NOTE: This was written by my 14-year-old daughter Olivia. She wanted to share her perspective on our recent Adventures by Disney trip to Costa Rica. Enjoy it through her eyes!
Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney was honestly one of the most AMAZING trips I have ever taken! I say this because normally, when you go to a different country, you just stay in a tourist part, but with Adventures by Disney you feel like you are living in the country’s culture. You get to see how other parts of the world live their lives whereas if you stayed in a resort that is “Americanized,” you don’t get the full effect of what the country is about.
One thing that you don’t get to have on a regular vacation that you get with Adventures by Disney is that you travel with a group. When my mom told me about the trip, I was really nervous about traveling with people I don’t know. But in the group you get to meet new people and make friends, which just makes the trip so much more fun.
Our Adventures By Disney Trip to Costa Rica
Taking a trip to Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney, you sometimes you have to go outside your comfort zone – such as flying on a small plane (by the way, it scared me so much), but it is worth it! In Costa Rica, all of the jungle is untouched, and we got to take a boat ride through it all.
It is absolutely beautiful! We got to see amazing wildlife such as an array of monkeys, a bunch of basilisk lizards, dolphins, a ton of pretty trees and gorgeous flowers. We would not have been able to see all of this if we weren’t traveling with Adventures by Disney. We probably could have seen the rainforest, but not in the same way, where people don’t normally venture.
After we visited the jungle, we traveled to Arenal in Costa Rica. Here we saw an active volcano, zip lined, and white water river rafted! Every morning when we woke up, we saw a magnificent view of the volcano. The zip lining was awesome because it was over the rainforest canopy! When you looked down, you saw treetops and I thought I was on top of the world!
The next day we went white water river rafting. This was adventurous because we had up and downs, bounced side to side, and had many rocks to bump on! While we were river rafting we even saw monkeys playing overhead!
After our adventure in Arenal, we went to another part of Costa Rica. At this stop we were on a beautiful beach! Here we took a catamaran and had a kid’s night! The catamaran was sumptuous! We took a ride out to a snorkeling sight and snorkeled. Since I did not see any exciting fish, I decided to just play in the water and jump off of the catamaran with my new friends.
That night the kids had a night to eat dinner and watch a movie while the adults had dinner on their own. The next day was dismal because we were leaving to go back to reality, but we made the most of it. We had a farewell dinner with all of our new friends and said goodbye.
Honestly, I have never felt this sad about leaving a trip. When my family was home, we all wanted to go back. Yes, at first you are very sad about leaving, but when you get to tell other people about the once-in-a-lifetime things you got to see, you start to realize what memories you made, and how you lucky you are to be the one sharing them. I’m excited to start planning our next Adventures by Disney trip!