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A VIP Disney Cruise to Alaska with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 6th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


By now you know how much I love Disney cruises, and you’re starting to hear more from me about the amazing trips with Adventures by Disney. The good news for me (and for you, too!) is that I don’t have to choose between these two incredible options when planning my family’s summer vacation.

On both the Alaska and Europe Disney cruises next summer, Disney Cruise Line is teaming up with
Adventures by Disney to give you the chance to enhance your cruise with trained Adventure Guides at
your side.

First I want to tell you more about the Alaska experience. (If you missed my last blog post, check out my Top Five Reasons to Cruise with Disney to Alaska.)
Disney Cruise Line Travels to Tracy Arm, Alaska

As if this cruise isn’t already amazing enough with its gorgeous scenery and Disney-exclusive shore
excursions, the Adventures by Disney add-on package takes it to a whole new level. Here are some of
the exclusive activities and VIP privileges you’ll get:

  1. Early debark in each port so you have more time to enjoy the spectacular locations.
  2. Shore experiences with exclusive Adventures by Disney touches.
  3. Private onboard reception with the Ship’s Naturalist and a private animation class.
  4. CD with photos from your Adventures by Disney guide and your ship’s photographer.
  5. Two Disney-trained Adventures Guides that sail with you, making sure your trip is completely carefree and adding special surprises throughout your voyage!

In my next post, I’ll tell you more about the guided experiences you’ll enjoy from Skagway, Juneau and Ketchikan with your Adventure Guides. Some are so unique that they aren’t even available through
Disney Cruise Line Port Adventures. And the best part is that all you have to do is sit back and relax while someone else takes care of all the planning and logistics!

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Disney Vacation Club Member Trips with Adventures by Disney in 2013

posted on October 3rd, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Hi Disney Parks Blog fans! You know me as an author for Disney Cruise Line, but starting today I’ll also be telling you about two other magical ways to vacation with Disney: Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. Like Disney Cruise Line, they offer amazing options for exploring the world with your family.

Today, I have the honor of revealing to you next year’s Disney Vacation Club member departures of Adventures by Disney trips, each with exclusive experiences!

Disney Vacation Club Member Trips with Adventures by Disney in 2013: Cowboys and Canyons

First up is Cowboys and Canyons – an 8-day, 7-night journey through Arizona and Utah, departing June 5th, 2013. You’ll go off the beaten path at the Grand Canyon, climb aboard an off-road vehicle for an excursion in Monument Valley, take a family rafting trip down the Colorado River, and step into the surreal landscape of Arches National Park. You might even meet a real cowboy or two!

Disney Vacation Club Member Trip Exclusives: Guided Fossil Walk in the Grand Canyon with a local expert; Visit to historic Kolb Studio art exhibit in the Grand Canyon.

Disney Vacation Club Member Trips with Adventures by Disney in 2013: Knights and Lights

The second trip is Knights and Lights – an 8-day, 7-night adventure through London, Paris and the English countryside, departing July 12th, 2013. It’s an unforgettable getaway, delivering the color, culture and cuisine that define these world-renowned destinations. Your family will experience it all – from Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey to the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and beyond!

Disney Vacation Club Member Trip Exclusives: Enjoy a glass of champagne in a private car on the London Eye; Savor an authentic, freshly prepared, Parisian crepe near the Eiffel Tower.

Disney Vacation Club Member Trips with Adventures by Disney in 2013: Quest for the West

And the third trip is Quest for the West – an amazing 7-day, 6-night trip departing June 17th, 2013 and taking your family on a rugged adventure to Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks, and capping off with a 2-night stay at a private dude ranch.

Disney Vacation Club Member Trip Exclusives: Jackson Hole Aerial Tram to the top of Rendezvous Mountain (4,139 ft); Saddle-up demonstration with a lesson on how horses are acclimated to the ranch, what they like to eat and their differences in personality!

