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Exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney: Part 3

posted on January 9th, 2013 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


My week-long trip to Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney was more incredible than I could’ve imagined. There were many, many highlights, from ziplining to whitewater rafting to the wealth of wildlife and breathtaking natural beauty. However, some of my highlights go beyond the activities and scenery. Here are some of my top experiences vacationing with Adventures by Disney.

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  1. Adventure Guides Michael and Ronald were amazing hosts. We wish we could’ve packed them in our suitcase and taken them home with us. Both were extremely friendly and knowledgeable. Their passion and excitement about Costa Rica was contagious and has us all feeling “pura vida!”

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  1. Special surprises kept popping up through the entire trip. Not only did we get a special collectible pin each day, but we were treated to other surprises such as adopting a sea turtle and receiving souvenirs and exclusive receptions.

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  1. During our trip, we formed some great friendships with our fellow adventurers. It was a lot of fun getting to know everyone on the trip and sharing our passion for travel and adventure.

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  1. This was, by far, one of the easiest vacations I’ve ever experienced. The Adventures by Disney team planned out every detail – we never had to hassle with our luggage, wait in line to check-in at a hotel or worry about a single thing. All we had to do was sit-back and enjoy.

If you have any questions about the Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica, let me know in the “comments” section and I’ll do my best to answer them for you.

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Exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney: Part 2

posted on January 7th, 2013 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


As much as I love nature and wildlife, the second half of my Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica appealed to another side of me – the thrill-seeking side! After a couple of amazing days in Tortuguero, we moved to the region near the Arenal volcano, one of the more active volcanoes in the world.
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Our first “thrill” was this incredible view of the Arenal volcano from our hotel room.
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The thrills kept coming as we moved on to a zipline experience high above the Arenal Rainforest.
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As a seasoned traveler, I’ve experienced a variety of zipline courses but the course in Arenal featured some of the highest, longest and fastest zips I’ve ever enjoyed. What impressed me the most (besides the incredible views) was the way the staff on the zipline course interacted with our junior adventurers – very pleasant and accommodating.

Just when you thought the day couldn’t get any better, it did, with a visit to the Hidalgo Hot Springs. This collection of thermal-heated pools provided the perfect respite after an action-packed day.

The next day we headed off for white water rafting down the Rio Sarapiqui. The river cuts through the La Paz Rainforest and features Class II-III rapids. Our raft captain, Maurico, was an absolute delight – he not only kept us laughing the whole way down the river, but he had an eagle-eye and helped us find an abundance of wildlife.

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With the trip complete, I’ll share some final thoughts from my Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica in my next update.



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Exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 2nd, 2013 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


When I was a boy, I would spend many Saturday mornings watching nature-based television shows and would never, ever pass up an opportunity to visit a zoo. So to find myself sitting in the middle of the Costa Rican rainforest writing this blog post is a bit surreal. What an amazing adventure!

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My first couple days exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney have been spent in the rainforest, seeing creatures in their natural environment that I’ve only seen before on television or at a zoological park. We’ve soared above the rainforest on aerial trams and sailed into the heart of the rainforest on our very own jungle cruise.

The hotel we’re staying at is adjacent to Tortuguero National Park. The wildlife is so close that we didn’t need a wake up call in the morning – the Howler Monkeys in the nearby trees provided us a with a wonderful serenade to help get us out of bed.

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Every aspect of the trip has been meticulously planned by the experts at Adventures by Disney so we’re able to see all the highlights, but never feel rushed or hurried — there’s always time to just kick-back, relax and enjoy the natural surroundings. And hosting us on our journey are two Adventure Guides, Michael and Ronald, who already have become an extension of our family. They are both amazing!

While exploring the rainforest, I was lucky enough to get a few photos of the local inhabitants. I hope you enjoy them!

Stay tuned for more updates from my Costa Rican adventure.

