Adventures by Disney Norway

Magical Blogorail – Heading to Norway!

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Welcome to those of you joining me from Heidi’s Head and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail.

Adventures by Disney Norway

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Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by today as we explore the incredible Adventures By Disney adventures that await you!  For my trip, I have selected Norway — not just because it is the setting for the movie Frozen, but because the picturesque beauty that the country offers in incredible and something I want to see in person!  This is definitely a bucket list item for me!

The Norway itinerary features 8 days and 7 nights, and if you are unfamiliar with how an Adventures By Disney trip works, you are accompanied by great guides that show you a lot of the incredible things you’ll experience on your journey.  I’ve never been on one of these trips, so I am by no means an expert, but together we’ll explore more about this particular setting and venue.

  • Day 1 — Arrival at Bergen, welcome reception.
  • Day 2 — River rafting in Voss
  • Day 3 — Fjord Safari on a speedboat, also a visit to the Undredal Stave Church, the world’s smallest Stave Church.
  • Day 4 — Visit the Borgund Stave Church (constructed in 1250 A.D.) In addition, your Junior Adventurers will have a special dinner, and you’ll follow that up with a Disney Movie before bed.
  • Day 5 — Travel to Lake Loen for either trout fishing or row boating.  Afterwards, enjoy lunch at Kjenndalstova (on the shore of Lake Loen) before heading to Briksdal Glacier to visit it.
  • Day 6 — Visit Westeras Farm, then walk to a Fjord viewpoint. Afterwards, you’ll have an afternoon to explore Geiranger on your own.
  • Day 7 — On your last day before departure, you’ll travel to Oslo, the capital of Norway. From there, you’ll enjoy a farewell dinner and folk dancing at the Grand Hotel Oslo.
  • Day 8 — Much like Walt Disney World, this is the worst day — Departure day where you head back home.
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To me, the best part of this trip will be the scenic beauty that you can experience firsthand.  What do you think your favorite part of this kind of trip will be?  Let me know, and thanks for stopping by!

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is In the Mouse House as Gina talks about Ecuador & the Galapagos.

1st Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – Southeast Asia
2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Norway
3rd Stop ~ In the Mouse House – Ecuador & the Galapagos
4th Stop ~ Disney Nouns – England & France
Final Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog – Scotland & Southern California

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A D V E N T U R E S    B Y    D I S N E Y  –  England and France

Welcome to those of you joining me from IN THE MOUSE HOUSE and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail.

… and France!

Although I was born in Canada, my parents and entire extended family pretty much hail from over the pond in bonny ole England. I’ve been there only three times in my life, but each time I was only a child, the last time being when I was just 14-years old. So returning as an adult and sharing my heritage with my wife certainly appeals to me!

I’m not so much interested in the usual landmarks: Big Ben (you know that is the name of the bell and not the tower, right?), Piccadilly Circus (which isn’t an actual circus), Buckingham Palace (where it would be a rare day to see any Royalty anyway), or the like. But I would rather tour the little towns and pubs and the seaside resorts. I feel that is where the real character of England, and of France, would be found. Having a pint with the locals and hearing their stories would be a real treat! However, you don’t get to choose what you see, so here is what Disney has in mind for you if you choose this Adventure:

  • Climb aboard an iconic red double-decker bus for a private tour of London with an elevated view of Westminster Abby and Buckingham Palace.

  • Delight in the splendor and serenity of the English countryside during your 2-night stay in a 19th-century manor house.

  • Walk among towering stone blocks that have stood for millennia at Stonehenge. Explore the mysteries and legends surrounding the construction of this timeless monument.

  • Discover how kings and queens lived during a privately guided visit to Windsor Castle, current home to the British royal family!

  • Journey to the top of this 1,063 foot (324 meters) — tall structure and get ready for one of the most magnificent views in Paris — or anywhere in the world!

  • Marvel at the gargoyles of Nôtre Dame Cathedral. Then, as the adults follow a local expert to view some of the world’s greatest masterpieces in the Louvre, Junior Adventurers discover famous art works on an interactive scavenger hunt.

What I like about the idea of touring these destinations with Disney is the safety factor. I’m not a big world adventurer and don’t like being in situations where I don’t have control. This may curtail a certain amount of fun, but at least I arrive home alive after each of my vacations! And I’m sure a Disney Tour Guide could add a few Disney details to the locations visited.

France appeals to me because of the architecture and art scene, and of course, Disneyland Paris!

