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Fred Zappala

by , Regional Manager, Adventures by Disney

As regional manager with Adventures by Disney, I have had the opportunity to develop new itineraries from the ground up, as well as redesign and enhance existing itineraries. I’m not sure which is more fun: One of them gives me the opportunity to open up parts of the world for our guests, while the other lets me take something our guests already enjoy and bring it to the next level.

Experience the London Eye with Adventures by Disney

Cities of Knights and Lights has been delighting our guests with the sights of London and Paris for many years. We always look to our guests for information and feedback and based on their input, we’ve added visits to Windsor Castle and Stonehenge, as well as a ride on the London Eye. At first I thought my aversion to heights would keep me from enjoying the views from the London Eye or even keep me grounded entirely. But once I boarded the capsule and felt how smooth the ride was, those concerns vanished. I now find myself taking a ride on the Eye (that’s what the cool kids call it) every time I’m in London.

We also added a two-night stay at the Foxhills Hotel & Resort in Surrey to give our guests the experience of staying on an English countryside estate. When I stayed at Foxhills earlier this year, I fell in love with the property and the plethora of activities available for every member of the family. I don’t think our guests will want to leave – I know I didn’t. I love how the new version of Cities of Knights and Lights experiences the bustle of London, then visits the quieter English countryside before moving on to the cosmopolitan city of Paris.

Regional Director of Adventures by Disney, Fred Zappala, in Front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

There are many memorable dining experiences on this trip and one highlight is our celebration at the famous Ladurée restaurant in Paris, which, aside from the opulent décor and the delicious food, offers the best macaroons in the world. They are definitely one of my favorite treats.

When I think about bucket-list destinations I’ve traveled to for Cities of Knights and Lights, the list goes on and on – Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, Stonehenge, Eiffel Tower, the Louvre and Versailles, and more. When I’m developing a new itinerary or making enhancements to an existing one, if I have a “pinch me” moment, I know it’s a good addition because, most likely, fellow travelers will feel the same. I think guests on the Cities of Knights and Lights will be pinching themselves every day. I know I did.

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  • Wow Now We need to do Knights and Lights again with the revised itinerary. Good job Eddie and Francesc on the first one.

  • Can’t wait. My daughter and I are booked for December 2012 and will be speding New Year’s on the trip.

  • Welcome to the blog Mr. Fred!

  • Fred, I know the Cities of Knights and Lights was an amazing experience for my wife and I. We had a fantastic time and enjoyed the time with our fellow adventurers! Thanks again for the amazing experience (and for coming along on our adventure)!

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