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Enjoy a Sleigh Ride Together with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 20th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


It’s nearly the holiday season. Time for warm wooly sweaters, hot cocoa by the fire and snowball fights on the front lawn. Or at least that’s my dreamy vision of winter (speaking as someone living in Florida). But even if winter to you means shoveling your driveway and deicing your windshield, you can experience a truly heavenly winter wonderland on the Adventures by Disney Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend vacation.

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I recently shared some pretty cool modes of transportation available on Adventures by Disney trips, but the Winter in Wyoming Long Weekend itinerary features one of my all-time favorite ways to get around – by sleigh!

Here you can learn the art of “mushing” on a modern sled pulled by a team of sled dogs. Dash over the powdery white snow through the majestic scenery of Jackson Hole. Even St. Nick himself will be impressed with your speed and precision!

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And don’t worry about getting too chilly, after sledding through frosty terrain you can relax in the steaming, rejuvenating waters of Granite Hot Springs.

You’ll also have the opportunity to ride in a vintage snow vehicle (let’s call this one a sleigh on wheels) for excursions through Yellowstone National Park. See frozen waterfalls, steaming geysers and be on the lookout for local residents like bison, elk, bald eagles, coyotes, swans, otters and moose.

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I can almost hear those sleigh bells jinglin’ now!

So put on your toastiest flannel jammies (I’ll crank the air conditioning up in my house and do the same) and check out all the great frosty fun in store for you at AdventuresbyDisney.com.

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Planes, Trains, Automobiles and Beyond with Adventures by Disney

posted on October 8th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


On an Adventures by Disney vacation you can truly see the world. But as every traveler knows, sometimes the journey can be just as exciting as the destination itself. With Adventures by Disney you can be sure that journey will be full of fun and unique experiences.

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Here are simply a few examples of the ways you can travel – with style and with squeals of adrenaline – on an Adventures by Disney trip.

Take Flight
Airborne adventures are part of many Adventures by Disney itineraries. Soar between the Greek isles, jet from mainland Ecuador to explore wildlife in the Galapagos, or explore the diversity of the land “down under” as you fly from the Great Barrier Reef to the Outback and beyond on our Australia adventure.

All Aboard!
There are few things more relaxing than simply sitting back and watching the scenery roll by on a train ride, and many Adventures by Disney itineraries allow you to do just that. Hop aboard the Alaska Railroad for a scenic ride along the Kenai Peninsula, savor the memorable train journey to Aguas Calientes – gateway to Peru’s Machu Picchu, or plunge into darkness as you shoot under the English Channel through the Chunnel on a high-speed train ride whisking you from England to France.

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Behind the Wheel of an Automobile
When it comes to thrilling transportation options on four wheels, Adventures by Disney has options galore. Board an ice exploration vehicle that travels over the vast Columbia Icefield on the North American Continental Divide, go on an off-road adventure in Arizona and Utah, climb aboard a jeep for a private expedition into the bush country of Africa on a 3-day safari, or visit Briksdal Glacier in Norway via something called a “troll car.”

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From biking to rowing to horse (not to mention donkey, dog and even elephant!) power and beyond, Adventures by Disney offers some pretty magnificent ways to get around.

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While the world waits for personal jetpacks and flying cars, you can feel like you’re flying (above the treetops) while zip lining in Costa Rica. Or explore the other exciting modes of transportation offered on our trips by visiting AdventuresByDisney.com!

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Olaf’s Adventures by Disney Vacation

posted on September 11th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


Recently, I shared my Adventures by Disney Norway vacation. But it seems I wasn’t the only one enjoying a carefree trek around this beautiful Scandinavian country. Olaf, the loveable snowman from the hit Disney film “Frozen,” also traveled with Adventure Guide Kira through the land that inspired the animators who brought him to life.

Kira photographed Olaf throughout his Adventures by Disney journey as he found out what snow does “in Summer.” All started well when he saw the snowcapped fjords of Norway.

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But things quickly went downhill for him at The Seven Sisters waterfall in Geirangerfjord where it dawned on him that all that liquid water just might be melted snow! It sure looked beautiful though.

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Next up on Olaf’s adventure was the Borgund Stave Church, built in 1250 A.D. This church provided architectural inspiration to the filmmakers of Disney’s “Frozen”.

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Olaf’s favorite part of the Adventures by Disney Norway itinerary was a fjord safari aboard a speedboat! Along the way he relaxed in the small village of Undredal, where he learned about the art of Norwegian cheese making, before he continued on through the UNESCO World Heritage site fjord called “Naeroyfjord.”

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At last, after a summer full of river rafting, trout fishing, glacier viewing, learning Norwegian folk dancing and more, Olaf’s vacation came to an end.

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But don’t worry, Olaf will be back next summer as Adventures by Disney offers another season of fun in Norway. Care to join him?


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The Great Outdoors, Norway Style, with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


The sun never sets during the Norwegian summer. Okay, I exaggerate, but only a little. In fact, on the seven nights of my Adventures by Disney trip through Norway, the sun dipped down into a dusk-like state for approximately four hours each evening (and wreaked havoc on my internal alarm clock). All this summer daylight makes Norway an outdoor lover’s paradise.
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And our Adventures by Disney travels certainly took advantage of all the outdoor adventure that Norway has to offer. We rafted through glacier-fed rivers in Voss. I even jumped in to feel the refreshing coolness against my skin (and immediately shot out of the water shivering “cold, cold, cold” while channeling my inner Anna from “Frozen”). And then, because apparently the glacial waters gave me short-term memory loss, I did it a second time (channeling my inner Dory from “Finding Nemo”).
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We also got up close to a few glaciers by foot and by raft. Clearly Elsa beat us here!

