I’m a self-professed Disney fan. I love the movies. I love the parks. I even worked at one when I was in college. Although my affection for the House of Mouse is still strong, I’m not the type to plan an entire vacation around it and then gleefully pack my Mickey ears. So when I found out about Adventures by Disney, it piqued my curiosity.
Would this be Disney … all day, all night? Would there be a character breakfast with mouse-shaped pancakes and pixie dust in my coffee? Would the spell be broken with early bedtime before the clock struck midnight? The answer is no and yes.
There is a sprinkling of Disney magic in each trip (as one would imagine). But for those who don’t want “zip-a-dee-doo-dah” 24/7, you can have that too. Adventures by Disney is all about family—be it your family or a Disney family, no matter how young … or young at heart.
I took a quick trip to New York City to sample their Big Apple adventure. We did see Frozen (which I enjoyed), but much of the trip was more Disney-adjacent.
Our group got a tour of the New Amsterdam Theatre— a glorious venue from the Ziegfeld Follies days of the early 20th century. We got VIP admission to Good Morning America without the hassle of the lines. We rode an interactive bus through the heart of Times Square, ate amazing pizza and then took a Broadway dance class to work it off.
The accommodation, dining and transportation was all included and coordinated by a super efficient team. And of course there’s that service with a smile—a Disney guarantee … even in New York.
What intrigues me most about Adventures by Disney is the scope of their offerings. Sure, you can visit Disney parks like Los Angeles, Orlando, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Paris, and even tack on a Disney cruise if you’re feeling nautical.
But how about South Africa, Norway, Peru and Vietnam? There is also a Danube River cruise for Oktoberfest and a trip with reef snorkeling in Australia.
The travel packages enable you to engage with the people, cultures and traditions of a region in ways that just seeing the sights does not. An added bonus that adults will appreciate: some of the itineraries include top-of-the-line hotel options like The Peninsula and Ritz-Carlton in the mix.
For parents who want to plan a trip to South America or Southern Europe with their kids but have no idea where to start, Adventures by Disney is a great one-stop-shopping option. Disney really knows how to create an itinerary aimed at engaging and entertaining all ages.
And if you ever dreamed of standing on an icy fjord in Norway and singing “Let It Go,” you can. Your secret is safe with us.
Planning at first for a quick weekend getaway, a Manhattan Beach family settles firmly into remodeled digs on the Peninsula.