This undated image released by Disney shows Disney characters Anna, left, and her sister Elsa, right, from the animated film "Frozen" at Princess Fairytale Hall with a young fan at a meet-and-greet at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Wait times to meet the sisters stretches for hours and reservations are snapped up as soon as they become available, part of a frenzy for all things "Frozen." (AP Photo/Disney, Matt Stroshane)
Disney ‘Frozen’ frenzy includes Norway tourism
A Norwegian fjord that is part of an itinerary based on the movie Frozen. The film's fantasy kingdom of Arendelle was based on Norway's Geirangerfjord. The movie's popularity has spilled over into demand for Frozen-related merchandise — including trips to Norway. AP Photo/Adventures by Disney
Posted: Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:26 pm
Updated: 12:52 am, Sat Jun 7, 2014.
NEW YORK — The popularity of the Disney movie Frozen has not only led to box-office profits, sold-out merchandise and long lines to meet Frozen characters in Disney parks. It’s also motivating fans to visit Norway to see the landscape that inspired the animated movie setting.
Harald Hansen, U.S. spokesman for Visit Norway, said the number of U.S. tourists to Norway increased markedly since the film’s release in November, with booked hotel nights up 37 percent for the first quarter of this year compared to the same period in 2013. He said tour operators have also seen a 40 percent sales increase this year, compared to the same period last year, while Oslo Airport Gardermoen reported a 57 percent increase in arrivals from New York for the first quarter.
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Thursday, June 5, 2014 9:26 pm.
Updated: 12:52 am.