1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast

There's more characters, entertainment, parades, shows and more coming back to Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise. Catch up on all the latest Disney travel news.

Show Notes

More entertainment coming to Magic Kingdom Park for the 50th Anniversary Celebration

On February 11 the new “Disney Adventure Friends Cavalcade!” kicks off with nearly 30 Disney and Pixar characters, including Nick and Judy from “Zootopia,” Baloo and King Louie from “The Jungle Book,” José Carioca and Panchito from “The Three Caballeros,” plus Merida, Moana, The Incredibles, and more. It will also include the Magic Kingdom debut of Miguel from “Coco.” 

The fan favorite “Festival of Fantasy” parade returns to Magic Kingdom Park starting March 9 – the anniversary of the debut of the parade in 2014. It will have two shows daily.

“Mickey’s Magical Friendship Faire” will make its debut on the Cinderella Castle Forecourt Stage February 25. The show has been updated for the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary and will incorporate favorite scenes from “Frozen,” “Tangled,” and “The Princess and the Frog” – plus a new opening and a new finale with Mickey Mouse and all his friends in their sparkling, EARidescent fashions. It will happen multiple times a day and will include a new original song entitled “Where the Magic Feels Like Home.”

“Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!” and “Fantasmic!” will return later this year.

Character Sightings added to Disney Genie+

You will now find select Character Sightings as new selections for Lightning Lane entry with the purchase of Disney Genie+:
  • See Cinderella and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park
  • See Princess Tiana and a Visiting Princess at Princess Fairytale Hall at Magic Kingdom Park
  • See Mickey at Town Square Theater at Magic Kingdom Park 
  • See Olaf at Celebrity Spotlight at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Disney Cruise Line Introduces Pixar Day at Sea on Select Disney Fantasy Sailings in 2023

Disney Cruise Line has an all-new Pixar Day at Sea on special sailings of the Disney Fantasy in early 2023.

The day-long celebration features one-of-a-kind experiences on select seven-night voyages. It will bring to life Pixar tales from “Toy Story,” “Monsters, Inc.,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and more. Themed dining, character encounters, dance parties and a stage show await families on this fun-filled day at sea that caps off with a deck party of incredible proportions.

A Pixar film festival, exclusive merchandise and photo opportunities will also be available as part of the new celebration. Other details and highlights include: 

Character Encounters
  • From morning until night, you can dance, play and interact with your favorite Pixar pals, including Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Bo Peep from “Toy Story”; Mike, Sulley and Boo from “Monsters, Inc.”; Joy and Sadness from “Inside Out”; Dug and Russell from “Up”; and everyone’s favorite supers – Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and Frozone from “The Incredibles.”
Immersive Entertainment
  • A new nighttime show will call on Disney Cruise Line Guests to help the Incredibles save the day.
  • A first-of-its-kind theatrical experience will bring to life the beloved story of Miguel and his family from “Coco” through live music and puppetry.
  • Families will be able to join their favorite characters for a dance party bash. 
Dining Filled with Character
  • A new, interactive character dining experience hosted by Sheriff Woody, Jesse and Bullseye will kick-off the day with sing-a-longs, cowboy serenades and all the country breakfast fixins.
  • A Pixar-themed dinner will have dishes inspired by the Pixar Animation Studios’ California locale.
  • Immerse yourself in undersea magic while dining in Animator’s Palate with visits from some of your favorite “Finding Nemo” friends, including interactive conversations with Crush.
Pixar Day at Sea will happen on nine select Disney Fantasy cruises from January through March 2023. 

EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival Will Showcase Blooms, Tunes, Scents and Flavors Beginning March 2

Are you ready for spring? The horticulture and festival teams at Walt Disney World Resort are hard at work preparing for the 2022 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival.  

This year’s festival runs March 2 to July 4 – a total of 125 days.

Disney Character topiaries offer a perfect backdrop for springtime photos with family and friends. A new main entrance display will feature Goofy with a birthday cake celebrating the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary.

