Posts filed under '10/2009 Events'
ALL STAR Vacation Homes, along with the vacation rental industry, is celebrating International Vacation Rental Awareness Month throughout the month of November.
International Vacation Rental Awareness Month was recently established at the 25th Annual Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) National Conference held in Washington D.C. last week.
The new initiative, part of the Discover Vacation Homes vacation rental awareness campaign, was launched to help travelers reconnect with family, friends, partners and spouses via convenient resources and tools that assist in showing how to stay together on their next trip for less, including:
- Vacation Rental Specials
- 10 Secrets to Saving on Travel with Vacation Rentals
- Top 8 Vacation Rental Myths, Debunked
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Vacation Rental Planning Tips
- Choosing the Right Vacation Rental
Join ALL STAR in the celebration by visiting our Orlando vacation rental specials page.
November 4th, 2009
Members of the ALL STAR Vacation Homes team joined over 500 professionals in the vacation home rental industry for the 25th Annual Vacation Rental Managers Association (VRMA) National Conference in Washington D.C., October 25th – October 28th.
The team attended sessions on marketing, business development, housekeeping, guest services and more.
During the conference, VRMA provided updates on the association’s initiatives that included an updated strategic plan, tracking and analytics for the industry as well as updates to the Discover Vacation Homes awareness campaign, including designating November as International Vacation Rental Awareness Month.
November 2nd, 2009
by Rick E-Mouse
October 29, 2009 Edition
Enjoy Free Halloween Fun at Downtown Disney
Enjoy free Halloween fun on your Orlando vacation at Downtown Disney’s Happy Haunting in Walt Disney World this Friday and Saturday – October 30th and 31st, from 5pm to 9pm.
This free, family-friendly Halloween event includes trick-or-treating at various shops in Downtown Disney West Side and Downtown Disney Marketplace, live music, magic shows, comedy entertainment – and more!
While you’re there, be sure to enjoy all of the shopping, dining and entertainment Downtown Disney has to offer.
Celebrate Halloween on your Orlando vacation – don’t miss Happy Haunting at Downtown Disney!
October 29th, 2009
Ever wanted to create your own thrill ride on your Orlando vacation?
Now you can with The Sum of All Thrills at Epcot in Walt Disney World!
The Sum of All Thrills, presented by Raytheon and located in the Innoventions East section of Future World in Epcot, allows you to design, name and ride your own custom roller coaster, jet plane or bobsled simulator!
Using math and science skills, you’ll “build” your ride piece by piece at a special interactive station – adding loops, swoops, dives and more. You can even pick the steepness and speed of the drops!
After designing and naming your ride, you’ll board a two-seater capsule attached to an advanced robotic arm that can rotate on six different axes – making your ride feel all the more real! You’ll even feel the rush of simulated wind as you ride this exciting hi-tech Disney attraction!
Add up the fun on your Orlando vacation – ride The Sum of All Thrills at Epcot!
October 27th, 2009
Enjoy free Halloween fun on your Fall Orlando vacation – visit Old Town’s trick-or-treat event this weekend.
Take the kids – with or without costumes – to
Old Town in Kissimmee, where they’ll enjoy trick-or-treating at the many specialty shops. It’s like getting a whole town’s worth of treats!
Don’t miss out on this free Halloween event – visit Old Town in Kissimmee this Sunday, October 25th from 2 to 6 PM!
October 22nd, 2009
“This trip provided these cousins with memories and fun that they will always remember. This never would have been possible in a hotel.”
The ALL STAR Story of the Month for October is from the The Silano Family from Pennsylvania.
“This was my family’s second stay in an ALL STAR vacation home and it was just as great as the first time!! Not only was it our family of 5 this time, but my parents and my brother’s family of 6 visiting Disney for the very first time. The kids, ranging in ages from 4 – 12, had a ball at the house swimming in the pool, sharing the Mickey themed bedrooms, playing pool and using the computers,” said Mrs. Silano about their 4-Star Disney area vacation home in Emerald Island Resort.
“My son even celebrated his 8th birthday during this trip and couldn’t have been happier celebrating in Disney with his cousins. This trip provided these cousins with memories and fun that they will always remember. This never would have been possible in a hotel.”
Read their story and enter for your chance to Win a 7-night stay with ALL STAR!
October 21st, 2009
ALL STAR has been featured on the October edition of Travel + Leisure magazine’s website as a “Best Disney World Money-Saving Tip”.
