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This summer, Disney Cruise Line is once again charting a course in Europe. If you’re thinking of cruising this year (a tempting thought for most of us during the chilly winter months), be sure to explore options for enhancing your European cruise with tours from Adventures by Disney. Travel off the beaten path with your Adventure Guides and enjoy immersive experiences and VIP privileges along the way.
Northern European group guided port experiences from Adventures by Disney allow you to discover some of the best of every port. On the 7-Night Magic of the Fjords Cruise you’ll see the breathtaking beauty of the fjords and arctic mountain ranges as you walk the cobblestone streets of picturesque towns frozen in time.
Book a pre-cruise stay in Copenhagen with Adventures by Disney to explore castles and canals, modern architecture and Viking history. Pre-cruise stays in London include visits to castles and cathedrals that have witnessed centuries of weddings and royal events. You’ll also get some of the best this metropolitan city has to offer, including regional cuisine and modern attractions.
Prefer cruising the Mediterranean and soaking in the sights of Italy, France and Spain? On the 7-Night Mediterranean Magic cruise you can also discover the best of every port with special guided experiences from Adventures by Disney. From making gelato in Florence to basking in the sun on a private boat to Capri and learning the flamenco in Barcelona, you’ll be sure to enjoy experiences unlike anything you’ve done before!
Hosted by Adventure Guides, these vacation packages offer VIP experiences and opportunities that immerse your family in the culture and history of the places you visit. Adventures by Disney finds a way to make the incredibly easy process of cruising even more carefree … not to mention unforgettable!
Guests can enjoy new experiences in London including a meet and greet with a Beefeater at the Tower of London, and a speedboat journey down the River Thames. They’ll also explore the English countryside with a proper High Tea and scone-making activity, archery lessons, and an interactive scavenger hunt for dragons and knights at Windsor Castle.
Then, after a quick trip across the Channel, they’ll arrive in Paris to soak up the art and culture of this timeless metropolis.
To find out more about this re-imagined itineraries, Click Here.
Adventure Insiders (Adventures by Disney past Guests) can enjoy a one-day early booking window today, June 9, 2015, before sales open to the general public tomorrow.
Adventures by Disney announces the introduction of its first-ever river cruising itineraries. Sailing with AmaWaterways, the travel industry’s premier luxury river cruise line, Adventures by Disney river cruises offer a new way for you to experience the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive and easy.
In 2016, Adventures by Disney will offer sailings along the Danube River, allowing you 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! Get a glimpse in this video!
As you explore, you will 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.
And, if you are looking for even greater immersion into local culture, you can add an Adventures by Disney guided 3-day/2-night pre- or post-stay land package in Prague, Czech Republic, which includes a variety of active experiences, such as a cultural immersion tour of Prague with a local guide, dinner at Folklore Garden with traditional music and dance, a Prague river cruise featuring monuments and architectural highlights and much more.
Imagine traveling around the world and vacationing like a VIP in some of the world’s most incredible destinations. With Adventures by Disney you can do just that!
An Adventures by Disney vacation includes admission and private access to popular attractions, behind-the-scenes tours, and front-of-the-line access, all with world-class Disney hospitality.
Adventures by Disney trips offer front-of-the-line access to locations and opportunities that would often be difficult to experience without Disney. Here are just a few of the incredible VIP experiences you can have.
The sights, the tastes and the history of Italy make this popular destination a must visit. But imagine having the Sistine Chapel all to yourself? When you travel to Italy with Adventures by Disney you can explore some of Michelangelo’s magnificent achievements as your Adventure Guides take you on a private, after-hours visit to the Vatican City Museum and Sistine Chapel with a local expert.
Take a trip “down under” to Australia to see the largest coral reef system in the world, the Great Barrier Reef, one of the Seven Natural Wonders on Earth. And with Adventures by Disney Australia vacation you’ll enjoy the knowledge provided by a private marine biologist who joins your journey and can answer any questions as you snorkel around the reef, or view it from 3 feet below the surface on a semi-submersible vessel.
What could be better than visiting the Louvre museum in Paris? How about dining just steps away from the Mona Lisa in a room with a seriously impressive view? On the Adventures by Disney France itinerary you can enjoy an exquisite farewell dinner in a private room at the Louvre overlooking its famed glass pyramid entrance in the Cour Napoléon.
