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Florida Strawberry Festival 2019 Lineup


The Strawberry Festival has announced its concert line up and WOW!

February 28th -March 10th, 2019, will be 11 full days of strawberries, shortcake, BIG name concerts, rides, stage shows, attractions, food galore, exhibits, displays, contests, competitions and a berry sweet time for the whole family!

Thursday, February 28: 10:30 a.m. Jimmy Sturr & His Orchestra / 3:30 p.m. The Oak Ridge Boys / 7:30 p.m. ALABAMA

Friday, March 1: 3:30 p.m. Willie Nelson / 7:30 p.m. Brothers Osborne

Saturday, March 2: 3:30 p.m. Home Free / 7:30 p.m. Kool & the Gang

Sunday, March 3: 3:30 p.m. Chicks with Hits featuring Terri Clark, Pam Tillis and Suzy Bogguss / 7:30 p.m. An Evening with Steven Tyler and The Loving Mary Band

Monday, March 4: 3:30 p.m. Pat Boone / 7:30 p.m. Martina McBride

Tuesday, March 5: 3:30 p.m. The Drifters, Platters & Cornell Gunter’s Coasters / 7:30 p.m. NEEDTOBREATHE

Wednesday, March 6: 3:30 p.m. Gene Watson / 7:30 p.m. STYX

Thursday, March 7: 10:30 a.m. The Kingston Trio / 3:30 p.m. The Letterman / 7:30 p.m. for King & Country

Friday, March 8: 3:30 p.m. Tanya Tucker / 7:30 p.m. Chris Janson

Saturday, March 9: 3:30 p.m. Florida Strawberry Festival’s Battle of the Bands Finale / 7:30 p.m. Keith Sweat

Sunday, March 10: 3:30 p.m. Bill Anderson & Bobby Bare / 7:30 p.m. Old Dominion’s Make It Sweet Tour

Tickets go on sale December 6 at 8:00am and you can buy them here.

5 Places To Recharge At Walt Disney World

Theme parks are full of fun, sometimes too much for the little ones. They can get tuckered out fairly quickly, especially in the warmer weather. And let’s face it, so can we!  Don’t worry, you can find quiet places in many areas of Walt Disney World parks for a little rest and re-energizing and we’ll share our tips with you.

Tomorrowland People Mover- Magic Kingdom

Sit back, relax and enjoy a 10 minute tour of Tomorrowland aboard a moving tram. The soothing motion is perfect to lull little ones to sleep if they need a rest. It will also allow you to rest your feet and re-energize.

Walt Disney’s Carousel of Progress- Magic Kingdom

Refresh and unwind when you take a plush seat inside this air conditioned revolving theatre and glimpse at a fascinating audio-animatronics show celebrating the evolution of past and present technology.

The Seas with Nemo and friends – Epcot

In this cool, calming environment just made for recharging batteries, climb aboard and venture into the sea to join Nemo and friends on their aquatic journey.

The Hall of Presidents Magic Kingdom

Dim lights and comfy seats are all you need when you cool off in the main theatre to watch a dramatic presentation celebrating the leaders of America.

Spaceship Earth- Epcot

Enjoy a gentle journey through time that explores mankind’s technological advances over the centuries and rest while exploring the history of communications.

Finding Nemo- The musical- Animal Kingdom

Yes, it’s a musical so not very quiet, but you can take a load off in the air-conditioned theatre and sit back, relax and enjoy the live show.

And of course, you can always find a quiet comfortable space to feed, change, and nurse your little ones in the many Baby Care Centres located throughout all parks.

The Light Lab At Epcot


The Light Lab at Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival offers up some unique beverages that glow in the dark. You can choose from a list of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages to enjoy, including beautiful glowing concoctions that are created right before your eyes!  You can watch as your drink transforms from one substance into another through a tasty and scientific process!

It’s a must see if you are visiting during the Food and Wine Festival. Here is a list of drinks and prices:

  • Phosphorescent Phlight (KA) – $7.00
  • InfraRED (KA) – $3.75
  • UltraVIOLET (KA) – $3.75
  • Bleu Spectrum: Blanc de Bleu Cuvée Mousseux with Boba Pearls – $9.00
  • Original Sin Dry Rosé Hard Cider, New York, NY (Cider Flight) – $4.25
  • 3 Daughters Brewing Blueberry Peppercorn Hard Cider, St. Petersburg, FL (Cider Flight) – $4.25
  • Ciderboys Zen Berry Hard Cider, Stevens Point, WI (Cider Flight) – $4.25
  • Playalinda Brewing Co. Red Cherry Tart, Titusville, FL (RGB Flight) – $4.25
  • GrassLands Brewing Company Green Kiwi Blonde, Tallahassee, FL (RGB Flight) – $4.25
  • M.I.A. Beer Company Blue-berry Golden Ale, Doral, FL (RGB Flight) – $4.25
  • Cider Flight – $9.00
  • RGB Flight – $9.00

