Adventures by Disney offers group-guided family vacations around the world, including “Long Weekend” getaways to Nashville, San Francisco and New York City.
The New York City Short Escape is a four-day trip that brings Disney’s magical touch to Manhattan highlights, including Broadway experiences, a visit to the Lower East Side’s Tenement Museum, a walking tour of Harlem and a trip to the top of One World Trade Center.
The trip is extremely well-organized, and the energetic guides find little ways to make your experience more memorable – such as periodically distributing “bling” (Disney pins) to attach to your nametag lanyard to commemorate special experiences.
Even the non-Disney activities on the itinerary trend toward the theatrical. For instance, you’ll explore Midtown aboard The Ride, a zany bus with an entire cast of characters greeting you from the city’s sidewalks (including a breakdancing delivery person and a man who leads you through a Times Square New Year’s Eve countdown – even in the middle of summer). It’s plenty touristy, but also somehow way more fun than it has any real right to be. (One note: the trip has a minimum age requirement of five years.)
Not a city person? Adventures by Disney also organizes trips to locations like Alaska, Arizona and Montana. The seven-day Wyoming trip features two national parks, horseback riding and whitewater rafting.