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Travel News of the Week

Updated: Nov 17, 2020

Cruise Line News

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) lifted their No Sail Order and issued a Framework for Conditional Sailing Order that introduces a phased approach for the safe and responsible resumption of passenger cruises.  The Order establishes a framework of actionable items for the cruise line industry to follow so they can resume passenger operations with an emphasis on preventing the further spread of COVID-19 on cruise ships and from cruise ships into communities, and to protect public health and safety. The Order applies to passenger operations on cruise ships with the capacity to carry at least 250 passengers in waters subject to U.S. jurisdiction.

However, cruise lines have cancelled all sailings departing from U.S. ports through December 2020 to review the CDC guidelines, determine measures that need to be taken to follow the orders, and to ensure a safe return to sailing.

Walt Disney World

The holiday season at Walt Disney World Resort has begun. Magical experiences will be happening across the four theme parks and Disney Springs, including special pop-up appearances by Santa Claus. Enjoy holiday decor, character cavalcades, festive food and beverages, as well as the Christmas Tree Trail around Disney Springs. Cinderella Castle will be tranformed with nightly holiday projections. Watch for special appearances in the parks by the man himself, Santa Claus.

On Tuesday, November 3, the dining reservation and experience booking system unfortunately experienced an unanticipated technical issue for a short period of time, and while they worked as quickly as possible to resolve this, during that period the system displayed reservation times at locations that were unavailable and fully booked. 

Guests may be receiving email communication if they made a Walt Disney World dining reservation during the impacted time period, letting them know that their Walt Disney World dining reservation will be cancelled.

Minnie Van service from Orlando International Airport to Walt Disney World will not be available until further notice.


Guests with reservations at a Disneyland Resort with arrival dates through November 21, 2020 are being asked to cancel or modify their reservation.

Buena Vista Street in Disney California Adventure opens Nov. 19, 2020, extending the Downtown Disney District at the Disneyland Resort with more Disney shopping and dining experiences. Carthay Circle Restaurant, known for its upscale cuisine, is introducing Carthay Circle Lounge – Alfresco Dining, a new outdoor dining environment and menu featuring Mediterranean-California light fare, with small plates that can be shared or enjoyed separately. Beginning Nov. 19, 2020, there will be a $10 fee per car for parking at the Downtown Disney District in the Simba Lot. The number of guests visiting the Downtown Disney District and its locations, including the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street, will be limited to promote physical distancing. They may at times use the mobile wait list system when Buena Vista Street and/or its queue are at capacity, similar to the process at some retail locations in the Downtown Disney District. Disney California Adventure Park is currently closed.

Universal Orlando

We are excited to report that Loew's Portofino Bay Resort will reopen to guests on December 1, 2020.

Universal’s Endless Summer Resort – Dockside Inn and Suites, which officially open on December 15, 2020. This resort was supposed to open earlier this year, but it has been delayed due to Covid.

Get into the holiday spirit in Universal Orlando Resort from November 14 - January 3. Enjoy festive decor, seasoning treats and beverages, and special holiday shows and character interactions. Special this year, Universal’s Holiday Experience featuring Macy’s Balloons In this brand new walk-through experience at Universal Studios, you’ll get closer than ever to larger-than-life Macy’s balloons and colorful Christmas floats. There’s never been a better chance to get your photo with these beloved giant balloons. Santa Claus himself will be there to pose for photos as well.

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