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Old 11-20-2012, 12:29 AM   #1
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Adventures by Disney - Is it worth the price

Admittedly I have never been on an Adventures by Disney trip before, so I was shocked when I saw the price of a trip to Machu Picchu. I understand that Disney does a very good job in the hospitality business, but need some help understanding what makes Adventures by Disney worth the extra cost.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:23 AM   #2
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Admittedly I have never been on an Adventures by Disney trip before, so I was shocked when I saw the price of a trip to Machu Picchu. I understand that Disney does a very good job in the hospitality business, but need some help understanding what makes Adventures by Disney worth the extra cost.
It's kind of hard to describe. Before going on my own ABD trip, I wondered about the cost and whether it was worth it. I guess the best way I can describe it is that, if you go to WDW and never leave the site, that Disney bubble is kind of how ABD is but you are in a foreign country.

For the price, you deserve to and are getting luxury accommodations (with some exceptions, but that is a different story, http://www.disboards.com/showthread....817546&page=46). I suggest you price out the cost of the accommodations and food.

But what made the trip worth the cost for me were the tour guides, 2 from Disney and 1 local guide in each locale. At the end of the trip, the tip we left exceeded the "recommended" amount for each.
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Old 11-20-2012, 09:29 AM   #3
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ABD is worth the price if you can afford it. If not there are some great alternatives out there that also offer great guides and airfare at a fraction of the price. I have done many including ABD. I enjoyed all and when it came down to it depending on where you want to go you can find many trips that are wonderful. Price does not guarantee a great trip. You make the trip what you want it to be. So if you can afford ABD great. If not don't feel bad there are some great aternatives out there. I frankly like a trip that includes airfare and is reasonable. And I have found some great companies that provide that and have great guides as well. So if you want your trip with a disney twist and pixie dust and can afford it great. If not there are many great choices out there.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:59 PM   #4
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I agree and disagree with Judyat, agree, if you can afford the price this will be the best vacation you will be taking to that place, any place. Best possible guides, centrally located hotels, all 5 STAR, and best possible food and surprises galore. I disagree, because there is nothing Disney or Pixie dust about these trips except they are the best. You will never feel you are on a Disney trip. You are pampered, period. We did Viva Italia and I can't imagine doing it any other way.
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Old 11-21-2012, 12:47 PM   #5
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As my DH likes to say, our ABD trips are expensive and worth every penny!
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As my DH likes to say, our ABD trips are expensive and worth every penny!
After our trip this past May, we totally agree! Can't wait to pick next summer's ABD trip! :-)

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I agree and disagree with Judyat, agree, if you can afford the price this will be the best vacation you will be taking to that place, any place. Best possible guides, centrally located hotels, all 5 STAR, and best possible food and surprises galore. I disagree, because there is nothing Disney or Pixie dust about these trips except they are the best. You will never feel you are on a Disney trip. You are pampered, period. We did Viva Italia and I can't imagine doing it any other way.
So, other than the excellent service that Disney provides, I won't feel any other Disney elements on an ABD trip? Even though I am in a foreign country, I would still like to feel that Mickey is with me from time to time.
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So, other than the excellent service that Disney provides, I won't feel any other Disney elements on an ABD trip? Even though I am in a foreign country, I would still like to feel that Mickey is with me from time to time.
Each day of an ABD has a theme, and you will get a special Disney pin that matches each day's theme (only available on that particular ABD). That and the "Adventures by Disney" sign you follow (and the Guides' name tags) are really the only physical Disney touches.

Oh, and on occasion (like on long bus rides) they may show Disney movies...

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So, other than the excellent service that Disney provides, I won't feel any other Disney elements on an ABD trip? Even though I am in a foreign country, I would still like to feel that Mickey is with me from time to time.
I would add that there is some sort of Disney magic, in the sense that most guests are Disney fans. We found that it brings a common thread to some conversations and activities.

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ABD is worth the price if you can afford it. If not there are some great alternatives out there that also offer great guides and airfare at a fraction of the price. I have done many including ABD. I enjoyed all and when it came down to it depending on where you want to go you can find many trips that are wonderful. Price does not guarantee a great trip. You make the trip what you want it to be. So if you can afford ABD great. If not don't feel bad there are some great aternatives out there. I frankly like a trip that includes airfare and is reasonable. And I have found some great companies that provide that and have great guides as well. So if you want your trip with a disney twist and pixie dust and can afford it great. If not there are many great choices out there.
Perfectly said.. Too many times people feel like they can't get a great vacation unless they go 'full' Disney. I get so annoyed when people on here tell others tat they should not go to WDW unless they stay on-site.
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Old 11-26-2012, 07:25 PM   #11
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Familygoboston: you said it PERFECTLY!!!

I still can't get over how much I enjoyed this trip after being worried about going to Europe. I can be a " Nervous Nellie" when I travel, especially when I am not in "total control". Our ABD guides Frankie and Francesc were angels! They made the trip a magical experience for all of us on the tour.

My daughter said it perfectly.... During some "on your own time" in London, even with perfect directions from Francesc, I got us lost for an hour. (Oops!).
DD said, " Thank goodness we booked the ABD tour, or this would have been how we spent the entire week in London & Paris...wandering aimlessly with an upside down map! ". LOLOLOL

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familygoboston, that's just perfect! I think from now on, I may just link to your post when folks ask "Is it worth it?" In fact, I wonder if I can make your post a sticky without removing it from this thread... Research time!

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familygoboston, that's just perfect! I think from now on, I may just link to your post when folks ask "Is it worth it?" In fact, I wonder if I can make your post a sticky without removing it from this thread... Research time!

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Familygoboston: you said it PERFECTLY!!!

I still can't get over how much I enjoyed this trip after being worried about going to Europe. I can be a " Nervous Nellie" when I travel, especially when I am not in "total control". Our ABD guides Frankie and Francesc were angels! They made the trip a magical experience for all of us on the tour.

My daughter said it perfectly.... During some "on your own time" in London, even with perfect directions from Francesc, I got us lost for an hour. (Oops!).
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familygoboston, that's just perfect! I think from now on, I may just link to your post when folks ask "Is it worth it?" In fact, I wonder if I can make your post a sticky without removing it from this thread... Research time!

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I'd be honored! It comes from the heart!! I do see these "value" threads every so often and it's a valid question...we only considered our first ABD because we had a "kids travel free" deal; but after that first trip, we did see the value.
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[QUOTE=familygoboston;46796437]This is exactly what i think whenever I have a good guide; that and we'd be fighting about where we should be

This is what happens to us....we make a plan, but always things end up taking longer or are harder to find than we think. So we end up looking for food about an hour too late, or we end up backtracking when we're already tired... and someone is always feeling snippy and defensive. We end up squabbling on vacation more than we ever do at home!

I love that with ABD, someone has all that stuff figured out. Food is put in front of you exactly when you are hungry. The best ways to get around are already known, and no one in my group is responsible for anything but having a good time. Worth every penny!
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