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19 Reasons to Visit a Disney destination in 2019

The one constant at Disney destinations is change! In the early days of Disneyland® Park, Walt was famously quoted talking about the future of the park:

“Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”

Walt Disney

2019 will be no different for Disney destinations –  adding new and limited-time shows, parties, experiences, resorts, restaurants and lands across their properties! We’re excited about what’s to come in 2019 and wanted to share some of our favorites.

In no particular order, here’s our 19 Reasons to visit Disney destinations in 2019!

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Get Away with Adventures by Disney® Short Escape Vacations

Adventures by Disney® has announced an expanded line-up of their Short Escape vacations for 2019!

Short Escapes are two- to four-night adventures taking place in some of the World’s most iconic destinations. During these Short Escapes, you’ll enjoy an itinerary full of visits to must-see attractions and hidden gems, all executed with the help of two knowledgeable Disney-trained Adventure Guides.

Brand-new itineraries added to the portfolio for 2019 include Boston, London and Vancouver, Canada. Here’s a few highlights for the new offerings:

  • Best of Boston – Past and Present (select dates May – Oct. 2019)
    • Four-day, three-night itinerary
    • Privately guided tour along the Freedom Trail
    • Private, after-hours tour of the Old North Church
    • Special after-hours visit to the Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum
    • Rowing along the Charles River
    • Private sightseeing bike tour
    • Exploring the grounds of Harvard Yard
    • Private New England clambake on Thompson Island
  • Bucket List Getaway in London (select dates Jul. – Sep. 2019)
    • Three-day, two-night itinerary
    • Once-in-a-lifetime, private viewing of the royal Crown Jewels led by the Tower of London’s Jewel House Warden
    • Private, high-speed thrill ride in a boat along the River Thames
    • Privately guided tour of Westminster Abbey
    • Witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace and an unforgettable dinner show.
  • City Highlights and Outdoor Recreation in Vancouver (select dates May – Sep. 2019)
    • Three-day, two-night itinerary
    • Grouse Mountain – ziplining excursion after a scenic gondola ride to the mountain peak
    • Privately guided tour at Capilano Suspension Bridge Park
    • Morning bike ride through Stanley Park
    • Junior Adventurers scavenger hunt expedition
    • “Foodie” walking tour of Granville Island’s famous Public Market
    • Early access to Grouse Mountain’s resident grizzly bear habitat

 

These three new adventures join the already existing portfolio of Short Escapes offered by Adventures by Disney®. Those other itineraries offered include: New York City, San Francisco, Southern California, Wyoming, Barcelona and Rome. Adventures by Disney also offers more than 50 global vacations with longer itineraries. CLICK HERE to explore all of their offerings.
 
 

Like all Adventures by Disney® vacations, Short Escape packages include all accommodations, tickets and admissions, transportation within the destination, luggage handling, snacks and most meals, and the services of two dedicated Adventure Guides.

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Subject to availability, guests who book an Adventures by Disney New York, San Francisco or Boston Short Escape by Nov. 16, 2018 with travel start dates between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. 10, 2019, inclusive, will receive one (1) free pre-stay hotel room night immediately preceding the Short Escape in one standard hotel room at a hotel of Adventures by Disney’s selection per reservation booked. A limited number of free pre-stay hotel room nights are available on each applicable departure date. Any courtesy hold, without payment of the standard trip deposit, will not guarantee availability of the free pre-stay hotel room night for selected departure date. Free pre-stay hotel room night offer terminates on the earlier of November 16, 2018 and when the limited spaces on the applicable departure date have been booked. Hotel incidental charges are not included. Free pre-stay hotel room night must be used in conjunction with travel on the purchased eligible Short Escape. If the Short Escape is cancelled for any reason, the hotel room night will be cancelled without any further obligation of Adventures by Disney to guests. Lead guest of the booking party must travel on the Short Escape booked. Offer is not transferable or redeemable for cash in whole or in part and cannot be sold or transferred for commercial use. Cannot be combined with any other offers, discounts or promotions. Offer is subject to change without notice. Bookings subject to restrictions and Adventures by Disney’s standard terms and conditions. Void where prohibited.

Get Ready To ‘Adventure’ With Us

Who doesn’t love an adventure?!

