If your typical winter day involves shoveling snow, avoiding icy steps, and bundling up so you resemble a snowman looking fluffy and round, you may be looking for a respite before the season ends. Who doesn’t get tired of endless cold, gray skies, and other drivers who haven’t learned to drive in snowy conditions, even though they may have been born and raised in the white stuff? If we have described your feelings toward the season, we invite you to join Tuscana Resort for winter in Orlando for a fabulous winter vacation that will make you wish you never had to return to the cold, sleet, ice, and snow of your own hometown! This guide to sunny days, warm temperatures, and a winter vibe that encompasses the laid back days of summer will give you a little something to get excited about in the weeks that lie ahead!
Leave Your Mittens Behind!
Winter temperatures in Orlando tend to stay a balmy 70+ degrees, ensuring that you can pack all your summer clothes, leaving the heavier items behind. This is helpful on more than one level, as summer attire takes up less space and leaves more room in your luggage for the souvenirs you will be shopping for, and they also help lighten the mood of your soul. Your Tuscana Resort offers a community pool that is heated and a hot tub for your enjoyment, so be sure not to forget to pick that new swimsuit you only got to wear a few times last summer! And because the amenities of Tuscana Resort are so plentiful, you may want to plan on spending at least one day out of your winter escape hanging out “at home” to experience them all! A toddler sized chess board, the pool and hot tub, a fitness center, and a sun deck designed to help visitors soak up all the Vitamin D they crave (How long HAS it been since you last saw the sun at home?) are just a sampling of what you can expect from your Tuscana Resort winter adventures!
A Walk in the Park This Winter in Orlando
This IS the Theme Park Capital of the World, and so yes, we are encouraging you to schedule some theme parks into your itinerary! Check out the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, looking especially festive over the Christmas holidays, and wow your kids with the magic of a fireworks show at Disney on New Year’s Eve. But remember: Even if you are visiting when it isn’t the holiday, all the fun you enjoyed during your summer visit will still be on the table! Plus, the near perfect weather will ensure that you enjoy your time at the parks even more.
To the Moon and Beyond
When you want to go beyond the realms of normal touristy things, a visit to the Kennedy Space Center fits the bill! Offering a glimpse into the space history of our nation and named for John F. Kennedy after his tragic demise, the space center provides an exciting adventure that will never be forgotten. Explore the US Astronaut Hall of Fame, take a walk through the Rocket Gardens in which genuine rockets from a variety of NASA’s space programs are planted, and take a tour of the Kennedy Space Center on a bus, just to start—there are so many more things to do, we can’t begin to cover it all here—and when you want to take it to the next level, check out their Astronaut Training Experience Center.
Summer Adventures in the Middle of Winter
Our mild climate ensures that no matter what your summer interests are you can partake in the deepest, not so darkest, days of winter! Take a Kayak Tour with Florida Kayak Tours, play mini golf at Pirate’s Cove Adventure Golf, or because adults need fun too, explore the world-class golf courses that can be found in the area! Make your winter break a summer blast as you make a tee time every day at Orlando’s Best Golf Course, Shingle Creek Golf Club. Enjoy the sights of Orlando from 400 feet high in the air with a ride on ICON Orlando 360 monster Ferris wheel or stay closer to the earth with hiking tours on some of our town’s best trails.
Cozy Moments and Comfortable Adventures
As you relive summer in the middle of winter, coming home to our Tuscana Resort seasonal sanctuaries will give you some of the coziest moments and most comfortable adventures! Relax, recharge, and relish some of the most stunning sunsets you have ever experienced in your life, often by simply sitting out on the balcony of your winter escape. Reserve your favorite hideaway today and bank all the moments of sunshine you can get before returning to the winter wonderland of your own hometown!
Welcome to the ultimate Thanksgiving getaway in Orlando, Florida! Orlando is famous for its theme parks, fantastic dining options, and beautiful weather. Enjoy a memorable Thanksgiving weekend full of thrilling adventures, quality time with your loved ones, and the essential comforts of home. From visiting incredible theme parks to cooking up a Thanksgiving feast in your vacation rental and indulging in some Black Friday shopping, Thanksgiving in Orlando has it all.
