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Tour Aulani with New Disney Vacation Club Virtual Resort Experience at Disneyland Resort

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


Throughout my career I’ve traveled to Disney destinations around the globe. However, I haven’t yet been quite lucky enough to visit Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa or Disney Vacation Club Villas in Hawai’i. I recently got to experience the next best thing – taking a virtual tour of the resort at the new Disney Vacation Club Preview Center at the Downtown Disney District at Disneyland Resort.

This new virtual resort experience allows you to fly over and through Aulani, exploring each area of the resort in detail on large television monitors. It’s almost like being there – you can virtually walk through the Villas, glide along the lazy river and sample a Mai Tai (okay, I might be exaggerating a bit with that one), and more.

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The new Disney Vacation Club Preview Center is located near the AMC Theatres at Disneyland Resort. Come on by and start planning vacations your family will never outgrow.

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A Trip Fit for Royalty with Adventures by Disney

posted on May 11th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The world is buzzing with news of the royal baby, and I can’t help but wish I were born into the royal bloodline myself. I’m not greedy, I’d settle for a single castle to call my own. But since the prospect of learning I’m the heir of the Kingdom of Genovia seems unlikely, my new goal is to feel like royalty on an Adventure by Disney England and France vacation.

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This trip visits all sorts of regal London landmarks, including Westminster Abbey, the beautiful cathedral that has been the site of coronations, historical events and royal weddings (including the marriage of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Kate).

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You’ll also witness the Changing of the Guard (time permitting) at Buckingham Palace, the historic residence of England’s royal family. (I’ve tried, they wouldn’t let me in to have tea with the Queen, but I did have some fabulous scones just down the road a bit.)

And of course, what sort of royal would you be without jewels? Well never fear, on this trip you’ll see the Crown Jewels up-close (well, as up-close as possible given how heavily guarded they are) at the Tower of London. I assure your fate here will be much better than Anne Boleyn’s!

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In case that’s not enough, you’ll also take a classic double decker bus tour around town where you can be delighted by countless other locales noteworthy to the monarchy, including the Palace of Westminster, which houses the famous Big Ben. (This is as close to being a princess as I think I’ll ever really get.)

Outside of London the journey continues into the English countryside where you’ll see how Kings and Queens live on the grounds of Windsor Castle—home to the British royal family since the 11th century. Still used as a royal residence, Windsor Castle is the largest inhabited castle in the world.

The trip includes many other highlights. And I haven’t even talked about all the fabulous things you’ll experience in Paris! So if you’re interested in learning more, visit AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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A Hands-On Strudel Demonstration in Austria with Adventures by Disney

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


I have a bit of a sweet tooth. Well, sweet teeth actually (32 of them to be precise). When traveling I always look forward to tasting regional foods from each destination visited, and generally the foods I’m most eager to sample are the desserts. So imagine my delight when I learned that while on an Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise our guests get to take part in an Austrian apple strudel demonstration and learn how to make this famous scrumptious treat.

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From making the dough from scratch to filling it with delicious apples to pulling the freshly baked treat out of the oven, this demonstration will get you and your family feeling like natural-born chefs. I know this sounds too delicious to be true, so if your mouth isn’t already watering check out the video below to get a better look.

Austrian strudel making is just one of the many active hands-on experiences found on a 7-night/8-day European River Cruise vacation with Adventures by Disney. Stay tuned as I continue to share other exciting adventures from this vacation.

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Disney Parks After Dark: View of the Electrical Water Pageant from New Bora Bora Bungalows at Walt Disney World Resort

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


We’re less than one week away from the grand opening of Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort.

When completed, the resort will feature 360 Deluxe Studios, as well as 20 over-the-water Bora Bora Bungalows offering private decks complete with personal plunge pools and views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park area. Guests staying the Bungalows will be able to watch Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from their back decks (complete with the fireworks soundtrack pumped in for their listening pleasure), as well as the Electrical Water Pageant. Check out the view!

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This photo, shot last week, truly captures the beauty of this timeless nighttime parade combined with the classic South Pacific styling of our newest resort addition.

