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John's Travel Update August 12, 2022

If you have kids: Happy "Back To School" Time to your families! It's also a good time to think about trips you'll want to take over the holidays and spring break. And this is the "bad news" part of this update: airfares are insanely expensive this year for peak holiday times. Crazy expensive. I recently had a family pay over $1,000 PER TICKET to go from Chicago to Cancun. There are some options, of course, to get that number a little lower - but planning WAY ahead has been an antidote to these prices. OK - now on to some GOOD NEWS!

Early Entry and
Package Delivery Returns!

Guests staying at a Disneyland Resort Hotel can now take advantage of Early Entry and Package Delivery! Overnight Guests at The Happiest Place on Earth can experience these perks and more, including:

  • Proximity and direct Theme Park access

  • Hotel activities like learning to draw Disney characters

  • Direct-to-Room Service

  • Dining Delivery to a Disneyland Resort Hotel lobby from select restaurants in the Downtown Disney District

  • And coming soon: Preferred Dine Access to a limited number of reservations at select hotel table service restaurants during the dates of your hotel stay

Disneyland is SO EASY to navigate! Contact Me Today For More Information!

Hogwarts Castle Is Spectacular During The Holidays!
Celebrate The Holidays At Universal Studios Florida

Universal Orlando Resort is inviting you to unwrap the awesome and let loose this holiday season during its Holidays Celebration, beginning Nov. 12 and running daily through January 1, 2023.

Throughout the Universal Orlando complex, you can celebrate the most wonderful time of the year with an incredible collection of epic festivities featuring some of pop culture’s most beloved stories and characters—all brought to life in experiences that range from traditional merriments to irreverent twists on holiday classics that can’t be experienced anywhere else.

Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Some Experiences Include:

  • Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Universal’s Holiday Parade featuring Macy’s at Universal Studios Florida

  • Grinchmas at Universal’s Islands of Adventure

  • Mannheim Steamroller at Universal Studios Florida

  • Additional Holiday Festivities Across the Resort: holiday-themed merchandise, food and beverage offerings, character encounters, seasonal décor and celebratory activities at Universal’s hotels, and more. Additional details about Holiday offerings at Universal Orlando Resort will be revealed soon.

Resort Spotlight:
Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya (Adults Only!)

The spectacular Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya beach, Playa del Secreto (Cancun International Airport is the closest airport), is one of the best in the area with secluded half-mile long pristine white sand beach by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. There is direct access from the resort and no public access nearby for more privacy. Palapas, loungers, and 2 bars with service on the beach along with the exclusive *Privé* section with Bali Beds.

Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya - Golden Pool

There is a more secluded section of the Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya called the Golden section. Peaceful and quiet, it features and amazing “lazy river” type of pool that can be accessed directly from all the Golden Swim Up Jr. Suites on property. There is a bar, a snack bar and a concierge at the entrance of all 3 buildings.

Here's why I LOVE this resort: The Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya offers the amazing décor of an elegant Mexican hacienda, with stunning architecture, lush gardens and a laidback atmosphere. I travel to different countries to enjoy the culture and architecture: this resort is definitely in the vein of a true Mexico-style resort.

Valentin Imperial Riviera Maya - Beach

Enjoy unlimited dining in seven a la carte luxury restaurants with no reservations, one buffet with a la carte breakfast option and many other irresistible extras for an additional fee. Vegetarian options, gluten free options, special dietary needs options available.

Contact Me For More Information - You Will Not Be Disappointed!

That's it for this week! If you're interested in a quote: drop me a line at or CLICK HERE

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