Top Koh Samui Beaches

Renowned for the endless miles of sea and sugar white sands, Koh Samui is a location every beach lover will adore. Bordered by an assembly of the world’s most stunning beaches, each offering something slightly different to the next.

Spanning from the northern to eastern side of the coast are the main beaches of Koh Samui. Chaweng, situated on the east side is the liveliest with an array of activities and entertainment, whereas the northern beaches (Bangrak, Bophut, Maenam etc) are more peaceful, boasting a tropical flair.

Chaweng Beach

Chaweng beach

The esteemed Chaweng beach is most popular with tourists. There’s many reasons why it’s a favourite spot; showcasing a collection of shops, accommodation, restaurants, bars and home to the longest beach in Koh Samui. Split into three sections, each area offers its own unique charm: from the quieter region in the North to the fun filled water sport and entertainment on the central beach ending in the south, where the main island’s events are hosted. Whether it’s complete tranquility, exciting activities, delicious eateries or to attend annual events, Chaweng beach is fit for every holiday maker.

Bangrak Beach

Acclaimed as the ‘Big Buddha Beach’, this incredible bay is named after the famous Buddha statue in Koh Samui, the island’s most impressive vocal point, seen upon arrival. Located on the northeast coast, nearby to Chaweng Beach and home to the waved soft sands, Bangrak provides a complete tranquil ambiance. If that isn’t enough water sports are a must, with energetic activities including kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling available, take to the water and discover the unknown. Our Concierge team can arrange any excursions for you. There’s even the opportunity to experience the magical full moon party, travelling out by boat to Koh Pha Ngan from the Bangrak beach!

Maenam Beach

Maenam beach

During your Koh Samui holiday, we always recommend Maenam as a number one, must see destination. It is celebrated as the most picturesque beach on the island, beyond the phenomenal golden sands and astounding view of Koh Pha Ngan will take your breath away. In between this perfect blend of serenity, you can enjoy regular boat trips along the crystal waters and fine dining at John’s Garden. Not forgetting the ‘Walking Street’ weekly event,  every traveller will fall in love again and again with Maenam.

Bophut Beach

Situated away from the buzzing crowds, Bohput Beach is the perfect peaceful destination, also referred to as Fisherman’s village; a traditional and well maintained area of Koh Samui. Stretching out for an extensive two miles of pristine white sands, the beach’s centre is home to an array of charming wooden Chinese style houses, tucked away to blend in with the natural surroundings. The laid back family friendly vibe and quaint location is ideal for exploration especially on Friday nights when the village comes alive with music, local street vendors and community spirit – a great opportunity to haggle for the unique Thailand trinket.

Choeng Mon Beach

Bophut beach

Nestled in Koh Samui’s northeast corner, Choeng Mon Beach is esteemed for the quiet ambiance and remote bays. With the main beach offering a wide selection of water sports including Kayak trips over to Koh Fan Yai island, it’s a once in a lifetime experience. Showcasing delicious restaurants, bars away from the main beach and other beaches located nearby, plenty is available to add to your itinerary. To get around, car hire can be arranged by our Concierge team, who can also sort any other excursions or requests you may have.

We offer a wide selection of Koh Samui vacation rentals in various locations including Choeng Mon, Maenam, Bophut, Bangrak and Chaweng, nearby to these array of stunning beaches. If you’d like to book or find out more information about our homes in this location, you can speak to one of our travel experts on 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK). For additional help regarding excursions, car hire or any other services, our Concierge team are always on hand to help you through the holiday planning process. 

Destin’s Best Beach Houses

Located in Northwestern Florida, the sunny city of Destin is home to an array of powder white beaches, exotic food, world-class fishing and many of our top beach front properties.

Nestled against the Gulf of Mexico, Destin is Florida’s best kept secret, an area filled with complete natural beauty. With the famous Miramar Beach, rugged wilderness of St Vincent Island and emerald-hued Gulf waters in the mix, it’s a destination families, couples or any large group are bound to adore. The laid back lifestyle defines Destin, a factor which brings it to the attention of luxury travellers from across the globe every year.

