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"If Life gives you Limes, make Margaritas!"
It has been more than a decade since Splendid China closed its doors, leaving a large, vacant space in its wake. This land has finally been reimagined into what will become a Jimmy Buffett style MargaritaVillage Resort.

This highly anticipated village spread out over 305 acres will have a hotel featuring 175-300 rooms, more than 1000 vacation homes and condos, as well as retail space and beach area. Resort Amenities include plans for a "FinCity" arcade, St. Somewhere spa, Son of a Sailor fishing school, paddle boarding and kayaking.

Construction is set to begin in the 3rd quarter of 2016 with its first phase to open in 2017. Developers expect the resort to be completed within 6 months of the first opening. Members of Experience Kissimmee, the local tourism and marketing board rave that MargaritaVillage will be a great asset to the area. Developers expect to bring 700 new full time jobs.

I for one cant wait to have a margarita in what I can only assume will be a tropical, laid back community that only Jimmy Buffett can promote.

Walt Disney World
There has been a lot of big news recently released from Disney in Orlando!

A lot of new and exciting amenities are coming to the Central Florida location.

Hollywood studios is to start construction next year on a highly anticipated, 14 acre Star Wars attraction. If Star Wars isn't your thing, don't worry! Disney also has plans to begin construction on a Toy Story attraction that will take up 11 acres.

Soarin at Epcot has been a very popular adventure at Disneys Epcot for many years. Disney has made the decision to upgrade Soarin. The updates will include new screens and projection system as well as a third theatre. Soarin is an attraction that will take you around the world without ever leaving Kissimmee. You and your family can enjoy many natural and man made sights from the Plains of Africa to the Great wall of China. Soarin upgrades are to be completed in 2016.

Runaway Country
Runaway Country is central Florida's largest Country festival previously homed in Melbourne's Wickham Park. It has recently been announced that it will move to Osceola Heritage Park in Kissimmee. This 3 day concert is planned for March 2016 and is contracted to stay in Kissimmee for the next 10 years.

Previous concerts have featured popular musicians like Miranda Lambert, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Eric Church.

Runaway Country is sure to bring country music fans from all over the United States and around the world.

Sea Worlds Newest Roller Coaster
SeaWorld has announced plans for a new roller coaster opening in 2016.

The newest roller coaster will join 3 others at the park and is expected to be Sea Worlds largest at 200ft tall.

More details are to be released May 27th. Stay tuned!

Mothers Day is Here Again!
Are you visiting the Central Florida area and looking for something different to do for your mom? Single R Ranch in Plant City, Fl might be the perfect place for you and your family. The ranch's corn maze is a popular place for families to go in October, but this May, the corn has been transformed into a maze of Sunflowers and colorful zinnias. The Ranch located 25 miles west of Disney has plenty for you to do. After you've wandered your way through the 4 acre flower maze, your family can enjoy a nice nature walk where you might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Sherman the Fox Squirrel.

Once you have built up an appetite, find a spot for your family to sit and grab a bite to eat. There are many different things available to purchase to satisfy the entire family; including, grilled corn on the cob, burgers, hot dogs, pulled pork, fresh lemonade and many other things.

Your family will have a blast visiting the various vendors on site that offer activities such as arts and crafts, balloon artists, and jewelry. (These vendors may not be included in the admission price.)

On your way out, visit the General Store for those shabby chic items that your mom will love.

Single R Ranch is located at 3002 Charlie Taylor Road, Plant City, FL 33565.
Admission: Adults $8
Children $7 (2 and under free)
The event is open both Saturday and Sunday, May 9-10 from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM.

SoDo Spring Luau
Come out May 16th, from 11:00am until 3:00pm to the Sodo Spring Luau located in the Sodo Shopping Plaza at S. Orange Ave and Grant St. A fun festival for the entire family! The event features various food trucks, face painting, music, entertainment, giveaways and much more!

The Orlando Eye
The Orlando Eye is a massive, 400ft observation wheel that has just opened on Orlando's popular International Drive. Once atop the Orlando Eye, guests will be able to see for miles. Along with the breathtaking Orlando Skyline to the north, visitors will see various lakes, lush landscapes, Universal Studios and even off into the distance they can see Disney World. Lucky patrons will, on a clear day, be able to see Cape Canaveral and NASA's huge Vehicle Assembly Building.

A total of 30 gondolas are used on the wheel. The ride last about 20 minutes and travels at a speed of 1MPH.

Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival
At Epcot you can enjoy the annual International Flower and Garden Festival through May 17th.

The festival features millions of blooming flowers and various themed topiaries. You can receive many gardening tips and see different demonstrations from horticulturists.

The event, which is included with your Epcot theme park ticket has live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. Check park hours before going as hours may vary.