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A Look Inside the Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on March 24th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


When talking about the soon-to-open Bora Bora Bungalows at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the newest Disney Vacation Club property at Walt Disney World Resort, it’s hard not to gush on and on. These 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom over-the-water accommodations offer sleeping room for eight, a private deck complete with an individual plunge pool, a full kitchen, gorgeous décor, views of the Seven Seas Lagoon and Magic Kingdom Park area, in-mirror television in the master bath, a washer and dryer in each unit, gated boardwalk access and other fun features. I really could go on and on (and on).

But they say a picture is worth 1,000 words, and this is certainly one time I have to agree. And, thankfully, I don’t have just one picture to share with you today, I have many.

Let’s start with the boardwalk and front porch leading into a Bungalow. Notice the handcrafted wind chime.

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Once inside, you’ll find two bedrooms, both offering Mary Blair-inspired bed throws. The second bedroom also offers a sleek surfboard headboard and a fun window seat that’s perfect for relaxing.

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The master bedroom offers a door to the deck, where you’ll find these (oh so comfy) chairs. Plus, not only is the master bathroom gorgeous, it features an in-mirror television!

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The living room offers furnishings with a mid-century modern flair. And the full kitchen comes complete with a table seating eight.

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Oh yeah, and did I mention the plunge pool? You’ll be able to watch (and listen to the soundtrack thanks to the piped-in music) the Magic Kingdom Park fireworks from here.

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I don’t want to give everything away, but I will leave you with a few more images highlighting just some of the fun touches that will be found throughout the Bungalows when they open next week.

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What’s your favorite feature of the new Bora Bora Bungalows?

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Sunrise on the Li River with Adventures by Disney

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


While I’ve always wanted to climb the Great Wall of China, take a peek at the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and shop in Stanley Market in Hong Kong (and check out Hong Kong Disneyland while I’m in the neighborhood), there are many parts of China that are less known to me – it’s a pretty big place after all. But sometimes you see a photo and declare “I just have to go there!” And this sunrise photo of the Li river, taken on the Adventures by Disney China vacation, did just that for me.

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This shot was taken in the ancient city of Guilin, and it’s easy to see why so many Chinese poems and paintings celebrate the wonder of this place.

On the Adventures by Disney China trip you have the chance to cruise along the Li river, stay in a hotel with stunning views of the water and these soaring magical formations, and even take a morning tai chi lesson with these legendary Gumdrop Mountains (yes, that’s their real name – isn’t it perfect?) as your backdrop. Plus you get to see all the things I mentioned at the beginning of this post, and more, like Giant Pandas – sign me up!

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Stunning Sights Await at the Grand Canyon with Adventures by Disney

posted on March 17th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


I’ve had the travel bug in me since a young age and, thankfully, I’ve had a chance to fill quite a few pages in my passport over the years. But I have to admit that my wanderlust has left me a little lacking when it comes to exploring the incredible National Parks found right here in my own backyard of North America. Most notably, I feel remiss to say that I have never taken a Grand Canyon tour. This is one of America’s most legendary landmarks, and on an Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah vacation you can see firsthand why this national landmark is one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

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I think that soaking in the majesty of the Grand Canyon is truly a rite of passage that every person should experience. And that’s why this Adventures by Disney destination is so high on my “must do” list (and why I’ll be taking my own son on this trip someday).

I think the main reason I’ve never been to Grand Canyon National Park is that it’s not exactly located in the middle of a major city (which also is a huge part of what makes it so appealing) and, therefore, it’s never seemed easily accessible. It’s not a place you can just “swing by” and check out on your way to your next destination. Nor would you want to. And that’s what makes the Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah vacation so special – you’re not simply going on a brief Grand Canyon tour that’s mostly travel time with just a little bit of sightseeing thrown in. No, you actually get to spend two nights in the park itself, where you’ll be constantly surrounded by picturesque views.

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Here you’ll watch the sun set (and rise if you can make it out of bed in time), chow down on a delicious Western BBQ dinner complete with a noteworthy view, delight in an exclusive a Native American dance performance and so much more. Enjoy a private expedition, complete with a naturalist guide, as you drive and walk along the notable South Rim and discover the wonder and mystery that this landmark has to offer.

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And, the Grand Canyon is just part of this journey through the great Southwest. You’ll also explore other breathtaking, “bucket list” worthy in their own right, destinations, including Sedona, Monument Valley, Arches National Park and more.

