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Disney Vacation Account Helps You Plan, Save for Future Disney Vacations

posted on April 6th, 2015 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


If you’re one of our many readers who can’t wait for their next Disney trip, you’ll want to check out our newest program – Disney Vacation Account. It simplifies saving for your next dream vacation – a little at a time – and includes some great online tools to help you do it.

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Disney Vacation Account was created after hearing your feedback. You let us know that you wanted more tools to help plan a Disney experience and we’ve created a program that’ll let you save for magical vacations at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California, Disney Cruise Line, Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, Hawaii, or Adventures by Disney.

Disney Vacation Account helps you manage your vacation savings at your own pace, in a way that fits your budget. And it’s easy to get started.

First, our Account Budget Estimator will help you estimate the cost of your vacation based on current prices. Please remember prices change from time to time.

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Next, calculate your savings contribution on a weekly, bi-weekly or monthly basis. Then sit back and track your savings with a personalized account page and fun emails that help you plan your vacation along the way.

Accounts can be updated at any time—like changing your savings contribution amounts and frequency or stopping your contributions—at no cost.

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When you’re ready to book your dream vacation, you can use your Disney Vacation Account to pay for your vacation. To use your Disney Vacation Account funds toward paying for your vacation, you must book it either directly with Disney or through a participating travel agency booking directly with Disney. Please ask your travel agent whether your booking will be eligible to be paid for with your Disney Vacation Account.

There are no fees to create or maintain a Disney Vacation Account. And all of your contributions are fully refundable.

Also, if you use your Disney Vacation Account to pay for your vacation before December 31, 2017, (date subject to extension) you’ll be eligible for a $20 Disney Gift Card for every $1,000 spent on qualified vacation purchases with your Disney Vacation Account. Certain limitations apply.*

To sign up and get started, visit our Disney Vacation Account site. And let us know how it helped you with your next Disney vacation.

*Maximum of a total of $500 in Disney Gift Card(s) per household. Your Disney Vacation Account must be active for a minimum of 120 days at the time of spending in order to receive this bonus. Request your Disney Gift Card(s) 4-6 weeks in advance of your vacation date to allow time for delivery to your mailing address. Visit DisneyVacationAccount.com\FAQ\Bonus for complete details.

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Make the Most Out of Your Time Together on an Adventures by Disney Long Weekend

posted on March 30th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Who doesn’t love the weekend? Offering a respite from the hustling and bustling of a busy week, the weekend is a breath of fresh air, especially if a getaway is involved. Adventures by Disney Long Weekend vacations will make you look forward to the weekend like never before. Whether you’re dog sledding in Wyoming or attending a Broadway dance workshop in New York City, these weekend adventures are nothing short of a dream.

And, best of all, we’ve done all the planning for you. All you have to do is pack your bags, and then enjoy!

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New York City

Give your regards to Broadway as you tour the “City That Never Sleeps” on this 4-day, 3-night weekend extravaganza in New York City. From learning a Broadway dance routine in a private rehearsal studio to getting backstage access to “Good Morning America” at Disney’s Times Square Studios, you are sure to feel like a true VIP while visiting this iconic city. You’ll also tour some of New York City’s most famous sites, including Times Square and Harlem, and savor time strolling through the jaw-dropping Central Park. Discover the enchantment of New York City, and be impressed that you did it all in one weekend!

Winter in Wyoming

Setting off on a dog sled tour, gliding along on a sleigh ride and exploring a snowy Yellowstone National Park all in one weekend? That’s my idea of a winter wonderland! The Adventures by Disney Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend is nothing short of tremendous thrills and excitement. And I haven’t even mentioned my favorite part about this trip (the dog sled tour is a close second), which is enjoying a relaxing dip in granite hot springs! The sites and thrills you will discover on this 5-day, 4-night getaway will make you want winter to last forever (or maybe just a week longer.)

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Nashville

Get ready to channel your inner country superstar as you venture to the “capital of country music”, Nashville, Tennessee, on this 4-day, 3-night weekend getaway. Between a private backstage tour at the Grand Ole Opry and recording a song in the famous RCA Studio B, you’re sure to feel like you are country music’s next big thing. When you’re not busy becoming a music legend, devour a true country breakfast at Puckett’s Grocery and Restaurant, and tour the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum (your records may be in there one day).

