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QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Adventures by Disney

posted on August 28th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

You can travel around the world with Adventures by Disney, but exactly how many places can you visit? Take this quiz to test your Adventures by Disney knowledge.


How Well Do you Know Adventures by Disney?

Adventures by Disney started in what year?
How many destinations does Adventures by Disney visit?
Which of these destinations does Adventures by Disney not visit?
How many continents can you travel to with Adventures by Disney?
You can visit the locations that inspired all of these Disney movies except...?
Which of these unique experiences is available with Adventures by Disney?
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Disney Parks After Dark: Nighttime in The City of Light

posted on August 13th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

When it comes to gorgeous nighttime shots of Paris, the Eiffel Tower gets more than its fair share of love from photographers. Maybe I’m the type who roots for the underdog, but I’m partial to one of Paris’ other iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe. So when I saw this “After Dark” photo, taken on the Adventures by Disney England and France vacation, I just had to share it.

Arc de Triomphe - Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is the gateway to “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” the Champs-Elysees. And if you’re a fan of that iconic 1,063-foot-tall tower icon I mentioned earlier, you get a pretty great view of it from atop this arc.

But no matter what you’re most excited to see in The City of Light, Adventures by Disney has you covered. From touring the illustrious Louvre museum to climbing the bell tower at Notre Dame Cathedral to traveling outside the city to the gilded Chateau de Versailles and more, the England and France vacation offers you the chance to explore “must see” destinations in two major European cities.

And when you get there, be sure to snap a few extra photos of the Arc de Triomphe for me!

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A Mom’s Take: Benefits of Being a Disney Vacation Club Member

posted on August 5th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

From staying in larger accommodations to enjoying Membership-exclusive activities, there’s so much to love about being a Disney Vacation Club member.

Watch as Disney Parks Moms Panelist Kate shares her reasons for becoming a Disney Vacation Club Member, and see how you can enjoy vacations you never outgrow.

Want to hear more from the Disney Parks Moms panel? Follow along on the Disney Parks Blog as we continue to share Disney vacation memories from real parents.

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Room With A View: Costa Rican Volcanoes With Adventures by Disney

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

What sort of view do you want on your dream vacation? Rolling hills, epic mountains, serene lakes, lush vegetation, bustling cityscapes; whichever you prefer you can find it with Adventures by Disney. While I have a hard time picking my favorite, I can’t help but be intrigued by this volcano view, found on the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica trip.


This view of Arenal volcano is visible just outside your window at the Hotel Arenal Fortuna, which serves as the home base for two nights of this Costa Rican adventure. Not only will you enjoy this spectacular sight, you’ll also take flight on a zip line excursion through the rainforest, soak in relaxing hot springs, set off on a white water rafting adventure and more.

And if you’re the type who enjoys basking in a relaxing ocean view the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica vacation offers that too. You can soak in some sea breezes in Guanacaste, on the western coast of the country, and enjoy beach time, a private catamaran excursion, mojito making and other activities perfect for simply unwinding.

What is your dreamiest vacation view?

For more from the “Room with a View” series from Adventures by Disney, visit the posts below:

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Good Morning from San Francisco with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

Adventures by Disney now offers “Long Weekend” getaways, taking travelers on 4-day, 3-night trips to some of North America’s most beloved destinations. While I’m eager to try them all, this early morning shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic sights you can see on an Adventures by Disney trip to San Francisco & Napa, truly beckons me.

The famous Golden Gate Bridge is shown in this photo, which is one of the iconic destinations featured on the Adventures by Disney San Francisco Long Weekend trip.

Which Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip are you most excited to experience?

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Gardens, Mozart and Puppets: A Trip Through Austria with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 23rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

If you’re looking to visit a place with a ton of charm, may I suggest Austria? As excited as I was to visit the Bavarian Alps on my recent 9-day, 8-night Austria, Germany & the Czech Republic Adventures by Disney vacation, my eyes were woefully unprepared for the sheer amount of natural beauty they would behold during the Austrian portion of this trip.


First up was Salzburg, where we took a privately guided tour that included enchanting gardens, lush landscapes and striking fountains that will beg for you to burst into song; and I might have done just that on several occasions. Here we dined at a 1,200-year-old restaurant while being serenaded by a duo of Mozart violinists! I felt very fancy indeed.


On our way to Vienna we made a stop in the adorable town of Mondsee, where we enjoyed lunch al fresco alongside the gorgeous lake. The beauty of this place has earned it a spot on my personal “most charming places I’ve visited” list.


In Vienna the one-of-a-kind experiences just kept on coming. We enjoyed a private marionette performance and got to try our hand at operating them (with guidance from the masters). We learned how to make strudel (and sampled it aplenty), toured the famous Schonbrunn Palace, got an exclusive backstage look at Royal Spanish Riding School and even tested our gracefulness during private Waltz lessons! As a very special treat we also visited the Vienna Zoo after hours, where our group enjoyed a private look at the animals and a unique dinner feast at the former breakfast pavilion of the Emperor, located in the middle of the zoo.


But I haven’t even told you about my favorite part yet. Ask anyone who’s been on an Adventures by Disney trip about their experience and they’re sure to tell you about their amazing Adventure Guides. For this trip our group was educated, entertained and delighted by Adventure Guides Stephanie and Dean, and they truly made every moment unforgettable. The number of exceptional experiences they created for us is too numerous to list, but it was in Austria that they really brought experiences to life the very most. Here they donned a lot of hats, literally and figuratively. Seriously, these two love to dress up. And they know their audience; we all loved it!

And so ends my Adventures by Disney Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic trip. Retelling it has made me want to do it all over again!

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Hiking, Sliding and Spelunking In the Alps with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 13th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


On my recent Adventures by Disney trip to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic I was (figuratively) bursting at the seams with my desire to belt out this yodeling refrain. And when we made it to Berchtesgaden, Germany, our Alpine retreat for three nights of our eight-night adventure, I found there was plenty worth yodeling about.

For starters I got to go spelunking in the Alpine Eishole Ice Cave. And while it didn’t entail any pickaxes, harnesses or rappelling into narrow canyons, this caving excursion was full of adventure. First we hiked to a funicular railcar, then hiked some more up to the entrance of the cave, high up in the Alps. Then we were outfitted with old school lamps, just like the kind you see the Seven Dwarfs carry, as we entered the dark, chilly cave, which was illuminated as our lantern light gleamed off of the ice that surrounded us. Words can’t accurately express how surreal this looks in person, but I do have this photo, which does it only a small amount of justice.


And the view while hiking to the ice cave wasn’t too shabby either. I mean, if you’re the type of person who likes being surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty.


If one caving adventure just isn’t enough to satisfy you, never fear. With Adventures by Disney you also get to don overalls and travel deep into the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden Salt Mine. While I’ll admit that visiting a salt mine previously wasn’t high on my “must see” list, it was quickly apparent that this experience was unlike anything I had imagined. For starters, the giant slide that literally whisked us into the mine like giggling schoolchildren set a fun and adventurous tone to this expedition. Once underground, we were greeted by an otherworldly salt lake that looked like a scene out of a space movie. Is this Mars? No, it’s a German salt mine!


I also enjoyed a wide variety of activities above ground. I hand crafted – and gobbled up – my own pretzel creations, toasted my fellow adventurers with giant German-size beers, watched an exhilarating falconry demonstration and toured an 11th-century castle. The climb to the incredibly breezy bell tower graced us with more incredible views, and this windblown hairstyle.

Traveling With Adventures by Disney to Austria, Germany and Czech Republic Traveling With Adventures by Disney to Austria, Germany and Czech Republic

Next, the adventure took me to Salzburg and through Austria to explore some truly magical sights. If I’ve had trouble holding back from breaking into a yodel thus far you can only imagine what sort of musical-worthy songs I’ll have to suppress during my next Adventures by Disney post here on the Disney Parks Blog. Follow along!

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‘Czech’ing Out Prague with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

I’ve recently returned from an Adventures by Disney trip to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and I’m finding it hard to hold back my joyful yodels declaring what an amazing experience I had in this Alpine region of Europe (in fairness I’ve never heard a sad yodel, they are generally rather lively in nature). But, as this 9-day, 8-night adventure begins in the rather non-snow-capped mountain city of Prague, a yodel is hardly appropriate for this post (or ever, as those who sit near me in the office would argue).

Famous sites like St. Vitus Cathedral can be seen on the Adventures by Disney Austria, Germany and Czech Republic vacation.

While I’ve always wanted to visit Prague, it is a city I previously knew little about. And that’s the great thing about traveling with Adventures by Disney; no matter how much (or how little) research you’ve done about an area prior to taking a trip, you can rest easy knowing that many of the key planning details have already been taken care of for you.

And upon landing in the Czech Republic I was not disappointed. Our group was welcomed with a dinner in a centuries old building complete with amazing stained glass, traditional Czech cuisine and live accordion music (I know that being a fan of both yodeling and accordion music might put me in the minority here, but the authenticity of this sort of ambience truly makes for an outstanding welcome to Central Europe). A cultural tour of Prague, including a charming cruise down the Vltava river, helped us to get acquainted with the city.

The beautiful landscape of Prague is one of the sights of this Adventures by Disney vacation.

Another great thing about Adventures by Disney is that you don’t simply observe the area you’re visiting, you also have the chance to get hands-on and truly immerse yourself in the region. At dinnertime on night two that meant not watching professional dancers swing and twirl, but also putting our own dancing skills to the test. And I confirmed that yes, I do still possess two left feet!

After two nights in Prague we set off for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Český Krumlov. This small city in the Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic proved to be even more beautiful than I imagined. The cobblestone streets were charming and the castle (guarded by actual, real-life brown bears) looked like it was drawn from a fairytale.

The author of this article is shown posing in front of the Bavarian Alps while vacationing with Adventures by Disney

And then it was time for the Bavarian Alps! I’ll leave you with this shot of me standing literally above the clouds to tempt you to follow along on the rest of my journey (complete with location appropriate yodeling) right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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Final Phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows Opens Today

posted on July 1st, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

The final phase of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at the Walt Disney World Resort opened today, marking the completion of all 360 Deluxe Studios at the resort.


I recently had the opportunity to stay in one of the resort’s Deluxe Studios and it was truly a fantastic experience. During my stay, I zipped over to Epcot via the monorail and made it back in time to watch the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from the resort. I strolled along the resort’s beach area and tested out room service (late-night pizza was fantastic, but not as yummy as eating Tonga Toast in bed the next morning). At Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort I took my son on his first pontoon boat ride on Seven Seas Lagoon, spoiled his lunch by getting him a Dole Whip from Pineapple Lanai and sampled drinks on the outdoor patio of the new Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto.

In addition to the resort’s unbeatable location and fun amenities, the features within our villa make this my favorite Disney Vacation Club Deluxe Studio to date. We especially enjoyed the spacious split bath design, the hidden pull-down bunk-size bed and the kitchenette (the fridge would have been perfect for our leftover take-out pizza, had we not polished the whole thing off right away).

Want to see more? Take a tour of this unique accommodation in this video.

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A Room With a View on An Adventures by Disney Vacation to Central Europe

posted on June 26th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager

I just returned from an amazing Austria, Germany and Czech Republic Adventures by Disney vacation. I’ll be sharing some of my favorite experiences from that trip here on the Disney Parks Blog shortly but, in the meantime, I wanted to show off my favorite room with a view from this adventure.


Imagine waking up to the sight of the Bavarian Alps outside your window. Well I did just that during my Adventures by Disney stay in Berchtesgarden, Germany! And as you can see, the three nights I spent here as part of this 8-night trip were truly breathtaking.

The Austria, Germany and Czech Republic trip is also one of the uniquely designed multi-generational trips Adventures by Disney is offering for 2015. The Aug. 21-29 departure of this trip will include a professional photographer on hand to capture photos of your extended family together.

Of course, every Adventures by Disney trip offers some pretty remarkable views. Be sure to follow the new Adventures by Disney Pinterest page for even more great shots like this one!

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