Always An Adventure Travel

Always An Adventure Travel I am a home-based travel agency located in Houston, TX. Soy un agencia de viajes en el hogar ubicado en Houston, TX.

10/03/2020

Orlando theme parks review post-COVID restrictions!

Deets: 1 day at Universal (Park to Park ticket),1 day at each of the 4 Disney theme parks. Off-site Disney good-neighbor hotel (Courtyard by Marriott).

Health/Safety measures: temperature checks are required before entering any park, the Disney transportation center and Disney Springs. They moved very quickly but plan for a little added time to enter the parks. Masks are required at all parks at all times. Disney parks specifically restrict neck gaiters and masks with valves, I did not see any restrictions for Universal. There are employees stationed throughout all the parks enforcing masks and also reminding you they must be above your nose. Removing your mask to eat and drink is only allowed while you're stationary. Hand sanitizing stations are at the start and end of each ride. Universal requires hand sanitizer before getting on a ride (an employee dispenses it for you so you cannot bypass this), Disney left it up to the rider. Employees are cleaning around the park constantly, wiping down handrails and other common touchpoints and rides are stopped intermittently for cleaning. Distancing markers are throught the lines to make sure you keep your distance and there are plexiglass dividers in lines and on some rides. All rides cars are spaced accordingly. Ubers/Lyfts also require masks while riding.

Crowds: lower than usual but like always depends on the park and the day. All parks are operating on limited hours and limited capacity. Parks are extending hours on weekends by 1-2 hours depending on the park.

Lines: you will wait for rides. Average wait was 15-30 minutes with my longest waits at 85-90 minutes for the newest rides (Hagrid's Magical Motorbike, Mickey and Minnie's Runaway Railroad). For Star Wars Rise of the Resistence it is a virtual queue. You have to be inside the park to even try to get in the queue and there are only two opportunities, at 10:00 am and another at 2:00 pm. The seats "sell-out" about 9 seconds after the queue opens so if you aren't poised and ready on the dot you won't get a seat. Each person in your party can log into the app and try as long as your tickets are linked. I did not get in at 10:00 but I did get in at 2:00. You are assigned a boarding group number and you return to the line when your boarding group is called (the app notifies you). Single rider lines are no more at both Disney and Universal.

Character Sightings: There are no character meet & greets and you can't get autographs. They do have characters stationed throught the parks where you can get close-ish to be able to snap a pic or selfie. My understanding for character dining is that they are there and they will pass by and greet you but again, socially distanced.

Dining: not all dining options are open right now so wait time for sit-down restaurants are significant at Disney, I was able to sit-down and eat with no wait at Universal. Both Disney and Universal have mobile ordering throughout the park and it's very fast and convenient.

Accomodations: highly encourage you to call your resort and see what is open before you get to your hotel! Disney resorts have limited dining options available but are still running shuttles to the parks. My good-neighbor hotel was supposed to have a shuttle but it was not running and that seems to be true for many of the off-site resorts. Pool was open at my hotel but gym was not. No dining options were available at my hotel and housekeeping services were limited. If you needed fresh towels or toiletries you could get them from the front desk but otherwise housekeeping did not enter my room. I was given trash bags to put my trash out in the hallway each morning.

Disney-Specific Stuff: All Disney parks require both a ticket AND a park reservation which you make through the app/website. Not all parks are available (Hollywood Studios is sold out for the next 2 weeks) so make sure you check the park reservation availability BEFORE you buy any tickets! Park-to-Park tickets are not an option right now. There are no Extra Magic Hours. There is no rope drop ceremony. When you arrive at the park you are let right in and you can go wherever you want. You can go get in line for a ride as soon as you enter the park but they don't start operating the rides until closer to actual park opening time. There are no Fast Passes, you WILL wait in line for rides. There are no parades, instead there are regularly scheduled character cavalcades (mini-parades) so you do get to see some of your favorites. There are no fireworks or nighttime spectacular shows right now.

Is the experience different? Absolutely. Is it still magical? Absolutely!

If you have specific questions, feel free to reach out!

08/12/2017

Found out another perk to the Global Entry program! I mailed my passport in for renewal LAST WEEK and already have my new passport in hand. Without paying to expedite it!! 👏👏👏

06/06/2017

According to this morning's news, the following dates are your best chances this summer to find low airfare!

Tuesday, June 6 (TODAY)
Tuesday, July 4
Tuesday, August 22
Tuesday, September 12

Added bonus....Southwest's 72 hour sale starts TODAY! Happy flight hunting ✈

Longer security lines on the horizon for these 10 airports!  All the more reason to get Global Entry or TSA precheck!
05/30/2017
TSA Tests New Carry-On Screening

Longer security lines on the horizon for these 10 airports! All the more reason to get Global Entry or TSA precheck!

Another reason to sign up for PreCheck looms.

Escape Houston
05/20/2017
Escape Houston

Escape Houston

[05/23/2017 @ 11:20 AM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

-- old post below.

