Courtesy Adventures by Disney
The Group Travel Leader
Published June 17, 2014
Adventures by Disney recently unveiled two Long Weekend tours in San Francisco and New York for the 2015 season. The brief tours offer a sample of a destination for families on the go.
“We live busy lives,” said Ken Potrock, Adventures by Disney’s senior vice president and general manager. “A lot of people have concerns about whether they want to commit to a seven-, 10- or 14-day experience.”
The three-night, four-day Long Weekends offer engaging experiences for multi-generational groups to enjoy.
The San Francisco Long Weekend tour includes a tour of LucasFilm, which is typically not open to the public. During a day trip to Napa Valley and Silverado Winery, adults can blend their own private wine label, while their children infuse olive oil in another room. Groups also bike from the Embarcadero to the base of the Golden Gate.
A Long Weekend in Manhattan offers guests a change to visit the “Good Morning America” studio during a broadcast, watch a performance of “Aladdin” at Disney’s New Amsterdam Theater and explore the theater during a hands-on backstage tour. Dance lessons at a professional studio also allow guests to immerse themselves in New York City’s theater scene. Other immersive experiences include an afterhours tour of the Tenement Museum to speak with local immigrant families and a comprehensive tour of Harlem complete with a soul food dinner at Amy Ruth’s.
Disney also announced the tour operator’s first Amazon itinerary for 2015. The route will follow the Napo River, a major tributary in Ecuador. Groups will sail in the new 20-cabin Anakonda river cruise ship to stop in villages, look for wildlife and handcraft their own souvenirs.
The 12-day/11-night Ecuador trip also travels to Quito to teach visitors how to make cerviche, Galapagos for a land-based tour and the Santa Fe Island to view wildlife.