Join Off to Neverland Travel® and Adventures by Disney® as they adventure together in Germany! Two of our Magic Makers® , Tara Radulski and Karen Godeau, will be sharing their experiences throughout this fabulous 9 day / 8 night tour right here with you! Just keep checking back right here on this page as they update their experiences with us below as time permits.

In addition to this Germany itinerary, Adventures by Disney® offers group guided vacation experiences to destinations on six continents. These hassle-free family vacations provide extraordinary and customized experiences coupled with the exceptional service guests have come to expect from Disney Destinations. It’s this attention to every detail that has earned Adventures by Disney® recognition by numerous travel organizations for its excellence in family tourism. CLICK HERE for more information on the current offerings.

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Adventures by Disney® Danube River Cruise

 

By Magic Maker® Allie Willits

I recently had the amazing opportunity to travel on an Adventures by Disney®  Danube River Cruise with my 7-year-old daughter and my parents to celebrate my mother’s 70th birthday. This was the IDEAL way to visit the historical cities throughout Hungary, Austria and Germany for all of us! Imagine only having to unpack once, in a luxury room, on an incredible river ship; no lugging luggage on and off busses, trains and planes, no having to entertain kids on multiple train, bus or plane rides and receiving top of the line customer service and gourmet food and beverages at every meal. It truly was a hassle free, active and luxury vacation full of history, architecture, fun and laughs!

We flew from the USA to Budapest, Hungary to embark on the luxurious AmaViola River Cruise Ship and we were immediately greeted by one of four Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Paola, Dean, Danny and Stephanie were the Adventure Guides on our adventure (we had 93 guests onboard).  I think of them as a mix of tour guide, entertainer, concierge, director of fun, keeper of children, storyteller and most of all friend. They truly made this trip special, they set up interactive, engaging, hands on shore excursions that were fun for all ages from youngest (5 years old on our cruise) to the grandparents on board. While the adults had private tours of castles and palaces by superb storytellers, our Adventure Guides took the kids on their own tours to play dress up, make cookies and play all while learning the history of some amazing places. Nightly entertainment onboard the AmaViola in the lovely lounge is also hosted by our Adventure Guides – we sang karaoke, danced, laughed and more. My daughter cried when we hugged our Adventure Guides goodbye at the end of the vacation – she, and all of us felt like they were family!

We visited cities each day along the Danube river and had options for excursions like bike rides along the river, walking tours of cities along cobblestone streets, archery at a medieval castle, visiting the Salt Mines, engaging on a Sound of Music tour, several castle and palace tours, food and wine tastings at a family owned apricot farm and winery and more. There is also the option to simply enjoy the port visits on your own – the AmaViola staff provided maps and gave suggestions for each stop!

Onboard the AmaViola, lunch and dinner each day was a foodie’s delight! Gourmet meals, served by the most attentive and friendly servers with choices galore including local wines (different each day) and draft beer. There’s even the option of dining at the Chef’s Table (no extra cost) for a 7 course, wine pairing meal.  While the adults dine in the gorgeous dining room for dinner, the kids have the option of dining in the lounge on a kids buffet with entertainment and the Adventure Guides. Breakfast was also delicious with an option of a buffet or a la carte and even mimosas! Daily “tea” was served in the lounge with appetizers, fresh fruit, cakes and cookies. Many “extra” fun food events were also included like ice cream parties, cocktail receptions, Palinka (Hungarian Schnapps) tastings, a private Oktoberfest celebration and more.

Talking with the other guests on our final day as we traveled to the beautiful city of Munich, Germany, everybody agreed that it was their favorite family vacation ever (and many of the guests have traveled extensively and all over the world). I agree, it was absolutely an incredible experience. I can’t wait to try a Christmas Market  river cruise and would love to sail the Rhine river with Adventures by Disney®. My daughter still talks about the castles and palaces she visited along with our Adventure Guides on a daily basis – and we’ve been home a month!

They are specials running NOW for these Adventures by Disney® Danube River Cruises!! Don’t miss this opportunity, ask your Magic Maker® for more information!

Explore America in New Ways with Adventures by Disney

Adventures by Disney has announced the addition of three new vacation options right here in the United States! An award-winning leader in guided group travel, Adventures by Disney has chosen three diverse locations that will offer exhilarating, educational, and entertaining exploration of America. These week-long trips filled with unique activities will start in Summer 2016.

