Travel News for Week of July 23

By July 23, 2017Blog

Hi Everyone,

Disney unveiled a slew of new attractions coming to its parks at its D23 Expo last weekend.  Disney World’s Epcot, originally opened in 1982, will be revamped. A “Ratatouille” attraction, modeled after the same ride at Disneyland Paris, will be added to the World Showcase’s France pavilion.    Future World’s Mission: Space will receive an updated Green Mission, taking guests on a tour around the Earth, and an Orange Mission taking riders to Mars. A “Guardians of the Galaxy” inspired attraction will also be added to Future World. This new attraction will replace the current Universe of Energy attraction, which will close Aug, 13, 2017.    At Hollywood Studios, new technology at the Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Rail will “transform the flat [Mickey Mouse cartoon shorts] world into an incredible dimensional experience.” The Mickey and Minnie’s Runaway Railway will replace The Great Movie Ride and will put guests into the world of a Mickey Mouse cartoon with a new technology Disney is calling 2 1/2 D (no glasses required).  A roller coaster based on the film “Tron,” will be brought to a new area in Magic Kingdom near Space Mountain.   A new live entertainment theater, inspired by the 1920s Willis Wood Theater in Kansas City, is coming to Main Street, U.S.A.     The Disney Skyliner will connect the new Riviera resort to Disney’s Art of Animation, Pop Century and Caribbean Beach resorts, and with Disney’s Hollywood Studios and the International Gateway at Epcot. Disney said the Skyliner will give guests a “never-before-seen bird’s-eye view of Walt Disney World.”   These are just a few of the upcoming changes and  more are coming as Disney looks toward celebrating their 50th anniversary in 2021.

A couple of weeks ago I reported that Marriott was instituting a 48 hour cancellation policy.    Hilton has now announced that they will follow suit.    Starting July 31, customers are required to cancel at least two days ahead of check-in or be hit with a full price one-night charge.

Sandals Resorts International has announced plans for a fourth resort on Saint Lucia.  It said the 19-acre ‘six-star’ Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia will ‘by all indications be a game changer’.   Set to break ground in spring 2017, it will be next door to the Sandals Grande Saint Lucian Resort.    Sandals LaSource Saint Lucia will have 350 rooms and suites, including SkyPool Butler Suites and all-butler signature swim-up Rondoval Suites, a first of their kind in the chain.  The new resort will have an infinity-edge sky pool bar and an ‘elaborate’ entertainment package to include a main stage with a 20′ high LED screen and a mobile DJ party scene.

Fuller Travel Escorted Tours

October 26-November 4, 2017.  Hawaiian Adventure.  We will visit the islands of Oahu, Kauai, and Maui on this 10 day tour.   Visit Pearl Harbor and embark on a journey of the North Shore of Oahu. Enjoy the Grand Canyon of the Pacific-Waimea Canyon on the island of Kauai.  On Maui, we wild visit the stunning Lao Valley and attend a traditional Polynesian luau.   There will also be beach time allotted on this trip.  Just a few spots remain.    Check out the entire itinerary at


April 25-May 5  Shades of Ireland   Visit the Emerald Isle and enjoy Dublin, Kilkenny, Waterford, Killarney, the Ring of Kerry, Limerick, the Cliffs of Moher, and Galway.  Kiss the Blarney Stone, sleep in a castle, and much more.   We are taking deposits now!  Trip is already half full.

May 16-24, 2018  Israel: Pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  This tour is being arranged by Fuller Travel but is being escorted by Fr. Anthony Strouse.   Join Fr. Strouse as you journey to these most important Christian sites:  Visit Jaffa, Caesarea, Nazareth, Cana, Tiberias, the Sea of Galilee, Bethlehem, Jerusalem.  Follow the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross.   Call now for reservations.

Ready Now!  June 7-18, 2018   Germany’s Cultural Cities and the Romantic Road   Embark on a guided tour of Hamlin, explore the town of Lubeck famous for its marzipan, join a local guide who leads you on a Beatles tour in Hamburg.   Tour Berlin and Munich’s famed landmarks. Discover Rothenburg ob der Tauber, a medieval gem in Fanconia.   Tour Nueschwanstein Castle.    Much more.    Deposit now!

July 29-August 8    Alaskan Cruise on the Island Princess.   Spend three nights on land in Anchorage, Princess McKinley Lodge, and Princess Denali Lodge.  From Denali you will board a train and journey down to our ship where we will embark on a 7 day journey.   We will experience the Hubbard Glacier and Glacier National Park from our ship.   We will visit the ports of Juneau, Skagway, and Ketchikan before disembarking in Vancouver.   Deposit now for the best choice of stateroom.   Join us on this cruise as we will be donating a portion of each cabin to our local Rotary Foundation to help with our service projects.

September 8-16   New!!   Castles Along the Rhine River Cruise  Travel from Amsterdam to Basel, Switzerland along the Rhine River.  This cruise, aboard the SS Antoinette will encompass 4 countries.    Those of you who love picturesque and historic sites will find medieval castles, cathedrals, and scenes that have inspired great poets, painters, and composers.   I only have 15 rooms for this cruise so do not delay if you are interested.    This is not the grandparent/child cruise.   This is a regular Uniworld cruise.  Current 10% discount extended.

October 5-10     Washington DC and Gettysburg     This five day guided trip will take in the White House, US Capitol, monuments and museums, Arlington, and the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.    We will have a battlefield tour of Gettysburg as well as some free time to explore Historic Gettysburg.    This is a bus tour-no air involved.   $1500 cost includes 5 nights hotel,  motorcoach, 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners,  all sightseeing and gratuities.  $200 reserves your spot.   Taking deposits now!

Coming soon

April, 2019   Lynn and Lidia’s Italy

June, 2019 Baltic Cruise.   This cruise will visit Norway, Sweden, Denmark, St. Petersburg, Estonia, and Berlin.     Will open for deposits this fall.

October 2019   Iceland’s Magical Northern Lights

May 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau

Have a great week!