Enjoy a rustic but luxurious stay at the historic Brooks Lake Lodge, which is reserved exclusively for Adventures by Disney Wyoming vacation guests during your stay. As awe-inspiring as the day it was founded, this historic lodge offers incredible views of Wyoming’s mountainous landscape, as well as access to activities such as horseback riding, fly-fishing, hiking, canoeing and archery.
Combine a behind-the-magic private tour of the Walt Disney Studios, exclusive access at Walt Disney Imagineering and the Jim Henson Company Studios, a unique visit to Walt Disney’s apartment inside Disneyland park, a 2-day VIP experience at Disneyland park and Disney California Adventure park with special Disney’s FASTPASS service and reserved parade seating, and you’ve just begun to scratch the surface of all the special, behind-the-scenes treats in store for you on an Adventures by Disney vacation to Southern California.
From a private catamaran excursion in Costa Rica to dance lessons in a Broadway theater in New York City, you can enjoy an array of other VIP experiences with Adventures by Disney.
With Adventures by Disney, planning a family vacation to new and exciting global destinations is easier than ever. With more than two dozen different itineraries, Adventures by Disney offers something for everyone. There are so many reasons to take an Adventures by Disney vacation, but here are our top 5 picks:
Two Adventure Guides
No matter which Adventures by Disney itinerary you choose, you’ll be accompanied by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Adventure Guides bring stories to life by introducing you to the culture and traditions of the places you’re visiting … with a side of Disney magic of course. You might even consider them part of the family after your trip!
Private VIP experiences
What truly makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique is an array of private experiences in some of the world’s most recognizable destinations. From a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum or a behind-the-scenes look at Lucasfilm, to learning a dance number from a Broadway show or canoeing across Loch Ness in Scotland , you can enjoy a host of VIP opportunities designed just for Adventures by Disney guests.
Junior Adventurer activities
On an Adventures by Disney vacation the whole family can have fun while traveling the world. While you visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, your Junior Adventurers can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt around the museum. While the grown-ups sip wine in Tuscany, the kids are invited to their own tasting session as they sample Italy’s finest olive oils. Each itinerary includes an opportunity for the adults to dine while Junior Adventurers play games with the Adventure Guides.
World class hotels and dining
From fantastic views of the fjords in Norway to staying in a fairytale castle in Germany, specially selected accommodations allow you to spend your nights in some magnificent settings. You can dine like royalty with a private reception and dinner at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, or hop aboard a pirate-themed schooner and sail the Venetian lagoon for a private dinner. You can even step outside your hotel overlooking Vatican City and explore the unique shops and restaurants right at your doorstep.
With Adventures by Disney the stress is taken out of planning your vacation, allowing you to simply focus on creating lasting memories with your family. From Long Weekends to extended trips, it’s as easy as choosing your next destination and leaving the planning to us!
Check out Adventures by Disney for more information on planning your next big adventure.
In 2015, Adventures by Disney will offer an amazing new itinerary, taking you into the adventurous paths of the Ecuadorian Amazon. This trip not only travels through the Amazon region, but it also explores the Galapagos Islands and Quito, Ecuador’s capital city.
Are you ready for the ultimate mini-vacation? In 2015, Adventures by Disney is launching new Long Weekend trips. Featuring two itineraries – New York City and San Francisco & Napa – these four-day weekend getaways provide you with a break from the everyday to explore some of America’s favorite locations in a new light.
Get a glimpse at these exciting new adventures in this video!
Washington DC, when you hear that city name, what comes to mind? For me, I know it has always been a important travel destination steeped in American history. School kids of all ages take field trips there, visitors from other countries mark it as a must see destination when they visit the US. For me though, it never ranked really high on my must see list of places I wanted to visit, and definitely not an itinerary I had considered for an Adventure by Disney vacation.
My wife, Leslie on the other hand had rallied for it on several occasions. Each year when we would plan our family vacations, we’d pull out the Adventures by Disney brochure and dream of exciting and exotic locations around the globe. My daughter Sarah and I would suggest European adventures in Germany or Ireland and talk of the fun we could have in locations like Costa Rica or the Galapagos. Leslie would boldly offer, “well what about our nations capital” and we’d say, well maybe next year, or that’s not as much fun as Costa Rica!
Well, this year for the first time in my life an opportunity to visit DC appeared and I accepted. I was attending a Disney Travel Advisory Council meeting, and the folks from Disney had also set up a mini Adventure by Disney day for us during our time there in order to expose the council members to this incredible vacation experience.
