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May 22, 2017

Adventures by Disney Introduces New Iceland Vacation, Reimagines Classic Itineraries in 2018

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BURBANK, Calif. (May 17, 2017) – Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, recently revealed an action-packed new vacation to debut in 2018 – Iceland. This first-ever itinerary to one of the world’s most majestic and storied countries will add to the company’s existing portfolio of more than three dozen family vacation destinations around the world, including newly reimagined trips through the scenic countries of Germany, Ireland and Costa Rica.

Adventure Through the Land of Fire and Ice

In 2018, travelers will navigate the diverse landscapes of Iceland, exploring the natural wonders of majestic waterfalls, massive glaciers and stunning volcanos. Rich Icelandic culture and unparalleled natural beauty join forces on this new 8-day, 7-night vacation.

Highlights include:

--Experience the splendor of Iceland’s Golden Circle with visits to the iconic Thingvellir National Park, Goðafoss waterfall and Kerið crater.
--Unwind, relax and indulge at the soothing Blue Lagoon and Mývatn Nature Baths.
--Come face-to-face with magnificent glaciers on a scenic cruise, and hike on the massive icecaps themselves.
--Trot through the scenic countryside on Icelandic horses.
--Embark on a humpback whale-watching expedition, capturing the experience in your mind’s eye and your camera’s lens.
--Savor unique culinary experiences and the stories behind them, such as learning to make bread baked using geothermal heat, and discovering the secret to Iceland’s traditional smoking process.
--Embark on a whitewater rafting adventure through the glacial river of Skagafjörður.
--Hike along, and even behind, some of the region’s most captivating waterfalls, including Seljalandsfoss and Goðafoss.
--Journey to the past while being immersed in rich Icelandic Viking heritage and exploring traditional turf houses.

“We’re excited to offer travelers the opportunity to explore the incredibly popular destination of Iceland in uniquely enriching ways,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “With Adventures by Disney, families can experience this beautiful country, it’s iconic sights and cultural destinations like never before during a completely hassle-free vacation experience. Disney storytelling, engaging, active experiences and breathtaking natural wonders combine to make this one of our most remarkable itineraries to date.”

Discover Iconic Cities and Hidden Gems in Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland

Other popular destinations have also undergone itinerary revisions and additions for 2018. Enhancements to the Germany, Costa Rica and Ireland vacations focus on further enriching an already robust lineup of authentic experiences and local storytelling. Highlights of the reimagined Germany itinerary introduce first-ever experiences centered in Berlin, Ireland adds cultural activities such as learning the ancient sport of hurling, and Costa Rica takes travlers on explorations through the hidden gem of Caño Negro. These additions are sure to surprise and delight even the most seasoned travelers.

Travelers will also see an increase in departure date options for North American vacation offerings from Adventures by Disney in 2018, solidifying the company’s focus on making it easy for families to explore the American “Great Outdoors” together.

Bookings for all 2018 vacations open May 19, 2017. Call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent to book. For more information on the itineraries offered and activities included on an Adventures by Disney vacation, visit AdventuresByDisney.com.

March 1, 2017

Adventures by Disney Announces New Themed European River Cruise Vacations in 2018

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BURBANK, Calif. – Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, recently revealed new enhanced river cruise vacation offerings for 2018, including options for special Beauty and the Beast themed experiences along Europe’s Rhine river, and adult-exclusive epicurean style experiences along both the Rhine and Danube rivers.

New Specially Themed Rhine River Vacations

Sailing with AmaWaterways, a premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises offer a new way for families to explore the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive and easy. In 2018, Adventures by Disney will offer exciting new experiences on its European river cruises, including special experiences celebrating Beauty and the Beast on the popular Rhine river sailings.

Adventures by Disney Rhine river cruises give travelers the opportunity to revel in the beauty of four countries – France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands. Whether riding a toboggan and hiking in the Black Forest, exploring the famous storybook Heidelberg Castle, or sampling wine in a medieval basement wine cave, these eight-day, seven-night vacations pair unforgettable adventures in port with luxurious river cruise accommodations and amenities onboard.

On six departures in 2018, travelers will celebrate the quaint villages and culture that inspired the Beauty and the Beast films and savor special experiences. They’ll be immersed in a tale as old as time during a Beauty and the Beast themed dinner, as well as other unique culinary experiences inspired by the film. Families can enjoy screenings of both the live-action and animated versions of the film onboard, then become part of this beloved story as they tour Riquewihr, an idyllic French village that is as picturesque as Belle’s hometown from the movie.

Adventures by Disney will also double the number of popular food and wine themed sailings along the Rhine in 2018, offering two epicurean sailings during the fall. Hosted by renowned chefs and sommeliers, these adult-exclusive sailings will serve up extraordinary food and beverage experiences both on and off the ship. Highlights include activities such as wine tasting, gourmet demonstrations and workshops, culinary walking tours in several ports, a French patisserie class, local beer and wine pairings, craft cocktail blending seminars and more. These cruises were inspired by popular food and beverage offerings throughout Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, such as the fan-favorite Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.

Danube River Cruises Offering Something for Everyone

In 2018, Adventures by Disney will also offer six departures of its popular Danube river cruises. In addition to bringing back another season of summertime and themed holiday sailings, there will be an all-new adult-exclusive Oktoberfest sailing in September 2018. This special itinerary will visit Germany during the iconic yearly Oktoberfest celebration, and will include festive themed parties and culinary treats both on and off the ship.

These eight-day, seven-night vacations will visit iconic locations and hidden gems in four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. From revisiting scenes from the movie “The Sound of Music” in Salzburg and exploring Devin Castle in Bratislava to taking a traditional Austrian folk dancing lesson in Melk, the opportunities for exploration on these Danube adventures are seemingly endless.

Designed with guests of all ages in mind, each Adventures by Disney river cruise sailing focuses on variety and flexibility, allowing travelers to customize their trip by choosing from a wealth of activity options offered both in port and onboard.

“For 2018, we looked to find exciting new ways to make our incredibly popular river cruises even more enticing to every type of traveler,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “By increasing the number of special themed sailings along the Rhine and Danube rivers we now offer more choices than ever for our guests. Whether you’re looking to explore the storybook setting of Beauty and the Beast, wine and dine on local specialties during interactive epicurean workshops, stroll charming European Christmas Markets or celebrate during rousing Oktoberfest festivities, Adventures by Disney has carefully crafted personalized vacation experiences to suit your interests and tastes.”

Adventures by Disney guests sail aboard river cruise ships that were custom built by AmaWaterways with families in mind. Design elements include sets of connecting staterooms and suites, some of which accommodate three- and four-person families. Adventures by Disney also worked closely with AmaWaterways to reimagine shipboard spaces and activities, offering unique programming for kids, teens and adults.

“AmaWaterways is excited to expand our relationship with Adventures by Disney and looks forward to welcoming the family travel market to some of Europe’s most unforgettable river cruise destinations in 2018,” said Kristin Karst, executive vice president and co-owner of AmaWaterways. “A river cruise with AmaWaterways and Adventures by Disney gives families the opportunity to immerse themselves in the rich traditions of Europe’s most breathtaking destinations, and children, parents and grandparents will have meaningful and magical experiences together!”

These new river cruises complement a lineup of more than 30 other Adventures by Disney guided group land-based vacations to destinations on six continents. Adventures by Disney trips take guests off the beaten path in search of the culture, art and unique stories intrinsic to each destination visited.

Bookings for 2018 river cruise vacations open on March 2, 2017. To book, call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent.

June 18, 2016

AMAWATERWAYS CHRISTENS TWO NEW SHIPS, AMAVIOLA AND AMASTELLA

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Sister Ships Welcomed to Company’s Fleet During Ceremonies in Vilshofen, Germany


Important Note:
The AmaViola will be carrying Adventures by Disney passengers on Danube river cruises in 2016 and 2017.

Calabasas, CA - (Jun. 17, 2016) - AmaWaterways this week christened its two newest ships, AmaViola and AmaStella. The line’s co-founders, Rudi Schreiner and Kristin Karst, were joined by the ships’ godmothers and local dignitaries, for ceremonies in Vilshofen, Germany.

