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September 11, 2013

Adventures by Disney Scotland - Almost Time - Part 1

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Very soon, Linda and I will be on a plane to Scotland! We have never been and we are both quite excited about the adventure. Having done a few Adventure by Disney s (ABDs) in the past, we know it will be an awesome time.

This is an AllEars Group Adventures by Disney and we are excited to share the experience with our friends - new and old.

Scotland has been on Linda's bucket list and she hopes to golf and drink some great Scotch. Me, I'm just hoping with my limited palate and food allergies, I'll have plenty to eat. Never fear, I am bring a few boxes of my favorite meal bar with me.

To make life easier, we are staying at the Balmoral hotel, the same one we will stay at when the ABD begins. We have no specific plans for our pre-stay other than to get used to the time change and relax. Those AbD guides keep you hopping!

As long as we have internet service we plan to keep you updated on our Adventure! You don't need your own Twitter or Instagram account to follow us. Your internet browser will take you to our updates.

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Here's a look at our itinerary.

This 9 day/8 night adventure begins and ends in Edinburgh with visits to Inverness, Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis.

Adventures by Disney Scotland

Highlights include a private tour and dinner in Edinburgh Castle, checking out the Loch Ness center and flying to the Isle of Lewis to see the Callanish Standing Stones (like you saw in Brave!). We will be making scones, tasting whiskey, horseback riding and maybe even some Celtic dancing!.

So, please follow our Adventure with us!

FIRST-HAND REPORTS ABOUT ADVENTURES BY DISNEY

Read all about my Southwest Splendors Adventure by Disney!

Here's my trip report from the Backstage Magic Adventure!

Beci shared her Adventure by Disney to Ireland!

Erin enjoyed the Costa Rica Adventures with her family!


March 24, 2013

Scotland a Brave Adventure - Limited Space Now Available

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NOTE: I announced this special adult only Adventure by Disney Scotland journey last year and within 2 weeks all the slots were filled. We just had a couple cancellations and so the opportunity exists (if you act fast) to join this exclusive adventure. If you are interested, contact Adventures@MouseFanTravel.com

SCOTLAND -- A BRAVE ADVENTURE

Adventures by Disney Scotland

This 9 day/8 night adventure begins and ends in Edinburgh with visits to Inverness, Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis.

Join me for an adult-only experience that only the Adventures by Disney folks can provide, September 15-23, 2013!

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1 - A Disney representative meets you at the airport and a driver takes to you the Balmoral Hotel. Everyone arrives throughout the day and we gather for a welcome dinner to meet our guides and fellow travelers.

abd_scotland_day9.jpg

Day 2 - Our first excursion is to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where a Blue Badge Guide leads us on a tour of this royal palace that is one of the Queen's official residences in Edinburgh. The National Museum of Scotland is next, where a private guide provides the tour. After a group lunch in the Museum it's time for the Dovecot Studios Tour. This 100-year-old studio creates tapestries through a rich collaboration between the artist, weavers and commissioners. Late afternoon and dinner we are on our own.

abd_scotland_day3_mountains.jpg

Day 3 - After breakfast we journey by coach to one of the most famous islands of Scotland -- the mystical, magical Isle of Skye. A visit to Ft. William where the sea meets the Rivers Nevis and Lochy, with mighty Ben Nevis -- the highest mountain in the British Isles -- towering in the background. Time on our own is included. Back on the coach to the Cuillin Hills Hotel, overlooking the waters of Portree Bay, with spectacular views of both the Sound of Raasay and the grand Cuillin Mountain Range.

Day 4 - Breakfast first and then we board the coach to the rugged Sound of Raasay. Our day includes hiking at Brothers Point and a ride to Quiraing. After lunch at Flodigarry Hotel, we walk along Staffin Beach and visit Kilt Rock. At the Isle of Skye Baking Company we'll learn how to make scones! Dinner is on our own in Portree.

