Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Magic of Disney

Hey guys

Welcome to this weeks blog which I'm currently writing standing in the Queue for the film lot tour at the Disney studios in Paris.
I'm on day 2 of my trip and what can I say the past 24 hours so far have been incredible.
After a long train journey we arrived here at Disneyland Paris to bright sunshine. 
There's a special magic in the air as soon as you enter the park gates and see the castle. No matter what age everyone's face lights up when you see the castle on Main Street. 

After wondering round for a while we went to do the Mickey Mouse experience at the back of the park. No matter what age I recommend this as something to do. You get to go through an old school cinema where you watch some brilliant cartoons and then head Into to see Mickey. I have always loved the fact at how personal the experience is and how great the pictures turn out.

It was then time for the parade, if this is your first time to Disney make this the top of your list to see. The whole thing is always something very special to see.

The complete highlight of day one for me was our dinner with the characters. We'd all agreed to do this a few months ago and the evening was just 5⭐️ from start to finish. Our table had an incredible view and I'm very happy to say I finally have my picture with Minnie. After a few trips to the park before she's one character I've never been lucky to track down.

My favourite character is tigger and I'm not going to lie my face lit up on his appearance at dinner. I think my happiness is summed up in all the pictures.

I have to give a special thank you to all the amazing staff in cafe Mickey they were all incredible from start to finish and made the experience incredible. 

Today's adventures have started in the Disney film studios
I've always loved this part of the park from my very first visit. 
There's a lot of history and facts in this side of the park where you can see the making of the films and take part in a drawing class in the animation part which is something pretty special to do.

I managed two meet n greets today with Buzz Lightyear and then a bonus one of our group visit to see Mickey as well. 

It was then great timing for the late opening of the Aerosmith ride as we were walking past it - this is one of my favourite rides in the park the energy and music especially makes this ride high on my list of places to visit when you come to Disneyland Paris.

We were reunited with more friends today and after our adventures at the movie studios we headed for the main park. We got a great spot for the afternoon parade in front of the castle which had a great view as all the floats came past.
Our rides for the day included Buzz Lightyears laser blast, Pirates of the Caribbean and then a bonus of a Meet and great with Minnie Mouse at the end. 

After a group meal together at The diner in the village it was time for some sleep.

I'm finishing this blog on the Eurostar on the way home from a perfect few days where an added surprise of dinner being served on the train has just made us all very happy.

Today started early with my mission to try and get a picture with Mickey and Minnie together. After the long queue for Minnie last night I spoke to a cast member there who told me that they were till certain times and to get into the park as soon as it opened to get to the photo point for the picture. I'd organised it and was beyond disappointed to find a cast member there already telling people the queue was shut.
 My one bit of feedback for the whole visit is to look into having more time for photo experiences with Mickey and Minnie. I felt it unfair that it seemed they were there just for people with the extra magic hours. It would have meant the world to me to have that shot but will definitely try again for it on my next visit.
I was lucky to finally get a picture with Donald as on my previous visits I've never seen him out in the park before 

We had a great day I'm both parks n made the most of a lot of rides today. Phantom manor was as great as I remembered it from previous visits but my complete highlight was the Ratatouille ride in the movie studios. We were in the right place at the right time for a short queue today and I'm so glad we got a chance to go on it. 
I was so surprised and impressed it's an incredible ride and one i completely recommend you do. The whole style of the ride from start to finish was brilliant I don't want to give any spoilers away but I promise you won't be let down at all. If we'd had more time We would have gone on it again.

As I'm now on my way home it's giving me time to think about all my adventures over the past few days. Working in the customer service and tourist industry myself I watch things closely myself when I visit different attractions.
This weekend I've seen some lovely things which have ranged from how special all the characters have made everyone feel from young to old.
I did see something special this morning in the movie park watching Mickey lead a young guest who was poorly over to see Woody and they both spent time with her. 
Some of the best service came from the staff in Cafe Mickey. We've all been waiting a lot time to do a meal with the characters and it was the highlight of the trip. They all made us feel so special through out the whole visit.

