Adventures by Disney's Gateway Collection Includes More 'On Your Own Time'

Adventures by Disney adds a new line of itineraries to its award-winning list of family vacations for summer 2010. Known as the Gateway Collection, these itineraries provide guests with more time on their own to explore the destinations and sites at their leisure.

Departing in summer 2010, these itineraries feature, "Gateway to London and Paris," "Gateway to Italy" and "Gateway to Costa Rica" with dates in June, July, August and September. Guests may visit to learn more about the Gateway Collection vacations.

"We are constantly working to create new products that further accommodate guests' vacation preferences and lifestyles and provide a range of itineraries to choose from, such as our high-end Signature Collection itineraries and most recently, our Adventures by Disney/Disney Cruise Line Mediterranean experience," said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line and new vacation operations. "Our new Gateway Collection is ideal for guests looking for a vacation that balances just the right amount of leisure time and freedom to explore destinations on their own with the benefits of Adventures by Disney's guided tours and VIP hassle-free travel."

Gateway to Adventure

Designed from Adventures by Disney's current model, the Gateway Collection includes guided group vacations similar to the classic and signature itineraries at a lower cost while also featuring more free time. Guests will enjoy activities available as part of the itinerary, such as climbing the bell tower of Notre Dame in Paris and also have the flexibility to spend the afternoon exploring more of what interests them in the iconic destination at their leisure. Travelers are able to enjoy more options at a value price.

All Gateway Collection itineraries feature Adventures by Disney's special touches called the "Disney Difference" and some VIP access into popular tourist attractions. On "Gateway to Costa Rica" guests are treated to a new destination that is not available on the classic itinerary. Families will become immersed in their surroundings when they embark on a jungle cruise through Tortuguero National Park with a naturalist, exploring the many canals and rich wildlife of the Mangrove.

For families interested in exploring Italy's ancient wonders, but hesitant because of a lengthy time commitment, "Gateway to Italy" offers a slightly shorter itinerary that provides travelers with a comprehensive overview of the culture and history of the destination.

The Gateway Collection includes the following 2010 destinations and dates:
*    Gateway to London and Paris: June 25, July 5, July 16 and August 2
*    Gateway to Italy: June 24, July 15 and August 8
*    Gateway to Costa Rica: June 27, July 16, August 7 and an adult-only departure September 4