Day 5 - On the coach to our next destination, Eilean Donan Castle. This majestic national icon sits at the dramatic junction of three great saltwater lochs. We can explore the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre and enjoy an exclusive Lunch at the Loch Ness Café. Then we board a motor launch for a trek across Loch Ness. We disembark at the ruins of this once-mighty fortress that commands breathtaking views of Loch Ness. Finally we arrive at the Kingsclub Hotel & Spa, Inverness, the new annex of the Kingsmills Hotel, and enjoy dinner.

abd_scotland_day5_canoeing.jpg

Day 6 - We board a flight to the Isle of Lewis where we tour: the Blackhouse of Arnol, No. 42, Gearrannan Village and see the Dun Carloway Broch, the Callanish Standing Stones and then lunch at the Cafe. We then fly back to Inverness for dinner at the Mustard Seed.

Day 7 - We spend the day at the Rothiemurchus Estate! Horseback riding, bicycle (or casual) walking tour, and lunch at the Druie Café Restaurant.

abd_scotland_day7_horses.jpg

Day 8 - Our final full day of touring! After breakfast at the hotel we board a coach for a scenic three-hour trip to the Scottish Highlands! Dunnottar Castle and Glamis Castle are on the list as well as a picnic lunch, private guided tour and archery lesson. We have a welcome reception at Edinburgh Castle. Once the castle is closed to the general public, we have a private tour of this magnificent monument and then an exclusive dinner at Edinburgh Castle.

abd_scotland_day8_bridge.jpg

Day 9 - Breakfast and then transfers to the airport. Whew! What an itinerary!

Accommodations

While in Edinburgh we will stay in the Balmoral Hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel. The Balmoral was named as Scotland's Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2011 and as the Top UK Business Hotel outside of London at the Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Travel Awards 2011.

The Cuillin Hills Hotel , a four-star luxury hotel, will be our home for our two nights in the Isle of Skye. It's set within 15 acres of mature private grounds overlooking Portree Bay, with magnificent views over the Sound of Raasay to the Cuillin Mountain range.

While in Inverness, our home is the Kingsclub Luxury Spa Hotel. All rooms at the Kingsmills Hotel are ensuite with satellite TV, wifi, and tea and coffee making facilities.

DINING

The Adventure includes 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 5 Dinners. The guides will assist you by providing recommendations for the "meals on your own".


Want to join the fun? Download this pdf file and contact Adventures@MouseFanTravel.com


WHY ADVENTURES BY DISNEY

I absolutely love the Adventures by Disney product and my experience on my two trips were equally wonderful. Every little detail is taken care of for you. Your pre-trip planning consists of learning the rich history about the areas you will visit, not trying to determine where to stay and exactly what to do!

Before my first AbD, I found the offerings intriguing, but so expensive. Everyone I spoke with who had done an Adventure raved about it and said it was worth every penny. I had never done an organized tour before, wasn't sure what I'd think of it. I now stand with those folks and can only sing the praises about the incredible experience.

Here are some of the reasons I love Adventures by Disney:

A Disney representative meets you at the airport and a driver takes you to your hotel!

Everyplace we went, our rooms were ready and our luggage was already in them! No check-in lines, our guides had us all pre-registered and handed out the keys as we entered the lobby of each hotel.

Our guides were like the Energizer bunnies. No matter what time of day, where we were, or what the situation, they consistently went over and above. They made the Disney Difference.

We were treated like VIPs at almost every place we went. The Disney name goes a long way! We only had to mention at any of the hotels we were with the "Disney" group and folks couldn't do enough to make us happy.

Not every single moment is planned -- free time is built in for your own explorations.

Each stop we had local guides on the tour sharing their knowledge and expertise. They were able to answer just about any question asked and knew the special things to point out to us, things you wouldn't necessarily find in a printed guide.

It was wonderful to be able to look out the bus windows and see the scenery along the way. Since we weren't driving, one person wasn't missing the highlights.

All gratuities are included except for the Disney Guides.


FIRST-HAND REPORTS ABOUT ADVENTURES BY DISNEY

Read all about my Southwest Splendors Adventure by Disney!

Here's my trip report from the Backstage Magic Adventure!

Beci shared her Adventure by Disney to Ireland!

Erin enjoyed the Costa Rica Adventures with her family!

June 7, 2012

My Next Adventure - Scotland!!!