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San Francisco

Breathe in the fresh California air and soak up big city sites and surreal landscapes as you visit the “City by the Bay”, also known as San Francisco. On this 4-day, 3-night getaway you’ll tour the famous San Francisco Bay, go on a magical privately guided tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum, be in awe as you gaze up at the coastal redwoods at Muir Woods National Monument and join “The Force” as you visit Lucasfilm. And I saved my favorite part of this getaway for last – you’ll also enjoy the picturesque scenery (and the decadent wine) during your visit to Silverado Vineyards in the famous Napa Valley. This is truly an adventurous, yet relaxing, weekend getaway.

Which Adventures by Disney Long Weekend vacation do you want to try first?

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Sunrise on the Li River with Adventures by Disney

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


While I’ve always wanted to climb the Great Wall of China, take a peek at the famous Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an and shop in Stanley Market in Hong Kong (and check out Hong Kong Disneyland while I’m in the neighborhood), there are many parts of China that are less known to me – it’s a pretty big place after all. But sometimes you see a photo and declare “I just have to go there!” And this sunrise photo of the Li river, taken on the Adventures by Disney China vacation, did just that for me.

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This shot was taken in the ancient city of Guilin, and it’s easy to see why so many Chinese poems and paintings celebrate the wonder of this place.

On the Adventures by Disney China trip you have the chance to cruise along the Li river, stay in a hotel with stunning views of the water and these soaring magical formations, and even take a morning tai chi lesson with these legendary Gumdrop Mountains (yes, that’s their real name – isn’t it perfect?) as your backdrop. Plus you get to see all the things I mentioned at the beginning of this post, and more, like Giant Pandas – sign me up!

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Stunning Sights Await at the Grand Canyon with Adventures by Disney

posted on March 17th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


I’ve had the travel bug in me since a young age and, thankfully, I’ve had a chance to fill quite a few pages in my passport over the years. But I have to admit that my wanderlust has left me a little lacking when it comes to exploring the incredible National Parks found right here in my own backyard of North America. Most notably, I feel remiss to say that I have never taken a Grand Canyon tour. This is one of America’s most legendary landmarks, and on an Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah vacation you can see firsthand why this national landmark is one of the seven wonders of the natural world.

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I think that soaking in the majesty of the Grand Canyon is truly a rite of passage that every person should experience. And that’s why this Adventures by Disney destination is so high on my “must do” list (and why I’ll be taking my own son on this trip someday).

I think the main reason I’ve never been to Grand Canyon National Park is that it’s not exactly located in the middle of a major city (which also is a huge part of what makes it so appealing) and, therefore, it’s never seemed easily accessible. It’s not a place you can just “swing by” and check out on your way to your next destination. Nor would you want to. And that’s what makes the Adventures by Disney Arizona and Utah vacation so special – you’re not simply going on a brief Grand Canyon tour that’s mostly travel time with just a little bit of sightseeing thrown in. No, you actually get to spend two nights in the park itself, where you’ll be constantly surrounded by picturesque views.

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Here you’ll watch the sun set (and rise if you can make it out of bed in time), chow down on a delicious Western BBQ dinner complete with a noteworthy view, delight in an exclusive a Native American dance performance and so much more. Enjoy a private expedition, complete with a naturalist guide, as you drive and walk along the notable South Rim and discover the wonder and mystery that this landmark has to offer.

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And, the Grand Canyon is just part of this journey through the great Southwest. You’ll also explore other breathtaking, “bucket list” worthy in their own right, destinations, including Sedona, Monument Valley, Arches National Park and more.

President Lyndon B. Johnson once said “If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning, not just after we got through with it.” And I can’t think of any better way to see the wonders of the world than with Adventures by Disney.

