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John’s Weekly Travel Update June 24, 2022

I’m STILL at Walt Disney World in beautiful (and hot) Florida - but there are some pretty fun updates this week!


Disney Wish Arrives At Port Canaveral

The fifth and newest ship sailing for Disney Cruise Line arrived at Port Canaveral in Florida after traveling nearly 4,768 nautical miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Bremerhaven, Germany.


This historic moment has been six years in the making, and included classic Disney-style fanfare, beloved characters and, of course, the iconic and fanciful “When You Wish Upon a Star” pouring from the ship’s horn as the Disney Wish sailed into port for the very first time.


Sailings begin SOON and there’s no time like the present to plan: you can pick a sailing through summer 2023! Contact me today for a quote!


Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party To Return!


Believe it or not, it takes a full 12 months to prepare for the holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort! As the year cycles through springtime showers, summer barbeques, and autumn harvests, Cast Members are also busy planning for the most wonderful time of the year at the “Most Magical Place on Earth.”

Holiday joy will unfold at Magic Kingdom Park as Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party returns this year! On 24 select nights Nov. 8 - Dec. 22, 2022, this separately ticketed event will invite Guests to Magic Kingdom for an evening of merriment.

  • Join Mickey and his pals at the Cinderella Castle stage for the ultimate must-watch Christmas extravaganza – Mickey’s Most Merriest The show features nostalgic and modern medleys of holiday music paired with dance performances.

  • Minnie Mouse orchestrates a sparkling spectacle over Magic Kingdom as a part of Minnie’s Wonderful Christmastime Fireworks. Full of holiday magic, the show includes dazzling castle projections, fireworks and seasonal songs.

  • With his famous flying reindeer leading the way, Santa Claus will join Mickey Mouse and friends in the must-see Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade as it makes its way through the park.

  • Speaking of Santa Claus: he isn’t the only one who likes cookies during the holidays. Partygoers can indulge in complimentary cookies and hot cocoa at locations throughout Magic Kingdom.

  • Magic Kingdom attractions will get a special dose of yuletide cheer. Holiday magic will once again transform the Jungle Cruise into the Jingle Cruise. And, as an exclusive treat for event attendees, Space Mountain, Tomorrowland Speedway, Monsters Inc. Laugh Floor and Mad Tea Party will all receive a special holiday makeover.

  • Cosmic Ray’s Starlight Café becomes the coolest place to get down when denizens of the North Pole drop by for an intergalactic dance party!

  • Also at Magic Kingdom, dance the night away alongside favorite Disney characters during an out-of-this-world holiday show, A Totally Tomorrowland Christmas on the Rockettower Plaza Stage.

  • The fun continues for young partygoers and Disney Junior fans of all ages at Storybook Circus during the Disney Junior Jingle Jam as Disney Junior characters take part in a fun-filled dance celebration.

  • NEW! In honor of the 50th Anniversary celebration, Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party attendees will discover three jolly new photo opportunities. Guests will also receive a special 50th Anniversary commemorative keepsake, themed to the holidays.

Tickets will go on sale July 7, 2022! Guests of Walt Disney World Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, as well as Shades of Green at Walt Disney World Resort can book their tickets as early as June 30. Tickets range from $149-$199 plus tax. Walt Disney World Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members may purchase specially priced ticket for select dates.

These dated event tickets do not require an additional day theme park ticket or Disney Park Pass theme park reservation. The event dates are:

  • November: 8, 10, 11, 14, 15, 17, 18, 20, 22, 27, 29

  • December: 1, 2, 4, 6, 8, 9, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 22


CLICK HERE to get started on YOUR Holiday Vacation!


Character News You Need To Know!


Attention "Encanto" fans: Mirabel making her debut in the “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade” on June 26! The young hero from Walt Disney Animation Studios’ hit film “Encanto” will join Miguel from “Coco,” Nick and Judy from “Zootopia,” Max Goof, Moana and more as this super-sized cavalcade winds through the park several times each day.


Looking ahead to July, the always iconic Minnie Mouse will join Mickey Mouse starting on July 6 in Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park. Both will be ready for hugs and photos in their EARidescent fashions designed specifically for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration!


July 6 also marks the return of Chip 'N Dale's Campfire Sing-A-Long at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Resort & Campground, where guests can join the nutty friends for a campfire celebration followed by a classic Disney movie under the stars. Then, on July 10, familiar Fantasyland friends Peter Pan and Snow White will greet guests at Magic Kingdom Park once again.


Over at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Star Wars Launch Bay returns July 17! A celebration of the legendary space saga, Star Wars Launch Bay is the place for a warm embrace with Chewbacca, a face-to-droid encounter with BB-8 or a run-in with Darth Vader himself for those brave enough.


And those are just the next few weeks! More fun, hugs and memories are on the horizon!


In the coming months, a visit to Magic Kingdom Park will bring chances to meet Aladdin, Jasmine, Merida, Pooh, Tigger and Storybook Circus pals like The Great Goofini in Pete’s Silly Sideshow. Guests' favorite toys will be ready for playtime in Toy Story Land at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Donald Duck and friends will rejoin their prehistoric party at “Donald's Dino-Bash!” in DinoLand U.S.A. at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park.



Escape To Antigua -

Adults Only!


Situated on Dickenson Bay – Antigua’s most beautiful and longest white-sand beach, Sandals Grande Antigua permeates a quaint Caribbean Beachfront Grove with lush, tropical gardens highlighted by brilliant bougainvillea’s and luxurious suites incorporating Mediterranean inspired elements. This beautiful resort is on sale this week!

Resort: Sandals Grande Antigua

Room Category: Mediterranean Club Level Suite - VS

Travel Dates: December 12th-18th, 2022

Nights: 6 nights

All- inclusive price for 2 adults: $3,806.00



Located on the first through third floors of the Almond and Cypress Tower buildings, this cozy suite features either a private patio or balcony showcasing the resort's beautifully landscaped gardens. The suite features a four-poster, king-size bed, flat screen TV, and an en-suite bathroom complete with a double vanity, a whirlpool tub and a separate walk-in rain shower. Guests also enjoy Club Sandals concierge service including assistance with reservations and preferred check-in.


Room View: Pool, Tropical Garden


It's only a $98 deposit to secure your room - Availability is limited. Reach out to me today!


I hope you all have a safe and wonderful weekend!


Magically Yours,

John

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