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Inside Look at Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney

posted on December 28th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


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Hi Disney Parks Blog fans! I hope you’re all enjoying this holiday week with your loved ones and looking forward to the New Year. My wife and I decided to do something different to ring in the New Year, so tomorrow we’re heading to Costa Rica! The best part? We’re going with Adventures by Disney, so we haven’t even had to lift a finger for the planning!

Over the next week I’ll be giving you an inside look at our trek through the rainforest, from adventures like zip lining and white water rafting to cultural experiences like Mojito making and visits to sugar and pineapple plantations. If you have any questions about what it’s like to travel with Adventures by Disney or the activities your family will enjoy in Costa Rica, just leave a comment and I’ll be happy to answer you after my trip.

I’m off to finish packing … talk to you next week!

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Adventures by Disney Named World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator

posted on December 13th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Hi Disney Parks Blog fans! Today I’m writing to you about Adventures by Disney, and I have some pretty exciting news to share.

Adventures by Disney was just named the “World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator” by World Travel Awards!

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What’s more, earlier this year World Travel Awards named Adventures by Disney “North America’s Leading Tour Operator” for the fourth year running.

There’s no doubt Adventures by Disney is known for creating unforgettable experiences around the globe. Over the last seven years, it has been recognized by numerous travel organizations for its excellence in family tourism and was ranked #1 among Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters for Families in Travel + Leisure’s World’s Best awards 2011 readers’ survey.

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Coming up next year, Adventures by Disney will continue its tradition of offering award-winning experiences with two new itineraries – “Jewels of Southeast Asia” and “Scotland: A Brave Adventure.” In Asia, families will journey through Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia. In Scotland, they will explore the country in an adventure inspired by Disney•Pixar’s “Brave.”

I’d like to extend my personal congratulations to all of the Adventure Guides, the reason Adventures by Disney was honored with both of these prestigious awards. “Share” this post if you agree… and give a shout out in the comments to your favorite Adventure Guide!


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Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

posted on November 12th, 2012 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Last week, I told you about the Adventures by Disney package you can add on to your Disney cruise to Alaska. Now, it’s time to tell you more about the special shore experiences that come with it!

Gold panning, dog sledding, glacier trekking, zip-lining…these are just some of the exciting excursions on which your Adventure Guide will lead you. The best part? With an experienced guide, early ship debark times and private transportation, you’ll be able to fit in more adventures at each port – and not have to worry about a thing!

Take a look below at highlights of what you’ll do in each port on your Alaska trip. Some of these experiences are only available to Adventures by Disney guests…

Skagway
Enjoy the Historic Town of Skagway With Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

Enjoy both a guided tour and time on your own in the historic town of Skagway, known for its unspoiled natural beauty and a storied history from the 1880’s Klondike Gold Rush.
Take a Train Ride Through White Pass Summit With Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

Crest the dramatic White Pass Summit on a train ride through the wilderness and stand in awe of the Tutshi River Canyon atop the Yukon Suspension Bridge.
Pan For Gold in Rich Gold Country With Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

Relax for lunch at the organic flower and produce Jewell Gardens before a glassblowing demonstration (adults) and a gold nugget scavenger hunt (kids). Then pan for gold as a family in rich gold country!

Juneau
Try Your Hand at Dog Sledding With Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

After a breathtaking helicopter ride over the glaciers, try your hand at dog sledding before a delicious salmon bake lunch.
Trek Over the Mendenhall Glacier With Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

Trek over the Mendenhall Glacier nestled high in the Tongass National Forest.

Ketchikan
Venture to the Rainforest for a Thrilling Zip-Lining or Sky Bridge Adventure With Adventures by Disney Experiences on a Disney Cruise to Alaska

Venture to the rainforest for a thrilling zip-lining or sky bridge adventure, along with a fascinating totem pole carving demonstration, before feasting on fresh Dungeness crab at the rustic yet charming George Intel Lodge.

Which of these adventures sounds like the most fun for your family? Let us know in the comments, but remember, with the Adventures by Disney package, you get to do them all!


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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.)
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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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