Archive for July, 2008
July 31, 2008 Edition
The WEEKLY EARFUL Disney Vacation
News, Tips and Secrets
by Rick E-Mouse
Disney Area Golf Fun for Everyone
Make your Disney vacation a hole-in-one! For great Orlando vacation golf action, hit the greens at Mystic Dunes Golf Club.
Just minutes from Walt Disney World, this top rated 7,012 yard, Par 71 course features a challenging combination of expansive greens and undulating contours all in a style echoing a blend of the Carolinas and the British Isles.Mystic Dunes also features a putting green, driving range, golf instruction and a clubhouse.
Plus, get special rates when staying at ALL STAR Vacation Homes!
For golf excitement the whole family will enjoy, check out these “mousetacular” Walt Disney World mini golf courses:
Fantasia Gardens – This delightful course features 18-holes of challenging obstacles wrapped in a Fantasia-themed landscape depicting the film’s most notable scenes. Fantasia Gardens also includes a “Fairway” course that looks like a miniaturized real golf course! Located within the Epcot Resort area (across from Disney’s Hollywood Studios). Hours: 10am to 11pm, seven days a week.
Winter Summerland – With two 18-hole courses – both a holiday-themed mix of winter wonderlands and tropical paradises – there’s no end to the fun you’ll have on your journey to reach the North Hole and to win the day’s hole-in-one reward! Located within the Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort area (adjacent to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park). Hours: 10am to 11pm, seven days a week.
July 31st, 2008
Travel through a world of amazing spectacles, curious wonders and mysterious marvels at the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Orlando Odditorium.
Open all year round year from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 midnight, the tilted, “sinking” Odditorium on International Drive showcases a unique collection of strange artifacts, interactive oddities and optical illusions – all from the stories of world renowned adventurer and radio personality Robert Ripley.
Your self-guided journey begins with the “ghost” of Ripley himself welcoming you on your adventure! Highlights include a ¾ scale Rolls Royce made out of over 1 million matchsticks and a Van Gogh painting comprised of 3,000 postcards depicting Van Gogh’s paintings themselves! Plus, you’ll explore a world full of unique oddities like dinosaur bones, shrunken heads, Egyptian treasures – plus many more exciting curiosities. There’s even a billiard room where the balls roll up the table!
Believe it or not, you’ll have a great time at this wonderfully curious and fun attraction!
July 29th, 2008
July 24, 2008 Edition
The WEEKLY EARFUL Disney Vacation
News, Tips and Secrets
by Rick E-Mouse
Add even more magic to your magical Disney Orlando vacation – take the kids to Journey into Narnia: Prince Caspian at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World. This newly revamped attraction features a behind-the-scenes tour of Disney’s latest hit film franchise with a new focus on this summer’s blockbuster film The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
This wonderful world of movie magic includes:
- A movie about the latest film narrated by director Andrew Adamson
- Original concept art, storyboards, movie props and costumes
- A full-sized recreation of Aslan’s stone table
- A meet-n-greet with Prince Caspian himself!
Enter the magical world of The Chronicles of Narnia at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Walt Disney World – your kids will thank you for it!
July 24th, 2008
ALL STAR Vacation Homes joined more than 550 Disney fans in Harrisburg, PA July 18-20, 2008 for the 5th annual MagicMeets Fan Gathering. The weekend, which sold-out in less than 38 hours, brought Disney enthusiasts together to meet ‘n greet and attend a host of fun sessions presented by Disney experts and authors.
Speakers included: Deb Wills from AllEarsNet; Dave Marx from PassPorter; Lou Mongello from Disney World Trivia and host of the WDW Radio Show; Mike Scopa, also of AllEars and co-host of WDW Today podcast; Beci Mahnken founder of MEI and Mouse Fan Travel; Steve Barrett from Hidden Mickeys Guide; and many others!
Lou Mongello also led “The Dream Team” silent auction. This effort, when combined with additional fund raising efforts by many other partners leading up to MagicMeets, raised $20,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!
