Travel roundup: what’s new in family travel?

USH Despicable Me Minion MayhemI do love a Minion.  And the cheeky Minions of Despicable Me are soon to have their own ride at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

Planned for 2014, Despicable Me Minion Mayhem will mix videos, special effects and digital animation and whizz guests around Gru’s house (and secret super-villain laboratory) , encountering loads of elements of the movie on their way – you even get a special pair of 3D Minion goggles!!

Lightning McQueen at Radiator Springs

If you’re lucky enough to be heading to Walt Disney World Resort, Florida before 19th May, check out the amazing floral art at the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival where you’ll find Disney and DisneyPixar characters recreated as topiary displays as well as other themed flower and garden displays.

Donald Duck exploring AlaskaStaying with Disney news, the fabulous Disney Wonder cruise ship will be visiting Alaska from May this year through until September, departing from Vancouver.  This is next on my absolutely must-do list, stopping at capital city, Juneau, as well as ‘Salmon Capital of the World’ Ketchican, where you can, wait for it, go on a Bering Sea crab fishermen’s tour aboard the Aleutian Ballad, made famous on Discovery Channel’s Deadliest Catch! (Mr English will faint when he reads this).  You can watch the fishermen haul crab pots and chat to them about their adventures.  This cruise is worth it JUST FOR THAT!

Adventurer Ben Fogle has recently returned home from a trip to Sarawak, part of Malaysian Borneo where he met some of the local wildlife and made eight short films about the area.  If you visit the Sarawak Tourism Board website you can find out more about this beautiful area.  Here’s Ben visiting Gunung Gading National Park and visitng the world-famous giant “Rafflesia” flower up close:

Lastly, lovely Monarch are giving three lucky schools (pupils yrs 7- 9) the chance to win  exclusive use of a Monarch aircraft on 24th April 2013, with a range of fun activities in the air and on the ground.  Here’s Pixie to tell you more:

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