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Here Is The First Look At The Disney Wish Ship

Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney Imagineering unveiled a first look at the incredible spaces and experiences coming to the Disney Wish. 

When the Disney Wish sets sail in summer 2022, you’ll be immersed in Disney’s rich legacy of enchanting storytelling. Disney Cruise Line is bringing to life the stories and characters of Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars adventures like never before. 

The Disney Wish will have a brand-new family water attraction and three themed districts that offer dedicated space for families, children and adults alike.

You’ll be immersed in “The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse” animated shorts aboard the first-ever Disney attraction at sea, AquaMouse. Complete with show scenes, lighting and special effects, and splashtacular surprises, this wild water ride is sure to delight everyone in the family as they zig, zag and zoom through 760 feet of winding tubes suspended high above the upper decks.

Families will have more pools, more deck space and more dining than ever before in an expansive district themed to Mickey and friends. In addition to AquaMouse, the area will feature six pools — spaciously staggered among tiered decks and surrounded by lounge chairs — and a fresh take on quick and casual fare with a festive character twist. 

Little ones will delight in an all-new Toy Story-themed district designed especially for families with toddlers and young children. This whimsical water wonderland will include a splash zone, wading pool, family waterslide and smoothie bar. 

Adults will indulge in sun-drenched serenity at Quiet Cove, a peaceful refuge dedicated to lounging, sipping and soaking. Set away from the bustle of family activities, this secluded adults-only district will feature a luxurious infinity pool, poolside bar and chic cafe. 

With the debut of three brand-new family dining concepts ranging from theatrical entertainment to cinematic adventure to sophisticated elegance, dinner on board the Disney Wish will be so much more than a meal – it will be a chance to interact with favorite Disney stories in exciting new ways. 

Arendelle: A Frozen Dining Adventure is Disney’s first “Frozen”-themed theatrical dining experience that will bring the world of Arendelle to life through immersive live entertainment — featuring favorite characters like Elsa, Anna, Kristoff and Olaf — and world-class cuisine infused with Nordic influences.

Worlds of Marvel is the first-ever Marvel cinematic dining adventure, where you’ll play an interactive role in an action-packed Avengers mission that unfolds around you, complete with a worldly menu inspired by the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

1923, named for the year The Walt Disney Company was founded, is an elegant celebration of the company’s legacy, paying homage to the golden age of animation and offering a tasteful tribute to its Californian heritage with dishes inspired by the state’s unique fusion of cultural flavors. 

The Grand Hall will evolve from a fairytale gathering space into an environmental theater through the magic of built-in special effects and the first-ever atrium stage on a Disney ship. Dedicated shows and interactive entertainment will come to life all around the hall, putting you front and center as you play a special role in the magic. 

Luna is a brand-new entertainment hub that will transition from a daytime setting for family fun into an elegant evening venue for adult-exclusive entertainment, offering a variety of live shows and interactive programming throughout the day.

Hero Zone is a futuristic sports arena where physical activity will blend with imagination during action-packed challenges and game show-style competitions for families to take on together.

The Walt Disney Theatre is an opulent show palace that will come alive with original Broadway-style stage productions developed exclusively for Disney Cruise Line. 

The Wonderland and Never Land Cinemas are intimate screening rooms that will provide you more options than ever to watch classic and first-run films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and more. 

In true Disney Cruise Line fashion, the Disney Wish will offer a robust menu of world-class entertainment throughout every voyage, including spectacular stage shows, exhilarating deck parties, one-of-a-kind character experiences, fun family activities, contemporary cabarets and more.

Children ages 3 to 12 will enter the captivating worlds of favorite Disney stories in the reimagined Disney’s Oceaneer Club, a real-life wonderland featuring more spaces and stories than ever before. 

Marvel Super Hero Academy is a high-tech Avengers headquarters where young “recruits” will train to be the next generation of Super Heroes with the help of their own heroes, like Spider-Man, Black Panther, Ant-Man and the Wasp.

Fairytale Hall is a royal trio of activity rooms where princesses and princes will let their creativity shine at Rapunzel’s Art Studio, read and act out stories at Belle’s Library, and test newfound icy powers at Anna and Elsa’s Sommerhus. 

