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Celebrating Disney’s Easter and 35th Anniversary at Tokyo DisneySea

 

I’m catching up on posting my articles written for LaughingPlace.com.  Here’s an article I wrote from our last visit to Tokyo DisneySea, highlighting their Easter celebrations in June 2018. 

Disney’s Easter usually lasts an entire season at Tokyo Disney Resort.  This year, with the new 35th Anniversary festivities at Tokyo Disneyland, all of Easter was focused at Tokyo DisneySea.  This nautical-inspired Park also enjoyed special décor and a commemorative water pageant for 35th Anniversary.

Parades and Shows

Tokyo DisneySea runs more parades and shows than any other Disney Park that I know.  It’s truly a challenge to see the Park, experience the rides, and catch all the water parades that are held at the park-front Mediterranean Harbor.  And that doesn’t include the stage shows.  You’ll certainly make your step-count goals on a DisneySea day.

During Disney’s Easter season (March 27 – June 6, 2018), DisneySea has the “Fashionable Easter” parade twice daily.  New also is the 35th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration on the Sea” parade, scheduled twice daily.  As darkness falls, don’t miss “Fantasmic,” an impressive water spectacle staged entirely on moving boats. 

That’s five parades.  No wonder the first parade starts only 30 minutes after park opening. 

Then, there are five showtimes each of stage shows: “Big Band Beat” and “Out of Shadowland.” Plus continuous showings of “My Friend Duffy” from 9:30 am to 5 pm.

35th Anniversary Water Pageant

Tokyo DisneySea is celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the Tokyo Disney Resort.  The “Happiest Celebration on the Sea” parade features Mickey and friends on one float that circles Mediterranean Harbor. 

Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Daisy are wearing their 35th Anniversary costumes that match their “Dreaming Up!” parade costumes.  Since this is Tokyo DisneySea, they are joined by Duffy, ShellieMay, Gelatoni, and their newest friend, ballerina bunny StellaLou. 

The performances we saw were modified due to weather, so we’re not sure what else would have been included.  Many Tokyo DisneySea parades incorporate jet skis, flying kites and fireworks.  Here’s video from the parade:  

And the finale:   

“Happiest Mickey” Statues    

In honor of the 35th “Happiest Celebration,” Tokyo Disney Resort had multiple Mickey statues placed throughout the Parks.  ‘Mickey marks the spot’ on the DisneySea Park map.  Here are some of our favorites, complete with nicknames. 

Admiral Mickey guards Mediterranean Harbor, under the watchful eye of Mount Prometheus.

Arabian Nights Mickey enjoys a drink in front of the two-story Caravan Carousel.

Gone Fishin’ Mickey is on the lookout for the next big catch in Cape Cod on the American Waterfront.

Lost River Delta Mickey takes after Indiana Jones in seeking forbidden treasures.

Hola, amigos! Sombrero Mickey greets you in front of Miguel’s Cantina. It’s so endearing that cast members use phrases like ‘Hola, amigos’ and ‘Adios’ to greet guests in Lost River Delta.  They also used Italian greetings on the gondolas in Mediterranean Harbor.

Snorkeling Mickey conducts his underwater orchestra in front of Mermaid Lagoon.

This playful Mickey gets squirted in the face by a stowaway fish. The lights of Mermaid Lagoon glow in the background.  I can’t decide if this Mickey looks like more like a sailor or a gondolier. 

Searching for Captain Nemo! Mickey explores near the Nautilus on Mysterious Island.

Stylishly steampunk Mickey has a giggle near “Journey to the Center of the Earth.”

Disney’s Easter with a 35th Anniversary Flair

Throughout the Park, there were so many decorations custom-branded with both 35th Anniversary and Easter.  “Disney’s Easter 2018” decorated the entry portal with flanking 35th “Happiest Celebration” medallions and banners.  Travel tip: for a less crowded experience, go on a rainy weekday.

Guests loved taking pictures with this grand egg display in Mediterranean Harbor.  “Fashionable Easter” is the theme at Tokyo DisneySea.  This special Easter egg commemorates the event.

In true attention to detail, even “Fashionable Easter” umbrellas in were branded with “35.”

On the American Waterfront, two large Easter baskets drew crowds in front of Tower of Terror. Everyone queued patiently for their turn for a photo. 

