Brent's Blog / / Theme Park News, Orlando News, Real Estate News

July is the nation's official Park and Recreation Month, and WalletHub has identified the best and worst cities for recreation by comparing 100 of the largest U.S. cities over 35 key metrics. With a score of 62.49, Orlando ranks #1 overall in the study, and holds the top spot in the Entertainment & Recreational Facilities category which studied:

- Number of Music Venues per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Coffee & Tea Shops per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Public Beaches per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Tennis Courts per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Public Golf Courses per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Public Swimming Pools per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Ball Diamonds per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Basketball Hoops per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Bike Rental Facilities per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Beer Gardens per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Fishing Spots per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Hiking Trails per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Boat Tours and Water Sports per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Water Parks per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Restaurants per 1,000 Residents
- Number of Ice Cream & Frozen Yogurt Shops per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Movie Theaters per 100,000 Residents
- Number of Attractions
- Number of Food Festivals per 100,000 Residents
- WalletHub “Sports Fans” Ranking
Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on July 5th, 2016 10:16 AM
In the week following the UK's leave vote which sent financial markets into turmoil, long term U.S. mortgage rates slid to a new yearly low and the lowest level since May 2013. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage (FRM) fell to 3.48% according to Freddie Mac's weekly Primary Mortgage Market Survey. The year ago rate was 4.08%. The all time low was 3.31% in November 2012. 5-1 ARM and 15-YR FRM averages also fell.

If you have been considering a new home, you can lock in historically low rates by buying right now. Coupled with attractive Builder incentives on new construction or one of numerous deals on the resale market, you can get a great bargain on a Central Florida home including our income producing vacation rentals. Contact me for assistance locating and buying the property that is right for you.
Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on July 1st, 2016 8:20 AM

DONATE NOW to the OneOrlando Fund.

Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on June 23rd, 2016 1:35 PM
Universal Orlando Resort yesterday revealed the first details of what they are calling a water theme park, Volcano Bay, currently under construction and set to open in 2017.

Check out the Resort’s FIRST LOOK video.

Volcano Bay will span 28 acres and be made up of four themed areas: the heart of the park, Krakatau, which is also the name of the 200 ft. tall volcano; Wave Village, including a multi-directional wave pool; River Village, with a winding river, toddler play area, three-story water playground, and family-friendly raft rides; and, Rainforest Village, featuring an assortment of thrilling attractions including North America’s first “saucer ride.”

To enhance the guest experience, Universal indicates special line management and systems so you don’t have to carry rafts or tubes. You can read the breaking news on the official Universal Orlando Resort blog with more information also on the Resort’s website including attraction names and descriptions.
Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on June 22nd, 2016 1:32 PM
The Orlando Business Journal reports that Disney has sold 158 acres of land in its Flamingo Crossings project.

Flamingo Crossings is a Walt Disney Imagineering masterplan property located to the west of the Walt Disney World Resort. Earlier this year, a Marriott complex with a SpringHill Suites and TownePlace Suites opened. The area can be accessed via 429 and has direct entry onto Disney property via Western Way.

The 429 and 192 vicinity has exploded with growth in recent years with much commercial development. The area is also home to much of Osceola County's/Kissimmee's vibrant vacation home market which Experience Kissimmee names the "Vacation Home Capital of the World." Other nearby projects include conversion of the former Grande Palisades resort which sat vacant for many years into the Grove Resort & Spa condo hotel, Pulte Homes' (Windsor Palms, Windsor Hills, Vista Cay) newest vacation home resort Windsor at Westside, and a recently announced Margaritaville Resort. A rezoning request for Flamingo Crossings suggests multi-family units as a possible component together with the hotels and other commercial developments. Stay tuned.

Want to learn more about Disney/Attractions Area vacation home opportunities? Contact me at 407.506.7857 or
Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on June 21st, 2016 11:57 AM
Hello, Summer!

Are you visiting the Orlando area in the coming months? If so, it would be my pleasure to meet with you regarding vacation home ownership. View resale listings, tour the newest vacation home resorts, sit down with our Property Manager about our Rental Program, etc. Let me know how I can help. Contact me today at 407.506.7857 or to schedule your appointment.

Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on June 20th, 2016 3:58 PM
The U.S. Census Bureau had pulished their annual Characteristics of New Housing report.

52% of new single-family houses completed in 2015 and 56% of new single-family houses sold in 2015 were over 2,400 sq. ft.

The median size of a completed single-family house was 2,467 sq. ft. The median size of a new single-family home sold was 2,520 sq. ft.

The trend for larger homes is currently reflected in our vacation home market. Popular new vacation home buying opportunities incude the 8 bed / 5 bath, 3,826 sq. ft. Maui in The Retreat at ChampionsGate; 9 bed / 6 bath, 4,369 sq. ft. Clearwater in Windsor at Westside; up to 13 bedrooms and over 6,400 sq. ft. of space at Encore Resort Homes at Reunion; and a recently announced 14 bedroom home in Solterra Resort. Many guests travel as extended families or in other large groups and are favoring these new properties and larger homes which are in highly amenitized communities.

If you’d like to learn more about vacation home ownership in the Orlando attractions area whether new or resale and no matter the size, give me a call at 407.506.7857.
Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on June 9th, 2016 9:44 AM

The Themed Entertainment Association (TEA) and the economics practice at AECOM has published their 2015 Theme Index. This report ranks the top theme parks, amusement parks, water parks, and museums by attendance.

