Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival 2018.

The 2018 Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival will run from February 28th – May 28th 2018.

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If you enjoy flowers, gardens and a great day out then you are sure to enjoy The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival which is a fun-filled destination for Guests of every age.  Here you can stroll through a creative collection of interactive gardens and gaze upon an array of living sculptures shaped like beloved Disney characters.  You should leave full of inspiration to turn your hedges into the master creations you will witness here.  This year it is an extra special Festival as it is celebrating its 25th Anniversary so keep an eye out for those extra special touches.

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Admission to Epcot is required. While most Epcot Flower & Garden Festival events are included with your theme park ticket, many experiences require a separate purchase or a separate admission fee so please do check this out before you visit.

Highlights include:

  • Outdoor kitchens offering delectable bites and libations
  • Dozens of world-renowned, Disney-themed topiaries
  • Breathtaking garden spaces and wildlife habitats
  • Inspirational exhibits, seminars and how-to demonstrations

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There is also an outdoor concert series featuring favorite bands.  This is called The Garden Rocks Series. ( Friday – Monday).  The Concerts during the Garden Rocks series will be performed at the America Gardens Theatre at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. every Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday of the festival. The concerts are included with regular park admission.

With this year being the 25th anniversary of Flower & Garden, the Garden Rocks lineup features musical performers from the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s, ‘90s and 2000s in a variety of genres.

  • March 2nd  – 5th  Night Ranger
  • March 9th – 12th Starship Starring Mickey Thomas 
  • March 16th – 19th Simple Plan
  •  March 23rd -26th  River Band
  • March 30th -April 2nd Orchestra starring former members of ELO 
  • April 8th – 9th Survivor
  • April 13th – 14th Smash Mouth
  • April 15th to 16th Rick Springfield
  • April 20th to 21st Jo Dee Messina
  • April 22nd to 23rd Lonestar
  • April 27th to  30th Blood Sweat & Tears featuring Bo Bice
  • May 4th to 7th Herman’s Hermits Starring Peter Noone
  • May 11th to 12th Village People
  • May 13th to 14th Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles
  • May 18th to 21st The Guess Who
  • May 25th to 28th The Spinners  

           

Many of our guests at  http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com are groups of friends who enjoy visiting the International flower and Garden Show together.  Why not see if you can organise a group from one of the groups you may belong to.  Please contact us for more details.

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Mardi Gras At Universal Studios, Orlando 2018.

When is it?

Mardi Gras runs Saturday, Feb. 3 through Saturday, April 7, 2018.

What are the hours of celebration?

The party goes on every night; the parade usually begins around 7:45 and lasts about 30 minutes.

What is the admission price?

Admission is included with your theme park admission, annual Disney pass, or seasonal pass.

Where is it?

At Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida.

Why should I go? What will I see and do there?

The colour, music, dancing and pageantry of Mardi Gras represents America: a blending of French, African, and Spanish cultures with both Christian and tribal religious traditions. Mardi Gras is outrageously fun, but it’s also living history. Unlike the New Orleans version, Universal Studios’ Mardi Gras is family-friendly and children are welcome to join in the festivities.

You  will see beads, plus dancers, musicians, bands, street performers, live concerts featuring Louisiana jazz, blues and zydeco bands, and unique floats designed just for Universal Studios Mardi Gras.

Every night you will find Live music played by New Orleans brass bands in the French Quarter Courtyard in Universal Studios Florida.  The bands play authentic blues music and zydeco music, Creole  music and music indigenous to Louisiana Natives)  They do not play on a stage but live on the streets of the French Quarter Courtyard.

