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Disney Cruise Line Extends Suspension of All Departures Through May 2021 and Disney Magic Sailings Through August 10

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Our team at Disney Cruise Line remains focused on the health and well-being of our Guests and team members. We are carefully preparing for a return to service following the guidelines issued by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

As we continue to refine our protocols and await further technical guidance from the CDC, we are cancelling all sailings departing through May 2021.

Disney Magic European Season – Given the likelihood of international borders remaining closed for an extended period of time, we have also made the decision to cancel Disney Magic sailings through August 10, 2021.

Canada Departures – In light of the Canadian government’s announcement that they will not allow ships with more than 100 passengers to dock in any Canadian port until February 28, 2022, we are evaluating various options for the Disney Wonder’s scheduled season in Alaska. Once a decision is made, we will reach out to Guests booked on these sailings.

Additionally, as previously shared, based on the conditional sail order provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Disney Cruise Line must cancel sailings longer than 7 nights.

Guests booked on affected sailings, who have paid their reservation in full, will be offered the choice of a cruise credit to be used for a future sailing or a full refund. Guests, who have not paid their reservations in full, will automatically receive a refund of what they have paid so far. Affected Guests and travel agents will receive an email from Disney Cruise Line outlining details and next steps.

Guests who’ve booked their reservation through a travel agent should contact them directly with any questions. Those who have booked directly with Disney Cruise Line, and have questions after receiving their email, should call (866) 325-6685 or (407) 566-7797.

Book with ConfidenceReady to return to the sea? Book with peace of mind, knowing there are new options available on select sailings that allow you to change your sail date or receive a full refund. View Details.

Notice to Passengers Regarding Travel Recommendation from U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on COVID-19 and Cruise Ship Travel

The CDC has issued a Level 4 Travel Notice recommending that all people avoid travel on cruise ships. The complete notice is available at https://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices/covid-4/coronavirus-cruise-ship and is subject to change by the CDC without notice. If a threshold of COVID-19 is detected on board the cruise ship during a voyage, the voyage will be ended immediately and the ship will return to the U.S. port of embarkation, and your subsequent travel, including your return home, may be restricted or delayed.

COVID-19 Warning

While we are still evaluating the timing, when we return to sailing we will inform you of enhanced health and safety measures—for you, our other Guests, Cast and Crew Members. You will be required to follow all posted instructions while sailing with Disney Cruise Line.

An inherent risk of exposure to COVID-19 exists in any public place where people are present. COVID-19 is an extremely contagious disease that can lead to severe illness and death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, senior citizens and Guests with underlying medical conditions are especially vulnerable.

By sailing with Disney Cruise Line you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19.Help keep each other healthy.

Originally posted here.

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A Touch of Disney: New, Limited-Capacity Ticketed Experience Coming to Disney California Adventure Park Beginning March 18

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by Michael Ramirez, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

It’s time to experience some of the sights, sounds and flavors of the Disneyland Resort with A Touch of Disney, a new, limited-capacity ticketed experience that begins March 18 at Disney California Adventure park. A Touch of Disney offers some of the world-famous food and beverages from around the resort, plus a chance to see Disney characters, shop for the latest Disney merchandise and pose at unique photo locations.

A selection of iconic food and beverage items from both Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park will be available for you to enjoy, from churros and the world-famous DOLE Whip to the classic Monte Cristo Sandwich usually found in New Orleans Square. Many items will be served snack-sized, so you can delight in a variety of bites and sips from mid-day through the evening. These guest-favorites will be available at locations around the park, including Smokejumpers Grill, Adorable Snowman Frosted Treats, Award Wieners, Cocina Cucamonga to name a few, and six seasonal and creatively themed marketplaces. Keep an eye out for A Touch of Disney Foodie Guide on the Disney Parks Blog!

Select retail locations also will be open, selling the latest apparel, accessories and souvenirs, including the new, adorable Disney NuiMOs. Pop in and out of the shops along Buena Vista Street or head to Bing Bong’s Sweet Stuff at Pixar Pier for a selection of treats, including themed candy apples.

