The beauty of Orlando and its partner in fun, Disney, is reflected in one of our more popular Tropical Escape Vacation Homes larger escapes. The Retreat at Champions Gate offers 6 serene bedrooms, 6 spa-like baths, and all the magic your favorite theme park can spare, and when your journey brings you to this special home, you and 13 guests can share in that wonder! Champions Gate is one of our favorite resort communities and the Retreat provides access to all its amenities, something we will explore more later. For now, however, this guide to the Retreat at Champions Gate will show you just how much you need this beautiful rental in Orlando to be yours during your magical getaway!

Modern Style and Magical Whimsy Combine

A Disney vacation is generally geared toward younger travelers, but that doesn’t mean the place you choose to sleep in each night can’t be a sophisticated escape. Step into the bright open concept floor plan of the Retreat and fall in love with the sleek modern style that surrounds you. Marble tile floors create paths of elegance that lead the way to the comfort of a living room that blends modern style with all the plush comforts that will make you feel welcomed. An oversized sectional upholstered in a soft and cool gray material anchors the space, conveniently located opposite a television so large and offering a picture so clear you will think you are a part of the action on the screen. Gray walls and high ceilings ensure that the rooms stay bright and airy and a coffered effect on one wall adds an extra touch of style. The dining room table, a large dark wood one placed under modern pendant lights, is surrounded by velvety topped chairs and promises to be one of the most popular spots in the house as games are played, meals are devoured, and television shows are easily monitored. The kitchen anchors the open floor plan, offering modern conveniences that include stainless steel appliances, custom cabinets, and white marble countertops that contrast beautifully with the dark wood of the cabinets. The peninsula provides overflow seating for 3 barstools that are super comfortable and stylish and a coffee maker and toaster line the counters, ensuring guests are fully caffeinated.

Staying Entertained is Easy in The Retreat at Champions Gate

The garage of this special property is not meant to be used for cars, but we don’t think you will mind, especially when you discover this normally utilitarian space has been transformed into a Star Wars-themed game room! Darth Vader and his army of Storm Troopers keep an eye on the situation from his vantage spot along one wall and a full-sized pool table, air hockey table, and foosball table center the space. In one corner an arcade game waits to be used and along the largest wall of the space, two gaming chairs face a large smart television providing the ideal spot to hook up your favorite game console and get lost in video games whenever you aren’t exploring Orlando. LED lights frame the charcoal-painted ceiling and in addition to the Darth Vader mural, there are other Star Wars-themed murals that adorn the walls. Not all the fun will take place indoors, however, as the substantial screened-in lanai offers a private pool that your kids will never want to leave. Additional seating, a dining space, and a barbecue grill will be much appreciated when you just don’t have the heart to tell the kids to get out of the pool and just want to hang out outside as long as possible!

6 Tranquil Bedrooms

The sleeping quarters of the Retreat are destined to be your favorite spaces, allowing guests to retreat from the noise of the world. The master suite, featuring a king bed and ensuite bath is a large and bright space located on the main floor, offering a smart television in the bedroom and a walk-in shower in the bath. The remaining bedrooms are upstairs, and although the upstairs king ensuite and queen guest room are popular rooms, we have a feeling the “kids quarters” will be a hit with the entire family! Starting with the princess room, where gold crowns hold up the netting for a princess canopy over the two twin beds, the pastel accents will make every little girl feel like a princess. The Mickey-themed room offers a metal cutout of the big guy himself, spotted wallpaper, and a twin over full bunk set where whispered secrets and muffled giggles will be heard throughout the night. This level also offers a secondary sitting area with bean bag chairs, multiple couches, and another large smart television. Offering a Marvel Heroes theme, this space will be the perfect hangout for the older teens in your traveling group who may also appreciate the final bedroom, a Harry Potter-themed space filled with a double and a twin bed placed against brick wallpapered walls on which pennants for the different houses of Hogwarts hang!

All the Comforts of Home

The Retreat at Champions Gate welcomes travelers from all over the world with a sophisticated style and the easy comforts of home. Reserve this beautiful escape today!

Orlando Is A Popular Destination, But When Is The Best Time To Visit?

