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Adventures by Disney Introduces New Spain and Tuscany Vacations

posted on December 10th, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


An Adventures by Disney vacation immerses you in the rich cultures, traditional flavors and fascinating history of some of the world’s most treasured destinations. Starting in 2015, adventure seekers can venture on two new amazing European itineraries that will take you off the beaten path in Spain and Tuscany.

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From a culinary adventure through the Italian countryside, to exploring the treasures of Spanish art and history, our newest Adventures by Disney offerings have something to offer for everyone.

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Tuscany
Taste your way through Tuscany like never before on this 7-day, 6-night culinary adventure. Delight your taste buds on this Adventures by Disney Tuscany tour during a private hands-on pasta lesson and interactive pizza making. Set off on a once-in-a-lifetime truffle hunting experience with an expert truffle-hunter and his truffle-hunting hound. Relax as you take in the picturesque view of the Italian countryside while enjoying a delicious Tuscan country picnic, as well as wine blending and olive oil infusion activities.

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Spain
With bustling cities and breathtaking beaches, Spain is a melting pot of art, history and culture just waiting to be explored. On this 9-day, 8-night tour of Spain, guests can learn how to dance the Flamenco with private lessons, along with paella making and sangria mixing activities. In Barcelona, you’ll skip the lines to visit the famed La Sagrada Familia, and tour Gaudi’s other masterpieces. Enjoy privately guided tours to landmark monuments such as Madrid’s Royal Palace and Prado Museum, Córdoba’s La Mezquita, Seville’s Plaza de España, Barcelona’s Park Guell and more.

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Whether you prefer the timeless culinary traditions of Tuscany or the vibrant charm of Spain’s cities, Adventures by Disney brings you remarkable and unique vacation experiences you’ll never forget. For more information about these new European getaways, visit www.AdventuresByDisney.com.

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Visit the Destinations that Inspired Popular Movies and Television Shows with Adventures by Disney

posted on December 5th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Last month, Adventures by Disney announced enhancements to the San Francisco Long Weekend vacation, which now includes new elements designed to give travellers an inside look at the town that inspired the fictional city of San Fransokyo (pictured below) from the Walt Disney Pictures film “Big Hero 6.”

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San Francisco is the latest Adventures by Disney itinerary to offer themed experiences in real-life destinations that served as a creative inspiration for popular movies and television shows. Whether you’ve been yearning to build a snowman in Norway, wield a bow and arrow in Scotland, or record a song in Nashville, Adventures by Disney offers the rare opportunity for you to step into settings reimagined on the silver screen and television screen.

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Norway, the Land that Inspired Arendelle
The 8-day, 7-night Norway vacation takes you to the storybook village of Bergen, which served as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle from Disney’s “Frozen.” You’ll also journey past glaciers, fjords and see the stave churches that shaped the landscape and architecture depicted in the hit film. There’s no promise of seeing a talking snowman or castles made of ice, but you might want to invite your sister to come along on the journey!

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Scotland, Backdrop for the Disney•Pixar Film “Brave”
Journey through Scotland’s ancient stone castles and lush landscapes that played a role in the creation of the animated film “Brave.” On this 9-day, 8-night vacation, you’ll take flight to the Isle of Lewis, whose people and ancient sites inspired the film. Channel your inner Merida as you step between the mysterious Callanish Standing Stones and learn the art of archery. It’s the perfect mother/daughter getaway.

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Nashville, Home of the Critically Acclaimed Show on ABC
On the 4-day, 3-night Adventures by Disney Long Weekend to Nashville trip, fans of the show Nashville will see the city’s famous landmarks, as well as experience iconic sites featured in this musical television drama, such as The Bluebird Café, Grand Ole Opry and Ryman Auditorium. It’s a great vacation option for aspiring musicians, and music “appreciators” alike.

Every Adventures by Disney trip allows you to see the world through the eyes of a storyteller, and with these itineraries you can truly feel as if you’ve actually become part of the story. Plus, if you’ve got Anna and Elsa fans at home, I’m pretty sure they’d agree there’s nothing cooler (pun intended) than singing “Let It Go” among Norwegian fjords!

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Top 5 VIP Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on November 25th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Imagine traveling around the world and vacationing like a VIP in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. With Adventures by Disney you can do just that! An Adventures by Disney vacation includes admission and private access to popular attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, and front-of-the-line access, all with world-class Disney hospitality.

Adventures by Disney trips offer front-of-the-line access to locations and opportunities that would often be difficult to experience without Disney. Here are some of my favorite VIP experiences.