Every Adventures by Disney itinerary features two Disney-trained Adventure Guides, along with local experts, that ensure every detail of the vacation is taken care of. This level of service allows you to focus solely on creating everlasting memories with your family without the stress of  any planning.

Highlights of the new itineraries include:

Walt Disney World Resort & Central Florida

Unlike anything offered before, this unforgettable trip provides backstage access and magical VIP experiences at the Walt Disney World® theme parks, exclusive dining opportunities, outdoor adventures in the wilds of Florida, a private lunch with an astronaut and more. It’s a great opportunity for our guests who have previously visited the area and are looking for a totally different experience.

  • Take part in a privately guided safari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® theme park and go behind the scenes of the revolutionary Rivers of Light show before taking a VIP seat to enjoy this new nighttime spectacular.
  • Savor unique world-class dining opportunities, such as an exclusive dinner at Disney’s Contemporary Resort chef’s kitchen.
  • Learn how Disney magic is created and receive special behind-the-scenes access during one-of-a-kind experiences with Walt Disney Imagineers.
  • Enjoy special Disney FastPass+ selections at the Walt Disney World® theme parks, including premium access to Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Toy Story Midway Mania!® and other popular attractions.
  • Explore Central Florida’s unique natural wonders on land – by zipline, swamp buggy and on horseback – and on water in kayaks and aboard an airboat.
  • Go in-depth with an astronaut and learn firsthand what it takes to soar into space.

Montana

This exhilarating adventure includes “glamping” (glamorous camping) adjacent to Yellowstone National Park, a dude ranch experience in beautiful Big Sky, and active excursions through amazing natural landscapes.

  • Enjoy the adventure and serenity of upscale camping, explore nature while biking in the backcountry and listen to storytelling under the stars.
  • Get hands-on at an authentic dude ranch complete with fun family activities like horseback riding, whitewater rafting, fly-fishing and a private riverside cookout.
  • Experience the wonders of Yellowstone National Park during the centennial of the National Parks Service and witness the explosive power of Old Faithful.

Washington, D.C. & Philadelphia

Experience American history in an exciting, interactive way as it comes alive on this immersive adventure at some of America’s most iconic landmarks, including delightful encounters with characters from the past, a fun-filled scavenger hunt and storytelling at every stop along the way.

  • Delight in a sweeping tour of Philadelphia on a privately guided trolley excursion to remarkable landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and the Reading Terminal Market.
  • Walk in the footsteps of such historical figures as George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and Betsy Ross while visiting Washington, D.C. landmarks, including the Capitol, Library of Congress, the Newseum and more.
  • Discover the history of Gettysburg on a fun, interactive tour that details this famous battle, President Lincoln’s speech and the lifestyle of the era.

Contact your Magic Maker® for more details on these or any of the more than 30 other guided group vacation offered by Adventures by Disney!

Adventures by Disney® Announces River Cruising Itineraries

Adventures by Disney® has announced that their first-ever river cruise itineraries will launch in Summer 2016! Sailing with AmaWaterways aboard an all-new, 170-passenger river cruise ship built with families in mind, these new itineraries by Adventures by Disney® will take families into the heart of Europe in a way that is active, immersive, and easy.

Plans call for seven sailings along the Danube River in in 2016 – five in the Summer as well as two holiday themed sailing in December. These sailings will give the opportunity to experience both iconic locations and hidden gems off the beaten path in eight destinations across four countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Hungary. The culture, art, and unique stories of each European town visited provide opportunities for exploration that are seemingly endless.

Because river cruises offer extended port times often lasting from dawn to late night, travelers will have more time to spend exploring the day’s destination with the eight Adventures by Disney® Adventure Guides and local experts. But the fun doesn’t end when leaving port! Onboard, adults can enjoy wine tasting, music, dancing and an onboard fitness center, along with some of the finest cuisine and service available. Junior Adventurers and teens will enjoy special activities like activity nights, movies, karaoke, video games and more.