It's been a few years since my last Adventure by Disney (ABD) vacation and the new itinerary for Scotland caught my attention.

SCOTLAND -- A BRAVE ADVENTURE

Adventures by Disney Scotland

This 9 day/8 night adventure begins and ends in Edinburgh with visits to Inverness, Isle of Skye and Isle of Lewis.

Join me for an adult-only experience that only the Adventures by Disney folks can provide, September 15-23, 2013!

Itinerary Highlights

Day 1 - A Disney representative meets you at the airport and a driver takes to you the Balmoral Hotel. Everyone arrives throughout the day and we gather for a welcome dinner to meet our guides and fellow travelers.

abd_scotland_day9.jpg

Day 2 - Our first excursion is to the Palace of Holyroodhouse where a Blue Badge Guide leads us on a tour of this royal palace that is one of the Queen's official residences in Edinburgh. The National Museum of Scotland is next, where a private guide provides the tour. After a group lunch in the Museum it's time for the Dovecot Studios Tour. This 100-year-old studio creates tapestries through a rich collaboration between the artist, weavers and commissioners. Late afternoon and dinner we are on our own.

abd_scotland_day3_mountains.jpg

Day 3 - After breakfast we journey by coach to one of the most famous islands of Scotland -- the mystical, magical Isle of Skye. A visit to Ft. William where the sea meets the Rivers Nevis and Lochy, with mighty Ben Nevis -- the highest mountain in the British Isles -- towering in the background. Time on our own is included. Back on the coach to the Cuillin Hills Hotel, overlooking the waters of Portree Bay, with spectacular views of both the Sound of Raasay and the grand Cuillin Mountain Range.

Day 4 - Breakfast first and then we board the coach to the rugged Sound of Raasay. Our day includes hiking at Brothers Point and a ride to Quiraing. After lunch at Flodigarry Hotel, we walk along Staffin Beach and visit Kilt Rock. At the Isle of Skye Baking Company we'll learn how to make scones! Dinner is on our own in Portree.

Day 5 - On the coach to our next destination, Eilean Donan Castle. This majestic national icon sits at the dramatic junction of three great saltwater lochs. We can explore the Loch Ness Exhibition Centre and enjoy an exclusive Lunch at the Loch Ness Café. Then we board a motor launch for a trek across Loch Ness. We disembark at the ruins of this once-mighty fortress that commands breathtaking views of Loch Ness. Finally we arrive at the Kingsclub Hotel & Spa, Inverness, the new annex of the Kingsmills Hotel, and enjoy dinner.

abd_scotland_day5_canoeing.jpg

Day 6 - We board a flight to the Isle of Lewis where we tour: the Blackhouse of Arnol, No. 42, Gearrannan Village and see the Dun Carloway Broch, the Callanish Standing Stones and then lunch at the Cafe. We then fly back to Inverness for dinner at the Mustard Seed.

Day 7 - We spend the day at the Rothiemurchus Estate! Horseback riding, bicycle (or casual) walking tour, and lunch at the Druie Café Restaurant.

abd_scotland_day7_horses.jpg

Day 8 - Our final full day of touring! After breakfast at the hotel we board a coach for a scenic three-hour trip to the Scottish Highlands! Dunnottar Castle and Glamis Castle are on the list as well as a picnic lunch, private guided tour and archery lesson. We have a welcome reception at Edinburgh Castle. Once the castle is closed to the general public, we have a private tour of this magnificent monument and then an exclusive dinner at Edinburgh Castle.

abd_scotland_day8_bridge.jpg

Day 9 - Breakfast and then transfers to the airport. Whew! What an itinerary!

Accommodations

While in Edinburgh we will stay in the Balmoral Hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel. The Balmoral was named as Scotland's Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards 2011 and as the Top UK Business Hotel outside of London at the Condé Nast Traveller's Readers' Travel Awards 2011.

The Cuillin Hills Hotel , a four-star luxury hotel, will be our home for our two nights in the Isle of Skye. It's set within 15 acres of mature private grounds overlooking Portree Bay, with magnificent views over the Sound of Raasay to the Cuillin Mountain range.

