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May 2, 2023
By: Arizona Office of Tourism

25 Things to Do in Sedona
Credit: Brooks Crandell (@brookscrandellphoto on Instagram)

We cover it all in this short guide, from where to eat to what to do in town, to our favorite trails and natural spaces to explore.

Outdoor enthusiasts, wellness gurus, and artists from around the world consider Sedona, Arizona to be a veritable desert mecca. One look at the scenery, and it’s easy to see why. If you’re considering a trip to Red Rock Country but aren’t sure where to start, here are 25 things to do in Sedona for all types of travelers.

We think you’ll agree that it’s hard to deny the unmistakable energy of Sedona, Arizona.


For some, the jaw-dropping beauty of Sedona is best explained by a series of vortexes, or supernatural “hot spots” where energy is concentrated. (For others, it’s just a reason to put Sedona at the top of your bucket list.) Either way, it’s worth hiking to one of Sedona’s four vortexes to experience the uplifting vibes.


Although Arizona can certainly heat up, there are plenty of ways to cool off in Sedona. Pack your swimsuit and head for Grasshopper Point, where a number of small trails provide access to emerald green Oak Creek. This is a great way to spend an afternoon with a picnic and a good book—just remember to pack it all out when you’re finished.


Two images: One shows a creek with giant red rock formations in the back; the other features several people in kayaks rowing
Cathedral Rock and Sedona Adventure Tours

Sedona is a photographer’s dream, and arguably features some of the most photographed natural areas on the planet. Find your own unique angle at Crescent Moon Picnic Site, where Red Rock Crossing offers sensational views of Cathedral Rock. Plus, this is another great swimming hole on warm days. Note: There is a small $2 per person fee to access the site—or $11 for vehicles with up to five people—which you must pay at the entrance (cash only).


Join local outfitter Sedona Adventure Tours for a wine-tasting excursion with a twist. You’ll float down the Verde River on inflatable kayaks before arriving at Alcantara Vineyards for a special outdoor tasting. Unguided and extra fun, you’ll feel like a modern-day explorer in search of Sedona’s best rosé.


Two cyclists ride downhill on a Sedona mountain biking trail

For travelers seeking five-star single-track, Sedona does not disappoint. In fact, 235 miles of designated bike trails weave through the landscape; up and over sandstone rock, around flowering yuccas, and down into dry creek beds. Trails range from beginner level to ultra-advanced. Pick up a rental (and even a guide) in town and get ready for the best riding of your life.


The desert is full of life. This is especially true in Red Rock State Park, Sedona’s local wildlife preserve. Here, javelina, mule deer, coyotes and even bobcats can all be spotted. Birders will especially enjoy the banks of Oak Creek; an Audubon-recognized Important Bird Area.


If the aforementioned vortexes were any indication, Sedona continues to be recognized as a place of healing and spiritual renewal. Discover your higher self with a number of specialists in town, or you can even embark on a multi-day retreat with Sedona Soul Adventures.


Sample the artistic side of Sedona at Tlaquepaque Arts & Shopping Village. Split your time between the numerous art galleries and admiring the larger-than-life foxglove flowers growing in the garden. There are even a couple of sweets and ice cream shops to keep the kids entertained.


A giant chapel constructed within the stone of the Red Rock mountains
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A Catholic monument, Sedona’s Chapel of the Holy Cross is a popular destination for visitors of all religious denominations. The 90-foot cross built by a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Marguerite Brunswig Staude, is famous as one of America’s man-made wonders and is a must-see while in town.


Two pink Jeeps on a plateau, in a valley surrounded by Sedona's red rock mountains
Credit: @auspiciouspilgrim on Instagram

There isn’t a more iconic way to experience Sedona than in the backseat of a Pink Jeep. From the Verde Valley to unique heritage sites, your time in Coconino National Forest will be both fun and informative. Plus, there are countless options for rock-crawling tours from extra-rugged to paved so that you can select the perfect level of excitement for your group.


Those who didn’t get enough of Sedona’s grapes on the kayak tour will be pleased to know there is an additional tasting room in Sedona: Winery 1912. Their wines are grown in Southeast Arizona at the largest and most diverse vineyard in the state, but their tasting room is exclusive to Sedona. Burning Tree Cellars, one of seven tasting rooms, is another great option in the neighboring community of Cottonwood.


After a day exploring the sights of Sedona, you’re sure to have worked up an appetite. Get your fix at Pisa Lisa, where authentic wood-fired pizza topped with locally sourced ingredients is served up hot or available for take-out. Save us a slice.


Souvenirs come in all shapes and sizes, but you won’t find a better selection than at Garland’s Indian Jewelry. Browse their selection featuring southwestern gemstones such as turquoise, opal, and lapis; or consider taking home an authentic Navajo rug.


