I am extremely excited to announce that after many years of trying, our very first Adventures by Disney vacation is now officially booked! FINALLY!
Here is my Adventures by Disney story…….
About 3-4 years ago, I got the bug to want to travel Internationally for the first time. Neither my husband or I had ever traveled outside of the country and although I am terrified of flying, something just clicked in me that made me decide that it was time! Being a Disney Vacation Club member, I often get various Disney information in the mail. One day I received an brochure that contained information about all sorts of glorious vacations (both International and Domestic) that were provided by Adventures By Disney. I started flipping through the catalog and came across the pages for a trip of a lifetime to Germany. I was instantly hooked… bait, line and sinker. They showed the most amazing pictures of visiting beautiful castles (Neuschwanstein Castle: the castle that Walt Disney himself used as motivation for Sleeping Beauty Castle), taking a Berlin Wall bicycle tour, learning to make pretzels, brewery visits, chocolate factory tours and of course, lots of yummy German food. I was in a vacation haze. The trip would start in Munich and end in Berlin with stops in Rothenberg and Bamberg. As fabulous as all this was, it was all wrapped up in a big red bow by adding the fact that this all was accompanied by all the Disney magic one would expect. They would take care of all the transportation, excursions, many of the meals and hotel check-ins. Being the person in our household that plans all vacations and events (which I do enjoy doing), it was still such a wonderful thought to realize that we could book this vacation and that is all I would have to do. They planned EVERYTHING. We just had to basically show up. What a nice break that would be for me.
Although I was completely on board 100%, my husband…. not so much. This could be because I basically came home one day and said, “I am booking this trip to Germany”. Not very nice of me to not include him in the decision making. There were also all sorts of other wonderful locations we could go (Ireland, Italy, Switzerland, London, etc.). His response was “OK” and he went about his business. He never showed a great deal of excitement, but I felt I was excited enough for the two of us, so I went ahead and booked the trip. A booking which included a $1000.00 deposit.
The trip was booked for the following year. I continued to be super excited about the whole experience and kept reading the itinerary and continued to try and get my husband to rise to my excitement level (he was excited about the Berlin Wall Bike, but that’s all I could get out of him). As the months passed by and the trip started getting closer, in true Tammy fashion, I realized that I had committed to more then I could afford and there was just no way I was going to be able to swing this trip. We decided that we would postpone one year and go the following year. I was pretty devastated, but my husband seemed okay with it all.
I postponed the trip to the following year. During this time, we decided that we were going to get MARRIED! Finally, after 14 years, we were going to take the leap and become husband and wife. At first we thought we would just make the Germany trip our honeymoon, but as the wedding expenses started getting higher (amazing how much a wedding costs, even when you go relatively cheap), I realized once again that we were not going to be able to swing the cost of the trip. By this time, my husband was starting to get on board with the idea, so we were both disappointed, but we had the wedding to look forward to, so again, the trip was postponed to the following year.
This brings us to the year that I found out I would be going to France for a month for work. I’m sure you can see where this is headed… there was no way I was going to be gone for a month in France and then turn around and take this elaborate trip back over to Germany. Unfortunately, by this time, Disney had enough of our postponing and we had to forfeit the $1000.00 deposit.
So, life went on and I continued dreaming about eventually taking an Adventures By Disney vacation (to any location). Which brings us to a month ago when out of the blue, I received an email saying that if we did not confirm and book a reservation by end of April (for travel within 2019) that our reservation would be forfeited. Hmmmm… the reservation I already thought had been forfeited had now returned?!?! This was such amazing news. Now the problem was that we had to figure out which Adventures By Disney vacation we could afford to do in such sort notice. They have what they call “short escape” trips which are usually 3-4 nights long. We narrowed it down to Boston, New Year, Montana or good ole’ faithful Disneyland. After much financial debate (remembering that 2019 is supposed to be my getting out of debt year), we compromised and decided to do the Disneyland Resort and Southern California Short Escape. Now this may seem silly, since this is only 6 hours from our home and because we have been to Disneyland more times than I can count. However, I look at it this way. 1.) We are FINALLY getting to do an Adventures by Disney vacation. I truly believe that once my husband sees the amazing service that is going to be provided, he is going to be as hooked on these Disney trips as I already am.
2.) We go to Disneyland every October anyway. Instead of losing the deposit (again), it made more sense to put the deposit towards a trip we were already planning on taking.
So what makes the Adventures By Disney trip different then just going to Disneyland on our own? Well, to start with, it’s the whole special treatment thing that Disney is so famous for. We will get to stay in Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel & Spa, which we have stayed at once before, but is just to pricey for a normal yearly trip. Plus, even with all of our previous Disneyland trips, we will get to do some special things that we have never done before. The group will get a special visit into Walt Disney’s apartment that is on Main Street above the fire house. I knew that it existed, but I never thought I would get to go inside. I’m almost giddy at the thought. Plus we will get a special backstage tour of the park and a private tour of the Walt Disney Studios. They will arrange character breakfasts and special dinners. We will also get to have VIP entrance to the park (hopefully cutting down on those crazy long lines that we always end up standing in).
To say that I’m excited is an understatement. I cannot wait for October to get here. I am pretty positive that after the trip is over, we will end up booking another Adventures By Disney trip right away. It’s really crazy because I’m normally the one that is very apprehensive and gets anxiety when put in a situation where things are new or unknown, however, when it comes to travel, it is my husband who turns into that person. He is always a little reluctant about things until we actually do them and then is get so excited! This happened with cruising. I took him on his first cruise and now he wants to go every year!
We’ll be seeing you real soon Mickey!