While in Inverness, our home is the Kingsclub Luxury Spa Hotel. All rooms at the Kingsmills Hotel are ensuite with satellite TV, wifi, and tea and coffee making facilities.

DINING

The Adventure includes 8 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches and 5 Dinners. The guides will assist you by providing recommendations for the "meals on your own".

Interested? Find out more about this exciting trip and how you can join us!


WHY ADVENTURES BY DISNEY

I absolutely love the Adventures by Disney product and my experience on my two trips were equally wonderful. Every little detail is taken care of for you. Your pre-trip planning consists of learning the rich history about the areas you will visit, not trying to determine where to stay and exactly what to do!

Before my first AbD, I found the offerings intriguing, but so expensive. Everyone I spoke with who had done an Adventure raved about it and said it was worth every penny. I had never done an organized tour before, wasn't sure what I'd think of it. I now stand with those folks and can only sing the praises about the incredible experience.

Here are some of the reasons I love Adventures by Disney:

A Disney representative meets you at the airport and a driver takes you to your hotel!

Everyplace we went, our rooms were ready and our luggage was already in them! No check-in lines, our guides had us all pre-registered and handed out the keys as we entered the lobby of each hotel.

Our guides were like the Energizer bunnies. No matter what time of day, where we were, or what the situation, they consistently went over and above. They made the Disney Difference.

We were treated like VIPs at almost every place we went. The Disney name goes a long way! We only had to mention at any of the hotels we were with the "Disney" group and folks couldn't do enough to make us happy.

Not every single moment is planned -- free time is built in for your own explorations.

Each stop we had local guides on the tour sharing their knowledge and expertise. They were able to answer just about any question asked and knew the special things to point out to us, things you wouldn't necessarily find in a printed guide.

It was wonderful to be able to look out the bus windows and see the scenery along the way. Since we weren't driving, one person wasn't missing the highlights.

All gratuities are included except for the Disney Guides.


FIRST-HAND REPORTS ABOUT ADVENTURES BY DISNEY

Read all about my Southwest Splendors Adventure by Disney!

Here's my trip report from the Backstage Magic Adventure!

Beci shared her Adventure by Disney to Ireland!

Erin enjoyed the Costa Rica Adventures with her family!

September 11, 2009

D23 Expo - Day Two - September 11, 2009

D23 Expo Logo

(Scroll down for today's annoucements and photographs which will be added throughout the day)

Day Two begins for the D23 Expo!

Today's big event is the 9:00am announcement by the Disney Cruise Line about upcoming itineraries for the ship!

Other highlights today include (but hardly limited to):
Disney Movie Magic - Dick Cook
The Nightmare Before Christmas 3D screening
Making the World of Color - Steven Davidson
The Making of Toy Story the Musical
Signing sessions with: Randy Thortno, Robert Olszewski, Ridkly Pearson, Jason Surrell, and Margaret Kerry

TWITTER
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AllEars® Team Coverage: http://twitter.com/D23Expo_AllEars

Deb Wills: http://twitter.com/allearsdeb

BLOGS

Photo loading on the blog will be very sporadic today, if at all. Best to follow us on Twitter.


Today's Photos:

Deb: We're here! Laura G and Lee Z had a quick trip from San Diego and are looking forward to a great day of D23 events.


Sara: Today's Voluntears project- video msgs for the troops
Voluntears Project


Sara: Herbie the Love Bug
Herbie


Sara: was just in girly girl heaven in the Treasures of the Walt Disney Archives exhibit


Waiting for the DCL Presentation
Waiting for DCL


Karl Holtz opens DCL presentation
Karl Holtz


Sara: 2011 7 nts Alaska cruise 2011 15 nts Panama canal cruise!!