  • Feb 3rd – Feb 20th : Free Agent Brass Band
  • Feb. 21st  – March 6th: Naughty Professor Brass Band
  • March 7th – March 20th: New Breed Brass Band
  • March 21st – March 31st: Young Pinstripe Brass Band
  • April 1st – April 7th: Dirty Bourbon River Show

There are several big concerts at Mardi Gras. These are held on Saturdays or Sundays and take place on the Music Plaza Stage (All of the concerts start at 8:30 pm)

The Mardi Gras concert line-up includes the following performances:

  •  February 10th: The Beach Boys
  •  February 17th: Kelsea Ballerini
  • February 18th: Andy Grammer
  • February 24th: Macklemore
  • March 3rd: 311
  • March 4th: Phillip Phillips
  • March 10th: Jason Derulo
  • March 11th: Fitz and the Tantrums
  • March 17th: Foreigner
  • March 18th: Fifth Harmony
  • March 24th: Jessie J

This Year the Mardi Gras parade is getting a new celestial feel.  The nightly parade will feature dancers, colourful stilt performers and 12 handcrafted floats.  Six of these floats have new designs themed for ethereal creatures.

What can my children do there?

A special viewing area next to the Little Jesters Hat Shop is available just for kids watching the parade. Parents can enter this viewing area with their kids one hour prior to the start of the parade.

Note: When the Mardi Gras parade begins each night, all Universal Studios rides and attractions close.

Is it accessible for the disabled?

All Disney theme parks are handicapped-accessible, and Mardi Gras is no exception. Special parade and concert viewing areas are available.

What’s good to eat and drink?

In addition to the regular eateries, the French Quarter, located in the New York/Battery Park section of Universal Studios, offers Cajun and Creole cuisine, including beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, red beans and rice, and andouille sausage. You’ll eat like royalty.

 

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation just a 30 minutes drive away from Universal Studios.  Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

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Atlanta Braves Spring Training 2018

February 23rd 2018 is an important date if you are thinking of travelling to Orlando  intending to catch a few of the Atlanta Braves Spring Training matches at the Champions Stadium at the Wide World of Sports Complex.  The tickets and the schedule is announced in November but for tourists passing through they can be bought usually on the day.

The Braves pitchers and catchers are set to report on Tuesday, Feb. 13, with their first workout scheduled for Valentines Day. Position players report Feb. 18 with the first full-squad workout set for the following day.

Here is a link to their schedule: https://www.mlb.com/braves/schedule/2018-02

During the months of February and March, the State of Florida actually plays host to 15 Major League Baseball teams for their annual Spring Training. It is a tradition dating back more than 100 years and more than 1.5 million fans attend games annually throughout the state.

Florida Spring Training Information is available on the Florida Grapefruit League Website http://www.floridagrapefruitleague.com and through a Mobile Phone App for Android and IPhone. The app features team schedules, park information and the latest updates on the Florida Grapefruit League.

 

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

Shopping in Orlando

Although many people say they don’t go on holiday to shop we have found that many people enjoy shopping whilst in Orlando as the shops carry such a wide selection of goods often at a great price.

This may be because of the exchange rate when it is in your favour or simply because of the attractive stores and the range of goods that are available.

You will find that the goods manufactured in the USA offer the best value. Clinique for example is a cheaper than Clarins, Abercrombie cheaper than Jack Wills and such like.

The Florida Mall, The Mall at Millenia and Disney Springs offer high end fashion stores as well as having restaurants, bars and children’s play areas.

We love visiting The Mall at Millenia and have spent many an hour in Macy’s and Abercrombie.  The Cheesecake Factory is a popular place to eat here as is Brio and the foodcourt.

There are four main department stores Dillard’s, Macy’s, Nieman Marcus and Bloomingdales in Orlando, found within the Malls.

Shops such as Anne Taylor, American Eagle Outfitters, Abercrombie and Fitch, Apple, Banana Republic, Bath and Body Works, Brooks Brothers, Foot Locker, Forever 21, Gap, Guess, Hollister, J Crew, Kate Spade, Nieman Marcus, True Religion, Ralph Lauren, Tiffany, Nike, Adidas, Gap, Pottery Barn, Sephora, Tiffany, Tommy Bahama, Tory Burch, Under Armour, Urban Outfitters, Vans, Vera Bradley,Juicy Couture, Michael Kors, Victoria’s Secret and so on.  Take a look at the links below to see where they are.