To appreciate the seaside ambiance and tranquil scenery, we have the finest selection of homes located right on the beach – you are only seconds away from swim in their transparent waters!

Destin 80

Set in a gated estate, this magnificent 11 bedroom property provides a private swimming pool, hot tub, BBQ and is only minutes away from the sugar white sands. There’s the opportunity to host a wedding, hire bikes and simply admire the soothing clear waves ahead from your own patio area.

Destin 80 beach front home

Destin 55

Only seconds away from the sands, the astounding 7 bedroom vacation home is designed for comfort, luxury and complete relaxation all in one. Providing a private pool, plush appliances and the sensational ocean view ahead, beach style living couldn’t be any easier.

Destin 55 beach front home

Destin 73

Built on the beach, this immaculate 6 bedroom vacation home showcases a private pool, balconies to watch the gorgeous beach view, modern furnishings and sleeps up to 14 guests.

Destin 73

Miramar Beach 65

Overlooking the Gulf Coast’s clear blue waters, this 9 bedroom vacation home is seconds away from the sands. Including a private pool, stylish decor and a vast amount of space, the villa is designed for the perfect family beach getaway.

Miramar Beach 65

Miramar Beach 64

The newly built 8 bedroom vacation rental is located on Miramar beach, offering private access to the sands, a swimming pool, in-home elevator and sleeps up to 26 guests. Designed with luxury in mind, the property is decorated to the finest standards, ideal for a family vacation or large group retreat to the Sunshine State.

Miramar Beach 64

For more information about Destin vacation rentals, call up 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK) and our sales team will help you find the perfect home.

What to expect on arrival at your vacation rental?

Whether you’ve booked a property by the beach, at a resort or in many other locations with us at Top Villas, a frequently asked question is ‘what to expect on arrival to the home?’ We’ve put together a series of answers to resolve the top FAQs:

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Where do I get my check in details?

A few weeks prior to arrival, your villa information pack will be sent out via email in PDF form. This will include all your check in details such as the door code, directions to the villa, the villa address, management company details and check in/out times.

What supplies will there be?

Upon arrival, there will be a small bundle of supplies provided for you including toilet roll, dishwasher tablets and hand soap etc. Once this has been used up, you’ll need to replenish and restock. For an Orlando villa, nearby is a Publix store and other supermarkets that’ll stock everything you could possibly need.

Where can I order food to be in the villa when we arrive? 

We can arrange welcome packs to be prepared and delivered before arrival, which range in a variety of groceries. These packs differ in prices depending on what they contain and can be altered if requested.

Can I create my own grocery list?

Yes, here at Top Villas we have a programme for Orlando homes set up with the Orlando Express Grocery, whereby you can create your own grocery list. To put together a grocery pack, simply follow this link which will take you through to the online shop, select what you need and proceed to check out. At Orlando Express, you’ll need to update the information with the villa address and door code, a few weeks before check in. For Barbados rentals, a member of the concierge team will meet the guests at the villa and take them around. If you would like a cook, they will be available 6 days a week from 8am-4pm and specialise in local cuisine only – the prices alter depending on management company. If you’d prefer to order a grocery pack, similar to the Orlando homes, our concierge team can arrange a set list to be delivered ( this can be altered depending on your requirements).

Does the home come with towels and linens?

Each villa will come provided with linens, bath/shower and hand towels for all guests. We recommend taking your own pool towels as they will not be accommodated in the villa.

What to do if I’m not happy with something at the villa?

During your stay if you aren’t happy with anything in the villa, the best thing to do is call the management company. Their details are found in your villa information pack and they are located onsite, therefore close by to resolve any issues you may have.

Have I got pool heating?

We recommend to check your cost breakdown or contract as it will be there, if it’s not included request for it to be added. There is an additional fee for pool heating which can be paid over the phone. If you have paid and arrived at the villa where the pool isn’t heated, phone the management company; they’ll come over to fix it for you.

How does the door code work?

The doors can vary on what type of locks given; all will be electronic. You’ll be given your door code in the villa information pack and to use it simply type it in, the door should then open. Locking the door can differ too, if you have any trouble please get in touch with the management company.

