. Experience tasty Latin cuisine and exciting concerts featuring internationally renowned Latin musicians. Come hungry, as there are lots of delicious dishes to sample. This event is free with a paid SeaWorld admission.

During SeaWorld’s Summer Nights Celebration, which takes place June 21st – August 10th, the excitement heats up as the day cools down. Thrilling light shows and fireworks displays light up the night skies and add an extra flair to the always popular marine show featuring Shamu. Clyde and Seamore put on a hilarious nighttime show as well, titled “Sea Lions Tonite.” Enjoy a thrilling experience on SeaWorld’s rollercoasters as the day winds down.

Universal Studios hosts its own Grand Celebration of the New Orleans original party, Mardi Gras. This party is ongoing until June 7th. Catch the same level of excitement as you would in New Orleans, only in Orlando and beside great Theme Park rides. Internationally known music superstars and bands from hip hop and rock and roll will be hosting free concerts. Extravagant floats, Cajun food, and Bayou-fused music surround Universal Studios to create a festive environment.