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Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on February 12th, 2016 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


There are many partners that we work with at Disney – but it’s no secret that “Wheel of Fortune” is one of our favorites … and we’re always thinking about new ways that we can work together.

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Last year, we brought three of our vacation experiences together to create an exciting week on “Wheel”: Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii. It was so much fun, we decided to do it again! So, once again, it’s Disney Sea & Shore Week on “Wheel”!

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I always tell you that I have the best job at Disney … and working on this production may have been the most fun of all. Along with some other very talented (and lucky) cast members, we played host to our friends Pat Sajak and Vanna White as they sailed aboard the Disney Cruise Line … got a taste of Hollywood on one of our spectacular Adventures by Disney trips … and experienced the true magic of Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa in Hawaii.

Pat and Vanna, along with the entire crew from “Wheel of Fortune,” made memories that will last a lifetime as we all traveled from the Atlantic to the Pacific. From an extraordinary dinner at Palo aboard the beautiful Disney Dream, to storytelling by the fire at Aulani … to a stroll along world famous Hollywood Boulevard on a unique Adventures by Disney excursion, I don’t think any of us will soon forget these special moments.

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Good news is, you’ll get to see many of these experiences throughout the week of shows – along with some clever Disney-themed puzzles, a dazzling set, special contestants who love these destinations just as much as we all do … and there’s plenty of inspiration, too, for your next Disney vacation as you venture outside the theme parks. (And, another exciting treat – five lucky viewers will win their very own dream vacation to Aulani, just for watching!)

So, don’t miss Disney Sea & Shore Week, beginning Monday, February 15 through Friday, February 19! Check your local listings or visit wheeloffortune.com for time and channel.

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Quiz: How Well Do You Know the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Vacation?

posted on February 2nd, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Imagine vacationing amongst astonishing natural beauty on the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica vacation. I’m about to set off on this adventure through the heart of the Central American rainforest, and I’ll be sure to share my experiences with you along the way. Until then, test your knowledge about this amazing itinerary by taking the quiz below.

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Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Vacation

Which of these activities is not part of the Costa Rica vacation?
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On what river do adventurers go white water rafting?
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Which of these Costa Rican locales do you visit on this trip?
Hatchling Sea Turtle, Costa Rica
You’ll soar high above the treetops on what method of transportation?
White-Faced Capuchin, Guanacaste, Costa Rica
What cocktail will you learn to make the way natives do?
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Experience Adventures by Disney on a Disney Cruise Line European Getaway

posted on January 19th, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


This summer, Disney Cruise Line is once again charting a course in Europe. If you’re thinking of cruising this year (a tempting thought for most of us during the chilly winter months), be sure to explore options for enhancing 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.

Adventures by Disney tour of Norway

Northern European group guided port experiences from Adventures by Disney allow you to discover some of the best of every port. On the 7-Night Magic of the Fjords Cruise you’ll see the breathtaking beauty of the fjords and arctic mountain ranges as you walk the cobblestone streets of picturesque towns frozen in time.

Book a pre-cruise stay in Copenhagen with Adventures by Disney to explore castles and canals, modern architecture and Viking history. Pre-cruise stays in London include visits to castles and cathedrals that have witnessed centuries of weddings and royal events. You’ll also get some of the best this metropolitan city has to offer, including regional cuisine and modern attractions.

Adventures by Disney tour of Barcelona, Spain

Prefer cruising the Mediterranean and soaking in the sights of Italy, France and Spain? On the 7-Night Mediterranean Magic cruise you can also discover the best of every port with special guided experiences from Adventures by Disney. From making gelato in Florence to basking in the sun on a private boat to Capri and learning the flamenco in Barcelona, you’ll be sure to enjoy experiences unlike anything you’ve done before!

Hosted by Adventure Guides, these vacation packages offer VIP experiences and opportunities that immerse your family in the culture and history of the places you visit. Adventures by Disney finds a way to make the incredibly easy process of cruising even more carefree … not to mention unforgettable!