I arrived early afternoon, and had a few hours to myself before our council dinner that evening. We were staying at the historic Mayflower hotel which is located within a reasonable walk from the National Mall. So I talked to the hotel concierge who gave me some simple directions and a guide map and I was off to discover the city that’s the seat of power of the greatest nation in the world.
My first stop was the Washington monument. Surrounded by fifty flags, it’s a pretty impressive structure. From there I walked down the mall past Smithsonian buildings and beautiful museums to the Capital building, and that’s where it happened. Yes, that’s where it began to hit me how historical and important this city is. I began to realize that the great men who founded our country and the decisions they made that shaped our lives happened here.
I looked at the statue of Ulysses S. Grant atop his horse and the battlefield depictions on either side of him and thought about all the courageous men and women who have fought for our freedom and this great country.
From there I walked the other way up the mall past the Washington monument, took some time at the World War II memorial and then on up to the Lincoln memorial. And that’s where it really happened. When I walked up those steps and looked for the first time at Mr Lincoln I was not prepared for how impressive of a scene it was. We’ve all seen pictures of Mr Lincoln looking out across the mall towards the capital, but I had no idea how large it actually was! Seated the statue is nineteen and a half feet tall, and when you stand there it seems gigantic. His hands, his boots, everything about him is just huge and there’s no other way to say it but it’s extremely moving. To think that such a humble man from a simple beginning led this country through the most challenging times in history and did so much to reunite a house once divided. You really have to see this in person to get the full impact of how large and important this memorial really is.
The next day we visited several other monuments and landmarks in the DC area. We also traveled across the Potomac and visited Mt Vernon, the home of George and Martha Washington and their final resting place. We ended our tour back in DC at the Korean War Memorial, an eerie reminder of the impact of war and the fact that Freedom is Never Free
So I can easily say that I went away from this trip with a new perspective on Washington DC as a destination and the way I look at travel. This IS what travel is supposed to do. It should reveal a destinations history and importance, it should make us glad that we ventured there, make us realize there is much to be discovered just outside our front and around the world, and leave us wanting to return to find out more about not only where we are, but who we are.
Rick is President of Kingdom Magic Vacations, and as you might guess, he loves to travel! His wife Leslie have two great kids, teens actually, and they love to travel together as a family. They love cruising also, and most of all they love Walt Disney World!
You can find Rick at www.TravelwithRick.com where he loves to share with you the place (Walt Disney World) and the places (anywhere else around the world) that we love to visit. I’ll do that with articles, video and pictures.
Recently we got a sneak peek at one of the new Adventures by Disney itinerary inspired by the film “Frozen.” Disney Parks Blog has officially announced the “Norway: Fjords, Bergen & Oslo” itinerary – a journey carefully crafted from a partnership between Adventures by Disney and Walt Disney Animation Studios.
The new itinerary guides families through an eight-day, seven-night epic adventure across the stunning lands of Norway, allowing them to 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. As with any Adventures by Disney trip, families can expect to partake in authentic activities that only Disney can provide, from discovering the fjord country by safari to learning Norwegian folk dancing.
Families will bond as they explore the storybook village of Bergen (the real-life inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle) and also journey through Flåm, Geiranger and Norway’s capital, Oslo. The trip will be full of surprises like rafting down an exhilarating river, hiking across mystical terrains and even rainbow trout fishing.
Two expertly trained Adventure Guides will lead families to make sure that no detail – no matter how small – will be missed. Adventures by Disney allows families to fully immerse themselves in the culture without having to sweat the details of pre-planning anything.
Begin your adventure with a visit to this storybook village which served as the inspiration for the kingdom of Arendelle, home to Anna and her sister Elsa—in Disney’s epic animated-adventure, Frozen.
Discover the natural beauty and cultural heritage of this dramatic Scandinavian region as you meet local storytellers, fisherman and farmers along the way.
Feel the exhilaration as your family floats along the waters of one of Norway’s breathtaking rivers as it carries you through the gorgeous Norwegian landscapes of natural beauty and wonder.
Take part in the rich history of one of the region’s most beloved pastimes—folk dancing—where you’ll feel like a local from Arendelle as you whirl around like Anna in Frozen.
Step into the glacial blue waters of Lake Loen for a net fishing experience to catch some of the native trout in this unique activity that will have you feeling like a true local.
Get a close-up look at these wooden masterpieces that remain an important part of Norway’s heritage as well as serving as the inspiration for much of the film’s architecture.