On June 15, AmaWaterways marked the official arrival of AmaViola, with a day of specially planned festivities in Vilshofen. The morning began with the decorating of the dock and continued with comments by AmaWaterways’ Co-Founder Rudi Schreiner and Vilshofen Mayor Florian Gams. The events included a signing of the ship’s guestbook, prayer by the abbot, live music and Bavarian cuisine. A special song was also written in honor of AmaViola by a local Vilshofen musician, and performed during the ceremony.

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During the festivities, AmaWaterways welcomed Nexion President Jackie Friedman as the ship’s godmother. Friedman – who joined the Nexion leadership team in 2004 and currently supports more than 3,300 independent leisure and corporate travel professionals – took part in a traditional champagne christening and blessing. The christening was enjoyed by travelers from around the world, as well as representatives from a Nexion agency, who were onboard with their clients.

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The day prior, AmaWaterways christened AmaViola’s sister ship, AmaStella, and held a similar ceremony marking the vessel’s arrival with Godmother Carole Smethurst, who owns a top Virtuoso agency in Perth, Australia. Both christenings were enjoyed by guests onboard and local dignitaries, culminating with unforgettable evening fireworks.

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“This is an exciting time for AmaWaterways and we are so thrilled to welcome the beautiful new AmaViola and AmaStella to our expanding worldwide fleet,” said Karst. “AmaWaterways takes great joy in preparing for our christening ceremonies and this year, we are honored to have Nexion’s Jackie Friedman and Virtuoso’s Carole Smethurst join an esteemed list of AmaWaterways godmothers.”

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AmaViola and AmaStella join the AmaWaterways fleet alongside sister ships AmaSerena, AmaReina, AmaPrima, AmaCerto, AmaVenita and AmaSonata. Both ships carry 158 passengers and feature AmaWaterways’ innovative new connecting staterooms and triple accommodations, which were designed to specifically target the multi-generational group and family travel markets. Guests sailing aboard AmaViola and AmaStella will enjoy the comfort of AmaWaterways’ signature twin balconies, which feature breathtaking panoramic river views, salon and spa services, multiple dining venues, including The Chef’s Table specialty restaurant, intimate wine rooms, fitness rooms and heated sun deck swimming pools with swim-up bars.

AmaViola began sailing in April and will also be offering 7-night Danube cruises in 2016 and 2017. Selected departures – in partnership with Adventures by Disney – will feature a family theme, including memorable experiences in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. Pre- and post-cruise land extensions are also available. Onboard activities include family karaoke, movie nights for Junior Adventurers, a magic show, cooking classes, games, piano music and other exciting entertainment geared towards guests of all ages.

AmaStella – chartered in March to Australian Pacific Touring (APT) – begins sailing with AmaWaterways in late September, with 7-night Melodies of the Danube cruises. Romantic Danube, Melodies of the Danube (wine-themed) and Christmas Markets itineraries are also available in 2016, as well as in 2017. A ship’s christening is a long-standing tradition within the cruise industry originating more than 4,000 years ago. The memorable ceremony features the blessing of the ship by an appointed godmother and concludes with the breaking of a champagne bottle against the ship’s hull.

April 22, 2016

Adventures by Disney 2017 Itineraries

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New Rhine River Vacation with AmaWaterways Will Double the Number of River Cruise Sailings for 2017. Enhancements Also Coming to China and Australia Vacations.

BURBANK, Calif. (April 20, 2016) – Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel worldwide, recently revealed new itineraries for 2017, including an expansion of popular river cruising vacations with AmaWaterways, as well as enhancements to family journeys to China and Australia.

New European River Cruise Sailings on the Rhine River

Sailing with AmaWaterways, the premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises offer a new way for families to experience the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive and easy. In addition to offering a second season of Danube River sailings, Adventures by Disney will expand offerings to include sailings along the Rhine River in 2017. The new Rhine River itinerary gives adventurous travelers the opportunity to experience the beauty of four countries – France, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands.

Combining the award-winning service and luxury of AmaWaterways with the proven family travel expertise of Adventures by Disney, these river cruise sailings offer a vacation experience that is all-inclusive and hassle-free. Designed with guests of all ages in mind, travelers can customize their trip to fit their family’s needs by choosing from a variety of activity options offered at ports along the Rhine River and onboard each day.

“Last year, river cruising itineraries on the Danube River sold out rapidly, proving that families are eager to enjoy this immersive and luxurious new way to travel through Europe with Adventures by Disney,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “For 2017 we dreamt even bigger, expanding our offerings to include not only the already popular Danube sailings, but also exciting new experiences along the Rhine River. Here we can make unforgettable vacation memories a reality for even more travelers by offering family river cruise sailings that are effortless, personalized and exhilarating.”

Guests will sail on the Rhine River aboard the all-new, 170-passenger AmaKristina, a river cruise ship being custom built by AmaWaterways with families in mind. Family-friendly design elements include sets of connecting staterooms and suites, some of which accommodate three- and four-person families, and other details that lend themselves to luxury family vacations. Adventures by Disney has also worked closely with AmaWaterways to reimagine shipboard spaces and activities, offering unique programming for kids, teens and adults.

Highlights of the eight-day/seven-night adventures include:

Ride a toboggan, hike along a waterfall or zipline through the Black Forest.

Visit the famous storybook Heidelberg Castle.

Enjoy tubing, snow biking, curling and more at Germany’s first indoor ski hall.

Explore the Alsace Region of France by canoe or on horseback.

Get hands-on during clog painting and a cheese making demonstration in Holland.

Bike along the Rhine River, within the German wine countryside, through towns and beyond.

Savor unique local dining, including Swiss fondue, a French macaron cooking class, German chocolate tasting and more.

A post-cruise land package is also available in Amsterdam at the conclusion of the Rhine sailings, offering a visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kinderdijk and a private farewell dinner.

“AmaWaterways is ecstatic to continue working with Adventures by Disney, further expanding the options for family travelers seeking a unique way to explore Europe,” said Kristin Karst, co-owner and executive vice president of AmaWaterways. “A Rhine River cruise with Adventures by Disney, aboard the beautiful AmaKristina, will offer families an immersive, unforgettable experience. They will have the chance to witness firsthand the beauty, history and culture of the region’s most breathtaking destinations, while creating memories that will last a lifetime!”

Enhanced Itineraries to Visit Shanghai Disney Resort in China, Gold Coast in Australia

Also new for 2017 are enhancements to Adventures by Disney vacations to China and Australia. With the June opening of Shanghai Disney Resort, the China itinerary has been reimagined to include a visit to this exciting new destination. Here Adventures by Disney guests will explore the newest Disney theme park with VIP tour guides, offering a truly world-class experience. In Australia, travelers will now enjoy time on the beautiful Gold Coast, including kayaking on Bryon Bay, whale and dolphin spotting, an excursion to Mt. Tamborine and more.

New United States Vacations Allow Travelers to Discover America

The new 2017 itineraries join an existing lineup of more than 35 other guided group vacations to destinations on six continents, including three recently announced vacations to the diverse United States locales of Central Florida, Montana, and Washington, D.C. & Philadelphia. Debuting in summer 2016, each of these weeklong trips is filled with activities unique to the destinations. In Central Florida, families will enjoy unprecedented backstage access and VIP experiences at Walt Disney World Resort, airboat through Florida marshlands and thrill to a visit to the “Space Coast.” Montana offers glamorous camping, or “glamping,” near Yellowstone National Park and a stay at a dude ranch in Big Sky. And American history comes alive during a visit to the nation’s capital, and the United States’ first capital city.

Whether travelers are setting sail in Europe, exploring exotic destinations in far-off lands or savoring the majesty of America’s national parks, Adventures by Disney offers exceptional service and hands-on, active experiences that appeal to travelers of all ages.

February 19, 2016

Adventures by Disney Offers New Ways to Explore America in 2016

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BURBANK, Calif. (Feb. 16, 2016) – Adventures by Disney, an award-winning leader in guided group travel worldwide, has announced three new United States vacations available beginning this summer. Exhilarating, educational and entertaining, these vacations showcase the diverse destinations of Central Florida, Montana, and Washington, D.C. & Philadelphia, offering families unforgettable ways to bond and explore America.

Each of these weeklong trips is filled with activities unique to the destinations visited. In Central Florida, families will enjoy unprecedented backstage access and VIP experiences at Walt Disney World Resort, airboat through Florida marshlands and thrill in a visit to the “Space Coast.” Montana offers glamorous camping, or “glamping,” near Yellowstone National Park and a stay at a dude ranch in Big Sky. And American history comes alive during a visit to the nation’s capital, and the United States’ first capital city.

