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TouringPlans Travel Beat 6-3-2023

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At Travel Beat we have all the “other” news from the last week or so—the stuff that wasn’t big enough to stop the presses for. What did the newsroom bring us this week? Bullets are just ahead if you’re in a hurry, and more details follow below. Don’t forget to check out the Headline News Recap, in case there was something you missed!

  • New Castaway Club Online Functions
  • Disneyland Fall Festivities
  • Pride Month Kicks Off at Disney Parks
  • Disney Private Jet Adventure (a.k.a. Bucket List Item)
  • Headline News Recap

New Castaway Club Online Functions

I have often spent breakfast on the last day of a Disney Cruise frantically taking screenshots of my Folio in the Navigator because I forgot to ask for a printed copy at Guest Services the night before. No more! This week, two new functions were added to the Disney Cruise Line website. Logged in users can now view (and download) their Folio for up to 90 days after a cruise is completed. And for new cruisers, you’ll be able to link your Castaway Club ID to your Disney Account post-cruise as well.

Disneyland Fall Festivities

Halloween Time returns to the Disneyland Resort from September 1 to October 31, 2023. This fantastic fall celebration features special attraction overlays, character meets, entertainment, and I hope you’re not surprised to hear that there will be Halloween-themed decorations!

© Disney

Guests can look forward to:

  • Haunted attraction overlays, including Haunted Mansion Holiday, Mater’s Graveyard JamBOOree, Luigi’s Honkin’ Haul-O-Ween, and Guardians of the Galaxy – Monsters After Dark
  • Each night, “Halloween Screams” nighttime spectacular will treat guests to supernatural projection, special effects, music, and on some nights even fireworks
  • Pluto’s Pumpkin Pursuit Scavenger Hunt
  • Special culinary treats, merchandise, and photo opportunities throughout the parks

Additionally, the parks will honor the cultural traditions of Día de los Muertos between September 1 and November 2. The Plaza de la Familia experience will bring marigolds, crafts, and Mexican-inspired food to Paradise Gardens. Several times a day, “A Musical Celebration of Coco” will present a talented company of Folklórico dancers, plus Mariachi singers and musicians, retelling the story of Coco. Even more Day of the Dead displays and decorations will be found in Cars Land and Frontierland.

Pride Month Kicks Off at Disney and Universal Parks

June is Pride Month across the USA, and a rainbow celebration has kicked off at Disney and Universal Orlando theme parks. Both Disney and Universal are celebrating with pride-themed merch and special food, limited-time decor. At Disney World you can memorialize your visit with special Magic Shots offered by PhotoPass photographers, or a stop in front of one of the pride-themed mural backdrops. And at Disneyland, both nights of the first-ever Pride Nite Disneyland After Dark event are already sold out.

Disney Private Jet Adventure

Here at TouringPlans we have Ultimate plans that aim to let you experience every attraction in a single park in one day. If that feels like it’s not enough challenge for you, and you also happen to have $115K stashed away somewhere, you might be interested in the Disney Parks Around the World tour offered through Adventures by Disney. In just 24 days you’ll visit all 12 Disney Parks as well as the Taj Mahal, Pyramids of Giza, and the Eiffel Tower*.

*Unlike the one in Soarin’, the Eiffel Tower that you visit will not be leaning. If you want a Leaning Tower you’ll need to check out Pisa, which is not on this tour.

The Taj Mahal on the tour will not lean like this
(photo by @easywdw)
The Eiffel Tower won’t either (photo by @easywdw)

OK, I jest, because we all know that this is well beyond most of our means. Nonetheless, the single date offered sold out last year, so don’t sit on it if you’re interested. If you’re ready to cross this item off your bucket list, reach out to the folks at TouringPlans Travel and make someone’s day. Booking opens as follows:

  • June 12: Previous Adventures by Disney Guests who have traveled on 3 or more Adventures
  • June 14: All Previous Adventures by Disney Guests
  • June 16: Golden Oak Members
  • June 19: General Public

Headline News Recap

Ho-kay, there was a big one this week as 2024 Vacation Packages went on sale at Disney World. In case you missed it, that means you can once again book a vacation that has a Disney Dining Plan and includes regular park tickets that don’t need park reservations, provided you are traveling after January 9, 2024. See the article here: 2024 Disney World Vacation Packages Are Now Available

Over on the opposite coast, Oogie Boogie Bash dates and prices were announced for Disneyland. This year’s party has 25 dates in September and October: Dates and Details for 2023 Oogie Boogie Bash

That’s it for this week’s Travel Beat. What news are you most excited about? Let us know in the comments!

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Jennifer Heymont

Jennifer has a background in math and biology, so she ended up in Data Science where she gets to do both. She lives just north of Boston with her husband, kids, and assorted animal members of the family. Although it took three visits for the Disney bug to "take", she now really wishes she lived a lot closer to the Parks.

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