Travel News of the Week: 10/9 – 10/15



Walt Disney World

Walt Disney World Vacation Packages for travel dates in late 2021 are now available. Be sure to reach out to your Coasters & Castles Travel Advisor to assist if you are rescheduling your vacation or if you would like to plan for magical holidays next year.


o For arrivals Sept. 27 through Dec. 31, 2021

o Some Disney Resort hotels that are not, as of this time, open or scheduled for reopening in 2021.

o Booking a room and ticket package does not guarantee a theme park reservation, and you will need make park reservations for dates in 2021. You will be able to view park reservation availability on disneytraveltradeinfo.com/wdwcalendar prior to purchasing theme park tickets or booking a package. Disney strongly recommends that you book your park reservations immediately after linking your 2021 vacation package in My Disney Experience.


Taste of EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival will close on Nov. 22 to make way for Taste of EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays, which begins Nov. 27.


The Big Blue Pool at Disney’s Art of Animation Resort will be closed for refurbishment from January 11, 2021 through early April 2021. While this work takes place, other exhilarating pool and recreation offerings will remain open for your enjoyment, including Flippin’ Fins Pool, Cozy Cone Pool and the Schoolyard Sprayground.


Wolfgang Puck Express in Disney Springs has permanently closed its doors as of October 1st.




Disneyland Resort

Disneyland® Resort has begun a phased reopening of the Downtown Disney District. The Hotels of the Disneyland Resort, Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure® Park remain closed and will reopen at a later date, pending state and local government approvals.


Guests may be receiving email communication from Disney if they have a Disneyland Resort hotel reservation between now and Oct. 31, 2020, letting them know they may modify or cancel their Disneyland Resort hotel reservations or Walt Disney Travel Company packages. Ask your travel advisor for more information.


Disney Cruise Line


Disney Wish was originally planned to sail in early 2022, the Disney Wish is now scheduled for its maiden voyage in summer 2022 due to pandemic-related delays at the Meyer-Werft shipyard in Germany. As previously announced, the Disney Wish will be powered by liquefied natural gas or LNG, one of the cleanest-burning fuels available. At approximately 144,000 gross tons and 1,250 guest staterooms, the ship will be slightly larger than the Disney Dream and Disney Fantasy.


In early 2022, Disney Cruise Line returns to Hawaii and other favorite tropical destinations to delight families with one-of-a-kind vacations at sea. Adventure abounds during 10-night Hawaiian Islands cruises and a variety of sailings to the Bahamas, Caribbean, and Mexico, departing from coast-to-coast homeports including New Orleans, Galveston, Texas, San Diego, Miami and Port Canaveral, Florida.


Bookings open to the general public on Oct. 22, 2020. Early booking will be available to Castaway Club Members, Adventures by Disney Adventure Insiders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents on the following dates:

  • Platinum Castaway Club Members & Golden Oak: Bookings Open Oct. 19

  • Gold Castaway Club Members: Bookings Open Oct. 20

  • Silver Castaway Club Members, DVC Members & AbD Insiders: Bookings Open Oct. 21

The Disney Wonder returns to Hawaii in early 2022 for two special 10-night cruises: a voyage to Honolulu from Vancouver, Canada, on April 26, and a return sailing to Vancouver on May 6.


Guests will discover the breathtaking beauty of the Hawaiian Islands, including the famous beaches of Waikiki on Oahu; unforgettable views from high atop the summit of Haleakala Crater on Maui; the lush tropical gardens and waterfalls of Kauai; and the diverse natural wonders of Hawaii Island.


The Disney Wonder sails Western Caribbean getaways early in the year, first from Galveston, Texas, with four-night itineraries, followed by four- and six-night voyages from New Orleans. A special six-night Bahamian voyage offered from both Galveston and New Orleans gives guests the opportunity to visit Castaway Cay, in addition to the lively town of Key West.


The Disney Wonder returns to San Diego in March and April with cruises to Baja, Mexico, where guests can enjoy vibrant culture, stunning beaches and exciting water activities. Most sailings to the Baja peninsula call on the charming coastal city of Ensenada, known for its turquoise blue water and rugged mountainous terrain. A two-night cruise to Ensenada has a Friday departure from San Diego, giving guests the ultimate weekend getaway to experience world-class entertainment aboard the Disney Wonder.

From Port Canaveral, the Disney Fantasy begins the year with a six-night Western Caribbean cruise, followed by seven-night voyages to a variety of favorite destinations in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.


The Disney Dream, also sailing from Port Canaveral, embarks on three- and four-night Bahamian cruises to Nassau and Castaway Cay. Offering even more fun in the sun, one special four-night cruise includes two stops at Castaway Cay.


From Miami, the Disney Magic sails four- and five-night Bahamian cruises and five-night Western Caribbean cruises. One special three-night sailing to Castaway Cay and Key West, Florida, makes the perfect long weekend escape. With a variety of options from Florida to choose from, guests can look forward to embarking on a vacation that provides something for everyone in the family, combining the adventure and relaxation of tropical destinations, the ease and indulgence of an ocean cruise, and the world-class entertainment and service of a Disney vacation.








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