On all of these trips, Disney Vacation Club members will get a fleece jacket and framed pin set, along with a gift themed to the adventure.

I look forward to telling you about even more vacation options with Disney, but until then I want to hear from you…Which destination on your “bucket list” would you most like to explore with Disney?

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VIDEO: An Adventures by Disney Trip to Canada Recap

posted on August 6th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Well, as they say, all good things must come to an end. Our exciting trip to Canada with Adventures by Disney is over.

It was a spectacular trip, not only because of the destination but also because Adventures by Disney makes everything seamless and fun.

And don’t just take my word for it. We brought back some great video of the trip to share with you.

My colleague John Graham, known to Disney Parks Blog fans as your guide to all things Star Wars Weekends, accompanied me to lend his talents for the video portion of this post. Take a look:

If you haven’t tried Adventures by Disney, it’s a great way to travel both domestically and throughout the world, especially with your family. As I said earlier, this was my second Adventures by Disney trip. The first was to Ireland on the Emerald Isle excursion. That was a home run too.

In addition to our super star Adventure Guides – Lisa, Tiffany and Courtney – we had a lot of assistance with the trip including the Canadian Parks Department; employees of the hotels where we stayed – The Emerald Lake Lodge in British Columbia and the Fairmont Springs Hotel in Banff; and the Brewster Travel Company in Canada.

Thanks all. Looking forward to my next destination.

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Adventures by Disney: Junior Adventures in the Rockies

posted on August 4th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


I would be remiss if I didn’t talk a little about the Junior Adventurers program – one of the hallmarks of every Adventures by Disney vacation.

Adventures by Disney: Junior Adventures in the Rockies

Each excursion is specifically designed for families traveling together, with activities for every member of the family. Kids (affectionately known as Junior Adventurers or JAs) have events created specially for them.

For example, on the “Cities of Knights and Lights” trip to England and France, JAs take their own Art Detective tour of The Lovure in Paris while the adults take the official museum tour; and in Cape Town on the “Safari in South Africa” vacation, JAs learn the about the ancient art of falconry at the Eagle Encounter of the Spier Winery while the adults are enjoying an afternoon wine tasting.

Each Adventures by Disney excursion also includes a Junior Adventurer Movie Night, where adults are on their own for dinner, and the Adventure Guides and JAs find their own private space for dinner and a movie. Specifics on what actually happens during Junior Adventurer Movie Night are hard to come by as, technically, no adults are allowed and the JAs are sworn to secrecy.

I did, however, sneak a peek into ours – for research purposes only, of course. On “Roaming the Rockies,” the Junior Adventurers Movie Night ends with a sticky smores session around the campfire.

Here’s an Inside Look at Some of Our Junior Adventurers on Adventures by Disney’s “Roaming in the Rockies”

You’ll be able to see some of the JAs and their activities in my final post – a wrap-up of our trip including video of all the festivities. The video will feature highlights of the fabulous “Roaming the Rockies” accommodations in Canada (The Emerald Lake Lodge and Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel), our excursions through three of Canada’s most beautiful parks and a report directly from atop a glacier!

For more information on Adventures by Disney, “Roaming the Rockies,” or the Junior Adventurers program, check out AdventuresByDisney.com.

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Adventures by Disney: Roaming the Rockies

posted on August 1st, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Whoever coined the phrase “every view a post card” must have been talking about Montana and Western Canada. This Adventures by Disney trip has been one spectacular vista after another.

As I write this post, my view is the most idyllic mountain/lake setting you could possibly imagine. It’s straight out of a painting. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the pictures for yourself.
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney

Not only do you get to see the natural beauty of the North, you also get to experience it. This morning’s group activity was a rafting trip. Normally, the experience would include Class II-IV rapids, but since we had some smaller Junior Adventurers (Disney-speak for kids), we opted for a less-intense float-along experience. Adventures by Disney trips are specifically designed for families traveling together. We’ll chat more about the Junior Adventurer activities in my next post.