If you have any other queries about your villa arrival, please get in touch with our Concierge team who will be able to assist you with any extras you require. Whether you’re venturing out to Orlando, Barbados, Jamaica or any other stunning destination, we hope you have a splendid stay with us at Top Villas. All numbers and contact information can be found on our website.

Solterra Resort – Take an inside look

Introducing Solterra Resort, one of Orlando’s newest communities in the Disney area. Designed to experience a mix of fun and complete relaxation, it’s an ideal spot for a family escape away into the beaming sunshine.

Located only 10 miles from the remarkable land of Walt Disney World Orlando, you’re just moments away from experiencing the true fairytale magic.

Solterra resort clubhouse

Upon arrival to the resort, you’ll instantly feel at ease. With the luscious greenery and water conservation areas surrounding the amenities, it’s a peaceful environment everyone will adore. From a spacious clubhouse, community pool to play area, let’s take a closer look at the resorts features:

Grand clubhouse – Stretching over 6,700 sq.ft, the vast space contains a fitness center, large gathering room, ideal to catch up with an old friend or family member and cyber cafe.

Resort style community pool –  Nestled inby palm trees and bold cabanas, the expansive community pool is situated in the resort’s center. It’s crystal clear blue waters make for a tranquil swim and with a jacuzzi area, you’re able to fully unwind.

Children’s playground – For the younger guests, positioned next to the pool area is an adventurous playground to enjoy. It’s climbing galore with the extended frames and slippery slides!

Sports courts – Take the opportunity to compete with your family at Solterra’s extensive tennis court and volley ball zone.  Either build your tennis skills or enjoy a fun game of volley ball on the immaculate greens.

Solterra Resort clubhouse overhead

If these amenities aren’t enough, this incredible resort showcases a vast range of family friendly vacation rentals. Their homes feature open living spaces, fully equipped kitchens, private pools and are located on conservation areas, providing privacy in the back yards.

Solterra Resort's lazy river

For more information on Solterra Resort or to take a browse at our selection of rentals, click here. If you’d like to book one of the villas or talk to a sales advisor, use the following numbers 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK) and our team will assist you.

Fun Things to do This Memorial Day in Orlando

Spending Memorial Day Weekend 2016 in Orlando? Looking for fun things to do? Whether you’re in search of theme park thrills, festivals, BBQ blowouts and more, there’s plenty going on for all the family.

Discovery Island Carnivale

Discovery Island Carnivale (photo courtesy of WDW)

Memorial Day at Disney World

Memorial Day Weekend 2016 will see a series of sensational summer openings kicking off at Disney World. Animal Kingdom will host two new parties, Harambe Wildlife Parti and Discovery Island Carnivale, as well as the new Jungle Book, Alive with Water show and the Tree of Life nighttime awakenings. Also, beginning Memorial Day weekend, guests will be able to enjoy many existing attractions in the evening hours for the first time ever! Other Disney attractions opening their doors on Memorial Day Weekend include Frozen Games at Blizzard Beach, Mickey’s Royal Friendship Faire at Magic Kingdom, and Star Wars Galactic Spectacular fireworks show at Hollywood Studios – to name just a few!

A Galactic Spectacular at Disney's Hollywood Studios

A Galactic Spectacular at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Central Florida BBQ Blowout

Visitors will be in hog heaven at the 4th annual Central Florida BBQ blowout this Memorial Day Weekend. This huge-scale barbeque event will feature professional and amateur BBQ grill masters, as well as local businesses, craft brews, live music, kids activities and more. The event will be held on 27th-28th May 2016 at Oviedo Mall. It is free to attend, with food and beverages available for purchase.

Orlando Carnival 2016

Kicking off Memorial Day Weekend, this spectacular Caribbean-style Mardi Gras offers fun for all the family. Now in its 29th year, this lively festival is a Caribbean delight with calypso music, Caribbean food, drinks, street performers, live bands and colourful costumes galore. This year’s carnival will kick off at the Central Florida Fairground on Sunday 29th May at midday. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children.

