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Top Five Hands-On Food Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on September 29th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With more than two-dozen incredible destinations to choose from, Adventures by Disney allows you to see the world while finding your inner foodie. From creating traditional svele pancakes in Norway and crafting handmade pasta and pizza in Italy to harvesting rice in Laos or grape stomping in Greece, you can immerse yourself in local flavor and cuisine no matter which itinerary you choose.

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Here are my top 5 unique hands-on food experiences:

1. Vietnam – The Adventures by Disney trip to Southeast Asia allows you to savor the regional cuisines of Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. In Hoi An you can participate in a private cooking class, where you’ll learn how to make some of Vietnam’s delicious traditional dishes. You will even get to pick your own fresh ingredients and spices at a local market with the help of an expert chef.

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2. Greece – As you explore the picturesque Cretan countryside, you’ll get the chance to learn from a shepherd how to make your own cheese pie with honey. In Arolithos, learn how to make your own tsaziki dip, made of a spicy yogurt mixed with cucumbers. You’ll also get to enjoy Greece’s famous moussaka in Delphi, which is an eggplant/potato dish that was part of the Ottoman Empire cuisine.

3.) South Africa – In Stellenbosch, the heart of Cape Dutch wine country, it’s time to roll up your sleeves for an interactive pastry making class hosted by the renowned Institute of Culinary Arts. Learn to prepare Koeksuster, an Afrikaans pastry akin to deep-fried fritters dipped in orange-scented syrup. Then devour your fresh creations as you sip Rooibos tea – a famous Afrikaans combination!

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4. Nashville – Our newest Long Weekend itinerary, Nashville, brings together the best of Southern cuisine and country music history. Here you’ll have the chance to create your own BBQ sauce to take home! You’ll also get to try your hand at making fluffy, buttery biscuits, a true Southern staple.

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5. Germany – Explore the storybook splendor in Germany as you taste your way around castles fit for a royal family. Raise your stein to beer tastings at a local brewery, then put your own twist on rolling and shaping your own fresh pretzel creation at the Striffler Bakery in Rothenburg. The city’s oldest bakery, Striffler’s has been making their famous pretzels since 1644!

I don’t know about you, but talking about all this amazing food is making me hungry! Check out AdventuresbyDisney.com for even more ways to tantalize your taste buds.

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Top 5 Reasons to Travel with Adventures by Disney

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With Adventures by Disney, planning a family vacation to new and exciting global destinations is easier than ever. With more than two dozen different itineraries, Adventures by Disney offers something for everyone. There are so many reasons to take an Adventures by Disney vacation, but here are my top 5 picks:

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Two Adventure Guides
No matter which Adventures by Disney itinerary you choose, you’ll be accompanied by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Adventure Guides bring stories to life by introducing you to the culture and traditions of the places you’re visiting … with a side of Disney magic of course. You might even consider them part of the family after your trip!

Private VIP experiences
What truly makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique is an array of private experiences in some of the world’s most recognizable destinations. From a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum or a behind-the-scenes look at Lucasfilm, to learning a dance number from a Broadway show or canoeing across Loch Ness in Scotland , you can enjoy a host of VIP opportunities designed just for Adventures by Disney guests.

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Junior Adventurer activities
On an Adventures by Disney vacation the whole family can have fun while traveling the world. While you visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, your Junior Adventurers can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt around the museum. While the grown-ups sip wine in Tuscany, the kids are invited to their own tasting session as they sample Italy’s finest olive oils. Each itinerary includes an opportunity for the adults to dine while Junior Adventurers play games with the Adventure Guides.

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World class hotels and dining
From fantastic views of the fjords in Norway to staying in a fairytale castle in Germany, specially selected accommodations allow you to spend your nights in some magnificent settings. You can dine like royalty with a private reception and dinner at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, or hop aboard a pirate-themed schooner and sail the Venetian lagoon for a private dinner. You can even step outside your hotel overlooking Vatican City and explore the unique shops and restaurants right at your doorstep.