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Wyoming
Enjoy a rustic but luxurious stay at the historic Brooks Lake Lodge, which is reserved exclusively for Adventures by Disney Wyoming vacation guests during your stay. As awe-inspiring as the day it was founded, this historic lodge offers incredible views of Wyoming’s mountainous landscape, as well as access to activities such as horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing and archery.

Italy
The sights, the tastes and the history of Italy make this popular destination a must visit. But imagine having the Sistine Chapel all to yourself? When you travel to Italy with Adventures by Disney you can explore some of Michelangelo’s magnificent achievements as your Adventure Guides take you on a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican City Museum and Sistine Chapel with a local expert.

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Australia
Take a trip “down under” to Australia to see the largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders on Earth. And with Adventures by Disney Australia vacation you’ll enjoy the knowledge provided by a private marine biologist who joins your journey and can answer any questions as you snorkel around the reef, or view it from 3 feet below the surface on a semi-submersible vessel.

France
What could be better than visiting the Louvre museum in Paris? How about dining just steps away from the Mona Lisa in a room with a seriously impressive view? On the Adventures by Disney France itinerary you can enjoy an exquisite farewell dinner in a private room at the Louvre overlooking its famed glass pyramid entrance in the Cour Napoléon.

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Southern California
Combine a behind-the-magic private tour of the Walt Disney Studios, exclusive access at Walt Disney Imagineering and the Jim Henson Company Studios, a unique visit to Walt Disney’s apartment inside Disneyland park, a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park with special Disney’s FASTPASS service and reserved parade seating, and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface of all the special, behind-the-scenes treats in store for you on an Adventures by Disney vacation to Southern California.

From a private catamaran excursion in Costa Rica to dance lessons in a Broadway theater in New York City, you can enjoy an array of other VIP experiences with Adventures by Disney. Start your planning today at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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New ‘Frozen’ Disney Trading Pins Come with the Purchase of a Holiday Pin Series Disney Gift Card

posted on November 20th, 2014 by Virginia Scanlon, Manager Alliance Management, Disney Gift Card Services


Be on the lookout for this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series throughout Walt Disney World Resort and the Disneyland Resort. These cards come in four different designs featuring your favorite characters from Disney Animation’s hit movie “Frozen”.

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Each of these Disney Gift Card designs are available with a starting balance of $75 and also comes with a Disney Trading Pin. Complete your Disney Trading Pin collection with these four new pins, which feature “Frozen” characters Anna, Elsa, Kristoff and Olaf. These pins can only be found with this year’s Disney Gift Card Holiday Pin Series.

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Giving a Disney Gift Card is simple for you, and perfect for friends and family! The Disney Gift Card can be used for practically all things Disney at Walt Disney World Resort, the Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Club Penguin, Disney PhotoPass, DisneyMusicOnline.com, Disney Store locations in the U.S. and online and at DisneyStore.com. For more information or to shop for more holiday designs, please visit DisneyGiftCard.com.

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See How Music City Got its Name on an Adventures by Disney Nashville Vacation

posted on November 19th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


Earlier this month the city of Nashville was buzzing with celebrities, red carpets and the glitz and glamour of the annual Country Music Awards. But I’ll let you in on a little secret – Nashville is a place that’s always alive, electric and brimming with restaurants, concert venues, honky-tonks and, yes, even street corners filled with music. Nashville is called “Music City” year round, not just during awards season, and with an Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip to Nashville you can truly see how, and why, this town got its nickname.

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I recently had the chance to visit a few of the places featured on this new Adventures by Disney itinerary, including RCA Studio B, known as the “home of a thousand hits.” Although, if we’re getting technical here (and I think we should), RCA Studio B has actually been home to more than 35,000 songs and hits. I don’t want to sound like a namedropper, but I will say that a long list of music legends recorded chart-topping albums here (most recorded before the assistance of the sort of auto-tune technology that “helps” today’s artists sound their very best).

As if touring RCA Studio B isn’t cool enough, with Adventures by Disney you get to go one step further and actually add to the legacy by recording your very own song! Again, no help from auto-tune, you’re on your own on this one, but I will give you a tip – they say this little blue “x” marks the spot for sounding your very best. I’d start by standing there.

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And if that doesn’t make you feel like enough of a music superstar, you’ll also get to make your own concert poster at Hatch Show Print, where they’ve been making concert handbills for more than a century. If you have any concert prints in your home take a look, it might just be a Hatch Show Print. Their prints have a classic letterpress look that has remained en vogue throughout the years.

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You’ll also visit the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, see a show and GO BACKSTAGE (yes, I’m using all caps because it’s just that exciting) at the Grand Ole Opry, meet and learn from professional songwriters at the legendary Bluebird Café and enjoy so many other rock star style experiences on this trip. And I can’t even begin to emphasize how much music you’re really getting here. I even saw live musicians playing at the bars and lounges in the Nashville airport (Disclaimer: I can’t promise they’ll be there when you visit, but you get my point, music is everywhere).