The tip showcases how travelers can save on their Orlando vacation to Disney by staying in a vacation home with ALL STAR as well as some of the featured vacation rental amenities, including private pools and big screen TVs.
For more, visit the ALL STAR Vacation Homes News and Events page.
October 19th, 2009
For some “flightful” frights and fun on your Fall Orlando vacation, visit the Haunted Hangar Walking Tour at Fantasy of Flight.
This eerie tour reveals mysteries of aviation lore including the legendary Lost Squadron and Charles Lindbergh’s ghostly encounters during his famed transatlantic flight.
The Haunted Hangar Walking Tour runs daily through October 31st at Fantasy of Flight and is included with admission.
October 14th, 2009
by Rick E-Mouse
October 9, 2009 Edition
Enjoy These Halloween Treats on
Your Fall Orlando Vacation
Treat the family to these wonderful Halloween celebrations on your Fall Orlando vacation:
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Head to the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World for this magical Halloween celebration.
Meet Disney characters dressed in costumes, enjoy Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade and thrill to the spectacle of the Happy HalloWishes fireworks display! You can also dress up and go trick-or-treating!
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party continues on select nights now through November 1st.
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular
“Swim” in an ocean of Halloween fun at this wonderful SeaWorld Orlando celebration.
Search for sweets using a special trick-or-treat map, make your own “spooktacular” cookies, meet costumed sea creatures – plus enjoy music, interactive games and more!
SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular continues Saturdays and Sundays, Oct 10th – Oct 25th plus Friday Oct 30th & Saturday Oct 31st starting at 12:00 Noon each day.
October 9th, 2009
For FREE festive Fall fun, visit Oktoberfest in Celebration on your Orlando vacation.
Enjoy seasonal celebrations throughout this old-world German street party, including food and music, hayrides, pumpkin painting – and more!
There’s even nightly “leaf drops” that fill the streets with the colors of Autumn.
Oktoberfest in Celebration runs this Friday and Saturday, October 9th and 10th, starting at 5pm at the Celebration Town Center. Leaf drops are scheduled for 7, 8 and 9pm each night. Admission and parking are FREE!
October 6th, 2009
by Rick E-Mouse
September 25, 2009 Edition
Eat to the Beat Concert Series Schedule
Head to the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on your Fall Orlando vacation. While you’re there, don’t miss the Eat to the Beat concert series, featuring these “cookin’” musical acts:
9/28 – 9/29 – Richard Marx
9/30 – 10/03 – Starship starring Mickey Thomas
10/04 – 10/06 – En Vogue
10/07 – 10/08 – Better Than Ezra
10/09 – 10/11 – Sister Hazel
10/12 – 10/13 – Kool & The Gang
10/14 – 10/16 – Spyro Gyra
10/17 – 10/18 – Jon Secada
10/19 – 10/20 – Sister Sledge
10/21 – 10/22 – Vanessa Carlton
10/23 – 10/25 – Taylor Dayne
10/26 – 10/28 – Boyz II Men
10/29 – 10/31 – John Waite
11/01 – 11/02 – Taylor Hicks
11/03 – 11/05 – Billy Ocean
11/06 – 11/08 – Los Lobos
Each act performs nightly at 5:15 PM, 6:30PM and 7:45 PM.
For a mouthwatering and musical celebration, check out the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival on your Fall Disney vacation!
September 25th, 2009
“Dive in” to an ocean of Halloween fun at SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular on your Orlando vacation.
Included in regular park admission, this “must-sea” Halloween celebration features enjoyable family-friendly Halloween activities, including:
- Trick-or-Treat Sea Sweets – Search for hidden “sea” sweets and healthy choice treats using Spooktacular maps!
- Cookie Decorating Station – Create your own Halloween-themed cookies at a special decorating station!
- Frozen Fun Zone – Celebrate the season with interactive games, DJ’d music and more at Wild Arctic Plaza!
Plus, meet costumed sea creatures like Swedish Fish Suzy, Gummy Worm Wanda and even “pumpkin fish”!
Starting each day at 12:00 Noon, SeaWorld’s Halloween Spooktacular runs Saturdays and Sundays, Oct 3rd – Oct 25th plus Friday Oct 30th & Saturday Oct 31st.
