NEWINGTON - Clients of Frenchâ€™s Worldwide Travel are rediscovering destinations and finding that tours have evolved in recent years.
Agent Karen Powell just returned from Orlando, Florida, where she enjoyed Walt Disney World and the latest and greatest theme park attractions. Star Wars: Galaxyâ€™s Edge at Disneyâ€™s Hollywood Studios opened at the end of August.
â€śItâ€™s like youâ€™re on a movie set,â€ť Powell said of the new park.
Disney is not as crowded this time of year, as kids head back to school. Many people are waiting until 2020 to visit the new Star Wars-themed attractions, according to Powell. Spaceship ride Millennium Falcon: Smugglersâ€™ Run is open and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance is expected to begin operation in December. Meanwhile, there are lots of other activities to keep visitors busy until then.
â€śDonâ€™t be afraid to go,â€ť Powell said. â€śI had a great time.â€ť
Visitors can build custom light sabers and droids inside Saviâ€™s Workshop and the Droid Depot, have a drink in Ogaâ€™s Cantina and dine on galactic favorites at Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo.
Frenchâ€™s Travel has partnered with a private guide in Orlando to ease the technicalities of travel for families, maximize the fun and minimize the cost.
Owner Valeri French is also impressed with recent offerings from tour companies.
â€śThe guided vacation market has really changed over the last few years,â€ť French explained. â€śWhat people used to know as bus tours and guided tours have really transformed to offer a lot more choice for travelers.â€ť
Instead of large groups crowding a landmark like the Vatican, for example, people can opt for private, after-hours visits during their tour. Packages tend to offer more built-in free time than they did in the past, so travelers can explore neighborhoods or regions independently.
â€śTour companies have recognized that our current society wants freedom of choice and not to be herded around,â€ť French said. â€śAnd theyâ€™ve made changes.â€ť
At the same time, opting for a tour takes away the hassles of traveling, like reserving flights, train tickets between cities and finding the best excursions for a good value. Frenchâ€™s agents work with tour companies to handle all the minute details ahead of time, leaving clients with little to worry about and more to enjoy.
â€śWeâ€™re so busy in our everyday lives; itâ€™s nice to have someone take care of everything for you,â€ť French pointed out.
Book your next trip at Frenchâ€™s Worldwide Travel, located at 50 Market Square, Newington, 860- 666-4625.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.