Epcot International Food & Wine Festival 2017 Starts Soon!

The 22nd Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival is expanding for a longer-than-ever 75-day run (Aug. 31-Nov. 13, 2017). This year’s festival will feature (35) amazing food and wine Marketplaces to celebrate 35 years of Epcot.
The event will be part of the park’s 35th anniversary day on Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017 and feature several new experiences. Here are a few favorites:
New Acts for 2017 “Eat to the Beat” Concert Series will amp things up this year. Eleven new-to-the-festival bands, including Kenny G., Squeeze and 10,000 Maniacs, join 21 fan-favorite musical acts for a diverse lineup of pop hit makers to rock America Gardens Theatre stage throughout the festival’s 75-day run.
Other new acts to appear are: The Hooters, Baha Men, Lauren Alaina, Mark Wills, American Authors, Devon Allman, Postmodern Jukebox and Blue October. Concerts take place at 5:30, 6:45 and 8 p.m. daily and are included in Epcot admission . The lineup is subject to change and included in Epcot admission.
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Festival-goers can also enjoy Eat to the Beat Dining Packages at 15 popular Epcot restaurants, guaranteeing a breakfast, lunch or dinner reservation and confirmed seating at a same-day Eat to the Beat concert.
New Marketplaces are coming to the Festival – and India and Spain marketplaces will return for an encore. Our global marketplaces will extend into Future World to offer brand-new taste sensations.

ABC’s “The Chew” is returning to tape five festival shows that will air Oct. 9-13. With Spaceship Earth as the backdrop, the Emmy Award-winning show hosts will again delight a live audience with on-stage cooking and stories of their Disney adventures plus segments from across Walt Disney World® Resort.
Popular TV chefs and culinary icons will entertain at Festival Center demonstrations. Those same stars of the kitchen will create new dishes for premium events such as Party for the Senses grand tastings with new concepts and themes.

What’s Cookin’ With… at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival
“Mix It, Make It, Celebrate It!” hands-on workshops are also returning with fresh opportunities for you to interact with visiting chefs, bakers, mixologists and other pros.
Contact TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises for more information and reservations assistance!

 

Celebrate 35 years of Epcot at the International Food and Wine Festival 2017! Prices are starting at $99 for a 1-day Theme park admission, price is per person and based on the price of an adult 1-Day Value Ticket for Epcot Park; Special Event ticket price is based on single-event admission per person. Price shown does not include tax.

 

Disney Does it Again! Innovation!

Disney’s Online Check-in is now available at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida!

Disney first launched their “My Disney Experience” App in 2013 which currently includes, Fastpass+, Magic Band 2 and Mobile Order services so it really should be no surprise as the vacation innovation continues at Disney.

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Earlier this year, Disney unveiled a redesigned “My Disney Experience” App with new features that spoke to guests’ desires for an easier way to access all of their vacation plans.  Disney just announced another update to their APP which will bring one more cool and convenient feature to enhance the Disney World (Florida) vacation experience, Online Check-in!!

Disney shared additional information with their Travel Agent Professionals;

When your Clients stay at a Disney Resort hotel, they will be able to use Disney’s Online Check-In service on the My Disney Experience mobile app, expediting their arrival while providing additional convenience, flexibility and customization of their experience. The feature enables your Clients to start the check-in process up to 60 days before their arrival, bypassing the need to visit the front desk and giving them the opportunity to begin their vacation as soon as they set foot in Walt Disney World Resort. Guests complete their check-in by unlocking their room, when it is ready, using the MagicBands sent to them prior to their arrival.

With just a few taps of the screen, your Clients can make room requests, add credit card information and authorize charges, submit an estimated arrival time to help prompt room access, receive a notification when their room is ready and more. Please note that room requests are not guaranteed and Guests must provide consent to receive notifications.

The best part? Your Clients can begin the check-in process at any point up to 60 days prior to your arrival date – even minutes beforehand as they’re transported on Disney’s Magical Express to their resort hotel.

As always, world-class Guest service is part of the magic of a Walt Disney World Resort vacation, and front desk and concierge cast members are available at all of our resort hotels to assist your Clients at their leisure for the duration of their stay.

To take advantage of the Online Check-In service and other features, be sure your Clients download the latest version of My Disney Experience, now available in the App Store for iOS devices and Google Play for Android devices.

#TLCKnows all about it! Just #AskMe ! 😀

Contact TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises for more information on planning and booking your next or first Disney Vacation!

Missed today’s Oprah Cruise to Alaska? More Adventure of Your Life Sailings are Available!

