Travel e-Scapes: May 6, 2016



Travel e-Scapes: May 6, 2016

HURRY!  ​Let’s hack an airfare to Ireland!
Ticket #1: Round-trip from Atlanta:
$126 Philadelphia (one-way travel permitted)
A 21-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Valid on northbound flights operating before 730A or 645P-midnight; south before 830A or 620P-midnight
Complete travel on or before December 31
No blackout dates!
Valid on American, nonstop
Ticket #2: Round-trip from Philadelphia:
$530 Shannon, Ireland
A 14-day advance purchase required
Travel any available day of the week
Depart by June 15 or September 1-October 31
Stay one weekend or up to six months
Valid on American, nonstop
Purchase by May 11
Total ticket price purchasing two tickets: $656 Atlanta to Shannon (boom!) 
One ticket price on other airlines: $1,335 


New London Attraction
Tickets have gone sale for the world’s ‘longest and tallest tunnel slide’ down the Orbit Tower, next to London’s Olympic Stadium. The £3.5m ride measures 584 feet in length and 249 feet in height, with the descent taking about 40 seconds at max speeds of 15 mph. The slide has 12 twists and ends with a 164 feet straight run to the ground. Transparent sections let riders see the city whirling past as they descend.
The attraction in east London opens June 24.
Adult tickets will cost £17 ($25), with £12 to access the sculpture and £5 to slide down. Tickets are £15 if booked in advance. 

New at Disney World
There’s always something new to keep us returning to Disney World! And there’s lots of new excitement buzzing just in time for Memorial Day weekend
Disney Springs’ Town Center will open on May 15 with more than 30 new shops and restaurants – many of them geared towards teens. Guests will be able to sample makeup, jewelry, clothing and treats that will debut in many different Town Center locations.
Toy Story Mania! at Disney’s Hollywood Studios has expanded which makes it easier to ride-all-day.
A limited-engagement show ‘Jungle Book: Alive with Magic’ (inspired by the Disney film ‘The Jungle Book’) makes its debut on May 27 and through the summer at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  
Also on the same weekend, Disney’s Animal Kingdom will debut new day-into-nighttime experiences. The park’s iconic ‘Tree of Life’ will awaken each night with magic fireflies, color, and projections.
Guests can ride on Kilimanjaro Safaris and see the animals in the extended orange glow of a setting sun on the new nighttime adventure. Two new species – African wild dogs and hyenas – will join other safari favorites like lions, zebras, and elephants. Rides like Kali River Rapids and Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain will also be open at night.
The Village of Harambe will come alive at night with the new Harambe Wildlife Party, which features dancers and street musicians performing African music. 
A similar street party celebration will take place nightly at Discovery Island, called the Discovery Island Carnivale. Guests can expect vibrant costumes, stilt walkers and a variety of exotic food offerings.
The highly-anticipated ‘Rivers of Light’ show is expected to debut sometime this summer, but Disney has not given an official premier date. The show was originally planned to debut on Earth Day, April 22, but was delayed. 
Down the road, ‘Pandora – The World of Avatar’ will open at Animal Kingdom. The new land is based on James Cameron’s 2009 film ‘Avatar.’ Cameron recently announced three sequels, with the first hitting theaters in 2018. Disney has not released an official opening date for Pandora, but the land is expected to open sometime in 2017 or possibly 2018. 
Check rates on stays at an official Disney Resort or at a Disney Springs Resort (formerly Downtown Disney).


Airfare offers – ones with a ticket-by date – and deals with our suggestion to ‘Hurry!’ can expire at anytime.   Heed Clark’s advice: Buy that great airfare deal – and then figure out a reason to go there! Eventually, you’ll see the world at a fraction of the normal price!

