Heading to Orlando, Florida is a good choice year-round but visitors who head this way over Memorial Day will find the city brimming over with Orlando Memorial Day activities for fun! The following are just a few of the many reasons why it’s worth your while to explore and stay in inviting Orlando this Memorial Day.
Enjoy the Orlando Balloon Festival
Your Memorial Day weekend adventure to Orlando is bound to be fun from start to finish. It can also be an experience in whimsical color and captivating heights when you enjoy time at the Orlando Balloon Festival in 2022! This annual event is a family-friendly experience for travelers to enjoy who are looking for something truly unique and memorable to take part in. The Orlando Balloon festival will be held Friday, May 27th through Monday, May 30th at the Blue Jacket Park located at 2501 General Rees Avenue. The event includes the launching of a variety of eye-catching hot air balloons as long as the weather permits a safe departure. In addition to the fun of seeing these incredible balloons rise into the air in tandem, guests will enjoy access to a variety of food trucks and retail vendors right on-site. There will also be a full lineup of family fun activities to check out making the Orlando Balloon Festival one you simply won’t want to miss this Memorial Day!
Experience Orlando Carnival
If you find yourself in the city of Orlando over Memorial Day weekend, you’ll also find yourself in the heart of the annual Carnival experience! In 2022, the Carnival downtown festivities and vibrant parades will be hosted between May 27th and May 29th. This year marks the city’s 36th downtown Carnival event which is open to everyone to celebrate. Carnival is a celebration of Caribbean culture at its best and is a weekend filled with pageantry, parties, and seemingly endless amounts of savory food and beverage options as well. The festival is eye-catching, to say the least as it comes complete with costumes, feathers, traditional dance, and music ranging from reggae, calypso, soc, and steelpan bands to fill downtown. While the fun is abundant, the festival is also a chance to deepen our understanding and appreciation of Caribbean culture through authentic representation. This festival is massive with over 20,000 people participating in the event each year and 2022 is shaping up to welcome just as many participants. A variety of Caribbean countries are represented across the festivities including Guyana, St. Lucia, Virgin Islands, Trinidad & Tobago, Dominican Republic, Cuba, St. Vincent, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, the Bahamas, and St. Kitts just to name a few. Tickets to Carnival events can easily be purchased in advance online.
Check Out the Garden Rocks Concert Series
Year-round, Epcot hosts a variety of festivals that add even more fun to a Disney visit and adventure. Those who will be visiting over Memorial Day weekend will be just in time to make the most of the Garden Rocks Concert Series which are part of the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival lineup of activities. This concert series is hosted at the America Gardens Theater found at 1510 Avenue of the Stars in Orlando. It’s a chance to dance and enjoy time with family and friends while making the most of a spectacular performance. Concerts are hosted between 5:30 pm and 8:30 pm. Mon May 27th and 28th concertgoers can enjoy Thelma Houston while Little River Band takes to the stage on May 29th and 30th.
Visit Disney Typhoon Lagoon
Memorial Day weekend often kicks off what is officially known as waterpark season across the country, making it the perfect time to check out Disney Typhoon Lagoon while you’re in town. This family-friendly waterpark is a Disney enthusiast’s favorite with good reason! Complete with incredible water slides to enjoy throughout as well as a 2-person roller coaster raft that’s one-of-a-kind, Typhoon Lagoon elevates the waterpark experience at every turn. Those who visit will want to make sure to make time for trying the surf pool as well as Shark Reef where you can get up close to incredible sharks, tropical fish, and stingrays alike. Typhoon Lagoon is located at 1145 East Buena Vista Boulevard and is open daily between 10:00 am and 5:00 pm making it a convenient and exciting addition to the holiday itinerary!
Book Your Florida Adventure Today
Whether you’re headed to Orlando over Memorial Day or have your travel sights set in this direction any other time of year, the property professionals at Magnolia Villas are here to make sure you have the accommodations in place to meet the moment flawlessly. Our rentals incorporate luxury, comfort, style, and access to fun into every trip to Orlando! Reach out today to learn more about our portfolio of options and how we can help you start turning traveling plans into a reality.