Walt Disney Imagineering Lab is a first-of-its-kind opportunity for kids to discover the secrets of Disney Imagineers with hands-on activities and inventive experiments.

For the littlest cruisers ages 6 months to 3 years, It’s a Small World Nursery will offer babysitting services in a whimsical environment inspired by the beloved Disney attraction of the same name.

Edge (ages 11 to 14) and Vibe (ages 14 to 17) are trendy hangouts where tweens and teens will chill and play in their own way, with dedicated programming designed to engage the unique interests of these age groups.

For the first time on a Disney ship, you will embark on a space-jumping tour of the Star Wars galaxy at Star Wars: Hyperspace Lounge, a high-end bar styled as a luxurious yacht-class spaceship. This richly themed, immersive experience will be reserved for adults every evening, offering interactive tasting experiences and signature beverages inspired by destinations such as Batuu, Tatooine and Mustafar.

You’ll savor gourmet meals and exceptional beverages at an upscale suite of epicurean excellence exclusively for adults, inspired by the elegant icons of Walt Disney Animation Studios’ “Beauty and the Beast.”

Palo Steakhouse is an evolution of the Palo restaurant that Disney cruisers know and love, now combining the relaxed sophistication of authentic Italian dining with the classic refinement of a modern steakhouse in a genteel setting inspired by Cogsworth, the tale’s majordomo-turned-enchanted-clock.

Enchanté by Chef Arnaud Lallement will offer the most luxurious dining experience on board, featuring a gourmet menu crafted by the three-Michelin-starred chef. This romantic and intimate venue evokes the dazzling spirit of the film’s candelabra maitre d’, Lumiere.  

The Rose is a chic lounge at the entrance of Palo Steakhouse and Enchanté. Inspired by the fateful flower at the heart of the story, The Rose will be an idyllic setting for a pre-dinner aperitif or after-dinner cocktail. 

Senses Spa is a tranquil oasis offering indulgent spa and beauty treatments, drawing on the serenity of natural elements to promote pampering and relaxation. The spa will feature private treatment rooms, lavish spa villas, and steam and aromatherapy rooms, while the reimagined Senses Fitness will offer state-of-the-art exercise and wellness facilities.  

Other adult-exclusive spaces on board the Disney Wish will include the Quiet Cove pool district; a variety of gourmet cafes, relaxed bars and upscale lounges; and more. 

With an all-new look and feel steeped in enchantment and inspired by dreamy Disney stories, every stateroom on board the Disney Wish will be a luxurious, peaceful retreat designed with ample room for families, plenty of storage and upscale amenities. Most will feature Disney Cruise Line’s signature split-bathroom concept for utmost comfort and function. 

Most of the ship’s 1,254 staterooms will offer an ocean view — including 877 (70%) with a spacious verandah — and there will be 451 connecting doors that adjoin rooms to accommodate larger families. 

The Disney Wish will elevate the concierge experience with more than double the number of premium concierge staterooms and suites, including Disney’s first-ever staterooms located above the bridge, boasting floor-to-ceiling windows that reveal breathtaking ocean views overlooking the bow of the ship. An exclusive lounge with private sun deck will be the perfect place for concierge guests to relax, sip a cocktail, and enjoy a premium level of dedicated service throughout the voyage.

The Disney Wish will also debut four royal suites – richly adorned, lavishly appointed suites that accommodate up to six guests and feature extravagant details and first-class amenities. These include a pair of two-story suites, the first of their kind within the Disney fleet, which will feature stunning statement pieces like an elegant spiral staircase and a spectacular two-deck-high stained-glass frieze.

The Disney Wish will sail its maiden voyage — a five-night cruise to Nassau, Bahamas, and Disney’s private island, Castaway Cay — on June 9, 2022, followed by an inaugural season of three- and four-night cruises to the same destinations from Port Canaveral, Fla. Bookings open to the general public on May 27, 2021.

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Voyager Station Space Hotel

Aiming to open in 2026, Voyager Station has a shot to be the first true space hotel. 

The wheel-shaped retreat is slated to have all the amenities one would expect at a resort, including suites, villas, a restaurant, bar, gym, and entertainment venue, as well as unique offerings like spacewalks and low-gravity basketball. 

The rooms and common areas will offer 1/6 of Earth’s gravity, while the central docking station will host a zero-gravity experience. 