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And we canoed, row boated and fished for trout in the most turquoise waters I’ve ever seen (and yes, I’ve been to the Caribbean) at Lake Loen.
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But of all the outdoor activities I enjoyed on this Adventures by Disney journey, the most memorable one was spending a day down on the farm. Or, more accurately, “up” on the farm. Norwegians have a rich farming history and, let me tell you, farming in the fjords is no easy task. Farmers face steep climbs and treacherous mountainous terrain as they work from sun up to sun down (which, if you remember what I said earlier, is a really long time) throughout the summer. Here I got to try my hand at sowing and reaping. And pet some sheep, llamas and goats. Behold the cuteness (the animals, not me. Clearly I’m soaked)!

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Ah yes, the rain. Norway is known for it, with some regions of the country getting upwards of 250 rainy days each year (the upside is all that gorgeous greenness I referenced in my first post). On this trip, we experienced mostly days full of sunshine and blue skies, but our rainy visit to the farm provided us with an authentic picture of Norwegian farming culture – rain or shine. And it gave me a chance to look like the grim reaper.
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From the storybook village of Bergen to fjording), rafting, farming and so much more, my Adventures by Disney Norway trip was truly a remarkable experience I’ll never forget. I hope you enjoyed sharing in this journey with me!


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‘Fjording’ Through Norway with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


There’s nothing more memorable than a really good catchphrase. For myself, and the 37 other travelers on my Adventures by Disney journey through Norway, there’s one phrase that sprung from our lips daily – “Let’s go fjording!”

And go fjording we did. While technically not considered a word in English (or any other language), “fjording” can loosely be defined as: the act of embarking upon adventure while beholding the beauty of the Norwegian fjords.

A fjord is a long, narrow arm of the sea bordered by steep cliffs that is usually formed by glacial erosion. But, since a picture is worth a thousand words, ta da! This is the Geirangerfjord area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is one of the many fjords visited on this adventure.
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We hiked the fjords in Flam (and I was photobombed by this sheep along the way).
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We set off in a speedboat on a fjord safari through another UNESCO World Heritage Site, Naeroyfjord (and sported some colorful, albeit effectively windproof, neon yellow “fjording” gear).

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We slept in rooms with spectacular fjord overlooks, and even used public restrooms that boasted some magnificent sights (a loo with a view). It really brought a whole new meaning to the phrase “when nature calls.”

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Above all, we took some time to simply enjoy the incredible beauty the Norwegian fjords provided (and they made for a great selfie).
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Clearly you can see why Oxford and Merriam-Webster need to add the term “fjording” to next year’s dictionaries!

In addition to fjording, an Adventure by Disney trip to Norway offers even more of the great outdoors. In my next post, I’ll tell you all about rafting, farming, glacier(ing) and more.


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Setting Off on a ‘Frozen’ Journey with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 21st, 2014 by Amanda Adler, Adventures by Disney


Fjords, folk dancing, glaciers, Vikings and, of course, Anna and Elsa. These are a few of the only things I knew about Norway when I set out to spend eight days and seven nights exploring the Nordic countryside with Adventures by Disney.
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This Norway trip, which is a new Adventures by Disney itinerary for 2014, explores the beauty of this Scandinavian country – from the quaint villages to the breathtaking landscapes (my Facebook friends back home were as green with envy as the verdant green of the mountainous scenery I was showing off in my online photo albums) – all while following in the footsteps of the filmmakers who created “Frozen.”
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As I prepared for my trip, I was filled with questions. Would my diet for the week consist mostly of pickled fish? (No. In fact, I ate the freshest, straight outta the stream, fish I’ve ever seen, along with a variety of non-seafood dishes. Reindeer meatballs anyone?) Exactly how many trolls would I spot? (Sadly, none. They are an elusive bunch.) What does snow do “in summer” in Norway? (Olaf would be happy to know that atop the fjords, snow is very much still in its “not melted” form. No flurries from Elsa required.)

Case in point, behold the beauty of one of our first stops, the Aurlandfjord. These photos offer up proof of snow’s existence in summer, and show off all that luscious green I mentioned earlier.

One thing I didn’t question was that I would have a fantastic time. This was my third Adventures by Disney trip and I’ve learned that the great thing about traveling with Adventures by Disney is that they handle the planning for you. I could rest assured knowing that all the details of my adventure were thoughtfully arranged, my transportation and most of meals were set, and that from the moment my plane touched down in Bergen I would be treated like a VIP by two expertly-trained Adventure Guides.
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And, as always, I wasn’t disappointed. My Adventure Guides, Kira and Torgeir (pronounced “tour guy” – could that be any more perfect?), were nothing short of amazing. How could anyone not have fun with this madcap duo in charge?
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And as soon as I arrived, another answer to one of my questions became abundantly clear – Bergen really does resemble a real-life Arendelle!

Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog, where I’ll share stories from throughout my Adventures by Disney Norway trip!


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