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Thrilling Activities in Costa Rica for the Entire Family

posted on January 17th, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


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.

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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.

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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.

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Adventures by Disney Invites You to “Step in Time” to the ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ Set

posted on December 19th, 2013 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Disney’s highly anticipated “Saving Mr. Banks” hits theaters across the nation tomorrow, and the excitement only gets bigger with the “practically perfect” Southern California: Disney Backstage itinerary from Adventures by Disney. This trip allows you to walk through and experience some of the locations where the movie was filmed.

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Inspired by true events, “Saving Mr. Banks” is the extraordinary, untold story of how Disney’s classic “Mary Poppins” made it to the screen – and the testy relationship Walt Disney had with author P.L. Travers that almost derailed it. Filmed almost entirely in the Los Angeles area, the film features some of its most iconic locations: the Disneyland Resort, the Walt Disney Studios, and Hollywood Blvd., all of which are stops on this rare, behind-the-magic Adventures by Disney trip.

As an adventurer on this trip, you will receive priority treatment when visiting some of these locations. Let your inner star out as you participate in a privately guided tour of Hollywood Blvd., transporting you to a world of glitz and glamour. You can follow the footsteps of your favorite celebrities as you walk through top iconic sites of Tinseltown like the TCL Chinese Theatre (featured in the film) and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Another one of the trip’s highlights is a privately guided visit to the Walt Disney Studios, a notable location of the movie. Fun fact: Although set in London, the original “Mary Poppins” (1964) movie was filmed here in its entirety.

Lastly, you will experience the happiest place on Earth in the most supercalifragilisticexpialidocious way: with a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park. Your park visit is complemented with Disney’s FASTPASS service and even a visit to Walt Disney’s Disneyland apartment.

For more information on this behind-the-scenes trip to Hollywood and the Disneyland Resort, click here. To learn more about the film “Saving Mr. Banks,” visit Disney.com/SavingMrBanks.

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Experience the Inspiration Behind Disney’s ‘Frozen’ with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 27th, 2013 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


As many of you know, Adventures by Disney recently announced a new vacation to Norway, the land that helped inspire the new comedy-adventure “Frozen.” For all of us at Adventures by Disney, helping to bring the Norway itinerary to life has been an incredible experience, and what has made this itinerary so special is that our team had the opportunity to walk in the footsteps of the filmmakers and design a group-guided vacation that immerses families in the world of “Frozen” and the beauty of Norway.

The new, animated feature hits theaters today! And in celebration of its opening, check out this behind-the-scenes video featuring the filmmakers’ take on how Norway truly inspired Disney’s “Frozen.”

For more information on this new epic journey or for booking information, please visit AdventuresByDisney.com/Frozen.

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Adventures by Disney Launches New ‘Frozen’ Itinerary to Norway

posted on October 15th, 2013 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


Recently we gave you a peek of the new Adventures by Disney itinerary inspired by the film “Frozen.” We’re proud to officially announce the “Norway: Fjords, Bergen & Oslo” itinerary – a journey carefully crafted from a partnership between Adventures by Disney and Walt Disney Animation Studios.

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The new itinerary guides families through an eight-day, seven-night epic adventure across the stunning lands of Norway, allowing them to follow the footsteps of the “Frozen” filmmakers by seeing the places, meeting the people and experiencing the beauty that inspired the setting and the look of the film. As with any Adventures by Disney trip, families can expect to partake in authentic activities that only Disney can provide, from discovering the fjord country by safari to learning Norwegian folk dancing.

Families will bond as they explore the storybook village of Bergen (the real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle) and also journey through Flåm, Geiranger and Norway’s capital, Oslo. The trip will be full of surprises like rafting down an exhilarating river, hiking across mystical terrains and even rainbow trout fishing.

Two expertly trained Adventure Guides will lead families to make sure that no detail – no matter how small – will be missed. Adventures by Disney allows families to fully immerse themselves in the culture without having to sweat the details of pre-planning anything.

