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Just announced! New itineraries for Summer 2020: After a five-year hiatus, the Disney Magic will return to Greece in summer 2020 as part of three special Mediterranean voyages departing from Rome. Additional new ports of call in Europe for 2020 include Gdynia, Poland; Nordfjordeid, Norway; Plymouth, England; and Zeebrugge, Belgium. In 2020, the Disney Wonder will return to Alaska for the summer season, opening up a world of breathtaking natural vistas, magnificent glaciers and awe-inspiring wildlife. These seven-night itineraries depart from Vancouver, Canada, with visits to Juneau, Skagway, Ketchikan, Icy Strait Point and Dawes Glacier.  In addition to seven-night eastern and western Caribbean cruises from Port Canaveral, near Orlando, Florida, the Disney Fantasy will embark on a variety of itineraries to the Caribbean and Bahamas throughout the summer of 2020. These include five- and nine-night Caribbean sailings, along with three-, four- and five-night Bahamian cruises, three of which feature two stops at Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay.  

Disneyland & Disney’s Hollywood Studios As we get closer to the opening of Star Wars Galaxy’s Edge, new details about this exciting land were released this week. While visiting Batuu, you are sure to get hungry. There will be several locations to satisfy your hunger. These include:

Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – Chef Strono “Cookie” Tuggs has traveled throughout the galaxy following his longtime gig as the chef at Maz Kanata’s castle on Takodana and brings exotic flavors and unusual dishes to his traveling diner “Tuggs’ Grub.” Ronto Roasters – A recycled podracing engine fires up a spit of exotic meats, meticulously turned by a former smelter droid, 8D-J8. Guests can even sample some of the tasty Ronto fare.  Milk Stand – The place to go to get your farm-fresh blue milk or green milk, direct from Bubo Wamba Family Farms. Kat Saka’s Kettle – One of the many street market stalls, this grain vendor sells the ever-popular Outpost Mix (blend of sweet, savory and spicy popcorn). You will also be able to remember your visit to Batuu, by purchasing your Star Wars keepsakes at the following: Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – For those in the know, Dok-Ondar is the Ithorian you seek for selling and buying rare and uniquely-valued items from across the galaxy and spanning all eras. Savi’s Workshop – Handbuilt Lightsabers – Guests come to the workshop to meet with the Gatherers – a secretive group of people who have dedicated their lives to restoring balance in the galaxy by passing on their knowledge of Jedi lore and the Force. The workshop Master guides guests to customize and build their own unique lightsabers, and instructs them on the ways of the Jedi. Droid Depot – Visitors to Mubo’s workshop can choose parts and construct their own individual astromech droids to accompany them on their journey, and then take them home with them. 

First Order Cargo – A spaceport hangar bay serves as the temporary base and landing spot for the First Order. First Order officers have brought in crates of gear, uniforms and other supplies to win the hearts and minds of locals and visitors to Black Spire Outpost.  

Resistance Supply – Resistance members and local sympathizers oversee a makeshift stall that supplies Resistance uniforms, pins, badges, hats, helmets, jackets, maps, tools, training supplies, food rations and other items.  There are also several market stalls which sell a variety of merchandise such as:  Toydarian Toymaker (toys) Creature Stall (interesting critters that you can take home with you) Black Spire Outfitters (clothing), The Jewels of Bith (accessories and other trinkets to treasure).

Disneyland For a limited time this spring, guests at Disney California Adventure® Park will have the opportunity to encounter the one and only Captain Marvel. Beginning in March, Captain Marvel makes a triumphant arrival on an armored S.H.I.E.L.D. vehicle, escorted by a team of agents on her way to Hangar 12 in the northeast corner of Hollywood Land. As her jet fighter is being readied for a special mission, Captain Marvel lines up a gathering of recruits for a Heroic Encounter and inspires them to go Higher, Further, Faster. Exciting plans are underway to bring the dealer in whimsy, Sugarboo & Co., to the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort this spring! Simply darling and delightful, this family-owned unique boutique is cozy like home and Guests won’t want to leave without a few thoughtful, treasured gifts and must-haves for themselves. From uplifting art prints and charming home goods, to whimsical paper products, handmade ceramics, candles, bath apothecary and stamped jewelry, many items have inspiring sayings sure to make everyone smile!


Eric Crowe is a Vacation Specialist with Coasters & Castles Travel. He made his first journey to Walt Disney World in April 1972. ecrowe@coastersandcastlestravel.com

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