Do You Dare?
The world's tallest roller coaster is being built in Orlando and set to open by 2017. The giant roller coaster will be over 500 feet tall.

All you daredevils make your reservations now! Be one of the first!

Yikes!
The tallest freestanding drop tower in North America — officially opened Tuesday at Busch Gardens, in Tampa.

"We know guests from around the world have been waiting to experience this one-of-a-kind thrill ride, and we are excited to officially invite those guests to ride Falcon's Fury," said Jim Dean, the president of the park.

Falcon's Fury stands at 335 feet and takes riders soaring 60 mph straight down. At the ride's highest point, Busch Gardens has added an element of surprise: like its bird of prey namesake, riders pivot 90 degrees in midair to a facedown dive position. An instant later, riders plunge toward the ground.

Disney World in September
The month of September is a great time to visit Disney World. The crowds go away and the lines are short. If those aren't reasons enough, now there is even more of a reason. Hollywood Studios has extended their hours for the month of September for the Frozen Fireworks Show that will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Saying Goodbye
Sea World announced this morning that we will be saying goodbye to the Clyde & Seamore Take Pirate Island Show. The last day for the show will be August 10, 2014.

The show has been entertaining guests for the past 15 years, but Seaworld has a reputation for closing older shows to make room for new fresh ones.

No news yet as to what show will be replacing this.

RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo moving to Osceola County
The County Commissioners of Osceola County, Fla., have approved an $11 million-plus contract that will move the RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo to Osceola County for the next 10 years and dramatically increase the payoff for the stars of the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s circuit system.

Reserve you vacation home now for best prices!!!!!

Psst! Did You Hear?
It's the latest news for something new at Disney....
The announcement for a new night show coming to Disney's Animal Kindgom.

According to Disney, “Rivers of Light” promises to be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live music, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery. The show will magically come to life on the broad, natural stage of the Discovery River, between Discovery Island and Expedition Everest, delighting our guests and truly capping off a full day of adventures at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Festival of Fantasy Parade
The Festival of Fantasy Parade marches into the Magic Kingdom on March 9th.

Don't miss it! There is just something magical about a Disney Parade!

A Change is coming to City Walk
If you have ever visited City Walk at Universal Studios it will look different on your next visit. If you haven't visited City Walk before you will be in for a treat!
Here are the changes.
The Latin Quarter and Pastamore are now things of the past.
Starbucks will double in size and move downstairs.
There will be a Sushi and Burger Bar called the Cowfish.
The new Hot Dog Hall of Fame will have all types of hot dogs and look like a ballpark.
New restaurant Antojitos will serve fresh Mexican food, fresh salsa and fresh guacamole.
Pranzo , a new Italian restaurant, will be in the center of City Walk. It will serve fresh pasta and flatbread.
A new sandwich shop called Bread Box will be added next to the movie theater.

Anyone hungry?


Food Trucks are Coming to Downtown Disney
The official Disney Parks Blog has today announced that four food trucks will be coming to Downtown Disney in the fall of this year.
Each truck will represent foods from a different Disney Park and some favorites from Walt Disney World restaurants.
•“Enchanted Fare” will serve favorites from Disney Parks around the world; think Croque Monsieur from Magic Kingdom Park, Glass Noodle Salad from Hong Kong Disneyland and Hand-Dipped Corn Dogs from Disneyland park.
•“The World Showcase of Flavors” is expected to feature items from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival such as Grass-Fed Beef Sliders, Pierogies with Kielbasa and Lobster Rolls.
•“Superstar Catering” will shine the spotlight on a wide array of meatball options fit for a Hollywood set; Lamb Meatball Flatbread.
•“Namaste Café” plans to feature a nice mix of spices with dishes including Butter Chicken, Slow-Cooked Beef Short Ribs and Tandori Spiced Shrimp.

Don't Wait Until It's Too Late!
Halloween Horror Nights® annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe to this one-of-a-kind event, so it's not too early to reserve your vacation rental home now.

On select nights September 20 - November 2, your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights®. See if you can survive haunted houses, electrifying scare zones, outrageous live shows, and more.

It's Time To Save The World!
Today is the Day! After months of waiting the Transforms 3-D ride opens at Universal Studios. Guests will be taken on a mission to save the world.

Attention Starbucks Fans!
The Main Street Bakery in the Magic Kingdom closed in January for remodeling. It is now open and serving Starbucks beverages and food.

Future plans include a Starbucks for Epcot and Animal Kingdom

Splitsville to host 'Sock-Hop' ticketed event as part of Cars Masters Weekend
Splitsville Luxury Lanes are hosting a 'Sock-Hop' ticketed event as part of next weekend's Cars Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney.