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Get ‘Frozen Fever’ with Adventures by Disney

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


Today marks the opening of Disney’s “Cinderella” in theaters and, along with it, “Frozen Fever”, a new animated short film featuring Queen Elsa, Princess Anna, the ever-so-huggable Olaf and other familiar “Frozen” faces. But the “Frozen” fun doesn’t have to stop at the movies! You can experience a true “Frozen” style adventure on an Adventures by Disney Norway vacation.

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With Adventures by Disney you can discover the beauty and majesty of Norway, the country that inspired Disney’s “Frozen”. This 8-day, 7-night vacation takes you into the storybook village of Bergen, which served as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle. You’ll also journey through ice-capped mountains, breathtaking fjords and see the stave churches that shaped the landscape and architecture depicted in the hit film.

A real-life “Frozen” adventure is waiting for you with Adventures by Disney!

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Enter for a Chance to Win an Adventures by Disney Trip to San Francisco, the City that Inspired San Fransokyo in Disney’s ‘Big Hero 6′

posted on March 3rd, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With the recent release of “Big Hero 6” on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, I have exciting news that will make you want to fly as high as Baymax. Our Adventures by Disney team wants you to know about a current sweepstakes opportunity that could send you and three guests on a quest to the captivating city of San Francisco, the inspiration for the film’s fictional city, “San Fransokyo”.

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From seeing expansive views of the San Francisco skyline to visiting a scenic vineyard in Napa Valley to discovering the magic of the Walt Disney Family Museum, this four-day, three-night Adventures by Disney vacation lets you discover what San Francisco and Napa have to offer. And one lucky winner of the Big Hero 6 Big Adventure Sweepstakes will receive this exciting Adventures by Disney vacation.

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For more information on how to enter for a chance to win, please visit Big Hero 6: Big Adventure Sweepstakes. Also, don’t forget to pick up your copy of Big Hero 6 on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Open to Disney Movie Rewards Members who are legal residents of the 50 US/DC, Puerto Rico & Canada (excl. QC) 13 years and older only. Sweepstakes starts 2/3/15, ends 5/1/15. For Official Rules, including eligibility, odds, and prize descriptions, click here.

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Disney Sea & Shore Week on ‘Wheel of Fortune’

posted on March 2nd, 2015 by Tony Shepherd, Producer, Broadcast Marketing


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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.

Disney Cruise Line has been featured on the show before. But, this week, two more exciting vacation destinations join for the very first time: Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa and Adventures by Disney! And with all three together, 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, beginning tonight, along with some clever Disney-themed puzzles, a dazzling set, special contestants who love these destinations just as much as we all do. 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! More details, here.

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So, don’t miss Disney Sea & Shore Week, beginning tonight! Check your local listings for time and channel.

(One last thing. I would never dream of giving anything away. But, just between us, don’t be surprised to see even more Disney fun ahead this season on “Wheel.” No one will know I told you, right?)

Buy a vowel!

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Top 5 Junior Adventurer Activities with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 24th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Anyone who’s ever traveled with children knows that it can be challenging to find ways to keep the kiddos entertained. Luckily, Adventures by Disney vacations are designed with families in mind so adults can relax, knowing their Junior Adventurers are engaged and having the time of their lives.

While every Adventures by Disney vacation offers unique activities designed for younger travelers, here are my top 5 Junior Adventurer activity picks.

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England and France
Travel to England and France, where you’ll step into the illustrious Louvre Museum in Paris, home to the Mona Lisa and other fascinating pieces of art. As adults tour the museum with a local expert, Junior Adventurers will have the chance to participate in an interactive scavenger hunt, uncovering clues leading to hidden secrets of the Louvre’s art collection.

Scotland
Visit Scotland, which is home to Rothiemurchus Estate, one of the greatest tracts of natural forest in Britain. While adults enjoy a tour of the estate, Junior Adventurers will mount up and spend the morning riding Highland ponies over peaceful hills and heather moorlands, past stunning views of the Cairngorm mountain range.

Wyoming
Sure you’ll get to see the famed Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, but on the Adventures by Disney Wyoming vacation Junior Adventurers will also get to make their very own geyser during an interactive presentation that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser.