ALL STAR Vacation Homes awarded two prizes for MagicMeets. The first, in partnership with Kissimmee Guest Services, was four tickets to Cirque du Soleil La Nouba. The second: a seven night stay in a 5-Star private pool Orlando vacation home.
Congratulations to our winners and to all event organizers and participants for making this year’s MagicMeets Fan Gathering both successful and magical!
July 22nd, 2008
Attention Walt Disney World® adventurers! ALL STAR Vacation Homes and The WDW Radio Show have partnered together to create the ultimate Walt Disney World contest – The WDW Radio Show Adventureland Challenge! The adventure starts with an online scavenger hunt and ends with crowning “The Ultimate Adventurer” grand prize winner. The Ultimate Adventurer will receive a World Class Walt Disney World® vacation for four that includes:
- 6 Days and 5 Nights at the Walt Disney World® Resort
- Accommodations at a select Disney Deluxe Resort
- Concierge Club Level Access
- Magic Your Way Park Hopper® Passes for 6 days
- Disney’s Dining Plan
- A $1,000 American Express Gift Card
- Private Round Trip Airport to Resort Ground Transportation
- A private dinner for the winning party with Lou Mongello
- Personalized pre-arrival itinerary planning with Mouse Fan Travel®
- And plenty of surprise pixie dust and VIP treatment!
And that’s not all! Other fabulous prizes include: luxury Disney area vacation home accommodations provided by ALL STAR Vacation Homes, Walt Disney World® park tickets, iPods, gift cards, and much, much more! Plus, just for playing, you’ll receive valuable rewards and incentives to be used on your next Walt Disney World® vacation! The WDW Radio Show Adventureland Challenge marks the celebration of the release of Lou Mongello’s Audio Guide to Walt Disney World®: Adventureland.
Join in the quest to become The Ultimate Adventurer. For more details, journey to the WDW Radio Show website.
The adventure begins tonight, July 21st, 2008 at 8pm EST!
July 21st, 2008
July 17, 2008 Edition
By Rick E-Mouse
Walt Disney World EPCOT
Sounds Like Summer Concert Series
Looking for some HOT bands and COOL music on your summer Disney vacation? Don’t miss the EPCOT Sounds Like Summer Concert Series at Walt Disney World.
Rock, dance and sway to the sound-alike sounds of these awesome tribute bands:
- Now through July 20th: Slippery When Wet – The Ultimate Bon Jovi Tribute
- July 21st – 27th: 52nd Street – A Tribute to Billy Joel
- July 28th – August 3rd: Captain Fantastic – A Tribute to Elton John
- August 4th – 10th: The Sounds of The Supremes – A Tribute to The Supremes
Make your summer Disney vacation music to your EARS – dance on over to the EPCOT Sounds Like Summer Concert Series today!
July 17th, 2008
Steve Trover, CEO of ALL STAR Vacation Homes and President of Discover Vacation Homes, the vacation home rental industry’s non-profit public awareness organization, was featured on an on-camera interview for the Central Florida News 13 Your Home segment that aired on Wednesday, July 16th.
In the interview, Mr. Trover outlined the inherent savings benefits that Orlando vacation home rentals provide, like being able to cook your own meals as well as taking a break from the theme parks to enjoy the homes’ luxury amenities.
For more, visit the ALL STAR Vacation Homes News and Events page.
July 17th, 2008
Our featured story this month is from Ariana and Michael Detert of Florida, who celebrated their wedding with ALL STAR Vacation Homes – along with 45 family members and friends! “Your homes allowed our family and friends to relax and enjoy the Florida sunshine. It also allowed our ‘new’ big family to spend time together and enjoy our wedding week,” said Mrs. Detert.
Read more and enter for your chance to win a 7-night stay with ALL STAR Vacation Homes!
