I stay in hotels often enough where I have very strong opinions about the simple things they should get right. It’s not that hard to make sure a room has a nightstand or a shelf on each side of the bed or a shower head that’s at a reasonable level. It’s also not much to ask, as these things should be common sense to any designer who has stayed in a hotel room in the last five years. So let’s look at a hotel room I stayed at not long ago, that from the outside looks like it was transported from the late 1960s, and decide if it passes my ultra-simplistic design test.
The Walt Disney Company has always been trying to expand the Disney brand experience outside of their theme parks. In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Disney unsuccessfully tried to build different types of theme parks with the unrealized Disney’s America concept and the Port Disney project, which eventually morphed into Tokyo DisneySea. After these missteps and the eventual failure of the DisneyQuest concept, (which eventually lead to the closing of the final location at Walt Disney World), the company smartly changed course. Instead of trying to build Disney around the world, why not take people around the world “the Disney Way?”
The first step of this initiative was Disney’s launch into the cruise business in 1998, with Disney Cruise Line. The executives noticed the success of the cruise division and looked for a way to replicate the model, but somewhere they didn’t have to build multi-million dollar cruise ships. There are iconic places around the world that people want to visit, why can’t Disney take them there. IRL.
That’s how I imagine Adventures By Disney was born. Continue reading “Adventures By Disney: Bringing Disney Magic Around The World”
We recently wrote about when are the best times to go to Walt Disney World but that’s only one travel destination, of thousands upon thousands, in the U.S. Trying to find out how crowds are at a particular location, to help in planning a visit, can be an effort in futility if you don’t know where to look.
Well, we found out where to look, at least for a bunch of places in Southern California 😉
And all of a sudden, BOOM, it’s a new year! I know we’re all hoping 2018 will be better than 2017. Meanwhile, here is a quick recap of the posts we wrote this week:
This week Joe wrote about:
- Ten things in 2017 on which we can look back.
- Travel resolutions for 2018.
- How to get discounted Disney tickets from your employer.
- Where you can find genuinely good pizza at the Grand Canyon.
- Whether or not your credit card travel credits reset for the new year.
And Sharon wrote about:
- A humorous look at first class travel (for the rest of us).
- Understanding hotel taxes, resort fees & deposits for incidentals when you rent a hotel room in the United States.
- A visit to TWO wigwam motels.
- How the Bellagio fountains work.
- What you can do since Disney is no longer allowing “Do Not Disturb” signs at some of its resort hotels (a move that is expected to expand in the coming weeks).
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For all of the adventuring Sharon and I do, we tend to be creatures of habit. If we find a place we like, we’re loyal to it. For this reason we end up going to the same three restaurants every time we visit Schlitterbahn. Besides the fact that we like them a lot, when visiting places we’ve been to before we know what we’re going to get.
So when we were going back to the Grand Canyon ten years after our last trip, I was curious to see if one place I remembered was still open. As it turned out, they were and have expanded quite a bit since our visit a decade ago.