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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)!

Up on the Farm in Norway with Adventures by Disney Up on the Farm in Norway with Adventures by Disney

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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Wildlife Wednesday: Update on the Wallaby Joey at Disney’s Animal Kingdom– ‘It’s a boy!’

posted on August 27th, 2014 by Andre Daneault, Animal Operations Manager


Earlier this year, we shared with you the exciting news of a wallaby joey that could be seen at the Oasis at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Now that the joey has grown a bit, we can share that “It’s a boy!” and his name is Ozzie. His first time coming out of his mom’s pouch was in April. He gradually spent more and more time out of the pouch and is now pretty independent. He is eating solid foods and currently weighs in at 2.3kg! (The weight range for adults is 4-9kg.)

Wildlife Wednesday: Update on the  Wallaby Joey at Disney’s Animal   Kingdom– 'It’s a boy!' Wildlife Wednesday: Update on the  Wallaby Joey at Disney’s Animal   Kingdom– 'It’s a boy!'

If you are looking for Ozzie on your next visit to the park, he is most active during the cooler parts of the day, mornings and after late day rains. Wallabies are just one of the many interesting wildlife species that can be found at the Oasis Exhibits as you begin your adventure at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Be sure to also look for Giant Anteater, Babarusa (an exotic boar), Barking Deer, Spoonbill Stork and Macaws!!

To learn more about Wallabies or if you missed the first story … you can check it out here!

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Competition, Fun and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Difference Has Boston Team Hitting the Road to Disney

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


This Labor Day weekend, more than 700 athletes and coaches representing nine states, 5 countries from as far away as Japan, will hit the diamonds at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort for Disney Turn Back the Clock Weekend. For the 18th straight year, teams will enjoy international competition on the field and fun off the field in the parks, and at a private water park party at Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park.

For teams like the Cambridge Hitmen, planning the “Road to Disney” started months ago. Team manager Ronnie Ferrara has led teams from Boston to the tournament for the past 14 years. “We have a lot of fun down there,” said Ferrara. “The Disney difference, they are wonderful down there, they treat everyone first class from the day you get there, they go over board trying to help. The fields are unbelievable.”

For the kids, it’s an opportunity to experience good competition and enjoy time with friends and teammates. “What’s great about the baseball is how good the competition is,” said catcher Samuel Olivet, who is making his second trip to the tournament. Rookie pitcher Elliot Harris said, “it seems like a vacation with one of my favorite things to do, which is play baseball.”

Recently, we caught up with the Hitmen on their home field in Cambridge, MA, as they practiced for their trip of a lifetime.

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New Disneyland Resort Mobile Site Makes the Magic Easy with Disney eTicket and More

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


Have you checked out the new Disneyland.com on your mobile phone? This all-new mobile experience puts your entire Disneyland Resort visit right in the palm of your hand with features like dining reservations, attraction information and – my favorite new features – the new Disney eTicket and even prepaid parking. And the best part … this complete planning tool is accessible through your device’s web browser; there are no apps to download.

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VIDEO: Disney’s Hollywood Studios Hosts Villains Unleashed

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Jennifer Fickley-Baker, Social Media Manager


Over the weekend, Disney’s Hollywood Studios played host to Villains Unleashed, a special event in which 50 Disney villains (and many Disney fans) packed the park for some nighttime fun and special entertainment. The event kicked off at Hades Hangout, where several Disney villains were welcomed to the stage – including Shan Yu, Bowler Hat Guy, Captain Gantu, Oogie Boogie and many others. One fan favorite was Dr. Hämsterviel, who made his debut appearance at Walt Disney World Resort during this event!

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VIDEO – Halloween Merchandise Returns to Disney Parks

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


The Halloween season returns to Disney Parks in just a few days. I recently took a break from making my next homemade costume to visit Magic Kingdom Park at Walt Disney World Resort. There, I stopped by the Emporium on Main Street, U.S.A. to make this short video highlighting my favorite Halloween merchandise items created especially for Disney Parks.

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Dateline Adventureland: Adventure Trading Company Bids Farewell to Disneyland Park

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Tallahassee Glover, Adventureland Correspondent


Well, adventurers, the end of Adventure Trading Company’s limited-time engagement at Disneyland park has come.

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A Different Way to Do Disney

posted on August 26th, 2014 by Jonathan Frontado, Disney Cruise Line


Recently we shared with you a mom’s take on cruising with us, hearing from one of our Disney Parks Moms Panelists, Diane, about her family’s experiences over the years. Today, we’re hearing from another panelist, Dolly, whose family has joined us on voyages all around the world.

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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!”

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Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips: Atmosphere Entertainment at Disneyland Park

posted on August 25th, 2014 by Tyler Slater, Social Media Content Coordinator


One of the best ways to spend the day at Disneyland park is enjoying the sights and sounds of the various atmosphere entertainment. Whether it be starting your morning on Main Street, U.S.A., listening to the Disneyland Band, or taking an afternoon break to the jazzy sounds of the Royal Street Bachelors in New Orleans Square, these are some of the moments that make Disneyland one of my favorite places in the world. Today, the “Disneyland Resort Viewing Tips” series continues with a look at some of the performances that come to life everyday throughout the park.

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