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Adventure Awaits

August 18, 2008 By: Michael Browne Travel Agent

Disney makes exotic locales friendly for family travel

With the addition of eight new itineraries in 2009—among them, South Africa, Alaska and the Galapagos IslandsAdventures by Disney continues its successful venture into the family-travel market, with a total of 23 exotic and cultural trips.

The new itineraries, which became available to agents on August 1, include:

Alpine Magic—Italy and Switzerland: Stresa, Zermatt and Lake Lucerne
Beantown & The Big Apple: Boston, Newport and New York City
Bella Italia—Central Italy: Sorrento and Florence
Gateway to the Galapagos: Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
Golden Path to Yosemite: Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park and San Francisco
Rocky Trails and Mountie Tales—Montana and Alberta, Canada: Glacier National Park and Banff National Park
Safari to South Africa—South Africa: Capetown, The Garden Route and Kapama Game Reserve
Taming the Last Frontier—Alaska: Fairbanks, Denali National Park and Kenai Peninsula

In a visit to Travel Agent’s New York offices, the Disney team outlined its new destinations, as well as returning favorites such as China, Australia, Costa Rica and locations throughout the U.S.

“Adventures by Disney enjoys consistent annual growth because the travel agent community has embraced these itineraries and recognizes the product as offering a reassuring way for first-timers to take an escorted tour,” says Ed Baklor, senior vice president for Adventures by Disney. “These dynamic family vacations are a natural evolution for the Disney portfolio, and take our legendary guest service beyond our theme parks and cruise line to some of the greatest places in the world.”

Signature Trips
In addition, Adventures by Disney is taking family vacations to a new level in 2009 with the launch of “Signature Trips,” which are over-the-top experiences designed for high-end clients.
Specified departure dates on the Safari to South Africa and Golden Path to Yosemite itineraries will be identified as Signature Trips. On these departures, guests will enjoy an enhanced travel experience, including all the activities on the regular departures, plus upgraded accommodations, special amenities and events.

The Safari to South Africa Signature Adventure features four nights at the five-star Cape Grace Hotel in Cape Town’s lively Waterfront area and three nights at the exclusive Main Lodge at Kapama Game Reserve, as well as a luxurious spa treatment in Kruger National Park, a privately hosted dinner at Knysna’s Elephant Lounge and a private performance by a children’s choir and African dance troupe.

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A privately guided bike tour of San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge is part of Disney's Golden Path to Yosemite itinerary

On the signature version of Golden Path to Yosemite, clients discover rock climbing at the Yosemite Mountaineer School; trek through the heart of California on a family adventure that starts in Lake Tahoe; and experience the nature of Yosemite and the glamour of San Francisco. The signature trip includes upgraded accommodations at the Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite and the five-star St. Regis San Francisco and a walking tour of Ansel Adams’ Yosemite with tips for the perfect landscape photo from expert photographers.

Agents can learn more about the new and returning itineraries by visiting

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