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Universal Orlando Resort Airport Shuttle Service Begins Today

A somewhat quietly announced new airport shuttle service begins today between Orlando International Airport (MCO) and Universal Orlando Resort for visitors staying at an on-site Universal hotel.

The Universal SuperStar Shuttle will provide roundtrip ground transportation for guests staying at:

Prime Value – Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Preferred – Loews Sapphire Falls Resort or Loews Royal Pacific Resort
Premier – Hard Rock Hotel or Loews Portofino Bay Hotel

The cost of the service is $35 per person, tax included. Children two and under are FREE. The feature can be added to any new or existing Universal Parks and Resorts Vacation Package. 

Passengers arriving between 7:00 am and 8:30 pm will go to the Universal Orlando Resort Welcome Center located in either Universal Studios Airport Store to be greeted by a Universal Orlando Representative and receive a travel wallet with pre-printed travel document materials and more information on the shuttle pick up location. Guests arriving outside of those times will need to call the shuttle service provider directly to make arrangements for pick up per previously received instructions.

Guests must pick up their own luggage and are advised to go directly to the Universal Studios Store to check in before proceeding to Baggage Claim. This will prevent unnecessary back and forth through the Terminal Building and help ensure quicker pick up.

While the trip to Universal Orlando Resort will be direct, travel will be via 12 passenger vans and may stop at up to all 5 on-site hotels depending on the destination of the other on-site hotel guests in your vehicle.

For more information, consult the Universal SuperStar Shuttle FAQ.

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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 1st, 2015 9:09 AM
Service between Dubai International Airport (DXB) and Orlando International Airport (MCO) begins today with the arrival of Flight EK219 from Dubai later this morning. Dubai, United Arab Emirates based Emirates airlines will be flying an Airbus A380 for the inaugural flight. A number of fellow Global Real Estate Services, Inc. Real Estate Agents will be aboard for the return flight to Dubai. No matter where you are from, rely on Global for your Orlando/Disney area real estate and property managements needs. Contact me, Brent Ferry, REALTOR with Global, at 407-506-7857 or to learn more about our professional sales representation and turn key management services and "take off" to owning your very own Disney vacation rental home.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on September 1st, 2015 8:05 AM
You've seen the films. Now you will be able to experience the action! Universal Orlando Resort today announced an all new attraction coming to Universal Studios Florida for 2017 - Fast & Furious: Supercharged.

Immerse yourself in the underground racing world made famous in the films, explore the headquarters of Toretto and his team, then board a specially-designed vehicle for an adrenaline-pumping ride with your favorite stars from the films.

An original storyline plus incredible ride technology equals a thrilling new adventure which will put you in the middle of the action. 

To make way for Fast & Furious: Supercharged, Disaster: A Major Motion Picture Starring You! will close permanently on September 8, 2015. Beetlejuice Graveyard Revue is scheduled to close later this year.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 26th, 2015 4:26 PM
Orlando Business Journal
Aug 21, 2015, 6:32am EDT

Home sales in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford metropolitan statistical area were up 28.3 percent in July to 3,314, Florida Realtors reports.

In addition, July's median price of $200,000 was up 5.3 percent compared to the year-ago period.

Meanwhile, Florida’s housing market reported more closed sales, higher median prices, more pending sales and tightening inventory in July. Closed sales of existing single-family homes statewide totaled 26,916 last month, up 21.8 percent over July 2014.

“Homebuyers and sellers are benefiting from the positive momentum of Florida’s housing market,” said 2015 Florida Realtors President Andrew Barbar, a broker with Keller Williams Realty Services in Boca Raton. “July’s completed or closed sales for single-family homes showed double-digit gains over the previous year. Meanwhile median prices keep steadily rising: July marked the 44 th consecutive month that median sales prices increased year-over-year for both single-family homes and townhouse-condo properties.

Statewide, new pending sales for single-family homes in July rose 6.5 percent year-over-year, while new townhouse-condo pending sales rose 3.8 percent.”

The statewide median sales price for single-family existing homes last month was $199,900, up 8.1 percent from the previous year, according to data from Florida Realtors Industry Data and Analysis department in partnership with local Realtor boards/associations.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 21st, 2015 9:13 AM
The name "Formosa Gardens" is well known in the Disney/Orlando/Kissimmee vacation home market. Now comes news of a new development - the Island Grove Wine Co. at Formosa Gardens.

Growth Spotter reports an 11 acre winery, botanical garden, and event space is to be built on the northeast corner of Funie Steed Road and Formosa Gardens Boulevard in Kissimmee by Formosa Gardens Developer George Chen in conjunction with Island Grove Wine Company.

Chen is no stranger to the area being involved in the former Splendid China attraction (which will soon be transformed into MargaritaVillage as announced last week and located across the street from the winery site), owner of the well known Formosa Gardens Village shopping center (which is the backdrop for Global's new Real Estate Headquarters at 7796 W. Hwy. 192), and involved with other residential and commercial projects in the area.