Taking place on June 15 2013 from 6pm to 9pm, the event features:
•Disney's Sock Hop Dancers will perform dances from the 50's and 60's, while a DJ will be spinning favorites both old and new.
•Chip Foose and Jay Ward will be on hand meet & greets.
•The party includes an appetizing buffet of delights: a nacho bar, pizza, and Splitsville's famous sliders. Guests also receive two (2) tickets for select alcoholic beverages.
•Go for fun and prizes in a bowling competition (sign up at the event, space is limited).
•Raffle items celebrating all things "CARS" to be given away throughout the night!

Price per Guest is $69.00 per adult (ages 10 ) and $59.00 per child (ages 5-9)*.
Tickets are limited. Entertainment is Subject to Change.

Empire of the Penguin
Well, first Harry Potter gave Disney a run for their money. Now it is time for Sea World to do the same.

Empire of the Penguin opened this past week. This wonderful, or should I say, wonderfully freezing attraction is kept at 30 degrees! It is one of the largest displays of penguins in the world, with more than 250 of the Formally attired cutie pies running around.

Empire of the Penguin is Sea World's largest expansion, covering over four acres.

This attraction is a must see! Bring a jacket!

Disney World Surprises

Each week in 2013, Walt Disney World is offering a new surprise as part of Limited Time Magic, new entertainment, events and merchandise that will pop up and then disappear after a limited time.


April 15–21, 2013

It's Fairies Week at the Magic Kingdom. Tinker Bell's fans from the Disney Fairies franchise are flying in for a special meet-and-greet experience at Tinker Bell's Magical Nook, in Adventureland.



Making Reservations
I have had more phone calls than I can count for reservations for this month and it saddens me that I have been unable to assist most of these guests as we are almost completely booked except for just a few days.

I am already doing bookings for snowbirds for next winter!

If you are planning on visiting our area in the future I would love to assist you in finding your dream vacation home. Please keep in mind that our busiest times of the year are Christmas Holiday time, Easter Holiday time, any time the kids are out of school and Jan/Feb/March for snowbirds.

Make those reservations early!!

Disney World News
From the Orlando Sentinel

Disney World is adding another interactive activity — this one with a pirate theme — to its theme park lineup this spring. A Pirate's Adventure: Treasures of the Seven Seas will debut in the Magic Kingdom's Adventureland. An exact date was not announced.

Disney is sketchy on many details of the attraction, but according to the official Disney Parks Blog, guests will help Captain Jack on a quest using a map and "magic talisman" to complete five pirate raids in Adventureland.

Other Disney World games include the Disney Agent P World Showcase Adventure at Epcot and Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, which debuted last year. Unlike the Sorcerers game, there will be no collectible cards to activate the effects, Disney said.

A Disney-supplied illustration of Pirate's Adventure appears to show skulls with laser-beam eyes amid Adventureland attractions such as Pirates of the Caribbean and Swiss Family Treehouse. Also in the scene are circling sharks, firing cannons and tents selling goods such as ships in bottles and shrunken heads.

Grand Opening of Fantasyland at Disney
Well, not the grand opening, as there will be several grand openings for different areas of Fantasyland.

Today at 10:00 a.m. was the grand opening of The Enchanted Forest.

The complete expansion of Fantasyland is expected to be completed in 2014.

Big News is Coming!!
Yes get ready. Universal Studios is about to make a big announcement on November 1, 2012.

Many many people out there have speculated on what this announcement could be.

Could it be a Transformers Ride? Or an expansion of Harry Potter? Maybe both?

At any rate, Universal Studios is going to say something.....any ideas?

Eat and Drink Your Way Around the World!
Epcot's Food and Wine Festival starts September 28th and continues through November 12.

This is truly a food and wine lovers paradise!

We thought we would share the recipe for one of our favorite tasty bites, Griddled Greek Cheese, which of course can be found in Greece, at the cost of $3.25

Try it out and let us know what you think!

Epcot Food and Wine Festival Griddled Greek Cheese with Pistachios and Honey

Serves 4-6

INGREDIENTS:
2 teaspoons finely chopped pistachios (about 10 pistachios)
12 ounces kasseri cheese*
4 teaspoons honey, for garnish
toasted baguette slices, for serving

INSTRUCTIONS:
1. Heat pistachios in small non-stick saucepan over medium-high heat for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown; set aside.
2. Cut cheese into 2-inch wide x 1/2-inch thick slices.
3. Heat large non-stick skillet over high heat. When skillet is extremely hot, add cheese and fry 1-2 minutes on each side or until gold brown. Serve immediately. The cheese will be hot but not melted.
4. To serve, drizzle cheese with honey and sprinkle with toasted pistachios. Serve with toasted baguette slices.