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One of the best things you can do when visiting the Orlando area is rent a car. It offers great convenience. But, it also means you have to consider parking.

You might have heard that Disney raised parking fees and adjusted Annual Pass options this weekend.

So, how much does it cost to park at Walt Disney World, Universal Orlando Resort, SeaWorld, etc.?

Here’s a break down of parking fees at the Orlando area theme parks.

-Magic Kingdom
-Hollywood Studios
-Animal Kingdom

Each of the 4 Disney theme parks have their own parking lot. Guests pay one fee per day good for all Disney theme park parking lots that day.

-Universal Studios Florida
-Universal's Islands of Adventure
-Universal CityWalk

Parking for all 3 Universal Orlando Resort venues is shared and located in 1 of 2 giant parking garages. The fee is reduced to $5 after 6pm, FREE after 10pm, Florida Residents FREE after 6pm.

-SeaWorld Orlando
-Busch Gardens Tampa

Tip: LEGOLAND Florida parking is $15 if pre-booked online. A shuttle is also available from I-Drive 360, Home of the Orlando Eye. The price is $5 per person plus tax. The parking garage at I-Drive 360 is FREE.

-Wet ‘n Wild
-Aquatica, SeaWorld’s Waterpark

-Kennedy Space Center

-Discovery Cove

Tip: Discovery Cove includes admission to SeaWorld and Aquatica with an option for Busch Gardens. Parking is not included at these sister parks. However, a special parking package can be added to your Discovery Cove reservation by contacting Discovery Cove Guest Relations. Complimentary bus transportation is also available for Busch Gardens.

-Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park
-Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park
-Disney Springs (formerly Downtown Disney)

-If you leave and come back in the same day you do not have to pay again. Save your receipt.
-If you move between Universal and SeaWorld parks AND you have a Flex Ticket you pay only once per day.
-Preferred Parking and or Valet Parking is available at some parks for an additional fee.
-When purchasing tickets, consider Annual Pass options which include FREE parking.
-Universal Orlando Resort Hotels-Self Parking is $20 per night plus tax if staying at Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel, or Loews Royal Pacific Resort ($22 for Day Guests/Hotel Visitors). Valet Parking available for additional charge. FREE park transportation for guests provided - walk, boat ride, or bus to CityWalk/the parks. Self Parking at Cabana Bay is $12 per night plus tax ($20 for Day Guests/Hotel Visitors). Bus or walk to the parks (no water taxi) for FREE.
-Walt Disney World Resort Hotels-Disney Resort hotel Guests get FREE transportation and luggage delivery (Disney’s Magical Express) from Orlando International Airport/MCO to the Walt Disney World Resort as well as FREE park transportation - walking, bus, boat, or monorail as applicable. Both hotel Self Parking and Theme Park Parking (if Guest chooses to drive) are FREE if staying at a Disney Resort hotel. Anyone may visit/have a meal at any of the Disney Resort hotels. Parking for Non-Guests/Visitors is FREE, but limited to 3 hours for meals, shopping, or a look around. You may not leave your car and access a theme park. You may not use the pools. Driver must show photo ID at the security gate. At certain peak times, Disney Resort hotel parking may require a dining confirmation # or be limited to Disney Resort hotel Guests only.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on October 5th, 2015 10:19 AM

The following Vacation Home sites are currently available in Storey Lake:

031-Alexander Palm-$389,990 Jan Close
034-Alexander Palm-$389,990 Jan Close
024-Majesty Palm-$409,990 Feb Close
026-Majesty Palm-$409,990 Feb Close
028-Majesty Palm-$409,990 Feb Close

Contact me for more information and FREE sales representation as well as the option for professional Property Management/Rental.

Follow Storey Lake Orlando on Facebook for the latest information.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 30th, 2015 7:58 AM
Hello Everyone,

The best deals of the year are here!

Lennar is in the 4th Qtr of the business year and that means BIG SAVINGS on Inventory Homes that can close by November 24th, 2015.

The following homes in The Retreat at ChampionsGate all come with heated pools, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, window blinds, and more including access to the Oasis Club.

Bali / 5 Bedrooms / 4.5 Baths / 2,766 sq. ft.

128-Corner site and oversized yard, spa-Was $475,540-Now $421,000 Completed 
121-South facing pool, spa-Was $476,540-Now $411,000 Completed
069-Spa-Was 476,540-Now $423,490 Completed

Cayman / 6 Bedrooms / 6 Baths / 3,016 sq. ft.

027-West facing pool, spa to privacy wall-Was $489,940-Now $473,440 November Close
039-South facing modified pool-Was $469,990-Now $443,490 November Close
051-South facing pool, spa-Was $484,940-Now $468,440 November Close

Fiji / 6 Bedrooms / 6 Baths / 3,346 sq. ft.

035-South facing pool, spa-Was $498,940-Now $467,440 November Close
038-South facing pool-Was $487,990-Now $456,990 November Close

Maui / 8 Bedrooms / 5 Baths / 3,826 sq. ft.