Coffee with a view is a Sedona staple, and Creekside Coffee is a classic spot. Order a pastry to fuel up for the day’s adventures and sip it on the back deck, where stunning vistas of Sedona’s landscape make you feel like you’re in an IMAX Theater.


Work off your lunch with a walking tour of Sedona’s numerous art galleries as you journey along Red Rock Scenic Byway from bottom to top. You’ll find local photography, sculptures, paintings, and much more along the way. By the end of the afternoon, you’ll have a true appreciation of the art that this area inspires.


Many of Arizona’s cities are home to local craft breweries and distilleries, and Sedona is no different. Reward your hiking and biking efforts at Sedona Beer Company, where beers like “Kölschture Shock” lend to the easygoing atmosphere. Local tip: Be sure to order the fried chicken sandwich.


Looking for unique lodging in this corner of the Grand Canyon State? Try out what it would be like to live in a tiny house at the aptly named Tiny Camp. With five cabins and outdoor essentials like fire pits and hot tubs, we think you’ll find downsizing has its perks.


Arizona is a fantastic place to putt. Spend the day golfing on one of Sedona’s four championship courses, where you can play eighteen holes year-round. The only drawback to golfing in Sedona is that it’s hard to keep your eyes on the game instead of ogling the incredible scenery.


Two images: A woman relaxes on a massage table outside, near a creek; stones of ancient ruins
Spa views at L’Auberge and Tuzigoot National Monument (Credit for Tuzigoot: @kristysadventures on Instagram)

After a few days hiking, biking, and golfing in Sedona, you might be feeling depleted. Treat yourself to a spa day at L’Auberge Sedona. Their creek-side spa offers an array of indulgent offerings, from deep-tissue massage to seasonal specialties.


Just 40 minutes away from downtown Sedona, Tuzigoot National Monument is one of Sedona’s lesser-known heritage spaces. That means fewer crowds so you can spend the day learning about the history of the Sinagua people, not waiting in line for the perfect photo opportunity.


For those who prefer a more relaxing pace, a trolley tour is a perfect way to spend an afternoon. This 55-minute ride will take you on a leisurely jaunt through town so you can get your bearings and learn more about Sedona, photo stops included.


The Milky Way can be seen above a large mountain (Cathedral Rock) in Sedona
Credit: Kirk Chamberlain, @bkirkcha on Instagram

Did you know Arizona has more dark sky places than anywhere else in the world? Sedona, of course, is one of these communities and enjoys sensational starry skies, year-round. Spend an evening with award-winning Sedona Stargazing for an even closer look.


One of the best ways to get to know a place is to learn its history. Spend a few hours perusing the past at Sedona Heritage Museum, where you’ll discover the namesake of Sedona as well as its farming, pioneering, and movie-magic past.


There is no shortage of hiking trails in Sedona. Create a goal for yourself and check off all seven of Sedona’s Secret 7 Vistas. While they vary in terms of length and difficulty, they all have one important thing in common—incredible views and fewer people.


Last but not least, there is no better finale for your trip to Sedona than a flight in a hot air balloon. Soar high above the very trails, swimming holes, and art galleries you’ve spent a week exploring. There is no more magical feeling than being carried above Red Rock Country by the wind (and a trusty pilot).

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Disney Cruise Line’s 25th Anniversary Season starts TODAY: Here’s What You Need to Know

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Disney Cruise Line’s 25th Anniversary Season starts TODAY: Here’s What You Need to Know

By: Disney Destinations May 1, 2023

Disney Cruise Line’s 25th “Silver Anniversary at Sea” season kicks off today, and if guests are planning to sail this summer, we wanted to round out everything they need to know before stepping aboard! While the Disney Wish’s anniversary sailings begin today, these offerings will be added to each ship throughout the coming weeks.

From a first look at the character ensembles to a celebratory song, new entertainment, merchandise, food and beverage offerings and a Castaway Club tier created for our most frequent cruisers, there are so many shimmering details we don’t want everyone to miss!

New looks for characters

To celebrate the signature color of the celebration – Shimmering Seas – here’s a first look as all our favorite Disney friends join Captain Mickey Mouse and Captain Minnie Mouse with coordinated anniversary looks! While our favorite characters will don outfits that feature swirling designs reminiscent of ocean waves and multi-toned fabric, guests can get in the action with their own shimmering ensemble. 

“Shimmering Seas” song

Whether guests are sailing or not, they can celebrate the anniversary season with a brand-new melody! “Shimmering Seas,” a signature song created especially for the “Silver Anniversary at Sea,” celebrates 25 years of magic at sea in an upbeat tribute to Disney Cruise Line’s past, present and future. If guests are on board this summer, be sure they keep their ears peeled for this celebratory tune!

Themed food and beverage

The “Silver Anniversary at Sea” won’t just be pleasing to the eyes and ears, it will be a celebration for your taste buds as well! Sweets treats made just for the season include a 25th cupcake, a Mickey chocolate sphere, chocolate cream cookie, Captain Minnie crisped rice treat – and if that’s not enough, signature desserts in the family dining venues will be getting a tasty enhancement with a special 25th chocolate piece to add to their already stunning presentation!  

