Audiences everywhere have fallen in love with bagpipes, tartan, and everything Celtic thanks to Disney·Pixar’s “Brave,” but imagine setting out on your own fantastical adventure across the Scottish Highlands? Now you can follow your dreams (and a will-o’-the-wisp or two!) to the country that inspired the film with a “Brave” trip to a new Adventures by Disney destination – Scotland.
Beginning in March 2013, Adventures by Disney will offer expertly planned, group-guided vacations that enable globetrotters to follow in the footsteps of Disney·Pixar filmmakers – from Edinburgh to Inverness. For nine days and eight nights, you’ll experience Scotland’s culture, medieval castles, and lush, green landscapes.
Just like the fiery, fearless Merida, you’ll step inside the circle of standing stones at Callanish, horseback ride over heather moorlands, canoe across the mysterious Loch Ness, try Ceilidh dancing (pronounced “kay-lee”), and explore Urquhart Castle, the fortress (built upon an ancient burial cairn) that was captured numerous times by power-mongers vying for the Scottish throne. And though a visit to the village witch doesn’t top the itinerary, there are plenty of magical stops along the way.
Some additional trip highlights include:
Want a wee bit more fun before setting sail across the pond? Follow the mythical trail to Disney Parks and meet Merida! The flame-haired heroine appears as part of an immersive Disney Character experience that helps bring the Scottish legend to life.
Located in the Fantasyland® Area (Disneyland Park) as well as the Magic Kingdom® Park’s Fairytale Garden (Walt Disney World® Resort), Merida’s “play and greet” experience – inspired by the film’s Highland Games sequence – is set amongst tapestries that tell the tale of the headstrong teen’s quest to alter her destiny. As music from the film fills the air, kids of all ages can learn how to shoot bows and arrows with an archery lesson, participate in coloring activities, or chat about clans ‘n’ kingdoms with Merida herself – and keep your eyes peeled for three furry little friends from the movie! (Don’t forget cameras and autograph books to add even more memories to your personal family lore.)
Of course, if you haven’t already seen Disney·Pixar’s “Brave,” then break out your kilt and head to theaters … it’s the perfect prequel to an Adventures by Disney Scottish holiday!