So my dream Adventure by Disney would be first to connect with my English heritage, and second, to explore the beauty and Disney Park fun of France. Now if I can just come up with about 6,000 US dollars I’ll be on my way!

Check out this link: England and France Tours for full details.

Thank you for joining me today. Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is MANDA’S DISNEY BLOG. Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

1st Stop ~ Heidi’s Head – Southeast Asia

2nd Stop ~ My Dreams of Disney – Norway

3rd Stop ~ In the Mouse House – Ecuador & the Galapagos

4th Stop ~ Cool Nouns by Lee Beatens – (you are here)

Final Stop ~ Manda’s Disney Blog – From Home to Afar

Staying at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa

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Building 6, one of the Outer Buildings of the Grand Floridian Resort

July 24 – 28, my family had the opportunity to do something that my wife Cindy and I had thought we likely wouldn’t do until we celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary in 12 years: we were given an opportunity, along with our daughter Sophie, to stay at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, the signature resort in Walt Disney World, and some would say, the signature resort at any of the Disney parks.

I’m not going to debate which resort is better than the other — although, a comparison between the Grand Floridian and the Grand Californian, which we had the pleasure to stay at in June, is in order — but for today’s post, I’m going to give you a review of room 5511, which is where we stayed for our four nights at the resort.

The picture you see above is of building 6, which is directly opposite the building we were in, which was building 5.  One of the neat things about where we were staying is it was right by the area where you could rent the boats to take on the Seven Seas Lagoon, but even cooler than that, it had a great vantage point of Cinderella Castle, and we could see the fireworks from the seating areas they have right there.

Upon entering our room, though, we were struck by the old world charm that the Grand Floridian gave us.  We weren’t in a hotel — in fact, the argument could be made that we weren’t even in a resort anymore.  All of a sudden, we had walked into an English bedroom, although with two queen size beds, but it had a sitting area also, and a place to work, and watch TV.

Our room came with two queen size beds, perfect for our family of 3!

Our room came with two queen size beds, perfect for our family of 3!

Although it felt to me like we had left the world of Disney and had transported back to old world England, the picture above and the two below reminded us that our Disney touches were still to be experienced!

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A closeup of our towel Mickey Mouse.

Mickey was to be found on the lamp too!

Mickey was to be found on the lamp too!

One of my favorite parts of the whole room was this wonderful chair and ottoman.  They were very comfortable, as was the bed, by the way, and I enjoyed winding down from our day in the parks by relaxing in the chair while the girls were getting ready for bed.

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This chair and ottoman were incredibly comfortable to sit in and relax, in my opinion!

The bathroom was your standard bathroom, except it had double sinks which was nice, and in a first for me, it had a phone in the bathroom by the shower!

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Sophie by the sinks.

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The door to the bathroom — plenty of mirrors for Sophie!

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The soaps and shampoo were quite nice!

One side note about the Grand Floridian — the towels were bigger than the towels that we had seen at other resorts.  They were softer than those, too, but overall, they were still just standard hotel towels in my opinion.

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The area down there is where you could see Wishes over the Castle at night. This is the view from our balcony.

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There has been some discussion about the refrigerators at the Disney resorts. Ours worked well, so I took a picture!

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If we forget where we are staying, we could look at this picture to remember! It’s better than pinching ourselves to see if we were dreaming!

In addition to the room, which was really nice, we were within a really short distance from the Gasparilla Grill, which is the equivalent of a counter service restaurant.  It’s open 24 hours a day, though, so you can go for a snack at any time!

The lobby of the Grand Floridian is absolutely incredible.  It almost is worth taking the monorail over to it just to see what it’s like.  Words don’t do justice, so I’m going to close by sharing these photos.  I hope you have enjoyed looking at the Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, and that you plan on staying there once.  It’s definitely worth adding to your Disney Bucket List!

Sophie sitting at this awesome telephone table!

Sophie sitting at this awesome telephone table!

The lobby elevator that travels just to the second floor.

The lobby elevator that travels just to the second floor.

One of the chandeliers in the lobby.

One of the chandeliers in the lobby.

The intricate stained glass in the ceiling of the lobby.

The intricate stained glass in the ceiling of the lobby.

Citrico's is located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Citricos is located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Victoria & Alberts Restaurant - located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

Victoria & Alberts Restaurant – located on the 2nd floor of the lobby.

The orchestra performed excellently -- I loved listening to them!

The orchestra performed excellently — I loved listening to them!