“Adventures by Disney is proud to showcase the majestic landscapes, riveting history and diverse experiences available throughout America on these and other itineraries,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “Now is a wonderful time to explore the United States, and with the addition of these vacations we’ve found new ways to offer exciting, varied activities that appeal to every member of the family.”

Highlights of these new Adventures by Disney itineraries include:

Walt Disney World Resort & Central Florida
This unforgettable and unprecedented trip includes backstage access and magical VIP experiences at the Walt Disney World theme parks, exclusive dining opportunities, outdoor adventures in the wilds of Florida, a private lunch with an astronaut and more.

Take part in a privately guided safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park and go behind the scenes of the revolutionary Rivers of Light show before taking a VIP seat to enjoy this new nighttime spectacular.
Savor unique world-class dining opportunities, such as an exclusive dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort chef’s kitchen.
Learn how Disney magic is created and receive special behind-the-scenes access during one-of-a-kind experiences with Walt Disney Imagineers.
Enjoy special Disney FastPass+ selections at the Walt Disney World theme parks, including premium access to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Mania! and other popular attractions.
Explore Central Florida’s unique natural wonders on land – by zipline, swamp buggy and on horseback – and on water in kayaks and aboard an airboat.
Go in-depth with an astronaut and learn firsthand what it takes to soar into space.

Montana
This exhilarating adventure includes “glamping” (glamorous camping) adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, a dude ranch experience in beautiful Big Sky, and active excursions through amazing natural landscapes.

Enjoy the adventure and serenity of upscale camping, explore nature while biking in the backcountry and listen to storytelling under the stars.
Get hands-on at an authentic dude ranch complete with fun family activities like horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing and a private riverside cookout.
Experience the wonders of Yellowstone National Park during the centennial of the National Parks Service and witness the explosive power of Old Faithful.

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Washington, D.C. & Philadelphia
Experience American history in an exciting, interactive way as it comes alive on this immersive adventure at some of America’s most iconic landmarks, including delightful encounters with characters from the past, a fun-filled scavenger hunt and storytelling at every stop along the way.

Delight in a sweeping tour of Philadelphia on a privately guided trolley excursion to remarkable landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Reading Terminal Market.
Walk in the footsteps of such historical figures as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross while visiting Washington, D.C. landmarks, including the Capitol, Library of Congress, the Newseum and more.
Discover the history of Gettysburg on a fun, interactive tour that details this famous battle, President Lincoln’s speech and the lifestyle of the era.

These new adventures join an existing line-up of more than 30 other Adventures by Disney guided group vacations to some of the world’s most exciting destinations. Two Disney-trained Adventure Guides, along with local experts, ensure that every detail of the vacation is taken care of, allowing travelers to create everlasting memories without the stress of planning.

For more details and to book reservations, call 1-800-543-0865 or contact a travel agent.

April 14, 2015

Adventures by Disney Announces First-Ever River Cruises

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Adventures by Disney® is proud to announce our newest way to travel. You can enjoy family river cruising to eight unforgettable destinations in four countries on an all-inclusive adventure along the Danube river through the heart of Europe. These 8-day/7-night vacations are Adventures by Disney-exclusive sailings with AmaWaterways, a leader in luxury river cruising.

In 2016, Adventures by Disney will offer sailings along the Danube River, allowing guests to explore the iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries - Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.

These 8-day/7-night active departures will take you off the beaten path in search of the culture, art and unique stories intrinsic to each European city and town visited. From medieval activities at Devin castle in Bratislava and a walk along the tree tops in Kopfing to a visit of locations filmed in "The Sound of Music" in Salzburg and biking in every port, the opportunities for exploration are endless!

Sail aboard the all-new, 170-passenger AmaViola, a river cruise ship that is being custom built by AmaWaterways with families in mind. New family-friendly design elements include specific room configurations, including six sets of connecting staterooms, as well as some rooms and suites that accommodate three- and four-person families, and other unique details that lend themselves to luxury family vacations.

Onboard activities will offer something for everyone. Adults can enjoy wine tasting, music, dancing and an onboard fitness center, along with some of the finest cuisine and service available, while Junior Adventures can enjoy activity nights, movies, karaoke, relay games, life-size chess lessons, video games and more. Teens will also find activities created specifically for them.

These exclusive Adventures by Disney sailings will take place July 7-14, July 14-21, July 21-28 and July 28 - Aug. 4, 2016. A special holiday themed sailing, departing Dec. 22, 2016, will also include visits to the renowned Christmas markets in Budapest and Vienna, a Vienna Boys Choir Christmas performance in the Hofburg Palace Chapel and a special holiday menu lunch.

Adventures by Disney River Cruises will be available to Adventure Insiders, past Adventures by Disney Guests, beginning today, April 14, 2014. They will open to the general public tomorrow, April 15, 2015.

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August 29, 2014

Adventures by Disney Introduces New Nashville Long Weekend Trip

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BURBANK, Calif., (Aug. 28, 2014) - Adventures by Disney, a leader in guided group travel, has brought families together while touring exciting destinations on six continents since 2005. Now Adventures by Disney offers a new Nashville vacation, exploring the best of what Music City has to offer.

Starting in 2015, Adventures by Disney is heading south to the home of country music and classic southern cuisine, as well as the setting for the critically acclaimed television show Nashville on ABC. This new 4-day/3-night adventure will allow guests to immerse themselves in a one-of-a-kind vacation experience as they explore such sites as the Grand Ole Opry, the famous Bluebird Cafe and the original RCA/Studio B recording studio.

Nashville, Tennessee is the latest in the lineup of new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trips, offering shorter getaways to places such as New York City and San Francisco & Napa. These four-day weekend adventures allow guests to enjoy exclusive experiences in some of America's most iconic locations while making the most out of their free time. The new Nashville Long Weekend vacation offers experiences for foodies, music lovers and family travelers to enjoy.

From delighting in a backstage experience at the Grand Ole Opry to savoring delicious BBQ, this new Adventures by Disney Long Weekend trip captures the spirit of Nashville. Trip highlights include:

-- Embark on a backstage experience, including a private dinner and live show at the Grand Ole Opry

-- Record a song at the famed RCA/Studio B

-- Enjoy a private backstage tour at the Ryman Auditorium (original home of the Grand Ole Opry), including stepping onstage at what's been called the "Mother Church of Country Music"

-- Savor an exclusive dining opportunity at the legendary Bluebird Cafe, complete with a special musical performance and an inside look at the art of songwriting

-- Explore the traditions of southern cuisine with a hands-on biscuit-making activity and a BBQ sauce-making activity

-- Make and take home your very own Hatch Show Print

-- Enjoy a private after-hours evening with a ghost tour, dinner and entertainment at The Hermitage, former estate of PresidentAndrew Jackson

With Adventures by Disney, all the details are taken care of, allowing families to relax and enjoy private experiences throughout their vacation.

For more details and to book reservations, call 1-866-543-0865 or contact a travel agent. For more information on the incredible itineraries offered and activities included on an Adventures by Disney vacation, visit AdventuresByDisney.com.

May 21, 2014

Adventures by Disney Introduces Amazonian Adventure, Weekend Trips for 2015

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New itineraries for adventurous travelers unfold in the Ecuadorian Amazon and America's most beloved locations

BURBANK, Calif. (May 21, 2014) - Leading travel operator Adventures by Disney continues to bring the world's greatest stories to life with the introduction of three new unparalleled itineraries for 2015. Each itinerary is designed to bring families together in ways they never thought possible. Starting May 21, 2014, adventuresome travelers can book an enhanced Ecuadorian trip that now includes the Amazon, as well as the Galapagos, while families looking for a shorter getaway can opt to visit some of America's beloved cities with new Long Weekends itineraries featuring New York City and San Francisco & Napa.

Starting in 2015, Adventures by Disney will begin running an amazing new 'double-bucket list' itinerary, taking families into the adventurous paths of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This trip not only travels through the Amazon region, but it also explores the Galapagos Islands, proving to be the most adventurous trip announced to date.