 
For more information on this new epic journey or for booking information, please visit AdventuresByDisney.com/Frozen.

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Dreaming of a White Christmas? A Wyoming Adventure Awaits

posted on October 3rd, 2013 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


From family dinners to gift exchanges, the holidays provide us with plenty of reasons to get together. But for those looking to adventure together, this December Adventures by Disney is taking a frosty trip to a true “Winter Wonderland.” This five-day, four-night inspiring journey walks you through a picturesque, snow-capped winter in the untamed terrains of Wyoming.

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From the moment you arrive, scenic views of glistening snow and the awe-inspiring Teton Mountain Range in Jackson, Wyoming, greet you. Throughout the adventure, notable sights will follow, including a close-up view of Old Faithful in the Yellowstone National Park during its snow-covered season, complemented by both frozen and flowing waterfalls and a vast array of roaming wildlife.

As you travel through your adventure, exciting seasonal activities await. Strap on your boots as you learn the art of “mushing” through powdery white snow with a trusted team of eager sled dogs, guiding you through the Wyoming wilderness. After sledding, dip into the remarkable and relaxing Granite Hot Springs, a hidden oasis containing rejuvenating waters that will re-energize you for the rest of the day.

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Throughout the trip, your two Adventure Guides will take care of every detail. All you have to worry about is having the time of your life with your family.

For more information on this decidedly different holiday getaway, please visit AdventuresByDisney.com/WinterWonderland.

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Adventures by Disney Journeys to Norway in 2014

posted on September 18th, 2013 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


Adventures by Disney Journeys to Norway in 2014

Adventures by Disney will head to Norway on a new trip inspired by the soon-to-be released Walt Disney Pictures animated movie, “Frozen.” Our guests will follow in the footsteps of the “Frozen” filmmakers and experience the breathtaking beauty of this magnificent country.

More details about the trip will be coming soon, and we’ll begin taking reservations on October 15. Until then, I encourage you to visit www.movies.disney.com/frozen to watch the trailer, read the story and meet the characters that inspired our new Nordic adventure.


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Peek Inside New Adventures by Disney Itineraries, Including Austria, Germany & Czech Republic

posted on June 14th, 2013 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


At Adventures by Disney, we’re proud to announce our newest group guided vacation: Austria, Germany & Czech Republic. On this 9-day/8-night journey, guests will be immersed in the storybook treasures of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and the Bavarian Alps.

In the German town of Berchtesgaden, guests enjoy a visit to a spectacular ice cave and salt mine. In the Czech Republic, families will take in the charming beauty of Prague and create their very own marionettes in a private workshop. And in Austria, guests will learn the art of waltzing (quadrille) and enjoy a private dinner in the Emperor’s Pavilion at the world-famous Vienna Zoo.

One of my favorite parts of this trip is the visit to the Spanish Riding School in Vienna. Not only are the Lipizzaner Stallions gorgeous, the school is housed in the royal Hofburg Palace and is one of the most beautiful riding rings in the world.

We’re also excited to announce new enhancements to our popular Italy vacation and special departures for families with teens.

Get a closer look at all the new adventures in 2014:

Of course, just as with every Adventures by Disney vacation, our expertly-trained Adventure Guides will make you feel right at home, providing personal attention to every member of the family while unlocking the secrets and timeless stories of each destination.

Best of all, these vacations are now available for booking. Visit www.adventuresbydisney.com to learn more.

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More Magic in the Mediterranean with Adventures by Disney in 2014

posted on February 13th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Earlier today, Jonathan told you more about how your family can spend time in Europe during the summer of 2014 with a variety of Disney cruise vacations. As if it wouldn’t be amazing enough to travel the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line, we’ve just announced you can also enjoy an Adventures by Disney trip – at the same time! It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
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For many of the Disney Cruise Line European itineraries, including five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night options, you can enhance your voyage with group guided, all-inclusive port experiences from Adventures by Disney, plus exclusive activities and VIP privileges both on and off the ship. Your two Adventure Guides will sail with you, making sure your entire trip is completely carefree. Adventures by Disney plans activities in each port that showcase the best of the destination and include unique excursions developed just for you.

