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Avengers and Other Super Heroes to Assemble in New Themed Areas at Disneyland Resort

Highly anticipated new experiences at Disneyland® Resort will soon invite your Clients to become part of a bigger universe filled with epic heroes and adventures, and today we’re sharing a sneak peek! Developed in partnership with Marvel Studios and Marvel Themed Entertainment, these experiences will champion the next generation of Super Heroes.

At Disneyland Resort, a new Super Hero-themed land will begin recruiting Guests in 2020, with even more new experiences to follow. The Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive Super Hero universe, furthering the evolution of Disney California Adventure® Park. This new land will be anchored by the popular Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, in the adjacent space that is currently occupied by “a bug’s land.” “It’s Tough to Be a Bug” closed March 19, 2018 to make way for this new heroic experience; the rest of the land will close in late summer.

Stay tuned to Disney Travel News for more details!


Soarin’ Around the World At Epcot In Walt Disney World

This week on Travel With Rick, Leslie and Rick were enjoy a day at Epcot, and got their first look at Soarin’ Around the World in the Land Pavilion. This attraction has recently undergone a refurbishment replacing the original Soarin’ over California scenery to locations all over the world!

Check out the video and enjoy the new scenes as you go Soarin’ Around the World!

Thirsty Pig In Portland, Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we visit the Thirsty Pig in Portland Maine. Rick sits down with Executive Chef Matt who tells us all about how the Thirsty Pig create awesome house-made sausages with the best Maine beer they can find!

We sample some Buffalo Chicken Dip, Thai Chili Sausage and a Spicy Italian Sausage, even a Blueberry Sausage. These tasty treats were amazing!

So check out the video and see some of the best sausage from the Thirsty Pig in Portland, Maine!

Some of Our Favorite Foods We Found in Wells, Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, Leslie and I share some of the favorite restaurants and eats we found on our summer trip to Wells, Maine. We tell you about The Ramp, Varanos, Billy’s Chowder House, Wells Beach Lobster Pound and more, what we had, what we liked, all of our favorite foods from Maine.

So check out the video and see and hear about some of the best food around Wells, Maine!

The Ramp – Cape Porpoise, Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we enjoy some great seafood at the Ramp in Cape Porpoise, Maine. We discovered this little restaurant / bar last year during our first trip up to Maine. Located underneath the main restaurant, Pier 77, you literally walk down the “ramp” to get to it. The decor is made up of old and new political and sports memorabilia, and serving up some of the finest seafood anywhere!

Famous for their lobster roll and seafood stew, our favorites, but you really can’t go wrong with anything on the menu!

Big Thunder Mountain Railroad – with Marc & Kriss

This week on Travel With Rick,  while Rick is still in Maine for part of the summer but was really missing Walt Disney World! His friends Marc and Kriss were at the Magic Kingdom last week and when he saw their video of Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, he loved it so much he knew he had to share it with you!.

We hope you enjoy this POV ride on Big Thunder as much as we did, it’s the wildest ride in the wilderness!

Wells Beach Lobster Pound with Troy Brown On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we visit one of our favorite places in Maine, the Wells Beach Lobster Pound. Owner Troy Brown explains the history of the restaurant started by his Grandfather and now passed down to him. Troy started when he was just 9 years old and has been part of the Lobster Pound now for 39 seasons!

We learn about the different kinds of Maine Lobster, pick a fresh pound and a half “soft shell” female, boil it up fresh and enjoy the delicious, succulent lobster with melted buttah and house made cole slaw. (that’s not a typo) Everything is bettah with buttah!

We also enjoy one of the best lobster rolls you’ll find anywhere. Troy shows us just how they create these incredibly tasty treats with the only ingredients being the fresh lobster meat from their tanks, a little mayo and a soft toasted split top roll. Nothing could be bettah!

So check out this week’s video and see why we love the Wells Beach Lobster Pound so much!

