Explore the World

As Orlando residents, you all know Walt Disney World, and, chances are, you’ve been there more times than you can count. But there’s more to The Mouse than thrill rides and stage shows. Luxury tour company, Adventures by Disney, will sprinkle the pixie dust by planning your next family vacation, showing you that it really is a small world after all.

With more than two-dozen itineraries, each with multiple departure dates throughout the year, Adventures by Disney provides a group guided family vacation experience unlike anything you’ve seen before. With a variety of adventures throughout the United States, you can explore for a week, or even a long weekend, at a time. If you’re looking for a bigger adventure, choose from one of the many destination options throughout Europe, South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. No matter where you go, you will experience an immersive and engaging getaway in the hands of adventure guides and local experts who will ensure your experience is hassle-free.

New to the list of itineraries this year, stateside trips include weekend getaways to Nashville, New York City, San Francisco and Napa Valley. Adventures to Music City will take travelers backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, complete with dinner and a live show, and a chance to record a song at RCA/Studio B, a favorite recording studio of Elvis Presley. A behind-the-scenes experience is also planned at the Ryman Auditorium, the original home of the Grand Ole Opry, including an opportunity to stand onstage where country music legends stepped into the spotlight. In San Francisco, you can take a trolley ride to Fisherman’s Wharf, go on a guided bike tour of the San Francisco bay, and spend a morning at Silverado Vineyards tasting spectacular wines in Napa Valley.

Longer family vacations are scheduled throughout North America, including Canada. Your family can learn about the history of the Iditarod by going behind the scenes at the Happy Trails Kennels in Alaska, or go white water rafting down the Colorado River and on a guided naturalist tour of the Grand Canyon in an adventure to Arizona and Utah. If you don’t mind colder weather, a winter trip to Wyoming includes learning the art of mushing under the watchful eye of sled dogs and then jumping into the invigorating waters of Granite Hot Springs to warm up.

World travelers can experience the best in foreign family getaways by going on a deep-water snorkeling excursion in the Galapagos Islands, enjoying a private flamenco lesson in Spain, or meeting Tasmanian Devils and other indigenous animals at the Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary in Australia. Wherever you family dreams of going around the world, Adventures by Disney will take you there.

While you won’t see any familiar Disney characters on any of the adventures – unless, of course, you choose one of the Southern California adventures with an itinerary that includes time at the Disneyland Resort – each vacation includes countless Disney touches. Families will be joined by two adventure guides, and, at many of the destinations, a local expert will be on hand to give you insight into the city you’re visiting. Want some alone time? While Mom and Dad enjoy dinner by themselves or opt for a wine tour, the kids will be taken care of by one of the adventure guides, who will host scavenger hunts or engage them in educational activities.

Every aspect of your vacation planning is taken care of for you in a vacation with Adventures by Disney, taking the unnecessary stress out of traveling. The sites and accommodations have already been carefully selected, and the itineraries are already planned. When you choose a destination and book a trip, all you have to do is pack accordingly. Even this task requires no worries because you’re provided with a recommended packing list. Guides will also take photos of your family throughout the vacation, which you will get once you return home, so you don’t even need to fuss with packing a camera.

Adventures by Disney vacations offer VIP experiences, front-of-the-line access to must-see attractions, and access to off-the-beaten path adventures that you wouldn’t likely find on your own. Imagine having the Sistine Chapel all to yourself after normal operating hours or taking a private pasta-making lesson in Tuscany. With Adventures by Disney at the helm, there are no disappointing surprises or stress that comes with navigating unfamiliar cities on your own.

Next time you’re in the mood for an adventure, consider world travels with a Disney touch.


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Written by Lyndsay Fogarty

Lyndsay Fogarty has had many roles at Central Florida Lifestyle, working her way from intern to contributing writer to managing editor. She is a graduate of the University of Central Florida’s Nicholson School of Communication where she earned her degree in journalism. Along the way, she has learned that teamwork and dedication to your craft will get you far, and a positive outlook on the present will get you even farther.

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