To add even more excitement to the magic, Adventures by Disney is also launching all-new Long Weekends trips, initially featuring two itineraries: New York City and San Francisco & Napa. These four-day weekend getaways provide guests with a break from the everyday to explore some of America's favorite locations in a new light. The only planning guests need to worry about is which trip to choose first. These mini-vacations make it easier for friends and families on the go who want to enjoy the most out of their free time

Ecuador: Amazon & Galapagos Islands
The new 12-day, 11-night Ecuadorian adventure, featuring the Amazon and Galapagos Islands, journeys through the most untouched, bio-diverse areas of the world. Guests can immerse themselves in the local culture and discover the incredible wildlife indigenous to these areas with thrilling activities, including:

Four-night river cruise on the Anakonda riverboat to explore the tropical rainforest
Three-night stay at the lovely beachfront Finch Bay Hotel in the Galapagos
Privately guided daytrip to a neighboring island to encounter amazing wildlife
An exploration of the historic colonial city of Quito (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with visits to local markets, artisan studios and one of South America's most beautiful Spanish cathedrals
Hands-on cooking class with a local chef, paired with a special Ecuadorian chocolate tasting
Exclusive, immersive activities with the local community to authentically experience the culture and history of this region firsthand

Long Weekends: New York City
The New York City tour is a dazzling four-day, three-night vacation to one of the most exciting cities in the world. Guests who book this tour will experience some of the best that New York has to offer with VIP access and special activities only Disney can provide. Key highlights of this trip include the following:

Behind-the-scenes visit to Good Morning America
Hands-on Broadway musical dance workshop
Visit to the historic New Amsterdam Theatre and a backstage tour offering a hands-on experience with iconic Broadway props
Enjoy a performance of the Tony Award-nominated hit musical, Aladdin
Privately guided tour through historic Harlem with a true-blue local
Hop aboard a dynamic and interactive motor-coach ride for a unique look at iconic sights, such as: Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park and more
Learn the in-depth stories of what life as an American immigrant was like during an exclusive visit to the Tenement Museum

Long Weekends: San Francisco & Napa
The treasures of San Francisco and the Napa Valley in California are waiting to be explored on this four-day, three-night itinerary. From the hustle-and-bustle of the City by the Bay to the lush, relaxing vineyards of Napa Valley, a collection of unforgettable activities have been accumulated into one vibrant trip. Guests can soak in the culture and local flavors with vacation highlights such as:

Privately guided tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum
Guided tour of the Bay, starting in the historic Fisherman's Wharf and cycling through the Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point and more
Visit the Letterman Digital Arts Center (campus of Lucasfilm) with life-sized replicas of Darth Vader and Boba Fett from Star Wars, among other iconic sights
Excursion to Silverado Vineyards in Napa to indulge in the fine art of wine blending, while Junior Adventurers take part in an olive oil flavoring activity
Ferry ride across the Bay to Angel Island State Park, which earned the nickname of "Ellis Island of the West"
Stroll through Muir Woods National Monument, home to the largest coastal redwoods on Earth
Sample exquisite culinary delights from several of San Francisco's most celebrated dining establishments
Stay at the world-renowned The Fairmont San Francisco hotel, which presents an awe-inspiring vista of historic San Francisco

With more than two dozen itineraries visiting exciting spots around the globe, adventurers can visit the places they have always dreamed of with the people who know and understand families best. From exploring storybook villages in Germany on the Austria, Germany & Czech Republic vacation, to visiting the sites that inspired films such Frozen and Brave on the Norway and Scotland itineraries, there is a trip for everyone.

Keeping families' best interest in mind, Adventures by Disney ensures all itineraries include special programming for Junior Adventurers. With these activities, adults can relax knowing their children are engaged in special experiences designed just for them. As a staple of every vacation, families are accompanied by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides that will lead the way, along with local experts, taking care of every detail so guests can enjoy their vacation to the fullest without any worries or the stress of pre-planning. Adventures by Disney also offers select itineraries that feature adult-only departures.

For more details and to book reservations, guests can call 1-866-543-0865 or contact their travel agent. AllEars recommends MouseFanTravel.com Those interested in more information on the various itineraries offered and activities included can visit AdventuresByDisney.com.

October 22, 2013

Adventures by Disney Announces New Film-Inspired Norway Itinerary for 2014

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Adventure-seeking families can now discover the awe-inspiring Norwegian fjords that inspired the setting of the upcoming Disney animated feature film, Frozen

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The trip-planning specialists at Adventures by Disney, masters of creating family adventures, have teamed up with the pioneers of storytelling on the silver screen - Walt Disney Animation Studios - to offer a new, epic adventure to the land that inspired the look of the upcoming animated feature film Frozen. This tour of Norway allows adventure-seeking families to immerse themselves in the activities that inspired the comedic adventure of Anna, the film's fearless and optimistic protagonist who sets off on a heroic journey to find her sister Elsa and save her kingdom from eternal winter.

Families embarking on this eight-day, seven-night Norway vacation will follow the footsteps of the Frozen filmmakers by seeing the places, meeting the people and experiencing the beauty that inspired the setting and the look of the film. Expert adventure guides will care for every detail during the trip so families can focus on what really matters - spending time together.

As a hallmark of Adventures by Disney, families can expect to experience authentic, hands-on experiences that only Disney can provide. As families venture deep into Norway's villages of Bergen, Flam, Geiranger and Oslo with their personal adventure guides, they will encounter excitement, nature and culture. Bonding time is inevitable as families:

Visit the storybook village of Bergen, a real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle, and enjoy dinner in a "Bryggen-style" room with a view of the Bergen Harbor.
Meet local storytellers, fishermen and farmers along the way to learn their stories.
Discover the Fjord country by safari.
Hike across stunning, mystical terrains.
Explore the capital city of Oslo.
Raft down an exhilarating river in Voss.
Learn Norwegian folk dancing.
Visit the stave churches that inspired the film's architecture.
Experience the natural beauty of Norway, including stunning waterfalls, gleaming glaciers and gorgeous fjords.
Participate in many surprises like rainbow trout fishing and glacier visits.

As with most trips, a Junior Adventure Night is available during the excursion so kids can safely partake in a private dinner museum experience while adults enjoy a stress-free, indulgent fine-dining experience.

Adventures by Disney takes pride in helping families experience the most sought-after and culturally stimulating destinations in the world; families' dreams come true through the expert care of the trip designers. To prevent the stress of pre-planning, each booking includes top-notch accommodations, most meals, transportation during the adventure, and world-class activities and entertainment that only Disney can provide.

For more information on this tour of Norway, visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com/Frozen or call 888-272-0571 or you local travel agent for dates, availability and to make reservations.

May 22, 2012

Adventures by Disney Brings Disney•Pixar’s Epic Action Adventure "Brave" to Life with New Scotland Itinerary

"Scotland: A Brave Adventure" Combines the Stories of Scotland with the Magic of "Brave"� for an Unforgettable Family Adventure

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BURBANK, Calif. (May 22, 2012) "" Step out of the theater and become immersed in the world of "Brave" with Adventures by Disney's first-ever Pixar-inspired itinerary, "Scotland: A Brave Adventure."

Disney-Pixar's "Brave" tells the tale of the courageous Merida, the film's headstrong teenage protagonist, who defies ancient tradition and challenges destiny to change her fate. This 9-day, 8-night quest through Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Lewis and Inverness takes families through the rugged Highlands, allowing them to experience first-hand the history, culture, nature, legends and lore of Scotland that inspired Merida's story of bravery.

Adventures by Disney is a leader in the group guided-tour industry - sharing the stories of the world through 20+ international itineraries. For "Scotland: A Brave Adventure," Adventures by Disney trip-planning specialists worked directly with the expert storytellers on Pixar's "Brave" production team to incorporate the castles, landscapes and legends that inspired the lush settings and memorable characters in the film - creating a Scotland experience that could only come from Disney. Guests will discover locations that inspired Pixar's creative spark during visits to the historic Black House of Arnol and the Gearrannan Blackhouse Village, both of which served as reference for the Witch's cottage, and Dunnottar Castle, one of the inspirations for the DunBroch family's home.

Beyond the drawing board, the culture of the Scottish Highlands will come to life through authentic, hands-on activities - a hallmark of Adventures by Disney itineraries. On the Isle of Skye, adventurers will partake in traditional highland games, make Scottish pastries - a favorite treat of Merida's triplet brothers - and take lessons in Celtic music and dance. While traveling through Inverness, guests will participate in two of Merida's favorite activities - horseback riding through the Caledonian Forest and archery at Glamis Castle. In Edinburgh, families will learn the art of tapestry-making at Dovecot Studios.