All the Disneyland Resort is a Stage: Nighttime Spectaculars

We recently featured the 10 things you can’t miss at the Disneyland Resort, and today we’ll take a look at the amazing spectaculars that light up the night at both Disneyland and Disney California Adventure parks. Don’t miss your chance to see these dazzling Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration spectaculars before the celebration ends this summer.


“Disneyland Forever” fireworks – This nighttime fireworks spectaculars debuted in 2015 during the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration, lighting up the sky above Disneyland park. This street-to-sky experience surrounds you with music, fireworks, projections and special effects to bring you into the middle of magical Disney stories.

“World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” – This innovative and immersive nighttime spectacular presented on Paradise Bay in Disney California Adventure park combines water, color, fire, music and animation to share the story of Walt Disney and his dream of the Happiest Place on Earth.

Check back soon for a look at our dazzling parades as we continue our features on live entertainment throughout the Disneyland Resort.

The #1 Reason Travel With Rick Loves Maine So Much

This week on Travel With Rick, you’ll find out the number one reason we love Maine so much, we are only a mile from the beach! We take a drive over, show you some of the homes, the beautiful, rocky coastline of Wells Maine, point out one of our favorite restaurants along the way and end up on Wells Beach, a place that has become one of our favorite places in the world. So much so in fact that last year we bought a small home and now spend a few weeks in the summer here.

So check out the video and see some of the beautiful sites around Wells, Maine!

Ten Experiences You Can’t Miss at the Disneyland Resort this Summer

From a new live stage show to all-new attractions, there’s so much to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer! Here are ten experiences you won’t want to miss.


1.  The new “Frozen – Live at the Hyperion” immerses Disney California Adventure park guests in the emotional story of Anna and Elsa in an exciting theatrical interpretation for the stage, including elaborate costumes and sets, stunning special effects, show-stopping production numbers and some unique surprises.


2. Take flight on an all-new adventure to exciting destinations when Soarin’ Around the World opens at Disney California Adventure park beginning June 17.


3. The fun-filled Luigi’s Rollickin’ Roadsters, new in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park, is rolling with fun as Luigi’s cugini have come from Carsoli, Italy, to help celebrate Race Day in Radiator Springs. Park guests join in the fun by hopping aboard miniature Italian roadsters, in the style of late 1950s micro cars. The cars perform the traditional dances of their village, moving to upbeat music and Luigi’s singing in a precision-choreographed dance across a trackless “dance floor.”


4. In Tomorrowland at Disneyland park, Star Wars Launch Bay invites guests to discover authentic replicas of film props and encounter Star Wars characters such as Chewbacca and Kylo Ren.

5. The Star Wars-themed transformation of Space Mountain into Hyperspace Mountain thrusts guests into an X-wing battle as they race through the darkness. The experience is enhanced by a new soundtrack, inspired by the Star Wars films’ musical themes and re-orchestrated to match every move in the attraction.

6. At Star Tours – The Adventures Continue, guests encounter a new adventure and characters from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” while journeying aboard a Starspeeder 1000.

7. Don’t miss your chance to see the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration dazzle and shine before the celebration ends September 5, 2016.


8. The sparkling “Paint the Night” parade builds on the tradition of breathtaking nighttime parades in Disneyland park that began with the “Main Street Electrical Parade.” Illuminated almost entirely by LED lights, “Paint the Night” is a state-of-the art, vibrant wonder that immerses guests in the magical, luminescent worlds of many Disney and Disney●Pixar characters.


9. The “Disneyland Forever” fireworks spectacular entertains guests from the tips of their toes to the sky high above, surrounding the audience with music, dazzling visual projections and other special effects that bring the pyrotechnics to life in surprising new ways. Guests may enjoy the projections from multiple locations, including Main Street, U.S.A., and “it’s a small world” mall.

10 .At Disney California Adventure park, “World of Color – Celebrate! The Wonderful World of Walt Disney” is a fun-filled version of the popular, nighttime “World of Color” spectacular. Award-winning actor Neil Patrick Harris joins Mickey Mouse on a magical water canvas, bringing to life the remarkable story of Walt Disney and The Happiest Place on Earth with animated imagery, live-action film, fountains, lasers, special effects and a stirring musical score.