A trip to Orlando is not complete without a shopping trip to the outlets.  The one that we use and recommmend is The Vineland Premium Outlets found on the Interstate 4 at Lake Buena Vista – Junction 64. Here you can find so many well known designer brands.  Ralph Lauren, Timberland, Nike, Guess, Calvin Klein, Burberry, Boss, Michael Kors, DKNY, Banana Republic, Tommy Hilfiger, Gap, Kate Spade, Tony Burch and more.

Our tip here is to visit early or late so as to avoid the busy shopping times.

There is another Premium Outlets on International Drive.

If you turn left onto the Interstate 4 at Junction 58 and travel West towards to Tampa for one junction you will find the retail park at Posner Park. If shopping for sporting goods visit Dicks Sporting Goods, craft goods in Michaels,food and so on Target and make up, clothes, bedding etc visit JC Penney.

If you were to turn left onto the 192 from Formosa Gardens or alternatively take the toll road 429 out from the back at Reunion and travel for one junction here on the 192 you will find a large SuperTarget and TK Maxx. You will also find the Formosa Gardens Shopping Centre.

You may enjoy browsing in a Marshalls or HomeGoods Store if you are looking for household goods and furnishings.  Like TK Maxx you never know what you may find.  These can be found in several locations around Orlando.

The first shopping you will probably do in Orlando however is in the supermarket.

 If staying in a Reunion home there are two Publix supermarkets – one at Junction 58 in Championsgate and the second practically opposite Reunion if you take a left out of the main gate. You will be able to find everything you require for your vacation here.

When you visit the Parks you will see shops as soon as you enter the theme parks but do take note as each time you get off a ride you will walk through a themed shop.  Who said shopping was boring? Some rides such as Everest in The Animal Kingdom need you to walk through the shop first.  Main Street USA has several shops on both sides. At Epcot you can shop all around the World.

Not all the shops are the same so please if you are looking to purchase something in particular e.g a Christmas decoration then make a note of where that shop is in case you need to return to it later in the day.

You may find it useful to give your children a daily allowance so they can decide what to spend it on to stop any constant questions of can I have? With so much choice and so many fantastic goods on offer it can be very easy to shop until you drop!

Here are some links to help you plan your shopping and how to get there.

http://www.simon.com/mall/the-florida-mall

http://www.mallatmillenia.com/

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/orlando-vineland/stores

http://www.premiumoutlets.com/outlet/orlando-international/map

https://www.visitdavenportflorida.com/posner-park-stores

We look forward to you sharing some of your favourite shops and shopping tips with us.

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

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Restaurants in Orlando.

One of the great pleasures of being on holiday is spending time with your family and friends and hopefully not cooking every night.  There are SO many different restaurants in Orlando you could discover a new restaurant every night of the year.  Here are some of the restaurants that we have eaten in as a family which may appeal to you.

Reunion Resort itself offers several dining options.

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ELEVEN is on the top floor of the Reunion Grande building on the eleventh floor and is a modern steakhouse with an open air verandha from which you can watch the Disney fireworks in the far distance.  It is the most expensive restaurant in Reunion so please check the menu before booking. FORTE is the restaurant on the ground floor of Reunion Grande . It is an authentic Italian Bistro and it is a lovely place to eat with family and friends. We advise that you make a reservation at Eleven and Forte to secure your table.  Please also make a note of the days the restaurants are open and the times they close as these vary throughout the year.

