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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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Top 5 Reasons to Travel with Adventures by Disney

posted on September 5th, 2014 by Andrae Gill, Adventures by Disney


With Adventures by Disney, planning a family vacation to new and exciting global destinations is easier than ever. With more than two dozen different itineraries, Adventures by Disney offers something for everyone. There are so many reasons to take an Adventures by Disney vacation, but here are my top 5 picks:

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Two Adventure Guides
No matter which Adventures by Disney itinerary you choose, you’ll be accompanied by two Disney-trained Adventure Guides. Adventure Guides bring stories to life by introducing you to the culture and traditions of the places you’re visiting … with a side of Disney magic of course. You might even consider them part of the family after your trip!

Private VIP experiences
What truly makes an Adventures by Disney vacation unique is an array of private experiences in some of the world’s most recognizable destinations. From a private after-hours tour of the Vatican Museum or a behind-the-scenes look at Lucasfilm, to learning a dance number from a Broadway show or canoeing across Loch Ness in Scotland , you can enjoy a host of VIP opportunities designed just for Adventures by Disney guests.

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Junior Adventurer activities
On an Adventures by Disney vacation the whole family can have fun while traveling the world. While you visit the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, your Junior Adventurers can participate in an interactive scavenger hunt around the museum. While the grown-ups sip wine in Tuscany, the kids are invited to their own tasting session as they sample Italy’s finest olive oils. Each itinerary includes an opportunity for the adults to dine while Junior Adventurers play games with the Adventure Guides.

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World class hotels and dining
From fantastic views of the fjords in Norway to staying in a fairytale castle in Germany, specially selected accommodations allow you to spend your nights in some magnificent settings. You can dine like royalty with a private reception and dinner at Edinburgh Castle in Scotland, or hop aboard a pirate-themed schooner and sail the Venetian lagoon for a private dinner. You can even step outside your hotel overlooking Vatican City and explore the unique shops and restaurants right at your doorstep.

Hassle-free planning
With Adventures by Disney the stress is taken out of planning your vacation, allowing you to simply focus on creating lasting memories with your family. From Long Weekends to extended trips, it’s as easy as choosing your next destination and leaving the planning to us!

Check out www.AdventuresByDisney.com for more information on planning your next big adventure.

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Adventures by Disney Heads South to Nashville in 2015

posted on August 28th, 2014 by Heather Killingbeck, Director, Trip & Program Development, Adventures By Disney


With Adventures by Disney Long Weekends, families can enjoy exciting destinations, such as New York City and San Francisco & Napa, while making the most of their free time. Now, Adventures by Disney is heading south for our newest Long Weekends offering in Nashville, Tennessee!

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Starting in 2015, foodies, music lovers and history buffs of all ages can take part in this one-of-a-kind southern experience inspired by the critically acclaimed television show NASHVILLE on ABC.

The new four-day, three-night Nashville vacation puts you right in the heart of country music and southern cuisine, and offers behind-the-scenes tours of famous landmarks in Music City. Take in a live show at the Grand Ole Opry, complete with a private dinner and a special look backstage. Live out your music dreams as you are guided through the hallowed halls of RCA/Studio B, where you’ll have the chance to sing one of the many hits recorded in this famed studio. Visit the famed Bluebird Café and dine where music legends have performed, learn about the art of songwriting and enjoy a special musical performance. Tour some of the sites that form the backdrop for the ABC show NASHVILLE.

For fans of traditional southern food, this Adventures by Disney itinerary has something cooking for you. You’ll try your hand at unique cooking activities where you’ll learn how to bake southern biscuits and craft your own BBQ sauce.
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This remarkable new Nashville vacation allows you to enjoy an adventurous getaway in true southern, and Adventures by Disney, style. Watch NASHVILLE on ABC, then see the city that inspired it all with Adventures by Disney!

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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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Immerse Yourself in the Royalty of London and Paris with Adventures by Disney