While you explore the park, capture photos at iconic locations and discover new photo-worthy spots – some that are available only if you attend A Touch of Disney. You might catch a wave from Mickey Mouse and see some of his pals in unexpected settings. Mater and Lightning McQueen may be seen in Cars Land, or Joy and Sadness at Pixar Pier. To help set the stage for A Touch of Disney, a new, specially curated soundtrack of reimagined Disney songs will be broadcast throughout the park, along with updates and reminders about many can’t-miss experiences. Attractions remain closed for now.

Here’s what you need to know*:

  • Dates: Beginning Mar. 18; offered Thursdays – Mondays from noon to 8 p.m.
  • Pricing: The introductory $75 ticket includes admission, parking for the experience at Mickey & Friends parking structure, unlimited downloads of Disney PhotoPass photos taken during the day of the experience, and a $25 A Touch of Disney dining card valid towards the purchase of food and non-alcoholic beverages (subject to restrictions including not being valid for alcohol). Ticket prices are subject to change.
  • Tickets: A Touch of Disney tickets will be available on Disneyland.com beginning March 4, for select days from March 18 through April 5, 2021. Tickets for this experience will then be released for dates on a rolling basis until the experience ends. Tickets must be purchased in advance and online at Disneyland.com for a specific date (subject to availability).
  • Dining: Table reservations for Lamplight Lounge and Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining will be made available beginning March 11. Table reservations do not provide admission to A Touch of Disney and dining at those locations requires A Touch of Disney ticket that is valid on the same day as the table reservation. Reservations are recommended, and additional details are coming soon.

Downtown Disney District will remain open seven days a week with unique dining and shopping that includes Black Tap Craft Burgers and Shakes, Ralph Brennan’s Jazz Kitchen, Naples Ristorante e Bar, World of Disney and Star Wars Trading Post, which recently opened in a new location. Buena Vista Street will remain open as an extension of the Downtown Disney District through March 14, and will be closed beginning March 15. Beginning March 18, Buena Vista Street will become part of A Touch of Disney.

With the health and safety of everyone in mind, A Touch of Disney will operate with limited capacity and enhanced health and safety measures in place based on guidance from health authorities, such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and appropriate government agencies.

Visit Disneyland.com/ATouchofDisney to learn important details about the experience and about health and safety measures prior to arrival, such as the requirement for temperature checks and for all guests, ages 2 and older, to wear an appropriate face covering. You’ll find everything you need to know before you go!

*Tickets for the experience will not be available at the Resort, are non-refundable, and may not be resold or transferred for commercial use. The number of tickets available are limited and no discounts apply.  Each guest may purchase up to eight tickets. Tickets not required for Guests ages 2 and under. Disney PhotoPass is subject to the Disney PhotoPass terms and conditions. Online registration required.  Experience elements and information including, but not limited to, offerings, menu items, merchandise, and services, are subject to restrictions, change or cancellation without notice. No refunds given for any such changes or cancellations whether due to inclement weather or otherwise.

DOLE WHIP is a trademark of Dole Food Company, Inc. Used with permission.

Originally posted here.

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Breaking News: Opening May 2 – The Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

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Breaking News: Opening May 2 – The Disney Vacation Club Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa

February 23, 2021

By: Disney Destinations February 23, 2021

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa is currently scheduled to welcome Disney Vacation Club Members once again beginning May 2, 2021. During this initial phase, only The Villas at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa will be open for DVC Members. The Hotels of Disneyland Resort, including the rest of Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, remain closed. 

While Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure Park currently remain closed for normal operations, Downtown Disney District has reopened with health and safety measures, and offers a variety of shopping and dining experiences. During the initial reopening period, most resort dining, amenities, activities and services will be modified, limited in capacity or unavailable based on physical distancing and health guidelines.

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Review: All Star Movies Resort

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Review: All Star Movies Resort

Corrie Krpejs
2.23.21

For our latest trip to Walt Disney World, my husband and I decided to check out the All-Star Movies Resort. We personally had not been since the resort was renovated in 2019 and wanted to experience it firsthand.

