• Adventures by Disney

    An Adventure by Disney vacation is an unforgettable journey into lands filled with wonder, enchantment and remarkable stories. Where you can choose from 23 incredible itineraries to some of the world's most spectacular destinations - seeing and doing more than you ever could on your own. From ziplining in the Swiss Alps to safariing by jeep in South Africa. This is no ordinary vacation. It's a chance to experience the world not as a tourist, but as an adventurer.

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    Announcement: Welcome to Mouse Guides

     

    Welcome to Mouse Guides, your guide to Adventures by Disney. We are a full service travel agency, specializing in only one thing, Adventures by Disney. We look forward to helping you plan what will be the best vacation your family has ever experienced.

    You have a couple of ways you can start planning your Adventure by Disney. If you are not familiar with them, I suggest checking out all of the currently available Adventures. They are listed to the left, just over there.

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    Feel free to poke around the site, we have plenty of important Disney news and information that you might be interested in. Adventures by Disney discounts too!

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    2010 Adventures by Disney

    Disney has released their 2010 Adventures by Disney calendar. Disney did not add any new adventures for 2010, though 4 adventures from 2009 are no longer available.

    No word has been given if these adventures will return during 2010, or at anytime in the future.

    In addition to four adventures being left off the agenda for 2010, all Adventures by Disney had cutbacks on available tour dates. Many tours saw more than a 50% reduction in the number of tours compared to what was offered during 2009. Disney has announced that if available dates do fill up, additional dates will/may be added in the future.

    If you are considering an Adventure by Disney, we would suggest you book early, not only to get the best rate, but to ensure you can get the date and Adventure you want.

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    Early Booking Rate

    Everyone loves a discount, and by far the best way to get a discount on your Adventure by Disney is to book early, and get the Early Booking Rate. There are a few requirements to get the Early Booking Rate:

    1. You must book at least 90 days before the start date of the Adventure
    2. There must be availability at the discounted rate (subject to availability)

    The first one is easy to understand, book 90 days in advance, you have a pretty decent shot at getting a cheaper rate. The second one is a bit more vague. Each adventure group is pretty small, between 30 and 50 depending on the tour. Disney allows a set number of guests, the first to book, to get the discount, and once it is full at the cheaper rate, you no longer are able to get it on that tour. Make sure to check the week before and after, if you can travel those dates, it still may be available.

    One other thing to note is that once you start getting closer to the travel date, the rates can go up pretty quickly. The process is very similar to the Disney Cruise or just about any airline. The first to book get the best rate, the last to book pay twice as much (or more). The lesson learned here is to book early!

    The Early Booking Rate will save you between $200 and $400 per person off of the regular rates, depending on the Adventure.

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    Adventures by Disney Gratuities

    During your Adventure, most gratuities and tips are included, so you don’t have to worry about tipping each porter or waiter, it is all taken care of for you. One exception is when you are on your own, then you are in charge of your own gratuities.

    The one gratuity that is not included is tips for your Adventures Guides. These are typically at guest discretion, but Disney does provide some guidelines for estimating what those tips should be:

    If a Guest feels the Adventure Guides have provided excellent service, the following gratuity is suggested: Per Guest/Per Adventure guide/Per Day – $5-$8 USD.

    So, For example:

    Please remember in your calculations that you will have 2 guides with you, so you will need to figure gratuities for 2. From our experience, many Adventures guests tip more than the suggested amount due to excellent service, but please base your gratuities on the service you receive.

    Gratuities are paid on your final day to the Adventure Guides in a sealed envelope, so other guests will not know what you are tipping. This is also a good way to get rid of any local currency you may have remaining that you will not need on the return home, as the Adventure Guides accept any local currency or USD.

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    What’s included in your Adventure by Disney

    So, you think you want to go on an Adventure by Disney with the family, and you have already contact us for a price quote (or saw one somewhere else online), and you were wondering exactly what is included, and what is not. Well, here is the list:

    Included in each Adventure by Disney

    Not included in your Adventure by Disney

    * These items are specified before departure in the itinerary to your Adventure.

    For most people, you have to figure in round trip flights to the destination city, a few meals during times you are on your own and tips, the other not included items may come in to play, but for most people, they do not. Just keep them all in mind during your planning.

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    Adventures by Disney Cancellation Policy

    Adventures by Disney has a very strict, very expensive cancellation policy, so it is best to be fully aware of it prior to making your reservation. At the time of booking, you will be required to pay a $300 deposit per person. You cannot hold a reservation, you must pay when booking.

    No refunds will be made in the event of interruption or cancellation by the Guest after the vacation start date.

    As you can see, it is very strict, so please be sure you are going before making a commitment. We also strongly recommend the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan (otherwise known as trip insurance). It covers cancellation fees in case of medical reasons or trip interruption, as well as lost luggage, emergencies, etc. The cost of the trip insurance varies depending on the Adventure, the shorter domestic ones are cheaper, the longer international ones are more expensive. Currently, the insurance runs between $139 and $249 per person. Everyone in the group must have the insurance if you wish to get it, and everyone pays the same price, there is no discount for kids.

    If you want more information, you can download the current Adventures by Disney Protection Plan brochure here:

    ABD Insurance Brochure

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