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Bidding a Bittersweet ‘Adios’ to Costa Rica With Adventures by Disney

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


My Adventures by Disney journey through Costa Rica has, sadly, come to an end. However, I wanted to share with you some final memories from this unique trip.

Our last evening in Central America was truly spectacular, including mojito making lessons (with a non-alcoholic cocktail option for the teens!), a delicious farewell dinner and lively regional music. We even enjoyed a live performance from local dancers dressed in the traditional wardrobe of Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

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Best of all, the performance was capped off with a dance lesson for the entire group!

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But, what truly made our adventure so remarkable was our Adventure Guides Ron (or, as we called him, “Ponce de le Ron”) and Frankie (with his trusty sidekick Teddy).

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It was these guys who really made the trip magical! From leading us through the rainforest and keeping us entertained during rain storms, to feeding us, guiding us, sharing stories of the local culture and filling us all with laughter, Frankie and Ron went above and beyond to make this an adventure we’ll always remember.

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Thank you for following along on my Adventures by Disney journey this past week. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my Costa Rican adventure as much as I enjoyed sharing my stories (and photos)!

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A Wet and Wild Rafting Excursion With Adventures by Disney in Costa Rica

posted on July 18th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Our rain dance seemed to finally scare off the clouds and bring out the sun here in Costa Rica! Continuing on our teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip, we set off on our white water rafting adventure along the beautiful Tenorio River.

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While shooting down the roaring rapids and bobbing over gushing waters, I captured some great action shots of our teens rafting down the Tenorio. I have to say, they braved the rapids really well (I’ll let this photo speak for itself)!

After our journey through the river, we were treated to some incredible views in Guanacaste, with views overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of this place is absolutely incredible and provided us with some great photo opportunities. With the weather conditions finally improving, our teen photographers started snapping away at photos of the magnificent sunset!

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As another action-filled day came to an end, our teens showed off their creative side with some really neat late-night light painting on the beach.

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Tomorrow we will be on a catamaran adventure, where the teens will be snorkeling and shooting some great photos with their Nikon Coolpix water-proof cameras. Dive in with us as we continue on our journey with Adventures by Disney!

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Thrills, Chills and Hot, Hot Springs on an Adventures by Disney Costa Rica Vacation

posted on July 16th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Greetings from Costa Rica once again as I continue to share highlights from the teen-focused Adventures by Disney trip through this breathtaking region! Since my last update our travels have taken us to the Arenal volcano region, where our teenage photographers have had some time to take a break from snapping photos to focus on enjoying the fun and adrenaline-pumping adventures that abound here.

Here is a photo I captured of one of the teens, Faris, as he gets ready to zip line through the rainforest treetops and literally soar across the sky!

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The weather has been rainy (which is fitting considering we are in a rainforest after all), which has made photography tricky and given me a good reason to break out my waterproof Nikon 1-AW1, but the excitement and adventure continues.

And we’ve had some time to relax and unwind as well with an evening dip in natural hot springs that are heated by the volcano itself. The teens certainly seemed to enjoy it.

enjoying the hot thermal pools of Eco Termales near Arenal Volcano
Now onto our next adventure, which includes white water rafting and a trip to Guanacaste on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. I’ll be sharing more stories and, of course, more photos along the way. Check back for more from Adventures by Disney!

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Teen Photographers Explore Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 15th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Hola! I’m writing this post from Tortuguero, located in the rainforest of beautiful Costa Rica, where I am taking part in an exciting Adventures by Disney trip.

This trip to Costa Rica is a special teen-focused departure that includes photography classes that allow our teenage travelers to document their experiences as they explore this breathtaking region. Throughout the week I’ll be sharing photos captured by these young artists with you. (These photos were taken with new Nikon D3100 cameras provided to the teens by Nikon, the official camera of Adventures by Disney).

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Tortuguero is the most important nesting site in the Western Hemisphere for a variety of sea turtle species.

Here’s an aerial shot of Tortuguero as captured by teen photographer Brooke.
aerial of Tortuguero taken from the Nature Air flight from San Jose.

Here the group set out on a boat tour to test their skills at capturing photos of wildlife, including caiman, macaw, iguana and a handful of indigenous bird species.

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sleeping Howler Monkey shot during Tortuguero boat trip

Green Iguana (by teen photographer Brittany)
Green Iguana shot during Tortuguero boat trip

Great Curassow in Flight (by teen photographer Courtney)
a Great Curasaw in flight over Tortuguero taken during boat tour

Laguna Lodge, where we stay during this part of our adventure, is uniquely situated on a very narrow barrier island that separates the Caribbean Sea from the mainland of Costa Rica. Dinner took place alongside the river at Laguna Lodge, and the teens were treated to music from a reggae band and a limbo contest. The evening was capped off with a nighttime tour of the beach in search of nesting sea turtles.

