Adventures by Disney

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Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc.
Adventures by Disney
Subsidiary of public corporation
Industry Hospitality, Tourism
Founded 2005; 12 years ago (2005)
Headquarters Celebration, Florida, US
Key people
  • Karl Holz
  • (president, DCL & New Vacation Operations)
  • Ken Potrock (SVP)[1]
Services Guided tours
River cruises
Parent Disney Parks New Vacation Operations
(The Walt Disney Company)
Website www.adventuresbydisney.com

Adventures by Disney (ABD) provides group guided family vacations to various domestic and international destinations. The company is a subsidiary of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts's New Vacation Operations division. Disney Parks is a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company.

Adventures by Disney provides 30 planned trips on six continents.[2]

History[edit]

Adventures by Disney's first started operating in 2005 and featured just two US destinations.[3] Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. was incorporated on December 19, 2005.[4]

By 2015, Adventures by Disney expanded its destinations to span six continents.[3] Also in 2015, Adventures by Disney introduced several shorter four- and five-day "Long Weekend" itineraries in New York City, Nashville, San Francisco and Wyoming.[5]

On April 13, 2015, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts announced that Adventures by Disney will have river cruise vacations. AmaWaterways will host the river cruises while Adventures by Disney will guide and storytell with the group. Danube River cruises are expected to start in 2016.[6] AmaWaterways and the company added a Rhine River cruise in 2017 on the new AMAKristina ship with six trips.[1]

Format[edit]

On an Adventures by Disney vacation, guests are taken on expeditions that often feature activities designed for families and kids (or 'Junior Adventurers'). Two Disney-trained adventure guides (cast members) look after a group[2] of no more than 44 guests on an adventure, and are described as being 'part concierge, guide and storyteller'.

World Regions[edit]

Adventures by Disney group family tours are divided into four world regions, each region contains several countries: (Asia, South Africa & Australia), (Central & South America), (North America), and (Europe).

Asia[edit]

The Asia destinations are China or Cambodia, Vietnam & Laos.

China

Travelers visit key popular landmarks including The Great Wall of China, Chengdu’s Giant Pandas, The Forbidden City in Beijing, the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, Terracotta Warriors, Hong Kong Disneyland and Shanghai Disneyland.

Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos

Travelers visit popular landmarks, such as, Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam (Saigon), Mekong River, Vietnam Museum of Ethnology, Cu Chi Tunnels, Da Nang, Hoi An, Hanoi, Luang Prabang Night Market, Kuang Si Falls, Coconut Garden in Laos, Angkor Wat’s Ancient Temple and Tuk-Tuk rides in Cambodia.

Australia[edit]

The Australian destinations visit Sydney, Gold Coast, Palm Cove and Byron Bay.

Travelers visit landmarks such as Taronga Zoo, Sydney Opera House, Tobruk Sheep Farm, Ayers Rock, Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Cairns, Marina Mirage in Port Douglas, Palm Cove, The Great Barrier Reef, Gold Coast, The Cape Byron Lighthouse and Mt. Tamborine.

Central and South America[edit]

The Central & South America destinations are Costa Rica, Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Galapagos Islands (non-amazon) and Peru.

Costa Rica

Travelers visit various landmarks such as the Costa Rica Rainforests, Tortuguero National Park in San Jose Costa Rica, Tortuguero Village, Arenal Volcano National Park, Pineapple Plantation, Guancaste, River Rincon Corobici and Liberia. Travelers also experience zip lining, nature walks, white water rafting and animal rescue zoos.

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Travelers visit various Ecuadorian landmarks and locations: Beginning with Quitsato Equator Sundial, Galapagos Islands, Santa Cruz Islands – Las Bachas, Puerto Egas on Santiago Island, Rabida Island, Bartolome Island, Darwin Bay and San Cristobal Island. Activities include Tours of the Rose Plantation and Buccaneer Cove, Weaving Demonstrations, Flute-Making, Folk Dance Shows, Otavalo Market Shopping, Cooking Lessons, Kite Flying, Stargazing, Movie Nights and Pizza Parties.

Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos Islands

This destination is known as “The Middle of the World” as it is right on the equator. The Ecuador: Amazon and Galapagos vacation is a cruise type vacation where visitors are aboard a ship for the duration of the vacation. Travelers visit various landmarks: Napo River, Amazon Basin, Limoncocha Biological Reserve, Mercado Artesanal, Galapagos Islands, Galapagos Tortoise Reserve, Santa Fe Islands, Tortuga Bay Beach & Guayaquil.