Orlando, Florida is a fantastic vacation destination to enjoy year-round. However, those traveling this way at Easter will find there’s even more in the way of fun and excitement to be savored! The following are just a few of the many activities and attractions available to add to your itinerary when you know you’ll be celebrating Easter in Florida on your Orlando getaway in 2022.
Incorporate an Easter Run into Your Orlando Getaway
Taking time out of a busy schedule to enjoy an Easter away in Orlando is always a treat. While you’re sure to have a fun-filled adventure, for many travelers, it’s not exclusively about the egg hunts and candy collection. Instead, it’s about incorporating some heart-pounding exercise into the mix and if this sounds like you, celebrating Easter in Orlando definitely means participating in the Fins Up Bunny Hop 5K Fun Run & Walk on April 16th, 2022. Participating starts at $10 a person for this Margaritaville Resort Orlando hosted event. It’s a fun and healthy way to get everyone in your traveling crew out and about this Easter! This is a race designed to put a spring in everyone’s step and it starts at 8000 Fins Up Circle in Kissimmee at 9:00 am. Registration begins at 8:30 am and participants are more than welcome to run, walk, or hop the route according to preference. If you happen to be one of the top three finishers, a prize is in your future this Easter!
Check Out the Ivanhoe Village Easter Egg Hunt
Those traveling to Orlando this Easter with kids at their side will likely be looking for an Easter egg hunt to top off the fun. That’s where the Ivanhoe Village Easter Egg Hunt comes in! This family-friendly event will be held April 9, 2022, and is hosted by MAM Events in downtown Orlando right in the heart of Ivanhoe Village at Hall on the Yard. Registering your children in advance guarantees that every child on the list will receive a minimum of five eggs during the hunt. They’ll also get a pair of charming bunny ears to wear and the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny himself. Once you register, you’ll receive an event start time that varies by age. At check in, children will receive a wristband to help determine their hunt group. When the egg hunting is done, participants are invited to make their way to the nearby 407 Food Fair where BBQ will be on hand at Ivanhoe Park Brewing between 1:30 pm and 7:00 pm to help curb cravings worked up after all of that searching!
Meet the Easter Bunny at The Mall at Millenia
Orlando’s Mall at Millenia is an impressive shopping stop year-round, but during Easter it’s a hub of holiday fun as it’s the very place the Easter Bunny sets up for photos and meet and greets! The mall is located near SeaWorld and Universal, making it a convenient place to incorporate into an itinerary when you’re excited to get those holiday photos snapped. Get the kid’s dressed up in their Easter best and get ready for a fun meeting with options to purchase a professional photo package if the pictures turn out better than you ever imagined.
Make it an Easter Experience at ICON Park
The Easter Bunny Garden Experience enjoyed at ICON Park is a fantastic way to mix your holiday fun with a stop at one of Orlando’s most iconic destinations while you’re in town. Situated right on International Drive, ICON Park is an oasis of fun filled with museums, delicious eateries, and amusement-style attractions to match. Over Easter, guests can meet the Easter Bunny here and get a photo taken as well. Every child who takes a picture with the Easter Bunny at ICON Park also gets a golden token for a ride on the Icon Park Wheel. This 400-foot Ferris Wheel is one-of-a-kind and provides visitors with exceptional views from above! Other riders can receive 50% off admission to the Wheel when a photo is taken.
Enjoy an Egg Display at Disney
An annual tradition at Easter across the Walt Disney World theme parks is to create displays of spectacularly decorated Easter eggs for guests to admire and enjoy. Chefs from across Disney restaurants participate in creating this eye-catching display, which is both thrilling and edible. In Orlando, displays are typically set up this time of year at Disney’s Boardwalk Resort in the lobby, the Grand Floridian’s lobby and concierge area as well as Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort within the Carriage House. Head over to Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resort lobby for even more colorful display fun.
