We recently attended a great presentation from Disney Cruise Line President Karl Holz and Adventures by Disney President Ken Potrock that looked at what was new and what’s is coming soon to two of Disney’s biggest non-theme park travel experiences. There was also a bit… Read More »What’s new, what’s next for Disney Cruise Line and Adventures by Disney
Adventures By Disney
Adventures by Disney, the innovative guided group travel division, has announced 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 families to experience the heart of Europe with Adventures by Disney’s trademark immersive level of service. Okay, it’s not a Disney Cruise Line river ship, but it is the next best thing.
The initial roll-out is just four sailings along the Danube River in the summer of 2016, plus one holiday themed sailing in December 2016. Each will give travelers the opportunity to experience iconic locations and hidden gems in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary.
The Adventures by Disney river cruise departures will take guests off the beaten path in search of the culture, art and unique stories intrinsic to each European city and town visited. 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 are seemingly endless.
River cruises also offer maximum port time in each city, arriving at dawn and departing late night. That means more time for travelers to discover the destination through guided activities and individual exploration for a completely tailored and customizable vacation experience.
“Celebrating 10 years in the family tourism industry, Adventures by Disney is always looking for new ways to deliver extraordinary vacation experiences that are both memorable and effortless for our guests,” said Ken Potrock, senior vice president of Adventures by Disney. “Recognizing the untapped potential and broadening appeal of the river cruising market, we worked with AmaWaterways to provide families with an immersive, personalized experience unlike anything we’ve presented before.Read More »Adventures by Disney adds a River Cruise
The last day of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train event, we attended a breakfast presentation of “Around Our World.” The presentation formerly known as “What’s new, what’s next” lays out recent changes and upcoming projects at Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line & Adventures by… Read More »“Around Our World” Presentation Video – What’s new and what’s next
Adventures by Disney and the Walt Disney Animation Studios are working together to create a family-friendly trip to Norway for vacationers to see for themselves the beautiful scenery that inspired Frozen, as well as get a glimpse of the rich culture and heritage of the… Read More »Adventures by Disney Now Offering Frozen-Inspired Trip to Norway
New Itinerary Brings Stories of Southeast Asia to Life in Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia
I admit I’ve never been on an Adventures By Disney excursion, but the idea sounds intriguing. Guides, specially trained by Disney, provide a unique experience to various spots around the globe. But so far, no excursions into Southeast Asia. That will all change in 2013 as travelers will get the opportunity to experience some of Asia’s most exotic and culturally-rich cities. Adventures by Disney just announced an all-new destination for 2013 – Southeast Asia. Featuring Vietnam, Laos and Cambodia, with an 12-day, 11-night itinerary.
“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.”
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.
Although it does not get much love, particularly when compared to the volume its theme parks cousins do, the Adventures By Disney division continues to expand its particular brand of Disney magic. For 2012, they’ve announced 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.
Since its launch six years ago, Adventures by Disney has developed a collection of 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 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.”
Hello, and welcome to the D23 Expo, Day 2 (for more expo coverage read my D23 Expo Day 1 and Alison’s D23 Expo Day 3 recaps!) where things were taken up a big ol’ notch. I know, I couldn’t believe it either.
This is where you say, “How in the world did they top the first day? Nothing could be sweeter than Kermit the Frog and Rowlf the Dog singing a tribute to the late, great Jim Henson! Nothing could be better than Dick Van Dyke in concert!
Fair enough. However, where Day 1 was a tip of the hat to Disney legends, Day 2 was about the now and the immediate future. Hence John Lasseter introducing Billy Crystal to a standing ovation (Lasseter also received a standing ovation) while discussing the upcoming Pixar film Monsters University. Also, Jason Segel coming out with Kermit the Frog and Miss Piggy to discuss the new Muppet Movie. And of course, the Avengers assembling. On stage. That’s right, with the exception of the Hulk and Captain America, the entire team came out to watch a trailer that they had never seen. Robert Downey, Jr. made us watch it twice. Basically, it was a parade of celebrities (including Jennifer Garner, Sarah Silverman, and Jon Cryer, to name but a few) and Disney awesomeness (including Rich Ross, Andrew Stanton, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige, to again name but a few). My inner geek setting was at 11.
Been thinking about taking one of the Disney tours, aka Adventures by Disney, but were scared off by the price, well Disney has heard your cry. A new line of ‘entry level’ adventures has been added to the menu that will better suit the recession… Read More »Adventures by Disney lowers price point