The first thing you will notice when you arrive is the amazing theming that begins at Cinema Hall. This is where you check-in, catch transportation, go shopping, hang at the arcade, and also enjoy some food! Speaking of food, the World Premiere Food Court is one of my favorites. Featuring lots of favorites for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there are also some delicious cupcakes and adult milkshakes for dessert. Be sure to take advantage of Mobile Ordering. No need to wait around when you can order from your room and then head straight to the pick-up window.

Once outside of Cinema Hall you can head straight to the main pool, The Fantasia Pool. From here you will begin to notice the movies that All-Star Movies Resort has pulled its inspiration from – Fantasia (preferred location), Toy Story (preferred location), 101 Dalmations (preferred location), The Mighty Ducks, and Herbie the Love Bug. Now, they do offer a quiet pool called the Duck Pond Pool. Just be aware that like other value resorts, there are no water slides. Which could also be a determining factor for families but didn’t bother my husband and I.

We stayed in a preferred room, which was located in the 101 Dalmations building. This was an easy walk to and from Cinema Hall. Rooms here feature two queen beds, one of which folds up into the wall leaving a table. This was a perfect spot for coffee in the morning before hitting the parks. We also really appreciated the dressing area with large counter space so that two people can easily get ready. But I cannot forget about the bed! Talk about comfortable! It made for a perfect spot to collapse after a long day of walking.

One of the biggest questions that I get is about transportation here at the All-Star Resorts, which can be a determining factor in which Disney resort you stay at. We did share buses with the other two All-Star Resorts (Music and Sports) but felt that we had a pleasant experience during our stay. 

Overall, we had a great experience there. Theming-wise this is one of my favorite resorts. It is a great option for families thanks to the theming but can also be a great choice for an adults-only trip. We had wonderful service from the moment of check-in to our bus ride back to MCO and look forward to our next stay.

Contact me to book your next stay at the All-Star Movie Resort!

Corrie@wishesfamilytravel.com

336-682-8538

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5 Vacations That Will Make You Love Overnight Train Travel

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5 Vacations That Will Make You Love Overnight Train Travel

February 22, 2021

By Amtrak Vacations 
Monday, January 11, 2021 
Read time: 4 minutes

Imagine traveling with no roads, no traffic, and no stress.

Just miles and miles of natural scenery, and you’re right in the middle of it.  Take a comfortable, front-row seat to relax onboard the train!

For many riders, the views are the best part of the train experience and why they keep coming back for more. But the views wouldn’t be nearly as enjoyable without the relaxed pace and friendly vibe onboard, especially on a long-distance, overnight rail journey. The food, the accommodations, the people onboard, and the friendly staff all contribute to a one of a kind travel experience, quite unlike any other. And if the journey is longer than one overnight on the train, upgrade to a roomette or a bedroom and enjoy the privacy and added comfort of having your own room onboard the train.

The following 5 rail experiences are as much about the train journey as they are about the amazing destinations they take you to. Each vacation features one or more overnights on the train, so you get to experience life onboard the train. And each journey can start and end from the train station nearest to your hometown, so you don’t have to make a separate trip just to get to the train!

1. NORTHERN RAIL EXPERIENCE

Venture from the breathtaking great plains of the Midwest to the serene waters of the Pacific Coast on this scenic rail journey from Chicago to San Francisco, with a stop in Seattle. Enjoy the landscape as you travel along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail. Explore Seattle on a hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tour. Discover the sights of San Francisco. Spend some quality time in two majestic parts of Northern California: Muir Woods and Sausalito. And, then you’ll head back to the “Windy City” onboard one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. This journey goes through arguably the most scenic routes Amtrak can offer; through the forests of Montana, the coast of the Pacific, and through the incredible Rocky Mountains!

2. GRAND NATIONAL PARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST – BRYCE & ZION TO THE GRAND CANYON

zion national park river at sunset

Experience spectacular landscapes and scenery on this 9-Day adventure to the Grand Canyon and the Parks of the Southwest! Discover the beauty of the most untamed landscapes of the American Southwest. Immerse yourself in the mysterious and soul-stirring geography of Grand Junction, Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Bryce Canyon, Zion, Lake Powell, and the Grand Canyon—with plenty of leisure time to lounge and take it easy along the way. Featuring dazzling views everywhere you look, you could spend a lifetime exploring these regions and still discover something new and exciting each time.