For those over 21, the signature Jubilee by the Sea cocktail – complete with sparkly, silver dusting and a shimmering blue sugar rim – will be available at select lounges, while a special anniversary Coca-Cola bottle, specialty coffee mug, 25thanniversary beer mug and a “Silver Anniversary at Sea” popcorn bucket will provide dual use both on the cruise and as a special keepsake at home.

New entertainment

In 1998, Disney Cruise Line made history as the first cruise line ever to produce a fireworks show at sea, and these sparkling displays have remained a quintessential part of the Disney Cruise Line experience since. During most Bahamian, Caribbean and Mediterranean cruises this summer that are four nights and longer, the night skies will light up with a shimmering new show that will uphold the cherished Disney tradition of fireworks and honor Disney’s continuing legacy of adventure. The dazzling spectacle will be set to the tunes of iconic and beloved Disney music and will be anchored by the new signature song.

Also in honor of our “Silver Anniversary at Sea,” we are reimagining the time-honored tradition of a Captain’s Reception into the Shimmering Seas Soiree, a regal gathering with all the pomp and circumstance this milestone deserves. On one evening each cruise, guests will be invited to join their ship’s captain, cruise director and some favorite Disney friends in the atrium for a festive anniversary toast.

Shimmering touches

Throughout the 25th anniversary celebration, guests may notice shimmering touches across all five ships, as well as special décor in Disney Cruise Line terminals and a limited-time look for Key to the World cards. On board, shimmering blue accents will adorn each ship’s atrium, while a special anniversary icon will provide the picture-perfect backdrop for a commemorative photo. 

Speaking of picture-perfect, the celebratory season isn’t limited to just the high seas! Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island in The Bahamas, is also celebrating 25 years and will be decked out with anniversary decorations, along with a special surprise shimmering makeover to Mount Rustmore, a Guest-favorite photo spot.

Themed merchandise

The Shimmering Seas collection features light blue colorways and sparkling fabrics that are reminiscent of sunshine reflecting upon turquoise waters, along with festive silver accents. Shimmering accessories include a new Loungefly backpack and ear headband, new clothing pieces – including a spirit jersey and embroidered Nike polo – and a new line of commemorative jewelry. Guests can also plan to save a little room in their suitcase for other limited-time gifts, including a “Silver Anniversary at Sea” ornament, trading pin and collectible ship replica.

All-new Castaway Club tier

For nearly two-and-a-half decades, members of the Castaway Club have played an integral role in the Disney Cruise Line story. To honor this special anniversary, a new membership tier named “Pearl” was added to honor the valued relationship we have formed with guests over the years and is inspired by the time it takes for a pearl to be formed in nature. With the launch of Pearl today, cruisers who have sailed on at least 25 Disney Cruise Line vacations will have access to more rewards and perks than ever before, including unlimited digital downloads from Disney Cruise Line professional photographers, an early booking window for new itineraries, the ability to schedule on board activities before anyone else, a special gift (one per stateroom) and complimentary dinner at Palo.

Castaway Club Gift

If guests are still working their way toward the Pearl Castaway Club tier, don’t worry – we still have a special gift for them! Castaway Club members who sail during the “Silver Anniversary at Sea” this summer will receive a limited-edition framed art print (one per stateroom) to commemorate this once-in-a-lifetime celebration while supplies last. As shown above, this design was created by Disney artist Joe Kaminski, whose work is featured in The Art of Disney galleries, Disney resort hotels and Disney Cruise Line ships.

Sailings featuring “Silver Anniversary at Sea” festivities kick off across the fleet this month and will sail through September. We can’t wait for everyone to experience all the shimmering fun as we celebrate 25 years of Disney Cruise Line! Bon voyage!

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Help Us Name the Pink Poodle!

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Help Us Name the Pink Poodle!

April 20, 2023

Shellie Wylie, owner of Wishes Family Travel, has just launched her new YouTube channel, The World with Shellie! This adorable pink princess poodle will be the channel’s traveling mascot. Before they can begin their adventures together, the poodle needs a name. So, we’re inviting you to help us celebrate the launch with a naming contest!

Submit a name suggestion and/or comment on any (or all) of our Wishes Family Travel social media channels:

Subscribe to The World with Shellie for a bonus entry. Be sure to invite your friends to participate! The more participation we get, the more prizes we’ll give away!


The deadline to comment or submit a name suggestion is April 30, 2023, at 8pm ET. The name will be announced from the Concierge Lounge onboard the Disney Wish on May 1st.


$100 Amazon Gift card if we select your name suggestion.
$50 Amazon Gift Card random giveaway from new subscribers to our YouTube channel, The World with Shellie.
Random $25 Disney Gift Card from Facebook comments and entries. Random $25 Disney Gift Card from Instagram comments and entries.