In 2014, Adventures by Disney will head to Norway on a new trip inspired by the soon-to-be released Walt Disney Pictures animated film, Frozen.
Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frozen filmmakers as they explore the sights, meet the people and experience the breathtaking beauty of this magnificent country.
Reservations for the Adventures by Disney Norway itinerary will be available to book beginning on Oct. 15, 2013.
At Kingdom Magic, we believe that life should be measured out in memories. And how many times in your life would you be able to explore the Great Barrier Reef in Australia or the walk around the Great Pyramids of Egypt? But with an Adventure by Disney, you can do just that with all the comfort, service, and quality that is synonymous with the Disney brand.
To really know a place, you need to be immersed in its stories and legends. And when it comes to living out tales – true or mythical – there are no better storytellers than your Adventures By Disney Guides. Wherever you go and whatever you do – whether it’s trying your hand at the age-old Greek traditions of cheese making or biking around the grounds of a historic French chateau – your Adventure Guides are there to share their knowledge, insights and passion for the places you visit.
An Adventures by Disney family vacation features the impeccable service, tradition and attention to detail that is the hallmark of Disney the world over. For your convenience Adventures by Disney takes care of all the details—including your luggage and hotel check-in—so that you don’t have to plan anything. Just relax, have fun and enjoy your vacation!
Fun for the Entire Family
Experience the world together, in ways every member of your family can enjoy. You’ll spend time together on an Egyptian camel ride, take a private visit to a local pineapple plantation in Costa Rica or make pizza in Italy.
Adventures by Disney will not only show your kids the world, they will help them get to know it. They’ll step into the pages of history, meet legendary figures and live timeless stories through unique activities designed just for them. Where else can a kid go on a scavenger hunt in the Louvre Museum or paint their own masterpiece in the shade of Monet’s home? And because you know your kids are having a great time having fun and making friends, you’ll be able to relax and do the same.
Of course, there’s also plenty of time build into each trip just when you’d want it. Every bit of your adventure has been crafted with everyone in mind.
Go Beyond the Walls
Adventures by Disney are absolute experts at getting you into places nearly impossible to get into when traveling on your own. Enjoy reserved entry and access to Michelangelo’s David and the famed Duomo or go behind the scenes at Disneyland Park. It’s all part of their VIP treatment.
On an Adventures by Disney vacation, your family will get to know the world in ways they never expected – and will never forget. That’s because, when you travel with us, you’re traveling with people who know families, and who know how to plan a family vacation with engaging activities and incredible experiences for everyone.
Now is the Time
So why wouldn’t you take an Adventure by Disney? Now is the best time to plan your next adventure…and Kingdom Magic is here to help! On an Adventure by Disney trip your’re a traveler and an adventurer, not a tourist. You and your family become active participants in incredible stories, experiences and cultures through immersive activities only Disney can bring you!
In 2014, Adventures By Disney is adding some exciting new vacations to their collection, like their newly enhanced trip to Italy and their new Central European trip that takes guests on a journey to Austria, Germany and Czech Republic. Adventures by Disney has also put together some amazing, adventurous vacations that teens and their parents will never forget.
On this newly added trip, guests will be immersed in the storybook treasures of Prague, Salzburg, Vienna and more.
• Three nights at a resort in the Bavarian Alps with adventures through a salt mine and
• Indulge in the best of Central European cuisine from a strudel and pretzel making to a schnapps tasting.
• Experience a private farewell dinner in the Emperor’s Pavilion at the world-famous Vienna Zoo.
This newly enhanced vacation will take you on a journey through the most awe-inspiring parts of Italy – from the ancient wonders of Rome to the rustic charm of the Tuscan countryside.
• NEW —See what it’s like to be aRoman Gladiator as you step on the floor of the Colosseum, an area off-limits to the general public.
• NEW —Take in the history in an after-hoursvisit to the Vatican City Museum andSistine Chapel.
• NEW —Step into the kitchen of a working olive farm, preparing a traditional dish with two Italian nonnas (grandmothers).
Adventures by Disney has put together some amazing, adventurous vacations that teens and their parents will never forget. Trips that have all of the Adventures by Disney magic, plus activities and excursions that will keep teenagers enlightened and entertained.TEEN-FOCUSED ACTIVITIES:
• PERU – June 22 – 30, 2014 Salsa lessons and horseback riding.
• COSTA RICA – July 12 – 18, 2014Tour the natural wonders of Costa Rica. private beach party, photography lessons at Laguna Lodge.
