With Disney, the thin line between reality and fantasy is tested yet again with Adventures by Disney, and the introduction of three new dream itineraries for 2015.
Adventures by Disney is the trip you want to take if you are a family and want to introduce the world and all its possibilities to your children. Starting this year families in search of true adventure can wander just a bit off the grid with an enhanced Ecuadorian trip to the Amazon and Galapagos.
Families seeking fun not so far afield can opt for shorter getaways with new Long Weekends itineraries featuring New York City and San Francisco & Napa.
To add even more excitement to the magic, Adventures by Disney is also launching all-new Long Weekends trips, initially featuring two itineraries: New York City and San Francisco & Napa. These four-day weekend getaways provide guests with a break from the everyday to explore some of America’s favorite locations in a new light. The only planning guests need to worry about is which trip to choose first. These mini-vacations make it easier for friends and families on the go who want to enjoy the most out of their free time.
The new 11-night Ecuadorian adventure, featuring the Amazon and Galapagos Islands, journeys through the most untouched, bio-diverse areas of the world. Guests, whether families, couples or individuals, can immerse themselves in the local culture and wildlife with some pretty exciting inclusions:
Four-night river cruise on the Anakonda riverboat to explore the tropical rainforest
Three-night stay at the lovely beachfront Finch Bay Hotel in the Galapagos
Privately guided daytrip to a neighboring island to encounter amazing wildlife
An exploration of the historic colonial city of Quito (UNESCO World Heritage Site) with visits to local markets, artisan studios and one of South America’s most beautiful Spanish cathedrals
Hands-on cooking class with a local chef, paired with a special Ecuadorian chocolate tasting
Exclusive, immersive activities with the local community to authentically experience the culture and history of this region firsthand
Rates: Start at $7,599 ppd ($7,219 for children), exclusive of international airfare to Quito.
The New York City tour is a dazzling three-night vacation to one of the most exciting cities in the world. Guests who book this tour will experience some of the best that New York has to offer with VIP access and special activities only Disney can provide. Key highlights of this trip include the following:
- Behind-the-scenes visit to Good Morning America
- Hands-on Broadway musical dance workshop
- Visit to the historic New Amsterdam Theatre and a backstage tour offering a hands-on experience with iconic Broadway props
- Performance of the Tony Award-nominated hit musical, Aladdin
- Privately locally-guided tour through historic Harlem
- A dynamic and interactive motor coach ride to iconic sights, such as: Rockefeller Center, Radio City Music Hall, Central Park and more
- Exclusive visit to the Tenement Museum for an authentic experience of immigrant life in early 20th century NYC
Rates: $2,599 ppd, excluding airfare to New York City. Regular departures begin in June 2015, although similar itineraries are currently available.
The treasures of San Francisco and the Napa Valley in California are waiting to be explored on this three-night itinerary. From the hustle-and-bustle of the City by the Bay to the lush, relaxing vineyards of Napa Valley, a collection of unforgettable activities have been accumulated into one vibrant trip. Guests can soak in the culture and local flavors with vacation highlights such as:
- Privately guided tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum
- Guided tour of the Bay, starting in the historic Fisherman’s Wharf and cycling through the Palace of Fine Arts, Fort Point and more
- A Visit to the Letterman Digital Arts Center (campus of Lucasfilm) with life-sized replicas of Darth Vader and Boba Fett from Star Wars, among other iconic sights
- Excursion to Silverado Vineyards in Napa to indulge in the fine art of wine blending, while Junior Adventurers take part in an olive oil flavoring activity
- Ferry ride across the Bay to Angel Island State Park, which earned the nickname of “Ellis Island of the West”
- A stroll through Muir Woods National Monument, home to the largest coastal redwoods on Earth
- Tasting exquisite culinary creations from several of San Francisco’s most celebrated dining establishments
- Accommodations at The Fairmont San Francisco hotel, with its inspiring vistas of historic San Francisco
Rates: Regular departures begin in June 2015, although similar itineraries are currently available. Rates start at $2,599 ppd and do not include airfare to San Francisco.
