[This post is written on behalf of AKontheGO sponsor business AAA Alaska.]
In 1979, my parents announced that my brother, sister, and I were “old enough” to take a family vacation to the original Magic Kingdom of Disneyland. At 11, 10, and eight, apparently the three of us had reached a state of travel maturity whereby we could be trused to sit quietly on an airplane, avoid getting lost in the crush of Disneyland crowds, and, most important, stand in line for most of the attractions. These were the days of Space Mountain and the Matterhorn scaring the wits out of visitors with swooping loops and precipitous drops into darkness. Making the choice to visit Disneyland was, my parents gravely told us, a serious and costly decision, and one they weren’t about to take lightly.
While times may have changed (we know Disney as a company sure has), and family travel to far destinations is the norm rather than the exception, parents still want a Disney experience that reflects their own nostalgia coupled with the most expansive experience possible for their own offspring. When AK Dad and I surprised AK Kid with a trip south in 2011, we made plans in secrecy with the folks at Disney, JetBlue, and friends in Southern California. We plotted, schemed, and were quite possibly more excited than the child when our destination was revealed.Disney does that, no matter the magic endpoint, and having a little assistance along the way sure does make the experience shine as it should.
AAA Alaska has Disney by the proverbial Mouse ears, and a good thing, too, because Alaska parents know a trip to Florida, or California, or Hawai’i, or even out on the high seas with Disney Cruises is a big deal, indeed. From Fast Passes to resort reservations and discounts on tickets, knowing AAA has your family’s best interests at heart makes a difference.
Here are some highlights a AAA membership can offer for a Disney vacation:
Adventures by Disney. An all-inclusive vacation experience that spans the globe, these are the perfect options for multi-generational families, or families who wish to explore another country and culture with their kids. Right now, in fact, AAA is offering a special rate for members for an Adventures By Disney Ireland trip, complete with all the Emerald Isle fun one would expect.
Disney Aulani. Aloha! This Oahu resort is the perfect place for a first-time Hawai’i visitor to experience the feeling of Ohana (family). From soft-sand beaches to shave ice and character meet-ups, Aulani is indeed paradise.
Disney Vacations to Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The park that started it all, and its bigger brother, are rites of passage for many children (okay, many of us grownups, too), but with hundreds of options for lodging, dining, attractions, and shows, it can get rather confusing to plan. Let AAA help by booking your family’s Magic Kingdom trip so all you have to do is relax and hug Goofy. Also handy is the AAA Discover Disney page, where tips and tricks for navigating the parks can prove extremely helpful.
Disney Cruises. Sailing the Bahamas, Alaska, Hawaii, and a few other, select destinations, Disney Cruise Line combines luxury with kid-friendly atmosphere, and one that is as carefully orchestrated as its theme parks. The ship’s whistle plays “When you wish upon a star” every night at bedtime, and age-appropriate clubs are available for every age group. Shore excursions are geared toward a particular demographic, too, and parents will be sure kids are learning as well as enjoying every minute of kid-themed fun.
Ready, set, DISNEY!