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John's Travel Update January 28, 2022

Another week: Another snow storm!

I tell you what: I've never wanted to move away from the midwest more in my life! Now that I'm done shoveling snow - here are some fun travel updates for the week!

Prep Work Underway For EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival!

Who's ready for spring? This guy! And hopefully you too!

This year's festival runs from March 2 to July 4, 2022 and is my personal favorite festival at EPCOT!

Disney character topiaries will be all around EPCOT: new topiaries of the Seven Dwarfs will join Snow White near the Germany pavilion in World Showcase. Lumiere and Cogsworth topiaries will be found in France and Pumbaa and Timon will be fun to see near the Imagination pavilion!

BRAND NEW: A main entrance display will feature Goofy with a birthday cake celebrating the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary!

The Garden Rocks Concert Series returns to the festival this year, featuring internationally recognized artists on the America Gardens Theatre stage Friday through Monday; local bands will rock the house Tuesday through Thursday.

18 Outdoor Kitchens serve up fresh menus, seasonal produce and refreshing beverages to satisfy everyone’s taste buds.

Guests can also explore EPCOT with the Garden Graze, a fun food stroll highlighting five delicious sweet and savory offerings listed in the Festival Passport. Complete the graze to receive a special treat!

GENIE+ Update

Character Sightings have been added as selections for Lightning Lane entry with a purchase of Disney Genie+ service (the purchase of Disney Genie+ service is available in addition to standby entrance):

  • See Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park

  • See Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park

  • See Mickey at Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park

  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios

Disney Cruise Line Adds "Pixar Day At Sea" Sailings

I'm headed off on a "Marvel Day At Sea" sailing next month (and I hope it snows nonstop at home) but this news is warming my cold heart!

Disney Cruise Line Guests will be immersed in the ever-unfolding stories of their favorite toys, monsters and heroes during the all-new Pixar Day at Sea aboard special sailings on the Disney Fantasy in early 2023. From morning until night, Guests will dance, play and interact with their favorite Pixar pals, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep from “Toy Story”; Mike, Sulley and Boo from “Monsters, Inc.”; Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out”; Dug and Russell from “Up”; and everyone’s favorite supers – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from “The Incredibles”!

Universal Orlando 5-Day/5-Night Vacation Package Starting at $89 Per Person!
  • 5-Night Hotel Accommodations at either Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort or Universal’s Aventura Hotel

  • 2-Park 5-Day Park-to-Park Promotional Ticket** to Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure

Important Details: Package pricing does not include airfare. Pricing is based on a family of 4. Sunday – Thursday travel only (must check in on Sunday). Limited availability. Blockout dates and restrctions apply. Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay up to one hour before the park opens (valid theme park admission required, select attractions) Access to select live entertainment venues** at Universal CityWalk

CLICK HERE to get started on your NEXT amazing vacation! Stay safe and warm everyone!

Magically Yours,


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