Atop the list at #1 - the most visited amusement/theme park in the world, is Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort with 2015 attendance of 20,492,000, a 6% increase.

Disney’s three other Orlando theme parks EPCOT (+3% / 11,798,000), Disney’s Animal Kingdom (+5% / 10,922,000), and Disney’s Hollywood Studios (+5% / 10,828,000) nab spots 3, 4, and 5 in North America and 6, 7, and 8 Worldwide.

The most impressive gain in North America came from Universal Studios Florida which enjoyed a 16% increase in attendance in 2015 (9,585,000) thanks in part to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. They claim the 6th spot in North America and 10th spot Worldwide.

Universal’s Islands of Adventure (8,792,000 / 12th W / 8th N.A.) and SeaWorld Orlando (4,777,000 / 22nd W / 10th N.A.) posted gains of 8% and 2%, respectively.

Orlando’s Water Parks also faired well. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon, Disney’s Blizzard Beach, Aquatica, and Wet ’n Wild ranked 1, 2, 3, and 4 in North America and 2, 3, 6, and 10 Worldwide.

Here’s an overview for our Florida Parks:

Worldwide Theme Park Rankings

1. Magic Kingdom


7. Disney’s Animal Kingdom

8. Disney’s Hollywood Studios

10. Universal Studios Florida

12. Universal’s Islands of Adventure

22. SeaWorld Orlando

Worldwide Water Park Rankings

2. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

3. Disney’s Blizzard Beach

6. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

10. Wet ’n Wild

North America Theme Park Rankings

1. Magic Kingdom


4. Disney’s Animal Kingdom

5. Disney’s Hollywood Studios

6. Universal Studios Florida

8. Universal’s Islands of Adventure

10. SeaWorld Orlando

11. Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

North America Water Park Rankings

1. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon

2. Disney’s Blizzard Beach

3. Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

4. Wet ’n Wild

7. Adventure Island Tampa

While LEGOLAND Florida did not make North America’s Top 20, it is notable that Merlin Entertainments Group which includes LEGOLAND parks as well as new Orlando attractions - The Orlando Eye, Madame Tussauds Orlando, and SEA LIFE Orlando - ranks 2nd as a company only behind Walt Disney Parks and Resorts and ahead of both Universal Parks and Resorts and SeaWorld Parks & Entertainment.

Orlando is the most visited destination in the United States and recently posted record breaking citywide visitation numbers of over 66 million people.

Do you have a trip to Orlando scheduled in your future? If so, check out the following links:

Discount Attraction Tickets

Disney World Ticket Price Chart

FREE Orlando Visitor Guide

Want to learn more about owning a rentable vacation home located just minutes from our worldclass attractions which you can use whenever you want? Contact me today! I offer FREE Buyer representation with full access to MLS resales and new construction opportunities, plus an easy rental/management solution.

Contact me for the full 2015 Theme Index Report.

Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on May 26th, 2016 10:22 AM
The Commerce Department reports that new home sales jumped 16% in the South in April.

Nationally, new home sales rose 16.6 percent last month - a seasonally adjusted rate of 619,000 up from just 531,000 in March - taking it to the highest level since January 2008.

Looking for a new home? I can help!

I have access to all the Builder's inventory and can represent you with your purchase. Contact me today if you'd like to learn more about the Disney area's newest communities.
Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on May 25th, 2016 8:25 AM

ORLANDO, FL. – The first quarter of 2016 is in the books and Orlando International Airport (MCO) has recorded double-digit growth both in domestic and international traffic so far this year.

For the first three months of the year overall traffic has climbed nearly 11.5 percent with more than 10.7 million passengers. When you break down the numbers, Orlando International is handling more than 3.56 million passengers per month on average in a facility that was designed to handle 2 million per month.

A significant contributor to the busy first quarter was a record breaking Spring Break and Easter holiday travel season, which combined to give Orlando International its busiest days in airport history. During this period, at peak, approximately 160 thousand travelers per day moved through MCO.


  • Domestic traffic climbed 10.6 percent with 9,375,413 passengers
  • International passenger traffic was up 17.46 percent with 1,389,243 total travelers
  • Overall passenger volume increased 11.49 percent with 10,764,656 travelers


  • Domestic traffic was up 8.48 percent with 34,627,999 passengers
  • International passenger numbers climbed 18.1 percent with 5,290,768 travelers
  • Combined overall passenger traffic was up 9.67 percent with 39,918,767 passengers


  • Domestic passenger volume increased 8.45 percent with 3,480,438 travelers
  • International traffic climbed 15.59 percent with 479,344 passengers
  • Overall combined travel for the month was up 9.27 percent compared to last year with 3,959,782 travelers

Basic MCO information:
Orlando International Airport (MCO), serves approximately 39 million passengers annually, of which over 13 percent are international. MCO is the second busiest airport in Florida and has more than 18,000 badged employees and generates over $31 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the regional economy. In its ongoing efforts to value and delight its customers, MCO has embarked on a series of Capital Improvements valued at over $1.3 billion and has approved designing a new South Terminal project all aimed at enhancing The Orlando Experience®.

Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Press Release

Posted in:General
Posted by Brent Ferry on May 20th, 2016 11:34 AM


My Favorite Blogs:

Sites That Link to This Blog: