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A Secret Sleeper Bed at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on January 29th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


As we gear up for the scheduled spring opening of phase 1 of the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, we couldn’t help but share with you a couple “sneak peek” images of what some of the rooms will look like.

Currently under construction, the 360 Deluxe Studios will be the largest at Walt Disney World Resort. This flexible space will comfortably sleep up to five guests each thanks to a hidden pull-down bed tucked away in a very clever spot – beneath the television!

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Here’s a closer look at the adorable artwork inside.

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These rooms offer other great features that make them ideal for families craving space and top-notch amenities. Stay tuned as we continue to share more details and photos of this beautiful resort!

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Exciting Ways to Explore Italy with Adventures by Disney

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


I am the type of traveler who loves to explore new places. But if there is one place I feel like I could keep going back (and back again) to endlessly it’s Italy. From the ruins of Pompeii to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the to-die-for pizza pretty much everywhere, it’s hard for me to choose my favorite spot in this beautifully diverse country. Thankfully Adventures by Disney understands that, just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, exploring Italy’s treasures can be quite a daunting task. That’s why they offer several distinct vacations to this boot-shaped region.

How do you figure out which Adventures by Disney Italy vacation is right for you (and who’s saying you have to pick just one)? The first step is understanding what makes each trip unique. Here’s a snippet about what each vacation offers to help you get started. (WARNING: You will want to experience them all!)

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Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany)
When you think of Italy you probably envision strolling through ancient ruins in Rome, marveling at the beauty of the rolling hills of Tuscany and gliding along Venetian canals. This trip offers all that (and so much more) as you travel through this Old World country steeped in rich traditions, history and unparalleled culture.

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Italy with the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Naples, Florence, Tuscany, Lucca, Pisa, Siena)
When it comes to charm it’s pretty hard to top the Adventures by Disney Italy with the Amalfi Coast vacation. Picture yourself on a private cruise around the enchanted island of Capri, dive into the Mediterranean, explore the medieval city of Siena, peruse masterpieces in Florence and experience a way of life unchanged by the centuries on this breathtaking tour.

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Italy and Switzerland (Lake Como, Lucerne, the Alps, Zermatt)
Northern Italy offers diverse settings, including the serenity of the Lake District and the majesty of the Alps. This Italy and Switzerland tour offers a boat cruise on Lake Como, the Baroque beauty of Isola Bella, and adventures throughout the Italian and Swiss Alps. Here you’ll have a chance to feast on rich Swiss fondue. Sign me up!

Which Adventures by Disney Italy vacation do you want to try first?

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A Morning View From Angkor Wat with Adventures by Disney

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


Topping the list of places I want to visit someday is Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, so I found it only fitting that the first entry from Adventures by Disney in the new Disney Parks Blog “sunrise” series be this shot from the famed Angkor Wat. “Wat” means “temple,” and guests can explore it by foot, via tuk-tuk and even while riding an elephant on an Adventures by Disney trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. What fun for our guests!

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On which Adventures by Disney vacation would you most like to see the sunrise?

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Room with a View: La Dolce Vita in Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The Disney Parks Blog recently launched a new series called “Room with A View.” And while our Disney resorts offer some pretty amazing views, I think it’s also fair to say that the scenery found on an Adventures by Disney vacation is pretty hard to top. Especially when you’re staying in the heart of one of the most beautiful places on Earth (in my opinion anyway, although I’m sure you’d be pretty reluctant to disagree with me on this one) – Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscany is the newest Adventures by Disney destination, and this trip immerses you in the lush landscape of the region and the mouth-watering delights for which Italy is famous. On this 7-day, 6-night vacation you’ll spend three nights in the gorgeous Castello di Spaltenna, located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region. Talk about having a room with a view!

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Nestled among lush forests and vineyards, this hotel offers a relaxing home base for a host of Adventures by Disney activities, such as hunting for truffles, wine and cheese tasting, Italian bruschetta-making lessons, walking along an ancient Roman path and more.

You can learn more about this amazing hotel, and the many other Adventures by Disney accommodations, by visiting AdventuresByDisney.com.

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Visit the Destinations that Inspired Popular Movies and Television Shows with Adventures by Disney

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Last month, Adventures by Disney announced enhancements to the San Francisco Long Weekend vacation, which now includes new elements designed to give travellers an inside look at the town that inspired the fictional city of San Fransokyo (pictured below) from the Walt Disney Pictures film “Big Hero 6.”

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San Francisco is the latest Adventures by Disney itinerary to offer themed experiences in real-life destinations that served as a creative inspiration for popular movies and television shows. Whether you’ve been yearning to build a snowman in Norway, wield a bow and arrow in Scotland, or record a song in Nashville, Adventures by Disney offers the rare opportunity for you to step into settings reimagined on the silver screen and television screen.

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Norway, the Land that Inspired Arendelle
The 8-day, 7-night Norway vacation takes you to the storybook village of Bergen, which served as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle from Disney’s “Frozen.” You’ll also journey past glaciers, fjords and see the stave churches that shaped the landscape and architecture depicted in the hit film. There’s no promise of seeing a talking snowman or castles made of ice, but you might want to invite your sister to come along on the journey!

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Scotland, Backdrop for the Disney•Pixar Film “Brave”
Journey through Scotland’s ancient stone castles and lush landscapes that played a role in the creation of the animated film “Brave.” On this 9-day, 8-night vacation, you’ll take flight to the Isle of Lewis, whose people and ancient sites inspired the film. Channel your inner Merida as you step between the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones and learn the art of archery. It’s the perfect mother/daughter getaway.

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Nashville, Home of the Critically Acclaimed Show on ABC
On the 4-day, 3-night Adventures by Disney Long Weekend to Nashville trip, fans of the show Nashville will see the city’s famous landmarks, as well as experience iconic sites featured in this musical television drama, such as The Bluebird Café, Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. It’s a great vacation option for aspiring musicians, and music “appreciators” alike.

Every Adventures by Disney trip allows you to see the world through the eyes of a storyteller, and with these itineraries you can truly feel as if you’ve actually become part of the story. Plus, if you’ve got Anna and Elsa fans at home, I’m pretty sure they’d agree there’s nothing cooler (pun intended) than singing “Let It Go” among Norwegian fjords!

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A Peek Inside The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

posted on December 1st, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the newest addition to the growing Disney Vacation Club portfolio at Walt Disney World Resort, offers Victorian elegance just a hop, skip and jump (or one short monorail ride, whichever mode of transportation you prefer) away from Magic Kingdom Park.

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If you’ve yet to check out this breathtaking Disney Vacation Club offering let me tell you right now – you are missing out. I could write sonnets about the lobby alone. From the whimsical “Mary Poppins“-themed fountain to the two five-tier custom grand chandeliers, the lobby is truly grand. But, since guests generally tend to sleep in the villa-style accommodations (and not the lobby, although it is certainly cozy enough), I think it’s best to focus on those.

The resort features spacious accommodations that sleep anywhere from five to twelve guests, providing even more flexibility and choices for Disney Vacation Club members and guests. The resort’s Deluxe Studios are the first at Walt Disney World Resort that sleep up to five guests, thanks to what is (arguably, although I stand by it) the coolest feature to date – a hidden pull-down bed! The front of this unassuming television stand pulls down to reveal a secret sleeping spot, complete with special Disney artwork. Ta-da!

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For those looking for a little more space, 1- and 2-bedroom Villas, and 3-bedroom Grand Villas offer living rooms, full kitchens and separate sleeping areas. They are all magnificent, but the Grand Villa, which sleeps up to 12 people, has some serious “wow” factor. It even has its own media room, complete with a big-screen television and comfy seating for the whole family. Want a peek inside? Check this out.

The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa is now nearly 80% sold out. And, while staying just steps away from the top-notch amenities available at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the flagship Walt Disney World Resort experience, is certainly on my “must do” list, the great thing about being a Disney Vacation Club member is the variety of vacation destinations available to you. Whether it’s this sort of Victorian splendor you crave, or watching a giraffe munch on lunch at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Villas, or even exploring thousands of other vacation options in destinations around the world, the possibilities of where you can vacation as a member are vast.

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See How Music City Got its Name on an Adventures by Disney Nashville Vacation

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Earlier this month the city of Nashville was buzzing with celebrities, red carpets and the glitz and glamour of the annual Country Music Awards. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – Nashville is a place that’s always alive, electric and brimming with restaurants, concert venues, honky-tonks and, yes, even street corners filled with music. Nashville is called “Music City” year round, not just during awards season, and with an Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip to Nashville you can truly see how, and why, this town got its nickname.

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I recently had the chance to visit a few of the places featured on this new Adventures by Disney itinerary, including RCA Studio B, known as the “home of a thousand hits.” Although, if we’re getting technical here (and I think we should), RCA Studio B has actually been home to more than 35,000 songs and hits. I don’t want to sound like a namedropper, but I will say that a long list of music legends recorded chart-topping albums here (most recorded before the assistance of the sort of auto-tune technology that “helps” today’s artists sound their very best).

As if touring RCA Studio B isn’t cool enough, with Adventures by Disney you get to go one step further and actually add to the legacy by recording your very own song! Again, no help from auto-tune, you’re on your own on this one, but I will give you a tip – they say this little blue “x” marks the spot for sounding your very best. I’d start by standing there.

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And if that doesn’t make you feel like enough of a music superstar, you’ll also get to make your own concert poster at Hatch Show Print, where they’ve been making concert handbills for more than a century. If you have any concert prints in your home take a look, it might just be a Hatch Show Print. Their prints have a classic letterpress look that has remained en vogue throughout the years.

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You’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show and GO BACKSTAGE (yes, I’m using all caps because it’s just that exciting) at the Grand Ole Opry, meet and learn from professional songwriters at the legendary Bluebird Café and enjoy so many other rock star style experiences on this trip. And I can’t even begin to emphasize how much music you’re really getting here. I even saw live musicians playing at the bars and lounges in the Nashville airport (Disclaimer: I can’t promise they’ll be there when you visit, but you get my point, music is everywhere).

And on day 3 of the trip, when you go to the rustic Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant for breakfast, get the peanut butter and banana French toast, it’s amazing (Disclaimer: I can’t promise you’ll find it amazing. Actually yes I can. It’s amazing. And I ate it too fast to be one of those people who takes photos of their food and thus I can’t show you just how amazing it looks in person. So you’ll just have to trust me, and “The King,” on this one). Enjoy it with a chocolate milkshake like I did, because it’s never too early for a milkshake.

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Best of all, the Nashville vacation is one of the new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend getaway trips, which are shorter itineraries for you to enjoy, well, over a long weekend (4 days/3 nights to be exact), making this trip an easy escape for anyone looking to get away. Besides, who doesn’t need a little more music in her life?

Cool Twitter hashtags to check out:
#nashville #adventuresbydisney #countrymusic

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Go ‘Down Under’ to Australia With Adventures by Disney

posted on October 30th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


From the Great Barrier Reef to the outback to Sydney Harbor, there’s so much to explore on an Adventures by Disney vacation to Australia.

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I have always been intrigued by the land “down under” (though I never really could pull off a convincing “g’day, mate!”). Australia may be the smallest of the seven continents, but it’s the world’s largest island and sixth largest country. Rainforest, desert, big cities, the largest tropical reef in the world – there’s so much to see. So much, in fact, that planning a trip to this island continent can seem overwhelming.

But while seeing all three million square miles of Australia might not be possible (that would take a LOT of years of saved up vacation time), with Adventures by Disney you can see much of what makes this such an amazing place to visit (on a vacation timeline that your boss will actually approve).

Here are just a few of the highlights of the 12-day, 11-night Australia vacation.

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The Great Barrier Reef 


It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders and the only living thing that can be seen from outer space, and with Adventures by Disney you can explore the Great Barrier Reef with a private marine biologist. Snorkel alongside a dazzling array of sea life or view the reef three feet below the surface from inside a semi-submersible vessel.

