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5 Disney Adventures that Go Beyond Theme Parks

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Disney vacations aren’t exclusive to those in the theme park sphere. If you’re a Disney fan looking for something a little different, you can get pixie dust sprinkled on a different type of adventure with these options.

Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

Vero Beach

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Nestled alongside the Atlantic Treasure Coast, Disney’s Vero Beach Resort is a quiet escape that’s a far cry from the frenzied pace of the theme parks. Its soft sandy beaches appeal to more than just people. The area is also a nesting ground for Loggerhead Sea Turtles. The hotel has no exterior lights on its oceanfront side, and rooms that face the water feature tinted windows so the turtles aren’t distracted by other lights as they follow the moon to the ocean. Special outings are available for a guided visit that won’t disrupt the turtles.

On-site activities at the resort include a Mickey-shaped pool, two-story pirate-themed water slide, and a water play area for the kids, complete with water cannons. The Port Holes miniature golf course continues the pirate theme. Catch-and-release fishing is available at the on-site lake. Head to the shore for surf school or water rentals like boogie boards, wave runners, and kayaks. If you need to unwind, the Spa at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort offers a full menu of pampering treatments.

Looking for more? You can also fill your time with:

  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Bocce ball
  • Bingo
  • Archery
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Tennis
  • Campfire sing-alongs
  • Table tennis
  • Board games
  • Arts and crafts activities
  • DVD rentals

Adventures by Disney

Yellowstone Geiser

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Adventures by Disney offers guided tours of destinations around the globe. You can enjoy the Disney touch on a trip to Iceland, Germany, Denmark, Spain, Costa Rica, and more. Tour itineraries are carefully organized to offer an unforgettable selection of activities no matter where you’re headed. Over an eight-day itinerary in England and France you’ll visit the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum, Versailles, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Tower of London, Windsor Castle, and more. Your accommodations are included as well as many of the meals for your vacation.

Adventures by Disney offers vacations within the United States as well. You can take a long weekend in New York City with a backstage tour of Good Morning America, tickets to a Disney Broadway musical, and stops at many classic NYC highlights. Do you want something more rugged? Stay at a dude ranch in Yellowstone National Park and enjoy fly fishing, biking, horseback riding, hiking, and even a stagecoach adventure.

Every trip comes with dedicated Disney-trained Adventure Guides to help you get the most out of every moment of your vacation. Admission to an assortment of attractions and activities is included with an Adventures by Disney vacation with perks like VIP access and admission to private events. You can take nearly any type of vacation to a new level with this Disney-fied approach.

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