A Journey into Nature at Gatorland
Gatorland is a one-of-a-kind wildlife park that showcases Florida’s most famous residents – alligators! You’ll have the chance to get up close and personal with these incredible creatures in a safe and educational environment. Watch jaw-dropping gator shows, where daredevil trainers interact with these fearsome reptiles, and even witness the rare and impressive white alligators.
But Gatorland offers more than just gators. You can explore the Gator Night Show, pet various animals in the petting zoo, and even experience a thrilling Screamin’ Gator Zip Line over the breeding marsh. It’s an adventure-packed day that will leave you with unforgettable memories.
Thanksgiving Dinner Preparation
On Thanksgiving Day, you’ll have the chance to create a memorable holiday feast in the fully equipped kitchen of your vacation rental. Gather your family and friends to prepare the traditional Thanksgiving dishes. Roast a turkey to perfection, whip up your favorite side dishes, and don’t forget the pie!
After the meal is ready, take a moment to reflect on your blessings and enjoy a heartwarming Thanksgiving dinner with your loved ones in the comfort of your vacation rental. Share stories, laughter, and the joy of being together.
Walt Disney World Resort
After your Thanksgiving celebration, it’s time to dive into the enchanting world of Walt Disney World Resort. As a guest staying at one of our vacation rentals, you’re just a short drive away from the magic of Disney.
Begin your adventure in Magic Kingdom, where fairy tales come to life, and iconic characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse are ready to meet you. Explore Cinderella’s Castle and hop on classic rides like Space Mountain and the Pirates of the Caribbean.
EPCOT is your gateway to cultural exploration and futuristic innovations. Sample delicious international cuisine in the World Showcase, and don’t miss the breathtaking fireworks show, “EPCOT Forever.”
Disney’s Hollywood Studios is a movie lover’s paradise, featuring attractions like Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge and thrilling rides like the Tower of Terror. For nature enthusiasts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom offers a journey into the wild with attractions like Expedition Everest and the Kilimanjaro Safaris.
Each park offers a unique experience, so choose the one that captures your imagination the most.
Universal Orlando Resort
During your Orlando getaway, visit Universal Orlando Resort, home to thrilling rides and exciting attractions. As a guest at our vacation rentals, you’re in the perfect location to experience the magic of Universal.
Start with Universal Studios Florida, where you can immerse yourself in your favorite movies and shows. Explore Diagon Alley from Harry Potter, have a blast with the Minions, and enjoy heart-pounding rides.
Universal’s Islands of Adventure is a world of adventure featuring The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, Jurassic Park, and Marvel Super Hero Island, among others. Enjoy exhilarating rides, like The Incredible Hulk Coaster and the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man.
As your Thanksgiving weekend continues, it’s time to dive into the thrilling world of Black Friday shopping in Orlando. A short drive from your vacation rental, you’ll discover fantastic shopping destinations, such as the Orlando International Premium Outlets and The Mall at Millenia, where incredible deals await.
The Orlando International Premium Outlets are a shopper’s paradise, offering various popular brands at discounted prices. From designer clothing to electronics and home goods, you’ll find amazing bargains that will make your holiday shopping a breeze.
The Mall at Millenia is a high-end shopping center, perfect for finding luxurious gifts or treating yourself to something special. Explore upscale boutiques, department stores, and enjoy a selection of gourmet dining options for a well-deserved break.
Make the most of your Black Friday by stocking up on souvenirs, finding the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones, and perhaps indulging in a bit of self-pampering. After shopping, return to your vacation rental to unwind and share your finds.
Book Your Holiday Getaway
As you prepare for your trip to Orlando, explore our selection of vacation rentals that offer all the comforts of home in this magical city. Whether you’re exploring Disney and Universal, seizing Black Friday deals, or relaxing in a cozy retreat, our vacation rentals provide the perfect setting for your holiday adventure. Book your stay today and embark on a Thanksgiving weekend in Orlando that will remain etched in your heart for years to come!
