Disney Will Now Take You to the ARCTIC to Meet Joe Rohde!

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If you have missed traveling during the pandemic, especially the joy Disney brings to you and your family, then imagine being able to travel the world AND experience Disney magic at the same time.

Adventures By Disney does just that on each of its incredible tours around multiple countries, and now Disney has revealed a brand-new destination for Guests to explore – the Arctic!

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Disney is known for more than just theme parks. Many groups and family members have praised Adventures by Disney for guiding group vacations that include “culturally immersive, once-in-a-lifetime experiences that prove all vacations are not created equal.”

Like the rest of the Walt Disney Company, Adventures By Disney was impacted by closures and cancellations during the pandemic. With travel now resuming worldwide, and international travel restrictions lifting, Adventures by Disney has just announced an all-new expedition cruise experience to the northernmost region of the earth: the Arctic!

Additionally, families will also have opportunities to explore Antarctica and the Galapagos Islands with additional sailings to both destinations in 2023.

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Guests will travel aboard purpose-built ships that are specially designed to access remote destinations ad they discover amazing wildlife and pristine destinations. A team of expert naturalists and Adventure Guides will bring the stories and cultures of these regions to life both on land and at sea during a broad range of excursions for every member of your family.

Disney Parks Blog explores the details of these magical 10-day adventures:

Sailing on a chartered adventure with PONANT, a leader in luxury polar expeditions, this adventure is scheduled for two departures in June and July 2023. Families will discover the distinctive landscapes and unique wildlife of this region during special 10-day, nine-night itineraries.

On board the Le Boreal, guests will travel to the Norwegian Arctic. From exploring in Longyearbyen, the largest town of Norway’s Svalbard archipelago and the northernmost settlement on the planet with a permanent population of more than 1,000, to viewing the breathtaking glaciers of this region’s most beautiful fjord, Kongsfjorden, adventurers will embark on daily boat excursions where they may spot unique wildlife including polar bears, reindeer, arctic foxes and walruses.

Plus, as an extra sprinkle of pixie dust, former Imagineer Joe Rohde will join travelers on the July itinerary to delight them with amazing tales from his impressive Disney career and share his passion for nature and conservation. He’ll also host interactive sketching sessions for guests with all levels of artistic experience.

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How amazing is that? Legendary Imagineer Joe Rohde himself!

Rohde, who is known for his work on Disney’s Animal Kingdom as well as other projects, announced his retirement from The Walt Disney Company late last year. Rohde’s last day at Walt Disney Imagineering was on January 4, 2021 and he nows works with Virgin Galactic.

The popular Antarctica expeditions are also getting some new dates:

Adventures by Disney has added three new departures for the 12-day, 11-night Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruises which depart in December 2022 and early 2023.

This spectacular adventure will take travelers to the southernmost tip of Argentine Patagonia to visit the resort town of Ushuaia before boarding a vessel to travel through the Drake Passage. Guests will be immersed in the awe-inspiring landscapes of Antarctica during daily boat excursions and hikes along the continent’s shorelines. And there will be plenty of opportunities to catch glimpses of wildlife like whales, seabirds, penguins and seals in their natural habitats.

Guests booked on an Antarctica and Patagonia Expedition Cruises can learn how to dance the Tango and channel their inner cowboy while also exploring the cosmopolitan culture of Argentina’s capital by adding the four-day, three-night Buenos Aires Escape to their adventure.

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Additionally, Adventures By Disney is adding new itineraries for the Galapagos region:

On board the Galápagos Legend, travelers will depart for nine-day, eight-night itineraries that explore the diverse islands and ecosystems of the Galápagos Islands. With five new sailings that are led by naturalists, adventurers will discover the archipelago’s spectacular vistas and remarkable diversity of plant and animal species. Trip highlights include snorkeling in turquoise waters inhabited by sea lions, reef fish and sea turtles; hiking across the islands’ diverse terrain; and paddling in transparent kayaks along sheltered coves.

The Adventures by Disney Amazon Escape allows guests to add even more fun to a Galápagos Islands Expedition Cruise. Following an overnight stay in Quito, travelers will spend three or four nights on the Anakonda river boat as they explore the Amazon rainforest up close. Guests will traverse the Napo River by motorized canoe in search of the elusive pink river dolphin and enjoy a guided nocturnal rainforest walk to witness animals that would go unseen during daylight among other adventures.

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Bookings for 2023 Adventures by Disney Expedition Cruise itineraries open to the public on Nov. 12, 2021.

Are you excited to see new destinations at Adventures By Disney? 

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