Travel News: August 26, 2019

Star Wars Galaxys Edge Disneyland California

Disney Unveils New Star Wars Hotel Experience, New Attractions Centered Around Avengers, Moana and More
Travel Pulse

To build excitement and anticipation for this weekend’s D23 Expo 2019, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Chairman Bob Chapek shared several pieces of exciting news from Anaheim Thursday.

The biggest announcement was there would be a new Star Wars vacation experience coming to Walt Disney World Resort, dubbed Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser. The attraction will allow guests to check-in for a two-night adventure aboard what Disney is calling a “glamorous starship” and enjoy interactions with characters from the franchise and involvement in the ever-evolving story.


Canceled flights, wrecked vacations and leaky planes: Passenger frustrations rise as American Airlines struggles
Dallas News

Delays, cancellations and angry passengers peaked this summer as American Airlines saw its fleet squeezed by the grounding of Boeing 737 Max jets and a dispute with union mechanics that a federal judge said was responsible for taking more planes out of service. Passenger horror stories spread through angry Twitter rants and distressing posts on Facebook.

And as summer winds down, another stress test awaits American and other U.S. carriers. Trade group Airlines for America expects a record 17.5 million U.S. passengers to fly over the upcoming Labor Day weekend — a 4% increase over last year. Friday (Aug. 30) is expected to be the busiest day leading into the three-day holiday.


Tourism hotspot Barcelona alarmed by crime surge
International Business Times

A surge in muggings and burglaries in Barcelona, mainly targeting tourists, has sparked alarm in Spain’s second-largest city, leading local residents to form their own crime-fighting patrols.

The US consulate in Barcelona on Wednesday warned its nationals of “an increase in violent crime in the city” and urged them not to “display signs of wealth such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches”.

The alert came just days after Afghanistan’s ambassador to Spain was lightly injured in a group mugging to steal his watch in the city centre, and a 91-year-old French woman was hospitalised after thieves yanked her necklace, causing her to fall.


Grocery store featured in ‘Stranger Things’ has become a tourist attraction, sells more Eggos than ever before
Fox News

Soon after Netflix released “Stranger Things,” fans of all ages came into Bradley’s Big Buy grocery store in Palmetto, Ga., dressed like characters from the show, and wandered toward the Eggo waffles aisle, cameras in hand.

They sought out the exact spot where “Stranger Things” star Millie Bobby Brown filmed a scene as the character Eleven, and they’re still coming three years later, even after the store changed its name and became part of the Piggly Wiggly franchise.

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