Real life can put a strain on even the best of relationships as couples spend their time and put their energies into work, school, and chores, which is why, date night should be a vital addition to your honey-do list! And when your journey brings you to Orlando, whether it is just the two of you or you are traveling with your best friends, including at least one date night will take your vacation to the next level of wonderful! Spend the evening getting to know your favorite human all over again and come home every night for more comfortable adventures in our Tuscana Resort love nests! And because you probably don’t know all the wonderful things there is to do in Orlando, we have provided this guide to the PERFECT Orlando date night on your vacation in paradise!
Swan Boats at Sunset
The Swan Boats at Lake Eola Park have long been a local date night adventure, and depending on the season you are visiting, paddling around the lakes at sunset will amp the romance factor up to the next level. They close at 7 p.m., so summer visitors won’t be able to experience this beautiful activity, but as we move later into the fall season, starting around the middle of October, our Florida sunset will be even more amazing when viewed from the center of the lake with your favorite human at your side!
DoveCote Restaurant, 390 N Orange Avenue
Nobody does romance like the French, even their language is known as the language of love, so planning a romantic meal at DoveCote will definitely make this night shine bright! Offering a stellar dining experience for lunch and dinner, this restaurant is located downtown near some of our town’s biggest landmarks and is actually next door to the Amway Center which is home to the Orlando Magic! Enjoy a romantic dinner with the love of your life (their truffled pork chops are simply divine!) and head next door feeling full and even more in love to explore Magic of a different kind!
Since You’re Already in the Neighborhood!
After a delicious meal of pork chops and fine French wine, the best way to work off some of those extra calories is by cheering on one of the finest teams in the NBA, the Orlando Magic! Of course, we understand that you may have your own favorite team to cheer on and if you time it right, you may even be able to catch your home team playing ours! The 2023 season begins on October 24th, but our first home game will be on the 27th, playing against the Trailblazers, and promises to be an exciting season opener!
Not Everyone is a Sports Fan for an Orlando Date Night
Of course, the romance of sports may not be for everyone, and if that is the case, you may want to enjoy a little steamy windshield magic with a visit to a retro favorite, a drive-in theater! Orlando proper does not offer any drive-ins, but if you’re up for a little drive on this night meant for love, The Silver Moon Drive-In Theater, 4100 New Tampa Highway, is located in Lakeland, just 56 miles away. Watch (or don’t watch!) new releases under the light of the new moon, snuggling and canoodling as you share a bucket of popcorn and sip sodas on another glorious Florida fall night! For those who remember the “good old days” of scratchy sound quality emitting from speakers you hang over the window, you will appreciate that the sound is much clearer and comes from the FM radio channels of your car! Ticket prices are amazingly low, just $8 per person compared with almost twice that in standard theaters making it the ideal experience to fit into a limited vacation budget! Also, weekend days offer a Swap Meet, so if you are looking for a bargain shopping expedition stop on by!
Tuscana Resorts Welcomes Love
Your real life is filled with interruptions and probably can be a little too people-y for romance so you may decide that the perfect date night can take place without leaving the boundaries of your Tuscana Resort honeymoon hideaway! Sitting out on the balcony overlooking the community sipping wine, sharing secrets, and raising a toast to the sunset, watching romantic movies while snuggling together on super soft sofas, even puttering around our fully equipped kitchens, creating each other’s favorite dishes as you laugh, talk, and sip more wine; these are all activities that will ensure that this date night is one you wish would never end and will remember forever! And, because our lush and tranquil bedrooms are just steps away from the public spaces of our cozy condos, well, you won’t have far to go to take the night to the next level! Reserve your favorite today!
Halloween is no longer just about dressing up and going trick-or-treating. Today, more people mark this famous holiday by taking relaxing vacations to different destinations all over the country. Florida’s Orlando city is known for hosting epic October 31st festivities, making it a hotspot among vacationers. Here’s what makes this Sunshine State destination such a Halloween attraction.