Danube River Cruise

EUROPE | Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary | 8 Days / 7 Nights
2016: Jul. 7-14, Jul. 14-21, Jul. 21-28, Jul. 28–Aug. 4, Aug. 4-11, Dec. 15-22, & Dec. 22-29

Highlights include:

  • Tour of Mirabell Gardens and adventures through a salt mine (Austria)
  • Nighttime Illuminations Cruise (Budapest)
  • Horse show at Lazar Equestrian Park (Hungary)
  • Medieval activities at Devin Castle in Bratislava (Slovakia)
  • Private marionette performance and strudel making demo at Schonbrunn Palace (Austria)
  • Falconry show at Hohenwerfen castle (Austria)
  • Walk along the tree tops at a unique outdoor adventure center in Kopfing (Germany)
  • Oktoberfest event at a local brewery (Germany)
  • Themed meals and culinary activities, such as interactive goulash and strudel making
  • Biking in every port

The special holiday sailing will also include:

  • Visits to the renowned Christmas markets in Budapest and Vienna
  • Vienna Boys Choir Christmas performance in the Hofburg Palace Chapel
  • Special holiday menu lunch.

Take a peek into what these new river boat itineraries are all about:

Ready to set sail? Contact your Magic Maker® for more information!

Adventure is Out There with a Disney Land & Sea Vacation!

By Magic Maker® Melissa Ludwig

Are you ready to experience the ultimate Disney Destination Getaway? Then you are ready for a Disney Land & Sea Vacation! When most people are getting ready to plan a Disney Vacation, they choose one destination, such as Walt Disney World® Resort, or a Disney Cruise Line getaway. Why not combine them for the supreme in relaxation and fun?

Here are some of the options that you could consider for a Disney Land & Sea Vacation:

Walt Disney World® Resort and a 3, 4 or 5-night Bahamian Disney Cruise Line vacation
Walt Disney World® Resort and a 5-night Western Caribbean Disney Cruise Line vacation
Disneyland® Resort and a 2 or 3-night Weekend Getaway Disney Cruise Line vacation
Disneyland® Resort and a 5-night West Coast Disney Cruise Line vacation
Adventures by Disney® cruise vacation packages, including destinations such as The Baltic Sea, the Mediterranean Sea, London, Copenhagen, and Barcelona.

…And more! The possibilities are numerous and there is a Disney Land & Sea Vacation to fit a wide range of budgets.

Last year, my husband and I chose a Disney Land & Sea Vacation for our honeymoon, and it was the perfect selection. I had wanted to go to Walt Disney World® Resort, and he was hoping to try a cruise, as he had never been on one before. So, we hopped on a plane to Orlando, spent two full days at Walt Disney World® Resort, transferred from Orlando to Port Canaveral on a Disney Cruise Line charter bus, and then enjoyed a 3-night Bahamian cruise including port stops at Nassau (home of one of the Atlantis Resorts) and Disney Destination’s own Castaway Cay. We could not have had a better time…we each got what we wanted from our honeymoon, and created countless memories to last a lifetime.

So, if you are struggling to figure out a vacation to suit the whole family, look no further than a Disney Land & Sea Vacation, which will truly offer something for everyone. With pre-and post-cruise add-ons, the options are more flexible than ever, and your Magic Maker® is here for you every step of the way to help make this the vacation of a lifetime.

Adventures by Disney® Recognized by World Travel Awards™

Recently Adventures by Disney® was recognized by World Travel Awards™ . Established in 1993, the World Travel Awards™ acknowledge and celebrate excellence across all sectors of the tourism industry. Recognized globally, the winners of these awards possess the ultimate hallmark of quality.

Adventures by Disney® took first place in two separate categories in the World Travel Awards™. First, they were recognized as the World’s Leading Luxury Tour Operator. Also for the fourth year in a row, they were named North America’s Leading Tour Operator. But Adventures by Disney® is no stranger to awards like this. Since its launch in 2005, they have been recognized by numerous travel organizations for their excellence in family tourism. Travel + Leisure Magazine ranked Adventures by Disney® #1 among Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters for Families in their World’s Best awards 2011 readers’ survey.

As a leader in the group guided-tour industry, Adventures by Disney® provides immersive and hassle-free vacations to destinations in Europe, North and South America, Africa, Asia and Australia. Enjoy this quick video that gives you just a “taste” of Adventures by Disney®. 

Breaking the Myths – Booking with a Travel Agent

Sleeping Beauty CastleFor the past couple months, we have been sharing with you some of the common questions and myths we receive regarding vacationing at Disney Destinations. The bottom line is this – planning ANY vacation can be difficult! But when you start considering all the little details involved in a Disney Vacation, it is no wonder that it stresses many out!