The queue was so long for this gazebo photo op, I thought it was for a character meet and greet! This photo is from the Tokyo DisneySea website.

What amazes me is the attention to detail, and the budget TDS spent on decorations.  Everything 35th and Easter can only be used during this year’s Easter season.  Imagine buying new custom umbrellas for your tables and using them for only two and half months.  This sure makes an impression.

Easter Egg Hunt and Park Decorations

Similar to other Disney Parks, Tokyo DisneySea had an Easter Egg hunt.  Buy a map. Find all the eggs. Get a prize.  These were some of the delightfully decorated eggs.

Nigel steals the show with Nemo-themed eggs next to the SeaRider attraction. See Bruce and Destiny?

This Saludos Amigos egg rests in Lost River Delta.

This restaurant – now Miguel’s El Dorado Cantina – has been re-themed since the release of CoCo.  It showcases beautiful art on the walls and the egg. 

Mickey and Minnie eggs welcome guests at the entrance to Tokyo DisneySea.

    

Vibrant Easter banners color coordinate with floral blooms in Mediterranean Harbor.

Intricate eggs with stained-glass shells also dotted the Park.  We found Chip and Dale, Donald, Daisy, and Goofy eggs.  They glowed elegantly at night.

          

The Easter spirit carried on – all the way to the monorail.  Monorail Pink was Easter-themed as well.

High Fashion on the High Seas

The “Fashionable Easter” parade at Tokyo DisneySea changes slightly each year.  It is always an array of color and high-energy fun.  Incorporating a cast of 115 performers with Disney characters on five boats and three stages, “Fashionable Easter” is certain to lift your spirits.

Disney characters and their friends are dressed to represent each of the themed lands – or ‘ports’ – of DisneySea. 

They all sport their bunny ears on their hats. 

    

Tokyo Disney Parks have a much bigger emphasis on female characters and sidekicks than our domestic Parks. Clarice escorts Chip and Dale.  Daisy dances alongside Donald.  Max boogies with Goofy,

    

Saludos Amigos friends play prominently in the Lost River Delta.

Duffy and pals are absolute celebrities at Tokyo DisneySea.  This is the first time I’m seeing StellaLou, their newest bunny friend.  She was first introduced for Easter 2017.

   

 The boats have floral balloons that suddenly inflate to add decorative flair.

Here’s another glimpse of the parade in our video:

Tokyo DisneySea always holds a special enchantment for me.  It’s the only Disney Park of its type in the world.  What do you think of “Fashionable Easter: at Tokyo DisneySea?  And the themed-in 35th Anniversary festivities?

A visit to Tokyo Disney Resort would not be complete without exploring the 35th “Happiest Celebration” Tokyo Disneyland. Or getting a peek at crave-worthy Tokyo Disney merchandise. And eating your way through delectable seasonal food offerings.  Ready for a glimpse?  Follow along as we take a closer look at the Tokyo Disney experience.

This article was originally published on June 11, 2018 on LaughingPlace.com.  See all my articles on my author page!

Finding Places to Love at the LA Travel and Adventure Show

What’s your favorite type of getaway?  Relaxing on a secluded tropical island?  Exploring a historic European city?  Seeing the sun dip into the ocean from your private cruise ship balcony? 

Discover new places to love at the LA Travel and Adventure show.  This past weekend, we delved into the Travel and Adventure show at the Los Angeles Convention Center. 

I felt such a sense of community this year, with the Winter Olympics going on in Pyeongchang, South Korea.  We talked to people from far- off lands, including Japan, Africa, and the Cook Islands.  We even met the mascots from the Olympic Games. 

Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Mascots

For the same reason that I love Epcot’s World Showcase at Disney World, I truly enjoyed the Travel and Adventure Show.   Like the Olympics, they gather cultures together to show off their best.  

It’s more than just another convention. It’s a chance to experience things you may have wondered about, but haven’t had a chance to try.   Continue reading Finding Places to Love at the LA Travel and Adventure Show

Yo Ho! Celebrating Over 50 Years of Disney Pirates at D23 Expo

How many of you love Pirates of the Caribbean?  Was your first memory of Pirates from Disneyland? Or perhaps Disney World?  For younger generations, their first Disney pirate may have been Captain Jack Sparrow from the blockbuster films.  Well, if ye come seekin’ adventure, keep a weather eye open.  There be pirates in these waters as we explore their history through Disney Archives.