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THE REUNION GRANDE LOBBY BAR AND SUSHI BAR offers appetizers and freshly prepared sushi on select nights.  For more casual dining in Reunion THE CLUBHOUSE which is situated next door to Reunion Grande offers American regional cuisine in a casual and comfortable setting. It opens at 6.30am every day and is popular with golfers, members and resort guests throughout the day.  THE COVE AT SEVEN EAGLES  offers a menu of sandwiches, salads, snacks, and smoothies as well as a full bar with daily happy hour specials. It’s very popular at lunchtime. Finally THE GRILL AT THE WATERPARK offers meals and snacks perfect for everyone in the family. Adults can also enjoy cocktails by the pool.

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For a quick meal not in Reunion but just down the road there are several restaurants in Championsgate including McDonalds, Chilli’s Bar and Grill, Millers Ale House and Red Robin Gourmet Burgers.

A short drive from Reunion is  the town of Celebration.  Celebration is a master planned community invented by Disney as an ideal American small town. http://www.celebration.fl.us

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Our two favourite restaurants here in Celebration are CAFE D’ANTONIOS and THE COLUMBIA RESTAURANT. Café D’Antonios – http://www.CafeDAntonios.com and The Columbia Restaurant – http://www.columbiarestaurant.com.

A popular restaurant adjacent to DisneySprings in the Crossroads Shopping Centre of Lake Buena Vista is Johnnie’s Hideaway. (Junction 68 on the Interstate 4)  http://johnnieshideaway.com

The Mall at Millenia is the most prestigious shopping Mall in Orlando. http://www.mallatmillenia.com.  This is situated north of Universal Studios just off the Interstate 4 at Conroy Road near the northern end of International Drive.  Here there are many restaurants and eating places.

The Cheesecake Factory http://www.thecheesecakefactory.com  is situated here and opposite is The Brio Tuscan Grille http://www.brioitalian.com . PF Changs can also be found here http://www.pfchangs.com  and The Capital Grille. http://www.thecapitalgrille.com/orlando-fl

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If you wish to visit DISNEYSPRINGS  there are numerous restaurants to experience.  http://www.disneysprings.com.

The ice creams at GHIRARDELLI ICE CREAM AND CHOCOLATE SHOP will definitely keep the children happy.  http://www.ghirardelli.com The BOAT HOUSE RESTAURANT offers an upscale family friendly waterfront dining experience. http://theboathouseorlando.com

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For those guests staying in FORMOSA GARDENS.  The nearest restaurants are in the Formosa Gardens Shopping Village.  http://www.formosagardensvillage.com.  Here you will find THE OUTBACK STEAKHOUSE http://www.outback.com GIORDANOS ITALIAN RESTAURANT http://www.giordanos.com and several others.

There are several new restaurants along the 192 in both directions.

Other areas to explore are the restaurants on The Sandlake Road.  This is where the locals eat.  It runs from west to east across the centre of Orlando and there is something for everyone’s tastes here.  International Drive is the main tourist strip in Orlando and the home of many restaurants . http://www.internationaldrive.com.  The Loop at Hunters Creek and then all the Disney Restaurants and Universal Restaurants to explore.

Every September Orlando has a Magical Dining Month and this is one of the most anticipated events of the year. It is a five week event and you can experience price fixed dinners for just $35 in over 70 restaurants. See http://www.visitorlando.com/magicaldining/

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

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Driving in Orlando.

Driving in Orlando is not as hard as you think it may be.

It is very easy to find your way around on well signed roads.

It is very easy to find your way around on well signed roads.

The roads are wide and well maintained and once you know where you are driving to then it is very easy to drive from A to B.

Our dream rental homes are just a 40 minute easy drive from MCO.

Our dream rental homes are just a 40 minute easy drive from MCO.

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The first journey you drive will be from the airport to your accommodation so do study the directions and look at the maps before you depart so you know where you are going and to make driving easier.   Get to know your new car in the parking lot before you depart and nominate a co pilot to help you.  All the rental cars are automatic but sometimes the handbrake is different from UK ones i.e a footpedal under the dashboard.