September 23rd, 2009
by Rick E-Mouse
September 18, 2009 Edition
Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Starts Next Friday September 25th
Get a taste of the world on your 2009 Fall Orlando vacation at the 14th Annual Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World, running September 25th through November 8th.
This year, the theme is “Celebrating Culinary Adventures” and features tasty dishes from cities around the world, including Santiago, Chile; Wellington, New Zealand; Bologna, Italy; Shanghai, China; New Orleans and more!
Take your taste buds on a tour of over 25 flavorful marketplaces where you can sample a delicious selection of regional foods, wines, and beers. Plus, enjoy culinary demonstrations by top chefs, wine seminars, celebrity chef book signings and more!
And don’t miss this year’s Eat to the Beat concert series, featuring a myriad of musical acts, including: Billy Ocean, Kool & the Gang, Los Lobos, Big Bad Voo Doo Daddy, Richard Marx, En Vogue, Better Than Ezra – and many more!
Put a little flavor in your Fall Orlando vacation – visit the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World.
September 18th, 2009
Planning on attending a fall convention or exhibition in Orlando? Stay with ALL STAR Vacation Homes at Vista Cay Resort.
Vista Cay Resort, located directly across from the Orange County Convention Center, features upscale vacation condo rentals with spacious, beautifully decorated and furnished floor plans and vacation rental amenities such as computers with complimentary high speed and Wi-Fi Internet access, fully equipped kitchens, Plasma TVs and more!
Fall 2009 Orange County Convention Center events include:
- The Florida Restaurant & Lodging Show 9/11/09 – 9/13/09
- Orlando Home Show 9/18/09 – 9/20/09
- FNATS/The Landscape Show 10/1/09 – 10/3/09
- National Business Aviation Association 10/20/09 – 10/22/09
- Diving Equipment & Marketing Association 11/4/09 – 11/7/09
- National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds 11/11/09 – 11/12/09
- Performance Racing Industry Convention 12/10/09 – 12/12/09
…plus many more!
Extend your business trip into an Orlando vacation and SAVE. Receive 10% off your 5 night stay when you reserve a luxury vacation condo at Vista Cay for arrival in the next 90 days!
September 7th, 2009
by Rick E-Mouse
September 4, 2009 Edition
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Starts Today
Celebrate Halloween on your Disney vacation at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party – starting today and running on select nights through November 1st at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!
Perfect for kids of all ages, Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party features all kinds of Halloween fun for your Orlando vacation.
Happy haunting highlights include:
- Disney characters dressed up in Halloween costumes
- Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade
- Happy HalloWishes fireworks display
You can also dress up in your favorite family-friendly costumes and go trick-or-treating!
Treat the family to a magical Orlando vacation Halloween experience – take them to Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.
Separate admission is required – so get your tickets today!
September 4th, 2009
Turn your fall Orlando vacation into an adventure you’ll remember forever.
Reserve select Orlando vacation homes for 5 Nights for arrival by October 31, 2009 and you’ll receive 2 FREE Hot Air Balloon Rides from Orlando Balloon Rides* – a $350 value!
Choose from a selection of featured Disney area vacation home rentals, with amenities such as private pools and spas, themed kids’ bedrooms, home theatres, game rooms and multiple master bedrooms suites!
Hot air balloon ride adventures begin at sunrise with a flight that lasts approximately one hour, featuring spectacular views of Central Florida including the Kissimmee and Walt Disney World areas. A complimentary breakfast, traditional champagne toast and commemorative flight certificate are also included.
You’ll also receive FREE pool and spa heat PLUS special Disney World and other Orlando attraction ticket discounts with your stay!
Reserve your Fall Orlando vacation adventure today. Hurry, supplies are limited!
*See website for details.
September 3rd, 2009
Get sky high value on your Orlando vacation!
Receive 2 FREE Hot Air Balloon Rides from Orlando Balloon Rides when you reserve featured Disney area vacation homes for 5 Nights for arrival by October 31, 2009!* A $350 Value!
Choose from select private pool Orlando vacation homes, including homes with spas, game rooms, home theatres, kids’ themed bedrooms and multiple master bedroom suites!
Balloon rides start at sunrise, last approximately one hour and feature breathtaking aerial views of the Kissimmee and Walt Disney World areas, a complimentary breakfast and more!
In addition, you’ll also receive FREE pool and spa heat PLUS special Disney World and other Orlando attraction ticket discounts with your stay!
Reserve today, supplies are limited!
*See website for details.
August 13th, 2009