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 Halloween & Fall Event 2023

Halloween is everywhere in the Orlando area, and fall brings an array of exciting events, perfect for indulging in the spirit of the season. From family-friendly fall festivities to thrilling Halloween experiences, there's something for everyone to enjoy. Here's our top 10 list of upcoming Autumn & Halloween events in 2023:

1. Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Through - Nov 1 (Select Nights) | Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World
Embrace the playful spookiness at Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party in the Magic Kingdom. Enjoy a family-friendly night of entertainment, trick-or-treating, character meet & greets, and enchanting Halloween-themed parade and show.

2. Halloween Horror Nights
Through - Oct 31 (Select Nights) | Universal Studios

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Major Disney World Announcements in September 2023

Tons of exciting news was announced earlier this month at Destination D23, one of the biggest annual Disney fan events at The Contemporary Resort. Here are the major updates coming to Walt Disney World Parks:


  • Figment Meet and Greet: Beginning September 10, 2023, guests can meet Figment inside the Imagination Pavilion at EPCOT.
  • Test Track Reimagination: Test Track at EPCOT will undergo a reimagining inspired by the original World of Motion.
  • "Luminous The Symphony of Us": A new nighttime spectacular, "Luminous The Symphony of Us," is coming to EPCOT on December 5, 2023, featuring all-new fireworks, lasers, fountains, and music.
  • Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana: Opening on October 16, 2023, this walk-through experience in
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2023 Orlando Real Producers ORPYS Awards

The Funk Collection team is honored to be recognized as Team of the Year Award Finalists for the ORPY’s by Orlando Real Producers! Congratulations also to Team Leader Renee Funk, recognized for the Impact Leadership Award Finalist. Renee’s commitment to servant leadership shines bright through this recognition.

On the evening of September 14th, the Orlando Real Producers will host the Annual Awards Gala & Celebration, #TheORPYs, at the prestigious Orlando Science Center in downtown Orlando. As part of the festivities, they will reveal the winners of more than 20 distinct awards, each with a male and female recipient. Additionally, they will pay tribute to their remarkable 35 Under 35 Winners, extend recognition to the Orlando Real Producers' Top 50

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New and Upcoming Development to Greater Orlando

Seeking the insider scoop for locals about what's up & coming near your Orlando community? Discover some of the new Orlando local hotspots, restaurants, retail, and more open NOW or coming soon to the Orlando area! We're here to keep you in the loop about the newest businesses making their debut in our area. From delicious eateries and retails shops to exciting entertainment spots and essential services, our Orlando home is constantly growing and evolving. 

Now Open in your Community! 


  • 3Natives Acai & Juicery Windermere - located at 5855 Winter Garden Vineland Rd, Suite 130, Windermere, FL 34786. Serving made-to-order acai bowls, smoothies, cold-pressed juices, salads, wraps and beyond.


  • Maple Street Biscuit
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2023 America's Best Real Estate Team Awards

We're honored to announce that The Funk Collection has earned the prestigious RealTrends | Tom Ferry 2023 America's Best Real Estate Professionals Award for the 5th consecutive year! Ranked #22 Top Mega Teams in Florida by Sides and #24 Top Mega Teams in Florida by Volume, this achievement is a testament to our incredible customers and amazing team of agents.

RealTrends, a respected authority in the real estate industry, has been dedicated to identifying and acknowledging the most successful residential real estate brokerages, teams, and agents across the country. Through their trusted annual rankings program, RealTrends compiles and verifies transaction sides and closed sales volume, providing a comprehensive view of the industry's top performers.

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Orlando Area Independence Day Celebrations

Independence Day is just around the corner, and it's time to start planning your celebrations. The Orlando metro area offers a variety of events to make your Fourth of July unforgettable. From patriotic music to spectacular fireworks displays, here are six local events that will be sure to entertain anyone! 

July 1 & 4 | Red, White & Blue Americana, Downtown Winter Garden - Kick off your Independence Day celebrations with a two-day event in Downtown Winter Garden. On July 1st and 4th, immerse yourself in the patriotic atmosphere of Red, White & Blue Americana. Enjoy live music, yummy food, and a vibrant party in park as you celebrate the birth of our nation.

July 3 | Red Hot & Boom, Altamonte Springs | 4pm - 11pm - Head over to Cranes Roost Park

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Memorial Day Events 2023

Memorial Day Weekend has been known as a kick-off to summer and there are so many ways to celebrate. We are also taking a moment to remember and honor the brave service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice, while reflecting on the freedoms we have today because of them. As Orlando area residents and visitors join together this weekend, we have gathered 5 local events in the Orlando metro area that offer meaningful ways to commemorate this important day.

  1. Memorial Day 2023 Observance | Windermere Town Hall in Windermere, FL | May 29, 12pm
    • Rotary Club of Windermere Memorial Day Observance - The Rotary Club of Windermere organizes a Memorial Day observance event at the Windermere Town Hall. This gathering honors and remember fallen
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 Top 5 Hidden Treasures in Central Florida

We all know about the world-class attractions the Orlando area offers and are so lucky to have in our backyard, but what about those places that fly under the radar - where locals love to explore? We have compiled some of our top favorite hidden treasures of central Florida and included everything from outdoors to the arts:

1. Downtown Arts District (CityArts Orlando) Downtown Orlando - Located at 39 S. Magnolia Avenue, CityArts is a modern art hub and cultural hotspot in downtown Orlando within the Downtown Arts District. Visitors can immerse themselves in seven art galleries, share conversation over coffee at the in-house cafe, or attend a local event, including the 3rd Thursday Gallery Hop, celebrating art, music, and business.

2. The Axe

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Staying cool can definitely be a challenge during hot summer months in Central Florida! Lucky for us, there are several ways to beat the heat this summer, and one of my favorites is with a delicious cold treat from one of our amazing local ice cream spots! Popsicles, slushies, ice cream, and more! Each venue offers a unique palette of flavors and something enticing for everyone to enjoy!

Allen's Creamery
Located in the heart of downtown Windermere on Main Street, Allen's is a local favorite, offering delicious flavors in a charming location. Built in 2008, this coffee and ice cream shop provides the perfect mix of excellent service, delicious products, and small-town nostalgia. Allen's offers a fun assortment of coffee drinks, ice cream, donuts, and

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Eat well, stay active and enjoy life. Three simple elements that help promote a healthy lifestyle. Making these healthy choices can often seem daunting or overwhelming, but a local organization, The Foundation for a Healthier West Orange, and its grassroots movement, Healthy West Orange, are working to change all that!

Healthy West Orange - Orlando Lifestyle

The Movement
Established in 2016, Healthy West Orange is a dynamic movement that provides fun, resources, education, and social connections to Orange County residents. Everything from tasty recipes to fun fitness challenges to nutrition tips and more are available! Healthy West Orange helps residents develop healthy behaviors and encourages positive lifestyle choices.

The Community
This hyper-local movement is part of The Foundation

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