The easiest option for guests is to rent a car from Orlando International or Orlando Sanford Airport.  All main car hire companies are at the airports and you can reserve a car before you leave the UK.

To rent a car you need to be 21 years at the time of rental. You do not need an international driving license to drive in Florida if you are travelling from the UK but you do need to take your photo ID with you and you will need to carry your driving license with you at all times.

There are many types of car to choose from dream sports cars to vans that will fit your extended family.

A popular family rental car parked outside W83

A popular family rental car parked outside W83

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A Few Driving Tips

  • Drive on the RIGHT – Remember to drive on the right. The driver should always be in the middle of the road.
  •   Keep your rental documents in the car at all times and a map.
  • Undertaking – You will notice that on the highway people will undertake you by driving past you in the slow lane. Remember to use your mirrors all the time. Trucks overtake and undertake not just cars so stick to an inside lane. Use your indicators and common sense if you want to undertake.
  • You can turn right on a red. If you arrive at an intersection and the lights are red then you need to STOP. But if you are planning to turn right you can usually go ahead and make the turn even when the light stays red as long as it is safe to do so and the road is clear ahead of you and there is no sign telling you that you cannot. No right turn on red.
  • You can turn left on flashing amber. As long as it is safe to do so.
  • Always STOP at STOP signs. You should always come to a complete Stop at a red stop even if the road is clear and you are the only vehicle at an intersection.
  • Buying Gas/Petrol. When filling up its usual to pay for the gas first by going into the kiosk. If you don’t use the full amount that you’ve paid just head back into the kiosk to get your change.
  • If you are stopped by the police for any reason stay in the car and wait for the police officer to come to you.
  • If it starts raining whilst driving it is Florida Law to turn on your headlights at the same time as your windscreen wipers. If there is a storm and you have difficulty seeing the road ahead,pull over and stop until visability improves.
  • If you have an accident in a deserted or dark place and there is likely to be minimal damage indicate to the other driver to follow you and drive to a populated area ( a garage/gas station is ideal.). Make sure you follow the instructions on your rental agreement and inform your rental company if you have an accident.
  • Keep your windows closed as this helps the airconditioning and keeps bugs out of the car.
  • Drinking and driving is not allowed under any circumstances. It is also against the law to carry any alcohol in the car so put all bottles in the boot/trunk of the car to avoid any problems.
  • When parking on the street you should always park facing the same way as the flow of traffic. If you park facing the other way then you may get a parking ticket. Do not park near a firehydrant.
  • Speeding is taken seriously so do drive with care and consideration keeping an eye out for road signs which will tell you the road’s speed limit.
  • If you see a school bus (big bright yellow bus) stopped with its lights flashing you are required to stop immediately and wait for the school bus lights to stop flashing. This applies even if you are on the other side of the road.
  • Florida Law requires safety belts for all front passengers and that children 5 and under MUST be restrained in child restraint devices and children 3 years and under MUST be placed in infant carriers or child car seats. Children 4 and 5 MUST be in a safety seat or wear a seat belt in the rear of a car.
    These two guests enjoyed driving from Orlando to Naples on their holiday.

    These two guests enjoyed driving from Orlando to Naples on their holiday.

     

Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

A few tips on saving money in Orlando.

There is no doubt that a holiday to Orlando is expensive but with a little bit of thought and planning there are ways in which to save money during your holiday.

First of all book a vacation home.  http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

There are homes to suit all families and  most budgets.  From two bedroomed condominiums to the 13 bedroomed supervillas. Choose wisely and you will save money rather than booking rooms in a hotel.
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Drinks – not every drink needs to be bought from a vendor or in a restaurant. Visit the supermarket and buy bottles of water and take these out with you. I always freeze a couple of these (take a little bit of the water out first) and these will slowly defrost during the morning to ensure you always have a cool drink.

images-10You can also place the frozen bottle on the nape of your neck to help you cool down or on your forehead.