The hotel is slated to be constructed in orbit using automation and telerobotics, and will be outfitted with 44 autonomous “emergency return vehicles” should a space emergency demand an evacuation back to our home planet. Currently accepting reservations; pricing has yet to be announced but is estimated to run $5 Million for a three-day trip.

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide By Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter—and many places beyond.

In World Travel: An Irreverent Guide ($35), a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places—in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Chris; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes illustrations by Wesley Allsbrook.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

The 480 page book will be released on April 20, 2021. Pre-order HERE.

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Nautilus Art Prints Announces Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Print By Laurent Durieux

Nautilus Art Prints is very proud to announce its newest release : Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You designed by Laurent Durieux. The artist does a gentle nod to the classic film Jaws in the poster.

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Regular Print
By Laurent Durieux
Measures 24×36 inches
11 colors
Edition Size – 575
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€65

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Variant Print
By Laurent Durieux
Measures 24×36 inches
11 colors
Edition Size – 225
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€85

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Regular Version
Screenprinted on wood
By Laurent Durieux
Format: 26,38×38,58 inches
6 mm thick
11 colors
Edition Size – 10
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€250

Martha’s Vineyard Welcomes You Variant Version
Screenprinted on wood
By Laurent Durieux
Format: 26,38×38,58 inches
6 mm thick
11 colors
Edition Size – 10
Signed and hand numbered by the artist
€250

On sale on Nautilus Art Prints store this Friday December, 11 at 7 PM Brussels Time – 10 AM (PT)

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First Passengers Travel Safely On A Hyperloop

Virgin Hyperloop made history last week as the first people successfully traveled in a hyperloop pod.

The testing campaign, from the beginning stages all the way through to the successful demonstration, was overseen by the industry-recognized Independent Safety Assessor (ISA) Certifer. Having undergone a rigorous and exhaustive safety process, the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle demonstrates many of the safety-critical systems that will be found on a commercial hyperloop system and is equipped with a state-of-the-art control system that can detect off-nominal states and rapidly trigger appropriate emergency responses.

Josh Giegel, Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer, and Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience, were the first people in the world to ride on this new form of transportation. The test took place at Virgin Hyperloop’s 500 meter DevLoop test site in Las Vegas, Nevada where the company has previously run over 400 un-occupied tests.

The occupants made their maiden voyage on the newly-unveiled XP-2 vehicle, designed by Bjarke Ingels Group, which was custom-built with occupant safety and comfort in mind. While the production vehicle will be larger and seat up to 28 passengers, this 2-seater XP-2 vehicle was built to demonstrate that passengers can in fact safely travel in a hyperloop vehicle.

“Hyperloop is about so much more than the technology. It’s about what it enables – the trips you’d be able to take from Paris to Berlin, Lisbon to Madrid, or Warsaw to Prague,” said Sara Luchian, Director of Passenger Experience for Virgin Hyperloop. “To me, the passenger experience ties it all together. And what better way to design the future than to actually experience it first-hand?”

By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, hyperloop systems can carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds, and with zero direct emissions. With the goal to be safety certified by 2025 and begin commercial operations by 2030, the 100% electric Virgin Hyperloop system could play a key role in helping achieve the European Green Deal’s climate-neutrality objective.

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Funko Announces Pop! Around The World Collection

Come on a fun travel adventure with Freddy Funko! Explore the world, learn fun facts about each country, and make some new friends along the way with Funko’s Pop! Around the World collection.

POP! fans exist all over the world, and now Funko is bringing the world to its fans! Freddy Funko has been traveling to some amazing places around the world and making lots of new friends and can’t wait to introduce them to his Funko Family.

Each month, Freddy will introduce a new Pop! friend available for purchase on Funko Shop and select retailers around the world. Each Pop! comes with its own unique, collectible pin in the box from their country of origin.

Coming soon!

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World Travel: An Irreverent Guide By Anthony Bourdain & Laurie Woolever

A guide to some of the world’s most fascinating places, as seen and experienced by writer, television host, and relentlessly curious traveler Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain saw more of the world than nearly anyone. His travels took him from the hidden pockets of his hometown of New York to a tribal longhouse in Borneo, from cosmopolitan Buenos Aires, Paris, and Shanghai to Tanzania’s utter beauty and the stunning desert solitude of Oman’s Empty Quarter―and many places beyond.