"The Kissimmee winery building's design will be inspired by the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, Calif., where Chen said executives from Island Grove Wine visited within the past year for design cues.

The two-story building will boast more than 12,900 indoor square feet. Guests enter through a central door on the first floor to a large retail display, and begin their tour to the left in a small theater, with an introductory film about the property and wine-making process.

After exiting the theater, guests will pass through a glass-enclosed hallway to view the wine-making room on left (and future beer micro-brewery), and a laboratory space on right. Island Grove will produce blueberry Port or blueberry ice wine on site, Chen said.

They'll proceed to a private tasting bar with 20-30 seats, after that revisit the central retail space, and be free to explore the first floor's right side, which will have a main wine tasting bar, and spaces serving fresh pastries, fresh juices, coffee and wine dispensing machines.

Beside the building to its north will be roughly two acres dedicated to planed vines of muscadine and cluster grapes, with a wine-tasting space with tables, fire pit and extensive trellis, Chen said.

The building's second floor will feature 3,000 square feet of event space that can be subdivided into three smaller rooms, which will be marketed for corporate meetings, wedding receptions and other gatherings.

The property's outdoor wedding venue, directly behind the winery building, will be landscaped in the shape of a giant heart, covering 7,250 square feet with 630 seats.

The outdoor botanical gardens will cover six acres of the property and be introduced in three phases. The first phase, to be ready before the May-June 2016 opening, will include all of the paved walking paths, a utility road around the property's side and rear, and a majority of the plants and fruit trees, which will require a two- to five-year time frame for their canopy to develop.

Featured fruits to be grown on the property, aside from two types of grapes, will include mangos, peaches, persimmons, a variety of berry bushes, longans and lychees, along with herb plants.

The second phase will include a large ceremonial event lawn that's surrounded by fruit-bearing trees and bushes that were planted in the first phase, along with a topiary garden.

The property's third phase will feature a hydroponics greenhouse, a farm-to-table culinary kitchen and serving area, and a vegetable garden."
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 21st, 2015 8:28 AM
Moneycorp, the UK's leading foreign exchange provider, has signed an agreement to acquire a minority stake in Novo Mundo Corretora de Câmbio, a fast-growing Brazilian foreign exchange business with a 15 year heritage in international payments and retail FX.

The investment, subject to local approvals, will be the latest step in Moneycorp's global expansion strategy, which has already seen the business establish offices in Spain, France, Ireland and the US to service increasing demand for international payments flows from these countries to and from the UK, and globally.

Establishing a foothold in Brazil will enable Moneycorp to take advantage of significant growth opportunities within the country and across South America, from corporate and private clients within buoyant property and import-export markets.

Headquartered in São Paulo, with offices in Curitiba, Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Novo Mundo Corretora de Câmbio currently employs 75 staff. The business offers international payments, foreign exchange, bank notes and MasterCard currency card services and has seen strong and steady growth, with a 332% increase in turnover in the last five years. It will be well placed to increase its share of the Brazilian FX market with Moneycorp's involvement.

Alongside this investment, Moneycorp continues to see strong organic growth across its international payments and retail businesses. During H1 2015 the firm saw gross profit jump 20% to £60.4m, following record investment into its online capability during 2014. moneycorp's international payments and retail divisions have both seen strong revenue growth over the last six months.


Article from The Telegraph

Moneycorp buys stake in Brazilian currency trader

The first overseas investment for the British foreign exchange and payments firm is part of a wider strategy to become a dominant player in the world's currency markets

Foreign exchange firm Moneycorp has bought a stake in a Brazilian counterpart in a bid to accelerate its plan to become a global player in the currency markets.

Moneycorp has bought 45pc of Novo Mundo Corretora de Câmbio, and hopes to acquire the whole business in the coming years.

Under Brazilian law, foreign finance firms cannot acquire 100pc of a domestic business up front. Instead, they must invest in a minority stake before proving themselves to the central bank.

Moneycorp already does business in the US, france and Spain, but this marks the company's first overseas purchase. Chief executive Mark Horgan expects it will take one to two years before Moneycorp is able to acquire the entire business.

“We’ve been looking at Brazil since 2009, and sourcing a clean, well-managed Brazilian foreign exchange house is quite a difficult task – you’ve got to be careful about your own reputation,” he said.

“We’re taking a very long-term view in Brazil. It will probably double in population over the next 35 years, it is the eighth biggest economy in the world, its trade corridors are north-south with North America, and also with Asia. Its economy has soya, beef, farming and, in future, gas, so in the long-term it should have good cross-border flow dynamics.”

As much as 96pc of the foreign exchange market in Brazil is in the hands of banks, the firm believes, and Mr Horgan expects Moneycorp will be able to undercut the institutions on price and on service, with its specialised offering.

