Walt Disney Travel Company Launches New Podcast Series “Journey to the Magic” With Giovanna Fletcher

Walt Disney Travel Company is excited to announce the launch of its brand-new, star-studded podcast Journey to the Magic hosted by Giovanna Fletcher set to launch on 8 September 2021. Each week, Queen of the Castle, author and long-time Disney fan, Giovanna Fletcher, will be inviting one of her celebrity guests to talk all things Disney holidays. They’ll be sharing magical memories, funny stories and family traditions from their holidays to Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris and Disney Cruise Line. Listeners can expect lots of insider tips, Disney hacks from the celebrity guests, plenty of holiday inspiration and even a chance to win a dream holiday to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.

During the six-part series, Giovanna and her guests relive their experiences at the Disney Parks’ iconic attractions, recall special moments with their favourite Disney characters and reveal fun facts about theirtimeattheresortsandontheDisneycruiseships. ResidentDisneyexpert,Elkie,willalsofeature in each episode to reveal her top tips and valuable insider knowledge as well as exclusive updates on the Disney Parks and the special celebrations in store for Walt Disney World’s 50th Anniversary which begins 1 October 2021.

In episode one, Giovanna will be joined by husband and Glitterball contender Tom Fletcher, whilst best friend TV presenter Emma Willis is her guest for episode two, alongside a host of famous guests yet to be revealed for the rest of the series. Each guest will take the listener on a journey, detailing their perfect, fun-filled “Disney Day” from their must do attraction as soon as they step intoa Disney Park,toafternoonsexploring agalaxy far, far away and eveningsenjoying a magnifique romantic meal at a restaurant run by a rat.

Author and presenter, Giovanna Fletcher, said: “I’ve been a fan of the Disney Parks for a long time and we’ve experienced some of our most magical moments as a family there – including our honeymoon, so I couldn’t be more excited to partner with Walt Disney Travel Company on this podcast. Expect happy tears and lots of laughter as each of my celebrity guests’ take us on a journey reliving their magical trips and talking us through their Dream Disney Day. It brought back so many of my own wonderful memories so I hope Disney fans have as much fun listening to ‘Journey to the Magic’ as I did making it. More than that, I hope that it provides some much needed Disney magic during these times.”

Justin Kliger, Director of Walt Disney Travel Company, said: “Our goal was to make this podcast a joyous destination in itself, for anyone missing that Disney magic over the past year. With our friend

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Walt Disney Travel Company Presents, Journey to the Magic podcast will be available from Wednesday, 8 September 2021 at www.disneyholidays.co.uk/podcast One lucky winner will also have the chance of winning a magical holiday to Walt Disney World in Florida where they could celebrate the resort’s 50th Anniversary.

Iron Gwazi to Open March 2022 at Busch Gardens Tampa Bay

Today, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay announced that Iron Gwazi will open as North America’s tallest hybrid coaster and the fastest and steepest hybrid coaster in the world in March 2022, in time for Spring Break. 

The new ride will take thrills to new heights, plunging riders from a 206-foot-tall peak into a 91-degree drop and reaching top speeds of 76 miles per hour. The journey will include a dozen airtime moments, including three inversions, as it races along more than 4,075 feet of purple steel track. With a 48” height requirement, Iron Gwazi will be an exciting attraction that thrill-seeking families can take on together.

“Iron Gwazi has been highly anticipated by roller coaster enthusiasts around the world since we first announced this new legend.  Due to the unprecedented challenges over the last two years, Iron Gwazi was delayed, and we recognize the delay has disappointed our fans.  We appreciate the patience our guests have shown.” said Neal Thurman, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay Park President. “We’re finally able to confirm that we will be delivering on the next-level thrills that our coaster fans crave and expect from Busch Gardens, when we open this incredible coaster this spring.”

Iron Gwazi will be the 10th roller coaster to join Busch Gardens’ lineup of highly rated roller coasters and thrill rides, including Tigris, Florida’s tallest inversion, SheiKra, a 200-foot, 90-degree drop coaster, and Montu, recognized as one of the top 10 coasters in the country.

 

Say Goodbye to Free Fastpass at Walt Disney World and Disneyland

FASTPASS, FastPass+ and Disney MaxPass services will be retired at Walt Disney World and Disneyland California as Disney introduce their Disney Genie+ service with a daily charge per ticket.

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Coming this fall to Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, Disney Genie is a complimentary and convenient new digital service designed to create the best Disney day for our Guests. We’ve been listening to Guest feedback – they want planning to be easier, they want more flexibility and they want better tools to help you make the most of your visit – and that’s exactly what Disney Genie is here to do. Disney have made significant investments in this cool new technology, which guides Guests through Disney theme parks with tips that can help them reduce time in lines, discover magic around every corner and take the guesswork out of “what’s next.”

Built right into the My Disney Experience and Disneyland apps, Disney Genie service will maximize your park time for Guests, so they can have more fun. It includes a personalized itinerary feature that will quickly and seamlessly map out an entire day. From specific attractions, foodie experiences and entertainment, to general interests like Disney princesses, villains, Pixar, Star Wars, thrill rides and more – Guests just tell Disney Genie what they want to do and it will do the planning for them.

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‘Harmonious’ Brings to EPCOT a Global Ensemble of Musical Artists from Around the World

Music is at the heart of any celebration. It can bring the world together across boundaries and borders, and Disney music is recognized no matter where you are in the world. It touches people’s lives through powerful melodies and memorable lyrics that are inspiring and moving in any language. “Harmonious,” the all-new nighttime spectacular coming to EPCOT, celebrates the music of Disney and its ability to unite us all, bridging cultures and generations to unlock the magic of possibility.

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The Ndlovu Youth Choir from Johannesburg contributes a medley of favorites from The Lion King, performed in both English and Zulu. We also hear a duet with French pop singer Damien Sargue, belting “Out There” from Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and the music of Disney and Pixar’s Brave gets a Celtic kick from the dueling violins of Grammy and Emmy-nominated violinist Máiréad Nesbitt and platinum- selling electronic artist, violinist, and multi-talented entertainer Lindsey Stirling.

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Space 220 Restaurant Lifts Off at EPCOT

Space 220 restaurant at EPCOT is scheduled to begin service in mid-September… another milestone in the transformation of EPCOT underway at Walt Disney World Resort. 

Space 220 Restaurant at EPCOT

The Space 220 restaurant is located adjacent to the Mission: SPACE attraction, and takes fine dining to a whole new level.  The immersive experience begins as Guests check in to the Space 220 Departure Lounge in Future World. From here, Guests will board one of two “Space Elevators” that will transport them to what seems like 220 miles above Earth to Centauri Space Station. As Guests begin their ascent, they’ll look down through a viewport to see EPCOT shrink away; looking up they’ll see the Space Station come into view. 

Once Guests have docked, they’ll head through the Centauri Space Station themed dining area. Inside the dining area, Guests will experience a panoramic view of Earth below, and a variety of work and leisure activities taking place beyond the windows of the Space Station themed restaurant.  

And the views are just part of the experience. Disney Imagineers are excited to have created this experience for Executive Chef Marc Kusche to showcase his culinary wonders. The Space 220 restaurant menu will feature stellar dishes and gourmet recipes, with a two-course prix fixe menu for lunch, and a three-course prix fixe menu for dinner. The upscale, contemporary fare will bring new meaning to “the height of dining!” Rounding out the meal will be unique beverages – from fine wine to atmospheric cocktails and more.