Bonus prizes:
If we receive more than 500 responses, we will randomly give away five $10 Disney Gift Cards.
If we receive more than 1,000 responses, we will randomly give away a $50 Disney Gift Card.

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Walt Disney World with EERIE-sistible Tricks and Treats!

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Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party Returns to Walt Disney World with EERIE-sistible Tricks and Treats!

By: Disney Destinations April 20, 2023

It’s #HalfwayToHalloween here at Walt Disney World Resort and, in celebration of the wicked occasion, we’re excited to share that Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party will return to Magic Kingdom Park late this summer and will run through this fall. Get ready for a spook-tacular celebration with plenty of tricks and treats when the series of parties kicks off August 11.

With spellbinding entertainment, favorite Disney characters dressed in their Halloween best and more, celebrate the most haunting time of the year at Walt Disney World Resort. This limited capacity, nighttime event starts at 7 p.m. and allows guests to experience shorter wait times on attractions, themed food and beverage and more. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting April 27, and tickets will be available to all guests starting May 2. The event dates are:

August: 11, 15, 18, 22, 25, 29

September: 1, 4, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 19, 22, 24, 26, 28, 29

October: 1, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 15, 17, 19, 20, 22, 24, 26, 27, 29, 31

November: 1

In honor of #HalfwayToHalloween, check out some of the most ghoulish moments to look forward to when this guest-favorite event returns.

Watch a Ghostly Promenade with “Mickey’s Boo-To-You Halloween Parade”

It’s good to be bad, and your favorite Disney villains are back to stride down Main Street, U.S.A. alongside Disney heroes, the iconic Haunted Mansion graveyard diggers and other favorite characters. Guests may even spot some ghoulish new faces this year.

Get the Party ‘Startled’ With “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular”

Jack-o-lanterns aren’t the only ‘Jack’ at Walt Disney World this Halloween! The Pumpkin King, a.k.a. Jack Skellington, will once again host the must-see nighttime spectacular, “Disney’s Not-So-Spooky Spectacular.” Featuring projections, special effects and lighting paired with fireworks, music and iconic Disney characters, guests won’t want to miss this!

Trick-or-Treat Yourself to Candy and Sweets

M&M’S, SKITTLES, and SNICKERS, OH MY! Guests can satisfy their sweet tooth at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party by stopping by trick-or-treating locations throughout Magic Kingdom Park. 

See a Spellbinding Spectacle With the Sanderson Sisters    

The Sanderson Sisters, stars of the iconic “Hocus Pocus” films, will unite for an adventure and call on their comrades to summon the ultimate “Hocus Pocus” Party Potion during the “Hocus Pocus Villain Spelltacular” stage show at Cinderella Castle.

Also during the party, guests may have the opportunity to experience some of their favorite attractions including Haunted Mansion, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad and the newly opened TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise. TRON Lightcycle / Run will use a virtual queue* during Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party, allowing guests to enjoy all the festivities while they wait to enter the Grid. Stay tuned for more details! 

Guests won’t want to miss the hair-raising happenings at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party this year. Guests of select Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting April 27, and tickets will be available to all guests starting May 2. Stay tuned for more exciting details about all the scream-worthy surprises in store as Disney Parks celebrate #HalfwayToHalloween.

*Virtual queues are limited and subject to availability, times are subject to change, and joining a virtual queue does not guarantee entrance to any experience.

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Inaugural Sailings to New Island Destination, Family Vacations Around the World in Summer 2024

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Disney Cruise Line Announces Inaugural Sailings to New Island Destination, Family Vacations Around the World in Summer 2024

By: Disney Destinations March 23, 2023

Disney Cruise Line announced today the inaugural dates and select itineraries for its new island destination in The Bahamas, headlining a season full of new and guest-favorite itineraries around the world in summer 2024. Along with the first sailings to Lighthouse Point, families will be able to choose magical vacations to bucket-list destinations that include the Mediterranean, northern Europe, Alaska and the Caribbean.

Bookings open to the public on March 30, 2023. Clients that are Disney Cruise Line Castaway Club and select other affinity groups may take advantage of the following extended early booking windows:

  • Platinum Castaway Club Members, Golden Oak and Club 33 Members: Monday, March 27, 2023
  • Gold Castaway Club Members: Tuesday, March 28, 2023
  • Silver Castaway Club Members, Disney Vacation Club and Adventure Insiders: Wednesday, March 29, 2023
  • Bookings open to all Guests: Thursday, March 30, 2023

First Sailings to Lighthouse Point

In June 2024, Disney Cruise Line will debut its newest Bahamian destination on the island of Eleuthera at Lighthouse Point. Guests sailing aboard the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, will discover a vibrant beach retreat designed with families in mind, infused with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry, and developed with a commitment to conservation at its core.