One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$34 Indianapolis
$74 Phoenix
$84 San Francisco
$87 Las Vegas
$104 Los Angeles or Salt Lake City
A 7-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before June 22
Complete travel on or before June 21: IND, LAX, SLC 
Valid on Frontier, nonstop
Purchase by May 8

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$75 Denver
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday
Complete travel on or before June 15
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$116 Bozeman, Montana
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid Tuesday, Wednesday or Saturday
Complete travel on or before June 14
Valid on Frontier, nonstop

HURRY! One-way from Atlanta, each way:
$137 Portland, Oregon
$140 Sacramento
A 21-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before June 22
Valid on American via Phoenix

HURRY! Round-trip from Atlanta:
$154 Orlando
A 14-day advance purchase required
Valid any available day of the week
Complete travel on or before April 2, 2017
No blackout dates!
Valid on Delta, nonstop


NOTE: Airline fees can and often do exceed the cost of your flight! Additional charges now apply to budget and sale rates on most airlines for a carry-on bag, checked baggage and advance seat assignments. The least expensive fees are charged when these options are added during the flight booking process. Fees climb higher after flights are reserved and even higher when adding these options at airport check-in. Kayak offers the most up-to-date Fees Chart for all domestic and international airlines. 


Memorial Day Weekend in Orlando
Take advantage of the long Memorial Day weekend and kick off summer with a stay at the Orlando World Center Marriott. Package rates from $225 a night are offered on May 27-30.
The resort features laser/pool view accommodations with oversized outdoor balconies. Guests will enjoy a spectacular fireworks show on Sunday evening, complimentary self-parking and a $25 daily resort credit. Taxes and resort fees additional. A minimum one-night stay is required and must include Sunday. Refer to promo code HO9
After check-in, dive into a refreshing experience at Falls Pool Oasis – ranked one of the ‘world’s coolest hotel pools’ by Forbes — featuring a 104-step slide tower with two 200-foot winding waterslides and a 90-foot speed waterslide, among the tallest and fastest resort slides in Florida. 
Memorial Day weekend resort activities include: 

  • ‘Light up the Night’ laser light shows
  • Caricature and balloon artists
  • Dive-in movie nights
  • Snow cone social
  • Gatorland meet-and-greet
  • Photo booth                 
  • Mermaid Academy
  • Live poolside entertainment
  • Kids Activity zone
  • Spectacular Sunday fireworks show

The AAA Four-Diamond Orlando World Center Marriott is massive with 1,883 guest rooms on 28 floors, 10 restaurants and lounges, a full-service spa and fitness center, and a championship golf course.

Florida Secret Beach
The Fort Lauderdale Marriott Pompano Beach Resort & Spa was just featured in Luxury Standard Magazine for its sweeping ocean views. The hotel offers a special package that highlight Pompano Beach’s desired features and activities. The ‘Summer Staycation’ package features deluxe accommodations from $209-$299 per night plus valet parking, a daily buffet breakfast for two, complimentary WiFi and 20 percent off regular-priced treatments and services at SiSpa. Valid on stays starting June 1 and through September. Refer to promo code L9Z when booking.
In addition to jet skiing, surfing, and volleyball, other family-friendly activities include swimming in the two large pools with plenty of comfortable chairs nearby. Adults can rejuvenate at SiSpa with an array of services that include body scrubs, facials, massages, waxing, manicures and pedicures. The onsite McCoy’s Oceanfront serves American cuisine and fresh seafood and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  
Centrally located between Palm Beach and Miami, Pompano Beach is often called the Heart of the Gold Coast.’ The city is known for its excellent boating and fishing, and an offshore living coral reef and sunken shipwrecks accessible to scuba divers and snorkelers. Anglers and families flock to the 1,000-foot-long municipal fishing pier, beachside playgrounds, grills and picnic tables. Pompano Beach also maintains more than 50 local parks.
Find out why Luxury Standard Magazine says that Pompano Beach is ‘going to be this year’s staycation destination for Floridians (and now Georgians!).’ 

Travel e-Scapes is brought to you by Clara Bosonetto, Team Clark Travel Editor. Follow Clara on Twitter.

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