Travel News for Week of March 31

By March 31, 2019Blog

Hi Everyone, Disney is making some significant changes.  Here is an update:

  • Strollers   Beginning May 1 , strollers may not be larger than 31″wide and 52″ long.  The good news – many of the strollers on the market, including many double jogging strollers, fit within these size guidelines. Wagons are not permitted in the parks, including stroller wagons.
  • Smoking areas will no longer be present inside Walt Disney World or Disneyland theme parks, water parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex or Downtown Disney in California.
  • Loose Ice  Effective immediately, If you plan to bring a cooler or cooler bag for snacks or drinks, you may not use loose ice or dry ice.   It is recommended that reusable ice packs are used as an alternative.

One of the questions I hear often is in regard to the TSA’s rules on medicine.   People worry that they have liquid medicine that is more than 3.4 ounces.  Medicine is exempt from the 3.4 ounce rule.   As long as you declare it at the security checkpoint, you may carry more than 3.4 ounces, and it does not need to be placed in a plastic bag.  Regarding pills, the TSA recommends but does not require that prescription medications be in their original labeled containers to expedite the screening process.  I carry mine in a daily pill minder and have never had a problem. The TSA also makes exceptions for other medical necessities such as insulin, eye drops, or syringes. Just make sure to present these items to the security officer when you reach the checkpoint. (You may even want to consider printing out the TSA’s medical notification cards.)

I have talked about the airlines’ basic economy in other blogs but it bears repeating.   If you book yourself a seat in basic economy you cannot select a seat and one will be assigned at the airport.  Don’t expect to sit together as a family.  Gate agents and flight crew are not sympathetic at all.   You may get another passenger to switch with you, but that would be the only way to switch seats.  Also, Delta and American allow basic economy passengers to bring a carry on and personal item but United will make you gate check it and impose a fee to do so.   My advice: stay away from basic economy if you can.


September 8-16   Iceland: Land of Fire and Ice  We’ll visit Reykjavik,  before traveling the Golden Circle.   We’ll experience the energy at the geothermal fields of Geysir and Strokkur.   We’ll have an opportunity to explore caves or lava fields.  We’ll spend some time with a family that keeps alive a 400 year old fishing tradition.  We’ll stop at the Volcano Visitor Center to learn how families survived during the 2010 explosion.  We’ll take a cruise among the huge icebergs of the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon.  Enjoy the Blue Lagoon or Whale Watching before returning home. A few spots remain!  See the itinerary at

September 16-26 Greek Island Hopper I have a couple of vacancies on our Fall Greece trip. If you are interested, call asap.


May 17-28, 2020   Alpine Explorer and Oberammergau  We will explore a bit of Switzerland and Austria before arriving at Oberammergau for the Passion Play.Some of the highlights of this trip include Lago Maggiore, Island Dinner, Zermatt, Glacier Express Train, St. Moritz, Innsbruck, Salzburg, St. Peter’s Restaurant, Mozart Dinner Concert, Munich, Oberammergau Passion Play, Linderhof Palace, Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle.   Check out the itinerary:

May 30-June 7, 2020    Paris and Normandy River Cruise  Check on availability.

June 13-21 2020   Colorado Rockies  We’ll fly in and out of the Mile High City of Denver and then travel to Grand Junction.   We’ll visit the Colorado National Monument, Arches National Park, Canyonlands, National Park, and Mesa Verda National Park. We’ll then travel to Durango and ride the Silverton RailRoad before ending our trip in Colorado Springs.

August 15-23 Canadian Rockies  We’ll fly into Vancouver and after enjoying the sights of Vancouver and Victoria, we’ll head up to Kamloops and then to Jasper National Park. We’ll see the Athabascan Glacier from our snow machine. We’ll visit the spectacular Lake Louise and then on to Banff.

September 12-23, 2020  Discovering Poland     Ready for deposit!  Check out the itinerary at

October 2020  Autumn Colors

November 2020   Panama Canal Cruise

Have a great week!