A seven-night inaugural sailing aboard the Disney Fantasy from Port Canaveral, Florida, on June 8 will allow guests to be among the first to make a splash in the crystal-clear waters of this new destination at Lighthouse Point. This ultimate Disney Cruise Line island destination itinerary will feature two stops at Lighthouse Point and one day at Castaway Cay. On June 6, a three-night preview cruise on the Disney Magic from Fort Lauderdale will offer a sneak peek of Lighthouse Point with limited access to some areas.

Following the inaugural voyage, Lighthouse Point will be a featured port of call on select three-, four- and five-night sailings to The Bahamas and Caribbean on the Disney Magic out of Fort Lauderdale. These itineraries will vary stops between Lighthouse Point and Castaway Cay, with five special departures including both Disney Cruise Line island destinations.

New European Destinations

Dreams will come to life for Disney Cruise Line guests in summer 2024 as the Disney Dream returns to premier European destinations in the Mediterranean, Greek Isles, British Isles and popular locales in the Norwegian Fjords and Iceland.

These sailings will feature a number of new ports of call, including Valencia, Spain; Haugesund, Norway; and Hamburg, Germany, along with three Mediterranean destinations that will return for the first time since 2014: Catania, Italy; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Valletta, Malta.

Mediterranean and Greek Isles cruises from Barcelona and Civitavecchia (Rome) will range from five to 11 nights, while northern Europe and British Isles sailings will offer itineraries anywhere from three nights to one 12-night voyage that includes the Norwegian fjords, three days in Iceland and an overnight stay in Reykjavik.

Adventures in Alaska

Cruises to Alaska from Vancouver, Canada, will return on the Disney Wonder from May through September 2024, offering more chances for families to experience the natural splendor and adventure of “The Last Frontier” with five-, seven- and nine-night sailings. Majestic wildlife and stunning scenery in iconic places like Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan and glacier viewing along the Stikine Icecap will blend with Disney’s world-class entertainment, dining and guest service to create a family-friendly vacation that celebrates the spirit of Alaska both on land and on board.

Tropical Escapes to The Bahamas and Caribbean from Port Canaveral

The Disney Fantasy and Disney Wish will travel to sun-kissed islands throughout The Bahamas and Caribbean in summer 2024. All sailings on these Port Canaveral-based ships will feature a visit to Castaway Cay, a picturesque private island oasis in The Bahamas that offers something for everyone in the family, from fun and relaxation to adventurous water activities.

The Disney Wish will feature three- and four-night Bahamian vacations, while the Disney Fantasy will sail to popular ports in the eastern and western Caribbean on seven-night cruises. One five-night Disney Fantasy voyage in July will take families to Nassau with two stops in Castaway Cay, while a special 10-night southern Caribbean sailing will give families another opportunity to visit Lighthouse Point with additional visits to the islands of Antigua, St. Lucia, Dominica, Tortola and Castaway Cay.

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5 Reasons to Visit Antigua AND Barbuda

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5 Reasons to Visit Antigua AND Barbuda

March 20, 2023
By: Travel Market Report

The island of Antigua and Barbuda is the best kept secret of the Caribbean and boasts some of the most beautiful beaches and hotels in the world. It is also home to some of the friendliest people that you will ever meet and is a leader in the wedding, honeymoon, and romance market. When choosing your next destination to vacation, we know you have lots of options, but here’s why Antigua and Barbuda should be at the top of your list this year.   

1. Amazing Beaches

Antigua and Barbuda is known around the world for its amazing and award-winning beaches. Antigua boasts 365 powdery white sand beaches with crystal clear waters. With a beach for every day of the year, visitors are not short of choices, so take your pick! 

2. Authentic Experiences

What makes Antigua and Barbuda so special is its ability to maintain its authentic Caribbean feel, while offering guests valuable and quality experiences. Take a walk-through history at the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site or the old sugar mill plantation at Betty’s Hope and experience Antigua and Barbuda’s rich colonial past.   

3. Antigua’s Carnival: The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival 

Antigua’s Carnival is a spectacle of color, fun, and sheer excitement! It is the perfect time to immerse yourself in the culture and people of this dynamic island. Melodic music with infectious beats and vivacious, creative costumes are just a taste of what you can expect. 

4. Leader in the Wedding, Honeymoon, and Romance Market

Whether your idea of a romantic vacation is getting married, curling up together in a hammock, hiking through the island’s rugged trails, enjoying one of the many panoramic views or basking in the sun on one of the many beaches, Antigua is the perfect destination for you! The destination is considered one of the easiest Caribbean islands to get married and is recognized as a leader in the wedding, honeymoon, and romance market. With no waiting period or residency requirements for a wedding license to be issued and with an array of wedding planners on-island, arranging your Big Day will be as stress-free as possible! Getting married is as easy as 1,2,3!

