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Old 01-19-2010, 11:56 AM   #1
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Gateway Trips

Whoa Nellie! Did I miss something, or did these just show up? I was looking at the Signature Italy trip vs the Viva Italia trip on the website (for a response to another post) when I suddenly realized, there's a GATEWAY Italy trip listed, also! They have a comparison page up, listing the differences between the Signature & regular Italy trips, and there it was! Gateway to Italy!

http://abd.disney.go.com/abd/en_US/g...ComparisonPage

And it's under the drop-down, too.

Also a Gateway to London & Paris and a Gateway to Costa Rica!

Here's the page that lists all 3:

http://abd.disney.go.com/abd/en_US/r...wayLandingPage

I'll be back after I read through all the descriptions!

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Old 01-19-2010, 12:02 PM   #2
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Whoa Nellie! Did I miss something, or did these just show up? I was looking at the Signature Italy trip vs the Viva Italia trip on the website (for a response to another post) when I suddenly realized, there's a GATEWAY Italy trip listed, also! They have a comparison page up, listing the differences between the Signature & regular Italy trips, and there it was! Gateway to Italy!

http://abd.disney.go.com/abd/en_US/g...ComparisonPage

And it's under the drop-down, too.

Also a Gateway to London & Paris and a Gateway to Costa Rica!

Here's the page that lists all 3:

http://abd.disney.go.com/abd/en_US/r...wayLandingPage

I'll be back after I read through all the descriptions!

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Those just showed up as they were not on the website yesterday when I was on it. There is a link on the ABD home page to the gateway collection

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Old 01-19-2010, 12:29 PM   #3
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I literally just received an email introducing it and came here to find out the scoop. It'll be interesting to do some comparisons.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:07 PM   #4
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I wish they were offering more than just the 3 trips. We've already taken one of these and the other two weren't on the top of our list. Although, I'm sure we would love either of them. I haven't had time to look closely (I'm supposed to be working!) but the first thing that jumped out at me was no return transfer to the airport.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:17 PM   #5
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I wish they were offering more than just the 3 trips. We've already taken one of these and the other two weren't on the top of our list. Although, I'm sure we would love either of them. I haven't had time to look closely (I'm supposed to be working!) but the first thing that jumped out at me was no return transfer to the airport.
Yes, the lack of return transfer was one of the first things I noticed also (along with the facts that the Italy trip is a day shorter than the regular trip, and the group size is increased to 50). I know a lot of people (me included) consider the airport transfers to be pretty important.

I'm sure if these are successful, they'll expand the offerings. At least they've learned not to be overly-ambitious.

I'd love to hear input from folks who've taken the regular versions of these trips, and whether they thought the missing activities were ho-hum, or a big part of the trip. (Like the England & Paris trip does not include the VIP seats for the Lion King, or the backstage tour. That looked like a great activity, and was one of the things I was really looking forward to when I was planning to take that trip. High tea at Harrods? Not so much.)

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Old 01-19-2010, 01:27 PM   #6
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Looking at the Costa Rica trip, the big difference is that you go to Tortuguero instead of Manual Antonio. So you're on the Atlantic coast instead of the Pacific. So maybe all the transportation is by bus and the difference in price is the internal airfare to the west coast. They still have airport transfers both ways. The only activity that was dropped was the gourd painting and the coffee plantation is replaced with the aerial tram tour. And of course you go to Tortuguero park instead of Manuel Antonio. So you get to see the sea turtles on the gateway trip. Almost makes me want to go again.

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I realize this thread is a bit old, but I am likely going to book a Gateway and was surprised by some of the conclusions people drew about the relative merits.

For the London/Paris trip, the difference in price for 1 adult and 1 child is $2,800 ($8,400 vs. $5,600)--that's serious money. The differences--which don't matter to me--are second class Eurostar to Paris vs. first class and the hotels (five star versus four star). Also--high tea at Harrod's--I'll pass (did I mention I have a 9-year old son?). Finally, the Paris hotel apparently has easy and direct transportation to the airport (which ABD helps you arrange), so having that included is just not that big a deal to me.

