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John's Travel Update - January 14, 2022

So many exciting new updates and changes in the world of travel this week - so let's get started!

More Restaurants Reopening at Walt Disney World!

It’s a good day to be a Disney Foodie! Flying Fish at Disney’s BoardWalk, The Turf Club Bar and Grill at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa, and Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge will soon be serving up their offerings for patrons to feast upon.

From savory flavors to seafood specialties, even decadent desserts, these restaurants have something for everyone and are back to bring the joys of food. Discover some of the signature plates from these establishments and check out some new updates to other already opened Disney favorites.

  • Flying Fish scheduled to reopen January 27

  • The Turf Club Bar & Grill scehduled to reopen February 3

  • Jiko - The Cooking Place scheduled to reopen February 17

  • All-You-Care-To-Eat buffet reopens at Cape May Cafe at Disney's Beach Club February 15

  • Ale & Compass Restaurant introduces new breakfast and updated lunch items January 31

Garden Rocks Concert Series Returning to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Get your air guitars ready, because the popular Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival this March! New this year, internationally recognized artists will bring the groove to the America Gardens Theater stage Friday-Monday, while local Orlando bands step into the spotlight Tuesday-Thursday.

The series features something for everyone – from returning favorites like The Guess Who, Rick Springfield and Simple Plan to Latin hitmakers Melina León and Claudia Leitte, Christian music superstar TobyMac and groovin’ legends Kool & The Gang.

  • March 4-5 – The Guess Who

  • March 6-7 – Rick Springfield

  • March 11-12 – Melina Leon – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • March 18-19 – Mike DelGuidice, currently on tour with Billy Joel – NEW

  • March 20-21 – Kool & The Gang – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • March 25-28 – The Orchestra starring former members of ELO

  • April 1-2 – The Spinners

  • April 3-4 – The Pointer Sisters

  • April 8-9 – Blue October – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • April 15-16 – Tommy DeCarlo, singer of the band Boston – NEW

  • April 17-18 – Don Felder, Formerly of The Eagles

  • April 22-23 – STARSHIP featuring Mickey Thomas

  • April 24-25 – Claudia Leitte – NEW

  • April 29-30 – Berlin

  • May 1-2 – TobyMac

  • May 6-7 – Blood, Sweat & Tears

  • May 8-9 – The Commodores – NEW to Garden Rocks

  • May 13-14 – Ambrosia with Peter Beckett – NEW

  • May 20-21 – A Flock Of Seagulls

  • May 22-23 – Collin Raye – NEW

  • May 27-28 – Thelma Houston – NEW

  • May 29-30 – Little River Band

  • June 3-6 – Simple Plan

  • June 10-13 – Herman’s Hermits starring Peter Noone

  • June 17-20 – Plain White T’s

Mexico Removes All COVID-19 Entry Requirements Including Health Form

Following the move by El Salvador - Mexico has dropped COVID-19 entry requirements including the health questionnaire. The form asked health-related questions including whether or not the traveler had been in close contact with anyone who had COVID.

Once completed - the traveler would receive a QR code to be scanned at the airport. As of January 1 - Mexico has officially discontinued this form.

But What About The Restrictions Within Mexico?

Restrictions are low throughout Mexico. That said, individual states are imposing different measures, depending on the current situation within the state. Mexico has divided its 32 states into a four-tier color-coded system.

Red Tier – The highest COVID-19 risk and only essential activities are allowed

Orange Tier – High-risk tier, with more stringent limitations on social and commercial activities

Yellow Tier – Lower risk tier, with a moderate level of restrictions

Green Tier – Very low-risk tier, where people can resume their everyday activities

Destination Spotlight: Costa Rica!

Costa Rica is not only considered one of the world’s happiest countries, it is also one of the most biodiverse countries on the planet. Offering everything from lush jungles to sunny coastlines, the raw power of Costa Rica stays with travelers long after they’ve returned. If you’re thinking about Costa Rica on your next escape, here are some reasons why you should visit!


There are over a dozen volcanoes in Costa Rica, including the 5,358-foot tall Arenal Volcano. The country’s three volcanic range systems include the Guanacaste Range, the Central Volcanic Range, and the Talamanca Range, which is comprised of only one volcano: the El Viejo.


Bordering both the Caribbean Sea and the Pacific Ocean, Costa Rica has the distinction of being able to offer excellent beaches on both coasts. With beaches offering black, white, pink, brown, and tan sand, you’ll be able to hunt down the perfect spot!

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