5. A Wide Variety of Accommodations

No matter your taste or budget, you can find just the right accommodations on Antigua and Barbuda. Known for its intimate boutique hotels, a stay on this little paradise never feels overwhelming and is truly an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. One can find outdoor garden baths, relaxing spas, amazing dining, family-friendly services and activities, beachfront suites, cliffside plunge and infinity pools and amazing views at many of our all-inclusive hotels. So, whether your choice is luxury, family-friendly or a romantic escape, Antigua and Barbuda has the perfect resort waiting for you. 

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Tiara-topped Water Tower Coming Soon to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

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Tiara-topped Water Tower Coming Soon to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

By: Disney Destinations March 15, 2023

We have exciting news! Construction on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure continues to take shape, and later this summer, a tiara-topped water tower emblazoned with the Tiana’s Foods logo will make its way to Magic Kingdom. 

Disney Parks guests will get to experience Princess Tiana’s story like never before following the attraction’s debut at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2024, and what a party it will be! The story will pick up where the film left off as guests join Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure down the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration during Mardi Gras season where everyone is welcome. Along the way, guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film. 

Our team of Imagineers recently traveled to New Orleans to capture the true essence of the Mardi Gras celebration, the energy, the colors, the rhythms of the music, all that and more to infuse into Tiana’s Bayou Adventure to create lots of memorable fun for guests!

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JUST ANNOUNCED: New Disney Thrills Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

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JUST ANNOUNCED: New Disney Thrills Coming to Walt Disney World Resort

By: Disney Destinations March 15, 2023

What’s your favorite Disney Thrill? Whether it’s giving a beloved character a big hug, showing off the perfect pair of Minnie ears or giggling your way through an exciting adventure with your entire family, everyone can enjoy all kinds of thrills at Walt Disney World Resort.

Today, we’re excited to share all the new experiences coming to Walt Disney World over the next few months!

New Character Greetings Debuting Soon

Let’s start with one of the most magical moments: meeting Disney favorites face to face. We recently saw the return of fan-favorite character experiences including Enchanted Tales with Belle, Ariel’s Grotto and Pete’s Silly Sideshow at Magic Kingdom Park. New friends will make their debut soon.

Just in time for the 25th Anniversary of Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Moana will greet fellow voyagers on Discovery Island for the first time, starting April 22.

Later this summer, Guests will get the chance to hug long-time EPCOT icon Figment at the Imagination! pavilion.

And this fall, Mirabel from the Walt Disney Animation Studios hit film “Encanto” will greet Guests in the Fairytale Garden at Magic Kingdom, which will be transformed with whimsical décor inspired by La Familia Madrigal.

EPCOT Transformation Comes to a Crescendo Later This Year

If you’ve been to EPCOT recently, you’ve likely seen the amazing progress happening around World Celebration and World Nature as part of the park’s multi-year transformation. Well, get ready because it will all be completed later this year!

Journey of Water, Inspired by Moana will debut this fall in World Nature. This self-guided exploration trail will take you through the natural water cycle – from the skies to oceans and all the way back again. Just like Moana, Guests are encouraged to become a protector and friend to our natural resources.

When CommuniCore Hall opens in World Celebration later this year, it will be the center of festival programming throughout the park. In new renderings released today, Guests can see this will be home to a new character greeting location called Mickey & Friends. Guests will be able to meet Mickey Mouse and some of his best pals in this colorful space.

CommuniCore Hall will also be the home of a dynamic exhibition space that will transform with each festival throughout the year, as Guests can see here in one possibility imagined for EPCOT International Festival of the Arts. Playing with light, shapes and reflections, the architecture of this building was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering to celebrate the legacy of EPCOT and the original CommuniCore buildings.

Commemorating Disney100 at Walt Disney World

EPCOT will host the Disney100 celebration at Walt Disney World Resort to commemorate this monumental milestone later this year. As well as all the new attractions and experiences I’ve mentioned, there will be even more magic.

As we honor the legacy of Disney storytelling and unforgettable characters that have entertained and inspired people of all ages for a century, now is the time to relive those beloved Disney memories and delight in making new memories with friends and family in our theme parks. Enjoy all-new experiences as we celebrate this momentous anniversary and the culmination of the EPCOT transformation – from meeting Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse in their platinum attire to snapping a selfie with a platinum sculpture of the one who started it all and watching Spaceship Earth illuminate the evenings with a special lighting design.

Plus, a new nighttime spectacular will debut at EPCOT later this year, inviting everyone to gather around World Showcase Lagoon for a show that will unite us through commonalities of the heart in a dazzling display of fireworks, lasers, music and light. Featuring an original composition along with select songs from the Disney songbook, this new spectacular will remind us that we’re more alike than different, connecting our hearts together as one.

