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.
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.
Adventures by Disney is proud to enhance its group-guided vacation portfolio with the unveiling of three new itineraries for 2015.
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 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.
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.
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.
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/.
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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the Scottish Highlands is a grand lake with plenty of lore waiting to be unlocked. Serving as the backdrop for the Disney•Pixar film “Brave”, Scotland boasts lush landscapes with ancient stone castles and a proud heritage. The Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation can take you and your family through the beauty that inspired the epic animated feature film.
As your family embarks on this vacation in Scotland, you can unfold the mysteries behind Nessie, the famous elusive creature rumored to occupy Loch Ness, and decide whether you believe in its existence. Before exploring the dark waters yourself, a visit to the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre will set you in the right mindset with a presentation of both fact and lore about the loch. Groups will also meet with a naturalist who is considered to be the world’s foremost expert on Loch Ness to hear more details and answer any questions you may have.
After the exhilarating opportunity to canoe (or cruise) across the waters and search for Nessie, you will disembark at the majestic Urquhart Castle. This spot is said to be the most popular for Nessie sightings. From here, the breathtaking view will have you in awe as you discover the once-mighty fortress.
Unlocking the mystery behind Loch Ness is just one of the many activities of the nine-day, eight-night family vacation to Scotland from Adventures by Disney. For more information, visit adventuresbydisney.com/brave.
Stop worrying about squeezing green into your wardrobe today (watch out for that pinch!) and start preparing to be surrounded by the lush, evergreen pastures of Ireland. This St. Patrick’s Day, celebrate with your family by booking a vacation to Ireland with Adventures by Disney.
Early in your journey, your family will explore Cashel – a “land of kings” full of royal lore. As you walk up the emerald-green countryside, you will find the ancient Rock of Cashel, which once acted as the seat for the Kings of Munster.
Neighboring the Rock of Cashel is Tipperary’s Golden Vale hilltop, crowned with a collection of buildings that will transport you back to medieval times. On these sacred grounds, where Saint Patrick once stood himself, Junior Adventurers will also have the opportunity to participate in a lucky shamrock hunt.
A three-night stay within the walls of the 16th century Dromoland Castle will have your family feeling like royal kings and queens of Ireland. Over the years, this majestic estate played host to numerous prominent figures, and entertained many families with its plenitude of leisure activities.
To see how you can further explore the ‘Emerald Isle’ on this eight-day, seven-night family vacation to Ireland, please visit adventuresbydisney.com/ireland.
If you’re as big of a fan of Frozen as I am, I have really exciting news for you today. Our team at Adventures by Disney wants to let you know of a current sweepstakes opportunity that could potentially send you on the adventure of a lifetime to explore Norway. With the Frozen Adventure Sweepstakes, the lucky winner and a guest will receive a first-hand experience of the locations that served as inspiration for the filmmakers of Frozen, the winner for Best Animated Feature Film at the 86th Annual Academy Awards.
The eight-day, seven-night journey begins in the storybook village of Bergen – the real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle – and will continue through Flåm, Geiranger and Norway’s capital, Oslo. As the Guests travel across these stunning lands, there will be various activities waiting to be discovered.
On this itinerary, guests will get an up-close look at the historic stave churches that influenced the architecture of the film, embark on an aquatic odyssey to explore the breathtaking fjords of Norway, partake in the rich history of the country by learning Norwegian folk dancing, and participate in many more fun and cultural activities.
For more information on how to enter for a chance to win an Adventures by Disney trip for two to Norway, please visit Norway.FrozenSweepstakes.com. Also, don’t forget you can order Frozen on Digital HD now, and mark your calendars for the DVD and Blu-Ray Combo Pack release on March 18!
NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Void where prohibited. Open to permanent legal residents of the 50 states of the U.S. and D.C., who are 18 years of age or older as of the date of entry. Starts 2/25/2014. Entries must be received by 11:59 pm PT on 4/30/2014. GP WINNER AND GUEST MUST HAVE A VALID U.S. PASSPORT AND BE AVAILABLE TO TRAVEL FROM 6/28/2014 TO 7/5/2014. Prize restrictions apply. For details/Official Rules click to visit Norway.FrozenSweepstakes.com.