This article was originally published on Laughingplace.com after D23 Expo.

A Tribute to Disney Pirates at D23 Expo

Pirates have been such an integral part of Disney history, even before the landmark attraction at Disneyland (now commemorating its 50th year).  D23 Expo celebrated Disney pirates in a special exhibit, showcasing treasures from the Disney Archives.  These are highlights from the D23 Expo and “A Pirates Life for Me: Disney’s Rascals, Scoundrels, and Really Bad Eggs.”

The queues snaked on and on for this exhibit.  The mood was set with music of Disney’s pirates – from X Atencio’s classic ‘Yo Ho! Yo Ho!’ to the Hans Zimmer film soundtracks, to songs from Muppet Treasure Island and Hook’s solo “Revenge! Revenge!” from Once Upon a Time.

Jail Scene photo op

Before entering the exhibit, many guests stopped for a photo op in the classic ‘Jail Scene.’ Continue reading Yo Ho! Celebrating Over 50 Years of Disney Pirates at D23 Expo

Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Experiences at Tokyo Disney Resort (Part 1) 

There’s a chill in the air.  The leaves are changing colors.  Pumpkin spice is everywhere…. It’s Halloween time again.  See how Tokyo Disney Resort celebrates Halloween from our visit to Tokyo Disneyland  last season…

Americans have exported many things… and Halloween at Tokyo Disney Resort is one of them.

Not traditionally celebrated in Japan, Halloween at Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea is a unique experience for visitors and locals alike.

Join us as we share our Halloween experiences at Tokyo Disneyland from last season in a two-part series, originally published on LaughingPlace.com

We will highlight Tokyo Disneyland in Part 1 of this article , and Tokyo DisneySea in Part 2.  There are many delightfully Disney similarities, but also some differences that may fascinate Disney fans.

This article was originally published on LaughingPlace.com

No extra tickets needed. 

Unlike domestic Disney parks, there is no separately-ticketed event for Halloween celebrations.  Everything is included in the day-ticket price.  If you know the dates you want to visit Disneyland / DisneySea, it is advisable to purchase your tickets online ahead of time, as tickets are known to sell out for the parks.  Even annual passholders are not guaranteed entry when parks have reached capacity.

Halloween Decorations Welcome Guests

A beautiful floral Mickey-shaped Jack-o-lantern greets guests at the main entry to Disneyland, just outside the Grand Bazaar.  (The Grand Bazaar replaces Main Street USA, and is a covered shopping arcade).

This year’s theme for “Disney’s Halloween” was Halloween Music Festival.  The branding on merchandise does not specify Tokyo Disneyland, just “Disney’s Halloween.” Continue reading Ghoulishly Delightful Halloween Experiences at Tokyo Disney Resort (Part 1) 

How I Made a Cultural Connection at Epcot: My Italian Adventure

Epcot Sunset Over Spaceship Earth

When you think of Epcot, you may recall fragrant florals from the “Flower & Garden Festival.”  Or, perhaps, delectable dishes from the “Food & Wine Festival.” (I, too, love to ‘eat my way around the world.’)  Most of all, I enjoy Epcot as a gathering place to meet friendly cast members from various countries.  My last visit to Epcot’s Italy Pavilion did not disappoint.

Venice, Italy vs. Italy at Epcot

Through the years, I have come to love the “real” Italy, especially Venice.  Epcot’s Italy Pavilion transports me back to Venice every time.  Strolling through, I see architectural reminders of Saint Mark’s Square: the delicately intricate façade of the Doge’s Palace, and the Campanile (bell tower).

Italy Pavilion at Epcot – Detail of Doge’s Palace and Campanile

The entrance is guarded by two columns, topped with Venezia’s patron saints: Saint Mark’s Lion and Saint Theodore standing above a crocodile.  (Though Epcot’s version is actually reversed)

Admittedly, Disney puts a spin on their presentation of each country.  (Germany’s Bavarian region is famous for their large, scrumptious pretzels.  But they certainly are not Mickey-shaped, nor come with cheese dipping sauce.)

