Thursday, 14 August 2014

Adventures by Disney - From Home to Afar!

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I wasn't all that familiar with 'Adventures by Disney' until writing for this loop ... and I have to say, I was blown away by the selection on offer! So much so, I was torn between two amazing looking adventures!

First up is 'Scotland: A Brave Adventure'!

This might seem a bit odd ... considering I'm from Scotland ... but bear with me (excuse the pun).


Reading the itinerary gave me goosebumps! Yes, I live in Scotland, but believe it or not I've never actually ventured to any of the destinations listed apart from Edinburgh! And the activities for Edinburgh are things I've always wanted to do but never really got round to :)

Some highlights include a visit to the National Museum of Scotland, where you will see the Chessmen of Lewis - not only one of the most significant archaeological finds of the last 200 years, but also the chess pieces seen in Merida's bedroom in the Disney Pixar movie Brave! A private tour of Edinburgh Castle - the last time I visited here was on a school trip in the 90's ... I don't remember much lol ... so this would be awesome! A visit to the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe, Fort William and Eilean Donan Castle. Whiskey tasting (oh yes), Scone making and Céilidh dancing! A visit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle, and  a short flight to the Isle of Lewis where you venture to the Callanish Standing Stones and follow in the footsteps of Merida and the whisps!

Then it's back to Inverness where adventurers get to try their hand at Archery! I'd be sure to pack my Merida costume! This Scottish adventure is wrapped up with ... you guessed it ... even more Castles!! Glamis Castle; the inspiration for Shakespeare's Macbeth! And Dunnottar Castle; the inspiration for Merida's Castle in Brave! Just look at this beauty!

Moonrise Dunnottar Castle by Angus Clyne

Doesn't that all sound brilliant!? So many of Brave's inspirations are so close to my home! However ... I could always visit a lot of these sights on my weekends ... which made me swing towards a second, more adventurous option (this is Adventures by Disney after all!) ... Southern California!

I've always wanted to visit the 'original' Disneyland in California ... and this would be the perfect way to do it ... in luxury and in style! With a bit of Hollywood tossed in for fun!

This adventure begins with a private Hollywood Excursion followed by a trip to the Jim Henson Company! Yes please! Then it's off to Disneyland, Anaheim for (take a deep breath) a Walt Disney Imagineering Tour, a visit to the Walt Disney Studios and the Walt Disney Archives, a VIP evening and next full day in Disneyland Park including areas off limits to other park guests such as the Disneyland Dream Suite and Walt's personal apartment!! (This would be a dream ... I can't even tell you how much I'd love to see his apartment!) Then, a VIP day in Disney California Adventure Park topped off with a VIP viewing of World of Colour! (Yes ... we Brits spell Colour with a u! :P)

Is it just me ... or is this pretty much the dream trip of any Disney geek!? I adore Disneyland Paris ... but boy oh boy would I love to see where it all began in Anaheim, California :)

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Heidi Strawser said...

Manda~ I love the trip(s) you selected. So much so, in fact, that I think I'll come along with you, if you don't mind! I'd love to see YOUR country, but I'd also really love to see where it all began --- Disneyland. And the VIP treatment sounds so awesome. That's the trip that Bryce took - that inspired this topic!

Dr. Disnology said...

Nice article! It's funny how we have to consider taking a vacation in our own country just to appreciate what we have!

And no worries, we Canadians use the 'u' too! It's only them yanks that doesn't!

Mike Ellis said...

What a great post, Manda! I'd love to take the Brave tour and see all of those great things you talked about! As for Disneyland, we went last year, and have friends in LA, so I would probably save my money for another AbD trip and have them be my tour guides!

Great post, thanks for joining in!


Rosanne said...

It's funny- I have always been interested in the ABD NYC itinerary. Sometimes the places that we are closest to can be the most exciting. When you live and work in a destination every day you sometimes forget what it is like to look through a tourist's eyes. Great post as always Amanda!

Manda said...

Thanks Heidi!! I'd love for you to stop by Scotland anytime! :D That's so cool the Disneyland trip inspired the topic! I had no idea! :D x

Oh gosh Dr Disnology you made me laugh! Yanks!! :D Maybe if we keep telling them there is a U they'll adopt it :P I love taking trips in my own country! I so often realise that I really take Scotland's beauty for granted sometimes! x

Thanks Mike! That's so cool you have friends in LA! Do they visit Disneyland a lot? Boy am I jealous! x

Thank you Rosanne! I actually tried to be a tourist in my own city once and went on the tour bus! The open top ones can be a bit of a risk in Scotland but if you catch the good weather it's an awesome way to sigh see! :D x

Lisa Cameron said...

Both of those itineraries sound so appealing. It is my husband's dream to go to Scotland to see where his family came from. I'd love to get to California someday and that adventure sounds amazing!

Dawn Cullo said...

I would love to visit Scottland - that sounds great and it sure does look pretty! I love Disneyland too - it's my 'home'. I live about 2 hours away via plane and visit when I can but to take a behind the scenes tour of Imagineering and Walt's apartment would be a dream come true.
=) - Dawn

Manda said...

I hope you and your husband get to visit Scotland one day Lisa! :)
Dawn you're so lucky to live so close to Disneyland! Jelly! :P x

Melissa Knight said...

Great post. I love what you chose! Visiting Scotland is high on our list since Drew's ancestors were Scottish. It would kind of be like going home. :) We've been to Disneyland but I think the Adventures by Disney trip would be soooo awesome because of all of the places you visit that not all guests can.

Mary said...

I have to admit I would love to visit Scotland. There is so much history there. And I do have a small Scottish background so it would be fun to see where that side of the family comes from.

Jennifer Lissak said...

I love your adventures!! The Scotland one sounds great for me - I was only in Europe once.... in 1999! And even then, only to Spain. So, I have a LOT to see! And Disneyland is wonderful, so I hope you make it out there, AbD or otherwise!

Beth Green said...

Great choices! I'd love to visit Scotland one of these days. This itinerary sounds amazing. But, I think I'd like to try the SoCal trip first! I was fortunate enough to spend 2 days at Disneyland, but it was really just a tease! I NEED to go back and do it right! :)