• ARIZONA & UTAH – August 6 – 13, 2014 Bike ride through Boynton Canyon, a Grand Canyon sunset hike, tennis and swimming at Red Cliffs Lodge in Moab.
There’s a magical world out there just waiting to be explored. And Adventures by Disney® guided group vacations are the best way for you to experience it all.
Offering worldwide itineraries across six continents, Adventures by Disney delivers all the ingredients for unforgettable trips to some of the world’s most popular destinations – including new trips to Greece and France! And, in 2013, you can once again explore the breathtaking sights of these famous European countries.
Greece – Greek Odyssey
This 10-day/9-night guided group family vacation to Greece includes visits to Athens, Delphi, Santorini and Crete. From ancient ruins to cosmopolitan Athens, quaint seaside villages to rustic mountain hamlets, Greece will captivate and entertain you with its idyllic islands and 4,000 years of history, traditions and culture.
• Set sail around the island of Santorini aboard a private jet boat and climb to the summit of a volcano.
• Kayak across the Aegean Sea to the island fortress of Spinalonga.
• As adults enjoy delicious wine tasting, Junior Adventurers can get into the fun with some grape stomping.
France – Esprit de France
This 8-day/7-night guided group family vacation to France includes visits to Versailles, Giverny, Deauville, Normandy, the Loire Valley and Paris. From breathtakingly beautiful countryside to the City of Light, opulent châteaux to historical landmarks like Omaha Beach, you can experience it all on this très magnifique journey through France.
• Visit the medieval monastery that sits atop the magnificent Mont Saint-Michel.
• Discover Omaha Beach and take a privately guided tour to the American Cemetery.
• Bike through the royal gardens of the Châteaux de Chambord and taste the wines that make this scenic region famous.
This one-day, guided adventure begins when guests meet two Adventures by Disney guides in the lobby at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa at Disneyland Resort.
Then, it’s off to Hollywood for a walking tour that includes visits to the Dolby® Theatre℠ at the Hollywood & Highland Center (home of the Academy Awards®) – or, based on the tour date, the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, best known for its extensive collection of celebrity footprints and handprints. Both are located on vibrant Hollywood Boulevard.
The exterior of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre is impressive! The theatre faces Hollywood Boulevard – and in the promenade, guests will find the footprints, handprints and signatures of motion picture celebrities from the ’20s to present day.
Seeing the inside of the Grauman’s Theatre is a real treat – the theatre has been home to many star-studded movie premiers since it opened in 1927 and is rich with Hollywood history.
Many visitors to the theatre stop to take a photo of their favorite celebrity’s imprint.
Guests will see the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame where stars honor excellence in: motion picture, radio, recording, television and live performance. There are a few Disney stars…even one for Disneyland!
Across from the Hollywood & Highland Center, guests will see the famous El Capitan Theatre that opened in 1927 and is now home to many of the Walt Disney Studios’ premieres.
From Hollywood, the tour continues through Beverly Hills (that would be the famous 90210 zip code!) and on to Rodeo Drive, the ultimate designer shopping district!
For lunch (which is included in the tour), guests visit the original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax – take in some shopping over the break, and keep an eye out for a star or two as this is a local favorite!
The selection of fresh produce is fantastic!
After lunch, guests hop aboard a trolley and explore the shops at The Grove. Or, catch a glimpse of the television show ‘Extra’, which shoots live at the center.
Later in the afternoon, guests depart to The Walt Disney Studio Lot in Burbank for a guided tour. An Adventures by Disney tour is the only way for the general public to experience the Studio Lot – this is truly an exclusive experience that’s only available to the public on the rarest of occasions. Our guests love this behind-the-scenes adventure!
The Walt Disney Studio Lot is filled with history and original buildings where many Disney Classics came to life – guests will get to go inside the Animation Building.
Once inside the Animation Building, guests will find original sketches and story boards that served as the foundation for many Disney animated films.
The intersection of Dopey Drive and Mickey Avenue. Imagine what this must have been like back in the ’40s, walking in Walt Disney’s footsteps.
The tour wraps up with a special reception in Legends Plaza, where Disney’s many gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders have been honored.
This one-day tour provided by Adventures by Disney is a perfect add-on to a Disneyland vacation. Guests will explore Southern California’s iconic locations and star-studded sites. Learn more by Clicking Here or call 1-866-972-6244 for pricing and details.