July 16th, 2008
TIP OF THE MONTH – JULY 2008
For July, Deb Wills, editor of AllEarsNet.com, heads to Innoventions East at EPCOT Walt Disney World. This month’s tip features the new Waste Management exhibit as well as a look at the House of the Future, UL safety testing and more!
July 15th, 2008
ALL STAR Vacation Homes was recently featured in an article for the latest edition of Good Life Community Magazine entitled ‘Family Vacation Home in Orlando’.
The magazine, based in Alachua, Florida, provides news and industry updates for real estate professionals. In the article, publisher Trish Utter details her stay at a luxurious ALL STAR home in Windsor Hills Resort and discusses the advantages of Orlando vacation home rentals – particularly for multi-family and group Disney area trips where keeping everyone together and giving everyone their privacy are paramount.
To read the article, check out the ALL STAR Vacation Homes News and Events page.
July 14th, 2008
July 10, 2008 Edition
by Rick E-Mouse
This week’s Disney vacation secret:
Ten Cool Things to Do
Near Walt Disney World
In addition to enjoying the magic of Walt Disney World’s theme parks, here’s some fun family attractions that’ll make your Disney vacation even cooler:
July 10th, 2008
Don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime chance on your Orlando vacation! Catch Mummy superstar Brendan Fraser this Friday, July 11th at Universal Studios Orlando.
Enjoy a sneak preview of The Mummy – Tomb of the Dragon Emperor plus a special audience participation Q&A with the star! And while you’re there, ride the “world’s first psychological thrill ride” – Revenge of the Mummy!
Also see Brendan Fraser in Journey to the Center of the Earth, opening this Friday!
July 9th, 2008
For some of the best ultra-fresh seafood in Orlando, set sail for The Oceanaire Seafood Room – located at Pointe Orlando on International Drive.
Featuring a high-energy, yet relaxing dining experience plus impeccable service, the Oceanaire offers a veritable, well, ‘ocean’ of delectable seafood selections – flown in daily from the seven seas!
Of special note is their Alaskan king crab – fresh from Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch fleet ship The Time Bandit. And for landlubbers, choices such as steak and chicken are available.
‘Sea’ seafood in a whole new light. Reserve a table at The Oceanaire today!
July 8th, 2008
July 3, 2008 Edition
Welcome to THE WEEKLY EARFUL, your source of tips and secrets for making the most out of your Disney vacation in Orlando.
Each week, special correspondent Rick E-Mouse reveals the hidden magic of Walt Disney World – in places you’d least expect!
Here’s this week’s secret:
Celebrate Your July 4th Disney Vacation in Celebration
This year, celebrate the 4th in style in Celebration. Developed by The Walt Disney Company, Celebration, Florida is the definition of idyllic American charm. Celebration recalls the days of friendly small town warmth with its classic neighborhood architectures and signature dining, shopping and entertainment venues.
For this year’s 4th of July, Celebration is pulling out all the stops to present A Flashback Fourth of July: Rockin in the Yesteryears. Located in the Celebration Town Center, this gala event takes you back in time to the Big Band era with a host of festivities, including live music, dancing, a 4th of July parade and of course a spectacular fireworks display.
So ‘swing’ on over to Celebration – the perfect place to celebrate your Disney vacation!
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Psst! Get explosive savings on these Disney area vacation homes near Celebration.
July 3rd, 2008
CATCH THESE EXPLOSIVE
JULY SUMMER FILMS ON
YOUR ORLANDO VACATION:
- July 2: Hancock – superstar Will Smith plays a reluctant superhero
- July 11: Journey to the Center of the Earth starring Brendan Fraser
- July 18: The Dark Knight – Batman takes on the Joker!
- July 25: The X Files: I Want To Believe – Mulder and Scully are back!
See these and other great summer vacation blockbusters at these Orlando area cinemas (movie availability at theatres may vary):
Get the STAR treatment on your Orlando vacation. Book a luxurious Orlando vacation home with ALL STAR Vacation Homes now and save $150 on select homes!
July 1st, 2008