When the bottle is empty you can fill it up from the water fountains and add a little bit of juice (prebought) to help make it taste better. You can also ask for some water from any of the vendors who will give you some tap water free of charge.

It is important that you drink plenty of WATER  so that you don’t dehydrate.

Snacks – These are important to help keep up your energy levels. Snacks such as biscuits in individual packets,small packets of crisps, raisons, cereal bars and sweets can all be pre bought and taken out with you.

If you have a cool box it is a good idea to pack some snacks for the car journey back to the villa. Again freeze some drinks to help the cool box keep cool throughout the day.

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Here at http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com  we provide luxury accommodation in self catering accommodation just a thirty minutes drive away from Universal Studios and eight miles from Walt Disney World. Our homes offer 2 to 13 bedrooms, swimming pools, games rooms, home theatres, great kitchens, summer kitchens, golf courses and lake views. Our concierge service will fill your home’s fridge and pantry, engage a private chef, as well as personally accommodating you with everything from a baby crib, barbecue grill, restaurant reservation, or backyard wedding.

Do take a look at our homes and we look forward to discussing your needs with us and booking you into one of our homes. http://www.luxuryvillasusa.com

 

 

 

 

USTA National Tennis Campus

If you or anyone in your family is a keen tennis player or if you enjoy watching tennis then you will be interested to learn about the new tennis facility currently being built in Orlando.

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This is the USTA National Campus which is due to open in Orlando in 2017. This will be the new home of American Tennis where tennis enthusiasts can come and watch, learn and play at one of the largest tennis facilities in the world.  The campus will be the home base for USTA player development and the USTA’s Community Tennis development.   The new campus will be built over 64 acres of land.  There will be over 100 tennis courts, including plexicushion acrylic courts, european red clay courts,har-tru hydro courts, six rebound indoor courts and a cluster of 36 for and 60 foot sport court power game courts. There will be pavilions throughout the development as well as off court amenities including a lounge,cafe,pro shop and locker rooms and there will also be two championship courts with 500 seats each for fans to watch feature matches and Team USA events.

The facility layout is intended to be inclusive to all with a family tennis area which is to include 16 courts to enable youth and adults develop their games.  There is to be a player development area featuring 20 courts.  The Collegiate area will feature 12 courts and finally the tournament and league area with 52 courts.

If you are interested in the game of tennis you can find more details out via the USTA website https://www.ustanationalcampus.com/en/home/news.html

The facility is approx a 30 minute drive from our rental homes in Orlando.  It is just south of the International Airport in Orlando in The Lake Nona area.

 

 

 

Thanksgiving Holiday 2016 and 2017

Thanksgiving Day is a federal holiday in the USA.  Thanksgiving is one of the most family orientated holidays on the calendar.  It can be one of the most relaxed holidays as it is generally spent at home with family and friends.  Families gather for a traditional turkey dinner and assorted traditional side dishes.

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Thanksgiving 2016 is set to be the busiest for travel in 9 years according to Time Magazine.  Over 48.7 million Americans are predicted to hit the roads and take to the skies.

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When is Thanksgiving? Thursday November 24th 2016, Thursday November 23rd 2017.

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Thanksgiving Events

Some thanksgiving events include:

  • Watch on television as the U.S President “pardons” a turkey provided by the National Turkey Federation.  This tradition started after Ronald Reagan issued an official presidential pardon to a turkey in 1987 and sent it to a petting zoo instead.
  • Watch professional and college football games on TV.  The NFL has been playing “turkey bowls” for as long as it has existed and college football games are very common on the Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.
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  • Shop on BLACK FRIDAY the day after Thanksgiving when stores open early and late and have huge sales it is is the busiest shopping day of the year.

Why Thanksgiving? The first Thanksgiving was in 1621 when the Plymouth Pilgrim community and local Indians celebrated the first harvest that the colonists reaped on American soil. In 1941 a law was passed to have thanksgiving day on the last Thursday in November which has continued annually.

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