Tight controls on foreign currency transfers mean customers sending even tiny sums abroad have to report the trade to the central bank. They also have to provide the central bank with tax and identity documents, making it a costly and arduous process for firms offering the service.

Moneycorp, which has processed $18bn of currency trades over the past year and saw profits jump 20pc to £60.4m in the first half of 2015, has major plans to expand into other countries following this investment.

“We like euro-non-euro flow, so if you are in the EU but not in the Eurozone then you are probably a good target for us as the vast majority of trade goes into the Eurozone,” said Mr Horgan.

“We like Scandinavia, which has a lot of cross-euro business. Canadian-US trade is also strong. We also like Latin America, but we have not really interrogated Asia at this point, even though we know there is good Asian business to be had if we get that far.”


Purchasing a vacation home in the Orlando area and need to transfer money? Open a Moneycorp account for bank- beating exchange rates and expert guidance.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 19th, 2015 4:15 PM
Florida tops the list as favorite summer vacation spot for U.S. real estate agents. According to an informal poll of the nation's Realtors by RISMedia the Sunshine State was revealed as the go to destination for rest and relaxation for real estate professionals.

You know what they say. Location, location, location.

I'd call that practicing what you preach!

Want to learn more about Orlando vacation homes? Give me a shout at 407-506-7857 or I'll be here!
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 17th, 2015 4:47 PM
On the heels of Disney's Star Wars-Themed Land announcement comes more exciting news for Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort here in Orlando.

Toy Story Land also just announced!

Explore Andy's backyard and enjoy two new rides including a Slinky Dog family roller coaster and expanded capacity of the popular Toy Story Mania! attraction.

From the Disney Parks Blog:

Toy Story Land To Come To Life At Disney’s Hollywood Studios

We have some exciting news to share today. Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Chairman Bob Chapek just unveiled plans for Toy Story Land, to be built at Disney’s Hollywood Studios at the Walt Disney World Resort. The new land, inspired by the “Toy Story” film franchise, will allow guests to shrink to the size of a toy and explore the world of Andy’s backyard.

According to Imagineer Kathy Mangum, Toy Story Land was inspired by the overwhelming guest response to Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park at the Disneyland Resort.

“As all of you know, here in Anaheim, we’ve been quite successful with taking immersive experiences to a whole new level as we did with Cars Land. In fact, one of our favorite stories from opening day is that we overheard a little boy asking his mom, ‘Is this where they filmed the Cars movie?'” Kathy said. “That’s exactly how we want people to feel – like they’ve stepped onto the set of their favorite film … like the quaint town of Radiator Springs or, in the case of ‘Toy Story,’ the wild and adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard.”

When Toy Story Land opens at the park, guests will be able to play with some of their favorite toys at two new attractions that will be unique to the Walt Disney World Resort, plus one expanded favorite:

Family-friendly roller coaster – Guests board Slinky Dog’s back for a thrilling toy-filled coaster adventure that’s ideal for the entire family.
Alien saucers attraction – The famous little green aliens from the movie will take guests around for a spin in their very own flying saucers – but beware The Claw!
Toy Story Mania! – This current guest-favorite attraction, which allows guests to take aim at 3D objects in into the Toy Story Midway Games Play Set, will expand with more midway track that takes you into the world under Andy’s bed where he’s built a carnival-style midway.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 16th, 2015 9:37 AM

As posted on the Disney Parks Blog:

Star Wars-Themed Lands Coming to Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts

Today at the D23 EXPO 2015, The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger announced to an audience of more than 7,500 fans that Star Wars-themed lands will be coming to Disneyland park in Anaheim, Calif., and Disney’s Hollywood Studios at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla., allowing Star Wars fans to step into the stories from a galaxy far, far away.

Ambitious plans to bring Star Wars to life in the two parks include creating Disney’s largest single-themed land expansions ever at 14-acres each, transporting guests to a never-before-seen planet, a remote trading port and one of the last stops before wild space where Star Wars characters and their stories come to life.

“I am thrilled to announce the next chapter in the long and exciting history between Disney Parks and Star Wars,” said Iger. “We are creating a jaw-dropping new world that represents our largest single themed land expansion ever. These new lands at Disneyland and Walt Disney World will transport guests to a whole new Star Wars planet, including an epic Star Wars adventure that puts you in the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance.”

These authentic lands will have two signature attractions, including the ability to take the controls of one of the most recognizable ships in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon, on a customized secret mission, and an epic Star Wars adventure that puts guests in the middle of a climactic battle.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 15th, 2015 5:22 PM
Headed to Universal Orlando Resort? The park confirmed yesterday that The Incredible Hulk Coaster will be closing beginning September 8th through next Summer to undergo major refurbishment and enhancements.
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Posted by Brent Ferry on August 15th, 2015 10:05 AM


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