Another signature of an Adventures by Disney vacation, families will visit the country's most treasured historical sites - including Eilean Donan and Edinburgh Castles, the ancient Callanish Standing Stones and Dun Carloway Broch on the Isle of Lewis - but in unique ways that only Disney could dream up. Rather than just walking the shores of Loch Ness, guests will go on a canoe expedition where they will search for "Nessie" and discover the picture-perfect Urquhart Castle. In the capital city, travelers will tour the Royal Mile, including privately-guided visits to the Palace of Holyroodhouse - the Scottish home of the Royal Family - and the National Museum of Scotland, where they will learn fascinating details of the ancient period in which "Brave" is set. Each departure features two knowledgeable Adventure Guides who will serve as leaders, storytellers, companions and personal concierge - taking care of all the details for a truly hassle-free travel experience.

"'Scotland: A Brave Adventure' combines the creative genius of Pixar Animation Studios with Disney's ability to bring iconic stories to life with in a whole new way," said Josh D'Amaro, Vice President, Adventures by Disney. "For the first time ever, our guests will be fully immersed in the legends and locations that inspired the film. 'Brave' is the perfect tale for Adventures by Disney to share; Merida's experience speaks to the importance of the family bond - a cornerstone of any Disney vacation."

Also new for 2013, Adventures by Disney has announced a Southeast Asia itinerary. Featuring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the 12-day, 11-night itinerary will give travelers the opportunity to experience some of Asia's most exotic and culturally rich cities - including Saigon, Hanoi, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat.

For more information on "Scotland: A Brave Adventure," visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com or contact the reservations center at 1-877-728-7282.

March 27, 2012

Adventures by Disney® Introduces Families to the Far East in 2013

New Itinerary Brings Stories of Southeast Asia to Life in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia

BURBANK, Calif. (March 26, 2012) - Continuing its tradition of creating award-winning immersive experiences around the globe, Adventures by Disney announced today an all-new destination for 2013 - Southeast Asia. Featuring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, the 12-day, 11-night itinerary will give travelers the opportunity to experience some of Asia's most exotic and culturally-rich cities - including Saigon, Hanoi, Hoi An, Luang Prabang, Siem Reap and Angkor Wat - in a way they may not have thought possible; as a family.

The leader in privately-guided group excursions, Adventures by Disney specially designs its itineraries to engage guests of all ages, providing authentic, hands-on experiences that leave each participant with memories to share and deeper knowledge of the world around them. In Cambodia, adults will have time to take in the unique architecture of the Temples of Angkor Wat while Junior Adventurers live the history of the ancient structure on a tuk tuk vehicle treasure hunt. Families will work together in Laos at an organic rice farm where they will have a hand in each of the 13 stages of rice production. Meal preparation is a team effort in Vietnam where guests will hand-pick ingredients from a Hoi An market, and then learn to make their own Vietnamese delicacies with the guidance of a local chef.

Beyond the popular tourist spots, Adventures by Disney gives families a unique view of each destination with another of its signature features - off-the-beaten path experiences. From a horseback ride through the rural villages of the Cambodian countryside to getting acquainted with students at a school in Laos, families will gain a true-to-life perspective of Southeast Asia and its people. Two knowledgeable Disney Adventure Guides lead explorers every step of the way, taking care of all the details and ensuring that each member of the group - even mom and dad - can let go and take in every moment. The Southeast Asia itinerary also includes time to enjoy some fun in the sun along the coast of the South China Sea and features luxurious hotel accommodations, such as the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, and private transportation throughout the trip.

"We are thrilled to invite families to experience new corners of the world with Adventures by Disney, as we expand our portfolio of more than 20 destinations to include Southeast Asia," said Josh D'Amaro, Vice President, Adventures by Disney. "This exotic new itinerary holds true to Disney's dedication to storytelling, exceptional customer service and incredible value. With our award-winning itineraries, families are treated to a worry-free experience, perfect for vacationers taking their first international excursion or even the seasoned traveler."

Also new, Adventures by Disney will launch a first-ever one-day tour of the Los Angeles area, "Lights, Camera, Magic," allowing families to discover the iconic locations and star-studded sites of Hollywood, The Walt Disney Studios and Beverly Hills. Guests will be transported back in time during a behind-the-scenes look at The Walt Disney Studios, which is both a working studio and the headquarters of The Walt Disney Company. Then, it's on to experience famous locations like Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills and Hollywood's famed Sunset Strip.

Whether it's a brief journey close to home or an enchanting quest across the globe, Adventures by Disney provides families with the ultimate adventure. Additional details and dates for the new Southeast Asia itinerary and other 2013 offerings will be available on the Adventures by Disney website in late spring. In the meantime, guests are encouraged to contact the reservations center at 1-877-728-7282 with any questions.

About Adventures by Disney

Launched in 2005, Adventures by Disney provides immersive, hassle-free and unforgettable group guided-family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Families traveling with Adventures by Disney receive exceptional service while taking part in extraordinary experiences at locations including: the South African plains, the great cities of Europe, North America's national parks, the ancient monuments of Egypt, Costa Rica's rich rainforest, the ruins of Pompeii and Machu Picchu, Australia's Outback and the Great Wall of China.

Over the last seven years, Adventures by Disney 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.

With Disney-trained Adventure Guides, engaging activities, VIP experiences and personal touches throughout, Adventures by Disney excites and delights everyone. Visit AdventuresbyDisney.com, call 1-877-728-7282 or contact a travel agent.

August 30, 2011

Adventures by Disney® Brings History to Life with New Privately Guided Itineraries in 2012

Guests Journey through Greece, Egypt and Northern France


Award-winning lineup of family-friendly group adventures offers hassle-free ways to experience culture in the world's most desired destinations

BURBANK, Calif. (August 30, 2011) - Adventures by Disney, the leader in guided family travel, announces the addition of two new destinations to its repertoire of immersive family vacations - Greece: "Greek Odyssey" and Northern France: "Esprit de France" - available to travelers in 2012. The adventure continues in Egypt with "Pyramids, Pharaohs & Ancient Treasures," an unforgettable expedition. New for 2012, Adventures by Disney will feature distinct enhancements to its Australia, London and Paris and Galapagos Islands departures - details, dates and rates are available at www.AdventuresbyDisney.com.

Over the last six years, Adventures by Disney has developed a collection of exhilarating tours with one goal in mind: help families experience the most sought-after and culturally stimulating destinations in the world. Led by knowledgeable Adventure Guides and authentic local experts, families unlock the wonders and stories of the world through unparalleled excursions and engaging activities designed for all ages and activity levels such as pizza-making at a farm in Italy, spending the night at a German castle and playing the role of an art detective at the Louvre. With the smallest details planned in advance, it's easy for parents to relax and immerse themselves in the most valuable experience of all - quality time with their family.

"Through our dedication to storytelling and exclusive hands-on experiences, families can get a glimpse of the history and beauty synonymous with Greece, France, Egypt and every vacation destination on our roster," said Josh D'Amaro, Vice President, Adventures by Disney. "We are in the business of creating unforgettable, VIP hassle-free itineraries so guests can focus on discovering and exploring a new world and creating priceless vacation memories that last a lifetime."

Adventures by Disney presents three featured adventures for 2012:

"Greek Odyssey" Athens, Santorini and Crete - the adventure starts in Athens where Greek mythology comes to life through moonlight storytelling at the Parthenon and sporting games at the home of the modern Olympics, Panathinaiko Stadium. Discovery continues on the volcanic island of Santorini where kids go feet-first into Greek grape stomping while adults enjoy a wine tasting at Volcan winery. After sailing the azure waters of the Aegean Sea, families travel to Crete and are immersed in mountain culture with local expert-led lessons in Tsatziki cheese making and Greek dancing.

"Pyramids, Pharaohs & Ancient Treasures" Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, the Nile and Sharm El Sheikh - uncover an ancient world of pyramids, mummies and man-made marvels as this expedition kicks off with a camelback tour of the Great Pyramids of Giza and a Nile River cruise to Luxor. Families will be in awe of the architectural wonder of the Sphinx and experience the secrets of Tutankhamen's tomb in the Valley of the Kings with a Junior Adventurer scavenger hunt at the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities. Activities like papyrus making, traditional cooking, and hieroglyphic writing give guests a first-hand view of life in ancient Egypt.