Hassle-free planning
With Adventures by Disney the stress is taken out of planning your vacation, allowing you to simply focus on creating lasting memories with your family. From Long Weekends to extended trips, it’s as easy as choosing your next destination and leaving the planning to us!

Check out www.AdventuresByDisney.com for more information on planning your next big adventure.

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New Adventures by Disney Experiences for Northern European Cruises in Summer 2015

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a course to northern Europe, and now you can enhance your European cruise with tours from Adventures by Disney! Travel off the beaten path with your Adventure Guides and enjoy immersive experiences and VIP privileges along the way.

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Northern European group guided port experiences from Adventures by Disney allow you to discover some of the best of every port when you embark on an unforgettable journey the whole family will enjoy. From painting your own Viking Shield, to exploring the site of the Berlin Wall, to discovering Tivoli Gardens in a privately guided tour, your vacation will be filled with activities … both on and off the ship. Plus, with all your photos included and the benefit of two guides taking care of the details you can focus on what really matters — being together!

Magic of the Baltic” guided port adventure packages are available for every 7-night and 12-night Disney Cruise Line Northern Europe sailing in 2015.

I’m also excited to announce that Adventures by Disney will be offering several pre-cruise experiences as well. Before you even board your Disney Cruise Line ship, you can experience some of the best of London, Copenhagen or Barcelona through 3- to 4-night pre-cruise land packages from Adventures by Disney! From a private canal ride through Copenhagen to a Spanish flamenco show in Spain or an visit to the Tower of London, the “Copenhagen Escape”, “Barcelona Escape” and “London Escape” packages really make the most out of your family’s time in Europe.

And, calling all fans of Disney’s “Frozen!” In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is providing guests interested in a land & sea package, with a peek into Norwegian life on select sailings. Now with Adventures by Disney, you can disembark your Disney Cruise Line Norway tour and enhance your vacation with an immersive 8-day, 7-night land adventure in Norway. Visit the majestic fjords, breathtaking glaciers, charming stave churches and, of course, the storybook village of Bergen and its historic wharf area, the real-life inspiration for Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle in Disney’s “Frozen.”

With so many great options, it’s going to be hard to pick just one! (And who says you have to?)

Learn more at adventuresbydisney.com.

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Escape for the Weekend With Adventures by Disney

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


We recently announced the introduction of our Long Weekends trips on the Disney Parks Blog as part of our new 2015 itineraries. Now, we are giving you and your family the chance to win one of these dazzling weekend trips so you can experience all the magic for yourself.

Disney Blogs is hosting a sweepstakes to give fans the chance to choose their own adventure for a family of four (including airfare) to either New York City or San Francisco. By clicking here, you can enter the sweepstakes once per day and select your city of choice.
Escape for the Weekend with Adventures by Disney, Featuring New York City

By selecting New York City, you may get the chance to go on a glittering tour that includes a behind-the-scenes visit to ABC’s Good Morning America, a hands-on Broadway musical dance workshop, an interactive motor-coach ride to see some of the most iconic sites of the city and plenty of other special activities.
Escape for the Weekend with Adventures by Disney, Featuring San Francisco

If you opt for the San Francisco trip, your family can vacation to the City by the Bay and the lush, relaxing vineyards of Napa Valley for a privately guided tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum, a visit to the Letterman Digital Arts Center (campus of Lucasfilm), a stroll through the Muir Woods National Monument, an excursion to the Silverado Vineyards and much more.

For more information on the official rules, please visit http://parks.disney.com/select-your-city-sweepstakes. Entries will be accepted until June 20, 2014, so make sure to visit and enter often.

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‘May the Force Be With You’ on This Adventures by Disney Vacation

posted on June 5th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Fellow Jedi Knights and Padawans, it’s time to grab your light sabers and get ready to RUN! Adventures by Disney just released a special, out-of-this-world departure of the Southern California: Disney Backstage itinerary to take place during January 12 – 18, 2015. This departure will grant families access to the runDisney inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.