To their credit, though, Disney is committed to recruiting native cast members to represent their countries’ pavilions at Epcot, creating a more authentic experience. Continue reading How I Made a Cultural Connection at Epcot: My Italian Adventure

Why You Need to Visit Disneyland Paris This Year

If you’ve ever dreamed of visiting Paris, and wished upon a star to walk through Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty Castle), this is the year to do it.  Disneyland Paris – the sparkling European jewel in the Disney crown – celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2017.  And they have been diligently preparing for you to ‘Be Our Guest.’

Park improvements progressed throughout 2016 to prepare for “It’s Time to Sparkle” the Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary celebration starting March 26, 2017.

This article was first published on LaughingPlace.com on April 7, 2017.

Troubled Beginnings

The path wasn’t always sprinkled with pixie dust.  “Euro Disney” – the fourth Disney castle Park – opened on April 12, 1992 to much controversy.  There were protests against this invasion of American culture in France, including a one-day train strike that effectively cut off the Disney resort to anyone without a car.

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Star Wars Celebration Europe: A Closer Look at Rogue One

This article was first published on LaughingPlace.com on July 25, 2016.

Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 is in the books, but the shockwaves are still resonating like an ion cannon.  Lucasfilm shared their latest news with fans from around the world who congregated in London July 15-17, 2016 for a Celebration to be remembered.

Star Wars Celebration Europe after Rogue One Panel
Star Wars Celebration Europe Rogue One Panel

Rogue One was certainly THE highly-anticipated panel, and Kathleen Kennedy (President of Lucasfilm and Rogue One Producer) did not disappoint.  Accompanied by Gareth Edwards (Director), Kiri Hart (Head of Story, LFL), and John Knoll (Executive Producer), Kathy welcomed us to the new world of stand-alone Star Wars films.

Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma, and our host for this panel) opened with a moment of silence for the lives lost the night before in the terror attack in Nice, France.

Rogue One, the first stand-alone Star Wars film.

The production team was initially concerned about whether there needed to be more introduction for Rogue One.  It is the first of the planned “stand-alone” Star Wars stories (not part of the saga trilogies Episodes IV-VI, Episodes I-III, Episodes VII-IX).

From early screenings, Lucasfilm realized that fans understood immediately where Rogue One fit into the Star Wars timeline.  This is the story of how the first Death Star plans were stolen; many lives were lost to get this intel to the Rebel base, to set up Luke Skywalker’s mission in Episode IV.

John Knoll (Executive Producer) developed the idea for Rogue One as a Mission Impossible-style story during the filming of Episode III in Sydney.  While this story did not fit in with the live action Star Wars TV series planned back then, an opportunity arose when Disney announced a whole new set of Star Wars films.

Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, Gwendoline Christie

Gareth Edwards, Kathleen Kennedy, Gwendoline Christie

Gareth Edwards as Director

Kathleen Kennedy described her visits to the set during the filming process of Rogue One.  When she looked for director Gareth Edwards, she consistently found him with “a camera on his shoulder” trying to capture “different angles.”  His style creates an “immersive” experience for the viewer unlike any other.

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Preview Shanghai Disneyland’s New Jaw-Dropping “Pirates” Attraction

We were privileged to preview Shanghai Disneyland in May 2016, before its official opening June 16, 2016.  With an impressive collection of opening attractions — many of them unique to Shanghai’s park — the top prize is claimed by “Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure” for its jaw-dropping cinematic beauty on an epic scale.

Having now seen all six Disney castles (Anaheim, Orlando, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong, and Shanghai), Shanghai Disneyland’s “Pirates” is one of the most impressive rides ever built.

The following is our first-hand perspective, taking you moment by moment through the attraction.

(This video is posted on our Chrysalis Travel YouTube channel.)

Winding through the queue, details in the rock work transport you to another time… Jack Sparrow’s “Wanted” posters are printed in multiple languages.

Reaching the launch area, you load onto boats with five seats across and a total of 30 guests on board.  A very small drop with a splash….and the adventure begins…

0:03  The Jolly Roger talking skull, a definite nod to Pirates’ tradition. Everything is in Mandarin Chinese, but the tone is clear. Warnings for those who dare ride.

