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Old 07-27-2011, 08:00 PM   #16
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GREAT NEWS!!!

Loving the Galapagos add on!!!

Greece sounds very exciting too!!
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:15 PM   #17
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Oh so curious???

I am waiting to book Galapagos... Cant wait to see what this add on is?? Speculating...maybe more nights on an island? Seems everyone debates the " is 4 days long enough to cruise" issue on these boards. Can't say I want to hurry the end of Aug, but gosh I wanna know!
Please keep us in the loop!
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:30 PM   #18
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Alaska ABD with cruise?

Are they still going to offer the ABD add on with the Alaskan cruise? I already have the cruise portion booked for next June and hope they continue the ABD portion!
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Old 07-27-2011, 09:13 PM   #19
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Kevin, they're announcing the dates & rates days before you leave the country? That won't be fun. I'm really, REALLY bummed that they're waiting so long to announce! I'm going to be in London by the 30th of August. Hopefully nothing I want to do sells out before I get back!

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Old 07-27-2011, 10:04 PM   #20
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I have shared the "news" that we learned.

I apologize that I don't have any of the real details.

Dreams Unlimited Travel has a very close working relationship with ABD and we will work a way to help people book while we are away.

If you know what Adventure interests you and the date range that you are looking to travel, send me an email and I will see what I can do.

I don't want anyone to worry about missing those opening dates.

We will also be announcing the Dis Exclusive trips for next year very soon.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:52 AM   #21
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Hi Kevin! I'm a new DVC member and was wondering if the point chart for ABD will be coming out at the same time as the new itineraries are released at the end of August? Thanks!
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:06 AM   #22
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Great new itineraries. Now I don't know which one I'll do next year. I can't wait to hear the details of the DIS exclusive trips! And I'm so glad they're introducing a loyalty program. I'll certainly enjoy the room upgrades. I kind of suspected I had better rooms than the rest of the group on my last ABD (my 3rd), because usually my room was in a different location than everyone else. It'll be nice to not have to bother my family members for a ride to the airport, too! Kevin, will the early booking discounts be for more than a week or so? I'll be at WDW from August 27 until September 5.
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Old 07-28-2011, 09:31 AM   #23
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What is a DIS Exclusive trip?

What is the advantage to being on one?

I'm also very interested in understanding what is meant by a "home airport" as I fly out of any one of 3 different airports from here.
One is a regional airport close to my home, and the others are 2 hours away. It is often more cost (and time) efficient to fly out of one of the 2 airports that are 2 hours away, since they're international airports. This sounds like a nice perk, but doesn't seem to be very equitable, as it only takes me 20 minutes to get to my regional airport with free parking, but the airfare from there is often much more expensive.
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Old 07-28-2011, 12:59 PM   #24
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1) I am happy that the Gateways are being discontinued.

2) Any idea if the France trip includes a day at Disneyland Paris?

Thanks Kevin!
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:26 PM   #25
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1) I am happy that the Gateways are being discontinued.

2) Any idea if the France trip includes a day at Disneyland Paris?

Thanks Kevin!
Disneyland Paris has always been available as an "add on" after your Adventure.

This September, the Dis is going on an exclusive Knights and Lights Adventure where Disneyland Paris is included in the Adventure.

It was added on at an additional cost, this means that the guides will stay with our group and that our trip through DLP will have all of the perks associated with an ABD trip...as opposed to us doing this on our own.

This is the first time this is being done and I believe that it will be an optional addition to future Knights and Lights Adventures and most likely the new Esprit de France Adventure.
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Re DLP...we went on K and L for Christmas 2008, and because everything was closed on Christmas Day the ABD group went to Disneyland Paris. The guides were there, and we had special park escorts and various perks--prearranged seating for the parade, two groups for rides (one group with milder rides, and the group I went with for the roller coaster rides--both as VIP/head of line), plus a behind the scenes tour of Star Tours and dinner at Walt's on main street (which oversaw the Main Street Electrical Parade). We had already purchased post-nights at DLP, but because we spent a day there as part of ABD tour, we were able to have an evening transport from our hotel to DLP so we could spend another day in Paris.

As we continue to experience--ABD and the guides went out of their way to fill in any trip gaps, and to accommodate our needs. It was great!!
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Ok call me clueless, but what is Gateway and why is it being cancelled?
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Ok call me clueless, but what is Gateway and why is it being cancelled?
Gateway tours are special ABD tours which allow more on-your-own time and cheaper than the regular tour. I believe they had one for Italy and thE Knights and Lights tour this year.
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What is a DIS Exclusive trip?

What is the advantage to being on one?
The Dreams Unlimited have hosted a few ABD trips just for DISboard folks. Up until now, they've all been Backstage Magic tours, but this year they've added a Knights & Lights tour that leaves the beginning of September.

The advantages are a) traveling with other DISboard Disney fans, b) some members of the Podcast team are on the trip c) they sometimes arrange special activities (speakers, a possible breakfast at Club 33, etc) that are not on the regular ABD itinerary and d) for Knights & Lights, they arranged a special Disneyland Paris add-on that is actually a part of the ABD, where the Adventure Guides will stay with us, and we'll have VIP access, etc. That was developed just for DU and this trip.

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Ok call me clueless, but what is Gateway and why is it being cancelled?
Gateway tours are (were?) a less expensive alternative for a couple of itineraries. As tufbuf said, they had more on-your-own-time, generally less meals were included, and the hotels were a step below those used for the regular ABD's. Also, the number of people allowed per trip was higher (50 vs 40 or 44). They only offered them for Italy and London/Paris. (I think there was another one last year, but I can't recall).

I'm assuming they are being done away with because they weren't selling well.

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