Journey to the Old West of Montana and Yellowstone National Park and witness spectacular beauty and awe-inspiring natural wonders. Stay at a rustic dude ranch and go glamping under a star-filled sky. Feel yourself come alive on this active Adventures by Disney vacation that features the great outdoors with horseback riding, fly fishing and more!
- Required Travel DocumentationExpanded
U.S. Guests 18 and over are required to present valid and unexpired government-issued photo identification (i.e., driver's license, passport). In addition, Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent. If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the U.S Department of State for information on documentation requirements.
- What to PackExpanded
Please limit your baggage to one piece of luggage per person plus one carry-on. With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.
The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring:
• Jeans (essential for horseback riding)
• T-shirts (short/long-sleeved)
• Comfortable walking shoes
• Insect repellent
• Valid photo ID
• Camera/video camera
• Extra batteries/charger
The region has relatively mild summers. Temperatures in the middle of the summer are typically 75°F (24°C) to 90°F (32°C) in the lower elevations and are especially comfortable because of the lack of humidity. Nights will be cool, with temperatures sometimes dropping into the low 40's. Summer thunderstorms are common. Snow can be experienced as late as June so Guests should be advised to check the local weather in Montana prior to packing for their adventure. Check current weather conditions.
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- Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded
From a designated area at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN), you will be met by an Adventures by Disney representative and escorted to your first hotel at 2:00 PM. At the conclusion of your adventure, you will be escorted to the Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport for your return flight home.
Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time Arrival 1 BZN No later than 1:00 PM (MT)
(Note: A motor coach transfer to the first hotel in Gardiner, MT will depart BZN at 2:00 PM for all Guests.)
Departure 7 BZN No earlier than noon
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The unit of currency in the United States is the US Dollar (USD). ATM machines are available in most places along your adventure to obtain cash in the local currency. Most hotels and restaurants accept major credit cards or single-use debit cards in addition to traveler's checks.
Adventures by Disney has pre-paid certain tips and gratuities for you such as tips for porters, housekeepers, drivers, activity providers, local experts, and dining room staff for included meals.
Adventure Guide Gratuities: Gratuities for your Adventures Guides are not included. If you feel that your Adventure Guides have provided excellent service, we suggest the following discretionary gratuity: Per Guest/Per Adventure guide/Per Day - $8 - $11 USD.
• For a 7-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide: $56 - $77 USD.
• A family of 4 for an 7-day adventure: $24 - $308 USD per Adventure Guide. For 2 Guides, that would be a total of: $448 - $616 USD.
The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.
All Other Gratuities
Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.
Motor coach transportation is used daily.
- How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded
To book your vacation, please call our Reservation Center at (800) 543-0865† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your travel agent.
If you are outside the U.S., please call (866) 983-7872† and speak with a Vacationista or contact your travel agent.
- What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded
ARRIVAL: On this itinerary, we will pick you up from Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Your flight should arrive no later than 1:00 PM (MT) on Day 1.
DEPARTURE: On the final day of the itinerary, we will transfer you to Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport (BZN). Your flight should leave no earlier than noon.
- Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded
No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels.
- Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded
Pre-stays and post-stays are not available for this trip.
- How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded
During the adventure, transportation is provided by motor coach.
- How strenuous are the activities?Expanded
This adventure features a great deal of outdoor activity every single day. While each individual activity is rated "easy-moderate," as a whole, the itinerary is rigorous and requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most of your vacation. Guests should feel comfortable spending time exploring the outdoors. Bear in mind that most days will include one or more hours of walking and/or gentle hiking and most of this adventure takes place at altitudes approximately between 5,224 feet to 11,166 feet (1592.28 meters to 3403.40 meters). This itinerary includes whitewater rafting (Classes I-III), walking, wading and fly-fishing in the Gallatin River, horseback riding, hiking at Ousel Falls, zip lining, high-ropes course, and a chair-lift then tram ride to the summit of Lone Mountain.
Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 6 years, a minimum weight requirement of 50 lbs. (23 kgs), and size restrictions also apply for whitewater rafting. Please note that there is a minimum age requirement of 8 years old for the fly-fishing activity on the Gallatin River and horseback riding. Furthermore, there is a minimum height requirement of 4 feet tall (121.92 cm tall), and a maximum weight restriction of 240 lbs. (108 kgs) for horseback riding. Please note that there is a minimum weight requirement of 80 lbs. (36 kgs) and a maximum weight restriction of 220 lbs. (99 kgs) for the Adventure Zip Line, while the Nature Zip Line has a minimum weight requirement of 45 lbs. (21 kgs) and a maximum weight restriction of 300 lbs. (136 kgs). Please note that there is a minimum height requirement of 3 feet tall (91.44 cm tall) and a minimum weight requirement 45 lbs. (21 kgs), a maximum weight restriction of 300 lbs. (136 kgs), and a recommended age of 11 for the high-ropes course.
Moreover, many days will require an early morning departure (especially on Day 2 when we will depart the hotel at approximately 6:00 AM). Some days allow for a choice of different activities at different levels of physical exertion. On Day 1, the Adventure Guides will describe in detail all of the activities and each one's level of difficulty. Guests will make their activity choices at this time.
- What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded
While we welcome children ages 6 and up on our Montana Big Sky Resort Vacation, we recommend that children be at least 8 years old at the time of travel. This recommendation is based on several factors, such as minimum age requirements on many activities, extended hours of daily activity programming, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer months and amount of physical activity (e.g., walking, hiking, biking, rafting). Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.
- What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded
Typically, breakfast is served each morning in buffet style and offers a variety of dishes. Most dinners and lunches included on this trip are hearty Western-themed meals served buffet style. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices may not always be available. Children-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to allow you and your family time to enjoy a meal by yourselves, there is 1 lunch that is not included in the itinerary. This meal has been planned in a location where you have many dining options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.
- Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded
Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.
- Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded
Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.
- Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded
Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865† to discuss your needs.
- What kind of cell phone coverage can I expect on this trip?Expanded
Cell phone service exists in about 50% of Yellowstone National Park; however access becomes intermittent once inside Yellowstone National Park. Better cell phone coverage exists in the villages of Old Faithful, Mammoth, Canyon, and Tower-Roosevelt as well as the area between Mammoth and Gardiner, Montana and the park's West Entrance in West Yellowstone. Outside of Yellowstone National Park, cell phone coverage can also be limited at times in Big Sky and other rural Montana communities. Yellowstone Village Inn and Yellowstone Under Canvas has limited to no cell phone service, dependent on your cell phone carrier. At 320 Ranch, cell phone coverage is not available.
- What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded
We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.
- What do I need to know about Glamping at Yellowstone Under Canvas?Expanded
Please note that electricity is not available at the glamping site. Battery-operated lanterns are provided inside each tent and pathways throughout the ground are lit. A charging station with a very limited supply of outlets may be available for emergencies only.
Please note that Yellowstone Under Canvas is in safari-style tents located on the doorstep to Yellowstone National Park's west entrance. All tents include adjacent private bathrooms with hot water, pull-chain showers, ceramic sinks and flushing toilets. Additionally, enjoy the outdoor pool and Jacuzzi also located at Bar N Ranch at your leisure.
All meals will take place at Yellowstone Under Canvas' sister-property, Bar N Ranch, which is a 0.2 mile (322 m) walk from the glampsite. Absolutely no food is allowed on the glampsite so as not to attract bears. Guests with medication that require refrigeration need to leave their medication at the Bar N Ranch. Your Adventure Guide will be happy to assist you. To ensure the safety of all Guests, a staff member from Yellowstone Under Canvas will be on site at all times.
To ensure that all Guests enjoy the peaceful environment under the stars, quiet time begins at 10:00 PM.
- Is travel insurance available?Expanded
Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.
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