Superb Vacation Rentals
Accommodation is always front and center when choosing the ideal holiday destination. For Orlando’s best vacation rentals, look to Tuscana Resort and enjoy a robust list of exemplary properties. We offer beautiful 1-bed, 2-bed, and 3-bed homes in the picturesque gated condo community of ChampionsGate. Our properties feature top-notch amenities, including fully stocked kitchens, screened-in patios, and washer & dryer combos for all your laundry needs. Shared facilities include a kids’ pool area, a fitness center, an onsite 30-seat movie theater, and a heated resort pool. The community lies along Interstate 4, offering easy access to the city’s eateries, golf courses, and attractions.
Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights
This famous festival has been running for over thirty years, and 2023’s event includes five scare zones, Halloween-themed food and drinks, ten haunted houses, and live performances. At the end of 2022’s Halloween Horror Nights, the studio announced the killer doll from the renowned SYFY TV series Chucky would have an exclusive haunted house at this year’s event. Naughty Dog’s iconic game, The Last of Us, comes to life, offering close encounters with the dreaded Clickers and Hunters. Join Joel and Ellie as they carefully travel through an abandoned, spooky warehouse while trying to keep the cordyceps monsters at bay.
Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party
Dubbed one of the most popular Orlando Halloween events, Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party offers excellent fun for folks of all ages. Enjoy a thrilling fireworks display, trick-or-treating, and unique spooky parades through November 1st, 2023. Popular activities include the Boo To You parade, The Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular, and the Not-So-Spooky Spectacular, which features fascinating projection effects, lights, and lasers. The park will also feature around 12 characters in exclusive outfits offering greetings. Kids get to dance with some Disney characters or go trick-or-treating for candy from the Cast Members. PhotoPass will be available during the event, where numerous photographers take special Magic Shots, which link to your MagicBand. You can later download and print the photos or buy the Disney Memory Maker to access all your pictures.
Howl-O-Scream SeaWorld Orlando
This iconic Seaworld event received USA Today’s Ten Best Readers’ Choice Awards in 2022. This year’s Howl-O-Scream returns with five horror-filled homes and seven spooky scare zones, promising a spine-tingling experience. Captain’s Revenge: Drowned in Darkness and Blood Beckoning keep their place on the haunted houses list, while Dead Vines: Nawlins Nightmare, Beneath the Ice: The Meltdown, and D3LER1UM666 Laboratories make up the new additions. The scare zone list also has fresh entries, including Toxic Turmoil, Blood Light District, Portal of Passage, and CarnEvil Pier. The event features intense adult content, so the little ones may want to sit this one out.
Orlando Halloween: The Haunted Road
2023’s version of The Haunted Road features a new 30-minute route with murder sites of infamous serial killers. If you make it through to the other end of the eerie road, leave the safety of your vehicle and join in on the Afterlife Party. Enjoy a bar with Halloween-themed cocktails and non-alcoholic options, a haunted market with creepy souvenirs and dark arts, pop-up performers, and music.
Fun Spot America’s HUGE Halloween
This thrilling event runs throughout October, culminating on October 31st. Bring your kids along and enjoy numerous carved pumpkins, spooky music, and multiple Foto Spots to capture all the Halloween fun. Grab something to eat at the famous Fright Bite with classics such as zombie tacos, voodoo chicken, dead leg bone, and Halloween candy apples for dessert. Trick-or-treating returns for 2023 with several candy spots available throughout the park for kids aged 12 and under. If you prefer something with a punch, head to the Spooky Spirits and choose between Zombie and Witch’s Brew.
Book Your Orlando Halloween Vacation Rental Today
Orlando has bonafide status when it comes to delivering epic Halloween experiences. From spooky parties to thrilling kid’s parks, this Floridian city knows how to live up to the October 31st hype. Before heading out for a Halloween getaway with your loved ones, book the best Orlando vacation rental at Tuscana Resort. We offer beautiful and functional holiday homes with all the required amenities, ensuring you and yours relish a comfortable October 31st experience. Our properties can comfortably accommodate between 4 and 8 guests, making them ideal for small to mid-sized groups. Contact us today to book your preferred vacation rental and prepare for the best Halloween experience of your life.