In World Travel, a life of experience is collected into an entertaining, practical, fun and frank travel guide that gives readers an introduction to some of his favorite places―in his own words. Featuring essential advice on how to get there, what to eat, where to stay and, in some cases, what to avoid, World Travel provides essential context that will help readers further appreciate the reasons why Bourdain found a place enchanting and memorable.

Supplementing Bourdain’s words are a handful of essays by friends, colleagues, and family that tell even deeper stories about a place, including sardonic accounts of traveling with Bourdain by his brother, Chris; a guide to Chicago’s best cheap eats by legendary music producer Steve Albini, and more. Additionally, each chapter includes sly, witty illustrations by cartoonist Tony Millionaire.

For veteran travelers, armchair enthusiasts, and those in between, World Travel offers a chance to experience the world like Anthony Bourdain.

Pre-order the 432 page hardcover book HERE. It will be released on October 13, 2020.

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TIME’s 2019 World’s Greatest Places

How does one measure the greatness of a place—in miles covered, dollars spent, or visitors captivated? Such metrics can play a part, but also important is something that many travelers aspire to experience: the sense that one has stumbled upon the extraordinary.

To compile TIME’s second annual list of the World’s Greatest Places, the magazine solicited nominations across a variety of categories—including museums, parks, restaurants, and hotels—from our editors and correspondents around the world as well as industry experts. Then they evaluated each one based on key factors, including quality, originality, sustainability, innovation and influence.

The result: 100 new and newly noteworthy destinations to experience right now, from America’s hottest hometown pizzeria to a Tokyo museum bringing digital art to life.

California made the list with Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland, Hearst Castle in San Simeon, AutoCamp in Yosemite, Arts District Firehouse Hotel in Los Angeles, and Nyum Bai restaurant in Oakland.

To see the full list, click HERE.

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Weekends Are Better In Boston! Things to Do In Boston For a Weekend Filled With Fun

Boston, Massachusetts has everything anyone could want, and more than you can imagine. From its colonial history to its distinctive accents, Boston will always make an indelible impression on the first time visitor and its frequent traveler, with its outrageous sports fans, gorgeous parks, and quirky personality.

Here are ten things to do in Boston, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

1. Fenway Park 

One of the oldest baseball stadiums in the country, Fenway Park is revered as a shrine by sports fans. The famous Boston Red Sox, winners of the 2018 world series and life long enemies of the New York Yankees, inspire fanatic adulation in Boston natives.

Built in1912, the stadium has been renovated or expanded many times, resulting in weird features like Pesky’s Pole, and the Green Monster in left field.

It has also hosted other sports competitions from soccer to football, in addition to concerts.

2. Harvard Yard 

Not many can get into Harvard, but anyone can tour its hallowed halls and see its Ivy-covered towers. One of the country’s oldest universities and one of the most famous, Harvard is situated in Cambridge, Boston’s sister city across the Charles River. Famous alumni include several Obamas, Mark Zuckerberg, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

You can even download a free walking tour, and explore the famous red brick buildings seeking out the Harvard Crimson (newspaper) offices, the statue of John Harvard, and the Whispering Arch.

Around Harvard, there’s a ton of cool coffee shops, bars, and bookstores to fill up a day with academia and beverages. Don’t forget to pick up a crimson hat or T-shirt to wear at home!

3. New England Aquarium 

Over a million visitors a year check out Boston’s aquarium, which boasts the famous Giant Ocean Tank, a 200,000-gallon tank simulating a Caribbean coral reef. Open at the top, the tank has a walkway that spirals down, giving visitors views of the reef from every angle. You can also see penguins, rare sea dragons electric eels, and sea urchins.

There are special exhibits dedicated to everything from jellyfish and turtles to seals to sharks and stingrays.

4. Quincy Market

This market has been serving food to local Bostonians since the 1800s. Also known at Fanueil Hall, this lively marketplace has all varieties of food plus street performers and all-around great people-watching.

Come here to grab some traditional Bostin meals like clam chowder, Boston cream pie, Boston baked beans with brown bread, and lobster rolls.

Because of Boston’s proximity to the sea, you can find all manner of fresh seafood. Oysters are especially tasty here, as they are freshly plucked from seabeds nearby.