Celebrating 25 Years of Innovation & Conservation at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park

We can’t wait to celebrate 25 years of magic at Disney’s Animal Kingdom next month on Earth Day! Since it opened on April 22, 1998, this one-of-a-kind theme park has offered awe-inspiring animal encounters, thrilling attractions and larger-than-life musical stage shows. Since 1995, with support from The Walt Disney Company and guests, the Disney Conservation Fund has directed $120 million to support nonprofit organizations working with communities to save wildlife, inspire action and protect the planet. Additionally, the Disney Conservation team leads best-in-class scientific programs to conserve wildlife in Disney’s backyard and beyond, connects people to build a network for nature, and cares for the planet through everyday actions.

In April, there will be new ways to join in the celebration for Earth Day and this milestone, including new sweet and savory treats, specialty merchandise and limited-time character sightings in the park. There will be more surprises on April 22, when the park officially turns 25. Stay tuned to Disney Parks Blog for more details coming soon.

Summer House on the Lake Opens Later This Year at Disney Springs

A stunning new restaurant will open at Disney Springs in late 2023. Summer House on the Lake embodies a breezy, beach house vibe that will pair perfectly with the sweeping views of Lake Buena Vista.

Guests will be able to enjoy a California-inspired menu featuring simple, sustainable ingredients – from pizza and pasta to fresh salads and sandwiches. Plus, Guests can savor the restaurant’s exclusive Summer House Rosé along with a selection of wine, beer, handcrafted cocktails and non-alcoholic drinks. Just imagine sipping a favorite drink on one of three expansive outdoor patios with a lake view. Those of us with a sweet tooth will be delighted to hear about The Cookie Jar, a dessert-focused market within this space serving up freshly baked cookies and house-made pastries.

Corkcicle Opening First-Ever Retail Location at Disney Springs

Just announced today, Corkcicle is coming to Disney Springs! A local Orlando business, Corkcicle creates innovative, obsession-worthy, high-performing insulated drinkware, coolers and accessories in a variety of gorgeous colors that elevate every sip and bring delight to everyday moments. This kiosk will be Corkcicle’s first-ever retail location and will open later this spring.

Tiara-topped Water Tower Coming Soon to Tiana’s Bayou Adventure at Magic Kingdom

Construction on Tiana’s Bayou Adventure continues to take shape, and later this summer, a tiara-topped water tower emblazoned with the Tiana’s Foods logo will make its way to Magic Kingdom. Read more here to learn new details about the attraction’s queue and Tiana’s next chapter in her story as she continues to grow her business with Tiana’s Foods.

Disney Parks guests will get to experience Princess Tiana’s story like never before following the attraction’s debut at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort in 2024, and what a party it will be!  The story will pick up where the film left off as guests join Princess Tiana and jazz-loving alligator Louis on an adventure down the bayou as they prepare to host a one-of-a-kind celebration during Mardi Gras season where everyone is welcome.  Along the way, Guests will encounter familiar faces, make new friends and travel through the bayou to original music inspired by songs from the film. Lots of memorable fun in store!

TRON Lightcycle / Run Launches April 4, 2023

You may have heard that one of the fastest coasters at any Disney park is launching soon in Magic Kingdom. Starting April 4, Guests will be able to race across the Grid in TRON Lightcycle / Run presented by Enterprise. As members of Team Blue, this will be the chance to board a high-speed Lightcycle and compete against a fierce group of Programs known as Team Orange

Merchandise fans can gear up for the Grid with racing-inspired apparel, collectible pins, must-have toys and light-up accessories inspired by the TRON films and the attraction itself.

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New Disney Cruise Line Island Destination at Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas to Welcome Guests in Summer 2024

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New Disney Cruise Line Island Destination at Lighthouse Point in The Bahamas to Welcome Guests in Summer 2024

By: Disney Destinations March 9, 2023

Today, we announced that Disney Cruise Line will welcome guests to a one-of-a-kind island destination at Lighthouse Point, located on the island of Eleuthera in The Bahamas, for the first time during its opening season in summer 2024!

Created in close collaboration with local artists and advisors, the vibrant island retreat at Lighthouse Point will be a unique celebration of Bahamian culture brought to life with the quality and service of a Disney vacation.

Keep reading to discover all the latest details about this relaxing beach escape designed with families in mind, infused with the color and energy of Bahamian artistry, and developed with a commitment to conservation at its core.

Uniquely Designed, Sustainably Developed

When guests arrive to Lighthouse Point, they’ll be greeted by distinctive, sweeping architecture in bright, saturated hues — a bold style inspired by nature and created in partnership with local artists.

The curvilinear buildings will at first appear as Bahamian shells scattered along the shoreline. Upon closer inspection, guests will discover artistic expressions of the native flora and fauna of The Bahamas and the pageantry and history of Junkanoo parades. Throughout the destination, references to playful folklore characters will evoke the warmth and charm of the local culture.

Respect for the environment is at the heart of the design. At least 90 percent of the destination’s electricity needs will be met by an onsite solar array, the pier was designed to avoid the need for dredging and elevated walkways will help limit impact on the landscape.