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In addition to receiving access to the Star Wars Rebel Challenge (Star Wars Half Marathon 10k and Star Wars 5k), guests who book this trip can participate in an exclusive group run in iconic Hollywood and access the Star Wars Wookiee Welcome Party.

This trip also includes various unique experience, including: a rare, behind-the-magic private tour of The Walt Disney Studios; a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and The Jim Henson Company (not regularly open to the public); a private tour of Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment and the Disneyland Dream Suite; and a two-day, VIP experience at Disneyland Resort with special FASTPASS service to multiple rides at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park.

This galactic seven-day, six-night itinerary is a must for both Star Wars and Disney fans alike. For more information on the Disney Backstage & Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend trip, please click here. You may also call 1-800-543-0865 for dates, availability and to make reservations.

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Smash into Backstage Disneyland with the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

posted on April 25th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Disney and Marvel fans Assemble! Adventures by Disney just announced an exclusive, special departure that will propel you on a power-packed vacation of a lifetime. From November 10 – 16 of this year, the Adventures by Disney Southern California: Disney Backstage itinerary is packing extra might by providing you access to the inaugural runDisney Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend.

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Not only will this trip include a rare, behind-the-magic private tour of The Walt Disney Studios, but you and your family can receive access to the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and 5K (currently sold out!), including two group pre-race runs and access to the nighttime ‘Pasta in the Park’ party. The trip will also take you on a tour of Walt Disney Imagineering and The Jim Henson Company, which are not regularly open to the public.

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Let your Disney Side show with a two-day, VIP experience at the Disneyland Resort, with special FASTPASS service to multiple rides at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. You will also get a private tour of Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment and the Disneyland Dream Suite.

This mighty seven-day, six-night itinerary will unleash your inner super hero for a magical family vacation of a lifetime. For more information on the other iconic and glamorous activities included in this trip, please click here, or call 1-800-543-0865 for dates, availability and to make reservations.

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Feel the Luck of the Irish With Adventures by Disney

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Stop worrying about squeezing green into your wardrobe today (watch out for that pinch!) and start preparing to be surrounded by the lush, evergreen pastures of Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate with your family by booking a vacation to Ireland with Adventures by Disney.
The Adventures by Disney Guided Tour of Ireland Includes a Visit to the Rock of Cashel

Early in your journey, your family will explore Cashel – a “land of kings” full of royal lore. As you walk up the emerald-green countryside, you will find the ancient Rock of Cashel, which once acted as the seat for the Kings of Munster.

Neighboring the Rock of Cashel is Tipperary’s Golden Vale hilltop, crowned with a collection of buildings that will transport you back to medieval times. On these sacred grounds, where Saint Patrick once stood himself, Junior Adventurers will also have the opportunity to participate in a lucky shamrock hunt.

A three-night stay within the walls of the 16th century Dromoland Castle will have your family feeling like royal kings and queens of Ireland. Over the years, this majestic estate played host to numerous prominent figures, and entertained many families with its plenitude of leisure activities.

To see how you can further explore the ‘Emerald Isle’ on this eight-day, seven-night family vacation to Ireland, please visit adventuresbydisney.com/ireland.

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Win an Adventures by Disney Trip to Norway, the Land that Inspired Disney’s ‘Frozen’

posted on March 15th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


If you’re as big of a fan of Frozen as I am, I have really exciting news for you today. Our team at Adventures by Disney wants to let you know of a current sweepstakes opportunity that could potentially send you on the adventure of a lifetime to explore Norway. With the Frozen Adventure Sweepstakes, the lucky winner and a guest will receive a first-hand experience of the locations that served as inspiration for the filmmakers of Frozen, the winner for Best Animated Feature Film at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.