And on day 3 of the trip, when you go to the rustic Puckett’s Grocery & Restaurant for breakfast, get the peanut butter and banana French toast, it’s amazing (Disclaimer: I can’t promise you’ll find it amazing. Actually yes I can. It’s amazing. And I ate it too fast to be one of those people who takes photos of their food and thus I can’t show you just how amazing it looks in person. So you’ll just have to trust me, and “The King,” on this one). Enjoy it with a chocolate milkshake like I did, because it’s never too early for a milkshake.

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Best of all, the Nashville vacation is one of the new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend getaway trips, which are shorter itineraries for you to enjoy, well, over a long weekend (4 days/3 nights to be exact), making this trip an easy escape for anyone looking to get away. Besides, who doesn’t need a little more music in her life?

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See the City that Inspired the Creators of ‘Big Hero 6′ on an Adventures by Disney San Francisco Vacation

posted on November 5th, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


Adventures by Disney recently announced an exciting lineup of Long Weekend itineraries that allow your family to enjoy an unforgettable getaway together on a shorter timeframe. These trips take you to New York City, Wyoming, Nashville or the “City by the Bay,” San Francisco, which served as the inspiration for the fictional town of San Fransokyo (pictured below) from the Walt Disney Pictures film “Big Hero 6” (coming to theaters November 7).

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“Big Hero 6″ is an action-packed comedy-adventure about the special bond that develops between Baymax, a plus-sized inflatable robot, and prodigy Hiro Hamada. When a devastating event befalls the city of San Fransokyo and catapults Hiro into the midst of danger, he turns to Baymax and his close friends to help uncover the mystery.

On the Adventures by Disney Long Weekend vacation to San Francisco, you can explore the city that inspired “Big Hero 6″ filmmakers, while also enjoying visits to landmarks such as Muir Woods, a privately guided tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum, a special trip to Lucasfilm, wine tasting at Silverado Vineyards in Napa and so much more.

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Plus, now this trip also includes exciting enhancements that are sure to delight fans of “Big Hero 6″, including:

  • Exclusive videos featuring interviews with the directors and producers of “Big Hero 6″ not seen anywhere else
  • A visit to the Angel Island military base, which plays a significant role in the film
  • A trip through San Francisco’s Japantown, which served as a great inspiration for the filmmakers when designing the animated look of San Fransokyo
  • Other fun surprises and activities related to the film

These enhancements to the Adventures by Disney San Francisco vacation will allow you to see this magnificent city through the creative lenses of Disney’s award-winning team of animators and filmmakers.

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The first departure of the Adventures by Disney Long Weekend vacation to San Francisco, now including special “Big Hero 6″ enhancements, begins May 2015.

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Go ‘Down Under’ to Australia With Adventures by Disney

posted on October 30th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


From the Great Barrier Reef to the outback to Sydney Harbor, there’s so much to explore on an Adventures by Disney vacation to Australia.

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I have always been intrigued by the land “down under” (though I never really could pull off a convincing “g’day, mate!”). Australia may be the smallest of the seven continents, but it’s the world’s largest island and sixth largest country. Rainforest, desert, big cities, the largest tropical reef in the world – there’s so much to see. So much, in fact, that planning a trip to this island continent can seem overwhelming.

But while seeing all three million square miles of Australia might not be possible (that would take a LOT of years of saved up vacation time), with Adventures by Disney you can see much of what makes this such an amazing place to visit (on a vacation timeline that your boss will actually approve).

Here are just a few of the highlights of the 12-day, 11-night Australia vacation.

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The Great Barrier Reef 


It’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders and the only living thing that can be seen from outer space, and with Adventures by Disney you can explore the Great Barrier Reef with a private marine biologist. Snorkel alongside a dazzling array of sea life or view the reef three feet below the surface from inside a semi-submersible vessel.

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In Australia’s famed outback you’ll enjoy a privately guided hike around the base of sacred Ayers Rock, also known by its Aboriginal name, Uluru.

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Explore Scenic Sydney 


Pedal around Sydney Harbor on a privately guided bike tour, visit the stunning Sydney Opera House and get a private surfing lesson at the famous Bondi Beach.

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Aboriginal Cultural Park 

Participate in Aboriginal traditions as Tjapukai tribe members share their culture with song and dance. Listen to a didgeridoo and learn how to throw a boomerang and a spear.