In addition to regularly scheduled group excursions, “Roaming the Rockies” also includes opportunities for hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking, and lots of other outdoor activities.
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney Adventure Guides

I do have to say a word or two about the Adventure Guides. One thing that makes Adventures by Disney trips extra special is the Adventure Guides. Each trip has at least two Disney Adventure guides. You’ve probably seen some of their earlier posts on the Disney Parks Blog. We have three guides on this trip. Lisa and Tiffany are the pros and Whitney is shadowing them so she can learn all the tricks of the trade before guiding her own trips this year.

They take care of everything! From the normal travel stuff like luggage, tips and transport to the above and beyond like, on another Adventures by Disney trip, having clothes you forgot at one hotel forwarded to the next one. Yes – I was that guy.

Well, enough chitchat. I’m off to the next Adventure. As I mentioned earlier, I’ll explore some of the Junior Adventure programs in my next post.

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Follow Along on an Adventures by Disney Vacation

posted on July 30th, 2012 by Charles Stovall, Public Relations Manager


Question: Where is this and how does it involve Disney Parks?
'Roaming the Rockies' with Adventures by Disney

I think the “where” might be a little more difficult to guess than the connection to Disney. If you said “Glacier National Park” in Montana and “Adventures by Disney,” you are correct.

For those of you not as familiar, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and unforgettable group guided-family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences, assistance from Disney-trained Adventure Guides, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches that only a Disney vacation can provide.

In 2013, Adventures by Disney will take guests to two new exotic locales: Southeast Asia (including Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos) and Scotland (visiting some of the sites which inspired the new Disney●Pixar hit film “Brave.”)

In my role as public relations manager for Disney Parks, I also have the great pleasure to assist with Adventures by Disney. This week I am on a spectacular trip called “Roaming the Rockies.” This trip explores breathtaking vistas in Montana (including Glacier National Park) and Alberta and British Columbia in Canada (including Yoho, Jasper and Banff National Parks).

I’ll let you know how the trip goes along the way, including the awesome excursions, world-class accommodations and delicious cuisine – with some special Disney surprises thrown in along the way. So check back to the Disney Parks Blog for updates. And check out AdventuresbyDisney.com for information on all the exciting excursions from Adventures by Disney.

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Scotland is a New Adventures by Disney Destination

posted on May 22nd, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


Just minutes ago, vice president of Adventures by Disney and Disney Parks Blog Author Josh D’Amaro announced some big news – we’re going to Scotland! Beginning in March, adventurers will be able to experience the castles, landscapes and legends of Scotland with, of course, a special Disney touch. This journey will follow the footsteps of the filmmakers who created the Disney•Pixar film “Brave.” Josh has the details:.

And the best part? You can begin booking this trip tomorrow, May 23. Go now to adventuresbydisney.com for the details.

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Disney ‘Adventure Hunter’ Offers Advice on Family.com

posted on May 17th, 2012 by Thomas Smith, Social Media Director, Disney Parks


From time to time, we feature cast members with some pretty cool jobs – but for travel junkies, it doesn’t get better than Heather Killingbeck’s work. Heather explores the world in search of amazing new experiences for Adventures by Disney. That’s what she does: she hunts awe-inspiring adventures!

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With such a job, Heather is the person you’d want to talk travel with – she’s been there, done that. And for all of us who are unable to catch up with her on camelback in Egypt, we’ve got the next best thing. Heather is now sharing expert advice, tips and stories on Family.com. We thought Disney Parks Blog readers would be interested in this new series, so go check out Heather’s “My Favorite Things” story and let us know what you think.

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A Peek into Tinseltown’s Legendary Landmarks with Lights…Camera…Magic! from Adventures by Disney

posted on April 13th, 2012 by Josh D'Amaro, Vice President, Adventures By Disney


Spring has sprung in Southern California and I’m happy to report: clear skies ahead for the season! The last four months with Lights…Camera…Magic! have been exciting for everyone here at Adventures by Disney. Our guests have enjoyed soaking up the sunshine along the bustling Hollywood Boulevard as well as the glittering shops of Rodeo Drive.