3. GRAND NATIONAL PARKS WITH YELLOWSTONE, YOSEMITE, AND THE GRAND CANYON

Prepare for a journey to three of the nation’s greatest national parks! Experience the best of the American West as you travel across the Great Plains and through the Rocky Mountains on board Amtrak. Stop to explore all the sites and wonders of timeless Yellowstone National Park. Yosemite also awaits where your tour takes in all the natural glory to be found in this astounding national park. Grand Canyon National Park is home to unique combinations of geological colors and shapes carved out over millions of years of history. There’s plenty to do, including taking a hike around the canyon rim or into the canyon itself, embarking on a river trip, or taking in the breathtaking aerial views of the canyon on a helicopter tour. This is a vacation you will never forget!

4. GRAND TETONS AND YELLOWSTONE RAIL JOURNEY

Explore two of America’s grandest national parks on this fabulous rail vacation! Travel through the wide-open landscape of the Heartland of America by rail before reaching Salt Lake City. Continue on to Jackson Hole for an exploration of Grand Teton National Park and its spectacular wildlife. From there, the journey north continues to Yellowstone National Park, where you can take in the amazing scenery that has made this destination a must-see for decades.

5. GRAND RAIL EXPERIENCE

Sit back, relax, and enjoy some of North America’s best landscapes by rail on this USA Rail Experience! Begin your journey on Amtrak’s Empire Builder traveling from Chicago to the Pacific Northwest passing through Glacier National Park. Explore Seattle’s most popular sites including the iconic Space Needle observatory and the culinary landmark Pike Place Market. Ride along the Pacific Coast until you arrive in the “City of Angels”. You will continue on your journey to then experience New Orleans which is filled with a variety of activities, from numerous art galleries and museums to the Audubon Zoo and Aquarium and history and heritage tours. Following will be an incredible stop at Washington, DC which is home to numerous museums, including the Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo, historic homes, and gardens, the sightseeing options are endless.

Originally posted January 11, 2021 by Amtrak Vacations

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TRAVEL WITH YOUR BUBBLE BUDDIES

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TRAVEL WITH YOUR BUBBLE BUDDIES

By a Guest Contributor for Travels Leaders, Travel Better Blog

The gorgeous beaches of Mexico and the Caribbean are open

The world has changed, and the act of traveling has changed along with it. In the foreseeable future, conscientious travelers will need to take extra precautions in order to protect themselves and the people they encounter. One way to do this and still create unforgettable vacation memories is to travel with a bubble of friends and family.

One of the joys of traveling is to meet like-minded travelers, share experiences together and return home knowing you made new, life-long friends. But meeting new people has become tricky in this time of COVID-19, and spending quality time with them — having drinks or dining together — even trickier. One way to remain social on vacation is to invite friends and family from your personal bubble to travel with you.

Many of us already have this bubble in place. It usually consists of a handful of your closest friends, some extended family members, and maybe even your neighbors or co-workers. These are people you know well and trust that they are following enough safety guidelines to warrant spending time together during the pandemic.

Some travel providers are now offering packages and discounts specifically for bubble-groups traveling together. This gives you the opportunity to reconnect with both your love of travel and your loved ones, all while feeling safe and comfortable in your personal bubble during your journeys.

It’s a similar concept to what we see happening across the country with professional sports teams, colleges and universities, and even essential workplaces. Once you are within your safe travel bubble, you can enjoy your travels without having to constantly worry about health and safety risks. Here are a few simple steps to get started.

Plenty of activities to get you socially distant from others

Find your bubble group

From local family, friends and neighbors who share a similar focus on health precautions to remote relationships — whether distant family, girlfriend getaways, golf trips or college roommates — looking to replace zoom fatigue with meaningful time together, there’s no better way to disconnect from reality and reconnect with relationships than to plan a trip together. And with work from anywhere and distance learning, it doesn’t take a special occasion or holiday to spend that quality time with people who matter most in your lives.

Whether you are single, a couple or a family with kids, one of the best things you can do for your mental health is to change your scenery and take a break from our current reality. Getting away on vacation and connecting with family and friends is the perfect escape.

