Disney debuted its Alaskan cruises out of Vancouver in summer 2011 and this summer’s sailings will depart from Seattle. There are some amazing excursions, such as panning for gold in Skagway alongside Donald Duck. The Juneau-based Enchanted Taku Glacier Lodge excursion begins and ends with a spectacular 30-minute flight over glaciers in a turbine-powered seaplane.
The new Disney hotels will be the Art of Animation Resort, a value-category property opening near Orlando’s Hollywood Studios this month. The hotel is themed around the movies Finding Nemo, Cars, The Lion King and The Little Mermaid.
While the Richard Petty Driving Experience has been a fixture for years, this new rarefied Exotic version just opened in Orlando in January 2012 and offers a chance to get behind the wheel of a supercar — Ferrari, Lamborghini, Audi or Porsche — in a racing environment. A valid driver’s license gets you six laps around the one-mile circuit, which combines an oval backstretch with street course elements like switchbacks, S-curves and hairpins.