Show Disney.com Hide Disney.com
Mad Tea Party at Disney Parks

Adventures by Disney Nashville Long Weekend Really is Music to Your Ears

posted on September 2nd, 2015 by Terry Brinkoetter, Public Relations Director


You don’t have to be a fan of the critically acclaimed ABC TV series “Nashville” to know that the city pulses with excitement. I recently joined a fun group on the new Adventures by Disney Nashville Long Weekend. Like the city, this four-day, three-night adventure way exceeded expectations. And you’d think we were Nashville stars, with all the insider access to so many places, the amazing food and totally VIP treatment.

Nasgui569209

Not a country music fan? Not a problem.

Nashville deserves its moniker “Music City U.S.A.,” but it’s also called the “Athens of the South” and “Nash Vegas” for good reason. Steeped in art, architecture and culture, Nashville also knows how to kick back and have a good time. There was something for everyone in our group of families, young adults, singles and tweens.

Music literally creates a soundtrack for this Adventures by Disney getaway. There’s a private tour of the famed RCA Studio B where a long list of music greats recorded. It was like stepping back in time, and Adventures by Disney groups even get to record a track of a hit song.

We turned over performing to the professionals for the rest of the adventure. That included a private lunch at The Bluebird Café. Famous long before its appearance on the Nashville TV show, this is where some of the city’s hottest stars got their big breaks. People still line up for a chance to get in and see performances here, so we were thrilled that our private visit included performances by some unbelievably talented, warm and funny artists.

IMG_0796-Rev

Nashville doesn’t just appeal to different musical tastes either. Adventures by Disney showcases a culinary scene that’s every bit as varied and exciting. In addition to checking out premier Nashville restaurants, we made our own biscuits as part of a private evening and dinner at The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s lovingly preserved former home. And we celebrated our final night together with dinner backstage at the Grand Ole Opry before being escorted to VIP seats for the show.

365-(1)

There’s so much more to the Nashville Long Weekend, and that included one big downside – having to say goodbye to new friends we’d met and our Adventure Guides – Kelly and Paola. Not only did Kelley and Paola anticipate questions and needs the group had, they kept us laughing and entertained all four days. They were the melody that held this Adventure by Disney song together.

Keep an eye out for my next report, from the Adventures by Disney Ireland vacation!

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Adventures by Disney

QUIZ: How Well Do You Know Adventures by Disney

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


You can travel around the world with Adventures by Disney, but exactly how many places can you visit? Take this quiz to test your Adventures by Disney knowledge.

dpb-default-quiz-header

How Well Do you Know Adventures by Disney?

Adventures by Disney started in what year?
ABDQ4968101
How many destinations does Adventures by Disney visit?
NABDQ479723
Which of these destinations does Adventures by Disney not visit?
NABDQ479722
How many continents can you travel to with Adventures by Disney?
ABDQ5796734
You can visit the locations that inspired all of these Disney movies except...?
ABDQ4975
Which of these unique experiences is available with Adventures by Disney?
portrait of a group of children running on the beach

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Adventures by Disney

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr

posted on August 25th, 2015 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


tmbtmb657661111

Have you discovered the new official home for Disney Parks on Tumblr? Check it out at disneyparks.tumblr.com! You’ll find fun and shareable posts from Disneyland and Walt Disney World Resorts, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club – each with its own dedicated space, making it easy to find posts from the places you love!

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr for Shareable GIFs Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr for Shareable GIFs

In addition to photos, animated GIFs & fun graphics you can only find on our Disney Parks Tumblr site, we are also re-blogging our favorite posts created by Disney Parks fans!

Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr for Shareable Graphics Follow Disney Parks on Tumblr for Shareable Graphics

Follow disneyparks.tumblr.com for your daily dose of magic.

  • Share: 

Tagged: , , , , ,

Filed: Adventures by Disney, Aulani, Disney Cruise Line, Disney Vacation Club, Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World Resort

Disney Parks After Dark: Nighttime in The City of Light

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


When it comes to gorgeous nighttime shots of Paris, the Eiffel Tower gets more than its fair share of love from photographers. Maybe I’m the type who roots for the underdog, but I’m partial to one of Paris’ other iconic landmarks, the Arc de Triomphe. So when I saw this “After Dark” photo, taken on the Adventures by Disney England and France vacation, I just had to share it.