Village People to Perform at "Garden Rocks" Concert Series

Village People to Perform at “Garden Rocks” Concert Series

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival

This popular spring festival at Disney World is still in full spring over Memorial Day Weekend. Known for its tasty edibles, sweeping floral displays, dazzling topiary creations, live music and spectacular fireworks, this festival is a firm family favourite. Groove to throwback beats at the Garden Rocks Concert Series, with The Spinners performing popular old school classic ‘Working my Way Back to You’ and more over Memorial Day Weekend. Performances will take place at the America Gardens Theatre from 5.30pm. Valid park admission required.

Outdoor Kitchen Offerings at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Smoked Pork Ribs with Roasted Corn Salad

Outdoor Kitchen Offerings at Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival: Smoked Pork Ribs with Roasted Corn Salad

ESPN Memorial Day Soccer Shootout

Enjoy an exciting weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex’s largest 3-day soccer tournament. Disney Memorial Day Soccer Shootout attracted more than 650 teams in 2015. That resulted in more than 1,100 soccer matches in just three days! Admission is required into the ESPN sports complex.

New Disney Dining

Hungry adventurers can have lunch or dinner at Animal Kingdom’s new Tiffins signature restaurant on Discovery Island. Opening over Memorial Day Weekend, guests seated in the restaurant’s travel-themed dining rooms or on the waterfront patio can sip libations and savour dishes featuring African, Asian and South American flavours. Park entrance and menu costs apply.

Roccos Tacos and Tequila Bar

Roccos Tacos & Tequila Bar

Roccos Tacos & Tequila Bar

Enjoy the usual weekend brunch favourites such as guacamole prepared tableside, washed down with unlimited Mimosas and endless Bloody Marys for just $12. Or pop in for Roccos Tacos happy hour from 4pm-7pm, with $2 off drinks and $7 bar bites. Roccos Tacos is located at 7468 West Sandlake Drive, Orlando.

For more information about these events or more contact the Top Villas concierge team today!

 

House Tour with the SacconeJolys in Villa Reunion Resort 463

Discover a new meaning to vacation home in the beautifully designed, Reunion Resort 643. Uncover the wizardry magic, relive classic fairy tales and unwind in plush living areas or take a dip in the extensive private pool. Whatever activity you adore, this villa provides the entertainment for your entire family.

Reunion Resort 463's private pool

On their recent Orlando trip, popular YouTuber family, the SacconeJolys, stayed in Reunion Resort 463. During the vacation, everyday they featured the home in their vlogs and even included a house tour!  From swimming in the lengthy private pool, watching their favourite films in the cinema room and cooking up tasty breakfast treats in the stylish kitchen, the SacconeJolys truly captured the heart of this home.

Reunion Resort 463's living area

Lounge area

The sophisticated, open plan living space is a dining area, kitchen and lounge all in one. With plush sofas, an extensive dinner table seating your entire party and a fully equipped kitchen, relaxing in style couldn’t be easier.

Reunion Resort 463's kitchen

Kitchen space

Reunion Resort 463's Harry Potter themed room

Harry Potter themed bedroom

Discover the enchanting world of Hogwarts in this exciting Harry Potter themed bedroom! The spectacular space showcases rustic furnishings, fascinating Hogwarts details and a secret bookcase door, revealing another magical surprise.

Reunion Resort 463's Snow White themed room

Disney’s Snow White themed bedroom

For the Disney enthusiasts, this Snow White inspired bedroom brings the magical tale to life. Showcasing a bed for each famous dwarf, positioned in an imaginative designed room, the overall look is made to appear just like the renowned cottage.

Reunion Resort 463's home cinema

Home cinema room

Featuring a massive screen, comfy chairs and traditional styling, the home cinema is made for hours of family fun, enjoying a lenghty movie marathon.

The SacconeJoly’s had a magnificent experience in our villa, sharing it every day on their YouTube channel! Shown below is a house tour of the vacation rental, go and check it out:

For more information or to book the vacation home Reunion Resort 463, click here

Cinco de Mayo Fiesta at Rocco’s Tacos in Orlando!

Rocco Mangel, Tequila connoisseur and bar-top dancing owner of Rocco’s Taccos is renowned for throwing the biggest Cinco de Mayo celebrations – this year is no exception!

