This weekend in Quebec, a FROZEN-inspired suite at Quebec City's Hôtel de Glace will be unveiled. The timing isn't coincidental, as it ties in with the release of Disney’s FROZEN in Blu-ray & Digital. There's also another reason for celebration: FROZEN picked up the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature and has been nominated for two Oscars -- Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
Quebec isn't the only destination aligning itself with Disney's record-breaking musical. VISITNORWAY, the country's national tourist board, collaborated with Disney to market the big-screen comedy adventure and encourage travelers to experience Norway's scenery, folklore and culture. The FROZEN script used Norway for its setting, complete with ice and snow, castles and mountains.
Filmmakers from Walt Disney Animation Studios felt the Scandinavian country offered a cultural backdrop they'd never utilized before. And so the fictional kingdom of Arendelle was created, blending Norway's dramatic natural scenery, architecture and folk costume aesthetic. In the movie, Arendelle sits on a fjord, complete with a stave church. It's the ideal setting for Anna's journey in search of her sister Elsa with rugged mountain man Kristoff. Even the Norwegian bunad, a traditional folk costume with elaborate designs, made its way into the film and select characters speak Norwegian or use a Norwegian accent.
But back to the Hotel de Glace, located 10 minutes from downtown Quebec City. My husband and I spent the night there ten years ago -- click here to read about our adventure. The 2014 edition of the Ice Hotel, which is open through March 23, features these highlights:
- Only ice hotel in North America made entirely of ice and snow
- It takes 50 people six weeks to build the hotel
- Constructed out of 500 tons of ice and 15,000 tons of snow (made on site with snow blowers)
- 36 rooms and theme suites (including the Frozen Suite, Hockey Suite, Jazz Suite)
- Ice Bar and Ice Cafe (the latter converts into an Ice Chapel)
- Nordic area with hot tubs and sauna under the stars
- Grand Ice Slide
The FROZEN Suite was created out of sculpted ice and snow and modeled after Anna and Elsa's bedrooms in the movie. The design and construction of the guest suite was supervised by Michael Giaimo, the FROZEN's art director -- there is also a Frozen Activity Cave.