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Mickey’s Christmas Party is canceled, but there’s still plenty of holiday magic at Disney

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A visit to Disney World is a pretty special occasion any day of the year, but the holidays at Disney are the most magical of all. Halloween offers family-friendly and not-too-spooky fun, but the Disney Christmas decorations and programming shine extra bright.

Of course, this is 2020. So, unfortunately, nothing is really going according to plan.

We already knew there wouldn’t be an official Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party” at Disney World this year. But now, we know that Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas and the annual Candlelight Processional at Epcot also will be “on hiatus” for 2020.

The good news is, Micky isn’t skipping the Halloween and Christmas festivities in Florida completely. Instead, Disney is doing what it’s done for the past several months: improvising.

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Halloween at Disney

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Disney World has confirmed to TPG that, beginning on Sept. 15,

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Visit Sicily Before December 2021 and the Island Will Pay For Some of Your Holiday

What we’d do to be nibbling aperitivi in a Sicilian piazza right now. Your own country’s travel restrictions allowing, the Italian island is offering a major incentive for all those who visit in the coming months. In a move to reboot its tourism sector, the regional government has confirmed that it will cover a third (one in three nights) of visitor’s hotel expenses, as well as entry to attractions on the island. 

Sicily has lost upwards of €1 billion in tourism-related revenue since Italy shut down on March 10, and, as a reaction, island authorities are to offer discounts on hotel stays, as well as free tickets to all its many museums and archaeological sites. The discounts will also apply to ‘non-hotel accommodation facilities, agriturismi (farm stays), travel agencies, tour operators [and] registered tour guides’, according to The Local. The ‘See Sicily’ voucher scheme is costing the island a fair amount, which it hopes to recoup quickly as tourists book cheap post-lockdown breaks.

‘€75 million has been allocated for the advance purchase by the region of vouchers and cards to be distributed, for promotional purposes, to tourists, once the health emergency has ceased,’ the island’s local authority has said. 

Originally, the scheme was slated to only apply to travellers visiting Sicily in autumn 2020, but authorities are now saying it ‘could run until December 2021’. It was also originally said to cover flights to the Italian destination too, though that is no longer part of the plan. 

The vouchers

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Bank Holiday warning issued to UK ‘staycationers’ planning to visit hotspots

A warning has been issued to UK holidaymakers to avoid staycation hotspots this bank holiday weekend.

Thousands of visitors are expected to flock to popular holiday destinations over the next three days – despite the weather set to be a washout.

Tourists are therefore being told to stay away from Devon and Cornwall as police say people flocking to the area has already led to an unprecedented strain on its resources.

They are also warning people to behave and respect the local community.

Tourism bosses stating the region is already at full capacity, and anyone without a confirmed booking is being urged to stay away.

Police say the message to visitors is book ahead and plan your trip, expect delays on the roads and act responsibly when they arrive.

Assistant Chief Constable of Devon and Cornwall Police, Glen Mayhew, said: “We know that for much of our tourism economy the Bank Holiday brings opportunity to try and make up for revenue lost during lockdown earlier this year.

“We are working to support this and hope everyone can enjoy our towns, beaches and moors in a safe and respectable manner.

“Demand on police and all emergency services, including HM Coastguard, has been enormous during August.

“We had undertaken significant planning for a busy summer and I’m immensely proud of how all the agencies have responded to this challenge.

“The levels of ASB and public order offences are entirely unacceptable. Drink related issues have been particularly prevalent but are avoidable if people

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Why a road trip with pit stops though the South West was the perfect post-lockdown family holiday

Confession time. I am a travel editor and I have NOT been overseas this summer.

This is not because I was too scared/worried about quarantine/so fed up of the will-we-won’t-we air bridge seesaw that I didn’t want to apply it to my own holiday (with respect to those to whom any of the above apply).

No, my choice to holiday in the UK was for two reasons – as a family we love Britain and holiday here frequently, Covid or no. And I was curious to see how some of our favourite hot-and-not spots, and the people in them, were coping with corona protocol.

So rather than a holiday let, our usual favourite way to do a UK week away, we set off on a round-Britain road trip, starting with the South West – the day that Devon and Cornwall reportedly hit gridlock…

After some time spent on Google Maps frantically rerouting, our first leg went without a hitch, and we even arrived at our first stopover in Bradford on Avon – which lies on the oft forgotten, slightly less manicured, just as magical fringes of the Cotswolds – in time for lunch.

The Jacobean manor house of Woolley Grange is shabby chic in the original sense

Woolley Grange is part of the Luxury Family Hotels group, which counts the impressive Ickworth and flagship Fowey Hall among its number (more of the latter, later) and a brand based on a rumble-tumble, quintessentially English kind of luxury that is like

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Kate Middleton, Prince Charles and more royal family favourite holiday destinations: Which should be top of your travel bucket list?

Carla Challis

Staycations are king at the moment and the thought of jetting off on a summer holiday is something of a distant memory – but that doesn’t mean we can’t dream of where we’d love to travel to next. And for some holiday inspiration, the royal family are top of our list. They know a thing or two about amazing vacation destinations, and tick off some of the dreamiest holiday spots on their annual breaks. There’s the island of Mustique, loved by Princess Margaret and the Cambridges, who took Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis last year, the action-packed Swiss Alps that are a favourite of Prince Edward and family, the sunny beaches of Corfu where Prince Charles and Camilla like to unwind or the stunning scenery of Botswana, a travel highlight for Prince Harry and Meghan, which royal-favourite holiday should you add to your travel bucket list? Take our personality quiz to find out…




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