Starting April 24, there will be a few additions and changes that will make the Lights…Camera…Magic! experience an even more enchanting one for you and your family. Of course, our favorite stops will remain the featured highlights, including close-up tours of the Walt Disney Studio Lot and the legendary home of the Academy Awards at the Hollywood and Highland Center. We are now including a stop at one of Tinseltown’s oldest landmarks, the Original Farmers Market on 3rd and Fairfax!

At the market, it’s not unusual to spot some of Hollywood’s biggest and brightest stars strolling through the stalls. Among the most famous patrons of the historic market include our own Walt Disney. It’s been said that while he was preparing some early designs for his theme park, Walt would dine on the patios of the Farmers Market. The Market’s design inspired some of the original drawings of the park that would come to be known as Disneyland.

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After enjoying a full day of Tinsletown adventures, you’ll be treated to an exclusive tour and an unforgettable evening reception in The Walt Disney Studios’ Legends Plaza – where Disney’s many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders have been honored.

We hope to see you soon for this new day of fun, discovery and exclusive access with our Adventures Guides at Adventures by Disney! To reserve your Lights…Camera…Magic! tour, please call (866) 363-4763.

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Moms Panel Monday: Meet Elisabeth Lackey, Our Newest Adventures by Disney Mom

posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Laura Spencer, Social Media Manager, Walt Disney World Resort


Let the adventure begin! Where to, you might ask? Well, I’m hoping somewhere with excellent shoe-shopping options… How about a camel ride excursion in Giza for an up-close view of the Great Pyramids, or a dip in the warm waters of Australia’s Great Barrier Reef?

If you’re wondering what this has to do with Disney, just ask our new Adventures by Disney Walt Disney World Moms Panelist, Elisabeth Lackey. She’s a wife, preschool teacher and mom of four who loves to travel the world Disney-style.

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She, along with her family, has traveled to China, South Africa and Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney and can’t wait to plan her next getaway. I got the chance to pick Elisabeth’s brain a little and get her expert advice on what to do before embarking on my next journey.

Q: Let me in on the secret—what makes Adventures by Disney vacations so special?

A: While I love helping people plan their Disney vacations, the great thing about Adventures by Disney is that you don’t have to do any extra planning! There is a set price, an Adventure Guide with you at all times, and everything from the hotels to your meals are included so there are little to no out-of-pocket expenses.

Q: Are these trips designed for the whole family?

A: All of the itineraries are family-oriented, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go as a couple on your honeymoon or on a girls trip without the kiddos! It’s really designed to make all ages happy and it’s also very educational. For example, our kids still talk about the different animals they learned about when we visited South Africa.

Q: You mentioned the Adventure Guides, can you tell me more about what they do?

A: There are so many special experiences that you simply would not get if you tried to plan a vacation on your own and the Adventure Guides are a huge part of that. The Adventure Guides are in-country guides who are extremely knowledgeable and provide you with so many extra facts and cultural activities throughout your trip—you’ll never want to come home!

Q: What’s a tip for families who are thinking about taking a trip with Adventures by Disney?

A: If you’re considering an overseas trip, it’s a big difference from a vacation to Disney Parks but provides the same exceptional service and attention to detail that Disney is famous for. One thing I love about Adventures by Disney trips is meeting other families traveling in your group. You bond with them just as much as you do with your Adventure Guides, and it’s nice to share these incredible experiences as a group.

Q: What are some of your favorite memories from the trips you’ve taken?

A: There are so many! Seeing the iconic Chinese landmarks and visiting Hong Kong Disneyland is definitely at the top of my list, but really it is the warmth of the people you meet and the chance to broaden your world that stay with me.

Do you have a question for Elisabeth? Visit DisneyWorldMoms.com.

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