Let’s take a look at three of the common myths regarding booking with a Travel Agent:

  1. Myth: I receive better pricing when I book directly with Disney
    Since your travel is booked directly through the suppliers, our pricing for your base vacation package is Disney’s pricing. Even after you book, we will check all the promotions to make sure you are paying the lowest price possible! However, the services our Magic Makers® provide their clients far surpass those of online booking engines and many other travel agencies our industry. With that in mind, some bookings may require a Professional Fee which will always be disclosed upfront.
  2. Myth: All travel agencies selling Disney Vacations are “Authorized Disney Vacation Planners”
    Being an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner is more than a cool logo we put on our website. Rather, it is a special designation that Off to Neverland Travel® has earned from Disney Destinations. This designation assures you that we have earned our place among family vacation specialists, specifically vacations to the Walt Disney World® Resort, the Disneyland® Resort, onboard Disney Cruise Line®, and the many itineraries offered by Adventures by Disney®.  In addition to their personal experiences, our Magic Makers® have completed extensive online training from the College of Disney Knowledge and have access to some onsite training opportunities available exclusively for EarMarked Agencies. Make the most of your vacation by booking with Off to Neverland Travel®, An Authorized Disney Vacation Planner. Our designation is the difference you deserve!
  3. Myth: I enjoy planning my vacations so using a Travel Agent isn’t for me
    There is no specific “type” of person who uses a Travel Agent. Each and every one of us are different! Some of our clients count on their Magic Maker® to plan every detail of their vacation. Others just rest easy in knowing that they have received the best possible discount and have an expert available if they run into any questions while planning their own vacation. The level of involvement of our Magic Makers® in your vacation is up to you!

Wow, after breaking those three myths, I think the only question is “Why wouldn’t you book your vacation with Off to Neverland Travel®?” Contact your Magic Maker® today to get started!

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Miss some of our past “Breaking the Myth” articles? Click here to access them.

“Lights…Camera…Magic!”

Adventures by Disney® Excursion Add-On for Your Disneyland® Package

Adventures by Disney®, the award-winning family travel provider, invites you to go on the ultimate Southern California adventure with “Lights…Camera…Magic!” During this daylong guided group excursion, Guests will be immersed in the magic of Disney and the history of Hollywood in unique, unexpected and unforgettable ways.

This one-day guided adventure begins  and ends at Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel® & Spa. Tours begin at 8:30a and conclude back at the hotel around 7p. Each tour includes stops at the following sites:

The Hollywood & Highland Center or Grauman’s Chinese Theater (dependent on tour date) – Located on vibrant Hollywood Boulevard, guests will visit the Dolby® TheatreSM at the Hollywood & Highland Center (home of the Academy Awards®) -OR- Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, known for its extensive collection of celebrity footprints and handprints.

Hollywood’s Famed Sunset Strip – Catch a glimpse of famous Sunset Strip landmarks like Chateau Marmont and Whisky a Go Go.

Beverly Hills’ Famed Rodeo Drive – See Beverly Hills’ world-famous shopping destination, known for its haute couture boutiques.

Farmers Market & The Grove – Enjoy great shopping and an amazing array of restaurants  at the original Farmers Market at Third & Fairfax. This Farmers Market is frequently a great place to spot stars! The Grove, a fabulous open-air shopping center is just a short trolley ride away.

The Walt Disney Studios – This stop on the tour is an exclusive experience that’s only available to the public on the rarest of occasions! Enjoy an exclusive tour of The Walt Disney Studios — which is both a working studio AND the headquarters of The Walt Disney Company — followed by a special reception in Legends Plaza. Inside Legends Plaza, many of Disney’s gifted animators, Imagineers, songwriters, actors and business leaders have been honored.

Adult Price: US $199

Child Price: US $189 (ages 4-9)

“Lights…Camera…Magic!” is add-on component for select packages booked for the Disneyland® Resort.
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Longer and more in depth itineraries are available with Adventures by Disney® not only in the Southern California region but across the world.  On an Adventures by Disney® vacation, families will get to know the world in ways they never expected and will never forget. That’s because, traveling with Adventures by Disney® means traveling with people who know families, and who know how to plan a family vacation with engaging activities and incredible experiences for everyone.  For more information about Adventures by Disney®, please click the logo below.

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*Subject to availability.  Prices and itinerary subject to change at any time without notice.