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In Australia’s famed outback you’ll enjoy a privately guided hike around the base of sacred Ayers Rock, also known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru.

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Explore Scenic Sydney 


Pedal around Sydney Harbor on a privately guided bike tour, visit the stunning Sydney Opera House and get a private surfing lesson at the famous Bondi Beach.

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Aboriginal Cultural Park 

Participate in Aboriginal traditions as Tjapukai tribe members share their culture with song and dance. Listen to a didgeridoo and learn how to throw a boomerang and a spear.

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Soar over eucalyptus trees on zip lines. Paddle a sea kayak on the sparkling waters of Coles Bay. And visit the Tasmanian Devils, wallabies, koalas, wombats and other intriguing animals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

With Adventures by Disney you can rest assured knowing that the itinerary planning details are handled for you, giving you more time to channel your inner kangaroo and pack your pouch (or suitcase, whichever you prefer) for your exciting Australian vacation!

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Enjoy a Sleigh Ride Together with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 20th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


It’s nearly the holiday season. Time for warm wooly sweaters, hot cocoa by the fire and snowball fights on the front lawn. Or at least that’s my dreamy vision of winter (speaking as someone living in Florida). But even if winter to you means shoveling your driveway and deicing your windshield, you can experience a truly heavenly winter wonderland on the Adventures by Disney Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend vacation.

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I recently shared some pretty cool modes of transportation available on Adventures by Disney trips, but the Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend itinerary features one of my all-time favorite ways to get around – by sleigh!

Here you can learn the art of “mushing” on a modern sled pulled by a team of sled dogs. Dash over the powdery white snow through the majestic scenery of Jackson Hole. Even St. Nick himself will be impressed with your speed and precision!

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And don’t worry about getting too chilly, after sledding through frosty terrain you can relax in the steaming, rejuvenating waters of Granite Hot Springs.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ride in a vintage snow vehicle (let’s call this one a sleigh on wheels) for excursions through Yellowstone National Park. See frozen waterfalls, steaming geysers and be on the lookout for local residents like bison, elk, bald eagles, coyotes, swans, otters and moose.

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I can almost hear those sleigh bells jinglin’ now!

So put on your toastiest flannel jammies (I’ll crank the air conditioning up in my house and do the same) and check out all the great frosty fun in store for you at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Beyond with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 8th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


On an Adventures by Disney vacation you can truly see the world. But as every traveler knows, sometimes the journey can be just as exciting as the destination itself. With Adventures by Disney you can be sure that journey will be full of fun and unique experiences.

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Here are simply a few examples of the ways you can travel – with style and with squeals of adrenaline – on an Adventures by Disney trip.

Take Flight
Airborne adventures are part of many Adventures by Disney itineraries. Soar between the Greek isles, jet from mainland Ecuador to explore wildlife in the Galapagos, or explore the diversity of the land “down under” as you fly from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and beyond on our Australia adventure.

All Aboard!
There are few things more relaxing than simply sitting back and watching the scenery roll by on a train ride, and many Adventures by Disney itineraries allow you to do just that. Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad for a scenic ride along the Kenai Peninsula, savor the memorable train journey to Aguas Calientes – gateway to Peru’s Machu Picchu, or plunge into darkness as you shoot under the English Channel through the Chunnel on a high-speed train ride whisking you from England to France.

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Behind the Wheel of an Automobile
When it comes to thrilling transportation options on four wheels, Adventures by Disney has options galore. Board an ice exploration vehicle that travels over the vast Columbia Icefield on the North American Continental Divide, go on an off-road adventure in Arizona and Utah, climb aboard a jeep for a private expedition into the bush country of Africa on a 3-day safari, or visit Briksdal Glacier in Norway via something called a “troll car.”

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From biking to rowing to horse (not to mention donkey, dog and even elephant!) power and beyond, Adventures by Disney offers some pretty magnificent ways to get around.

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While the world waits for personal jetpacks and flying cars, you can feel like you’re flying (above the treetops) while zip lining in Costa Rica. Or explore the other exciting modes of transportation offered on our trips by visiting AdventuresByDisney.com!

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