First of all, no May the Fourth post this year would be complete without remembering Peter Mayhew, the actor who brought Chewbacca to life. May you rest in peace, Peter. Thank you for your work and for sharing your life with millions of sci-fi geeks all over the world.
You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy. We must be cautious. – Obi Wan (Ben) Kenobi
Ever since I first saw the Facebook page from the Scum and Villainy Cantina in Los Angeles, I was convinced I wanted to go. To my surprise, Sharon was interested in going as well.
When we were planning our Southwest Road Trip and knew we would be visiting Disneyland, we thought a trip to L.A. would be possible. Then we got tickets for Hamilton in L.A. (Note from Sharon: 5th time!) and decided to stay in town for the last weekend of our trip. It was fate. Or the Force. Or maybe you’re like Han Solo and don’t believe in hokey things like that.
Both Disney and Star Wars fans were thrilled when the long-awaited dates of the upcoming Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands were finally announced for the Disney parks in California and Florida. The land is scheduled to open at Disneyland on May 31, and at Walt Disney World a couple of months after, on August 29th.
The two parks are treating their respective openings somewhat differently. This is how the opening will be run at Disneyland:
Things will be a little looser at Walt Disney World, in that no reservations will be required to enter the land during its first month:
The big question for WDW visitors is how the opening will affect people and their vacation towards from late August 2019 forward, and perhaps into 2020 and beyond? Using past experience and a little hypothesis, this is what we think…
Happy Sunday (and happy New Year!) to all of our travel friends, both near and far! Here are some articles we’ve read from other bloggers (and other sources) that we think you may like, as well, so we’re passing them along.
“I am a Jedi, like my father before me.” These were Luke Skywalker’s famous words, said with confidence and defiance, in the face of possible, if not probably death.
Not all of us are lucky enough to be born with The Force inside us (if my wording on that isn’t perfect, forgive me…I’m not an uber geek and my husband says, “It’s complicated”). But with a few Canadian dollars, you can take classes to be a knight for one day or a battle master of tomorrow. All thanks to an unusual academy in Montreal that’s perfect for your inner Jedi.
Happy Sunday, y’all! Sharon and I have come across a lot of interesting travel-related articles this week – here are some of our favorites.
Gary from View from the Wing writes about how United wants to undo the decision to move out of JFK airport and only have flights to New York from their Newark hub. Admittedly, that decision ended up costing them money in the long run. This is a perfect example of what can happen when you run a company by how things look on spreadsheets. While a decision may look good on paper, when you put it into practice the damage caused by the ripples end up making you regret your decision and it’s not always easy to fix damage that’s already done.
Kimpton hotels are now folded into the IHG hotels portfolio and their Karma Rewards program is no more. However, they were able to keep many things from the old program alive. One of those is the “Secret Password” which Loyalty Lobby was nice enough to share with everyone. When you tell the password to the front desk, you’ll get a special gift, which is different depending on the hotel where you are staying.
Reselling items is one way that those in the points and miles community use to earn large balances in their accounts (and possibly make a profit if they’re really good at it). There are dangers in this as Miles to Memories found out when trying to get rid of a pair of Justin Timberlake tickets.
I love checking for AMEX offers but often I’ll see others post about deals that aren’t available to me. Nick from Frequent Miler found out that AMEX will set your offers to where you are at the time. So if you’re out of town, check the AMEX app for offers and you might get in on a good deal that you otherwise would miss out on.
Every time Marriott announces details about the combination of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards there are plenty of people going through the details. Many SPG platinum members were happy Marriott announced that Platinum members would get free breakfast at hotels, including the previously excluded Courtyard brand. Lucky from One Mile at a Time writes about how people quickly noticed that breakfast isn’t included at Courtyards on the newly released list but instead you’ll get a $10 credit per day for up to two people. I was thinking about this but then realized that we don’t have status, so what difference does it make to us? Then I remembered that Sharon might have Marriott Platinum status next year, so it does matter to us. Finally, I stopped worrying because we don’t like eating hotel breakfasts anyway and might get more out of a $10 credit we can use to buy waters, coffee or a drink at the bar.
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