Roccos Taccos Cinqo de Mayo

The excitement begins with live entertainment featuring Pancho Villas mariachi bands, DJs, prize giveaways and free tequila pourings! Serving up various drink specials and heaps of freshly prepared guacamole, the esteemed Mexican eatery offers a truly memorable experience. Could you think of anywhere better to be, celebrating the Cinco De Mayo holiday? Pop in on the day to attempt your best “Tequila Dance”, taste the array of finest cooked Mexican foods, fresh guacamole and dance along to the traditional tunes.

Beat the crowds and arrive early when the restaurant opens at noon!

Address: 

7468 W Sandlake Rd

Orlando, FL 32836 (Dr. Phillips)

Phone: (407) 226-0550

Date and time:

Tuesday, May 5

Noon – Late

Rocco’s Tacos and Tequila Bar is brought to life through the charismatic ways of it’s owner, Rocco Mangel. Presenting a full sensory Mexican dining experience complete with live mariachi bands and free tequila pourings, it’s a unique establishment. Sample over 330 varieties of tequila, either alone or mixed with Rocco’s famous homemade Margarita sour mix, nibble on guacamole prepared tableside or enjoy a traditional Mexican dinner at the playful restaurant that embodies the true spirit of Mexico. Signature menu dished include Jalapeno Rellenos, stuffed fried jalapenos poppers, with cotija, lime crema, avocado ranch, Enchiladas Mole Poblando, pulled chicken breast, mole poblano sauce; and Bistec con Chiles Rajas, grilled adobo skirt steak, grilled green onions, three pepper rajas, red rice, black beans, plus much more! Rocco’s welcoming and friendly environment, entices locals to continuously return, bringing others to enjoy the incredible service. 

For more information about the event, to book a table or if you have any other questions about your stay with us, contact our Concierge team on 0808 159 1851 (UK) or 1(877) 732-8813 (US) and they’ll be happy to assist you. 

What to Pack for Barbados: An Essential Guide

Fashion blogger Anna has joined us from StyleandAnna.com to offer her amazing packing tips for those headed to Barbados this year!

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Barbados is the perfect place for everyone. With the weather usually warm and sunny all year round, you have the option to experience the beautiful white beaches, exciting water sports, great local food, buzzing night life and much more. With so much to see and do in Barbados you could be concerned that you may not have everything need, or on the other hand, you might over pack. Here is a handy guide for all the essential items needed for a fortnight away in Barbados.

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Day Time Clothing

Think about mix and matching things. I tend pack most items with a neutral colour, blacks, greys, whites, then add a few items with a splash of colour. Lay everything out to ensure they match. Keep in mind that the amenities in the Villas include washing machines, so you don’t have to worry about dirty clothes!

  • 5 tops
  • 5 bottoms
  • A light jacket or hoody
  • Sandals or flip-flops
  • Comfy Shoes for exploring the beautiful surroundings
  • Day bag or Rucksack

Evening Clothing

For the party goers, there are many bars and clubs, or for a more quieter night there are a variety restaurants offering some delicious local cuisine. Or you can always just kick back in the villa, making use of the uh-mazing kitchen (and your own private chef) to cook some tasty food. Many outfits can look completely different depending on the shoes and accessories, bearing this in mind, you may be able to get away with wearing a day time outfit with a formal jacket and shoes for a evening look.

  • 3 dressy/formal outfits
  • A light weight, smart jacket.
  • 1 pair of formal shoes
  • Girls, don’t forget an evening bag and a statement necklace in order to dress up an outfit!

Swimwear

The beaches are just perfect, so no doubt a huge portion of your time will be spent soaking up the sun on one of the many beaches, or relaxing by our own private pool at the villa.

  • 2 Swimwear options
  • For the girls, a lightweight caftan.
  • 1 Beach Towel
  • Beach bag

Toiletries

  • Shampoo and Conditioner
  • Suncream (make sure it’s a high SPF, both waterproof and sweat proof!)
  • Make-up
  • Face wipes
  • Face wash
  • Shower gel
  • Wash cloth
  • Contact lenses or glasses
  • Paracetamol and any other medication needed
  • Insect repellant
  • Tooth brush and Tooth paste

Other

  • Wallet with all documents; including Passports, Travel Insurance, Flight Details,
  • Accommodation Information, Car Rental Information
  • Books
  • Money
  • Camera, Phone, Tablet
  • Plug Adaptors (American 2 pin plugs are in Barbados!)
  • Any chargers needed
  • Gym wear (For all you fitness buffs – who could say no to an early morning run across the picturesque white beaches, or make use of the fantastic gymnasiums that some villas have to offer!)

So there you go, a check list for all essentials needed for a fortnight in Barbados.Cross them out as you go to make sure that you don’t forget anything or you don’t pack too much! (If you do “forget” any clothing, it is a perfect excuse for a shopping spree in the fabulous shops of Barbados!)

If this blog post has got you dreaming of this idyllic tropic paradise, then why not take a look at our luxury villas in Barbados, and all of our Luxury Caribbean Villas, for the perfect, unique holiday experience.

 

 

Behind the scenes at Top Villas – The home owner story

We’ve put our home owners to the test and questioned them for all their inside secrets –  What was it about the location that made them build, what they love most about Orlando, the creation process and much more!

‘The Story Behind Reunion’s Biggest Home’

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Why did you choose Orlando, Florida to purchase a vacation rental?

Through the years Gemma, Reunion Resort 10000’s villa owner, experienced numerous family holidays to the prestigious Reunion Resort, Orlando. With it’s 11+ pools, top restaurants, signature golf and nearby Walt Disney World, there’s no wonder some of her favourite memories were made here. From meeting the famous Mickey Mouse, splashing around in Wet N’ Wild water park and screaming with excitement on Universal’s rides, Orlando became a home from home for Gemma.

reunion resort 10000's games room

What was the main thing you wanted to capture when designing the home?

It didn’t take long to convince Gemma to build her own vacation rental in Reunion Resort. Gemma and her family decided to create a fun haven with enough space throughout to make everyone feel at home which includes a bowling alley, private pool, spa room, home theatre and more. The vision was to create a homely environment, packed with luxury appliances and in turn be the best home in Reunion Resort.

After the long creative, building process of designing and choosing the eccentric, plush decor throughout, Reunion Resort 10000 was born! The brand new home, 10000 has made a name for itself. Owners and guests adore the fun filled interior, spending hours at the bowing alley ( Gemma’s favourite feature), swimming in the pool or just absorbing the vast amount of space the villa holds.

Embracing Orlando’s magic, Reunion Resort 10000 is the place to soak up Florida’s beaming sunshine, play an array of games and most importantly enjoy precious family moments. Even though Orlando is known for endless thrills, this home captures the little moments that make a family holiday truly special.

For more information or to book this vacation rental Reunion Resort 10,000, click here

‘Discover the Perfect Family Vacation Home’

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What are your favourite things about the location? 

Owner of Reunion Resort 1500, Sip adored travelling with his family, seeing new destinations and creating unforgettable memories. When it came to the decision of buying his own vacation rental, choosing between the relaxation of a coastal property to the exhilarating Orlando was a tricky one, yet Sip decided with the latter. He thought with many grandchildren on the way, a Disney based location would be the best option. Sip loved the idea of giving his grandchildren the ultimate Disney experience like he did regularly with his own kids growing up.

Through different trips, he developed a love of Orlando, his favourite elements being: the signature golf, Disney location, restaurants and entertainment for ages; it’s versatility. With Sip’s golfing hobby, his wife’s love of shopping and their shared admiration of food, you couldn’t find a better location. The atmosphere of Florida welcomed in every visitor, whether you were a regular goer or newbie; it’s warm climate mixed with friendly locals always made for a happy trip.

What creative vision did you have when designing the home? 

For the property, Sip had a  bright and contemporary vision in mind. Through the creative process, he ensured the decor was packed out with a monochrome theme and bursts of colour in various rooms to give the design a bit of eccentric flair. The finished outcome is the total family holiday home package – filled with a theatre room, games room, massive pool and gym; many of Sip’s family and guests favourite components. Reunion Resort was chosen as the designated community because it featured 3 astounding golf courses Sip adored, one of which the home overlooks plus the proximity to Disney World.