posted on August 5th, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


When I think of the most exciting cities in Europe, there is no better pair than London and Paris. Just imagine seeing the historical sites of Westminster Abbey and Buckingham Palace on a private iconic red double-decker bus, or taking an evening stroll around the City of Light with the Eiffel Tower as your backdrop. With Adventures by Disney, your whole family can experience the marvel of both cities, plus the charm of the English countryside, on one trip!
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This captivating eight-day, seven-night adventure around England and France will take you deep into the history, art and culture of some of Europe’s most famous landmarks. Enjoy a private walking tour of some of London’s historical sites with your Adventure Guides, taste traditional English fare in the English countryside and walk among the towering blocks of Stonehenge. And your Junior Adventurers will feel like princes and princesses as they explore the royal grounds of Windsor Castle.
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Then hop aboard a high-speed train that takes you under the English Channel into France. Upon arriving in Paris, you’ll view this extraordinary metropolis as you ride to the top of the 1,063-foot-tall Eiffel Tower. Next, step into the luxury of Chateau de Versailles and bike through the winding path of the Grand Gardens of Versailles. You’ll even be able to tour the illustrious Louvre Museum, home to the famous Mona Lisa, while your Junior Adventurers participate in an interactive scavenger hunt. And, of course, there’s plenty of free time to shop for some Parisian fashion. Ooh-la-la!

Explore these two incredible European cities and create magical memories today with Adventures by Disney!


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Walking in a Wyoming Winter Wonderland with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 28th, 2014 by Danielle Berman, Marketing Manager, Adventures by Disney


Ever wanted to “mush” your way through the snow-covered Wyoming wilderness or witness the erupting geysers at Yellowstone National Park? This summer heat might have you thinking of escaping to a “winter wonderland,” and with Adventures by Disney you can experience your own snow-filled family adventure to Jackson Hole and Yellowstone National Park during the winter holiday season.

Take your family on this five-day, four-night journey through the natural beauty of the Wyoming landscape where you’ll enjoy an evening sleigh ride, dine inside a cozy tepee and watch the sunset over the Teton Mountains. View the wonders of the famed geyser Old Faithful and enjoy a night full of s’mores and storytelling!

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Spend a morning learning the art of “mushing” as you guide a team of sled dogs through the powdery terrain. Afterward, relax in the rejuvenating natural granite hot springs. And throughout your vacation, be on the lookout for some local residents that roam the area like bison, elks, bald eagles, coyotes, and even moose!

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With your Winter in Wyoming adventure, your two Adventure Guides will take care of all the planning, ensuring that you and your family make memories that will last a lifetime.

To learn more about this incredible tour of Wyoming, visit AdventuresByDisney.com/WinterWyoming.

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Bidding a Bittersweet ‘Adios’ to Costa Rica With Adventures by Disney

posted on July 22nd, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


My Adventures by Disney journey through Costa Rica has, sadly, come to an end. However, I wanted to share with you some final memories from this unique trip.

Our last evening in Central America was truly spectacular, including mojito making lessons (with a non-alcoholic cocktail option for the teens!), a delicious farewell dinner and lively regional music. We even enjoyed a live performance from local dancers dressed in the traditional wardrobe of Guanacaste in Costa Rica.

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Best of all, the performance was capped off with a dance lesson for the entire group!

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But, what truly made our adventure so remarkable was our Adventure Guides Ron (or, as we called him, “Ponce de le Ron”) and Frankie (with his trusty sidekick Teddy).

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It was these guys who really made the trip magical! From leading us through the rainforest and keeping us entertained during rain storms, to feeding us, guiding us, sharing stories of the local culture and filling us all with laughter, Frankie and Ron went above and beyond to make this an adventure we’ll always remember.

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Thank you for following along on my Adventures by Disney journey this past week. I hope you enjoyed hearing about my Costa Rican adventure as much as I enjoyed sharing my stories (and photos)!

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Catamaran Water Fun in Costa Rica with Adventures by Disney

posted on July 19th, 2014 by David Roark, Manager of Photography, Yellow Shoes Creative Group


Another beautiful day out here in Costa Rica as we continue to share our Adventures by Disney journey with you! Over the past few days, our teen photographers have taken some breathtaking images with their Nikon cameras, zip lined through the tropical rainforest and white-water rafted through the raging waters of the Tenorio River.

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Today we ventured out into the Pacific Ocean for our catamaran excursion. With the secluded beaches surrounding us, we felt like we were on our own private island! The teens looked forward to snorkeling, paddle boating and using their Nikon CoolPix AW cameras to snap some awesome underwater photos.

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Speaking of photos, I captured this action shot just before they all went overboard!

As we headed under the sea, our teen photographers had fun taking photos of each other as they snorkeled around the pristine blue waters of the ocean.

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Besides all the wonderful activities that we enjoyed in the ocean, the teens became one with nature as they shot some incredible photos of the natural beauty that Costa Rica is known for.

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Courtney perfectly captured the bright reds and the water droplets on these flowers.

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Faris put his zooming skills to use with this amazing shot of a dragonfly.

Check back for my next post of our teen-focused trip as we continue to explore this incredible region with Adventures by Disney!

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