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Adventures by Disney- Where to next?

My family’s trip to Peru definitely sold me on Adventures by Disney.  From the moment our Adventures by Disney backpacks showed up at the front door to the farewell dinner we enjoyed together in Lima, my family was treated like gold. Big details such as impeccable lodging, top notch guides, and incredible excursions alleviated my stress and enriched our overall experience. Simple details such as commemorative Disney pins reflecting each day’s adventures, Adventures by Disney backpacks packed with pre-departure handbooks sent to our home a few weeks before our trip, and several other little surprises along the way just made things more magical!

All of the magnificent perks do come with a cost, and a trip with Adventures by Disney (ABD) is definitely not a bargain basement vacation. As much as I would love to travel with ABD on all of their tours, it just isn’t realistic given my family’s budget.  That being said, I think that these are the trips worth saving up for. Your vacation with Adventures by Disney will be the trip that your family remembers forever.  ABD currently features over 25 tours on six continents, so odds are your dream vacation is sitting in their portfolio, just waiting to be discovered. Here are a few that I have been drooling over.

Cambodia, Vietnam, and Laos

12 days/ 11 nights

I never knew how bad I wanted to explore Southeast Asia until I read Liling’s posts about her family’s amazing trip to Cambodia.  I really want to take my family to Cambodia and beyond, but still feel a bit nervous due to my unfamiliarity with this part of the world. I trust ABD to take excellent care of us, introduce us to the wonders of Southeast Asia, and keep us wowed with one rich cultural experience after another.  The entire itinerary looks great but I am especially enthralled with the ideas of taking a horseback ride through rural Cambodia and drifting past floating markets on the Mekong River in Vietnam.

 

Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands

9 days/ 8 nights

Reading about a tour which features a few days Ecuador followed by a Galapagos Islands cruise is enough to make me giddy. Since I left a piece of my heart in the Andes, I would jump at the chance to explore South America even further and visit the Andean Highlands of Ecuador.  Imagine how cool it would be to visit the sundial at the center of the world in Quito or shop for handicrafts at the Otalavo Market. Of course, taking small ship Galapagos Cruise which includes opportunities to snorkel with penguins sounds pretty fantastic as well.  This is definitely a bucket list-worthy trip.

 

Alaska

8 Days/ 7 Nights

Adventures by Disney features 9 different itineraries in the United States but the one that captured my interest the most is the one dedicated to exploring America’s last frontier, Alaska.  Our 49th state is built for adventure and Disney seems to have included some incredible excursions in an itinerary that visits two different National parks (swoon).  Why yes Disney, I do want to go gold panning, whitewater rafting, fjord cruising, and visit with Iditarod sled dogs. How ever did you know?

China

12 days/ 11 nights

China is a massive country ideally discovered over several trips or an extended vacation but the problem is, most of us only get a couple weeks a year to dedicate to travel. So how does one see the highlights of such a large country during such a limited time without feeling completely overwhelmed? Well evidently they simply have to take a 12 day tour with ABD. Disney takes its guest to all the major highlights- Tiananmen Square, Great Wall, the terra cotta warriors, Old Shanghai, Hong Kong, and even a panda sanctuary- while providing the signature Disney quality, service, and surprises along the way. Sign me up!

 

Australia

12 days/ 11 nights

Who in their right mind wouldn’t want to take their family to Australia? Surf lessons on Bondi Beach, a catamaran cruise above the Great Barrier Reef, a bike tour of Sydney, and a sunset at Ayers Rock are all included in this Adventures by Disney tour, but what particularly intrigues me is the time spent in Tasmania. The island sounds like paradise for those who love to combine scenic beauty, unique wildlife experiences, and a good dash of adventure into their vacation itineraries. I am definitely eager and willing to zip line through a lush Tasmanian rainforest or see a Tasmanian Devil Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary.

 

Those are just a few of the Adventures by Disney itineraries that are jumping out at me these days. Which of the ABD trips do you dream about sharing taking with your family? Check out the Adventures by Disney website and the let us know below in the comment section.  Need something more local?  Check out their Lights, Camera, Magic! tour of Hollywood and LA.

More in this series

Adventures by Disney Peru- the “I can’t believe we are going to Peru post”.

Adventures by Disney Peru Part 1

Adventures by Disney Peru Part 2

Adventures by Disney- An Interview with the  Expert

Disclosure: My family visited Peru with Adventures by Disney as part of a media tour. Our tour and a portion of the airfare was provided by Disney but all opinions are provided by yours truly.


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10 Responses to Adventures by Disney- Where to next?

  1. Sharon Greenthal September 27, 2012 at 9:08 am #

    These sound like major trips to take with kids! I would never have attempted – but I bet they’d be fantastic.

  2. Jennifer September 27, 2012 at 9:11 am #

    Oh, I LOVE Adventure by Disney too! And I agree; it’s by no means budget travel, but it’s so worth it for those whose wallets aren’t stretched too thin these days to splurge on ABD travel experiences with their kids. They work alone time for parents into the trips, too.

  3. Sean @DisneyDayByDay September 27, 2012 at 9:22 am #

    We are so excited to try ABD next summer as we have booked the Ireland trip! Reading your trip report was great and is getting us even more excited. Love all the little things that really make the trip special.

  4. Chris Kiuchi September 27, 2012 at 9:43 am #

    Wow, these trips sound dreamy. Our boys love southeast Asian food SO MUCH. The Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos trip would be amazing.

    Dear Adventures by Disney – we are the Anthony Bourdain of family food travelers. We will try ANYTHING once. We are available any of the coming 10 summers. Pho sure!

  5. Trina September 27, 2012 at 9:46 am #

    Thank you for this post. I’ve been trying to convince my husband that even though we are starting to have kids, we can still travel the world safely through this program.

  6. Jasmine Forte September 27, 2012 at 11:00 am #

    I love anything Disney and can only imagine what a true Disney Adventure would be like! Definitely memories that would last a lifetime!

  7. Shannon Bradley-Colleary September 27, 2012 at 1:43 pm #

    I always have the travel bug. Making memories is where I spend the most of my money.

  8. Anne Louise Bannon September 27, 2012 at 4:09 pm #

    That does sound like fun. Another dream – luxury travel.

  9. tania luviano September 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    Madrid!! It’s our trip for next year!

  10. Donna September 27, 2012 at 5:56 pm #

    I would kill to go on any of these trips – even now that my daughter is no longer at that Disney age (I mean, we don’t ever outgrow Disney, do we?) I have been to Alaska and would love to go back – but Australia and China and the Galapagos all sound fabulous, too. A shame it’s not as small a world as in the song.

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