Visitors to Lighthouse Point will have the opportunity to be surrounded by the wonders of nature and get a glimpse into the efforts taking place to conserve wildlife and their unique island habitats.

Fun and Relaxation for Everyone

At Lighthouse Point, families will enjoy a day of fun in the sun as they relax on pristine beaches, embark on active adventures and discover the magic of Bahamian storytelling alongside favorite Disney characters. Much like Disney’s cruise ships and private island of Castaway Cay, Lighthouse Point will offer activities and areas for every age group.

Families can relax and play along white sandy beaches and turquoise waters at the expansive family beach on the east side of the island, which will be centrally located near market-style dining, recreation and other amenities.

Bahamian art and culture pavilion featuring special programs and local artists will provide visitors to Lighthouse Point opportunities to learn and celebrate the traditions and natural beauty of The Bahamas.

A brightly-colored, interactive family water play area will include two slides, water drums, fountains and more, along with a dedicated space for toddlers.

North of the family area will be an adult-exclusive beach — a glorious stretch of sun-drenched serenity complete with a dedicated dining area for convenient access to food and drinks throughout the day, plus six private cabanas available by reservation.

Children ages 3 to 12 will splash and play at a themed kids’ club under the care of highly-trained Disney Cruise Line counselors. It will include a splash pad inspired by favorite undersea creatures from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “The Little Mermaid,” plenty of shade and a dedicated dining area.

Set away from the activity of the main family area, a peaceful beach along the south-western shore will be lined with 20 premium family cabanas available to rent, including four double cabanas that accommodate larger groups and offer massage services.

Additional recreational activities will be available for kids and kids-at-heart, including a covered gaming pavilion; a volleyball court and gaga ball pit; watercraft and bicycle rentals; nature trails for hiking and biking; and more. And a collection of new Port Adventures developed in partnership with local tour operators will take guests beyond Lighthouse Point to explore the rich culture and breathtaking beauty of Eleuthera.

Disney’s new island destination is being thoughtfully designed to provide a hassle-free experience for families, including complimentary beach essentials (towels, chairs and umbrellas and lunch) and convenient tram transportation.

Lighthouse Point will open for guests on select sailings in summer 2024. Stay tuned for more details about inaugural itineraries, signature entertainment, dining, retail and excursions and more. 

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PHOTOsynthesize With These EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival Magic Shots

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PHOTOsynthesize With These EPCOT Flower & Garden Festival Magic Shots

By: Disney Destinations March 9, 2023

We are ready for yet another fantastic year of the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival. We are most excited for the Magic Shots that will be available from Disney PhotoPass Service (and the Outdoor Kitchens, of course). Seriously, we can’t get over these amazing shots! 

Like Heimlich said in Disney and Pixar’s film, “A Bug’s Life,” “Someday, I will be a beautiful butterfly and then everything will be better.” And well, everything does seem better when posing for this Magic Shot underneath a flurry of butterflies. Fly down to the entrance to World Showcase under the Monorail beam to capture this festival favorite!

Who wouldn’t want to visit Pixie Hollow and hang with Tink and her fairy friend? Now, with this Magic Shot and a little pixie dust, guests might find their way to Pixie Hollow! Just think of the happiest things and fly over to most PhotoPass photographers to uncover this flitterific Magic Shot.

Speaking of flying…when in Magic Kingdom Park, Orange Bird hangs out at Sunshine Tree Terrace and serves up some Dole Whips. But for the festival this year, he’s flying into the frame! guests can visit most Disney PhotoPass photographers stationed in World Celebration locations to capture this Magic Shot. And then maybe go and get a Dole Whip, because…why not?!

After a Dole Whip, guests can go find this fantastic floral photo at the water near Journey Into Imagination With Figment. You know how Isabela grows a flower and the town goes wild? Well, we’re going wild over this Magic Shot. Visions of purple, pink, and peonies will fill guests’ heads long after their visit.

Those visions of flowers are filling Spike the Bee’s thoughts too, so watch out Donald Duck! Spike the Bee is the star of the show in this Magic Shot. When he’s not busy pollinating or tormenting Donald Duck, he’ll make sure to pop into guests’ photos anywhere in the World Showcase.  

After a day of gazing at flowers, guests might as well pose for a photo with them! Poppy in this floral frame stationed in the Italy pavilion, near the entrance to World Showcase under the Monorail beam, and by the water near Journey Into Imagination With Figment. Here, guests will be surrounded by flowers that will last a lifetime. 

It is only fitting to wrap this up with our favorite shot of all: the Tiny World Magic Shot. Located near the fountain just beyond the main entrance of the park, guests can capture their entire family from the most magical angle. They get a fun festival border too!

We think Disney PhotoPass Service really rose to the occasion for the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this year. guests can use the locations noted here as a guide for finding these Magic Shots, but we also recommend asking photographers what Magic Shots are available at their location. We truly hope guests enjoy their time photosynthesizing with Disney PhotoPass Service!

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