The age old tradition of documenting our travels with photographs has evolved over the last decade, including the all-important selfie pics to ensure that yes, our friends and family know we were at the Eiffel Tower, the Washington Memorial, or, and our own personal favorite, the Happiest Place on Earth, otherwise known as Disney! We have mastered the art of smiling happily while the Hogwarts stands somewhat sinisterly in the background and the resulting photographs tend to be our favorites. No matter whether you are taking a selfie to remember your times at Disney World, framing shots filled with the tropical beauty of our Orlando landscape or are taking a family picture to grace the front of your annual Christmas card, we at Tuscana Resorts invite you to not just stay in our comfortably luxurious Florida escapes, but to visit these most photographable places during your Orlando journey!
The Wheel at ICON Park, 8375 International Drive
Everyone knows that the best views are the bird’s eye ones and although we don’t have any mountains to climb and photograph from, the Wheel at ICON Park takes guests on a journey 400 feet in the air, offering views of the landscape you won’t have to forget because you will be taking as many pictures as you can at every revolution! Ferris wheels have always provided the best places to snuggle with the ones you love and to take pictures that stun and the Wheel is no exception!
Mead Botanical Garden, 1300 S Denning Drive in Winter Park
Bringing your shots back down to earth and engaging in a small road trip as well, the Mead Botanical Garden in nearby Winter Park offers over 45 acres of natural beauty with a history that goes back over 75 years and we can promise that every picture will be worthy of framing, ensuring that your memories of Orlando will be visible to all who visit your home!
Lake Eola Park, 512 E Washington Street
As you might expect, a park is a wonderful place to take the best photographs, selfie, natural, or otherwise, and Lake Eola Park may become your obsession while you’re here, offering many opportunities to snap the perfect pic! Take a selfie with your favorite traveling partner from the seat of the swan pedal boats, perhaps with the Lake Eola Fountain blossoming behind you and know that this will be the image you will hold close to your heart forevermore. Or visit after dark (this park stays open late) and get an unforgettable shot of the city lights as well as the fountain, as it glows in a multicolored array of LED lighting after the sun sets! There’s no bad time to take a picture in Lake Eola Fountain!
Better Than Sex Restaurant, 1905 N Orange Avenue
For this next snap, we are going to take you in a different and delicious direction. Another trend that we haven’t mentioned before, is the one of taking pictures of meals before the first bite has been taken. We’ll be honest, this isn’t a trend we have managed to follow because we at Tuscana Resorts are ready to dig in by the time our dish arrives, but we do love the pics that come across our news feeds, especially when they are shots taken of the decadent delights served at the Better than Sex restaurant! Serving rich and beautiful desserts with slightly naughty names, you may want to keep your camera at the ready, because we suggest that you will be unable to wait more than a few seconds to start devouring! Only offering dessert, this is not a spot to visit if you are trying to be healthy but if you love to live the good life, it is the first place we recommend, with or without taking pictures!
Tom Fruin’s Glass House, 13615 Sachs Avenue
Built on the shores of Lake Nona, Tom Fruin’s Glass house actually looks like one of the stained glass structures from your Christmas village has sprung to life! Creating a colorful backdrop to your selfies you might prefer to make it the background for your annual Christmas card photo! At night it is lit from within, adding a festive charm to your pictures and if you really want to go the extra step, a sunset pic of this glass house created entirely from reclaimed items will make a stunning addition to your gallery wall of frames at home!
Your Tuscana Resort Vacation Escape Perfect for Your Orlando Journey
The quietly luxurious moments you enjoy in our Tuscana Resort’s vacation escapes may provide the most beautiful pictures of all! Candid family shots taken while playing board games at night, sunset pics taken from the balconies that overlook the community, even moments by the pool that you will wish never had to end. All of these photos may be the ones you cherish forever, simply because you were with family! Reserve your favorite Tuscana Resort photo studio, er, we mean sanctuary today!