Arc de Triomphe - Paris

The Arc de Triomphe is the gateway to “the most beautiful avenue in the world,” the Champs-Elysees. And if you’re a fan of that iconic 1,063-foot-tall tower icon I mentioned earlier, you get a pretty great view of it from atop this arc.

But no matter what you’re most excited to see in The City of Light, Adventures by Disney has you covered. From touring the illustrious Louvre museum to climbing the bell tower at Notre Dame Cathedral to traveling outside the city to the gilded Chateau de Versailles and more, the England and France vacation offers you the chance to explore “must see” destinations in two major European cities.

And when you get there, be sure to snap a few extra photos of the Arc de Triomphe for me!

  • Share: 

Tagged: , ,

Filed: Adventures by Disney

Savor a Long Weekend in San Francisco with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 13th, 2015 by Terry Brinkoetter, Public Relations Director


I’m lucky to have visited San Francisco many times, but not until my recent Adventures by Disney Long Weekend did I realize how much I’d missed on previous visits.

LWISF364011

It’s tempting to say I felt like a “local,” but this Adventures by Disney itinerary includes things Bay Area residents can only dream of doing. Hello exclusive visit to the Lucasfilm campus in the San Francisco Presidio! Why, yes, thank you for that private lunch and a wine-blending experience in the barrel room of Silverado Vineyards. And it doesn’t get more “Disney,” than a privately guided tour of The Walt Disney Family Museum.

LWISF364012

These are just a few highlights from the chock-full four days and three nights that make up this discovery of the City by the Bay. On the second morning of our adventure many in the group said we’d seen and done so much that it already felt like a full vacation.

Everybody knows that San Francisco is a sightseer’s paradise with iconic attractions like the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman’s Wharf. While those never lose their appeal, Adventures by Disney offers a chance to experience the diversity that makes San Francisco so special – cosmopolitan flair, scenic natural wonders, historical sights and much more.

One of the many pleasant surprises about this weekend adventure was how outdoorsy it is. We biked along the bay to the Golden Gate Bridge and hiked the inspiring Muir Woods. There were less-active choices available, but tandem bikes and other options made these activities suitable for pretty much everybody. Later, a quick boat ride to Angel Island and we had breathtaking views of the city and bay and the perfect spot for a picnic lunch.

LWISF364013

San Francisco offers so much to see and do that it’s easy to get overwhelmed and miss a lot. Not to worry, Adventures by Disney took care of everything to make sure we got the most from our trip. Adventure Guides, Eleni and Emily, were like two Fairy Godmothers handling every detail.

LWISF364014

Our Adventures by Disney travel posse included lots of kids, moms and dads, young adults and Grandpa “Bumpa” Bob on his first big travel adventure. By the end of the trip we all felt like family promising to stay in touch. That’s not unusual, with families often becoming lifelong friends with one another and taking more Adventures by Disney trips together.

Yes, you may leave your heart in San Francisco, but with Adventures by Disney you’ll take away a lifetime of memories.

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Adventures by Disney

Room With A View: Costa Rican Volcanoes With Adventures by Disney

posted on August 3rd, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


What sort of view do you want on your dream vacation? Rolling hills, epic mountains, serene lakes, lush vegetation, bustling cityscapes; whichever you prefer you can find it with Adventures by Disney. While I have a hard time picking my favorite, I can’t help but be intrigued by this volcano view, found on the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica trip.

avcavc937990

This view of Arenal volcano is visible just outside your window at the Hotel Arenal Fortuna, which serves as the home base for two nights of this Costa Rican adventure. Not only will you enjoy this spectacular sight, you’ll also take flight on a zip line excursion through the rainforest, soak in relaxing hot springs, set off on a white water rafting adventure and more.