"Esprit de France" Paris, Normandy and Loire Valley - perfect for families looking to experience the arts, this itinerary features a drawing activity in Monet's Gardens, a visit to Château du Clos Lucé, the last known residence of Leonardo da Vinci, and a private dinner at the Louvre in Paris. A true taste of the French countryside, adventurers learn of the art of brandy-making on the Normandy Cider Route; enjoy a picturesque country bike ride and spend the night in an authentic Château. Guests continue the adventure with visits to Versailles, Mont Saint-Michel monastery, Omaha Beach and a viewing of the Bayeux Tapestry.

Adventures by Disney unveils three enhanced itineraries for 2012:

"Discovery Down Under" Australia and Tasmania - the action-packed Australian adventure will now include a visit to the island of Tasmania featuring a Eucalyptus forest zipline experience, an introduction to traditional cuisine at Kate's Berry Farm and Meadowbank Winery as well as a visit to the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to meet the infamous Tasmanian Devil.

"Grandiosos Galapagos" Galapagos Islands - Now families can spend more time discovering the flora and fauna of Darwin's famous islands with seven nights aboard the Galapagos Explorer cruise ship. Guests will have the opportunity to swim and snorkel with sea lions and penguins and come face to face with giant tortoises.

"Cities of Knights and Lights" London and Paris - Adventures by Disney's classic European itinerary now features an exquisite trip to the British Countryside where guests can play British lawn games and receive royal treatment on a privately-guided tour of Windsor Castle.

From VIP experiences and world-class accommodations to add-on excursions, Adventures by Disney has a quest to suit any traveler. For more information on Adventures by Disney, visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com.

December 23, 2010

A Year of 'Disney Dream Vacations' Will Take Guests Over the Horizon, Under the Sea and Beyond the Solar System

2011 Features New Adventures in Egypt, Hawaii, Alaska and More

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - 2011 will be a year of "Disney dream vacations," both figuratively and literally. Guests will be making memories over the horizon in Egypt, Hawaii and Alaska, on the aqua waters of the Bahamas, under the sea, over croc and rhino gullies and beyond the solar system.

During 2011, premieres will include an Adventures by Disney itinerary to the land of the pyramids, a Disney Parks virtual itinerary in stunning 3-D to the galaxy of Star Wars, a Disney's Animal Kingdom 'Wild Africa Trek' into the domain of fearsome and fascinating critters, and an experience at Disney California Adventure that plunges guests into the realm of "The Little Mermaid." Meanwhile, Disney Vacation Club will celebrate the opening of its first property away from the U.S. mainland, in romantic Hawaii, and Disney Cruise Line will launch the Disney Dream and expand the horizons for its existing ships.

Here are some of the details of what's in store:

Launch of Disney Dream (January 2011) - A first-of-its kind water coaster that sends guests racing above the upper decks of the ship. An animated turtle that engages children in conversation about life in the ocean. A sophisticated lounge where the sun sets over the skyline of a different world-famous city each night. The Disney Dream, newest ship in the Disney Cruise Line fleet, will bring to life these innovations and more, offering a cruise experience from stem to stern that caters to preferences of the whole family.
The Disney Dream, slated to set sail on Jan. 26, 2011, from Port Canaveral, Fla., will have three-to-five-night Bahamian itineraries. The ship has a capacity of 4,000 passengers. For a "boatload" of information about the new ship, go to www.disneycruise.com, click on the Ships & Activities tab and choose Disney Dream.

New horizons for Disney Cruise Line (beginning January 2011) - The Disney Wonder cruise ship will "go west" in early 2011. New West Coast itineraries for Disney Cruise Line will include, for the first time, Alaska cruises sailing from Vancouver. The Alaska cruises will combine the natural wonder and adventurous spirit of Alaska with the unparalleled guest experience provided by Disney Cruise Line. The Disney Wonder also is scheduled for cruises out of the Port of Los Angeles to the Mexican Riviera, before and after the summer Alaska cruises. To learn more about Disney Cruise Line or to book a vacation, guests can visit www.disneycruise.com, call Disney Cruise Line at 888/DCL-2500 or contact their travel agent.

An African trek " in Florida (beginning January 2011) - A ravine of menacing-looking crocs, pools of hippos, bushwalks along untracked terrain and other thrills await guests on Wild Africa Trek, a unique wildlife experience launching Jan. 16, 2011, into the deepest, most-remote reaches of Disney's Animal Kingdom at Walt Disney World Resort. The three-hour, expert-led adventure will immerse small groups in an "up-close-and-personal" experience with African wildlife species that make their home in Pangani Forest as well as other areas of the park's Harambe Wildlife Reserve. Reservations can be arranged at 407/WDW-TOUR (939-8687).

Egyptian wonders ahead for Adventures by Disney (beginning April 2011) - Once upon a time, there were "seven wonders of the ancient world." Today, one remains: the Great Pyramid of Egypt. Adventures by Disney guests will step off of planes, cruise ships and camels into living chapters of history during seven- and nine-night Egypt itineraries. The pyramids and Great Sphinx in Giza, a Nile River cruise and days and nights in Cairo are all part of the experience. In 2011, Adventures by Disney will offer 25 itineraries, six to 13 days in duration, on six continents - experiences unique in the luxury tour market for their attention to the family in every aspect of the adventure. Guests can learn more at www.adventuresbydisney.com.

New Star Tours adventure out of this world (2011) - Bridging that "long time ago" between the two Star Wars trilogies, new Star Tours adventures debuting in 2011 will take voyagers at Disney's Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland Park in California - for the first time - to Coruscant and other destinations in the Stars Wars galaxy. The power of the Force and the magic of Disney will combine with the breathtaking immersion of 3-D - for the first time.

Disney Vacation Club says 'Aloha' (scheduled to open Aug. 29, 2011) - Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii that includes traditional hotel rooms and Disney Vacation Club villas, is being built on 21 acres of oceanfront property in Ko Olina, approximately 30 minutes from Waikiki. Aulani draws its inspiration from the traditions and heritage of the people of Hawaii. Walt Disney Imagineers, with the help of local architects, artisans and historians, are weaving Hawaiian stories into the buildings, interiors, art and gardens of the resort. Upon completion, Aulani will include 359 traditional hotel rooms and 481 two-bedroom equivalent Disney Vacation Club villas with views of the ocean, mountains and the lush grounds. More information about Aulani is available by visiting www.disneyaulani.com.

Coming attraction gives new meaning to "immersive experience" (2011) - With the premiere of The Little Mermaid ~ Ariel's Undersea Adventure, Disney California Adventure will take guests "under the sea" to experience magnificent scenes and magical songs from the popular motion picture. The attraction represents the next big milestone in the ongoing expansion of the park. For information on new attractions and vacations at Disneyland Resort, visit www.disneyland.com, call 866/60-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.

Peeking over the "boards" to a reimagined Fantasyland - The largest expansion project in Magic Kingdom history is underway at Walt Disney World Resort, featuring attractions and experiences in an area that will nearly double the size of Fantasyland. The Walt Disney World project began in early 2010 and will be completed in phases with most new experiences open by 2013.

September 24, 2010

Adventures by Disney Adds Egypt, Invites Families to Experience the World in 2011

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BURBANK, Calif. - Adventures by Disney (www.AdventuresbyDisney.com) has introduced its 2011 itineraries and adds a new destination to its collection - Egypt: "Pyramids, Pharaohs & Ancient Treasures."

Family-appealing vacations are a hallmark of Adventures by Disney. Egypt with its ancient and modern mysteries brings an exciting and exotic new dimension to the lineup in 2011.

"Adventures by Disney specifically designs each itinerary to entertain and enlighten every member of the family," said Karl Holz, president of Adventures by Disney. "Whether discovering the beauty of the United States or traveling the furthest parts of the globe, such as Egypt, Adventures by Disney provides the perfect way to travel as a family."

To the Pyramids - and Beyond

Picture arriving in Cairo and embarking on a privately guided tour of the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities with its extensive trove of mummies and ancient artifacts. Families will then take an unforgettable excursion to Giza for an up-close view of the Great Pyramids and the fascinating Pharaoh's Boat Museum. And what is a trip to Egypt without a camel-ride past the pyramids.

