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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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Step Into Your Very Own Fairytale With Adventures by Disney

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


From towering castles to charming countryside bike rides, the Adventures by Disney Germany tour is filled with picture-perfect moments that are fit for royalty.

Bask in the storybook splendor of the Hotel Schloss Waldeck, an 11th-century castle perched high above the Edersee. Your family will spend an enchanting two nights in this fairytale castle, appointed with a host of modern amenities and a breathtaking view of Lake Edersee while dining.

In the morning, the whole family can take a closer look at Lake Edersee while on a privately guided bike ride through the delightful German countryside, followed by a relaxing boat ride on the lake.

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Following the boat ride and lakeside lunch, you can let your inner adventurous side out by learning the ancient art of archery; a local expert will take the time to instruct you right from the lush-green grounds near your host castle-hotel.

To learn more about what other storybook activities and fairytale-like sightings await on this tour of Germany, please visit adventuresbydisney.com/germany.

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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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Adventures by Disney Reveals New Destinations for 2015 Itineraries

posted on May 21st, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


Adventures by Disney is proud to enhance its group-guided vacation portfolio with the unveiling of three new itineraries for 2015.

This river cruise is part of the Adventures by Disney Amazon family vacation

Introducing one of the most adventurous trips to date, Adventures by Disney is taking families into the deep paths of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This 12-day, 11-night adventure guides guests through the Amazon and Galapagos Islands to discover the most untouched, bio-diverse areas of the world. Guests can enjoy hands-on cooking classes with local chefs, immersive activities with the local community and an exploration of the historic colonial city Quito, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, among many other venturesome activities.

Also debuting in 2015 is the all-new four-day, three-night long weekends trips, initially featuring getaways to New York City and San Francisco & Napa. The New York City trip is a dazzling tour including a behind-the-scenes visit to 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.

The historic Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is one of the many sights to enjoy in the Adventures by Disney San Francisco and Napa tour

The San Francisco & Napa getaway will whisk guests to the City by the Bay and the lush, relaxing vineyards of Napa Valley. 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 and an excursion to the Silverado Vineyards are just a few of the highlights of this trip.

Bookings for the new 2015 itineraries start today. For more details on each of these exciting trips, or any Adventures by Disney itineraries from around the globe, please visit AdventuresByDisney.com or call 1-866-543-0865.

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Experience Majestic Views of the Grand Canyon with Adventures by Disney

posted on May 12th, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


See the sun rise over the amazing landscape of the Grand Canyon with the Arizona and Utah itinerary from Adventures by Disney. This two-state tour highlights the true spirit of the Southwest with eye-opening sights and exhilarating thrills – from rafting down the Colorado River to exploring the red rocks of Sedona on a four-wheel drive adventure.

A Tour of the Grand Canyon is Part of the Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah Tour

Named one of the seven natural wonders of the world, the Grand Canyon offers marvelous views and scenery. On this trip, your family will stay inside Grand Canyon National Park and enjoy numerous dazzling photo opportunities. A privately guided tour of the Grand Canyon, with a naturalist guide, will have you and your family walking right along the South Rim.

: These Hikers Walk Through Arches National Park as a Part of Their Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah Itinerary

This family adventure also includes a visit to Arches National Park. Explore the nooks and crannies of the natural landforms, textured in a way that is incomparable with other sightings in the world. The surreal landscape features sky-high sandstone land arches, including the notable Delicate Arch, which your family will get to experience firsthand.

This tour of the Southwest holds many treasured memories waiting to be made for the entire family. For more information on this Adventures by Disney tour of Arizona and Utah, please visit www.adventuresbydisney.com/north-america/grand-canyon-vacations/.

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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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