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Soar over eucalyptus trees on zip lines. Paddle a sea kayak on the sparkling waters of Coles Bay. And visit the Tasmanian Devils, wallabies, koalas, wombats and other intriguing animals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

With Adventures by Disney you can rest assured knowing that the itinerary planning details are handled for you, giving you more time to channel your inner kangaroo and pack your pouch (or suitcase, whichever you prefer) for your exciting Australian vacation!

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Adventures by Disney Recognized in Annual World Travel Awards

posted on October 28th, 2014 by Rebecca Peddie, Manager, Public Affairs


The 21st Annual World Travel Awards just came out, and we’re proud to say that Adventures by Disney has been named “North America’s Leading Tour Operator” by travel and tourism professionals worldwide! It’s an honor to receive such an accolade, and I think you’ll agree that no matter how exotic the destination, it’s our Adventure Guides who deserve a round of applause for delivering the difference only Disney can create. Our guides take guests to some of the most beautiful places on the planet including China, Australia, South Africa, Peru, England and France, as well as North American adventures in Alaska and the Rockies.

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Where in the world would you go with Adventures by Disney?

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Enjoy a Sleigh Ride Together with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 20th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Public Relations Manager


It’s nearly the holiday season. Time for warm wooly sweaters, hot cocoa by the fire and snowball fights on the front lawn. Or at least that’s my dreamy vision of winter (speaking as someone living in Florida). But even if winter to you means shoveling your driveway and deicing your windshield, you can experience a truly heavenly winter wonderland on the Adventures by Disney Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend vacation.

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I recently shared some pretty cool modes of transportation available on Adventures by Disney trips, but the Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend itinerary features one of my all-time favorite ways to get around – by sleigh!

Here you can learn the art of “mushing” on a modern sled pulled by a team of sled dogs. Dash over the powdery white snow through the majestic scenery of Jackson Hole. Even St. Nick himself will be impressed with your speed and precision!

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And don’t worry about getting too chilly, after sledding through frosty terrain you can relax in the steaming, rejuvenating waters of Granite Hot Springs.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ride in a vintage snow vehicle (let’s call this one a sleigh on wheels) for excursions through Yellowstone National Park. See frozen waterfalls, steaming geysers and be on the lookout for local residents like bison, elk, bald eagles, coyotes, swans, otters and moose.

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I can almost hear those sleigh bells jinglin’ now!

So put on your toastiest flannel jammies (I’ll crank the air conditioning up in my house and do the same) and check out all the great frosty fun in store for you at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Celebrate the Holidays with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 14th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


‘Tis the season for traveling! The holiday season is a perfect time to plan a holiday getaway with your loved ones to some of the world’s greatest vacation destinations. Whether you prefer dog sledding in a winter wonderland or something on the warmer side, Adventures by Disney vacations have something for everyone this December!

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Winter in Wyoming
The Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend itinerary is a must do this holiday season. View the wonders of the famed geyser Old Faithful at Yellowstone National Park, take a dip in the hot granite springs and learn the art of mushing as you guide a team of sled dogs through the powdery terrain. Then warm up with some tasty s’mores and swap stories with your fellow adventurers by the fire.
Trip departure dates: December 18, 2014 – December 22, 2014 and December 23, 2014 – December 27, 2014

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England & France
Ever wonder what the “City of Light” or Windsor Castle looks like all decked out for the holidays? See these and many more sights on the Adventures by Disney England & France vacation. On this trip you’ll hop aboard a red double-decker bus for a private tour of London that is sure to get you and your family into the holiday spirit. You’ll even have the chance to explore historical castles along the English countryside and the 1,063 foot-tall Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Trip departure date: December 26, 2014 – January 2, 2015

Australia
Take a trip “down under” this holiday season to the Great Barrier Reef and explore the scenic sights and history of Sydney on the Adventures by Disney Australia vacation. Soar over eucalyptus trees on zip lines and paddle your way through the waters of Coles Bay, even catch a glimpse of koalas and Tasmanian Devils in the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. You and your family will also learn about the culture of the Tjapukai Aboriginal tribe members, and even learn how to throw a boomerang and spear!
Trip departure dates: December 17, 2014 – December 28, 2014 and December 20, 2014 – December 31, 2014

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Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos
Discover the beauty of Southeast Asia as Adventures by Disney takes you on a vacation that is sure to excite your inner explorer. You and your family can participate in a Vietnamese cooking class, learn from a Tai Chi master about meditation and embark on an exciting elephant ride through the majestic temples of Angkor Wat. An unforgettable panoramic view of Luang Prabang awaits you after hiking up the famous Mount Phousi.
Trip departure dates: December 19, 2014 – December 30, 2014 and December 22, 2014 – January 2, 2015

With two Adventure Guides leading the way, you can rest assured knowing it will be an unforgettable holiday getaway for you and your family. This December give the gift of time together with Adventures by Disney.

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