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Meet the National Geographic Experts Leading Disney Adventures

Disney has been putting the spotlight on women for Women’s History Month and International Women’s Month this March; so far, the featured women have ranged from Walt Disney animators to Disney pastry chefs to a female Indiana Jones — and now, Disney is highlighting four more women who personify the idea of a female Indiana Jones!

The Disney Parks Blog has shared some tidbits about four National Geographic archeologists, historians, and anthropologists for Women’s History Month! Since Disney is a National Geographic partner, each of these four women is a National Geographic Expert who will accompany Disney and National Geographic Expedition Guests on a Signature Land trip and Disney vacation.

Altamira Museum (Human History Southern Spain and Northwest France expedition)

Altamira Museum (Human History Southern Spain and Northwest France National Geographic expedition). Disney is a National Geographic partner. Credit: Tino Soriano

If you’ve booked a Signature Land trip with National Geographic Expeditions, then you will want to be sure that your trip involves  Spanish archaeologist and National Geographic Explorer Ana Pinto! Ana Pinto is an expert when it comes to prehistoric cave art (as shown above) and the intricacies of the cradle of civilization.

She has experience on many archaeological sites and she has done research in caves and rock shelters in Spain, Tanzania, and Kenya. Ana Pinto even received the Prince of Asturias Prize for her and her team’s discoveries at the World Heritage-listed Spanish caves at Atapuerca!

If prehistoric sites are your passion, book the June 2 Human History Southern Spain and Northwest France expedition; aside from expert guidance from Ana Pinto, this expedition also will include visits to UNESCO World Heritage-listed caves ranging from Lascaux, France to Atapuerca!

Meet Ana Pinto: Archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer

Meet Ana Pinto: Archaeologist, National Geographic Explorer, and National Geographic Expert Credit: Disney Parks Blog. Disney is a National Geographic partner.

If you’re a guest on the September 8 The Silk Road: Discovering the Five ’Stans of Central Asia expedition with National Geographic, then you’ll be lucky enough to travel along the Silk Road with an anthropologist who spends her summers in Mongolia! Carroll Dunham is an anthropologist and author who is based in Nepal.

She has written four books and produced over a dozen films about everything from the “female divine” to “nomadism and geology”. National Geographic adventurers can expect to travel with Carroll and explore places like Samarkand, Bukhara, and Tashkent.

Meet Carroll Dunham: Anthropologist, Author, Filmmaker

Meet Carroll Dunham: Anthropologist, Author, Filmmaker, and National Geographic Expert Credit: Disney Parks Blog. Disney is a National Geographic partner.

Explorers booking an expedition on the Egypt: Ancient Wonders of the Legendary Nile trips will be lucking out, because Egyptian-born National Geographic Explorer Nora Shawki will be accompanying multiple trip departures and itineraries on the trip schedule! Nora Shawki has excavated ancient sites within Egypt’s Nile Delta for seven years.

She has been a field archaeologist at sites all over Egypt and northern Sudan,  and now directs her own excavations at satellite sites within the Delta. Nora is definitely a worthy expert to guide you on an Egypt trip!

Nora Shawki: Archaeologist, Educator

Meet Nora Shawki: Archaeologist, Educator, and National Geographic Expert Credit: Disney Parks Blog. Disney is a National Geographic partner.

The next featured National Geographic Expert is Elvira Masson, a professor of East Asian cultural history from New Mexico State University. Elvira is an expert when it comes to Chinese language, modern theater in Beijing, and Chinese academic and cultural programs. She’s been studying Asia or traveling in Asia since 1983!

If you’ve booked a National Geographic China: Imperial Cities and Natural Wonders Expedition beginning on August 30 2022 or April 2 2o23, Elvira will be accompanying you as you explore everything from the Great Wall and terracotta army of Xi’an to the Forbidden City and Old Shanghai!

Elvira Masson: Historian

Meet Elvira Masson: Historian and National Geographic Expert Credit: Disney Parks Blog. Disney is a National Geographic partner.

As the Disney Parks Blog put it, these women’s “powerful stories, as well as those they seek to uncover, allow us to step back in time and view the world as it was years ago”. Another National Geographic Expert who will be involved with National Geographic Expeditions (specifically any  National Geographic, Disney, and Lindblad Galapagos private expedition cruise) is legendary marine biologist Sylvia Earle, who you have most likely already heard about and who will help you understand the unique natural wildlife in the Galapagos animal kingdom on the Disney expedition cruise!

Would you like to go on a private expedition or private expedition cruise with National Geographic — or would you prefer a regular Disney vacation with National Geographic partner Disney at Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort (or perhaps on a Disney cruise)?

About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!