And if you’re the type who enjoys basking in a relaxing ocean view the Adventures by Disney Costa Rica vacation offers that too. You can soak in some sea breezes in Guanacaste, on the western coast of the country, and enjoy beach time, a private catamaran excursion, mojito making and other activities perfect for simply unwinding.

What is your dreamiest vacation view?

For more from the “Room with a View” series from Adventures by Disney, visit the posts below:

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Adventures by Disney

Good Morning from San Francisco with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 27th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Adventures by Disney now offers “Long Weekend” getaways, taking travelers on 4-day, 3-night trips to some of North America’s most beloved destinations. While I’m eager to try them all, this early morning shot of the Golden Gate Bridge, one of the most iconic sights you can see on an Adventures by Disney trip to San Francisco & Napa, truly beckons me.

The famous Golden Gate Bridge is shown in this photo, which is one of the iconic destinations featured on the Adventures by Disney San Francisco Long Weekend trip.

Which Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip are you most excited to experience?

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Adventures by Disney

Gardens, Mozart and Puppets: A Trip Through Austria with Adventures by Disney

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


If you’re looking to visit a place with a ton of charm, may I suggest Austria? As excited as I was to visit the Bavarian Alps on my recent 9-day, 8-night Austria, Germany & the Czech Republic Adventures by Disney vacation, my eyes were woefully unprepared for the sheer amount of natural beauty they would behold during the Austrian portion of this trip.

ausaus735991

First up was Salzburg, where we took a privately guided tour that included enchanting gardens, lush landscapes and striking fountains that will beg for you to burst into song; and I might have done just that on several occasions. Here we dined at a 1,200-year-old restaurant while being serenaded by a duo of Mozart violinists! I felt very fancy indeed.

ausaus937992

On our way to Vienna we made a stop in the adorable town of Mondsee, where we enjoyed lunch al fresco alongside the gorgeous lake. The beauty of this place has earned it a spot on my personal “most charming places I’ve visited” list.

ausaus8736903

In Vienna the one-of-a-kind experiences just kept on coming. We enjoyed a private marionette performance and got to try our hand at operating them (with guidance from the masters). We learned how to make strudel (and sampled it aplenty), toured the famous Schonbrunn Palace, got an exclusive backstage look at Royal Spanish Riding School and even tested our gracefulness during private Waltz lessons! As a very special treat we also visited the Vienna Zoo after hours, where our group enjoyed a private look at the animals and a unique dinner feast at the former breakfast pavilion of the Emperor, located in the middle of the zoo.

ausaus7369944

But I haven’t even told you about my favorite part yet. Ask anyone who’s been on an Adventures by Disney trip about their experience and they’re sure to tell you about their amazing Adventure Guides. For this trip our group was educated, entertained and delighted by Adventure Guides Stephanie and Dean, and they truly made every moment unforgettable. The number of exceptional experiences they created for us is too numerous to list, but it was in Austria that they really brought experiences to life the very most. Here they donned a lot of hats, literally and figuratively. Seriously, these two love to dress up. And they know their audience; we all loved it!

And so ends my Adventures by Disney Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic trip. Retelling it has made me want to do it all over again!

  • Share: 

Tagged:

Filed: Adventures by Disney

Hiking, Sliding and Spelunking In the Alps with Adventures by Disney

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


Yodelayheehoo!

On my recent Adventures by Disney trip to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic I was (figuratively) bursting at the seams with my desire to belt out this yodeling refrain. And when we made it to Berchtesgaden, Germany, our Alpine retreat for three nights of our eight-night adventure, I found there was plenty worth yodeling about.