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Greece
Who says kids can’t enjoy a visit to a winery? While adults indulge in a wine tasting experience while vacationing in Greece, Junior Adventurers can have some fun as they stomp through grapes at the Volcan Winery. After stomping away, the whole family can enjoy a private Greek lunch made with fresh local ingredients.

Ireland
With a picturesque view of the emerald Irish countryside, Junior Adventurers can test their luck on the Ireland vacation during an exciting shamrock hunt in Cashel on the same grounds where Saint Patrick once stood.

These are just a few examples of the many ways your kids will the vacation of a lifetime with Adventures by Disney. Plus, Junior Adventurers can also look forward to special dinners, games and Disney movie nights offered on most itineraries – a perfect ending to days full of exploring.

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Room with a View: A Peruvian Casita with Adventures by Disney

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


On my Adventures by Disney travels I’ve slept in fairytale style castles in Germany, enjoyed rooms overlooking Norwegian fjords and reveled in bustling city views in locales near and far. But my personal favorite “room with a view” (thus far, but I’m determined to keep on looking forever!) was staying in my own personal casita in Peru’s Sacred Valley on an Adventures by Disney Peru vacation.

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Disclaimer: I can’t guarantee rainbows during your visit, but I can promise the setting will be completely breathtaking!

Casita is Spanish for “small house,” and these small houses, found at the award-winning Sol y Luna Lodge and Spa, truly give you a sense of beautiful seclusion.

Offering a backdrop of the stunning Andean mountains, this lodge serves as the setting for a variety of authentic Peruvian experiences, including a traditional Andean feast known as Pachamanca. Pachamanca means “earth oven” or, in other words, it means that your meal is actually cooked in the ground itself with the aid of hot stones. It’s truly a meal your family will never forget (and one you wouldn’t want to recreate in your own backyard)!

The lodge also serves as home base for adventures such as river rafting, exploring local salt pans, hands-on cooking activities and, most notably, it’s the starting point for your travels to Machu Picchu, known as “the lost city of the Incas” and one of the Seven New Wonders of the World.

So cozy up on your own private porch, on your own private Peruvian casita, with Adventures by Disney. And be sure to truly savor that view!

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Set Your Eyes on Scotland’s Isle of Skye with Adventures by Disney

posted on February 11th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Recently we shared with you how you can tap your feet to the music of bagpipes as you discover majestic castles, the mystery of Loch Ness and more on an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation. Well now I’m here to tell you about what is, in my humble opinion, the most impressively scenic part of this trip – a visit to the enchanting Isle of Skye.

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Here you will explore Brothers Point, a rocky promontory that reaches out into sea. Striking green grass pathways lead you over lush, gentle hills until you reach Brothers Point. As you hike across Brothers Point, you can’t help but be captivated by the stunning, deep blue waters, rugged shoreline and a dream like (yes, dream-like!) sky.

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If Brothers Point seems unreal, wait until you visit The Quiraing, a hilltop that will take your breath away (probably not literally, but you get my point). After a hike through grass-carpeted hills you’ll be stunned (again, not literally) by an amazing view of a glistening blue bay and slopes that tumble past astounding land formations.

The Isle of Skye not only offers remarkable things to look at, but also is the setting of many memorable adventures. And you’ll enjoy some unbelievably delicious treats.

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Show off (or put to the test) your baking skills as you join a pastry chef at the Isle of Skye Baking Company. You’ll see how to bake delectable Scottish scones and then get to create them for yourself (I assure you that these taste about 500 times better than the store-bought boxed scone mixes that state “just add water,” plus you get to brag to friends back home that you learned the art of pastry making from an authentic Scottish chef).

The Isle of Skye not only has scrumptious scones, but also has genuine drinks. Adults will enjoy a private Scotch whisky tasting while the Junior Adventurers enjoy playing games such as Tug of War and Wellie Boot Toss (yes, adults can play Wellie Boot Toss too in lieu of tasting Scotch, or in addition to, although after a few fingers of finely aged whisky you might not be in tip top boot tossing form).

Between the scotch, the scones and the scintillating sights, the Isle of Skye is truly a place that will make you want to stay forever. What excites you most about an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation?

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