Book Your Getaway to Florida Today
There’s never been a better time to book your Orlando adventure. When you’re in need of luxurious accommodations to match the moment, the professionals at Magnolia Villas have what you’re looking for! Reach out today to learn more about our incredible area options and to start planning.
After the last bite of your turkey sandwich has been devoured and your final Christmas decoration has been lovingly placed in its spot of honor this year, the snow that is falling, the icy streets, and the cold that doesn’t stop until May doesn’t bother as you much as normal. You know that in just a few short days or even weeks, you are getting on that plane and heading to sunny Orlando. Celebrate in a new way in 2021 as you experience the beauty of a Florida Christmas. This year is about starting new traditions while holding many of the old tightly to your heart, and this guide to your Christmas in Orlando will allow you to seamlessly blend them both together!
Tree Lighting Ceremony, December 3 at Lake Eola Park, Washington Plaza
As the sky darkens and carolers sing, the anticipation begins to build. Of course, the dark spruce standing tall in the center of the plaza amazes, but when the switch is flipped and the colorful lights begin to gleam, you can’t hold back the stunned gasp of delight. The tree lighting ceremony is a tradition we all love, and during your Orlando visit, it is not one you have to skip if you are here in the early days of December! Featuring a holiday performance at the Walt Disney Amphitheater, food trucks offering festive foods, and a holiday market for getting a jump start on your Christmas shopping, this beautiful ceremony is all about the feels.
We Love a Parade
The Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is over, but there are more ways to draw out that feeling of anticipation all the way up to big day itself, and not all of the parades will be about Disney! The 69th Annual Winter Park Christmas Parade, held in nearby Winter Park, is scheduled to be held on December 4 from 9 to 10:30 AM and is guaranteed to get everyone in the Christmas spirit. Known as Ye Olde Hometown Parade and featuring Christmas themed floats, marching bands, and of course, Santa himself, this parade will be enjoyed even more under sunny skies and in warm temperatures! The Once Upon a Christmas Parade is back at Disney, held after their Disney Very Merriest After Hours event early in the month and at various times during the week of December 22; it promises to be the parade your youngsters will remember forever! Offering the magic of Disney, all their favorite characters join in the party and of course, at the end, Santa makes his own appearance, giving parade viewers the thrill of a lifetime!
Christmas Festival, December 12, 1919 Delaney Avenue
The joy of Christmas never shines brighter than through the eyes of a child, and this special event will be just the proof you need. Featuring a winter wonderland (minus the cold and snow!) with cookies, hot chocolate, and a live nativity scene with real animals, the Christmas Festival is one event our children look forward to every year. Starting at 5 PM and lasting until 7 PM, the petting zoo and pony rides offer a unique way to celebrate everyone’s favorite holiday and the opportunity to meet Santa will finish off the event in the most perfect way possible!
Kissimmee Holiday Festival, December 18, Kissimmee Civic Center
There are lots of ways to celebrate Christmas in the Orlando area, and even though we really can’t choose our favorite, we will tell you that the Kissimmee Holiday Festival ranks right up there with the best of the events going on during this magical season! Finish up your Christmas shopping as you explore the aisles filled with craft vendors, and as you sing along to the holiday music playing merrily in the background, you will realize that your tank of Christmas spirit has been filled quite nicely! On the main stage of the Civic Center there will be two performances of A Christmas Who’sical—it’s rumored that the Grinch will be on his best behavior—and as with most Christmas events in the Orlando, there will be another opportunity for your littles to have a heart to heart with Santa.
Feeling Festive with Magnolia Villas
As if all these wonderful events weren’t enough, spending your down time in the comfort of our Magnolia Villas holiday hideaways promises to make this Christmas extra special! Sit by the pool on a warm December evening, sipping eggnog as the sun sets over the horizon, watch Christmas movies on state-of-the-art televisions, and when December 25th finally arrives, gather in the living room to open presents under the watchful eyes of Dad’s camera phone. Reserve your favorite rental property with us today!
