Feel like star with a magical movie experience in Europe. If your kids saw every single one of the Harry Potter films or have countless Paddington Bear books stacked by their bed, then they will be delighted with one of these movie themed activities. The whole family will love visiting Walt Disney Studios in Paris or sing your heart out in Salzburg as you traipse through the same gardens as Maria in The Sound of Music.
Check our four favourite activities designed to add a little movie magic to your next Europe family holiday.
When in London, you can have the chance to follow in Paddington Bear’s furry footsteps. In celebration of the film, Paddington, set to be released later this year, the Paddington Trail will track the bear’s favourite places in London. Fifty Paddington statues will be strewn right across the city, close to key cultural landmarks and popular hot spots. Enjoy an inspiring excursion through the heart of London as you join the marmalade-loving bear for a wild city adventure. A great one for kids and Paddington fans of all ages, the Paddington Trail will be running from 4 November to 30 December 2014.
Sound of Music
See the hills come alive with a Sound of Music tour in Salzburg. Take the family to Austria where you can relive your favourite scenes from the old classic, The Sound of Music. You will be guided to the actual locations of many of the film’s famous scenes as you listen to the original Sound of Music soundtrack. You will also see many historical and architectural landmarks of the city along the way.
Dance through the Mirabell Gardens just like Maria and the children did, while singing ‘Do-Re-Mi.’ See the striking Leopoldskron Castle that appeared as the Trapp family home and admire Nonnberg Abbey which was also featured in the film. A highlight of your movie adventure is sure to be visiting the Mondsee Cathedral, where the beloved wedding of Maria and the Baron was filmed.
Did your kids get swept away in the Harry Potter craze? Join in the fantasy with a Warner Bros. Studio Tour in London. Home to the working studios where all eight Harry Potter films were set, the tour will take you on a wicked adventure. You’ll go behind-the-scenes for a glimpse into the wonderful world of Harry Potter.
Step inside the magical Great Hall at Hogwarts and walk along the cobblestone streets of Diagon Alley. Your mystical journey will take you to explore two soundstages and a backlot filled with original sets, props, costumes and animatronic creatures. Get your photo taken on an enchanted broomstick, sip a frothy Butterbeer and visit the Studio Shop for all your Harry Potter souvenirs.
Discover the secrets of Disney with a day at Walt Disney Studios Park in Paris. Find yourself in the magical land of Disney as you are given a backstage pass into the world of animation. Feel like a star as you join in the drama with a Studio Tram Tour through Catastrophe Canyon. You can even see the incredible animation process and watch Disney characters be brought to life.
If your kids fell in love with Remy in the Disney classic, Ratatouille, then don’t miss the latest wild feature ride. Enter the gigantic kitchen but watch out, the terrifying Chef Skinner will be chasing your tail. Adventure seekers will be pleased with the array of roller coaster and thrill rides at your fingertips. And of course, Disneyland Park is right next door.