0:23  The boat goes past a water-front restaurant with lights, very reminiscent of the Blue Bayou in Anaheim and Tokyo Disneyland. In Shanghai Disneyland, this is “Barbossa’s Bounty,” a quick service restaurant with several food bay choices, and a nest of pirate-themed rooms to enjoy your meal.

0:37  Pirate skeletons come into view.  The first one’s been run through.

0:56  The Brethren Lords sit at the Pirate Council — as skeletons — fighting over Pieces of Eight.  Scene from “Pirates of the Caribbean, at World’s End.”

Skeleton Jail Scene
Pirates Skeleton Jail Scene

1:04  The jail scene, a definite tribute to all preceding “Pirates” rides. Only this time, all have joined the skeleton realm, including the dog.

1:40  Impressive transformation scene (not caught on this shot)…   A talking skeleton re-animates to become Jack Sparrow, a full Audio Animatronic.  He wishes you good luck…

2:10  …As you descend into the realm of Davy Jones.  The onboard audio soundtrack is as moving as the imagery in this segment.  Vast projection screens transport your boat deep into the depths of the ocean following the path of a large shark.  Your boat glides through the ship graveyard and past other members of Davy Jones’ crew.  It is beautiful, almost peaceful as you catch your breath under the water.  Until…

Descent to Davy Jones' Locker
Descent to Davy Jones’ Locker

2:34  The Kraken awakens.  It is a giant octopus-like creature, ‘with an aura of foreboding.’

2:49  You follow the Kraken through the ribs of a shipwreck in the graveyard.  How many ships have met their doom here?

3:20  Large crabs battle over something shiny (remember the crabs from “Finding Nemo”?)

3:23  The sweet siren call of mermaid’s song… and here are the mermaids themselves.  The ship gathers speed and turns.

3:42  Talking heads — two members of Davy Jones’ crew are in the stocks having a lively conversation.  It would be interesting to have this interpreted into English.

3:54  Mounds of sunken treasure…

Pirate Treasure Skeleton Figurehead
Pirates Treasure Skeleton Figurehead

4:01  You pass a twisted pirate ship with skeleton figurehead.  The impressive movie projections extend all the way to the ceiling.  You truly feel under water, deep in the ocean, watching the light and waves ripple far above your head.

4:15  Maccus, (the hammerhead First Mate of Davy Jones), has something funny to say (ha ha ha…).

4:23  The caverns echo with passionate organ music leading into the Flying Dutchman.  This can only mean one thing….

4:33  Davy Jones is revealed as the mad musician.  Sitting at his organ, he talks about explosions (the only Mandarin words I can make out).  The Kraken slips away in the window beyond.

4:41  Jones pivots around, tentacles twitching, uttering more warnings about the treasure.

4:53  You sail down an underwater hall as the ship turns…

5:00  Watery images shimmer on the wall, as if an optical illusion.

5:01  The screens pull open to reveal…

Fiery Sunset Battle
Pirates: Fiery Sunset Battle

5:04  A scene of epic proportions.  A graveyard of ships that dwarf your own are resurrected — and you with them.  Being pushed up from the depths of the ocean floor, you catch your breath…

5:16  And gasp at the reality of what just happened.  Back from Davy Jones’ locker, bathed in a flaming sunset.  You realize you have just made it past World’s End to the land of the living.

5:22  Your relief is brief, as Davy Jones surfaces in the Flying Dutchman with a giant splash, and nearly rams your tiny vessel.

5:32  You realize his battle is with Jack Sparrow, aboard the Black Pearl… and you are now caught in the middle.

5:39  With fierce cannon fire between Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow in their massive ships, you maneuver between them, immersed in one of the most cinematic scenes in ride history.  The ships sinking before you are real on these vast projection screens.

5:48  You see a blast hole in the Black Pearl

5:58  Davy Jones disappears in a puff of putrid green smoke to battle Jack Sparrow

6:05  (sounds of sword fighting follow Jones and Sparrow as they battle on the upper deck, not quite visible on this video)

6:16  You sail backwards, spinning to witness Davy Jones and Jack Sparrow sword fighting in the hold.

6:22  Jack swings, rocking a net in the foreground.

6:30  The battle continues in typical Jack Sparrow style with swords and chickens flying, ensuing cannon fire, and massive flooding.  Your ship is backing away, but not fast enough…

6:44  The explosion propels you up a small lift and waterfall drop through pitch darkness. You recover your thoughts.  What did you just witness?