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The eight-day, seven-night journey begins in the storybook village of Bergen – the real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle – and will continue through Flåm, Geiranger and Norway’s capital, Oslo. As the Guests travel across these stunning lands, there will be various activities waiting to be discovered.

On this itinerary, guests will get an up-close look at the historic stave churches that influenced the architecture of the film, embark on an aquatic odyssey to explore the breathtaking fjords of Norway, partake in the rich history of the country by learning Norwegian folk dancing, and participate in many more fun and cultural activities.

For more information on how to enter for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for two to Norway, please visit Norway.FrozenSweepstakes.com. Also, don’t forget you can order Frozen on Digital HD now, and mark your calendars for the DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack release on March 18!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to permanent legal residents of the 50 states of the U.S. and D.C., who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Starts 2/25/2014. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm PT on 4/30/2014. GP WINNER AND GUEST MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT AND BE AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL FROM 6/28/2014 TO 7/5/2014. Prize restrictions apply. For details/Official Rules click to visit Norway.FrozenSweepstakes.com.

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‘Let it Go’ with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 7th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


If there’s one thing we all learned from everyone’s favorite Snow Queen – Elsa – it is that sometimes we have to just “let it go,” as her hit song on Disney’s animated feature film “Frozen” demonstrates. However, as great as that feeling could be, there are very few times where we can truly let go and not worry about a thing. I find this especially true when it comes to planning a family vacation.

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On the flip side, families have the option to book from more than 25 different trips from all over the world with Adventures by Disney. From experiencing the Great Wall of China up close to taking in the sights of the azure waters of Santorini, Adventures by Disney has a multitude of itineraries that will allow you and your family to explore a variety of different countries and cultures.

With accommodations, activities, most meals and transportation within the trip taken care of, your only worry will be to try and convince yourself and your family to just let it go. It’s hard to imagine such great vacations coming together so smoothly, but that’s what the trip planners at Adventures by Disney are for.

I’ll leave you with this clip of Elsa singing her famous song “Let it Go” in 25 different languages. Maybe this clip will give you the inspiration to find which country you’d like to visit next.


Let It Go in 25 Languages on Disney Video

Inspired by the scenery in the video? Adventures by Disney recently started accepting bookings for the new, Frozen-inspired trip to Norway. For more information, check out AdventuresByDisney.com. And, if you enjoyed the song and would like to fully let it go, join in on the fun by visiting the nearest participating theatre to watch the all-new, sing-along version of Disney’s“Frozen.”

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Adventures by Disney Invites You to “Step in Time” to the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Set

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Disney’s highly anticipated “Saving Mr. Banks” hits theaters across the nation tomorrow, and the excitement only gets bigger with the “practically perfect” Southern California: Disney Backstage itinerary from Adventures by Disney. This trip allows you to walk through and experience some of the locations where the movie was filmed.

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Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen – and the testy relationship Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. Filmed almost entirely in the Los Angeles area, the film features some of its most iconic locations: the Disneyland Resort, the Walt Disney Studios, and Hollywood Blvd., all of which are stops on this rare, behind-the-magic Adventures by Disney trip.

As an adventurer on this trip, you will receive priority treatment when visiting some of these locations. Let your inner star out as you participate in a privately guided tour of Hollywood Blvd., transporting you to a world of glitz and glamour. You can follow the footsteps of your favorite celebrities as you walk through top iconic sites of Tinseltown like the TCL Chinese Theatre (featured in the film) and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Another one of the trip’s highlights is a privately guided visit to the Walt Disney Studios, a notable location of the movie. Fun fact: Although set in London, the original “Mary Poppins” (1964) movie was filmed here in its entirety.

Lastly, you will experience the happiest place on Earth in the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious way: with a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. Your park visit is complemented with Disney’s FASTPASS service and even a visit to Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment.

For more information on this behind-the-scenes trip to Hollywood and the Disneyland Resort, click here. To learn more about the film “Saving Mr. Banks,” visit Disney.com/SavingMrBanks.

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