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Nashville Strikes a High Note with Adventures by Disney Travelers

posted on January 13th, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Nashville was recently named Destination of the Year in Travel + Leisure’s Readers poll. And it’s no surprise. Between the music, food and cool activities this destination has to offer, Nashville is becoming a “must visit” for many. On the Adventures by Disney Nashville vacation you can explore the capital of country music and home of the musical drama Nashville on ABC in style.

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Here, you enjoy a private visit to the famed Bluebird Café, complete with performances by local singers and songwriters, and hunt for ghosts during an after-hours visit to The Hermitage, former home of President Andrew Jackson. You’ll even record a song in the historic RCA Studio B!

Best of all you’ll enjoy a VIP experience at the Grand Ole Opry. Go backstage at the world’s longest running live radio program and savor a private dinner in its famed soundstage, Studio A, as well as premier seating for the show.

Nashville, aptly nicknamed “Music City,” is truly an American treasure just waiting to be explored. Right now tourism to this popular city is booming. With Adventures by Disney you can see the best of Nashville, and take part in one-of-a-kind experiences that will really knock your socks (and your country style boots) off!

What interests you most about this music loving, boot stompin’, historical American town?

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Resolve to See the World with Adventures by Disney in 2016

posted on January 8th, 2016 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


When it comes to making New Year’s resolutions I like to set goals that are obtainable (and don’t leave me feeling guilty about that unused gym membership come March). One goal I set every year is to take my family to see someplace we’ve never visited before. And my favorite way to do this is with Adventures by Disney.

With more than 30 destinations on six continents, the options available through Adventures by Disney are vast. But here are a few of my suggestions on where you should resolve to travel this year.

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Take in the Beauty of America During the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service
The grandeur and majesty of Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Arches, Glacier, Denali and other U.S. National Parks are waiting to be explored. And with Adventures by Disney, you can see all of these and more, all during the Centennial of The National Parks Service.

Visit Lucasfilm, the home of Star Wars
Feel the power of the Force with a trip to Lucasfilm in the Historic Presidio of San Francisco to see rare Star Wars memorabilia, including life-size replicas of Darth Vader and Boba Fett. To cap off this experience, you’ll enjoy a private visit to the Premier Theater and view highlights from many celebrated movies.

Spectacular View of the Danube River

Plan a European Vacation
This one is pretty broad, but the dollar to Euro exchange rate is hot right now, making it the perfect time to plan a trip to Europe. With Adventures by Disney you explore the Sistine Chapel after hours on the Italy vacation, see the Christmas Markets on a Holiday Danube River Cruise, celebrate Oktoberfest on an autumn Germany vacation, or choose from vacations in Spain, Scotland, Norway, Ireland and more.

Celebrate the Disneyland Diamond Celebration, and Get a Sneak Peek at What’s to Come
On the Southern California vacation you’ll go where few have gone before. Enjoy a rare behind-the-magic private tour of Walt Disney Studios, enjoy exclusive access to Walt Disney Imagineering, see Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment and more, plus enjoy the magic of the Disneyland Resort Diamond Celebration through September 5.

Machu Picchu view as seen on the Adventures by Disney Peru vacation

Cross Some Must-Sees Off Your Bucket List
If you’re like me you have a list of locales you’re eager to visit “someday.” Why not make 2016 the year you cross some of those places off your must-see list? Hike Machu Picchu on the Peru vacation, go on a South African safari, or knock three items off your bucket list by traveling through the Amazon, snorkel in the Galapagos Islands and stand on the equator on the Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos Islands vacation.

The world is waiting to be explored! Where do you most want to visit in 2016?

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Watch ‘Disney: Beyond the Parks’ Tonight on Destination America

posted on January 6th, 2016 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Editorial Content Manager


Many Disney Parks Blog readers know that the magic of Disney extends beyond our theme parks to places like Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, in Hawai’i; aboard magnificent Disney Cruise Line ships; and at locations around the world with Adventures by Disney.

Tonight on Destination America, viewers can check out “Disney: Beyond the Parks,” a special that explores the fun Disney guests can have in places like Alaska, Wyoming, San Francisco and Hawai’i.

Check your local listings for times and channels – but in the meantime, check out a sneak peek above!

