Archive for April, 2008
Think it’s too early to plan for Halloween in Orlando? Think again. Tickets for Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party go on sale May 1st and go fast.
The annual Halloween celebration is a fall vacation favorite at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World.
Each night features a Halloween celebration filled with signature Disney magic, including:
A special Halloween parade of your favorite Disney characters
The “Happy Hallowishes” fireworks display
Halloween dance parties
A mix and mingle with Disney Villains
…and, of course, trick-or-treating!
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party will run this year on select dates September 5th through Halloween night.
April 30th, 2008
On your Orlando vacation, turn your little princess into a pop sensation at Disney’s Secret Star Makeover. This exclusive experience is available only at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in the World of Disney Store in the Downtown Disney marketplace. The ultimate in playing dress-up, Disney’s Secret Star Makeover includes a Hannah Montana wig, headset microphone, an exclusive “guitar” purse and more pop gear. Now your little pop star princess is ready to hit the stage for a guitar star pose photo shoot. Besides the included 6”X8” photo, you can order additional prints to share this one-of-a-kind experience with friends and family.
And for the truly die hard fan, there’s even a rockin’ Hannah Montana costume – complete with jacket and pants – you can buy separately that makes for a truly complete pop star makeover!
For more dress-up fun, try the new Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique in Cinderella’s Castle at the Magic Kingdom in World Disney World.
April 29th, 2008
ALL STAR Vacation Homes is featured in a USA TODAY article covering money-saving vacation tips for summer travelers.
The article, in the travel section of the April 25th edition of USA TODAY, includes a section on the value of booking vacation home rentals, highlighting ALL STAR Vacation Homes as a savvy way to save money on lodging during your Orlando theme park vacation.
For more, check out the ALL STAR Vacation Homes News and Events page.
April 25th, 2008
Journey to Atlantis, now in its tenth year of sea-splashing thrills, takes you on a thrilling adventure through a mythical ancient underwater city styled after ancient Greece.
After boarding an eight-passenger boat, you begin your journey deep into the heart of a city lost for centuries that has arisen from the depths of the ocean.
Once inside, you’ll twist, turn, dive and zip your way through a watery maze of spectacular and harrowing thrills – including spectacular visual effects, near-miss excitement and a truly immersive sound experience. Along the way, you’ll dodge frothing fountains and water cannons, encounter mermaids and come face-to-face with a giant sea monster!
At the end of this high-speed adventure, you find yourself perched at the edge of a steep waterfall. Before you can scream, you suddenly drop 60 feet down into the roaring “sea”, soaked from head to toe!
Dive into excitement on your Florida vacation – ride Journey to Atlantis at SeaWorld Orlando!
April 24th, 2008
Team members from ALL STAR Vacation Homes attended the annual conference for the FVRMA – the Florida Vacation Rental Managers Association – at the Gaylord Palms in Orlando April 21st through April 23rd.
ALL STAR CEO Steve Trover led workshop sessions about internet marketing and was featured as a board member in a strategic industry Q&A session. Also on hand was ALL STAR VP of Marketing Sara Moore who worked the Discover Vacation Homes booth to promote the “I Love Vacation Homes” campaign – a public relations effort by Orlando area vacation home management firms to raise awareness about the growing vacation rental industry.
FVRMA is the official statewide association formed to meet the needs of professional management companies who rent and manage resort, vacation and other short-term rental properties.
ALL STAR Vacation Homes has been a member of FVRMA since 2003.
April 23rd, 2008
It’s hard to believe that it’s been ten years since Disney’s Animal Kingdom first opened its gates. This Tuesday, April 22nd, the Walt Disney World park celebrates its 10th anniversary.
At 500 acres, Disney’s Animal Kingdom in Orlando is the largest park at Walt Disney World and is home to 1,000 animals and 3,000 species of plants and trees.
Planning a trip to Animal Kingdom? Add a dream vacation home to your safari at ALL STAR Vacation Homes – also celebrating it’s 10th anniversary!
Save $150 when reserving select vacation homes for 5 nights or more during April and May!
April 18th, 2008
Woo hoo! The Simpsons Ride grand opening at Universal Studios Orlando is less than a month away!
The theme park-themed attraction, set to debut at Universal Studios Orlando on May 15th, puts you on a simulated roller coaster where you’ll swing, sail, bump and spin your way on both a harrowing and hilarious journey through Krusyland on a mission to save Bart Simpson from the evil Sideshow Bob.
Even waiting in line for The Simpsons Ride will be fun as you pass carnival-like booths manned by some of your favorite eccentric Simpsons characters. Plus, you’ll watch hilarious mock ads previewing Krustyland’s rides and attractions and even a safety video starring Itchy and Scratchy. It’ll make you say “Doh!” while laughing till your belly aches!
The Simpsons Ride at Universal Studios Orlando will also feature 80-foot IMAX screens and nearly 30 Simpsons characters – all voiced by the show’s original cast. The ride is located in the World Expo area where the former Back to the Future ride once stood.
Don’t have a cow, man! Join the Simpsons as they take a permanent Orlando vacation.
April 17th, 2008
ALL STAR Vacation Homes traveled to Atlanta to exhibit at the inaugural Vacation Home Expo, held April 11th through April 13th at the Cobb Galleria Center in Atlanta.
The show, in conjunction with the Atlanta Travel Expo and presented by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, brought exhibitors from around the globe to showcase destinations and accommodation options for travelers.
ALL STAR’s booth brought a high level of excitement to the show, sharing live demonstrations of their intuitive online reservations system, tossing beach balls back and forth to other exhibitors and expo attendees and even giving away a 7-night stay at one of their luxurious vacation homes.