Your packing list may look different this year

Set some ground rules

Before you start planning travel, make sure everyone in your travel bubble group understands the ground rules that are in place to keep everyone safe and healthy while together. Establishing this upfront provides peace of mind to everyone in the group and avoids any surprises or disappointments later on in the process.

Start out by having an open, honest conversation about what the expectations are for the entire group. It’s important to cover personal preferences on items like social distancing, use of masks, personal space – hugs or high fives – and understand both how they are living their lives at home and what they would be comfortable with while traveling in a bubble group together. For example, at home people may not be comfortable eating out at restaurants, but while traveling with proper precautions and among the bubble group would that attitude change? It’s important to understand if anyone in your bubble group has any underlying health conditions and how they may impact both their ability to travel and the rest of the group.

Agree on a destination and resort

Once you have your bubble group established and have agreed on common values, it’s time to settle on the location of your trip. It’s important to review the entry requirements for various destinations to understand if there are any rules or restrictions you need to meet. Even within the U.S. and Canada, there are local state or city rules that should be understood before you start planning.

All airlines are flying a reduced schedule compared to pre-pandemic times, so non-stop flight options and flight times may be more limited. For a destination like Cancun, there are a growing number of flights from 30+ cities across the U.S. and Canada, but for other more remote destinations or islands in the Caribbean it’s best to check flight access first.

Think about the style of travel you want with your bubble group. Even within destinations today the types of activities and focus of the traveler is very different from what it used to be. If you are looking for high energy, crowded nightclubs, concerts and festivals, you just aren’t going to find those right now (thankfully!). If you want outdoor options and open spaces, make sure the destination you pick offers those types of activities.

Most destinations and many individual resorts have put occupancy limits in place to protect social distancing guidelines, which means hotels may only be operating with 30-50% of the rooms filled. Some destinations focus more on all-inclusive resorts, where you have a bubble within a bubble knowing that everything you need is self-contained in the resort complex. Other destinations have more traditional hotels, some with multiple restaurants and others which require you to go out for meals and activities, which may be more limited. And if you pick a suite, condo or vacation home with a kitchen, think about meal prep and supplies.

Space has become the new luxury for many travelers, and there has never been a better time to ‘up-size’ your room. Instead of a standard hotel room, consider upgrading to a multi-room suite. If you are traveling with multiple families, look at renting out an entire multi-bedroom villa, or coordinating with your hotel to get all of your rooms together in one pod on the same floor or building.

Start your vacay off right with a negative Covid-19 test before you go

Pre-test before travel

To ensure that everyone in your bubble group is COVID free before traveling, many groups take extra precautions in the 14 days prior to travel to avoid risky exposure in their local communities. Everyone in the group should agree to making small sacrifices to increase their precautions leading up to the trip to avoid any last-minute disappointments.

It is common for bubble groups to all agree to be COVID tested prior to travel to ensure that everyone traveling together has a negative test result. In most communities, testing is free and results come back in 2-3 days, which only adds to the confidence that everyone you are traveling with is safe within your travel bubble.

Enjoy your travels together

With these pre-travel precautions in place, you can have increased confidence that the people closest to you during your trip are all within your safe travel bubble – taking proper precautions, traveling with a negative COVID test result and agreeing on common ground rules while traveling together. Having this assurance will allow you to leave the worries of lockdown behind and enjoy the time you spend together.

If everyone in your group has followed pre-travel precautions, you are relatively safe to socialize within your bubble group. Play games, hang out, eat meals, sing and dance, toss a ball and enjoy conversation and in-person together time! After all the preparation and planning relax and enjoy your vacation.

While traveling, keep up safe healthy practices just as you would at home. Avoid crowds, wear masks in public spaces, wash hands or use sanitizer often, socially distance from other non-bubble travelers and consider doing a daily health check with your travel bubble.

Upon return

In addition to sharing memories of time spent together, it is important that the group maintain contact in the week following travel to share any updates on personal health situations. As an extra measure of caution, many bubble groups will also agree to COVID test 3-5 days after returning from travel to ensure a full end-to-end focus on safety.

Ready to go?

