The idea: give people who want to be more adventurous the opportunity to travel with their family, Disney-style. Today there are 20 destinations across the world. Booking specialists step in to help decipher location options, and work closely on every finite detail-- eating requirements, activity levels, age of children and what trips suit a group with varying ages.
Jason Lasecki, Adventures by Disney Public Relations Director says, "Our agents really work on putting people on the right trip, and work with age appropriate options." For example, a 10-day China trip includes not only long international flights, but also four internal flights; suggested age is ten for this trip pick.
Parents can be assured that trips are safe and family-friendly; however, they won't find a typical Disneyland experience, such as Mickey popping out at the Vatican. Lasecki explains, "It's an authentic cultural experience." Groups of families engage together in various activities, with plenty of time to explore on their own. "Junior adventures" is just for kids, giving parents a night or two to dine alone in an all-inclusive restaurant.
With so many adventurous options, which destination can be a good jumping off point?
Costa Rica Adventure features San Jose, Torugero and Arenal National Park. Rooms boast views of Arenal volcano. White river rafting, hot springs, ziplining, admissions into attractions performances, cultural experiences,VIP access and private events, as well as internal airfares are included. Known for unique wildlife, animal sightings include sloths, spider and howler monkeys, and toucans at Manuel Antonio Park.
The week-long, kid-friendly (popular for parents with four and five year olds) Quest for the West explores national parks such as Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone. Activities include a river rafting trip down the Snake River, a private stay on dude ranch complete with real cowboys, cookouts and horseback riding. Parents: the last accommodation on this tour offers up a wonderful spa, so book your treatments ahead of time.
Reminiscent of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge in Orlando, families with school age children will appreciate the 10-day South Africa Adventure. Guided itineraries begin in Cape Town with a city tour; visits to District 6-- the former inner-city residential area best known for the forced removal of over 60,000 of its inhabitants during the 1970s by the apartheid regime, followed by a museum visit where kids meet locals who had experienced apartheid and hear their stories first-hand.
Also on the schedule: wine country tour, Cape Hope, Boulder Beach for African penguins; safari on a private game reserve run by the Kapama family; spy giraffes, elephants, and lions via six to seven game drives per day, archery, beading, snakes and insect's presentations, bush walks, and campfire meals. Kids Night in the "Snake Pit" is a just for Junior Adventurers event-- popcorn and a Disney movie.
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