Peru

Travelers visit famous Peruvian landmarks and locations: Cusco, Moray, Machu Picchu, Awana Kancha Camelids Center (Nature Reserve), Stones of Sacsayhuaman. Visitors will experience tours such as, The Center of Traditional Textiles of Cusco, Ollantaytambo Town and Ruins and Salt Pans of Maras. Some activities travelers will experience are The Sol Y Luna Lodge & Spa, Teatro Sol Y Luna Performance, Raft Trip down the Urubamba, Movie Nights, Cock-Tails and Pizza Making, Peruvian Cooking Demonstrations, Food Markets, Lunches at Sanctuary Lodge, Pisac Market, Chocolate Making Classes and Music and Dance performances.

South Africa[edit]

Travelers visit landmarks such as Green Market Square, District Six Museum, Cape of Good Hope, Cape Point, African Penguins at Boulders Beach, Spier Wine Farm, Monkeyland Primate Sanctuary in Knysna, Birds of Eden tour, Featherbed Nature Reserve, Knysna Elephant Park and Kapama Game Reserve.

Europe[edit]

The European vacation packages include 18 different options in 14 countries including 6 river cruise options that sail along the Danube and Rhine river.

Austria, Germany, Czech Republic

The package provides a walking tour and river cruise of Prague. A private tour of Cesky Krumlov; known for its castles and renaissance and baroque elements. Travelers visit popular landmarks: Berchtesgaden, Dr. Oedl House. Tour of Hohenwerfen Castle, private tour of the Eishole Ice Cave, Hellbrunn Castle, Mondsee, Vienna. Other activities include, private violin performances at St. Peter Stiftskeller, private guided tours of locations from the film “The Sound of Music”, private tour of Salzbergwerk Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, pretzel making, private marionette shoe, the Vienna Zoo and a private Waltz (quadrille) lesson.

England and France

Travelers visit both England and France. Guests begin in London, then travel to France. Guests will tour London on famous red Double-Decker busses. A privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey, followed by a visit to Buckingham Palace to see the Changing of the Guards. Next, is a visit to a private meeting with the famous Beefeater guards at the Tower of London (Yeomen Wardes). Vacationers then travel to the Windor Castle and Queen Mary’s Dollhouse. Some activities include, Scone-making, English Tea lessons, Archery in the English Countryside, bike riding through Paris and an art detective game. Guests will have a British farewell dinner at the Admiralty Pub in Trafalgar Square. After a Eurostar train ride from London to Paris, guests take a tour of Paris. A behind-the-scenes Eiffel Tower tour and Paris Welcome dinner is the first events in France. Vacationers then visit Chateau De Versailles followed by a guided walking Tour of Montmartre. Adults enjoy wine tasting at La Bonne Franquette and quick travel to Notre Dame Cathedral. A water taxi to the Louvre is provided with a tour and wine tasting.

France

Travelers tour Paris, then head to Musee De L’Orangerie to see impressionist and post-impressionist paintings. Activities include a visit to Le Mont Saint-Michel and Cider and Calvados tasting. The famous Bayeux Tapestry is a landmark guests will see including Omaha Beach private tour, Farmers Market in Honfleur, The Chateau de Vaux-Le-Vicomte, Louvre Masterpiece tour and a wine tour and tasting.

Germany

Travelers visit the Heidelberg Castle and take a walking tour of the Alsfeld. Some activities include, picnic lunch and storytelling, journey to Waldeck and Disney movie nights. Visits to famous landmarks and activities include, Rothenburg, night walk with the Night Watchman, German Pretzel-making lesson, medieval knight and princess costume dress-up, tour and lunch at the Steiff Museum, “Romantic Road” to Munich, walking tour of Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle, horse drawn carriage ride and a private lunch at Hotel Muller Hohenschwangau.

Greece

The first tour on the Greece vacation is the Panathenaic Stadium. The stadium is built entirely from marble and hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896. Guests travel to The Acropolis of Athens and then to Delphi for a viewing and history lesson from the tour guides. Activities include the Delphi Archaeological Museum, lunch at Patrikomas, wine tasting at Volcan Winery, a Volcano hike, Swimming and Natural Springs, lunch at Captain John’s Tavern in Thirasia, Archaeological site of Akrotiri, make your own Komboloi, private lunch in Arolithos and learn Tsaziki-Making, Cretan Mountain Village Walk and Cheese pie Meze-Making at Café Karouzano. Some notable cities and landmarks guests will see are Santorini, visit to Fira, Oia, Kamari Beach, Crete, Porto Elounda Resort, Spinalonga Fortress and the Palace of Knossos.