Keeping families’ best interest in mind, Adventures by Disney ensures all itineraries include special programming for Junior Adventurers. With these activities, adults can relax knowing their children are engaged in special experiences designed just for them. As a staple of every vacation, families are accompanied by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides that will lead the way, along with local experts, taking care of every detail so guests can enjoy their vacation to the fullest without any worries or the stress of pre-planning. Adventures by Disney also offers select itineraries that feature adult-only departures.
Four Seasons Picks Up Some Disney Pixie Dust
For those who want a little pampering with their Walt Disney World experience this summer the new Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort opens this August with all the Disney magic imagined.
Located in the Golden Oak community, a Disney-developed residential enclave of custom single family homes amid lakes and protected wetlands, the new property is close to the park and provides views of the Magic Kingdom’s nightly fireworks display from the rooftop Capa restaurant. It also offers an on-site character breakfast, a Disney Planning Center, and an option for In-Room Celebrations.
One of the distinguishing factors of Four Seasons is its service culture and the new property will have approximately 1,000 team members on site.
Disney Planning Center
The Disney Planning Center, conveniently located near the front desk on the lobby level, provides the perfect spot for guests to meet one-on-one with a Disney Cast Member and plan some wonderful details of their stay. Guests can receive assistance with their ticket arrangements for the Disney theme parks and dining reservations at Disney restaurants. The Disney Planning Center is a one-stop central hub that seamlessly organizes a guest’s entire Disney experience—even supporting the planning process before guests walk in the door.
Disney Character Breakfast
The “Good Morning Breakfast with Goofy and his Pals” character breakfast happens twice weekly at Ravello restaurant. The buffet-style breakfast will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays, and also on Tuesdays during peak school break periods. A photographer will be available to capture families with the stars of the breakfast.
Disney Event Group
For guests who wish to host events incorporating Disney, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is working closely with the Disney Event Group to offer access to events in some of the Disney parks. Events held at Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort can feature Disney decor, entertainment acts and character appearances.
It’s always the little details that matter and this Four Seasons will be able to “wow” guests is through In-Room Celebrations. These include themed in-room welcome gifts, so that upon a guest’s arrival, a surprise can be waiting in their guestroom. The “Presenting Your Royal Princess” In-Room Celebration, for instance, includes a banner hanging outside the door of the room, a personalized royal princess proclamation, a letter from the Fairy Godmother, and a large pink box filled with princess treasures, including a tiara and magic wand. From princesses to pirates, there are several options of In-Room Celebrations available for Four Seasons guests.
Transportation to the Disney Parks
Guests of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort will have complimentary transportation to Magic Kingdom Park, Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Luxury motor coaches will run every 30 minutes to the Magic Kingdom Park and every hour to the additional parks. For guests who’d rather not wait, or who are visiting other area attractions, Four Seasons also will offer a fleet of white vehicles, available to rent for a small fee.
Due to the resort’s special location and proximity to the Disney Theme Parks, guests of this Four Seasons Resort can arrange to have park souvenirs delivered directly to the hotel, rather than carrying purchases around all day. Same day delivery is offered conveniently at all four of the Disney parks.
Room With a View
Due to the Golden Oak location within the Disney grounds, many areas of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort have a perfect vantage point for the nighttime spectaculars. All of the Park View Rooms offer a view of the Magic Kingdom’s special fireworks displays. Select rooms offer views of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot, all enjoyed from the comfort of a furnished balcony. For all guests, Capa restaurant on the 17th floor rooftop, offers al fresco dining on the terrace, and views of these fireworks.
On Property Recreational Pursuits
A highlight of Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort is the five-acre “Explorer Island” water park, with a winding lazy river (and rapids), two water slides, and an interactive splash zone with water cannons. “The Hideout” at Explorer Island is a separate freestanding building offering gaming systems and an Italian gelateria. “The Mansion” at Explorer Island is home to the complimentary Kids For All Seasons program, a daily kids camp for children ages 5 to 12.
For adults there is The Oasis adult pool featuring cabanas and poolside cocktail service. Golfers have access to an 18-hole, newly redesigned course by Tom Fazio. The resort also features a fitness area with fitness classes ranging from yoga to cardio offered on a daily basis.
Rates: Opening August 3, rates start at $585 per night.
An introductory offer is the Stay Longer- Third Night Free, providing guests with an extra day on the house.