By the time Thanksgiving rolls around, most of the nation has already begun to dip its toes into the winter season, even if the official start is still more than a month away. The leaves have all fallen from the trees, the skies stay gray and gloomy, and in colder states (or those with higher altitudes) the snow has already fallen more than once, making driving a nightmare! Here in Orlando, however, the humidity is beginning to dry up a bit, the sun is going to be shining, and eternal summer continues, making our Florida city one that offers a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday. Just imagine not having to clean your house from top to bottom, (our cleaners not just clean, they sanitize and disinfect) not having to listen to cranky relatives complain that the turkey is too dry, and not having to cook the meal yourself! Many local restaurants are open and happy to prep, serve, and clear, so your Thanksgiving getaway to Orlando and your stay in one of our Magnolia Villas holiday hideaways is guaranteed to give you more things to be thankful about!
2021 Turkey Trot, November 25th, 8 AM, Avalon Town Park in Orlando
You have all this extra time of your hands and you are still going to be eating a week’s worth of calories later in the day, so why not be pre-emptive and get your exercise out of the way? The 2021 Turkey Trot, sponsored by the Avalon Park Foundation, allows you to eat more later and do a good deed at the same time; this non-profit organization funnels the moneys it receives from the Turkey Trot admission fees into the neighborhoods and communities of Orlando! Prices start at $20 for adults and $10 for kids if you register online before November 5, but they will go up in $5 increments the closer you get to race day, so don’t delay, sign up now!
Time to Eat
At last! After years of working your fingers to the bone, trying to ensure that all 17 dishes are ready to be consumed at the same time and being so tired and edgy you really don’t enjoy your hard work, it is time to let someone else take over the cooking. You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a meal expertly prepared by someone else and walk away refreshed, relaxed, and full at meal’s end! As you might expect, there are more than a few restaurants that will be open and serving a wonderful Thanksgiving meal, but the Capital Grille, located at 9101 International Drive, is definitely a local favorite! Offering a traditional Thanksgiving menu, as well as the thick and juicy steaks that make a night out on the town so much more special, the Capital Grille will put the thanks back into your Thanksgiving celebration.
Night of a Million Lights, November 25, 5PM-10PM, Give Kids the World Village in Kissimmee
After the last bite of turkey has been eaten and the sun has set on another Thanksgiving Day, the lights turn up in nearby Kissimmee! The Night of a Million Lights in Give Kids the World Village offers a festive beginning to the next holiday season, and if you miss out, you will never be able to forgive yourself. Running for 52 nights and featuring millions of lights that dance, twinkle, and shine, ticket prices go towards giving critically ill children (and their families too, of course!) vacations that will not cost them anything! Meaning that as you walk through the village, enjoying sweet treats, holiday music, and even a trail of sparkling trees, your holiday spirit will receive a much needed bump AND you will be doing something good for those who aren’t as fortunate as you are!
Stay Home and Play
Not all Thanksgiving fun has to take part outside the boundaries of your Magnolia Villas vacation escape. Start the day watching the Thanksgiving Day parade on state of the art televisions that are large enough to make you feel as if you are part of the fun, except you won’t be subjected to the cold and weather that people in New York are having to live through! Choose to make your own Thanksgiving feast in our fully equipped kitchens where updated appliances, high-end cabinets and countertops, and cheery ambiances help bring back the joy in your cooking experiences. Add a happy twist to your familiar traditions by dining at patio tables out by the pool and when the meal is complete, you can practice your cannonballs while the KIDS clear the table! However you choose to spend our second favorite holiday, spending it in the comforts of our Magnolia Villas holiday hideaways promises to make this Thanksgiving one you will never forget! Reserve your favorite home away from home today!