Here’s a quick look at some of the Disney Cruise Line itineraries that can be enhanced with an Adventures by Disney experience:

  • 5- and 7-night cruises from Barcelona to France, Monaco and Italy
  • 9-night cruise from Venice to the Greece and Turkey
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Croatia
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to Malta, Greece, Turkey and Italy
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta

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For most cruises sailing out of Spain, you can also add a four-day Adventures by Disney experience to explore the best of Barcelona just before your cruise. You’ll spend three nights at a beautiful hotel and fill your days with unique adventures like watching an electrifying Spanish flamenco show and exploring the incredible Montserrat monk retreat embedded in the mountainside. Your two expert Adventure Guides will take care of all the details – including transportation from the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to the port – so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Coming up, I’ll give you a look at some of these Adventures by Disney experiences in more detail. Until then, let me know in the comments if you think a summer in Europe with Disney might be in your future!


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Educational Experiences With Adventures by Disney

posted on February 8th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


How do you cultivate educational experiences for your children?

Last week on my Disney cruise, I was pleased to meet several parents who viewed their trip as not just a vacation but also as a learning opportunity for their children. Whether it was an authentic cultural experience on a Port Adventure, or an educational craft in a youth club, these parents sought out how to expand their children’s knowledge and understanding of the world through a family vacation.

Not surprisingly, families are doing the same thing with Adventures by Disney trips. In this video, which was first shared on the Disney Post, Director of Trip Development Heather Killingbeck explains how Adventures by Disney creates immersive itineraries that engage, excite and educate families.

Do you agree with Heather’s perspective on travel? What are some of the ways you use real-world experiences to teach your children outside the classroom?

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Adventures by Disney Launches Tours Specifically for Multi-Generational Families

posted on February 1st, 2013 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


When my wife and I took our first Adventures by Disney trip last month to Costa Rica, we must have exclaimed dozens of times how much we thought our children would enjoy the trip. But even more than that, we couldn’t stop talking about how nice it would be to have our parents along, too. We must not be alone in that sentiment…
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Just announced, Adventures by Disney is offering tours specifically tailored to the needs of groups traveling with multiple generations. Three special departures in 2013 include Italy (July 18), London/Paris (July 22) and Ireland (August 13).

Not only will guests travel with other families like them on these multi-generational departures, they’ll also have the luxury of traveling with a professional photographer on-hand throughout the adventure to capture memory-making moments. And as usual, these trips include two dedicated Adventure Guides, knowledgeable local experts, hands-on educational activities, VIP privileges, private ground transportation and extraordinary accommodations.

Here’s a quick glance at the trip highlights:
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Viva Italia (Rome, Orvieto, Tuscany, Artimino, Florence and Venice, Italy)
July 18, 2013 – 9 Days

  • Walk through history on a tour of the Colosseum, the Forum and the Pantheon
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of the Vatican City Museum
  • Get the family together for a private pasta-making lesson at a Tuscan estate
  • Discover La Serenissima on a private gondola ride in Venice
  • Create your own Venetian mask after a demonstration from a renowned mask-maker

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Cities of Knights and Lights (London, Windsor, Stonehenge, Paris and Versailles)
July 22, 2013 – 8 Days

  • Enjoy a private tour of London on a red double decker bus
  • Discover how kings and queens lived at Windsor Castle
  • Journey to the English countryside and stay in a 19th-century manor house
  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe
  • Bike in the Versailles gardens
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum

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The Emerald Isle (Dublin, Cashel, Killarney and Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland)
August 13, 2013 – 8 Days

  • Bike along the lush countryside of Killarney National Park
  • Sleep like royalty with a stay in Dromoland Castle
  • Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and inherit the gift of gab
  • Make scones at an authentic sheep farm

It seems more and more families that I know are taking vacations with their entire family – kids, parents and grandparents. Are you?

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