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Bidding a Bittersweet ‘Adios’ to Costa Rica With Adventures by Disney

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


My Adventures by Disney journey through Costa Rica has, sadly, come to an end. However, I wanted to share with you some final memories from this unique trip.

Our last evening in Central America was truly spectacular, including mojito making lessons (with a non-alcoholic cocktail option for the teens!), a delicious farewell dinner and lively regional music. We even enjoyed a live performance from local dancers dressed in the traditional wardrobe of Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

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Best of all, the performance was capped off with a dance lesson for the entire group!

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But, what truly made our adventure so remarkable was our Adventure Guides Ron (or, as we called him, “Ponce de le Ron”) and Frankie (with his trusty sidekick Teddy).

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It was these guys who really made the trip magical! From leading us through the rainforest and keeping us entertained during rain storms, to feeding us, guiding us, sharing stories of the local culture and filling us all with laughter, Frankie and Ron went above and beyond to make this an adventure we’ll always remember.

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Thank you for following along on my Adventures by Disney journey this past week. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my Costa Rican adventure as much as I enjoyed sharing my stories (and photos)!

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Catamaran Water Fun in Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 19th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Another beautiful day out here in Costa Rica as we continue to share our Adventures by Disney journey with you! Over the past few days, our teen photographers have taken some breathtaking images with their Nikon cameras, zip lined through the tropical rainforest and white-water rafted through the raging waters of the Tenorio River.

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Today we ventured out into the Pacific Ocean for our catamaran excursion. With the secluded beaches surrounding us, we felt like we were on our own private island! The teens looked forward to snorkeling, paddle boating and using their Nikon CoolPix AW cameras to snap some awesome underwater photos.

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Speaking of photos, I captured this action shot just before they all went overboard!

As we headed under the sea, our teen photographers had fun taking photos of each other as they snorkeled around the pristine blue waters of the ocean.

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Besides all the wonderful activities that we enjoyed in the ocean, the teens became one with nature as they shot some incredible photos of the natural beauty that Costa Rica is known for.

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Courtney perfectly captured the bright reds and the water droplets on these flowers.

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Faris put his zooming skills to use with this amazing shot of a dragonfly.

Check back for my next post of our teen-focused trip as we continue to explore this incredible region with Adventures by Disney!

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A Wet and Wild Rafting Excursion With Adventures by Disney in Costa Rica

posted on July 18th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Our rain dance seemed to finally scare off the clouds and bring out the sun here in Costa Rica! Continuing on our teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip, we set off on our white water rafting adventure along the beautiful Tenorio River.

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While shooting down the roaring rapids and bobbing over gushing waters, I captured some great action shots of our teens rafting down the Tenorio. I have to say, they braved the rapids really well (I’ll let this photo speak for itself)!

After our journey through the river, we were treated to some incredible views in Guanacaste, with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of this place is absolutely incredible and provided us with some great photo opportunities. With the weather conditions finally improving, our teen photographers started snapping away at photos of the magnificent sunset!

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As another action-filled day came to an end, our teens showed off their creative side with some really neat late-night light painting on the beach.

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Tomorrow we will be on a catamaran adventure, where the teens will be snorkeling and shooting some great photos with their Nikon Coolpix water-proof cameras. Dive in with us as we continue on our journey with Adventures by Disney!

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Thrills, Chills and Hot, Hot Springs on an Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Vacation

posted on July 16th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Greetings from Costa Rica once again as I continue to share highlights from the teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip through this breathtaking region! Since my last update our travels have taken us to the Arenal volcano region, where our teenage photographers have had some time to take a break from snapping photos to focus on enjoying the fun and adrenaline-pumping adventures that abound here.

Here is a photo I captured of one of the teens, Faris, as he gets ready to zip line through the rainforest treetops and literally soar across the sky!

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The weather has been rainy (which is fitting considering we are in a rainforest after all), which has made photography tricky and given me a good reason to break out my waterproof Nikon 1-AW1, but the excitement and adventure continues.

And we’ve had some time to relax and unwind as well with an evening dip in natural hot springs that are heated by the volcano itself. The teens certainly seemed to enjoy it.

enjoying the hot thermal pools of Eco Termales near Arenal Volcano
Now onto our next adventure, which includes white water rafting and a trip to Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. I’ll be sharing more stories and, of course, more photos along the way. Check back for more from Adventures by Disney!

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Teen Photographers Explore Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 15th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Hola! I’m writing this post from Tortuguero, located in the rainforest of beautiful Costa Rica, where I am taking part in an exciting Adventures by Disney trip.

This trip to Costa Rica is a special teen-focused departure that includes photography classes that allow our teenage travelers to document their experiences as they explore this breathtaking region. Throughout the week I’ll be sharing photos captured by these young artists with you. (These photos were taken with new Nikon D3100 cameras provided to the teens by Nikon, the official camera of Adventures by Disney).

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Tortuguero is the most important nesting site in the Western Hemisphere for a variety of sea turtle species.

Here’s an aerial shot of Tortuguero as captured by teen photographer Brooke.
aerial of Tortuguero taken from the Nature Air flight from San Jose.

Here the group set out on a boat tour to test their skills at capturing photos of wildlife, including caiman, macaw, iguana and a handful of indigenous bird species.

Sleeping Howler Monkey (by teen photographer Brittany)
sleeping Howler Monkey shot during Tortuguero boat trip

Green Iguana (by teen photographer Brittany)
Green Iguana shot during Tortuguero boat trip

Great Curassow in Flight (by teen photographer Courtney)
a Great Curasaw in flight over Tortuguero taken during boat tour

Laguna Lodge, where we stay during this part of our adventure, is uniquely situated on a very narrow barrier island that separates the Caribbean Sea from the mainland of Costa Rica. Dinner took place alongside the river at Laguna Lodge, and the teens were treated to music from a reggae band and a limbo contest. The evening was capped off with a nighttime tour of the beach in search of nesting sea turtles.

Next on our itinerary is a stop at a working pineapple plantation as we make our way to Arenal volcano. Stay tuned for more photos as we continue our Adventures by Disney trip through Costa Rica!

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