The two differences that really seem material are the Lion King and the tour of Versailles. I've looked at bike tours for Versailles, and we can book that on our own for less than $200 total on one of our off days. The Lion King? Okay--you got me. Fortunately we already saw it on Broadway but I would have seen it again (and with the backstage tour) in a heartbeat. Instead we'll take the opportunity to see something fun and different (Oliver or Grease). So in sum--$2,800 for the Lion King? Not for me.

I just think the Gateway is a great opportunity for families that don't want or have the money to go first class on everything--but still want the ol' disney magic. See you all in London!
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Old 03-27-2010, 04:14 PM   #8
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I agree with you kiddad. I thought the gateway trips looked pretty good. I like that you have a little more on your own time and you save quite a bit of money. The Costa Rica gateway was very appealing to me however I had already booked southwest splendors when the Gateways came out. Have an awesome time in London and Paris.
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I realize this thread is a bit old, but I am likely going to book a Gateway and was surprised by some of the conclusions people drew about the relative merits.

For the London/Paris trip, the difference in price for 1 adult and 1 child is $2,800 ($8,400 vs. $5,600)--that's serious money. The differences--which don't matter to me--are second class Eurostar to Paris vs. first class and the hotels (five star versus four star). Also--high tea at Harrod's--I'll pass (did I mention I have a 9-year old son?). Finally, the Paris hotel apparently has easy and direct transportation to the airport (which ABD helps you arrange), so having that included is just not that big a deal to me.

The two differences that really seem material are the Lion King and the tour of Versailles. I've looked at bike tours for Versailles, and we can book that on our own for less than $200 total on one of our off days. The Lion King? Okay--you got me. Fortunately we already saw it on Broadway but I would have seen it again (and with the backstage tour) in a heartbeat. Instead we'll take the opportunity to see something fun and different (Oliver or Grease). So in sum--$2,800 for the Lion King? Not for me.

I just think the Gateway is a great opportunity for families that don't want or have the money to go first class on everything--but still want the ol' disney magic. See you all in London!
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Please let us know how the trip goes once you get back. I have a 9-year-old son too and it would be great to hear what your son likes about the trip. My son absolutely loves the two ABDs we've done so far, but they were more active/outdoorsy than K&L. There is another more recent thread where a few of us were considering booking the K&L Gateway. Have you taken an ABD before? I would really love to hear a first hand account from someone who has done both. If this is your first ABD, it would still be great to get your impressions. I've decided no more WDW trips for us for a few years and we're saving up to hopefully do two ABDs (or something similar) in Europe next year. If one of them could be a Gateway trip it would make the cost a little more bearable. Hope you have a wonderful trip! Can't wait to hear about it!
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Hi Bobo912: This is our first ABD. I've wanted to go for a while, but couldn't pull the trigger because of the cost--which is why Gateway is so welcome. I'll definitely post when we return (we're going to book the 6/25 departure).

And AirBear--I agree about the appeal of the downtime. Maybe I'm wrong about this, but because this is our first "escorted" tour, I was concerned it would be too structured. I actually like the fact I'll have a little bit of time to plan on our own.

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KidDad, have you booked your airfare? Did you come across any good deals? I think we will be waiting until next year for a European trip, but if I could find a good airfare and I'm not too busy at work, I would definitely consider a last minute booking of the Aug 2 K&L Gateway - if it's not fully booked, that is. That's a lot of "ifs", but one never knows how things will work out. I gather that you are traveling alone with you son. Just want to let you know from my ABD experience that it is the perfect way for a single parent to travel with their child. But let me warn you, you will be spoiled forever. Every time I think about taking a vacation on my own now, I can't bear to put myself all the research, planning, transporting, luggage toting, etc., etc., etc.
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Bobo912, I got relatively good rates (under $1,000/pp) out of Boston for my K&L on 6/11. I flew Icelandair (to Iceland!) in February and loved them, so booked my air with them again for this trip. It is a connecting flight, but the airport in Iceland is one terminal and very easy to navigate. I saved over $400.00 over the direct flight and I get to stretch my legs.

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