Finding the Magic in Ireland
What happens when you combine a magical place with the magic of Disney? You get a mind-blowing experience. When it comes to family travel, Disney clearly has cornered the market. From beginning to end, expect your trip to be a seamless experience, complete with surprising and magical moments along the way.
The Ireland Family Vacation begins in Dublin. Families are able to explore the city on the day of arrival and then meet fellow travelers at the welcome dinner, which takes place in the hotel's gorgeous Banking Hall. The feast will make guests feel as though they are dining like kings and queens (younger guests would, of course, be princes and princesses).
A tour of Dublin follows the next day and includes seeing city sights by land and water on the Viking Splash tour, exploring the Jeannie Johnston famine ship, a visit to the Guinness Storehouse and a stop at the Book of Kells. If your kids are young, hit up the National Leprechaun Museum as an added bonus.
The journey then heads to Killarney, via the Rock of Cashel for a tour and lunch. The day finishes with The Original Ghost Tour of Killarney for some spooky storytelling and some otherworldly encounters. Younger guests may have it best with a movie party back at the hotel.
It's one thing to visit Killarney National Park on a tour and it's quite another to arrive there by jaunting cart. But that's the Disney way — never a dull moment. The day begins at the amazing Muckross House for a tour of the home that entertained Queen Victoria, if only for a day. Following up the tour of the home is a bike ride to Torc Falls, just a short two-mile journey there and back. After lunch in the park, families have the rest of the day to explore Killarney.
Kissing the Blarney Stone begins the next day — giving everyone the gift of gab. It is definitely not a silent tour from then on. If you haven't gotten to know your fellow travelers, you will now.
The next three days are spent at Dromoland Castle. That may seem like a long time, but when you see the list of things to do, you may want to stay three more. From falconry and go karts to golf and fishing, guests are spoiled for choice and that isn't even touching on the spa, the swimming and fitness facilities and the fabulous dining.
One of the final journeys of the trip takes guests to the Rathbaun Farm for scone making and sheep shearing before heading to the grand finale, the Cliffs of Moher.
To get an idea of the grandeur of the experience, view the slideshow of highlights from my Instagram feed.
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