Southwest has round-trip flights from Houston (HOU) to Las Vegas (LAS) or Oakland (OAK) starting at $122, NONSTOP. $61 each-way. Flights Tuesdays and Wednesdays from August to November. Origin/Destination reversible. If you’re wanting to get to San Francisco, fly into Oakland and take the BART.

Note: If you book Vegas as a Flight+Hotel package, you can save an additional $100 by using a Coupon Code on Southwest Vacations.

Visit our website for example booking dates, coupon codes, and more details.

https://escapehouston.com/12141/cheap-flight-houston-las-vegas-4/

Wanting to visit Cuba but not sure what to expect?  Check out my blog detailing my trip in March!
05/16/2017
Cuba Libre

Wanting to visit Cuba but not sure what to expect? Check out my blog detailing my trip in March!

For as long as I can remember, Cuba has been on my bucket list.  There were talks about sneaking in from a gateway country but it was al...

05/14/2017

Want to book a cruise for a large group but your sailing is no longer allowing group bookings? No problem...I just booked 19 individual rooms for a family cruise and got everyone their requested room type all on the same floor! 🚢👏

Happy Travel Agent Day, y'all!!  Here's a great article on why you should consider using a travel agent to help with you...
05/03/2017
How a Travel Agent Works

Happy Travel Agent Day, y'all!! Here's a great article on why you should consider using a travel agent to help with your vacation plans!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-black/how-a-travel-agent-works_b_7903072.html

Some will tilt their heads to one side and ask "Do Travel Agents still exist?" as if they were magically staring into the eyes of a unicorn. Others will immediately start over-sharing every travel nightmare they, and everyone on the internet have ever experienced. Finally there are the folks that hi...

Houston friends looking for a fall getaway!
04/26/2017
Escape Houston

Houston friends looking for a fall getaway!

United has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to Belize (BZE) starting at $259, NONSTOP. Flights September to October. Cheapest flights are midweek. But we’re seeing flights that depart on Friday or Saturday and return on Tuesday for only +$20 more.

Note: Southwest is matching, if you rather fly with them.

Visit our website for example booking dates and more details.

https://escapehouston.com/11963/cheap-flight-houston-belize-3/

I'm behind on blogging but working to catch up.  Here's January's trip to San Francisco!
04/11/2017
The City By The Bay

I'm behind on blogging but working to catch up. Here's January's trip to San Francisco!

I had the misfortune of being trapped in a Southwest network failure this summer which resulted in hours of delays and baggage that was de...

Completed Travel Education
04/07/2017

Completed Travel Education

Royal Caribbean Sale on bookings through March 31st!
03/14/2017

Royal Caribbean Sale on bookings through March 31st!

Worldwide Sale for United Vacations on bookings through March 30th!  Save up to $250 in the US and up to $350 internatio...
03/13/2017

Worldwide Sale for United Vacations on bookings through March 30th! Save up to $250 in the US and up to $350 internationally! Good on travel through 12/15/17.

Looking to head to Europe??  This is a FANTASTIC deal!  I just booked my flight!*Disclaimer...they do charge if you want...
03/08/2017
Escape Houston

Looking to head to Europe?? This is a FANTASTIC deal! I just booked my flight!

*Disclaimer...they do charge if you want to choose your seat so plan for an additional $78 at least to pick your seats. Non-stop round trip for $571 is still a great deal!

Update: [03/08/2017 @ 11:07 AM] Fare gone. Removing from deal list.

-- old post below.

British Airways has round-trip flights from Houston (IAH) to London (LHR) for $495, NONSTOP. Flights MON-THU from April to early-May and also August to January. Holiday Blackouts apply. 7-day minimum stay required.

Note: This is a very good price for NONSTOP flights. If you purchased yesterday for $555, and it hasn't been over 24-hours since your purchase, you should be able to cancel and rebook at the lower price without incurring a change fee on Priceline, Travelocity or AA.

Visit our website for example booking dates and more details.

https://escapehouston.com/11739/cheap-flight-houston-london-5/

Timeline Photos
01/29/2017

Timeline Photos

Thinking about traveling to the USVI this year?  It's their centennial and to celebrate they are offering travelers $300...
01/12/2017
Packages & Promotions | US Virgin Islands

Thinking about traveling to the USVI this year? It's their centennial and to celebrate they are offering travelers $300 in credit to check out tours/historical activities when you stay at participating hotels!

#stcroix #stthomas #stjohn #usvi
http://www.visitusvi.com/package_and_promotions

Whether you're searching for the perfect spot to hide away from it all or a jam-packed trip filled with exotic adventures, you'll find it here in the U.S. Virgin Islands.With three distinct islands to choose from, you'll find historic windmill ruins, lively shops and restaurants and picturesque beac...

Starting early on my 2017 goals....I started a travel blog! This way I can share my favorite experiences from all of my ...
01/01/2017
A Magical Week in Bali

Starting early on my 2017 goals....I started a travel blog! This way I can share my favorite experiences from all of my trips with everyone. My goal is to post about each trip I go on and share tips, activities, restaurants, etc. with direct links.

Check out my first post about my trip to Bali!

Where is that?   That's the first question my mother asked when I told her I was going to Bali to celebrate my best friend's birthday. ...

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