026-West facing pool, spa to privacy wall-Was $523,940-Now $507,440 November Close
028-West facing pool, spa to privacy wall-Was $524,940-Now $508,440 November Close
030-West facing pool, spa to privacy wall-Was $528,940-Now $507,440 November Close
050-South facing pool, spa-Was $523,940-Now $499,440 November Close
052-Spa-Was $523,940-Now $497,440 November Close

Contact me at 407-506-7857 or for FREE sales assistance.

And don't forget to follow my ChampionsGate, Florida Facebook page for the latest information.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 29th, 2015 2:22 PM
Downtown Disney changes name to Disney Springs today

Hello, Disney Springs!

It's official. While expansion and transformation continues, effective today, the name "Downtown Disney" is no more.

An event will be held later this evening near Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar. The "Indiana Jones" inspired bar opened one week ago today.

The next installment for Disney Springs will be Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto's Morimoto Asia opening tomorrow in The Landing area of Disney Springs. The restaurant is located at the site of the former Pleasure Island club Mannequins Dance Palace.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 29th, 2015 8:13 AM
Kissimmee Utility Authority's FREE Movie in the Park returns to Kissimmee Lakefront Park this Friday, October 2, 2015.

Kick off the 2015-16 season with Paddington being shown on the Civic Lawn beginning at 7pm.

The event coincides with The Food Truck Bazaar. The monthly food truck event takes place just a block away in front of the Kissimmee Civic Center and Hart Memorial Central Library.

Activities begin at 6pm.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 28th, 2015 9:49 AM


The following pre-construction vacation townhome lots in Storey Lake have been made available in advance of the previously anticipated October 2015 release.

Lot 43 - Beach Palm - water premium
Lot 44 - Sabal Palm - water premium
Lot 45 - Sabal Palm - water premium
Lot 46 - Royale Palm - water premium

Lot 113 - Royale Palm - no premium
Lot 114 - Sabal Palm - no premium
Lot 115 - Sabal Palm - no premium
Lot 116 - Beach Palm - no premium

Please contact me, Brent Ferry, Realtor / Orlando, FL with Global Real Estate Services, Inc., at 407-506-7857 or for free Buyer assistance.

Stay up-to-date by following Storey Lake Orlando on Facebook. 

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 27th, 2015 12:43 PM
The Retreat at ChampionsGate

Please enjoy this video tour of MLS #O5346887.

This fully furnished 7 bedroom vacation home is located in ChampionsGate, Florida near the Walt Disney World Resort and is offerred with continued Property Management if desired. Over 3,500 sq. ft. of living space, large west facing heated pool, game room, Oasis Club access, and more.

Contact me to schedule a showing or for more information.

Stay up-to-date on ChampionsGate news and developments. Follow ChampionsGate, Florida on Facebook now.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 24th, 2015 12:37 PM
An interesting and fun data analysis by RealtyTrac has aimed to answer the question - When is the best time of year to buy a home?

The company analyzed 32 million single-family home and condo sales over the past 15 years to compare average sold prices to average estimated market value at the time of sale to determine whether buyers paid a premium or got a discount then broke down that data by month, weekday and day to identify the biggest discounts based on listing prices.

Here are some of the findings.

Orlando-Kissimmee: The best day of the year is October 1st, when buyers' closing price was an average 11% discount off the original asking price.

Nationally: October is the best month to close. Over the past 15 years, October buyers realized an average discount of 2.6% below full estimated market value at the time of sale.

Other best months included February, July, December and January.

October 8th was identified as the best day of the year to close. The analysis found that buyers who closed on October 8th realized the biggest average discount – 10.8 percent below estimated market value at time of sale - after removing holidays such as Christmas, New Year's, and Fourth of July, 

October if just around the corner! I've got great deals available in the top Disney area vacation rental communities including discounts and incentives from Builders making their 4th quarter fiscal year end push.

I work all year long to get you the best deal on the Orlando investment rental property which is right for you. With 62+ million visitors each year, 7 of the top 10 theme parks in North America including the most visited attraction in the world, and a year-round rental season.

Contact me today to get your discount.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 11th, 2015 7:57 AM
I am pleased to announce the addition of luxury resort / vacation townhomes in The Retreat at ChampionsGate!

We are now taking reservations in the first three townhome buildings to be built in Lennar's ChampionsGate Resort near the Oasis Clubhouse.

These townhomes are approved for short term rental and come with access to the renowned amenity center.

The Sabal Palm
4 bed / 3 bath
1,914 sq. ft.
Debuting from $289,990
Video Tour

The Beach Palm
4 bed / 3 bath
1,914 sq. ft.
Extended lanai
Debuting from $297,990

The Royale Palm
5 bed / 4 bath
2,128 sq. ft.
End unit
Debuting from $318,990

Follow ChampionsGate,Florida on Facebook to stay up-to-date and contact me, Brent Ferry, Realtor, now at 407-506-7857 or for sales assistance.
Posted by Brent Ferry on September 7th, 2015 4:04 PM

Stay up-to-date on ChampionsGate news and developments. Follow ChampionsGate, Florida on Facebook now.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 3rd, 2015 9:19 AM


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