Guest post: How to plan for your trip to Disney?

We’ve asked popular family blogger @sarahjchristie from the blog ‘Extraordinary Chaos’ about her experience and top tips when planning a trip to the esteemed Walt Disney World, here’s what she said:

Disney is all booked, the kids are excited, in fact scrap that, you are excited! Or it is just me that get more excited than the kids about a Disney trip? But it is not a show up a play type of a trip. A Disney vacation takes preparation and planning and if you get that right, it saves all the stress on arrival. I like to have everything planned so that when our holiday starts we can follow the plan and enjoy our time in the parks.

Rides

Firstly you need to sign up for My Disney Experience and get the mobile app. My Disney experience is the Disney online booking platform for FastPass+. This will enable you to pre-book up to 3 rides or experience up to 30 days prior to you trip, with valid theme park tickets.

Hollywood Tower ride

Choose your rides wisely and pre-book the rides that a more likely to have queues. I found a great strategy is to get to the park for rope drop and go straight to the back of the park. It is always quieter; we target our favourite ride, then work forward setting our FastPass+ choice for later in the morning. As soon as you have used a pass, go to a machine or onto your app and book another for later in the day. We found this really worked for us. The key is choosing the 3 rides you most want to ride and booking those, then mopping up the rest throughout the day. If you are visiting Animal Kingdom and want to ride the safari, head straight towards that at rope drop, the wait is generally not that long. You can then plan your fast passes and work backwards from there. My Disney Experience also offers you useful information such as park opening times, character meet and greet times and locations and enables you to pre-book restaurants.

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Restaurants

When choosing restaurants, decide on a daily itinerary and pre-book. Favourites such as the Sci-Fi Dine-In and character meals get booked months in advance. I set out a rough plan of our trip and pre-booked all the restaurants that we wanted to eat in or experience. There is some room to change about, but it is worth booking in advance especially if the kids have a certain restaurant they want to visit.

Mickey mouse ice cream

What to pack?

Be prepared and take a lightweight backpack, if you plan to be out all day you will need to be prepared with lots of supplies. Such as easy to apply sun cream, you need to keep applying throughout the day, so a high factor spray saves a drama. Our boys welcomed the spray as it cooled them down. They would not have appreciated a thick rub on lotion; it was too hot and sticky for that. Take sunhats, glasses and water fans. They can be expensive in the parks, but can be picked up for a reasonable price in supermarkets. As soon as the kids see the water fan they will want one, and to be honest when queuing to meet a character, they are a godsend. Be sure to take water bottles, there are fill up stations all over the parks. I found insulated non spill bottles better, they kept the water cooler for longer and as I always ended up carrying them I wasn’t worrying about them spilling out in the backpack.

If you plan to see the fireworks at Epcot booking a dinner reservation and requesting seating overlooking the lake, it is great way to enjoy them without the crowds. We ate in the English Pub on the verandah overlooking the lake and thoroughly enjoyed watching the fireworks as we dined.

Photos

Disney character meet and greet

If you plan to spend quite a bit of time in the Disney Parks My Photo Pass is a great option, you do not need to worry about getting shots of all the family together as there are cast members with cameras everywhere. The Photo Pass also includes character spot photos and ride photos. We had 500 amazing photos in our Photo Pass when we came home. And lastly be ready with an autograph book and pen. Although there are lots of pre-arranged photo spots, the characters do tend to occasionally pop up.

Now you have done all that preparing and planning there is only one thing left to do? Have an incredible time, chill and reap the rewards of your careful planning. Oh and whatever you do wear worn in, comfy shoes!

If you’re planning a trip to DisneyWorld, here at Top Villas, we offer a vast collection of Orlando vacation homes, located only minutes away! To book or find out more information, call up today and speak to our sales team who will happily assist you: 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK.) Our Concierge team are also on hand to help guide you through the way when purchasing attraction tickets, arranging dinner reservations or any other extras you may require on your dream Disney trip.

Editor’s Choice: 10 Reasons Why This Villa Near Disney World is Better Than a Hotel!

With millions of tourists in Orlando each year, it’s easy to see why a luxury villa near Disney World is more tempting than a crowded hotel. This vacation home is much better value per person than multiple hotel rooms – and the benefits don’t stop there!

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Why Book This Vacation Villa Near Disney World Florida?

1. Your own private hotel:

This huge villa in Reunion Resort is one of the largest villa rentals near Disney World, offering more space and privacy than a hotel room. With 12 en-suite bedrooms and space to sleep up to 28 people, this expansive home is like your own private hotel! It’s ideal for travelling families, group gatherings and special occasions, where guests can relax knowing there are no strangers in the next room, or by the pool.

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2. A villa near Disney is better value 

This villa near Disney Florida is far more economical for families and large groups sharing the cost. The rate per night starts at $1,817, that means for a 7 night stay at full occupancy, guests only pay around $450 per person! If you need any more reasons to book, there’s 20% off any 5 night stay from 13/9/16 to 2/9/16 and 30% off 5 nights from 6/9/16 to 17/9/16.

3. Fantastic amenities:

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This spectacular vacation villa near Disney World Florida has been designed with endless private amenities. There’s a huge 60-foot swimming pool with hot tub and water slide, a private cinema, games room with sports bar, a gymnasium, banquet room, 4 living rooms, 15 bathrooms, a summer kitchen with BBQ, a golf putting green and much more.

4. Get closer to family & friends:

A villa really reigns over a hotel when it comes to serving big families or groups of friends travelling together.  Many of our guests acknowledge becoming closer with their family or friends after staying together in a Top Villas rental.

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5. Best resort near Disney World:

Reunion Resort is the most popular and prestigious resort in Orlando, located just 5.5 miles from Disney World’s main gates. You can drive to the parks and shopping malls in just a few minutes, or stay at Reunion with use of its 3 championship signature-designed golf courses, waterpark with lazy river, splash park, boutique spa, pro tennis courts, restaurants and biking trails.

6. Total freedom:

Choosing a villa near Walt Disney World means you can make the rules, doing whatever you want to do, whenever you want to do it. Wake up in your own time, eat breakfast by your own private pool and create your own holiday itinerary whether you want to stay in or out. A villa offers every luxury, even down to the little things including your own washing machines and dryers saving you even more time and money.

 7. Better for kids:

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This family-friendly villa features a dedicated entertainment room with large TV screens playstations and other kids accessories. Little ones will love the private pool, movie room, games room, golf putting green and endless space to play. A private chef can be arranged to cook up kid’s favorites anytime, there’s also the availability of babysitters, kids travel equipment and other kid’s accessories.

8. Better Dining Choices

Although hotel food may have its benefits there are far better dining options in a private villa. Villas come equipped with state-of-the-art kitchens, dining areas, BBQs and generous entertaining spaces meaning you can stick to your own budget and enjoy all the food and drink you desire without inflated prices. Personal chefs can be arranged via the Top Villas concierge team, to create gorgeous personalized cuisine – should you want to dine out there are plenty of restaurants in the resorts and local area.

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9. Weddings and Parties

Five star hotels can make great wedding venues however it’s often difficult to book the entire hotel or to reach the level of personalization and privacy a villa can offer. We work with some of the best wedding and event planners in Orlando and offer a whole host of bespoke services including private chefs, catering and everything you need to make your special occasion truly memorable.

10. Best product, best price, best service

We have handpicked and personally inspected every home in our portfolio to make sure we only offer the best luxury villas. We also offer the best rates guaranteed. What’s more, we offer an unsurpassed service, with 24/7 customer support, bespoke concierge services, professionally managed homes and a secure payment system. We’re ABTA approved too. Plus we get top ratings on Feefo, the world’s best travel review site.

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Book this villa near Disney World instantly online, or contact us on 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK). For additional help with car hire, personal chefs, attraction tickets or more, our friendly Concierge team is on-hand to help you arrange everything you need for an unforgettable Orlando vacation!

We’ve Been Nominated for a British Travel Award!

 British Travel Awards nominee

It’s an exciting time at the Top Villas HQ as we’ve been nominated for a British Travel Award! We’re up for the category ‘Best Large Villa/Self Catering Villa Company for 2016′ and we couldn’t wait to spread the news.

When Top Villas launched, we only hoped it would grow into the established brand it is today. From specialising in Orlando, Florida, we’ve now branched out and offer a vast range of properties all over the globe including Barbados, Jamaica, Thailand, Europe and much more. Our passion for luxury travel has only blossomed through our dedication to make Top Villas the best it can be – and in the process, we found our niche that makes us different to various travel brands.

British travel awards nominee

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We pride ourselves on our varied portfolio to suit any type of traveller, esteemed Concierge service, customer support and aim to share the love of luxury travel with all our lovely guests. Whether you’re a Top Villas’ guest or have just discovered us, we’d love if you would show your support and vote for us!

All you need to do is:

  • Click on the button above
  • Enter your details to register to vote
  • Click the submit button on this page
  • Under ‘The best travel agents and holiday booking companies’, select ‘Best Villa/
    Self Catering Holiday Booking Company’
  •  Vote for us, Top Villas!
  • Finally, complete the survey, or just click ‘Submit votes’ to finish!

We’re thrilled with our nomination and hope you are too! Voting closes on 30th September – after all our dedicated work, we’d truly appreciate if you took the time to vote.

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Happy Travels!

The Top Villas Team.

Top Villas’ Ultimate Orlando Attraction Ticket Guide

Thrilling rides, magical moments, water fun and family life long memories, Orlando is the dreamy worthy location, millions visit every year. With the vast choice of exciting attractions available, here’s our guide to help you through the vacation planning process.

Disney World Sign

Which are the most popular parks in Orlando?