Ireland

The Dublin trip begins with a tour of Dublin and an exploration of the famous Jeanie Johnston ship. Activities include private tours of The Irish National Stud, Irish countryside scenery in Cashel, horse-drawn cart expedition to Ross Castle, exploration and lunch at Muckross house, dinner a private tour of Dromoland Castle, Birds of Prey demonstration and experience Irish Farm life. Some notable landmarks and destinations the trip will encounter are Killarney, which sits on the northeastern shore of Lough Leane, Killarney National Park, Muckross House, Blarney Castle, Dromoland Castle, The Cliffs of Mothers and O’Brien’s Tower.

Italy

The Italy vacation begins in Rome where guests check into the Gran Melia Rome Hotel. Activities include a motor coach tour of Rome, private guided walking tour of Rome, tour of The Colosseum, private guided walking tour of The Roman Forum, private tour of St. Peter’s Basilica, private tour of Palazzo Vecchio, private gondola tour in Venice, private walking tour to Piazza San Marco and a guided tour of the Doges Palace with a Detective Game included. Guests will also see other popular landmarks and locations such as, Umbrian Countryside, Orvieto (a fortified medieval settlement), Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, Tuscany, Florence, and Venice. Some activities included in the vacation is motor coach rides, adult dinners at hotels, junior adventures (Kids only dinner and Disney movies), private lunches, adult wine tasting in the Fioroni Family’s Winery, kids olive oil flavoring, Fattoria Poggio Alloro Pasta Making Activity, explore Florence on your own, ITALO bullet train rides and Tragicomica – Venetian Carnevale Mask-Making.

Italy and Amalfi Coast

The vacation package spends most of the duration along the Amalfi Coast. Guests will visit various landmarks and locations including, Naples, Positano, Sorrento, Florence, Pompeii, Lucca, Pisa, Siena & Tuscany. Visitors will be guided on activities such as, private boat rides to Amalfi, pizza-making at Agriturismo La Galatea, Tarantella dance performances, Mediterranean swimming, ferry rides, Capri walking tour, ITALO high-speed bullet train ride, private guides in Pompeii, dinner at the Hotel Bernini Palace, Disney movie nights, lunch at Casa Toscana, Florence private guided walking tours, private guided tour of The Uffizi Gallery, bike rides to the Medieval Walls of Lucca, private tours of Lucca and wine tasting at a Tuscan Farm.

Norway

Travelers experience river rafting in Voss, Fjord Safari in a Rigid Inflatable Boat, lunches at Local Cafés, cultural walks, farm activities, hike to Storseterfossen Waterfall, walks to Fjord, free roam Geiranger, private barbecues, net fishing or row boating and a visit to Briksdal Glacier. Guests will visit th Fretheim Hotel, Undredal Stave Church, Flam, Hotel Union, Borgund Stave Church in Laerdal, Westeras Farm, Kjenndalstova, Otta and the Grand Hotel Oslo.

Scotland

Travelers tour Edinburgh, visit The Palace of Holyroodhouse (which is the Queen of England’s official residence), and receive a guided tour of the Edinburgh Castle. Other activities include a tour of The Isle of Skye, story telling of Glorious Glen Coe and Bonnie Prince Charlie, a visit to Eilean Donan Castle, scenic stops and hikes, hiking at the Quiraing, scone-making in Portree, Loch Ness Exhibition Centre, cruise or canoe to Urquhart Castle, private dinner and entertainment at Bogbain Farm, sheep herding with a master sheepdog handler, a day at Rothiemurchus estate, estate tours, archery, a visit to Dunnottar and Glamis Castle.

North America[edit]

Adventures by Disney travelers can select several North American destinations including New York, San Francisco, Alaska, Arizona, Utah, Montana, Southern California, Wyoming, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and Alberta, Canada.

Alaska

Alaska is home to Denali—the highest mountain peak in North America—and also boasts over 3 million lakes, volcanic islands and 16,000 square miles (41,439 square km) of glacier ice. Travelers can participate in various activities including biking, rafting, a scenic train ride and various dining experiences.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Tribou, Richard (April 16, 2016). "Disney to offer new Rhine River cruises". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Ward, Terry (February 24, 2015). "Adventures by Disney: Long weekends, Disney-style". USA Today Travel. Gannett. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Baran, Michelle (February 13, 2015). "Disney Vacations You Didn't Know Existed". The Weather Channel. Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. (File Number: 4079597)". Entity Search. Delaware Department of State: Division of Corporations. Retrieved April 21, 2016. 
  5. ^ Kelleher, Suzanne Rowan. "Adventures by Disney Long Weekend Itineraries". About. Retrieved 27 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Sloan, Gene (April 13, 2015). "Exclusive: Disney to get into river cruising". USA Today. Retrieved 25 April 2015. 

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