(photo courtesy of Disney Food Blog)

Mickeys Not So Scary Halloween Party


Magic Kingdoms annual Halloween party – Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party (MNSSHP) – started in August this year.  While some think its much too soon to start thinking about Halloween, it is evident that others do not based on the sold out party opening night. Here’s what you need to know about about Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party 2018 Dates:

  • August 17, 24, 28, 31
  • September 3, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28, 30
  • October 2, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 14, 16, 18, 19, 21, 23, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31

Show Times for Key Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party 2018 Entertainment:

  • Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade – 9:15 p.m., 11:15 p.m.
  • Happy HalloWishes Fireworks – 10:15 p.m.
  • Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular – 8:30 p.m., 10:45 p.m., 12 a.m.

New Experiences for 2018

New for this year are three party-exclusive ride overlays that offer special experiences for guests. Pirates of the Caribbean, Mad Tea Party and Space Mountain transform under the moonlight for an extra special experience.  Pirates of the Caribbean invites a live-action character in its queue to warn you of Gunpowder Pete, followed by a man holding a “Wanted” sign in the loading zone explaining your search for the latest pirate villain.

Be sure to check out Mad Tea Party after dark when it truly comes alive! Special lights and exciting, new music enhance the already spinnin’ ride.  Meanwhile on Space Mountain, the lights are out. The red and blue tunnels turn pitch-black (along with all lighting effects) providing a thrilling, new ride experience with galactic rock music playing.

You can dress up and enjoy some trick or treating around the park, but there are some restrictions:

General Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party Costume Guidelines:

  • Disney may deny admission to anyone or remove anyone who is wearing attire that is considered inappropriate or could detract from other guests’ experiences.
  • Guests may dress as their favorite characters, but cannot pose for pictures or sign autographs.
  • Costumes must be family-friendly and not obstructive, offensive, violent or objectionable.
  • Costumes must not contain weapons that resemble or could be mistaken for real weapons.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp or pointed objects, or materials that might strike another guest.
  • Guests who do not abide by the guidelines may be refused entry or removed unless their costumes can be modified to acceptable standards.

For guests ages 14 and up:

  • Layered costumes or costume props that surround the entire body are strongly discouraged and subject to additional security screening.
  • Costumes may not reach or drag the ground.
  • Capes should not go below the waist.
  • Themed T-shirts, shirts, sweatshirts and hats are acceptable.
  • Transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords and tutus are OK. Headwear must not cover the face.
  • Masks are not allowed.

For guests ages 13 and under:

  • Costumes and some masks may be worn. Masks cannot cover the entire face, and eyes must be visible

Got an allergy? No problem.  Disney had made sure guests with a nut allergy can still enjoy some safe candy options.

The party is a special ticket event and offers entry into the park at 4:00pm, but the festivities commence at 7:00.  Guests who purchase a regular park ticket will also need to purchase the party ticket in order to stay in the park past 6:00. Otherwise, guests with no ticket will be escorted out.

Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party tickets start at $70 for children age 3 to 9 ($74.55 with tax) or $75 for those over 10 ($79.88 with tax).  You can purchase tickets from the Disney website, or from Undercover Tourist.

Photo courtesy of Disney Photo Snapper





Sunshine Villa Florida Awarded Premier Partner Status


VRBO, a third party vacation rental platform, has awarded Sunshine Villa Florida with their Premier Partner status.

What is a Premier Partner?

Among other factors, Premier Partners have the following qualities in common:

Their guests have great traveler experiences and it shows. Exceptional owners and property managers offer clear expectations, provide unique experiences — and travelers respond with great feedback and reviews.

They provide quick responses to inquiries and booking requests, process all bookings through HomeAway checkout, follow through with bookings and avoid cancelling on guests. These things assure timely, secure and reliable bookings— getting the traveler experience off to a great start.

Travelers are attracted to their properties because they include high-quality photos and descriptions of the incredible stays their guests will have. By maintaining detailed and accurate content along with listing amenities, travelers know what to expect when booking with those properties! And part of attracting travelers includes rates that are competitive, priced right for the market and priced right for the property.

The Premier Partner Program recognizes owners and managers who consistently deliver outstanding traveler experiences and the Premier Partner badge shows travelers that they can expect a great stay at your property.

