I often write about the various locations available for your family’s trips. When you think of a family vacation, of course the list is going to include Walt Disney World, Universal Studios and all the different cruise lines. However, if you are looking for the “next level” of family travels and a truly VIP experience, it’s time to turn to Adventures by Disney.
I’m sure you are thinking, “VIP with Disney?” YES! Adventures by Disney travels the world and seeks out the most stunning destinations around the globe — then studies them for opportunities and creates amazing packages. Disney has developed more than 30 Adventures in 23 countries and six continents. Nine of these tours are right here in North America.
Adventures by Disney travels around the world with the service and quality that all have come to expect from Disney. However, it’s not about rides, character visits, autographs, castles and princesses — it’s about the Disney brand offering you the best of the best.
This summer, I embarked on three different Adventures by Disney trips and I’d like to share some stories and pictures with you, to show you just how VIP these can be for your family, too.
Southern California — Backstage Magic
This trip is different than all the other Adventures by Disney trips, as it is very much geared for the Disney Lover. It’s affectionately known as “Backstage Magic” and the access we were given was just awesome. There are so many insider opportunities, including entrance into the parks a full 40 minutes before anyone else. Who doesn’t love the chance to get your picture in front of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle with nobody else in your picture?
New York City
Does your family love Broadway? If so, this is absolutely the adventure for you. This Short Escape takes place over a long weekend (Thursday through Sunday) in NYC.
Highlights include: a backstage and in-studio experience at Good Morning America; a special tour of NYC on The RIDE; backstage tour and photo ops at the Amsterdam Theater; trip to the 9/11 Museum and One World Trade Center; and a special dinner on the last evening followed by the most amazing seats for “Frozen: The Broadway Musical” at the St. James Theater.
Danube River Cruise — Budapest, Hungary to Vilshofen, Germany
This is a weeklong trip along the Danube River on an absolutely stunning AmaWaterway ship. Each river cruise is guided by six Disney tour guides offering the VIP experiences.
Above left: Guests spend a day in Salzburg, where they can live out their “Sound of Music” dreams at Mirabelle Gardens, where it was filmed. Center: Adventures by Disney provides unique, authentic and immersive experiences, like hands-on strudel lessons in Budapest. Above left: A kid favorite, travel to the famous Tree Path Kopfing, where you view the Austrian Alps from treetop paths.
Tricia Scott is owner of Visit Mickey Vacations, the exclusive travel planners of Northeast Ohio Parent magazine. For a free quote, go to visitmickey.com/quote-neoparent.