Orlando, Florida is one of the kings of vacation hotspots, and this fact bears the resulting effect of people flocking to the esteemed destination. People want the best, but it’s an interesting paradox that the crowds can take away from an area’s prestige. Luckily, there’s a solution to throngs of people. Going in the off season to Orlando is a great way to enjoy all the classic locations and pampering of Orlando vacationing, without the crowds that can cause you stress.

The Best Alternative Vacations Times Revealed

Most people choose to travel during the summer. This vacation period staple provides warm sun on the beach and kids are free of school, but beyond these, there aren’t many items that give summer proprietary rights to vacation. The trending item to vacation goers looking to avoid the packed locations that summer cultivates is alternative-time vacationing. In remedy of summer, two periods are offered, January through April and September through December. The deciding factors between these two largely include weather and when the events you may be interested in are scheduled. Scratch out May through August on your calendar, this is the time to avoid Orlando if you don’t like crowds. Let’s look at these opportunities a bit closer.

Added Benefits to Avoiding Summer

The great thing about alternative-timed vacation, besides the lighter density of people, is the ability to get rooms cheaper than normal. In an effort to stimulate vacation going, many companies will mark down their rooms; a win-win for those avoiding crowds. These discounted rates are found most significant earlier in the year, with the exception of Spring Break. The September to December period is also advantageous, but with all the holidays like Thanksgiving and December, it may be harder to find the discounted rates. Also keep in mind that certain activities like Disney World will have a special draw during the holidays, so if theme parks are on the agenda, the earlier period of the year may be preferred.

Whenever you choose to visit Orlando, remember it may not be a period of time for tanning on the beach. It gets a bit cooler when it’s not summer, so a light jacket may be necessary. The cold is likely the least of your worries; a small price to pay versus having to fight crowds and pay a higher cost. Simply hop online whenever you are thinking of getting away, and check the forecast in advance.

Knowledge is Power

You now are primed in alternative-vacation knowledge. Pick out a time that fits well with your schedule and reap the benefits of a more personal vacation, free of the rush of the masses.

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Winter Festivities Abound In Orlando This Holiday Season

Although you won’t see any snow, the holiday season is filled with plenty of winter festivities in Orlando. Create holiday memories with spectacular festivities, celebrations, and events in a winter wonderland. The only thing that’s missing is snow.

While you’re visiting Orlando, be sure to take part in the DreamWorks Shrek the Halls, along with approximately 4.5 acres of winter landscape carved from two million pounds of ice.

Your kids will also love the gingerbread house, polar bear “hunt,” DreamWorks scavenger hunt, and a Kung Fu Panda Show.

Some of the Dr. Seuss characters, including the Grinch and the Whos, come to life to the music of Mannheim Steamroller.

Visit Walt Disney’s town of Celebration and enjoy snowfall without the cold between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. Take a walk down Market Street and do some window shopping in the midst of horse-drawn carriages and carolers.

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Don’t miss Orlando’s number one event with Princess Scheherazade and her husband Prince Khalid as they dance to Christmas tunes. Santa and his elves also grace the stage, along with soldiers, gingerbread men, elves, and sugarplum fairies.

Celebrate one of the biggest parades in the country, the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade at Universal, featuring balloons and floats from the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Santa will be there too.

Enjoy an Arabian Nights dinner show, and then take a stroll through the Holiday Village and treat yourself to gifts, candy and crafts. There’s plenty of fun, food holiday merriment for the whole family to enjoy.

The best time of the year to visit Orlando is January to April. During that time, you’ll experience weather in the mid-70’s, for the most part. Early fall is also a nice option for you to enjoy the many of the Fall festivals. If you’re bringing the little ones, don’t forget to take part in the ‘Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party.’ Just be sure to book early!

Celebrate Labor Day Weekend in style!

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Spend Labor Day Weekend at the Oasis Club in the Retreat at ChampionsGate. Family friendly activities for those of all ages! Hope to see you all there! Have a fun and safe holiday weekend!

You and your family will be treated to extended park hours so you can enjoy all of SeaWorld’s rides, shows, attractions and special summer night events!

Experience Seaworld summer nights in Orlando under the night sky starting June 20 – August 9, 2015!

Experience Seaworld Summer Nights Orlando

So come out and enjoy all that SeaWorld Orlando offers from 9 AM – 10 PM, it’s sure to be a whale of a time! Click here to browse our Orlando vacation homes!