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Home to such a collection of amenities, a villa holiday is given a whole new definition. Unleash the true Orlando magic on your family trip, the luxury way, chilling out in the theatre, heading for a dip in the pool and travelling to the nearby Disney parks; soaking up that beaming Florida sun.

 For more information or to book this vacation rental Reunion Resort 1500, click here
If you wanted to bite the bullet and create your dream vacation rental like our home owners did, our realty programme can help you through every step of the way, today!  

The Top Villas Guide to Disney’s Fastpass+

We’ve created an in depth guide to Walt Disney’s new Fastpass+ System, so you can focus on having fun instead of waiting in line!DisneySign (1)

What is the Fastpass+ System?

Disney’s Fastpass+ system allows guests to book reservations for rides and attractions in any of Orlando’s Walt Disney World theme parks in advance (even before you begin packing for your trip!). This new system replaces the original Fastpass reservations, which relied on paper tickets, with a sophisticated electronic system that utilises the Disney website, phone apps and guests’s magic bands (or traditional card tickets) to create a custom experience for each guest.

Previously, guests wanting to use the fastpass line for rides would have to pick up individual paper fastpasses for each attraction they wanted to visit, on the day of each visit. As you can imagine this made planning an efficient trip somewhat of a nightmare, especially if you wanted to be flexible or visit multiple parks in one day.

The new Fastpass+ system allows guests to book fastpasses up to 30 days out from their expected arrival date if they are staying off of Disney property. The brilliance of this system is that you can now combine the quality of an off-site vacation rental stay with the benefits of staying within a Disney Resort.

Top Villas Tip: Children under 2 who do not require park admission do not need to book Fastpasses


 

How to Make Fastpass+ Reservations Before Your Trip

1.) Purchase your tickets in advance

To make the most of the 30 day window to reserve your tickets, we recommend that you purchase tickets as early as possible before your trip. This allows you ample time to book up your selected fastpass choices, or to swap around before you arrive.

2.) Create a My Disney Experience Account

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Once you have received your ticket reference number you will need to create a My Disney Experience account. You can do this on the Official Disney site. If you’re travelling in a group, you will need to add the names of everyone in your whole party. You can either invite them to manage their own account or manage them directly yourself (this is useful if you’re adding children to your party.)

3.) Link Your Tickets to Your My Disney Experience Accounts

This step is often easier if you download the My Disney Experience App onto your smartphone as you can directly scan the barcodes on your tickets. However, you can still use the website interface to enter the reference number of each ticket, you just need to type it out manually. Every single member of your party must have their ticket linked to their individual accounts if you want to be able to book fastpasses for them.

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4.) Book fastpasses!

Once you’ve linked up your tickets you will be able to start selecting your fastpasses. A choice of several one hour windows for each attraction will be available for you to select for your selected date and park.

Top Villas Tip: You can select up to 3 fastpasses per day. If you’re thinking about visiting multiple parks in one day you should opt to select advanced fastpasses for the second park of that day. Don’t worry if you can’t get a fastpass for your chosen ride/time, often more fastpass options open up nearer to the time, or you can select last minute fastpasses via the app once you’re in the park.


Which Rides Should I Book Fastpasses for?

We’ve outlined some of our Top Villas top picks for fastpasses you should prioritise when selecting. The following attractions often draw big crowds or can have longer lines during the day so it’s best to try and book these attractions first.

Magic Kingdom

Magic Kingdom
Wishes Fireworks Show
Splash Mountain
Big Thunder Mountain
Seven Dwarfs Mine Train
Peter Pans Flight
Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin

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Disney’s Animal Kingdom
Expedition Everest
Kali River Rapids
Kilimanjaro Safaris
Primeval Whirl

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Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Toy Story Mania
Rock ‘n Roller Coaster
Fantasmic
Star Tours
Frozen Sing Along

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EPCOT
Note: The fastpass system is slightly different at EPCOT – there are two tiers of rides, guests may select one Tier 1 ride and two Tier 2 rides.

Fast Track (Tier 1)
Soarin’ (Tier 1)
Mission: SPACE


If you have any other questions or would like to get your attraction tickets booked in time to make Fastpass+ reservations, please contact our concierge team!