7:11  You drift slowly past a small sailboat, and hear the voice of Jack Sparrow… interrupted by Davy Jones.

7:23  A wall of pirate treasure glitters with gold and jewels…

7:28 …and turns to dust before your eyes, cursed by Davy Jones.  Jack Sparrow is devastated.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Battle for Sunken Treasure” is an A+ attraction.  A completely immersive experience, you will feel like you stepped into a Jerry Bruckheimer “Pirates” film.

The genius ride vehicle design, stunning visuals, moving musical score, and the brilliant cinematic presentation of this “Pirates” attraction exceeds all others to date.  (And we include Spiderman, Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Escape from Gringotts, and Fast and Furious Supercharged).

Add this to your Bucket List.

Special thanks to our Disney friends for this exclusive access!!  We are so blessed by you for this special opportunity!

 

What Every Savvy Traveler Should Pack in Their Pharmacy

 

In the middle of cold and flu season, it is a struggle to stay healthy, especially when you are far from home.  Time is so precious when you are on the road.  You may be on a once-in-a-lifetime expedition to Antarctica, but you won’t fully enjoy your trip if you are sick.  When illness strikes, having a medication “pharmacy” bag can make all the difference.

This is a true story.  I was on a beautiful Mediterranean cruise.  The ports were amazing.  The ship was magical (actually, the Disney Magic).

One day, I was on a ‘beach day’ excursion.  Walking along the sand in only knee-high water, an excruciating pain shot through my foot.  Something venomous had stung me.  I never saw what it was, but it caused extreme pain and swelling.

I saw the ship’s doctor.  He gave me crutches and recommended applying heat to break down the toxin.  With severe pain and swelling, I could not walk on the foot.

The next day’s port was Rome.  My tour was not wheelchair accessible, but I wasn’t about to miss my first visit to Rome!  I hobbled along on crutches.

While it was not ideal (I can’t remember most of what I saw that day in the Vatican Museum), I was glad for good friends, and the medications I had brought along with me…my personal “pharmacy.”

There’s a lot to be said for packing light, but I come prepared with my medications bag.  I tell people that I travel with a pharmacy.  It is compact, but effective.  And it is much easier than finding medications while on the road. (Believe me, I’ve been there!)

Your medication ‘pharmacy’ bag should be with you, in your carry-on bag, at all times when traveling.

Your medications should never be in your checked luggage.  You never know when you might need a medication, and meds may be very difficult to replace if lost.

On what I call ‘moving days’ — days of flying, train rides, switching hotels — have this bag with you, and not checked in.

Gather your prescription medications.

All your essential prescription medications are your first priority.  Whether you’re going away for a weekend, or a month-long adventure — bring your medications!

It is a good idea to bring a written copy of your prescriptions, or at least a medication list.  This is helpful in case meds need to be replaced, or in case of an emergency.

Savvy Traveler’s Tip:  How to pack your medication pharmacy 

I have found that packing medications into individual Snack-size zip-top bags really saves space!

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Hotel Review: Westin Europa & Regina, Venice Italy

 

We have all had some fantastic hotel experiences — whether it was the service, the location, or commemorating a special event …. and then perhaps some not so great hotel experiences.
In this series, I want to share with you some of the hotels that I have experienced.
It is a pleasure to share with you my review of The Westin Europa & Regina in Venice, Italy.  This hotel is a gem in the heart of San Marco, and is conveniently located near museums and transportation options.
Westin Regina lobby flowers
Westin Regina lobby flowers
Westin Europa & Regina, Venezia
Last stay: May 2015
Rating Scale, for reference:
1=poor
3=average
5=great
6=exceptional (rare ranking)
NE = no experience
Price — 4.  Venice is expensive, and this is the best-value Starwood hotel in central Venezia.
Westin Europa & Regina view from the Grand Canal
Westin Europa & Regina view from the Grand Canal

Hotel Location — 6.  Closer to Piazza San Marco than any other Starwood property, there are only 2 bridges to traverse from the Alilaguna stop to hotel.

Ideally located on the Grand Canal directly across from the iconic Santa Maria de la Salute church… It doesn’t get better than this.

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