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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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Taste Your Way Through Tuscany with Adventures by Disney

posted on January 5th, 2015 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With its vivid and rustic cuisine, Tuscany is a culinary adventure waiting to be discovered. Learn the secrets of authentic Italian cooking and more on a new 7-day/6-night food-inspired Tuscany tour with Adventures by Disney.

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Filled with natural beauty and medieval villages, the Tuscany region of Italy provides the perfect setting for guests to enjoy a picturesque picnic in the countryside, hands-on cooking lessons, winery tours and hillside castles.

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Bring out your inner chef (and appetite) as you enjoy authentic culinary experiences that are woven throughout the journey. At Borgo Pignano, you’ll toss your own hand-thrown pizza in an ancient outdoor Tuscan wood-fired pizza oven. Learn the ancient art of making pasta at Fattoria San Donato, even make your own bruschetta and dine al fresco under the star-filled Tuscan night sky. Feast on local cheeses, create honeycomb candles and enjoy a farm-inspired lunch at the charming Borgo di Cortefreda.

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For the wine enthusiast, there is no better backdrop to learning the fine art of winemaking than Castello Vicchiomaggio, a 15th- century castle once home to Leonardo da Vinci. Expert vintners will give you a firsthand look at how combining complex flavors and aromas create the perfect glass of wine. Junior Adventurers will create their own cantucci, or biscotti, along with an olive oil infusion activity. Adults will also enjoy their own gourmet exclusive dinner at a superb restaurant by a critically acclaimed chef.

Take a walk down an ancient Roman path in the lovely Gaiole-in-Chianti, where you’ll learn about how local farmers would transport food from village to village. Join an expert truffle-hunter and his dogs as you track down the elusive truffle. This once-in-a-lifetime experience is complete with a very special lunch that is sure to be memorable.

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From the hills of San Gimignano to the sites of Florence, you’ll discover a world of savory flavors on the newest Adventures by Disney vacation to Tuscany. Visit AdventuresByDisney.com today for more information on this exciting destination. Buon viaggio!

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Top 5 Cultural Experiences with Adventures by Disney

posted on December 29th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


Traveling the world is always an adventure, but it’s also a great opportunity to learn about new cultures and timeless traditions. Whether you’re meeting the Tjapukai tribe members in Australia or Carnivale mask makers in Italy, you’ll be welcomed with open arms as you take part in authentic customs and rituals that are enjoyable for the whole family.

Here are my top five cultural experiences with Adventures by Disney:
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Shanghai
Stroll through the narrow streets of Old Shanghai with its preserved classic architecture on the Adventures by Disney China vacation. In Fuxing Park, you’ll learn the art of fan dancing and martial arts as you take in the beautiful scenery of the park, which was designed by French émigrés to remind them of their beloved Parisian parks.

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Tuscany
The new Adventures by Disney Tuscany tour takes you on a culinary adventure as you taste your way
through the Tuscan countryside, including embarking on a special “Truffles in Tuscany” walk and lunch. You’ll seek out this elusive delicacy with an expert truffle-hunter and his truffle-hunting hound, and then experience its exquisite taste during a truffle-centric lunch.

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Laos
On the Adventures by Disney Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos vacation, you’ll rise and greet the monks before breakfast, as they gather alms in Luang Prabang. Kneel on a cushion among the locals and participate in this ancient practice as you give an offering of sticky rice. Hike up the steps of Mount Phousi – the “Holy Mountain” where you’ll pass serene golden Buddha statues, flowers and sticky rice offerings on your way to the peak. Once there, soak up spectacular panoramic views of the landscape below.

Spain
Bustling cities, an artistic past and the infectious beat of the flamenco are all part of the new Adventures by Disney Spain vacation. In Seville, put on your dancing shoes as you enjoy private flamenco lessons, complete with fans and castanets. Then dine on a 4-course meal and prepare to be wowed by the rhythm, passion and energy of professional Flamenco dancers.

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Peru
Get up close and personal with llamas, alpacas and rare vicuñas at the Awana Kancha Camelids Center on your Adventures by Disney Peru vacation. At 9,160 ft. above sea level, you’ll get to see how the soft wool from these South American “camels” is used to make beautiful woven textiles. Master weavers in Cusco will also demonstrate their intricate art of spinning and dyeing alpaca wool.

On each Adventures by Disney trip you’ll immerse yourself in the people and culture of your destination with the help of local experts that will show you more than just the sights. To learn more about other vacation destinations, visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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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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