We are honoured to have been recognized as providing exceptional guest experiences.   While you always have the option of booking with us direct to save on fees, those who choose to book through VRBO can take comfort in knowing that we have met these requirements.

Deal Or No Deal Filming In Orlando

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Have you ever wanted to be part of a live studio audience? Well now is your chance!  Deal or No Deal is filming 30 episodes at Universal Orlando between July 20 and August 10 with Howie Mandel returning as host.

“Deal or No Deal” first premiered on NBC in 2005. Contestants are challenged with choosing between 26 briefcases in hopes of finding the one containing $1 million.

To request tickets, visit Audience members must be at least 13 years old. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian, according to Universal.

The tickets are FREE.

“Deal or No Deal” is set to premiere later this year on CNBC.  Sadly, I think it’s safe to say Meghan Markel won’t be making a return appearance.

Sweet Tooth? Sugar Factory Serves Up Dessert In Orlando

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Got a sweet tooth?  Sugar Factory Orlando serves up the best dessert in Orlando! Some Signature sweet treats include a number of celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, smoking Goblet Drinks, candy infused cocktails, and the one-and-only King Kong Sundae with 16 scoops of ice cream, tasty toppings, and even sparklers!  Sugar Factory is known the world over for its celebrity-endorsed Couture Pops, which have turned sweets into the latest designer accessory.   Iconic superstars including Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Britney Spears, Drake, Nicole Scherzinger, Kim Kardashian, Eva Longoria and Rupert Grint are just a few of the celebrities who have either endorsed or have been spotted with the sparkly lollipops.    You can check out theses celebrities and their favourite sweets here.


But its not all lollipops and gumdrops.  Upscale dining classics are served from brunch to late-night ranging from decadent crepes to flavorful milkshakes, gourmet burgers, ice cream sandwiches and more.

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Night cap?  Guests will want to stay long into the night to enjoy the innovative smoking goblet drinks, top hits dance music, and lively social scene.

Thank you Hasaan Family For Your Review!


Another happy guest of Sunshine Villa Florida:

Very happy and satisfied with the accommodations.

SARAH H.New kent, Virginia

Our stay at this villa was very satisfying.

My kids were in love with the rooms and how comfortable everything was.

We would definitely recommend this villa and the owners.

We thoroughly enjoy receiving guest feedback. Good or bad – if we have fell short somewhere, we want to know how to improve!  Reviews are vital to vacation home owners, especially in a world where we are constantly competing with the large booking sites.  With thousands of properties to choose from, it makes it difficult to choose the right one for you and your family. Your review may give another potential guest peace of mind that they are choosing the right property.

We welcome you to Be our Guest at Sunshine Villa Florida, your house near the Mouse.

Master retreat

Thank You Weber Family For Your Review!

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Our most recent 5 star review was left by the Weber family who checked out in June:

“We loved everything about our stay! The decor is modern and comfortable (even better in person than the pictures suggest). The kitchen had everything we needed for cooking. Our kiddos enjoyed the triple bunk bed and LOVED the pool (which included a waterslide and a lazy river). The upstairs master’s room was spacious and relaxing. We will definitely be staying again when we are in the Orlando! A pleasure all around!!”

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Fully equipped kitchen

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We hope to have the opportunity to host the Weber family again soon at Sunshine Villa Florida!  Check out our other reviews here.

We love to receive feedback from our guests, its the greatest compliment we can receive and it can provide comfort to potential guests knowing others have enjoyed their stay.

Beers, Burgers and Fords

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Ford’s Garage is your neighborhood burger and beer joint, where everyone is welcome. The restaurant chain pays homage to Henry Ford, who wintered at his Fort Myers, Florida estate.  Ford’s Garage will give you the vibe of being in a 1920’s service station to include vintage Ford vehicles, gas pumps, and fixtures.  The bars feature prohibition-style elements of old brick, rich wood, and a hand-hammered copper bar top.  Many more unique features really make The Garage a fun place to visit and take pictures!

They are a gourmet burger bar serving up the finest varieties of Black Angus Beef, American Kobe, Open Range Bison, Turkey, Chicken, Tuna, and Vegetarian products coupled with all-natural aged cheeses and gourmet toppings.  Also specializing in popular American comfort food entrees such as homemade meatloaf, chili, and famous macaroni and cheese.

I’ve said it before, Florida has plenty of options for the beer connoisseurs and Ford’s Garage is no exception serving well as over 150 beers on tap and in bottle.

The Lakeland location is located at 879 Lakeland Park Center Dr, Lakeland, FL 33809.  863-337-FORD