Disney Family.com Launches New Online Travel Resource; Unveils 50 Best Family Vacations
NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Feb 22, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Disney Family.com (www.family.com) today announced the launch of Disney Family.com Travel (www.family.com/travel), a new travel website specifically designed with families and kids in mind. The site provides a unique combination of expert reviews, parent recommendations, age-appropriate points of interest and interactive multi-media experiences for family friendly destinations across the country. With the launch of Disney Family.com Travel, the Web site unveils its 50 Best Family Vacations, a compilation of the top fun and accessible destinations for families in America.
"Our goal is to help parents plan a great family vacation, a task that can be daunting when you're not sure what destinations and places to see are family-friendly," said Emily Smith, Vice-President of the Disney Family Group. "We want parents to come to our site, explore the various destinations and say 'my kid would love that,' so we're really empowering them with a lot of new travel options and information ranging from age-specific ideas to nearby kid friendly restaurants."
Disney Family.com Travel's 50 Best Family Vacations were carefully selected by a group of parents, travel experts and Disney Family.com editors. The Disney Family.com Travel website makes it easy to search by type of vacation, such as the great outdoors, beaches, culture and history or theme parks. For each vacation destination, the website provides age-appropriate recommendations for places to stay and eat, maps, actual video tours of family vacations, fun facts and other activities. The following destinations are among Disney Family.com Travel's 50 Best Family Vacations; the full list can be found at: www.family.com/travel:
-- Yellowstone National Park
-- San Diego, California
-- New York, New York
-- San Francisco, California
-- The Grand Canyon
To experience the Disney Family.com Travel Web site users can choose between five content-rich, easy-to-navigate categories that fit their needs and interests, including:
-- Best Vacations - Allows visitors to explore family vacation options - including where to go, things to do, places to see and eat - by geographic location and age of child (babies; toddlers and pre-K; school-aged kids; pre-teens and teens).
-- Travel Deals - Moms and dads can search by travel destinations for the best deals (packages, flights, hotels and cruises) directly through Disney Family.com Travel partner, Expedia.com.
-- Travel Tips - To ensure travel plans run as smoothly as possible, Disney Family Travel enlisted parenting experts to write articles and share advice for the "Travel Tips" section of the website. Topics include planning and budgeting, packing and preparation, travel games for kids, and safety tips.
-- Family Travelers - Readers can share their own or read other guest's "Favorite Vacation Moments" - the good, the bad and the hysterical! Readers can also provide reviews of destinations, restaurants or hotels.
-- My Travel - The "My Travel" tab helps users capture and save their favorite travel pages from the website for review now or to save for later.
Disney Family.com will continue to add content and features to Disney Family.com Travel throughout the year. From February 18 to March 24, 2008, a "Favorite Vacation Moments" contest invites visitors to post their favorite stories and photos, and "One Tank Trips," a new feature on car travel, will launch soon.
About Disney Family.com
Disney Family.com is designed to present information on a variety of topics important to today's families - ranging from education, food and parenting, to advice on traveling with children, entertainment and shopping - in a manner that is compelling, comprehensive, entertaining and, most importantly, objective. Disney Family.com is dedicated to providing parents with answers to pressing questions through practical, objective and reliable information.
About Disney Online
Disney Online (www.Disney.com), a division of the Walt Disney Internet Group, produces the number one kids' entertainment and family community destination on the World Wide Web. Launched in 1996, Disney.com is the online gateway to all of the company's Disney-branded entertainment initiatives, providing comprehensive access to, and information about Disney movies, travel, television, games, mobile, music, shopping and live events. Disney.com also features Disney XD, a highly interactive broadband experience, that lets Disney.com guests create their own customized online channel with games, videos, music, and chat - all of which can be enjoyed simultaneously in an immersive environment.
In addition, Disney Online develops and publishes a range of online products and services including Pirates of the Caribbean Online, Disney's Toontown Online, Playhouse Disney Preschool Time Online, Disney Game Downloads, Disney Game Kingdom Online, Disney Connection and Hot Shot Business.
The Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) is a unit of The Walt Disney Company.
Source: Disney Online/MarketWatch