Next on our itinerary is a stop at a working pineapple plantation as we make our way to Arenal volcano. Stay tuned for more photos as we continue our Adventures by Disney trip through Costa Rica!

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Step Into Your Very Own Fairytale With Adventures by Disney

posted on June 27th, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


From towering castles to charming countryside bike rides, the Adventures by Disney Germany tour is filled with picture-perfect moments that are fit for royalty.

Bask in the storybook splendor of the Hotel Schloss Waldeck, an 11th-century castle perched high above the Edersee. Your family will spend an enchanting two nights in this fairytale castle, appointed with a host of modern amenities and a breathtaking view of Lake Edersee while dining.

In the morning, the whole family can take a closer look at Lake Edersee while on a privately guided bike ride through the delightful German countryside, followed by a relaxing boat ride on the lake.

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Following the boat ride and lakeside lunch, you can let your inner adventurous side out by learning the ancient art of archery; a local expert will take the time to instruct you right from the lush-green grounds near your host castle-hotel.

To learn more about what other storybook activities and fairytale-like sightings await on this tour of Germany, please visit adventuresbydisney.com/germany.

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New Adventures by Disney Experiences for Northern European Cruises in Summer 2015

posted on June 20th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is charting a course to northern Europe, and now you can enhance your European cruise with tours from Adventures by Disney! Travel off the beaten path with your Adventure Guides and enjoy immersive experiences and VIP privileges along the way.

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Northern European group guided port experiences from Adventures by Disney allow you to discover some of the best of every port when you embark on an unforgettable journey the whole family will enjoy. From painting your own Viking Shield, to exploring the site of the Berlin Wall, to discovering Tivoli Gardens in a privately guided tour, your vacation will be filled with activities … both on and off the ship. Plus, with all your photos included and the benefit of two guides taking care of the details you can focus on what really matters — being together!

Magic of the Baltic” guided port adventure packages are available for every 7-night and 12-night Disney Cruise Line Northern Europe sailing in 2015.

I’m also excited to announce that Adventures by Disney will be offering several pre-cruise experiences as well. Before you even board your Disney Cruise Line ship, you can experience some of the best of London, Copenhagen or Barcelona through 3- to 4-night pre-cruise land packages from Adventures by Disney! From a private canal ride through Copenhagen to a Spanish flamenco show in Spain or an visit to the Tower of London, the “Copenhagen Escape”, “Barcelona Escape” and “London Escape” packages really make the most out of your family’s time in Europe.

And, calling all fans of Disney’s “Frozen!” In summer 2015, Disney Cruise Line is providing guests interested in a land & sea package, with a peek into Norwegian life on select sailings. Now with Adventures by Disney, you can disembark your Disney Cruise Line Norway tour and enhance your vacation with an immersive 8-day, 7-night land adventure in Norway. Visit the majestic fjords, breathtaking glaciers, charming stave churches and, of course, the storybook village of Bergen and its historic wharf area, the real-life inspiration for Anna and Elsa’s kingdom of Arendelle in Disney’s “Frozen.”

With so many great options, it’s going to be hard to pick just one! (And who says you have to?)

Learn more at adventuresbydisney.com.

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Escape for the Weekend With Adventures by Disney

posted on June 11th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


We recently announced the introduction of our Long Weekends trips on the Disney Parks Blog as part of our new 2015 itineraries. Now, we are giving you and your family the chance to win one of these dazzling weekend trips so you can experience all the magic for yourself.

Disney Blogs is hosting a sweepstakes to give fans the chance to choose their own adventure for a family of four (including airfare) to either New York City or San Francisco. By clicking here, you can enter the sweepstakes once per day and select your city of choice.
Escape for the Weekend with Adventures by Disney, Featuring New York City

By selecting New York City, you may get the chance to go on a glittering tour that includes a behind-the-scenes visit to ABC’s 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.
Escape for the Weekend with Adventures by Disney, Featuring San Francisco

If you opt for the San Francisco trip, your family can vacation to the City by the Bay and the lush, relaxing vineyards of Napa Valley for 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, an excursion to the Silverado Vineyards and much more.

For more information on the official rules, please visit http://parks.disney.com/select-your-city-sweepstakes. Entries will be accepted until June 20, 2014, so make sure to visit and enter often.

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Adventures by Disney Reveals New Destinations for 2015 Itineraries

posted on May 21st, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


Adventures by Disney is proud to enhance its group-guided vacation portfolio with the unveiling of three new itineraries for 2015.

This river cruise is part of the Adventures by Disney Amazon family vacation

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 historic Fisherman’s Wharf in San Francisco is one of the many sights to enjoy in the Adventures by Disney San Francisco and Napa tour

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.

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Discover the Mystery of Loch Ness with Adventures by Disney

posted on April 23rd, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


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.

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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.

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Feel the Luck of the Irish With Adventures by Disney

posted on March 17th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


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.
The Adventures by Disney Guided Tour of Ireland Includes a Visit to the Rock of Cashel

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.

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