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Sunshine, good times, and great deals on super vacations -- yes, it's summertime again in Florida. And just like the weather, competition is heating up in the vacation homes market. Which means you can find unbelievable deals on fantastic homes close to Disney, Universal and everything else you want to do in greater Orlando (Hint, Hint . . . look below under 'Superstar Deals'). So why sweat-it-out in a hotel room when your family and friends can chill-out in a comfy house? You'll have a spacious family room, full kitchen, up to seven bedrooms, and your very own pool. Barbecues? Pool parties? Late night movies after a day at the parks? It's all business as usual this summer in Florida.
So keep reading to learn how you can make the most of your summer holiday in greater Orlando. And thanks for subscribing to 'Orlando Inside News' -- your inside-guide to great deals on great homes near the world's most popular attractions.
And did we mention sunshine? Yeah, there's a lot of that here.
The Starmark Vacation Homes Staff
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter -- Universal's newest 'Island of Adventure' -- opens its doors June 18th!
You've read the books. Youve seen the movies. But have you actually visited the elusive 'Wizarding World?' Climbed the steps of Hogwart's Castle? Taken a ride on a 'Hungarian Horntail' dragon? Well, now you can. 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' brings all the magic, excitement, and adventure from your favorite books and movies to life at 'Universals Islands of Adventure' theme park.
Experience the 'Triwizard Tournament' from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, with the 'Dragon Challenge' dueling roller coaster -- the only inverted, dueling rollercoaster in the world. Or embark on a perilous quest through Hogwart's Castle, where you'll face the violent Whomping Willow and a horde of fiendish Dementors in 'Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey.' Every Harry Potter fan is sure to be enthralled, reliving their favorite moments from J.K. Rowling's famous series.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter will be set in and around Hogwart's School for Witchcraft and Wizardry and the nearby town of Hogsmeade -- often visited by Harry and his friends in the books. There will be a number of dining options, including the Three Broomsticks Inn, featuring butterbeer and pumpkin juice, and the Hog's Head Pub, which will serve a special craft-made ale found nowhere else. You'll even be able to purchase magical talismans in the Dervish & Banges store located nearby.
The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is currently on schedule to open June 18, at Universal Orlando's 'Islands of Adventure' theme park, just off I-4, south of Florida's Turnpike.
Times are changing, and so are family vacations. Staying in a hotel simply isn't a cost-effective way for families to vacation these days. SmartMoney.com knows it. CBS News knows it. And you should to.
"Rentals usually have multiple bedrooms and kitchens, so they're great for families. Some of the properties we saw there had discounts of 20% or more. That's like getting a few amusement park tickets free," said Kelli Grant of SmartMoney.com, when interviewed on CBS News.
And you can expect more where that came from. Vacation home rental companies all want to capture their share of the summer market, so you'll find a wealth of limited time offers and promotions. Furthermore, Florida's oft lamented real estate market may actually give vacationers even more options -- financially stressed homeowners need to cover their costs anyway they can. And that means renting their properties to vacationers at very competitive rates:
" . . . more owners are putting homes on the market to make a little extra cash or as a last ditch effort if they can't sell. That has made for a very competitive market. Renters will see lots of sales and discounts. Owners are also likely to let you haggle a bit."
So, summer competition combined with Florida's 'unique' real estate situation makes this an ideal time to rent a vacation home in Orlando. There are plenty of options for every budget and for every group size. But act fast -- the best deals wont last long!
Take advantage of sizzling summer savings on your next Orlando vacation home today, from Starmark Vacation Homes
Get instant savings on Disney World tickets by booking direct with Starmark's online reservation system! Good for all reservations, all summer.
For a limited time only--book 7 nights or more in one of our beautiful Orlando vacation homes and save $100 on a 3 day Disney park hopper pass!
Visit www.StarmarkVacationHomes.com to book and save now, right from your computer! Browse our inventory and choose your next away home away from home. Or call us at 1.866.254.0088. Were happy to help any way we can. And, as always, thanks for reading The Orlando Getaway Guide!