There's something very special about visiting Disney 
From the iconic castle on Main Street to the Disney music you can't help but smile from the moment you enter the park. 
I've had an incredible time and look forward to my next visit 
For more pictures check my Instagram on holly_b83

Hope you've enjoyed reading this blog as much as I've enjoyed putting it together 

Love Holly X

Thursday, 16 June 2016

The Disney countdown 1 week to go

Hey everyone 

So the time has come where it's one week to go until we depart for Disneyland Paris next Friday morning.

To say I'm slightly excited now is an understatement 
The planning is underway - at the top is the characters. We are all massive Disney Fans and for our first night we have something very special planned. It's something I've always wanted to do and next Friday evening it'll be time for our meal with the Disney Characters. 
I've been lucky to go to Disneyland Paris a few times now but this will be the first time that I've done this and am very excited.

Having spent some time going through my Disney pictures from previous trips my ultimate picture this time will be Minnie Mouse. Don't get me wrong I've been very lucky with my character pictures (took me 3 visits to find my favourite character Tigger ) but I've not managed to see Minnie. 

One thing that has helped plan this visit is the iPhone app and knowing what rides are out for Maintence before we get there. It's helped massively and I really recommend downloading the app befor you go so can you see this and ride waiting times whilst in the park.

This week we hope will go quick and come next Friday you will have some very excited travellers waiting to board the Eurostar for the journey to the park. We've chosen this travel option for the fact the train goes directly to the park and the amazing staff in the station take your luggage to your hotels for you so you can go straight to the park.

I will be blogging whilst on the trip so make sure you check out my Instagram on holly_b83 and back for some reports on all the Disney adventures 

Love Holly x

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

May and June round up

Hey all,

Greetings from a warm but wet London Town today
Apologies for lack of blogs past couple of weeks but as I'm at home resting my non existent voice today I thought I'd catch up on the past few months.

May 2016
So May started with me trying to work out what was causing my allergic reaction on my face. This was an on going challenge over end of April and May but I've never had a reaction like it. It then had three weeks of strong antihistamines and steroid cream to calm it down again. After much elimination I managed to narrow it down to a shampoo I was using and the foundation I had. Being well into June now I'm only starting now to reintroduce foundation to save my eyes swelling up again but so far it's been three week since anything has happened so hopefully it's not going to happen again 

It was then time for the Footloose tour time, the London date was very special to me as it was exactly ten years to the day that I first saw the show in the Westend. 
Not ashamed at all to say still remembered it word for word and all the dance routines 

The next day was a special one I took my brother out for a trip to the Sky Garden in London. If you live in London or are visiting it's a hidden gem which is 100% worth a visit. Was an incredible way to see across London and the weather was stunning. Check out my sky garden blog for more information.

It was then time for to escape London for a few days and head up to Liverpool for some holiday time with one of my closest friends for a few days. We enjoyed a girly night out watching Footloose in Liverpool on the Saturday and then headed to Blackpool on the Sunday with her son for some fun on the beach.
 On previous visits to Blackpool over recent years we've had wind, rain and even an attempt at some horrible stormy weather so you can imagine our delight when we arrived to find sunshine - not just any sunshine but warm enough for no jackets sunshine. 
We popped into the Ripley's believe it or not museum to look at the Spice Girls Exhibition which was brilliant and a complete blast from the past for us as we were both big fans years ago and looking back at all the merchandise bought back lots of memories

Our adventures then took us to Manchester the next day for a visit to the Trafford Centre and the Legoland Discovery Centre. Great fun was had all round - I mean when your told to come and sit in a Lego version of a ball pool what else do you do but get involved . We then popped in after to the Sea Life centre next door. Both first time visits for me but defo great ones and will return again.

End of may also bought a visit to the o2 arena and a stop on the Busted tour. Was a great night out a complete trip down memory lane for the songs I haven't heard in a long long time.

I made a visit to Sadlers Wells at the end of the month to see the last night of the production of 1984. The more productions I see there to more I love watching ballet. If you ever get the chan to watch a show there you won't be disappointed.

June so far has been a fairly busy month in many ways. With the bank holiday weekend and holiday season at work I feel like it's gone pretty quick. This weekend coming is West end Live in London and next week is my return trip to Disney Land Paris (yes I'm that excited now I'm already starting to sort out what I'm going to take with me ) 

Thanks for reading my round up don't forget to check back for my Disney countdown and what I get up to on my trip away next week 

Have a great week 
Love Holly x