Horticulture teams are creating new topiaries of the Seven Dwarfs to accompany Snow White near the Germany pavilion in World Showcase. And returning this year are Lumiere and Cogsworth topiaries in the France pavilion as well as Pumbaa and Timon topiaries near Imagination!
On the bridge to World Showcase, you can enjoy the sights and scents of spring at a new fragrant garden presented by Scentsy. Surrounded by butterfly topiaries, you can follow your noses to six scent stations—floral, fruity, citrus, spice, woods and fresh—to form lasting memories of unforgettable aromas.

The Health Full Trail presented by AdventHealth offers a fun way for families to play and learn how to stay healthy, and Outdoor Escapes Presented by OFF!® Repellents lets Guests enjoy a moment of relaxation, while learning how easy it is to create an outdoor escape of their own. Bambi’s Butterfly House enchants you with a kaleidoscope of butterflies showing off their extraordinary beauty and colors.
Plus there's the Garden Rocks Concert Series, 18 Outdoor Kitchens and much more.

Aulani Resort Guests Urged to Stay Updated on Hawaii’s Travel Requirements

The Government of Hawaii is considering changes to Hawaii’s Safe Travels Program. Specifically, travelers planning to use their vaccine status to receive an exemption to the State of Hawaii’s mandatory quarantine may be required to be up to date on their COVID-19 booster shots. Please continue to stay updated on the latest travel requirements by visiting the State of Hawaii’s Safe Travels website.
As a reminder, the City & County of Honolulu also requires that all Guests ages 12 and older dining on property provide proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours. Please stay up to date on any changes to our offerings on the Know Before You Go page at DisneyTravelAgents.com.

New Post-Cruise COVID-19 Testing Service for Guests Returning Home and New Testing Site in New Orleans

Many Disney Cruise Line Guests are required to show proof of a negative COVID-19 antigen or PCR test result before returning home by air. Disney Cruise Line has announced that Inspire Diagnostics, Disney Cruise Line’s third-party testing provider offers a testing service for $98.33 USD per person for PCR testing, and $41.40 USD per person for antigen testing.

You are responsible for knowing which type of test you need and the window of time in which it must be conducted. Testing is conducted at the terminal after you disembark the ship. Results take approximately 45 minutes to two hours, depending on the type of test.

For more information or to book an appointment, visit the Safe Passage website. Information about this optional service will also be added on the Disney Cruise Line Know Before You Go website page.

If you are sailing out of New Orleans you can visit the InterContinental New Orleans at 444 St. Charles Avenue, to receive a PCR test. 

Marvel Day at Sea Returns to Disney Cruise Line in 2023

Marvel Day at Sea cruises will again be back in 2023 and for the first time ever the biggest group of Marvel Super Heroes and Villains will be on one ship for epic voyages from Miami on the Disney Dream.

The day-long celebration is on select five-night Caribbean cruises, It features encounters with favorite Marvel Super Heroes, action-packed entertainment and Marvel-themed activities for the whole family. 
 
2023 Itineraries: Marvel Day at Sea

Beginning Jan. 7, 2023, Marvel Day at Sea will take place on nine five-night Caribbean cruises sailing from Miami. 
Departing Jan. 16, Jan. 30, Feb. 13 and Feb. 27, 2023, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes a stop at Cozumel, Mexico and Disney’s private island in the Bahamas, Castaway Cay.

Departing Jan. 7, Jan. 21, Feb. 4, Feb. 18 and March 4, 2023, the Western Caribbean itinerary includes Georgetown, Grand Cayman and Castaway Cay. 

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1923 Main Street® is a Disney travel podcast hosted by the father daughter team of Mike Belobradic and Amelia Belobradic. This is your source for the latest Disney travel news and what it all means for you.

Join Mike and Amelia for fun-filled informative discussions as they share the latest Disney travel news every week. Get the latest news for travel to Disney destinations, including Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Vacation Club properties (including Disney Aulani in Hawaii and Disney's Vero Beach Resort in Florida), Disneyland Paris and more.

In each episode, Mike and Amelia discuss the very latest Disney travel news from resort hotels, to Disney dining, VIP experiences, special events, theme parks and more. Mike has over 50 years of Disney travel experience, while Amelia brings a younger perspective to the table with 11+ years of Disney travel at the age of 13.

1923 Main Street: The Disney Travel Podcast was nominated for Best Podcast Awards in the 2021 People's Choice Podcast Awards and the 2021 Canadian Podcast Awards.