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.
Adventures by Disney Norway

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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

Impressions de France

59 Days: Impressions de France

Impressions de France

The France Pavilion beckons you to enjoy Impressions de France!

Hello everyone, and welcome to #Day59 in our #DisneyWorldCountdown!  I can’t believe that we are now inside of 60 days until we check in at Bay Lake Tower!  We’ve already taken care of 41 of these posts, I hope you like them and that you are getting some ideas on what you want to experience on your next Walt Disney World vacation!

Today’s post is about the movie that you can see in the France Pavilion — it is titled Impressions de France, and is actually quite a good movie.  It is not done in the Circle*Vision360 format, it is in an actual theater where you sit and watch the film.

In addition to the film, there is a lot of fun things to see and eat at the France Pavilion, including street performers like this one we saw a few years back:

Impressions de France

The Street Performer did a great job!

We have also enjoyed some of the French food during the Food and Wine Festival.  We tried the coq au vin and the Creme Brûlée!  Both were quite good!

Impressions de France

Coq au vin

Impressions de France

Creme Brûlée

As you can tell, there are more things to experience than just the Impressions de France movie at the France Pavilion.  Do you like this pavilion?  What is your favorite thing to experience in France?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks for stopping by!

Disney Snacks

Riding the Rails: Disney Snacks

Disney Snacks

When it comes to Disney Snacks, we have quite a few we enjoy!

Hello everyone, and welcome to this week’s Riding the Rails post!  Today, the Magical Blogorail is taking a look at Disney Snacks for this week’s theme, and the moment I heard the word “food”, I knew that I had something to contribute!  There are a lot of great snacks that we enjoy, so I thought I would share some with you in visual form!  I hope you’ve had breakfast, because these might make you hungry for an early lunch!  Starting us off is my daughter Sophie’s new favorite — the Jumbo Turkey Leg at Animal Kingdom (also can be had at other parks too).  This shot is too much fun for me, so I have to include it when we talk Disney Snacks!

This group of photos were all taken while we were at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, so I’m going to list the name in case it entices you for this year.

Disney Snacks

Swedish Meatballs with lingonberries

A Tasty sample of the Le Cellilier famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

A Tasty sample of the Le Cellier famous Cheddar Cheese Soup!

Disney Snacks

The coq au vin is a deceptively good dish to try out over in France.

Disney Snacks

The Creme Brûlée is a wonderful treat, too!

Disney Snacks

This Cannoli was absolutely delicious!

Disney Snacks

Over in Brazil, the Seared Mahi Mahi was perhaps the best dish we had.

Disney Snacks

Mexico Shrimp Taco

Disney Snacks

Mexico Rib Eye Tacos

However, also keep in mind that when it comes to Disney, they make sure that all dietary restrictions are accommodated.  For those of you with gluten issues, you can get a whole range of gluten free dishes, and even this gluten free chocolate chip cookie!

Disney Snacks

Lastly, if you need Gluten Free options, you can get a Gluten Free chocolate chip cookie!

There are a lot of different dining options and snacks for you to enjoy.  Have fun with it, don’t be afraid to try something different, and best of all, remember that you are at Disney, and everything both a) tastes better at Disney and b) has no calories at Disney!  Well, I can wish, can’t I?

What is your favorite Disney snack?  Let me know in the comments, and thanks!  Also, click on the button below and check out the rest of the great entries this week!

36 Days til Disneyland – “it’s a small world”!

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It’s a small world, after all!  It’s a small world, after all! It’s a small world, after all! It’s a small, small world!

With that line, “it’s a small world” proclaims itself to the world with the most catchy — or annoying, depending on your point of view — song in all of Disney!  We are down to 36 Days til Disneyland, and today we are looking at “it’s a small world”!

The song may be the same, and the basic ride premise is certainly the same, but there are also some very distinct differences between the ride at Disneyland and the ride at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World!

For starters, the Disneyland version of the ride loads outside — not under a covered loading area.  I’m guessing that a lot of these are okay because Southern California doesn’t get a lot of rain?  So you don’t get rained on very often?  I’m just guessing, maybe you can let me know for certain why this is if you know.

In addition, with the renovation in 2009, you will also find your favorite Disney characters displayed throughout the ride in sections that depict where they are from!  For example, you can see Pinocchio in Italy, Cinderella in France, and so on!

“it’s a small world” is a Disney classic attraction for us, and I fully expect that we will be riding it multiple times on our trip!  Let me know what you think about it, and for a little send off, here is the video of the ride for you to sing along to — if you dare!