Brave, the new Pixar movie opening June 22, is not only giving Disney a new princess — it’s also providing a new family vacation tour experience.
I wasn’t previously aware of Adventures by Disney, which promises to provide “immersive, hassle-free, and unforgettable group guided-family vacation experiences to destinations in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia.” Disney’s recreated France, Germany, and the like at Walt Disney World; for sites like the Great Wall of China or the ruins of Pompeii, they can’t bring them to Florida, but they aim to provide the same level of service in taking you to them.
Given the strong sense of place present in many Pixar films, it doesn’t surprise me that the Scottish setting is being promoted as a key part of Brave, as well as something else for Disney to sell as a source of everlasting family memories. The new Adventures by Disney tour of Scotland promises a “9-day, 8-night quest through Edinburgh, the Isle of Skye, the Isle of Lewis, and Inverness [and] takes families through the rugged Highlands, allowing them to experience first-hand the history, culture, nature, legends, and lore of Scotland that inspired Merida’s story of bravery. … For “Scotland: A Brave Adventure,” Adventures by Disney’s trip-planning specialists worked directly with the expert storytellers on Pixar’s Brave production team to incorporate the castles, landscapes, and legends that inspired the lush settings and memorable characters in the film -– creating a Scotland experience that could only come from Disney.”
Or God, depending on whom you wish to credit for those landscapes. It sounds like quite the active vacation, with plenty of hands-on activities, including Highland Games, making pastries, lessons in Celtic music, horseback riding, archery, and tapestry-making, as well as private guided tours of the National Museum of Scotland and the Palace of Holyroodhouse, the Scottish home of the Royal Family. No prices are available yet, but based on the Egypt trip they offer, it’ll be over $5000 a person. Plus airfare.