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” And I can’t think of any better way to see the wonders of the world than with Adventures by Disney.

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Get ‘Frozen Fever’ with Adventures by Disney

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


Today marks the opening of Disney’s “Cinderella” in theaters and, along with it, “Frozen Fever”, a new animated short film featuring Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, the ever-so-huggable Olaf and other familiar “Frozen” faces. But the “Frozen” fun doesn’t have to stop at the movies! You can experience a true “Frozen” style adventure on an Adventures by Disney Norway vacation.

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With Adventures by Disney you can discover the beauty and majesty of Norway, the country that inspired Disney’s “Frozen”. This 8-day, 7-night vacation takes you into the storybook village of Bergen, which served as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle. You’ll also journey through ice-capped mountains, breathtaking fjords and see the stave churches that shaped the landscape and architecture depicted in the hit film.

A real-life “Frozen” adventure is waiting for you with Adventures by Disney!

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An Overwater Retreat at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows

posted on March 10th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


I recently took you inside the soon-to-open Disney Vacation Club Deluxe Studio accommodations at Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows and showed you rooms brimming with space, comfort and a little South Seas flair. But for those looking for the ultimate Polynesian-style getaway nothing beats the resort’s new Bora Bora Bungalows, scheduled to open April 1.

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These 20 freestanding 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom Bungalows are the first of their kind at Walt Disney World Resort. They’re actually located over top of the Seven Seas Lagoon and feature sleeping space for up to 8 guests. Luxurious touches throughout the private Bungalows are paired with pops of playful color, exposed wood ceiling beams, distressed hard wood flooring and other stylish design choices. Mid-century style furniture in the living room serves a practical purpose – the sofa folds out into a bed for two. And, the Bungalows feature not just one, but two hidden pull-down beds – one in the living room and another in one of the bedrooms! (To remind yourself how fabulous the pull-down bed concept is check out my previous post.)

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They also offer a laundry room (not that you WANT to do laundry on vacation, but it’s there for those times when you must), a full kitchen and large glass doors throughout that take you to your private deck space, complete with fun furniture and remarkable views of the Seven Seas Lagoon.

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And did I mention that the Bungalows will each have their own personal plunge pool? They’ll be the perfect place for a little midday cool down and offer a relaxing place to view the nightly fireworks.

Because they are perched over the water there will be a private, gated boardwalk leading to these accommodations that’s only accessible to Disney Vacation Club Members and guests who are staying in the Bungalows.

Right now Walt Disney Imagineering is putting a few final touches on these unique accommodations, but I’ll be back with more photos once they’re complete!


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Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows are Designed with Your Needs in Mind

posted on February 25th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


So far I’ve offered you a look at the pull-down bed feature, as well as the spacious interior, of the Deluxe Studio villas at the newest Disney Vacation Club Resort, Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, which is currently under construction. Now I’ll show you some ways in which these accommodations will go beyond simply sleeping your family comfortably, but also make getting ready a relative breeze (depending on just how much time your loved ones spend in front of the mirror) thanks to their ingenious split bath design.

Those of you who have sailed with Disney Cruise Line, or had the pleasure of staying at The Villas at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, are no doubt familiar with the concept of split bathrooms. At Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows, the Deluxe Studios will offer a bathroom separated into two areas, each offering a sink and a shower (one with a walk-in shower, and the other with a tub/shower combo). And yes, of course the bathroom will offer a toilet (singular) as well.

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The split bath design will allow multiple members of your party to get ready at one time, leaving you more time to enjoy the theme parks, delight in a Dole Whip from the resort’s Pineapple Lanai or a drink from (the still under construction) Trader Sam’s Grog Grotto, or relax in the resort’s revamped Lava pool (scheduled to open this Spring).

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Oh, and while you’re enjoying the comforts of your Deluxe Studio you’ll also be able to make coffee and prepare snacks using the kitchenette.

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For a more detailed look at the resort’s Deluxe Studios you’ll just have to stay there yourself. But don’t worry, I do still have a few more “sneak peeks” in store for you, so stay tuned for more photos from Disney’s Polynesian Villas & Bungalows!

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