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Feel The Force with New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Disney Gift Card Designs

posted on December 25th, 2015 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


To celebrate the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, two Star Wars-themed Disney Gift Card designs have landed in a galaxy near you.

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Which side will you choose? The light or the dark? The first card features both sides including new characters such as BB-8, Rey, Finn and Poe from the Resistance and Kylo Ren, Captain Phasma, and Stormtroopers from the First Order. The latter features Kylo Ren and First Order Stormtroopers preparing to destroy the Resistance.

Both of these cards are now available in select locations at both Walt Disney World Resort & Disneyland Resort. Not going to be able to visit the Disney Parks anytime soon? The force is with you; both of these new Disney Gift Card designs are available at DisneyGiftCard.com.

The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyStore.com, and Disney Store locations in the U.S. Shop for hundreds of designs online at DisneyGiftCard.com.

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Room With A View: Red Rocks in Sedona With Adventures by Disney

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


If you’ve followed my posts on the Disney Parks Blog you’ve likely seen me lament the fact that I have yet to ever visit the Grand Canyon. It’s high on my “to do” list, but I’m waiting for the day my toddler is old enough to travel there with me on the Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah vacation.

And it’s more than just visiting the Grand Canyon that draws me to this destination. From hiking in Arches National Park to Colorado River rafting, off-roading in Monument Valley and more, this trip showcases the beauty of some of America’s National Parks (which just happen to be celebrating their 100th anniversary in 2016) in a way that makes exploring them easy and accessible for families. And for me, as a “grown up” (by most definitions anyway), I can’t help but feel drawn in by the serene allure of Sedona.

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I mean, look at this view! Surrounded by red rock formations and 70 acres of scrub forest, I can’t think of anything more sublimely enchanting than waking up to this beautiful Red Rocks vista in Sedona with Adventures by Disney.

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Set Sail for Wintertime Fun with Adventures by Disney Holiday River Cruises

posted on December 22nd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Every family has their holiday traditions. In my family they all seem to center around baking, sweets and the regret that comes from so much baking and so many sweets. But, regardless of what traditions your family holds dear, I’m betting the most important part is spending quality time with the ones you love. And in 2016 I can’t think of any better way to spend that time together, all while getting into the holiday spirit, than by taking a European holiday getaway on an Adventures by Disney Danube River Cruise.

Romantic View of Budapest Along the Danube River

There are few things, if any, more charming than Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary in the winter. Adorable towns and cities decked out in holiday décor, Christmas markets brimming with mulled wine and one-of-a-kind crafts, twinkling lights and, if you’re lucky, even a light dusting a glistening snow. And with Adventures by Disney you can warm up with a hot cup of cocoa onboard an equally charming river cruise ship as you cruise past Budapest spectacularly illuminated, celebrate a holiday luncheon in Vienna and more.

Oh, and did I mention that it’s all completely stress free? How often can you say that about the holidays? With Adventures by Disney, you can rest easy knowing that every detail is planned for you.

Need more convincing? Check out just a few of our top reasons why this vacation is an ideal getaway for your family.

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Travel Weekly Honors Adventures by Disney, Disney Cruise Line and Walt Disney World Resort

posted on December 18th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Adventures by Disney is among the best of the best in group adventure travel, and now you don’t just have to take my word for it!

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The readers of Travel Weekly also put us at the very top of the list. In the trade publication’s newly released 2015 Readers Choice Awards, Adventures by Disney took the No. 1 spot in the “adventure” category for tour operators.

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Travel Weekly presents its annual Readers Choice Awards to travel industry suppliers who lead the way in product and service excellence. Adventures by Disney provides incredible trips and innovations, and it’s an honor to be recognized.

Travel Weekly readers also named Disney Cruise Line as the “best family experience” in the cruise line category and Walt Disney World Resort as the best “theme park.” This means that no matter how you chose to travel with Disney, you’re truly in for a fantastic experience!

This is the second award Adventures by Disney has received this year. Travel Age West presented Adventures by Disney with a 2015 Wave Award for Best Tour Operator, Multi-Gen Travel.

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