For years, on six continents, Adventures by Disney has been offering families behind-the-scenes access to sights and local attractions on Disney-guided vacation tours. But New York City wasn’t on the menu – until this year. For the first time, Adventures by Disney has been providing whirlwind, four-day group tours of Manhattan on select weekends from May through October.

Starting at $2,600/adult and $2,500/child (12 and under), these guided New York City weekends aren’t cheap, but they provide seamless door-to-door travel experience, two Disney guides offering exceptional service and a few Disney perks along the way.  

My 17-year-old daughter and I just returned from a trip, and the itinerary included at least one impactful experience each day that would be hard to replicate without assistance. It is advertised as a 4-day/3-night stay, but it’s really three very full days. The fourth is pretty much checkout. But there were lots of conveniences that helped us make the most of the experience, like the $500/night Manhattan Club Hotel, a block from Broadway, across from Carnegie Hall and within walking distance of Times Square.  

So is the Disney tour worth it? Here's a taste of what you can do when you don’t do it yourself.