Westin and Le Meridien properties have introduced several new family offerings. // © 2016 Walt Disney World
Feature image (above): Four of Florida’s theme parks are offering a “Choose Your Adventure” ticket option. // © 2016 Seaworld
Be an Early Bird With Journeys International
To celebrate the new year, clients can save up to $1,000 on select Journeys International family trips, including G’day Australia for Families, Turkey Adventure with Teens, Enchanted China for Families and Baja: Whales & Waves. As part of the offer, the first family to be booked for an eligible group departure for a Journeys for Families tour will get a discount of $250 per person for up to four people.
Book a Discounted Room At Walt Disney World
Undercover Tourist, an authorized Disney discount ticket seller, is offering discounted rooms at all 28 of Walt Disney World’s resort hotels, including Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge and Disney’s Beach Club Resort. Guests who take advantage of this offer will also receive free MagicBands (which they can use to enter the parks, unlock Disney Resort hotel rooms and buy Disney food and merchandise) and complimentary transportation from the airport and into the theme parks, as well as extended theme park hours. Guests will also have the ability to book FastPass+ reservations up to 60 days prior to check in.
Choose Your Adventure at Four Florida Theme Parks
Families heading to Florida will have an easier time customizing their trips thanks to four of the Sunshine State’s most popular theme parks. SeaWorld Orlando, Busch Gardens Tampa Bay, Aquatica Orlando and Adventure Island Tampa Bay have rolled out the “Choose Your Adventure” ticket option, which lets guests customize itineraries across the four parks, along with an option for several deals and discounted tickets. A visit to any park is now $79, while the new Length-of-Stay ticket option provides 14 consecutive days of entrance to all four theme parks, along with free parking.
Kids Cruise for Free With Pandaw Expeditions
Pandaw Expeditions’ new family-friendly cruise itineraries allow children under 4 to travel for free if they sleep in a cot in the same cabin as an adult. Additionally, children ages 4 to 18 will receive a 50 percent discount on bookings when traveling with two adults. Many river cruise departures are planned on school holidays and will include child-friendly food options, onboard cooking classes, family movie nights and a variety of excursions. Larger family groups may also receive discounted prices upon request.
Nickelodeon Lets Kids Stay, Eat and Play for Free
To celebrate the grand opening of Nickelodeon Hotels & Resorts Punta Cana in May, Nickelodeon recently announced its new Stay, Eat and Play Free promotion. Children under 13 years old will receive free accommodations and meals with a minimum four-night stay. The offer is valid for stays from May 1 to Dec. 18.
The new kid-friendly resort in the Dominican Republic will sport 208 suites and Nickelodeon Village, which has a waterpark, kids’ club, artist studio and Sports & Entertainment Center for children and parents. Families will experience surprise slimings and see their favorite Nickelodeon characters, which may include Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. All guests will receive “Got You Covered” amenities, which include complimentary baby food, strollers and spa robes. This luxury resort on Uvero Alto Beach is Nickelodeon’s first international property.
Thomson Family Adventures Offers Discounts
Thomson Family Adventures’ Southwest Ireland for Families: Kerry, Cork & Kinsale itinerary includes a chance to book with a discount of $200 for each child under 12. The tour operator is also offering a triple discount of $300 if a child under 12 shares a room with two adults. Families who have previously booked with Thomson can also receive a discount of $500 per family as part of the tour operator’s alumni discount. The trip to Ireland includes accommodations, meals and transportation.
Kids Eat Free at Westin and Le Meridien Properties
In conjunction with several new family programs that have launched at more than 300 Westin Hotels & Resorts and Le Meridien properties around the world, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is rolling out a new global family package. Families who book this package will receive complimentary meals for children and free access to on-site kids’ clubs. Additionally, families who book a second room will receive a discounted rate or will have the option to book a connecting room, subject to availability.