The Adventures by Disney England and France vacation allows Old World charm-seekers to experience world-famous sights in both London and Paris within a single trip. A really unique part of this exciting vacation package is that adventurers will be able to take in the magnificent sights of two prominent “towers” from each country.
In England, families are taken on a privately-guided tour of the Tower of London. As the Guardian of the Crown Jewels, this tower acted as a fortress over many years. It is one of the key symbols of royalty, once housing the likes of William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth I and many others. Its rich history gives way to a vast array of stories waiting to be discovered.
After a speedy Chunnel train ride, the Eiffel Tower awaits the group in Paris for an awe-inspiring sight that will last a lifetime. Adventurers can take a closer look at this highly recognizable structure through a tour that takes them straight to the top of this 1,063-foot-tall (324 meters) monument.
If you can’t decide between wanting to visit London or Paris, there’s always the option of visiting both with Adventures by Disney. For more information on how you can get involved in this majestic and history-filled trip, please visit adventuresbydisney.com/englandfrance.
If there’s one thing we all learned from everyone’s favorite Snow Queen – Elsa – it is that sometimes we have to just “let it go,” as her hit song on Disney’s animated feature film “Frozen” demonstrates. However, as great as that feeling could be, there are very few times where we can truly let go and not worry about a thing. I find this especially true when it comes to planning a family vacation.
On the flip side, families have the option to book from more than 25 different trips from all over the world with Adventures by Disney. From experiencing the Great Wall of China up close to taking in the sights of the azure waters of Santorini, Adventures by Disney has a multitude of itineraries that will allow you and your family to explore a variety of different countries and cultures.
With accommodations, activities, most meals and transportation within the trip taken care of, your only worry will be to try and convince yourself and your family to just let it go. It’s hard to imagine such great vacations coming together so smoothly, but that’s what the trip planners at Adventures by Disney are for.
I’ll leave you with this clip of Elsa singing her famous song “Let it Go” in 25 different languages. Maybe this clip will give you the inspiration to find which country you’d like to visit next.
Let It Go in 25 Languages on Disney Video
Inspired by the scenery in the video? Adventures by Disney recently started accepting bookings for the new, Frozen-inspired trip to Norway. For more information, check out AdventuresByDisney.com. And, if you enjoyed the song and would like to fully let it go, join in on the fun by visiting the nearest participating theatre to watch the all-new, sing-along version of Disney’s“Frozen.”
There’s nothing quite like the thrill of adrenaline pumping through your body, and what better place to feel that rush than in the heart of Central America? Embarking on a family vacation to Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney allows you and your loved ones to really step up to the plate and conquer both land and water together. From zip-lining high above the Arenal National Park to taming the roaring Tenorio River, this Costa Rica family vacation is filled with thrilling excitements.
The ride you will experience along Arenal National Park holds gorgeous emerald woods and scenic greenery. These sights are all yours to take in as you are transported high above the trees via a gondola and rise up a majestic mountain. Once at the top, it’s time to strap on a harness and soar across the sky to enjoy a treetop view of the rainforest and the Arenal Volcano.
After conquering your zip-lining adventure, the next day will be filled with just as much excitement as you head to Guanacaste. Here, you are free to grab a paddle and take a go at the Tenorio River. If you thought riding down Kali River Rapids in Disney’s Animal Kingdom was exciting, wait until you ride down these rampant river rapids. Be prepared as sights of the lush rainforest, and all of its exotic beauty, unfold right before your eyes while you race down the sparkling waters for an experience like no other.
Finish off the afternoon with your family with a hearty lunch overlooking the mighty waters you just conquered. Satisfaction never tasted better than this!
These unforgettable experiences are part of the seven-day, six-night Adventures by Disney Costa Rica family vacation. For more information and to discover what other exciting adventures are awaiting in Costa Rica, please visit www.AdventuresByDisney.com/CostaRica.