For starters I got to go spelunking in the Alpine Eishole Ice Cave. And while it didn’t entail any pickaxes, harnesses or rappelling into narrow canyons, this caving excursion was full of adventure. First we hiked to a funicular railcar, then hiked some more up to the entrance of the cave, high up in the Alps. Then we were outfitted with old school lamps, just like the kind you see the Seven Dwarfs carry, as we entered the dark, chilly cave, which was illuminated as our lantern light gleamed off of the ice that surrounded us. Words can’t accurately express how surreal this looks in person, but I do have this photo, which does it only a small amount of justice.

hyuhyu3699111

And the view while hiking to the ice cave wasn’t too shabby either. I mean, if you’re the type of person who likes being surrounded by awe-inspiring beauty.

hyuhyu6358722

If one caving adventure just isn’t enough to satisfy you, never fear. With Adventures by Disney you also get to don overalls and travel deep into the Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden Salt Mine. While I’ll admit that visiting a salt mine previously wasn’t high on my “must see” list, it was quickly apparent that this experience was unlike anything I had imagined. For starters, the giant slide that literally whisked us into the mine like giggling schoolchildren set a fun and adventurous tone to this expedition. Once underground, we were greeted by an otherworldly salt lake that looked like a scene out of a space movie. Is this Mars? No, it’s a German salt mine!

hyuhyu3688933

I also enjoyed a wide variety of activities above ground. I hand crafted – and gobbled up – my own pretzel creations, toasted my fellow adventurers with giant German-size beers, watched an exhilarating falconry demonstration and toured an 11th-century castle. The climb to the incredibly breezy bell tower graced us with more incredible views, and this windblown hairstyle.

Traveling With Adventures by Disney to Austria, Germany and Czech Republic Traveling With Adventures by Disney to Austria, Germany and Czech Republic

Next, the adventure took me to Salzburg and through Austria to explore some truly magical sights. If I’ve had trouble holding back from breaking into a yodel thus far you can only imagine what sort of musical-worthy songs I’ll have to suppress during my next Adventures by Disney post here on the Disney Parks Blog. Follow along!

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Adventures by Disney

‘Czech’ing Out Prague with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 8th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


I’ve recently returned from an Adventures by Disney trip to Austria, Germany and the Czech Republic and I’m finding it hard to hold back my joyful yodels declaring what an amazing experience I had in this Alpine region of Europe (in fairness I’ve never heard a sad yodel, they are generally rather lively in nature). But, as this 9-day, 8-night adventure begins in the rather non-snow-capped mountain city of Prague, a yodel is hardly appropriate for this post (or ever, as those who sit near me in the office would argue).

Famous sites like St. Vitus Cathedral can be seen on the Adventures by Disney Austria, Germany and Czech Republic vacation.

While I’ve always wanted to visit Prague, it is a city I previously knew little about. And that’s the great thing about traveling with Adventures by Disney; no matter how much (or how little) research you’ve done about an area prior to taking a trip, you can rest easy knowing that many of the key planning details have already been taken care of for you.

And upon landing in the Czech Republic I was not disappointed. Our group was welcomed with a dinner in a centuries old building complete with amazing stained glass, traditional Czech cuisine and live accordion music (I know that being a fan of both yodeling and accordion music might put me in the minority here, but the authenticity of this sort of ambience truly makes for an outstanding welcome to Central Europe). A cultural tour of Prague, including a charming cruise down the Vltava river, helped us to get acquainted with the city.

The beautiful landscape of Prague is one of the sights of this Adventures by Disney vacation.

Another great thing about Adventures by Disney is that you don’t simply observe the area you’re visiting, you also have the chance to get hands-on and truly immerse yourself in the region. At dinnertime on night two that meant not watching professional dancers swing and twirl, but also putting our own dancing skills to the test. And I confirmed that yes, I do still possess two left feet!

After two nights in Prague we set off for the UNESCO World Heritage Site Český Krumlov. This small city in the Bohemian Region of the Czech Republic proved to be even more beautiful than I imagined. The cobblestone streets were charming and the castle (guarded by actual, real-life brown bears) looked like it was drawn from a fairytale.

The author of this article is shown posing in front of the Bavarian Alps while vacationing with Adventures by Disney

And then it was time for the Bavarian Alps! I’ll leave you with this shot of me standing literally above the clouds to tempt you to follow along on the rest of my journey (complete with location appropriate yodeling) right here on the Disney Parks Blog.

  • Share: 

Tagged: ,

Filed: Adventures by Disney