Journey to Southern Egypt with your fellow travelers and highly trained Adventure Guides on a three-day Nile River cruise and visit the riverside towns of Aswan and Luxor, as well as privately guided tours of temple ruins, including pharaohs Tutankhamen and Ramses VI.

Whether discovering how the ancient Egyptians created papyrus or learning how to write their family's name in hieroglyphics, there is something for everyone regardless of age on this new itinerary, as well as the additional itineraries available through Adventures by Disney.

The Disney Difference

From snorkeling with sea turtles in the Galapagos to discovering Europe's classic history, each itinerary is as matchless as its surroundings. Yet one aspect holds true for every trip: the special touches that are collectively called "the Disney difference".

Adventure Guide: Part storyteller, ambassador, concierge and role model, the Adventures by Disney highly trained Adventure Guides are the friendly hosts and travel specialists who lead guests on every trip. With two guides assigned for every group (of up to 40 people), travelers receive individual attention to ensure a fun and enriching vacation.

Junior Adventurers: Young travelers are transformed into Junior Adventurers - seeing, hearing and tasting things that they might otherwise not have experienced. The immersive activities created just for kids allow young travelers to learn and have fun in places like museums that aren't always as entertaining for the younger set. For example, at the Louvre in Paris, the Junior Adventurers play an Art Detective game throughout the museum with their Adventure Guides, while adults take a privately guided tour with an art historian. In addition, Adventure Guides are expert storytellers and are trained to create fun and unique, locally based experiences for the kids. On almost every departure, there is also a Junior Adventurers night, in which the kids have a special evening experience with their guides, while the adults get a quiet evening on their own at the resort.

Local Experts: An authentic Tuscan chef, a naturalist from Costa Rica, a Chinese tai chi master - these local experts share a passion; they live and breathe the local history and culture of their destination. They are an integral part of every Adventures by Disney vacation. They join guests to share their stories and provide an "insider's perspective to each destination.

VIP Access: Travelers vacationing with Adventures by Disney receive VIP experiences that are practically impossible to schedule on their own. Special entry to otherwise crowded sites, unique accommodations (such as castles in Ireland and Germany, a dude ranch in Yellowstone, and at the base of a live, active volcano in Costa Rica). Guests also get backstage access of celebrated performances such as "The Lion King" in London. These are just a few of the exceptional moments woven through each itinerary, promising expedited service and a broader knowledge of each destination.

Adventures by Disney 2011 destinations include 25 global itineraries across six continents:

Africa, Asia & Pacific
· Egypt (7 nights) - Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor and the Nile
· Egypt (9 nights) - Egypt: Cairo, Aswan, Luxor, the Nile and Sharm el Sheikh
· Enchanted China (10 nights) - China: Beijing, Chengdu, Shanghai and Hong Kong
· Enchanted China (12 nights) - China: Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong
· Safari to South Africa - South Africa: Cape Town, The Garden Route and Kapama Game Reserve
· Discovery Down Under - Australia: North Queensland, The Great Barrier Reef, Ayers Rock and Sydney

British Isles & Europe
· Cities of Knights and Lights - England and France: London and Paris
· The Emerald Isle - Ireland:Dublin, Killarney and Shannon
· Once Upon a Fairytale - Germany: Heidelberg, Waldeck, Rothenburg and Munich
· Alpine Magic - Italy and Switzerland: Lake Como, Zermatt and Lake Luzern
· Viva Italia - Italy:Rome, Tuscany and Venice
· Bella Italia - Central Italy: Sorrento and Florence

Latin America
· Path to Pura Vida - Costa Rica:San José, Tortuguero and Arenal National Parks
· Treasures of the Galapagos - Quito, Otavalo Valley and Galapagos Islands
· Sacred Valleys and Incan Cities - Peru: Sacred Valley, Machu Picchu, Cusco and Lima

North America
· Spirit of America - Philadelphia, Pa., Washington, D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg, Va.
· Quest for the West - Wyoming: Jackson Hole, Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks
· Southwest Splendors - Arizona and Utah: Sedona, Grand Canyon and Moab
· Backstage Magic - Southern California: Hollywood and Disneyland Resort
· Taming the Last Frontier - Alaska: Fairbanks, Denali and Kenai Fjords National Parks
· Rocky Trails and Mountie Tales - Montana and Canada: Glacier and Banff National Parks

Gateway and Signature Tours

In addition to the 21 core collection of itineraries, Adventures by Disney offers two specialty collections: the Signature Collection and the Gateway Collection. Featuring such extras as upgraded hotels, VIP amenities, special entertainment and additional, exclusive activities and enhanced elements on select trip components, the Signature Collection offers an even more extraordinary vacation.

Also, Adventures by Disney presents the Gateway Collection, the newest vacation option offering flexibility via expanded free time so there is more time to visit venues that interest a family most and is an affordable way to see some of the world's most desirable locales. Travel to Italy or London and Paris with no more than 50 guests, stay in comfortable lodging, enjoy the service of two Disney-trained Adventure Guides, VIP access to things difficult to arrange, special fun for the kids and expanded free time.

Signature Collection
· Path to Pura Vida - Costa Rica Signature:San José, Arenal National Park, Quepos and Manuel Antonio National Park
· Viva Italia - Italy Signature:Rome, Tuscany and Venice

Gateway Collection
· Gateway to Italy - Rome, Florence and Venice
· Gateway to London and Paris - London and Paris

Worldwide and on the Web

Just as Adventures by Disney creates family-friendly adventures with the child in mind, so, too, are online activities designed for kids. Junior Adventurers can get a taste of the authentic real-life experiences they will soon explore by means of destination-specific games, trivia, photos, downloadable coloring maps and countdown calendars (JuniorAdventurers.com).

Additionally, AdventuresbyDisney.com is designed to answer guests' primary vacation questions. Unsure where to travel? The unique Trip Selector tool narrows down the ideal choices based on the family's interests. Curious what to expect day-to-day? Travelers can reference the Frequently Asked Questions to find a plethora of information - everything from destination climate to children-friendly cuisine for each itinerary. Decide on a trip? The full E-brochure is available online for guests to e-mail and share with others planning the vacation. The website also features a condensed print version of each itinerary including dates and pricing ranges for easy hands-on reference.

July 21, 2010

2011 Adventures by Disney Itineraries Announced

Adventures by Disney specializes guided group trips that provide a chance to see the world in a whole new way with exciting, behind-the-scenes encounters found nowhere else, combined with Disney's famous attention to detail.

And now Adventures by Disney has just announced two brand-new itineraries for 2011 that will give travelers a chance to visit one of the most dreamed-of destinations in the world - Egypt, with its spectacular history and beguiling modern culture.

Adventures by Disney will offer two Egyptian itineraries filled with daily activities that are fun for the whole family. One itinerary is a one-week program featuring a journey into the heart of Cairo that includes a private guided tour of the mummies and ancient artifacts in the Egyptian Museum of Antiquities, an up-close view of the Great Pyramids, and a visit to the tombs of Ramses VI and King Tut. A three-day Nile River Cruise follows on a beautiful ship that sails from Aswan to Luxor.

The alternate itinerary includes all the same elements, plus an additional two days on the Red Sea in the resort town of Sharm El Sheikh. Sharm is famous for its underwater national park full of coral reefs and arrays of colorful tropical fish, a veritable snorkeling paradise for first-time and veteran snorkelers alike.

To see all the 2011 Adventures by Disney itineraries click HERE.


Disney Vacation Connection Desktop Widget Serves Up Planning Information in a Fun and Creative Way for Disney-bound Guests

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - Planning that next magical Disney vacation? The newly released Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget is a free application that can be downloaded to a PC or Mac computer to view news, videos, weather, park hours, events and vacation planning tips. Also included is a Disney vacation countdown clock that will tell guests the days, hours and minutes until their next Disney vacation.

Content on the app includes Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney, Disney Vacation Club, Disney's Hilton Head Island Resort, Disney's Vero Beach Resort, and Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa, Ko Olina, Hawaii.