There is no better way to coordinate your group of bubble buddies than to work with one of our expert travel advisors. From helping to pick the right destination and resort to fit your travel style, to coordination of flights and local transportation for friends coming from near and far, a travel professional can help guide you through the changes impacting travel today so all you have to do is relax and enjoy the trip!

Originally posted – https://www.travelleaders.com/travelbetter/article/default.aspx?article=Travel_with_your_Bubble_Buddies

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Joining the club at Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort

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Joining the club at Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort

Allison Flynn
2/20/21

I’m very particular when it comes to traveling. I prefer a queen or king bed, space to store luggage and clothing, an easy chair to relax in or simply to sit in to put on my shoes, and a bathroom with space for us to all get ready for the day. During my last trip to Universal Orlando Resort, I found all of this and more in a club level room at Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort!

Club level rooms at Portofino Bay include 2 queen beds. If you are traveling with 5 guests in your party, you won’t need an extra room. At 490-square feet, there is plenty of room for a rollaway bed. (These do come at an additional cost, and are available upon request.)  Your club level room will also have a closet with robes for your use, a mini-fridge and mini coffee maker, water bottles (these come with a fee, so I only advise using them if you have no other option), and bathroom with shower, soaking tub, and double vanities. My only complaint about this room was the bathroom; I prefer a larger shower, and found the shower stall somewhat small. It did have a nice soaking tub, and a speaker so that you could listen to what was on television while you freshened up.

Club level not only gives you a more space to spread out in your room, but also gives you access to the club lounge. Portofino Bay’s club lounge serves breakfast, snacks, heavy hors d’ouevres, and a nightly “dolce finale” – which is dessert, wine and beer. (This was my favorite of the offerings – I adore dessert, and allowing my kids to eat cookies before bed screams vacation!)

The club lounge, open daily from 7am-10pm, can only be accessed by those guests who are staying in a club level room. Mornings do tend to be busier than other times of day as people eat breakfast before heading to the parks. We arrived early each day (about 20 minutes before the lounge opened) so that we could be in line to enter. The lounge has tables and chairs, as well as couches, where you can sit to enjoy food, and you can also take food back to your room. We usually sat in the lounge since we would be heading to the parks.

  • Tip: If you are traveling with a small child, plan to take your own sippy cup or grab an empty paper coffee cup. Juice glasses are glass, and are heavy bottomed; they are not child-friendly for younger kids.

There is a concierge desk in the lounge to provide dining reservation assistance and suggestions, information about other Orlando attractions, etc.

All guests at Loew’s Portofino Bay Resort receive Early Park Admission to all three theme parks, as well as Universal Express Unlimited Passes. These perks, coupled with the club lounge, sealed the deal for my husband.

Club level rooms are also available at Hard Rock Hotel and Loew’s Royal Pacific Resort. If you’d like to plan your Universal Orlando Resort vacation and include one of these resorts (or another), please reach out to me at allisonf@wishesfamilytravel.com or by calling 828.289.7658. Follow me on both Facebook and Instagram for more travel related news and tips!

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Breaking News: ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ Begins Oct. 1 in Honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary

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Breaking News: ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration’ Begins Oct. 1 in Honor of Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary

By: Disney Destinations February 19, 2021

It’s an event five decades in the making!

Beginning Oct. 1, Walt Disney World Resort will throw “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in honor of our 50th anniversary, bringing new experiences to our four theme parks and beyond. This milestone is such a big deal, we’ve even coined a new word – “EARidescence” – to describe what Guests will see when they visit. Our Disney teams are creating all sorts of new decorations that will shimmer and sparkle all day and into the night.

As part of the celebration, Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park will add to its royal makeover from last year. The castle will feature golden bunting and a 50th anniversary crest as part of its festive new look.

The castle will add even more magic at night, joined by icons at each of the other three theme parks as they transform into Beacons of Magic, including pixie dust on Cinderella Castle, magical fireflies inhabiting the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, and special new touches coming to life on the Hollywood Tower Hotel at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. 



And at EPCOT, new lights will shine across the reflective panels of Spaceship Earth, connecting to one another and resembling stars in a nighttime sky. This permanent new lighting will continue beyond “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” as a defining feature of the park.



