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The First Disney Park to Reopen Returns May 11 with Special Rules

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/05/2020, 2:00 PM

One of the first Disney theme parks to close, Shanghai Disneyland, ceased operations in January. It is now scheduled to reopen on May 11, and its operational changes will inform how the American parks will look when the lights come back on. Walt Disney CEO Bob Chapek has announced that because of encouraging signs of recovery in China, the company will unlock the gates on its newest park. Some ...

Frontier Airlines Will Let You Socially Distance—for a Price

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/05/2020, 12:00 PM

One thing you can always count on from the airlines: They will never run out of excuses to charge extra fees.  Now an airline is charging passengers more if they want to observe CDC recommendations. This latest example of nickel-and-diming ingenuity in air travel comes from Frontier Airlines.  Yesterday, the Denver-based carrier unveiled its new "More Room" seating option in response to fly...

Listen to Our Weekly Travel Podcasts: Road Trips and National Parks

By Frommer's Staff

Posted on 05/04/2020, 4:15 PM

Each week, Frommer's brings you two fresh podcasts stuffed with travel tips, news, and inspiration. Recordings are made from our weekly call-in show on WABC in New York and our nationally syndicated radio program. Listen anytime at Frommers.com/podcast.   Our first show this week hits the road while sheltering in place. Cohosts Jason Cochran and Pauline Frommer invite listeners to sha...

Southwest Airlines Introduces New Social Distancing Rules

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/04/2020, 12:00 PM

Southwest Airlines has introduced new social distancing measures at airport gates and in the skies.  As of May 2, the airline is following a temporarily modified boarding process and is limiting the number of passengers per plane.  With regard to boarding, at the airport gate 10 people at a time will now be called in sequential order based on the numbered boarding position on their tickets. ...

Huntington Beach's Tourism Office Issues Statement on Beach Protests

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 05/01/2020, 4:00 PM

When does tourism to a place endanger the people who live nearby? On Friday, civil disobedience flared up around that question on the sands of Huntington Beach, California. The appealing surfing hub (pictured above, in less controversial times) was the setting for protests of the state-mandated closure of public beaches. Groups of people gathered—without observing social distancing or face mask...

Ja, Tulips Are Still Blooming in the Netherlands! See For Yourself

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/01/2020, 3:00 PM

For the first time in 71 years, Holland's Keukenhof, the famed garden southwest of Amsterdam, is closed for tulip season.  During ordinary springs, the garden's elaborate, kaleidoscopic displays make it a locus of tulip mania, with multitudes of colorful bulbs rivaled in number only by the multitudes of tourists.  Although visitors can't see Keukenhof in person this year, gardeners planted a...

Face Masks Finally Compulsory on All Major U.S. Airlines

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/30/2020, 11:45 PM

It has been a slow, drawn-out week of public shaming and political pressure for the major U.S. airlines, but on Thursday, the social campaign culminated in a new rule, adopted en masse: All passengers must now wear face masks. As recently as Monday, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines announced that only their employees would have to put on masks, but for customers, wearing one would be a mat...

WATCH: Baby Turtles Hatch and Go to Sea at Island Resort in Thailand

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 04/30/2020, 11:30 PM

About 200 green sea turtles have hatched and waddled their way to the ocean this month on the beach of a luxury resort in Thailand.  The mother turtle laid the eggs in late February and early March on the sands of the Banyan Tree Samui resort, located on the island of Ko Samui. Ever since, the nests have been carefully tended to by the hotel's marine biologist, Thepsuda Loyjiw, along with th...

Maine Might Be Closed to Out-Of-State Visitors This Summer

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/30/2020, 5:00 AM

On Tuesday, Maine's governor, Janet Mills, announced a phased reopening plan that has many in the tourist industry up in arms. While some businesses will reopen in May, and hotels and campgrounds will be allowed to reopen in June, the required 14-day quarantine for out-of-state visitors will remain in place until August. "[The quarantine requirement] has the potential not only to kill off th...

In Acapulco and Worldwide, Bioluminescent Waters Are Back

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 04/29/2020, 2:45 PM

One of the fascinating lessons from this odd era is how quickly nature can regenerate when humans get out of the way. So when the bay in the Mexican resort city of Acapulco started glowing in a way that hasn't been seen for 60 years (pictured), many assumed that this, too, might be a result of the long pause humanity has been taking. Acapulco's event seemed to be echoed by the unusually brig...

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