With the Disney Vacation Connection widget loaded on their desktop, Disney guests will be able to:
· Stay up-to-date on the latest news and special offers
· Plan their next magical Disney vacation
· Count down to the vacation with the countdown clock
· Check Disney theme park hours
· Learn about upcoming special events
· Find out the weather forecast for the Disney vacation destination

The widget is a free download. Guests can learn more about the Disney Vacation Connection desktop widget, and download it, by visiting www.DisneyVacationConnection.com.

October 27, 2009

Exciting New Adventures by Disney Offer Gives Families More Vacation Time Together

Guests Purchasing Select Adventures by Disney Departures in 2010, Receive a FREE* Three-Night Cruise to the Bahamas on Disney Cruise Line

BURBANK, Calif., Oct. 26 /PRNewswire/ -- Adventures by Disney announced an exciting new offer designed to help parents and children spend more quality time with each other through family vacations. Consumers purchasing select Adventures by Disney vacations between October 26, 2009 and January 15, 2010 will receive a free three-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas (www.AdventuresbyDisney.com/freecruise).

Realizing vacations are the perfect time to bond as a family, Adventures by Disney developed a unique offer allowing parents and children to embark on two great Disney vacations, providing another opportunity to spend quality time together. Guests traveling to some of Adventures by Disney's most popular destinations, ranging from Europe, China, Australia, Costa Rica and the American Southwest will receive a second vacation - a three-night Disney Cruise to the Bahamas - free*. Families have the opportunity to book the cruise through 2011.

Just as Disney Cruise Line revolutionized - and in some ways defined - the family cruise vacation, Adventures by Disney is recreating the way families think about vacationing together. Adventures by Disney invites travelers to experience the world with guided group vacations created especially for families. Guests meet local experts, receive VIP treatment, enjoy exclusive experiences and discover incredible adventures - including special thrills just for kids.

Each of the 19 Adventures by Disney itineraries are led by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides who handle all the details so families can focus on having the time of their lives. Local experts are also an integral part of every vacation and join guests to share their stories and provide an "insider's" perspective to each destination. Adventures by Disney's "Disney Difference" includes VIP touches, providing special entry to otherwise crowded sites and unique accommodations, such as castles in Ireland and Germany, an authentic Yellowstone dude ranch and lodging at the base of an active volcano in Costa Rica, as well as backstage access in to spectacles such as Disney Theatrical's "The Lion King" in London. Each trip is designed so that families get the most out of their limited vacation time together.

"Each Adventures by Disney vacation offers families experiences that connect them with the world and each other," said Don Gross, Vice President, Adventures By Disney. "And now, families can make the most of their time together with this special offer from Adventures by Disney - literally getting two amazing family vacations for the price of one."

Guests wanting more information about this offer or Adventures by Disney can visit www.AdventuresbyDisney.com/freecruise, call 877/728-7282, or contact their Travel Agent.

*Government Taxes and fees not included. Guests who purchase a qualifying Adventures by Disney land package will receive a free Disney Cruise Line® 3-Night Bahamian cruise. Offer applies to new purchases between 10/26/09 and 1/15/10 of select Adventures by Disney land packages at the non-discounted regular rate departing before 10/2/10. Offer valid on the majority of 2010 Adventures by Disney season departures; please visit www.adventuresbydisney.com/freecruise for a complete list of eligible departures or call 877-728-7282 for more details; Canadian guests please contact your local travel agent. A certificate good for a 3-night Bahamian cruise will be mailed out 25 days prior to the land package departure date. A completed cruise certificate must be submitted to Disney Cruise Line® before 12/31/10 and sailing must occur between 2/1/10 and 12/15/11. The guests in the free cruise party may not exceed the number of guests in the eligible Adventures by Disney land package. Offer valid on ocean view staterooms in the following categories only: 9A, 9B, 9C, and 9D and the number of staterooms available for this offer is limited. Block-out dates apply; see certificate for details. Transportation to and from Port Canaveral not included. Cruise is non-transferable and may not be sold, traded, refunded or redeemed for cash value. Subject to terms, conditions and restrictions of Disney Cruise Line®. One (1) certificate issued per reservation. Certificate not redeemable for cash in whole or in part and will not be replaced if lost or stolen. Advance reservations required. Subject to conditions, restrictions and change without notice. Land package and Cruise fulfillment is subject to availability and restrictions. Void where prohibited. Cannot be combined with any other offers or promotions.

October 19, 2009

Adventures by Disney, HarperCollins Announce 'The Search for Flat Stanley's Next BIG Adventure'

WASHINGTON, Oct. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- One of the most adventurous characters in
children's literature, Flat Stanley, traveled to the prestigious Library of
Congress today where he, along with the first three books in Flat Stanley's
Worldwide Adventures series, were inducted into the Library to help Adventures
by Disney and HarperCollins Children's Books celebrate an exciting new project
called "The Search for Flat Stanley's Next BIG Adventure."


Due to his peculiar ability to be mailed to different locations, Stanley is
the most well-traveled character in children's literature, traveling around
the world thousands of times annually in an educational project that has
become a classic of the American classroom. Now budding writers and artists
are invited to create their own Flat Stanley story in "The Search for Flat
Stanley's Next BIG Adventure." In this nationwide contest, children ages 7 to
12 can win an Adventures by Disney vacation by creating a specially themed
Flat Stanley and a 150-word story about his "Next BIG Adventure."


Entries will be judged in three age groups - one for 7 to 8-year-olds, one for
9 to 10-year-olds and one for 11 to 12-year-olds. One winner will be chosen in
each age group and each of the three winners can choose one of Adventures by
Disney's 19 worldwide vacations for their prize.


Parents, kids and educators can check out
www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney for Official Rules and complete
information on the Contest; fun, interactive games; and fascinating
informational resources. The Contest runs through November 30, 2009 and no
purchase is necessary to enter or win.


The Search
At today's launch, more than 20 local third-graders from Washington, D.C.'s
Sheridan School took part in a special reading with the author of the upcoming
Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures #5: The Amazing Mexican Secret, Josh
Greenhut, who colored in his own Flat Stanley with the students. Stephanie
Sprow, from the U.S. Department of Education and Historian John Y. Cole, from
the Library, also joined representatives from Adventures by Disney and
HarperCollins for the special induction.


The ceremony also featured the unveiling of
www.FlatStanleyBooks.com/AdventuresbyDisney, a specially-created Web site
featuring Flat Stanley; backgrounds, clothing, accessories and information
from Adventures by Disney destinations to help kids prepare their Flat Stanley
and stories; complete "Contest Official Rules" and entry information;
interactive, educational games based on Adventures by Disney's destinations;
and a special section for educators with resources explaining how to
incorporate Flat Stanley's adventures into their classrooms.


"Flat Stanley has traveled the globe and experienced much of what the world
has to offer. HarperCollins is thrilled to be teaming up with Adventures by
Disney to give Flat Stanley readers a chance to experience that world
themselves," said Diane Naughton, vice president of marketing, HarperCollins
Children's Books. "We can't wait to see the imaginative adventures readers
come up with for Stanley."


"This promotion encompasses our joint mission - to bring history, culture and
adventure from countries around the world to children, parents and educators
in a creative and engaging way," said Don Gross, vice president, Adventures by
Disney. "We hope to encourage children and families' passion for reading,
travel and knowledge of the world."


Flat Stanley and Adventures by Disney
Flat Stanley was introduced by author Jeff Brown more than 45 years ago and
has inspired a worldwide phenomenon. In what's become a popular tradition,
parents and kids take Flat Stanley with them on vacation or send him to
friends and family in different cities. Flat Stanley's picture is taken in
various locations, and the children report back to their classes on Flat
Stanley's adventures. In Flat Stanley's Worldwide Adventures, Flat Stanley
continues to inspire creativity in classrooms across America with his
entertaining adventures that are also lessons in geography.


Adventures by Disney introduces families to diverse cultures and exciting
activities with 19 immersive, authentic, fun and educational trips to
destinations throughout the United States and around the world, including
South Africa, China, Australia, Europe and the Americas. Every aspect of each
trip - from excursions to accommodations to dining - is specifically designed
for families traveling together. Immersive activities created just for kids
allow young travelers to learn and have fun in places like museums that aren't
always as entertaining for the younger set. For example, at the Louvre in
Paris, the Junior Adventurers play an Art Detective game throughout the museum
with their Adventure Guides, while adults take a privately guided tour with an
art historian.

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