When I set out on my first-ever Adventures by Disney trip earlier this year, I only knew the basic details of what the experience would be like:
- The planning was done for me, so all I had to do was show up.
- I’d be traveling with a small group of other families.
- There would be two specially trained Adventure Guides on the trip.
It wasn’t until seven days later — after exploring the wonders of Yellowstone National Park, trying my hand at glamping and living like a local at a ranch in Montana — that I realized just how special these vacations really are. Now, in my new role with Adventures by Disney, I get to see the inner workings of Disney’s group guided family vacations … and I get to share them with you!
So, from a rookie Adventurer to my new friends on the Disney Parks Blog, here are a few things I learned during my first Adventures by Disney trip:
When they say “hassle free,” they really mean it. Not only are you signing up for a fully planned vacation (complete with adventure, culture, history, nature, hands-on activities and more – no guesswork needed!), but you’re also opting OUT of all logistical planning, from transfers and accommodations all the way down to getting your luggage from place to place. Adventures by Disney takes care of every detail and it. is. divine. Case in point: During the Montana trip, my luggage magically made its way from hotel to tent to cabin — I never had to lift a finger. Now that’s service.
New friends are half the fun! What starts as a small group of strangers quickly becomes one big, happy family. This was my first foray into group travel, and I was surprised by how impactful it was to share these bucket list experiences with other people. It was especially fun to watch the group of kids, spanning ages 6 to 17, playing together as if they’d been best friends for years. We adults made new friends too, which made meals and activities even more enjoyable, and everyone got some alone time with their loved ones too. Win-win-win!
Disney Adventure Guides are the fairy godmothers of travel. Seriously, these people are made of a special kind of magic. They are tour guide, camp counselor, concierge and entertainment host with an extra dash of pixie dust just for fun. Adventure Guides ensure our guests enjoy a premier experience every single trip, marked by signature Disney service, expertise and storytelling. (I’m still trying to figure out how to hire a personal Adventure Guide for everyday life … keep you posted.)