The Orlando Real - The Orlando Real's Blog | Page #7

by Yasmene Warren

There are four neighborhoods in Orlando that are transforming the city into something new. From Saint Cloud and Downtown Orlando to Clermont, these four neighborhoods are sure to bring you a whole new living experience. Let’s check them out!

Sunbridge - Saint Cloud

Located in Saint Cloud, Sunbridge stretches across two counties and takes its dedication to preserving nature and saving energy to a whole other level. As of right now, there are several homes with full Tesla solar roofs, and others with solar panels intertwined. When constructing these homes, builders also take wood from the neighborhood in order to preserve their goal of being energy efficient and conscious of the environment.

Sunbridge is made up of 25,000…

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by Jessica Hristov

EPCOT is known for their amazing festivals. They have the best food, awesome merchandise, incredible entertainment and more. It’s that time of year again for the Festival of the Arts! Disney has released everything we can expect to see, eat, and do this year! Let’s take a look at what’s coming to Festival of the Arts ’23!

General Info

The Festival of the Arts runs from January 13, 2023, until February 20, 2023. During its five-week-long run, there will be plenty of new food studios (booths) and activities to try! As always, there is no additional charge for the festival, as it is included with your valid park admission!

Food Studios

The food studios (or food booths) are always a big hit at every Epcot festival. At the…

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by Holley Long

Saint Cloud home sells at $479,000 after 33 days on the market.

The Home

Built in 2019 by M/I Homes, this Solaire model single-family home is located in the Reserve at Pine Tree Community. With 4 bedrooms and 3.5 baths, the two-story home includes a second-floor master bedroom with two walk-in closets and a loft that can be used for gaming, movie watching, or entertaining. There’s also a large backyard with plenty of room for guests, and a covered lanai offering a view of the pond behind the home. 


This 2,882 square foot home sold just last month for $479,000. Other homes of similar size in the area have sold for more than $10,000 less than the closing price of this home, making this a great sale for our…

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by Yasmene Warren

If a taste of Asia is what you’re looking for, then look no further! The City of Orlando has plenty of restaurants to go around! Here are three Asian restaurants in Orlando that’ll bring you a unique Asian dining experience and save you hundreds on an international plane ticket!

Nine Spices Hotpot

Located just mere minutes away from Universal Studios on South Kirkman Road, Nine Spices Hotpot is a restaurant that makes you put your cooking skills to the test!

At Nine Spices, their dining style is centered on a cooking method that originated in China where your table has a heat source to keep your own personal soup bowl simmering while you get to choose from a wide assortment of meats, noodles, and veggies to cook right in…

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by Yasmene Warren

You’ll be feeling the school spirit 24/7 when you pack your bags and settle down in this college town!

Orlando truly has it all: From a thriving downtown community and being a tourism hot spot to also being home to “Orlando’s hometown team,” the University of Central Florida Knights!

Where Is It?

Orlando’s college town is located on the east side of the city just a hair away from Oviedo and Seminole County. East Orlando is about a 20 minute drive from downtown through SR 408 and about 30 minutes from Universal Studios.

This college town offers an assortment of things to do aside from attending football games! You can eat and shop at Waterford Lakes Town Center, catch a movie at Regal Cinemas, party hard at Knights…

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by Kismet Kohn

Looking for a unique and delicious savory and sweet place in Central Florida? Look no further! Wafu offers the best of both worlds with warm stuffed waffles and chilly soft serve in a fish-shaped cone.

Where is it?

Wafu is located on the second floor of the East End Market, which is just on the edge of Winter Park. Within East End Market, you can also find places that sell local handmade goods, plants, unique gifts, and more! Some weekends, the market will hold events that have live music and more vendors that show up. Across the street from East End Market are also stores that sell vintage clothing, vinyl records, and antiques.


One of the primary selling points of Wafu is the delicious taiyaki, a traditional…

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by Jessica Hristov

Back in November 2022, Disney made an announcement that shocked everyone – their current CEO Bob Chapek would be replaced by Bob Iger effective immediately. Just as the news was announced, speculation and rumors began to form. Is Genie + going away? Are prices going to drop? Can he bring fastpasses back? Will Iger finally end the park reservation system? As we begin this new year, we'll have to wait and see what changes will take affect in 2023. While we don’t have all the answers just yet, here is what we know so far.

Park Reservation System

Back when Walt Disney World first reopened after the Covid-19 pandemic in July 2020, they implemented a park reservation system to be able to control park capacity and keep it low. Fast…

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by Holley Long

If you’ve visited Winter Park, you know there’s no shortage of places to enjoy good food and drinks. Next time you’re in the city, I encourage you to check out a restaurant that has that plus the chance to pretend you’re a sommelier for a day. 

The Restaurant 

A trip to Sixty Vines in Winter Park is like a trip to wine country, without the airfare. With seven locations—from Florida to Texas—the restaurant pours wine on tap, so guests sip Napa Valley’s finest as it’s meant to be enjoyed: straight from the barrel.

Image by @sixtyvineswinterpark

And the “straight from the barrel” taste isn’t just about giving the authentic vineyard experience. By serving wine on tap, Sixty Vines helps keep bottles, corks, and foil out of…

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by Kismet Kohn

Home in Winter Garden sells after 3 days on the market at $687,000.

The Home

This two-story home was built in 2018 and features 4 bedrooms and 3.5 bathrooms, all at 3,887 square feet. This home has a prime location in the Waterleigh community of Horizon West, just minutes away from Disney and Historic Winter Garden. With an open floor plan, the house invites you in to see the living and dining space overlooked by a large kitchen. Then off the back of the home you’ll find an oversized screened in lanai. On the second floor, you’re greeted by a large loft with plenty of room for friends and family. 


This home sold for $680,000, which is $5,000 more than the original listing price and the original purchase of…

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by Holley Long

Orlando has no shortage of unique restaurants and bars, but there’s one place in the city that will bring you all the way back to the 1920’s. When you spend time at The Edison, you can celebrate the present, while being immersed in the past. 

The History

The Edison, located in The Landing district of Disney Springs, opened in late 2017. Since then, the restaurant has thrilled tourists and locals alike with its unique atmosphere and entertainment.

Built in 1901, the building was originally an electric power plant, which works in favor of the now 20th-century power plant theming at the restaurant. Clockwork and factory decor give off a steampunk vibe upstairs, while below ground hides a secret bar—because of prohibition laws, of…

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