With the combination of the magical Disney, mesmerising Universal, colourful Legoland, SeaWorld and more, picking which park to visit on your stay can be tricky. We’ve spoken to our Concierge team who’ve recommended Orlando’s most popular parks:

  • Disney’s Magic Kingdom
  • Disney’s Epcot
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom
  • Universal Studios Florida®
  • Universal’s Islands of Adventure®
  • Wet ‘n Wild® Orlando
  • SeaWorld® Orlando
  • Busch Gardens® Tampa Bay
  • Aquatica™
  • Discovery Cove****
  • LEGOLAND® Florida
  • Kennedy Space Station
  • Everglades and Wildlife Park
  • Gatorland

What tickets should I purchase first?

It’s important to prioritise and plan which attractions you’d like to visit because popular ones can book up fast. For instance, to avoid disappointment, we’d recommend booking Discovery Cove right away since tickets and placements tend to sell super quickly. Other ticket packages including Disney or Universal can be booked at any time, however when it comes to dinner reservations in the renowned Disney restaurants, ideally you should book several months in advance to secure your reservation.

Universal studios Orlando

What age range would you suggest for each park?

Inevitably, the magical environment of Disney is enjoyed by younger children compared to other parks, however all ages will appreciate the fun! Universal on the other hand is recommended for ages 8+ mainly because they’ll enjoy the larger rides and characters more. Whichever park you decide to take the children to countless memories of the thrills, magic and more are bound to be made! – For younger travellers, our Concierge team are on hand to help you rent buggies around the park.

How long can my tickets last?

Depending on your choice of ticket will vary it’s length of use – They can range from 7, 14- 21 days and roll consecutively from the first time you used them.

Can I move from park to park with my Disney tickets?

Yes! All UK tickets offer park to park options meaning you can visit more than one location throughout the day. For example, if you went to meet princess’ at Magic Kingdom in the morning and watch the Epcot fireworks at night; it’s all possible.

Are there any inside tricks or tips?

The most important thing when purchasing your Disney tickets is to photocopy or take a picture of the tickets’ reverse side ( the section with all the numbers.) This’ll ensure if your tickets go missing for any reason, you’ll be able to get them replaced by using the codes given. Without the codes, you won’t be able to retrieve your tickets.

Time saving – Plan ahead for your trip by buying tickets in advance, arriving early to the parks, packing snacks for throughout the day, booking dining reservations several months beforehand and writing an itinerary, to ensure you’ll cover everything you’d like to see.

First timer mistakes – After all the initial excitement (and inevitable stress) which comes when planning a Disney trip, you’re never too sure where to begin – but rest assured, were here to put your mind at ease. Over scheduling is bound to happen –  you want to see everything at once so you try and pack it all in but are left rushed off your feet. The best thing is to write up a realistic itinerary of what to see on what day etc, leaving enough room for movability. Don’t forget to book restaurant reservations in advance and/or bring snacks – queues will be heaving especially in high seasons at the parks, thus if you’d like to eat in one of the top restaurants, put in a reservation months beforehand for your trip; our Concierge team can arrange that for you.

Parades and shows – Events including parades and shows occur all the time at the parks especially during Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving etc – the celebration seasons. If there’s a specific one you’d like to attend, prioritise and add it into your itinerary as they’re jam packed with entertainment, you wouldn’t want to miss out!

What type of tickets are available?

At the Top Villas, we can bundle tickets together saving you money but not decreasing the fun! These can include Universal + Disney, Disney+ SeaWorld, Universal + SeaWorld plus many others – we will strive to find the right deal for you. An example being the 14 day pass for unlimited access to Walt Disney World, Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, Wet ‘n Wild, Aquatica and SeaWorld. There’s various other alternatives including 14 day tickets to the Universal parks or 14 days at the Disney parks – our Concierge team will be sure to guide you through the way.

How can I arrange FastPass tickets?

Fast passes for Disney can be incorporated into their tickets, here’s the complete guide for more information. Universal’s Fast pass works slightly differently, after you’ve arranged the tickets with our team, you can either purchase the passes upon arrival or add them onto your ticket online. They offer the Universal Unlimited Express Pass  (use the rides unlimited times) or the Universal Express Pass ( one time per ride only) – it’s up to you which you’d prefer. To make you aware, if you have a Fast Pass, you’re unable to use it on the esteemed Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey ride.

What’s the best time of year to visit?

The best time to visit would be during term when children have returned to school. Be prepared if visiting at Christmas, half term, Thanksgiving or during summer break, parks will be busier and queues longer.

Price of parking?

Per day at Walt Disney World, parking begins at $17 for a normal sized car and Universal Studios, the standard fee is $20.

For more information, insider tips, deals or any advice about attraction tickets you may require, our Concierge team are bursting with knowledge to assist you in any way they can. Call up today where our friendly team can guide you through your Orlando vacation planning process: 1-866-341-8086 (US) or 0800 43 34567 (UK.)

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.

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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:

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