Thursday, September 5, 2013

Adventures by Disney

With just about everything that Disney does, service and experience are top notch.  Yes, price may be high, but value is higher.

I've been fortunate in my life as a musician to have traveled the world for performances.  Since my first trip out of North America in 1997, I have visited 3 separate continents as a musician!

First - in 1997, I traveled to Australia and performed with my youth orchestra in several concerts, including one at the Sydney Opera House.

A couple of years later, I joined my youth orchestra (a different group) in an amazing trip to Spain - Barcelona, Madrid - stunning.

But, most recently, in the fall of 2012, I joined my coworkers in the U.S. Army Band on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to China.  China!  Can you even imagine?  Political diplomacy, musical diplomacy, arts, friendship, and cooperation.  And a truly remarkable experience!  One thing - that trip made me truly want some major restaurant updates in the China Pavilion of EPCOT, though I saw firsthand how accurate the architecture was!
Shanghai -Pudong Financial District - as seen from the Bund

Our experiences were phenomenal.  Beyond.  We got to see Beijing, Shanghai, and the old capitol of Nanjing.  We climbed the Great Wall of China, hurried through the Forbidden City (rushed to get to rehearsal and only able to spend 2 short hours), then traveled by bullet train (a-maz-ing) to Shanghai and lived the good life in "the Paris of the West."

In all reality, planning a trip to San Francisco, which I just did for my husband and myself, can be stressful enough without the proper information.  Can you imagine not knowing the language or anything about the culture or area?  I definitely want to travel the world - not only the World Showcase - but it is daunting to imagine planning a trip to a foreign country without a guided experience.

Luckily, Adventures by Disney has us covered.  I have watched their videos, done their trainings, and out of curiousness, googled and looked up the locations that Adventures by Disney uses.  They truly are the best.  In fact, the hotel that in Shanghai is one my friends and I walked in to just to say we did because it was rated so highly.  I felt under-dressed, but I would get over that easily!
The Peninsula Hotel along the Bund - Shanghai, China
The Adventures by Disney tour visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xian - which I sadly didn't get to visit, home to the Terra Cotta Warriors (as seen in models at the China Pavilion) and then to Hong Kong.  Honestly, that sounds almost perfect!
Check out their new video about it:

I'm sold.  Are you?

1 comment:

  1. 400 Miles to DisneylandSeptember 8, 2013 at 5:07 PM

    That's so cool you went to the Great Wall of China! I've always wanted to see that in person!