“The energy level was sky high!” said Sara Moore, Vice President of Marketing for ALL STAR. “We even had a few past guests stop by and share their stories about staying in our vacation homes.”
Steve Trover, CEO of ALL STAR Vacation Homes, presided over two workshops, sharing his thoughts on the growing vacation home industry as well as the importance of personalized customer service in the hospitality industry.
Also on hand was Discover Vacation Homes, a partnership of several Orlando area based vacation rental and management companies, of which ALL STAR was a founding member. Their I ♥ Vacation Homes stickers were a big hit!
ALL STAR plans to exhibit at future shows that focus exclusively on the vacation home segment that may include Chicago and Boston as host cities.
Based in Kissimmee, Florida, ALL STAR Vacation Homes provides guests more than 150 luxurious vacation home rentals plus delivers top-notch vacation home management services to their owners. ALL STAR offers two- and three-bedroom condos and town homes, as well as single-family Estate homes with up to seven-bedrooms and private pools – most within four miles of Walt Disney World and all just minutes from SeaWorld and Universal Orlando.
April 16th, 2008
Kick back and crank up the volume this Spring on your Orlando vacation with these rockin’ groovin’ and relaxin’ May concerts:
Chicago at Universal Orlando’s Hard Rock Live – Friday, May 2nd
Tim McGraw at Orlando’s Amway Arena – Sunday, May 11th
The Police (with Elvis Costello) also at Amway Arena – Friday, May 16th
Ace Frehley at the House of Blues Orlando – Saturday, May 17th
Duran Duran at Orlando’s UCF ARENA – Sunday, May 18th
And don’t miss such classic and class acts as Arlo Guthrie, Davy Jones of the Monkees and Tony Orlando at the EPCOT Flower and Garden Festival.
April 11th, 2008
On your Orlando vacation, you’ll surely see many wonders. Theme parks. Dinner shows. Shopping, nightlife and all the other attractions that make Orlando the place to go on your vacation. You may even being staying at a luxurious vacation home.
But have you ever seen Orlando from a bird’s eye view?
Discover one of Orlando’s hidden gem attractions – Fantasy of Flight – where the sky really is the limit for fun! Featuring over 40 vintage and rare airplanes, air shows, guided tours, flight simulators and more – Fantasy of Flight is just “plane” fun!
To really make your vacation soar, you can take an unforgettable ride in a real biplane! Check out Waldo Wright’s Biplane Flying Service for more information.
May Month-Long Special for Florida Residents – Buy one full price adult admission and get a free children’s admission to Fantasy of Flight!
April 9th, 2008
The dinosaurs have come back…to Florida? Well, almost. First, there’s DINOSAUR at the Disney Animal Kingdom – a fast, exciting and wild ride through the past to save a lost dinosaur from extinction. Next, journey to Jurassic Park at Universal Orlando Islands of Adventure. Learn more about dinosaurs through interactive games and exhibits, explore prehistoric playgrounds, fly above the trees on the back of a Pteranodon and finally take a boat tour straight from the movies on the Jurassic Park River Adventure.
That’s not all! Check out Planet Dinosaur at the Brevard Zoo near the beach in Melbourne, Florida – featuring thirteen life-sized and life-like dinosaurs – through May 11th.
And coming this fall to Downtown Disney, there’s T-REX – a one-of-a-kind restaurant complete with lush prehistoric landscapes, a dino-themed gift shop and, of course, giant animated dinosaurs!
Don’t miss these “dino-mite” Orlando vacation attractions!
April 8th, 2008
For a truly stellar Florida vacation, catch the next Space Shuttle Discovery launch scheduled for lift-off from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral on Sunday, May 31st at 5:01pm.
The mission, the 26th US journey to the International Space Station (ISS), is to deliver a research module and robotic arm for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Don’t miss this once in a lifetime experience – get your tickets this Monday, April 7th at the Kennedy Space Center website.
April 4th, 2008
You don’t need to sing for Simon to become a star. Simply head to CityWalk’s Rising Star at Universal Orlando and experience karaoke like never before!
At Rising Star, you’ll feel like a REAL music star. First, a host will announce your performance to the club audience. Then, when you take the stage, you’ll be backed by a full professional live band and back-up singers. And that’s not all. While you showcase your vocal talents, the crowd will see just how big a star you are on giant flat screen monitors and feel the true power of your voice on a state-of-the-art sound system.
Plus, enter the CityWalk’s Rising Star Top 10 Karaoke Challenge for a chance to win big vacation prizes like annual passes to Universal Orlando and more! But hurry – your last chance to win is tomorrow night, Friday, April 4th.
Check out the Universal CityWalk Rising Star website to find out more!
April 3rd, 2008
There’s another castle to visit during your Orlando vacation besides the one at Walt Disney World. Travel to Kissimmee Castle – host to the Medieval Times dinner show since 1983 – and join in the celebration of 25 years of jousting, jesting and general jubilation.
To mark the anniversary, Medieval Times has produced an all new “knightly” dinner show, featuring more sword swinging, armor-clanging and horseback-charging excitement. Enjoy a feast fit for kings, queens, prince and princesses of all ages as you are transported back in time to a place where chivalry was law and royalty ruled the realm. Other Medieval Times features include a gift shop, a “Knight Club” and the Medieval Life Village – a Florida exclusive!
Medieval Times at the Kissimmee Castle is only a short drive from the major theme parks. For show times and reservations, visit the official Medieval Times Florida website.
April 1st, 2008