After I got married, I had decided that I wanted to see the world. I love to travel and experience different cultures (and food of course!). I’m not a nervous traveler and would actually prefer to just explore on my own, however, my husband always insisted on booking with a tour group. So despite my reservations, I began to look into different touring companies.
To my surprise, I saw Adventures by Disney pop up in my search. Being a Disney fanatic, I was intrigued. But was Mickey Mouse going to be showing us around Spain? As much as I adore Disney, I didn’t think of them to show me the world (Aladdin pun intended). The more I read, the more I was interested. I learned it wasn’t so much that everything would be “Disney-fied” with characters and geared towards children. It meant the same high attention to detail we can expect from Disney with all that extra magic!
We decided to go on a family tour of Spain as our first test of Adventures by Disney. They do offer adult only tour dates, but that didn’t fit with our schedule. While the price was a bit higher than some other similar tours, Disney sure made up for it with the quality hotels, gourmet food and extra activities that they lined up for us. We never had to worry about our luggage and any concerns or needs were met by our two guides. We visited Madrid, Barcelona and Seville with our guides plus a local guide at each location. We had private viewings of all the popular attractions, tours of cava wineries, painting at night, flamenco dancing, shopping, plenty of great eating, time to explore on our own and so much more! It was an amazing trip and for anyone who had doubts about going with Disney (eh hem….my husband), you hardly recognized it was Disney at all.
We loved our Spain trip so much, that when we decided to visit Peru with my parents, Adventures by Disney was our go to. And what an experience that was! Water rafting down the Urubamba, visiting the salt pans of Maras, viewing the stones of Sacsayhuaman and of course, hiking the breathtaking Macchu Picchu.
While both trips I travelled without children, I did notice they offer special activities for “junior adventurers”, even nights where they would have dinner together so that the adults can spend the evening child-free. Most of the adventures are geared towards children 6+, so while my little one is still too young, I am already dreaming of when she’s old enough to take her first Adventures by Disney trip. We will get to explore the world together in a way that only Disney can show us…..with just a little bit of pixie dust.