Jeanine: I have my own row at the Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson talk.
Dave Barry/Ridley Pearson talk


Sara: 7 nts Mexican Riviera wonder 10 & 11 nts holiday cruises on magic


Karl also talks Adventures by Disney
Adventures by Disney


DCL 2011 ALASKA
DCL Alaska


Sara: cool Rocketeer costume!
Rocketeer


80 huge pieces combine to make Disney Dream
Disney Dream


Vickie Barrett at the Hidden Mickey booth
Vickie Barrett


Learn to draw Disney characters
Learn to Draw Disney characters


Sara: Charlie Bridgeway, worked with Walt himself
Charlie Bridgeway


Beci: Annette and I tracked down the Dreams Donald statue
Dreams Donald statue


Sara: Deb handing out lanyards and pins!
Deb handing out pins


DMK: Ridley Pearson/Dave Barry talk on Kingdom Keepers/Peter books very entertaining, even though Barry was remote from Miami


Dave Barry coming live from Miami at his talk with Ridley Pearson
Dave Barry


Sara: the coolest Tigger cane!
Tigger cane


Cedric: hardly a line for 12:30pm haunted mansion w/Jason Surrell.
Line for Jason Surrell


Jeanine: Deppster as Sparrow! Like, the actual article!


Don: Disney movies presentation included Tim Burton, John Travolta and family, Nick Cage, Jerry Bruckhiemer, Miley Syrus and Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow


No wait to see Minnie Mouse at D23Expo
Minnie Mouse


Don: Cook announced a new Disney movie label in cooperation with Del Tormo called - Disney's Double Dare You. Story based scary films!!


Ridley Person Autographing at D23 Expo
Ridley Person


Jeanine: In line for Making of World of Color. They have gone to a voucher system to ward off mob riots.
Making a World of Color


Lee: at Studios presentation - LOVED the 20+ min tribute reel to Disney movies with live orchestra and choir


D23Expo Store
D23Expo Store


Sara: the red queen interacting with the WDW Radio team
The Red Queen


Sara: The Mad Hatter
The Mad Hatter


Deb and Laura pose with the new DCL Dream - Donald Icon
Den and Laura


Dave Smith and @marcmantoo outside the Disney Archives exhibit
Dave Smith and @marcmantoo


Jeanine: Amy Grant will be the signature voice of World of Color.


Steven explains the World of Color coming to DCA
Explaining the World of Color


Jeanine: a minor miracle, as the theme park music panel appears to have accomodated the whole standby line.


Sara: Annette & Sara's masterpiece
the masterpiece


Steve Barrett of the Hidden Mickeys books at D23expo
Steve Barrett


DMK: We make the music w/Valerie Vigoda
We make the music


Beci: sing along and dancing at the radio disney stage. Love the van!
Radio Disney van


Beci: might be Sept but Hallmark has 3 decorated trees for auction for boys & girls clubs
Decorated tree for auction


Don: Tron Legacy presentation- quick q & a with panel- no big reveals- now showing original Tron in digital 3D


Sara: Done at D23 for the day. Park time tonight!


Jeanine: Michael Giacchino talks about scoring Space Mountain and Luxo Jr.
Michael Giacchin


Storytellers Theatre is home to many of the talks!
Storytellers Theatre


Finally seated for the show! Been a long wait!
The Making of Toy Story the Musical


A very magical moment for a very special 10 year anniversary
Lou and Deanna


Cedric: made it into the making of Toy Story the Musical. Deb W is in the front
Toy Story the Musical


Don: GREAT Day at D23!! Many many freebies from stickers to toys to candy. Many daily drawings as well. Worth the trip!


Deb: We Make the Music program ran late, but was so interesting -- Bruce Broughton, Joel McNeely, Michael Giacchino and more. Really enjoyed it!


Composers Joel McNeely, Valerie Vigoda, Brendan Milburn do song from Toy Story musical.
Joel McNeely, Valerie Vigoda, Brendan Milburn


Musical team for Toy Story the Musical
Musical team for Toy Story the Musical


Jeanine: A rare break in scheduling allows for a quick park trip.
Quick park trip


Lee: in hotel starting to edit video from today's events and saw sunset over D23 site
sunset


Jeanine: watching Walt & El Grupo with Jim Hill and panelists.
Walt & El Grupo


Jeanine: waiting for the Tommy Kirk panel.Will probably not stay for film, as without some sleep soon, I may die.
Tommy Kirk panel


Cedric: done w/walt and el grupo panel/saludos amigos. Been up since 5am.
goodnight

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