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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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Discover Scotland’s Majestic Castles with Adventures by Disney

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


Journey back in time and explore the authentic beauty of some of Scotland’s most noteworthy castles on an Adventures by Disney Scotland vacation. Full of mystery and enchantment, these castle walls offer intriguing stories for you to uncover!

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Venture to Urquhart Castle and discover the mystery behind Nessie, the rumored Loch Ness monster. This mighty fortress has unbelievable views of Loch Ness. Travel there via canoe or motorboat. Either way, keep your camera at the ready!

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Here I am at Dunnottar Castle, the inspiration behind Merida’s castle in Disney•Pixar animated film Brave. Dunnottar Castle is perched on cliffs that rise high above the blue sea, overlooking what was once a strategic merchant route during the Middle Ages.

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At Glamis Castle you’ll discover beauty and mystery. This castle was the setting for Shakespeare’s iconic play, Macbeth. You’ll be fascinated by tales of the castle and be awed by the captivating décor.

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You’ll also dine where Scottish monarchs, such as Queen Mary of Scots, have dined at Edinburgh Castle. Enjoy a festive affair, complete with live bagpipe music, and feel like royalty as you enjoy a delicious dinner in one of Scotland’s most beautiful castles.

Exploring enchanted castles is just one of the many activities offered on this nine-day, eight-night Adventures by Disney Scotland family vacation. Get all the details at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Exciting Ways to Explore Italy with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 28th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


I am the type of traveler who loves to explore new places. But if there is one place I feel like I could keep going back (and back again) to endlessly it’s Italy. From the ruins of Pompeii to the rolling hills of Tuscany and the to-die-for pizza pretty much everywhere, it’s hard for me to choose my favorite spot in this beautifully diverse country. Thankfully Adventures by Disney understands that, just as Rome wasn’t built in a day, exploring Italy’s treasures can be quite a daunting task. That’s why they offer several distinct vacations to this boot-shaped region.

How do you figure out which Adventures by Disney Italy vacation is right for you (and who’s saying you have to pick just one)? The first step is understanding what makes each trip unique. Here’s a snippet about what each vacation offers to help you get started. (WARNING: You will want to experience them all!)

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Italy (Rome, Florence, Venice, Tuscany)
When you think of Italy you probably envision strolling through ancient ruins in Rome, marveling at the beauty of the rolling hills of Tuscany and gliding along Venetian canals. This trip offers all that (and so much more) as you travel through this Old World country steeped in rich traditions, history and unparalleled culture.

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Italy with the Amalfi Coast (Sorrento, Positano, Amalfi, Capri, Naples, Florence, Tuscany, Lucca, Pisa, Siena)
When it comes to charm it’s pretty hard to top the Adventures by Disney Italy with the Amalfi Coast vacation. Picture yourself on a private cruise around the enchanted island of Capri, dive into the Mediterranean, explore the medieval city of Siena, peruse masterpieces in Florence and experience a way of life unchanged by the centuries on this breathtaking tour.

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Italy and Switzerland (Lake Como, Lucerne, the Alps, Zermatt)
Northern Italy offers diverse settings, including the serenity of the Lake District and the majesty of the Alps. This Italy and Switzerland tour offers a boat cruise on Lake Como, the Baroque beauty of Isola Bella, and adventures throughout the Italian and Swiss Alps. Here you’ll have a chance to feast on rich Swiss fondue. Sign me up!

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

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A Morning View From Angkor Wat with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 26th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Topping the list of places I want to visit someday is Angkor Archaeological Park in Cambodia, so I found it only fitting that the first entry from Adventures by Disney in the new Disney Parks Blog “sunrise” series be this shot from the famed Angkor Wat. “Wat” means “temple,” and guests can explore it by foot, via tuk-tuk and even while riding an elephant on an Adventures by Disney trip to Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. What fun for our guests!

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On which Adventures by Disney vacation would you most like to see the sunrise?

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Room with a View: La Dolce Vita in Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


The Disney Parks Blog recently launched a new series called “Room with A View.” And while our Disney resorts offer some pretty amazing views, I think it’s also fair to say that the scenery found on an Adventures by Disney vacation is pretty hard to top. Especially when you’re staying in the heart of one of the most beautiful places on Earth (in my opinion anyway, although I’m sure you’d be pretty reluctant to disagree with me on this one) – Tuscany, Italy.

Tuscany is the newest Adventures by Disney destination, and this trip immerses you in the lush landscape of the region and the mouth-watering delights for which Italy is famous. On this 7-day, 6-night vacation you’ll spend three nights in the gorgeous Castello di Spaltenna, located in the heart of the Chianti wine-growing region. Talk about having a room with a view!

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Nestled among lush forests and vineyards, this hotel offers a relaxing home base for a host of Adventures by Disney activities, such as hunting for truffles, wine and cheese tasting, Italian bruschetta-making lessons, walking along an ancient Roman path and more.

You can learn more about this amazing hotel, and the many other Adventures by Disney accommodations, by visiting AdventuresByDisney.com.

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Uncover the Treasures of Spain with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 14th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Adventures by Disney recently announced a new Spain vacation for 2015! With its bustling cities, rich culture and the moving beat of the flamenco, Spain offers something for everyone to enjoy. On this 9-day, 8-night vacation, you’ll visit must-see monuments and castles, indulge in delectable Spanish cuisine and embrace the natural beauty of Spain’s coastal communities.

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Join local experts and your Disney-trained Adventure Guides on privately guided tours of some of the country’s most well-known sites. Admire beautiful European art in the Museo Nacional del Prado, home to some of the world’s finest collections of Spanish art, including pieces by Goya, Velasquez and El Greco. You’ll even get to admire Picasso’s most fascinating masterpieces in Barcelona. Other memorable stops include Córdoba’s Grand Mosque, Seville’s Plaza de España and Barcelona’s La Sagrada Família church, just to name a few.

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Mouthwatering cuisine and Spanish history come together as you try your hand at making paella in Taberna del Alabardero, a restored 19th century mansion, hotel and cooking school in Seville. Enjoy authentic Andalusian cuisine with premium seating while watching a flamenco show of sensational performers at El Palacio Andaluz. Speaking of cuisine, you’ll dine like royalty in Segovia’s oldest inn, master the art of blending sangria in Marbella and say “Salud!” over dinner in a romantic 17th- century restored farmhouse.

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Plus you’ll unwind during a two-night stay in Marbella, an upscale coastal community where you’ll relax, bike ride and explore the beauty of the sea. Pedal your way down to Marbella’s picturesque 10-mile boardwalk, lounge on the beach, feast on fresh seafood and shop around the beachfront boutiques dotted along the coastline.

From an exclusive flamenco dance lesson (Disney provides keepsake fans and castanets) to rowing your own boat along the Grand Canal at Seville’s Plaza de España, there is so much more to be explored on an Adventures by Disney Spain vacation!

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