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More Magic in the Mediterranean with Adventures by Disney in 2014

posted on February 13th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


Earlier today, Jonathan told you more about how your family can spend time in Europe during the summer of 2014 with a variety of Disney cruise vacations. As if it wouldn’t be amazing enough to travel the Mediterranean with Disney Cruise Line, we’ve just announced you can also enjoy an Adventures by Disney trip – at the same time! It just keeps getting better, doesn’t it?
Venice Mask Making with Adventures by Disney
For many of the Disney Cruise Line European itineraries, including five-, seven-, nine- and 12-night options, you can enhance your voyage with group guided, all-inclusive port experiences from Adventures by Disney, plus exclusive activities and VIP privileges both on and off the ship. Your two Adventure Guides will sail with you, making sure your entire trip is completely carefree. Adventures by Disney plans activities in each port that showcase the best of the destination and include unique excursions developed just for you.

Here’s a quick look at some of the Disney Cruise Line itineraries that can be enhanced with an Adventures by Disney experience:

  • 5- and 7-night cruises from Barcelona to France, Monaco and Italy
  • 9-night cruise from Venice to the Greece and Turkey
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to France, Monaco, Italy, Greece and Croatia
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to Malta, Greece, Turkey and Italy
  • 12-night cruise from Barcelona to France, Italy, Greece, Turkey and Malta

See the Montserrat with Adventures by Disney
For most cruises sailing out of Spain, you can also add a four-day Adventures by Disney experience to explore the best of Barcelona just before your cruise. You’ll spend three nights at a beautiful hotel and fill your days with unique adventures like watching an electrifying Spanish flamenco show and exploring the incredible Montserrat monk retreat embedded in the mountainside. Your two expert Adventure Guides will take care of all the details – including transportation from the airport to the hotel and then from the hotel to the port – so you don’t have to worry about a thing.

Coming up, I’ll give you a look at some of these Adventures by Disney experiences in more detail. Until then, let me know in the comments if you think a summer in Europe with Disney might be in your future!


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Educational Experiences With Adventures by Disney

posted on February 8th, 2013 by Holly Lail, Public Relations Manager, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


How do you cultivate educational experiences for your children?

Last week on my Disney cruise, I was pleased to meet several parents who viewed their trip as not just a vacation but also as a learning opportunity for their children. Whether it was an authentic cultural experience on a Port Adventure, or an educational craft in a youth club, these parents sought out how to expand their children’s knowledge and understanding of the world through a family vacation.

Not surprisingly, families are doing the same thing with Adventures by Disney trips. In this video, which was first shared on the Disney Post, Director of Trip Development Heather Killingbeck explains how Adventures by Disney creates immersive itineraries that engage, excite and educate families.

Do you agree with Heather’s perspective on travel? What are some of the ways you use real-world experiences to teach your children outside the classroom?

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Adventures by Disney Launches Tours Specifically for Multi-Generational Families

posted on February 1st, 2013 by Jason Lasecki, Public Relations Director, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures By Disney, Disney Vacation Club


When my wife and I took our first Adventures by Disney trip last month to Costa Rica, we must have exclaimed dozens of times how much we thought our children would enjoy the trip. But even more than that, we couldn’t stop talking about how nice it would be to have our parents along, too. We must not be alone in that sentiment…
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Just announced, Adventures by Disney is offering tours specifically tailored to the needs of groups traveling with multiple generations. Three special departures in 2013 include Italy (July 18), London/Paris (July 22) and Ireland (August 13).

Not only will guests travel with other families like them on these multi-generational departures, they’ll also have the luxury of traveling with a professional photographer on-hand throughout the adventure to capture memory-making moments. And as usual, these trips include two dedicated Adventure Guides, knowledgeable local experts, hands-on educational activities, VIP privileges, private ground transportation and extraordinary accommodations.

Here’s a quick glance at the trip highlights:
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Viva Italia (Rome, Orvieto, Tuscany, Artimino, Florence and Venice, Italy)
July 18, 2013 – 9 Days

  • Walk through history on a tour of the Colosseum, the Forum and the Pantheon
  • Enjoy a privately guided tour of the Vatican City Museum
  • Get the family together for a private pasta-making lesson at a Tuscan estate
  • Discover La Serenissima on a private gondola ride in Venice
  • Create your own Venetian mask after a demonstration from a renowned mask-maker

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Cities of Knights and Lights (London, Windsor, Stonehenge, Paris and Versailles)
July 22, 2013 – 8 Days

  • Enjoy a private tour of London on a red double decker bus
  • Discover how kings and queens lived at Windsor Castle
  • Journey to the English countryside and stay in a 19th-century manor house
  • Ascend the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe
  • Bike in the Versailles gardens
  • Visit the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum

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The Emerald Isle (Dublin, Cashel, Killarney and Newmarket-on-Fergus, Ireland)
August 13, 2013 – 8 Days

  • Bike along the lush countryside of Killarney National Park
  • Sleep like royalty with a stay in Dromoland Castle
  • Kiss the legendary Blarney Stone and inherit the gift of gab
  • Make scones at an authentic sheep farm

It seems more and more families that I know are taking vacations with their entire family – kids, parents and grandparents. Are you?

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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 Costa Rica Family Vacation 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!

Exploring Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney on a Jungle Cruise

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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