Boston was also a place where many Italians resettled on coming to America. Expect to find a great assortment of Italian specialties, from excellent pizza to delicious desserts like cannolis!

5. Escape Rooms 

If you are traveling with a group, there’s no better way to bond than by solving a problem together. Try it at one of Boston’s newest attractions, Breakout Games. Here your group can search for clues and solves puzzles to escape before time expires in a number of scary scenarios, from being kidnapped to conducting a museum heist.

6.  Whale Watching

During spring and summer, you can jump on a charter boat and try to spot the whales that often travel through Massachusetts waters.  If you are lucky, you might see humpback whales, finback whales, or pilot whales that frequently pass through Massachusetts waters.

Whales migrate to Massachusetts to feed on mackerel, herring, krill, and other fish on their way to warmer climates to mate and give birth. There are lots of tours along the wharf and through the aquarium,  but be prepared to stay on the water several hours to give you a chance to see one. Dress warmly, too!

7. USS Constitution 

The USS Constitution, otherwise known as  “Old Ironsides” is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world. Everyone interested in all things maritime will love to explore this relic of the high seas.

A favorite for school trips, the ship and its museum next door have lots of interactive exhibits. If you take a harbor tour, you will learn about the Boston Tea Party, a pivotal moment in our nation’s evolution.

8. Boston Commons and the Public Garden

This beautiful park has swan boats to glide around in, and a statue based on the children’s classic: “Make Way for Ducklings.”

The oldest park in America, over the centuries it has served as a military camp, a dump, and a place for riots and protests. Nowadays, people who live in, work in and visit Boston traverse its paths for a bit of serenity in the middle of the big city.

Throughout all seasons there are things to do, from ice skating to Shakespeare in the Park in the summer to the floating jack-o-lanterns in the Frog Pond in October.

9. Warren Anatomical Museum 

The Warren Anatomical Museum is a treasure trove of strange medical tools, death masks, skeletons, and human abnormalities. See items like the skull of Phineas Gage, who survived an iron bar being driven through his head and lived to tell the tale.

Great for students of medicine or just people who like ghoulish things, this museum displays over a thousand watercolors, drawings, photographs, and lantern slides, a thousand anatomical models and casts, and thousands more medical, dental, and public health instruments and devices.

10. The Museum of Bad Art 

Founded in the fall of 1993, this place is exactly what it sounds like. With a tagline: “art too bad to be ignored,” this museum is currently under renovation but is worth the trip once it reopens.

You will roll on the floor with laughter at its collections of atrocious portraits (“poor traits”), hideous landscapes, and, of course, awful pictures of pets.

Things to Do in Boston: No End to the Possibilities

if you are trying to come up with a list of things to do in Boston, your real problem will be finding the time to do it all! This city is a must-see for history buffs, beer drinkers, and football fans, plus students, artists, and just about everyone else.

Keep checking back to discover new, interesting and silly ways to be entertained.

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Here Is A First Peek At The Taco Bell Pop-Up Hotel In Palm Springs

Taco Bell shared a first peek inside its much-anticipated pop-up hotel in Palm Springs, California named ‘The Bell’.

Reservations open Thursday, June 27,  with availability to guests this summer from August 8 through August 12 for $169 per night.

“The hotel draws on Taco Bell’s vibrant palette to create a unique and flavor-filled destination that is the ultimate expression of the brand, unlike anything the brand has done before,” says Taco Bell’s senior director of retail engagement and experience, Jennifer Arnoldt.

The branded hotel, which will temporarily take over the V Hotel Palm Springs hotel at 333 E. Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs, will offer 70 rooms. It will feature a “Freeze Lounge”—inspired by the chain’s “Mountain Dew Baja Blast” beverage—where presumably guests can enjoy antifreeze-colored slushies, try to not bounce off the walls in the ensuing sugar rush and ultimately crash into a puddle on the floor.

Other entertainment will include “dive-in movies” and performances from musical acts participating in Taco Bell’s long-running “Feed the Beat” food-for-touring-bands program, as well taco-themed nail art.

While guests will be able to eat Taco Bell-inspired resort fare and new (as-yet-unveiled) menu items, Taco Bell is also hinting that Taco Bell breakfast in bed will be available.

Click HERE for more info.

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