What are you most excited to do at the Disneyland Resort this summer? Tell us in the comments!

Top 5 Happy Hour Spots At Universal Orlando Resort

The end of a day at the parks sometimes calls for a celebratory cocktail. Maybe you were able to conquer your fears and ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit. Or you’re just toasting the lasting memories you’ve just created. And sometimes, you just need to lower your revolutions after an excitement-packed day.


Whatever the case may be, you’re in luck. Universal Orlando Resort has several fun happy hours to choose from, all with top-notch service and beautiful settings.

Here are our top five faves:

  1. Emeril’s at Universal CityWalk – Daily, 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.
    It’s Mardi Gras every day at this New Orleans-inspired eatery. You’ll find half-priced well cocktails and bottled beers, and special prices for glasses of wine (red and white), specialty cocktails (changing seasonally) and a delicious selection of small plates.
  2. The Kitchen at Hard Rock Hotel — Monday–Saturday, 1 p.m.–5 p.m., All day Sunday
    Happy hour includes a selection of draft beers, house wines and some specialty martinis and yummy Bloody Mary’s.
  3. Orchid Court Lounge and Sushi Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Located on the lobby level overlooking the pool area, Orchid Court Lounge is furnished with hand-carved furniture and adorned with beautiful orchids. Its sunset Sake and Sushi happy hour is a must after a day of rides.
  4. Jake’s American Bar at Loews Royal Pacific Resort – Daily, 3 p.m.–5 p.m.
    This bar is a temple to craft beer. During happy hour, enjoy $3 off all craft bottled and canned beers and $2 off all draft beers, including Jake’s American Red Lager.
  5. Swizzle at Cabana Bay Beach Resort – Daily, opening – 7 p.m.
    This retro-themed bar, located in the hotel lobby, offers a unique take on classic cocktails from a bygone era. Happy hour includes specials on house wines and well cocktails, as well as some specialty liquors.


These specials are subject to availability. Don’t hesitate to call any of the bars to confirm. But do it soon and try these out. We all deserve more happy hours in our lives. Cheers!

What Is Travel With Rick Doing In Maine?

This week on Travel With Rick, we tell you about a few we’ve found and later we’ll take you back to some of our favorite places in Maine for a more in depth look. Some of them will be no surprise why they are great, yes, of course there’s lobster, lots of Maine lobster. But some of them will be a surprise! The best Italian food ever, in Maine? You betcha, I’ll never have Veal Parmigiana anywhere else. The best Mexican dish, maybe and it’s right here in Ogunquit, Maine.

Walk the Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick, we take a walk on the Marginal Way in Ogunquit Maine. It’s about a mile and half walk along the Maine coast line that passes by hotels, beautiful homes and gives some of the most beautiful and relaxing views of the coast you’ll find anywhere. We end up at Perkins Cove where you’ll find lots of great shops and restaurants.


Two New Acts Added to Cirque du Soleil La Nouba On Travel With Rick

This week on Travel With Rick,  we bring you the two newest acts added to Cirque du Soleil ‘La Nouba’. During the Awaken Summer Media event, we had the pleasure of viewing the new additions to La Nouba, it’s not the entire show, just the two new acts, “B Boys and Aerial Bamboo”.

B Boys is a fast paced “break dance” type act where three guys spin, twist, jump and flip! Aerial Bamboo is a traditional circus act rarely performed today, you can count the number of top professionals doing it on one hand.

Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival With Guest Bill Wingate On Travel With Rick

You all asked for more of the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival so we went back to try out three more marketplaces. My friend and travel agent from Kingdom Magic Vacations and Must Love Travel, Bill Wingate is with me and we try out food and beverages from the Urban Farm Eats, La Isla Fresca and the Jardin De Fiestas marketplaces!

I even sneak over solo to the Pineapple Promenade and try a Spicy Hot Dog and a Pineapple Soft-serve with rum!