If you missed the sail-away today of O, The Oprah Magazine’s “Adventure of Your Lifetime” Holland America cruise to Alaska featuring a special appearance by Oprah herself, you’ll have another opportunity to join the rest of #TeamOPRAH on the next sailing happening the end of November!! Cabins are still available so contact us ASAP at  TLC Travels’ Tours & Cruises !!

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The First Adventure of Your Life Cruise Departs Nov. 29, 2017!! Cruise 11-Days to the Southern Caribbean and experience Holland America’s new ms Koningsdam cruise ship. This sailing will be the first of four O, The Oprah Magazine Adventure of Your Life cruises to follow Oprah’s July 15th Alaska Cruise Adventure.  Team Oprah, you really won’t want to miss this one!

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This 11-day Ft. Lauderdale roundtrip cruise will feature special appearances by the O, The Oprah Magazine books editor, as well as thought leaders from The SuperSoul 100. In addition, experience the transformative power of travel, enriched and enhanced by O, The Oprah Magazine-inspired activities such as morning meditation, healthy eating guidance and travel-friendly fashion advice. !!

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Contact us for reservations assistance on any of these specialty Holland America Line Cruises from O, The Oprah Magazine.  Find more cruise information HERE!!

TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises!

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Trump Reverses Pieces of Obama-Era Engagement With Cuba – The New York Times

Good-morning! This diversion from my morning’s agenda needs to be clarified a little before I can move forward with my day! Also keep in mind that nothing has been set in stone yet!

Here is my understanding as reported, in a nutshell;  ABOUT #CubaTravel moving forward:–> ” #TRAVEL to #CUBA is STILL LEGAL. Anyone who purchased a flight, reserved a room or completed any “travel-related transaction” before Friday will be UNAFFECTED by the changes, according to the U.S. Department of the Treasury. Traveling to Cuba IN THE FUTURE will still be allowed for the same 12 authorized categories, with one exception: educational travel MUST BE WITH A GROUP, which must include AN AGENT who makes sure everyone follows the itinerary. That can be a GUIDE from a #TRAVELAGENCY.”  -via- Tampa Bay Times

 

It’s Flashback Friday! I hope you will have family vacation memories to share too!

Happy Friday! One of my hopes to-do on this Friday is to continue encouraging parents to make sure that you plan to travel with your kids too if you can!  On this Flashback Friday I am remembering Florida family vacations.  Orlando has so much to offer a family to experience and enjoy together.  So much has changed and evolved there since my last visit so I know that I’ll need to get back to see all the new expansions soon.

It’s not too late to book your 2017 family getaway if you haven’t done so already! It’s also not too early to begin planning for your 2018 vacation either!

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Disney World 1986; Orlando, Florida! Those little girls are 35 years old now!

I was a newbie Travel Agent back in 1986! This was my 2nd trip to Disney World when I took my oldest daughter and my niece to visit the Mickey Mouse neighborhood, 30 years ago!

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My niece and oldest daughter (now 35 yrs old) met Minnie Mouse 30 years ago at Disney World Orlando!

Busch Gardens 1986

We traveled from Disney World in Orlando to visit Busch Gardens in Tampa on the same vacation in 1986.

 

Disney World 2005

2005, my 3rd trip to Disney World taking my two youngest kids who are now 18 and 20 years old.

My now 18 & 20yr olds at SeaWorld in 2005

We made sure to include a visit to SeaWorld on our family vacation in 2005.

 

We realize that many families can’t or are just not that interested in traveling out-of the country with their children.  TLC Travels’ Tours and Cruises is commited to including affordable domestic-travel vacation options for families to enjoy too.

Be sure to follow-us on Facebook for family vacation offers, especially from Disney Parks, Universal Resorts, and SeaWorld in Orlando, Fl.

Family Vacations, the benefits are numerous, the memories are priceless! Contact us for assistance with planning and booking your next/first family vacation.

SeaWorld Dolphin 2005

Plan to Travel WITH Your Kids! #TLCTravels!

 

 

Travel Scammed, Again!

Unfortunately, here we have, yet another real life example and reason to establish a working relationship with a living, breathing Professional Travel Agent that you can trust and rely on to be there for you,… before, during and after your trip. If you cannot add a First/Last name to your ICE-(In Case of Emergency) contacts list, after performing a basic vetting on Google, you may want to rethink booking that trip online. #Plan2Travel #UseATravelAgent when you #Travel

Some graduating seniors at Westfield High School in Virginia say they each paid more than a thousand dollars to go on a week-long trip to the Bahamas.

Source: Virginia seniors claim website scammed them out of $1,300 for graduation trip | Fox News