Guests will also want to keep an eye out for Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse, who will have sparkling new looks for the celebration. As hosts of the event, they’ll be dressed for the occasion in custom-made fashions of EARidescent fabric with gold highlights.

We’ll have more to share about our plans for this 18-month long “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” in the future as we ramp up to the big day on Oct. 1!

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A Hidden “Nugget” of Beauty

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A Hidden “Nugget” of Beauty

Leslie Dinunzio
2/18/21

“Juneau” the capital of Alaska?? Get it?? Yes, no? Either way, when on a cruise to Alaska, Juneau, Alaska’s capital, is a very common and popular port. When in Juneau, a visit to Mendenhall Glacier is equally popular. You can book a tour directly through most cruise lines who will typically bus your family out to the glacier. For the more adventurous family, you can also rent a car and trek out to the glacier on your own, which is what my family chose to do. We booked a vehicle through Juneau Car Rental Company which is walking distance from where our ship, the Norwegian Bliss, was docked. Note: we booked our minivan several weeks ahead of time due to the popular tourist season and necessity of a larger vehicle. There are also two different port areas and your Wishes Family Travel agent will help make sure you book the correct car company for the correct dock! The staff was friendly, thorough, and provided us a local map. It’s a short and easy drive out to the glacier with lovely scenery along the way. Once at the glacier, you do need to purchase tickets from a kiosk (in August 2019 I believe they were $5 a person) for entry into the park.

The park itself consists of extensive trails, some of which are gravel and some of which are plank, several places for photo opportunities, and a Visitor’s Center. Before even making it into the Visitor’s Center, we encountered a stream filled with migrating salmon as well as a Park Ranger pointing out a mother bear and her cubs. What a sight to start our first day in Alaska!

The Glacier itself can be seen from many areas of the park. My family chose to also take the one-mile Nugget Falls Trail for a closer look at the glacier and also a glacial waterfall. This was by far a highlight of the trip. It’s an easy trail, flat and gravel-lined. The trail leads you to a large waterfall, Nugget Falls. My children climbed and stacked rocks which were adjacent to the glacier. There is also a stunning blue glacial (read COLD) lake/shoreline. Other than a family photo of our hands in the icy water, we shied away from the lake.

This was a fairly simple excursion, but one that easily sticks out in our memories of one of the most beautiful places we have seen. I would love to help you plan your own cruise to Alaska!

Leslie@wishesfamilytravel.com

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Breaking News: Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in 2022

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Breaking News: Marvel Day at Sea and Star Wars Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in 2022

By: Disney Destinations February 17, 2021

In 2022, two epic adventures at sea return to Disney Cruise Line with limited engagements of Marvel Day at Sea (Disney Magic) and Star Wars Day at Sea (Disney Fantasy). 

Marvel Day at Sea – Disney Magic

Guests can combine the excitement of a Disney cruise to the Caribbean and Bahamas with the thrills of renowned Marvel comics, films and animated series for an action-packed, day-long celebration of the Marvel Universe on the following special 5-night Disney Magic sailings out of Miami, Florida:

Sail DateItinerary
January 8, 20225-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
January 17, 20225-Night Bahamian Cruise
January 22, 20225-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
January 31, 20225-Night Bahamian Cruise
February 5, 20225-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
February 14, 20225-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
February 19, 20225-Night Bahamian Cruise
February 28, 20225-Night Bahamian Cruise
March 5, 20225-Night Western Caribbean Cruise


Star Wars
 Day at Sea – Disney Fantasy

Guests can celebrate the legendary adventures and iconic characters from the Star Wars saga during a day at sea on the following 7-night Disney Fantasy sailings from Port Canaveral, Florida, to the Caribbean and a galaxy far, far away:

Sail DateItinerary
January 8, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
January 15, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
January 22, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
January 29, 20227-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
February 5, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
February 12, 20227-Night Western Caribbean Cruise
February 19, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
February 26, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise
March 5, 20227-Night Eastern Caribbean Cruise

For more information, contact your Wishes Family Travel Agent!
info@wishesfamilytravel.com
864-649-1016

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