Thursday, 14 August 2014

Adventures by Disney - From Home to Afar!


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Thank you so much to the Green line for having me as their guest this month! :)

I wasn't all that familiar with 'Adventures by Disney' until writing for this loop ... and I have to say, I was blown away by the selection on offer! So much so, I was torn between two amazing looking adventures!

First up is 'Scotland: A Brave Adventure'!


This might seem a bit odd ... considering I'm from Scotland ... but bear with me (excuse the pun).

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Reading the itinerary gave me goosebumps! Yes, I live in Scotland, but believe it or not I've never actually ventured to any of the destinations listed apart from Edinburgh! And the activities for Edinburgh are things I've always wanted to do but never really got round to :)

Some highlights include a visit to the National Museum of Scotland, where you will see the Chessmen of Lewis - not only one of the most significant archaeological finds of the last 200 years, but also the chess pieces seen in Merida's bedroom in the Disney Pixar movie Brave! A private tour of Edinburgh Castle - the last time I visited here was on a school trip in the 90's ... I don't remember much lol ... so this would be awesome! A visit to the Isle of Skye, Glen Coe, Fort William and Eilean Donan Castle. Whiskey tasting (oh yes), Scone making and Céilidh dancing! A visit to Loch Ness and Urquart Castle, and  a short flight to the Isle of Lewis where you venture to the Callanish Standing Stones and follow in the footsteps of Merida and the whisps!


Then it's back to Inverness where adventurers get to try their hand at Archery! I'd be sure to pack my Merida costume! This Scottish adventure is wrapped up with ... you guessed it ... even more Castles!! Glamis Castle; the inspiration for Shakespeare's Macbeth! And Dunnottar Castle; the inspiration for Merida's Castle in Brave! Just look at this beauty!

Moonrise Dunnottar Castle by Angus Clyne

Doesn't that all sound brilliant!? So many of Brave's inspirations are so close to my home! However ... I could always visit a lot of these sights on my weekends ... which made me swing towards a second, more adventurous option (this is Adventures by Disney after all!) ... Southern California!

I've always wanted to visit the 'original' Disneyland in California ... and this would be the perfect way to do it ... in luxury and in style! With a bit of Hollywood tossed in for fun!


This adventure begins with a private Hollywood Excursion followed by a trip to the Jim Henson Company! Yes please! Then it's off to Disneyland, Anaheim for (take a deep breath) a Walt Disney Imagineering Tour, a visit to the Walt Disney Studios and the Walt Disney Archives, a VIP evening and next full day in Disneyland Park including areas off limits to other park guests such as the Disneyland Dream Suite and Walt's personal apartment!! (This would be a dream ... I can't even tell you how much I'd love to see his apartment!) Then, a VIP day in Disney California Adventure Park topped off with a VIP viewing of World of Colour! (Yes ... we Brits spell Colour with a u! :P)

Is it just me ... or is this pretty much the dream trip of any Disney geek!? I adore Disneyland Paris ... but boy oh boy would I love to see where it all began in Anaheim, California :)

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Green this month. We will be back on September 11th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney info, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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Thursday, 22 May 2014

Best Disneyland Paris Book



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Thank you so much to the Orange line for having me as their guest this month!

I'm super excited to share my favourite Disney book ... and of course mine is the best Disneyland Paris book ... 'Disneyland Paris - From Sketch To Reality'!

With 320 pages showcasing 750 photos, including 500 of the park and 250 Walt Disney Imagineering images, this book is simply bursting with a feast for the eyes of Disneyland Paris!


Some of the most impressive photos to appear are some aerial shots by Yann Arthus Bertrand showing Disneyland Paris as you've never seen it before!



I particularly love the photo of Big Thunder Mountain, since it really demonstrates the fact that it's the only BTM to be situated on an island; a feature unique to Disneyland Paris alone.

I also love this painting of Phantom Manor depicting what it would have looked like before it fell into ruin. It's amazing to see one of my favourite attractions in a totally different light!


Another favourite of mine is Space Mountain ... I'd LOVE to have this poster by Stuart Bailey framed!


 The page on the right has a little snippet of info I only learned while taking this photo! (You really do pick up something new every time you flick through this book!) The mountain that the cannon rests on is supposed to mimic a volcano, which is believed to impart it's energy into the cannon!

This really is a wonderful book for any Disneyland Paris fan ... or any Disney fan for that matter!

I feel like I know Disneyland Pairs inside out and yet when I first opened this book I was blown away by the amount of detail I'd never noticed before. There's plenty of eye candy that can't be seen anywhere else but within these (in my best Jafar voice, ahem) 'paaages of wondeeer'.

If you'd like to see more please check out the video below from the project creator for this book Alain Littaye himself! It shows a quick view of all the pages inside if you really want to get an idea of the magnitude of images included.


Another fantastic review comes from Steve from Dedicated to Dlp - he bought his copy from the park back in 2002 and shares his favourite pages below.


As Steve points out, this book sold out very quickly when first released. However Alain Littaye has made this book available once more! You can now purchase one of a limited number of copies in English or French through his blog Disney and More.

It's a wonderful book to add to any Disney geek's collection and although arguably a little pricey, it's most definitely worth it for a book this unique and special :)

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Orange this month.
We will be back on June 16th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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Thursday, 23 January 2014

My Disney Side!


Welcome to those of you joining me from Picturing Disney and those of you just hopping aboard!
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Hi everyone!! I'm SO excited to be a guest blogger for the Blue line this month! I can't wait to share with you ... My Disney Side!

I've had the same problem as a number of other bloggers writing about this topic ... I'm a little confused by the term 'Disney Side' since I'm always in Disney mode! From my clothes to my home decor to my (sometimes questionable ... watch out for the sugar!) recipe choices ... even my music taste! But I guess my Disney Side is at it's strongest when I visit my favourite place ... Disneyland Paris!

As the Disney Side is defined, I laugh more, I scream more, and I live life to the fullest!
All thanks to one man and his mouse :)

I thought I'd see what my side is with the official Disney Side quiz! Here's my result!


I'd say this is pretty accurate! Well done quiz makers!

I DO love the classics ... Peter Pan is one of my favourites! I grew up during the Disney Renaissance ... give me Ariel, Aladdin and Simba anyday!

But that doesn't mean to say I don't love the newbies! Chicken Little and Enchanted don't get enough love in my opinion ... does anyone else think these movies are totally under-rated?? ;)

A huge part of my Disney Side is made up of nostalgia ... my first visit to Disneyland Paris was in 1992 when it opened (shout out to my awesome parents for making that happen!). I didn't manage to get back until 2003! But boy did the memories from 1992 smack me right between the eyes! Everything that I loved about Disneyland Paris when I was younger ... I still loved ... and it brought out my Disney Side that runs around like a kid, waves at the princesses and gets ice cream all over my face!

I've been lucky enough to visit every couple of years since then ... and I've even been lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World in Florida too! And it's safe to say ... I look forward to these trips more than anything ... because I know I'll be thrown into a universe where it's perfectly acceptable to skip down a street full of people. But then again, maybe that's the point of having a Disney Side - there's no reason why you can't let it out in every day life too :)


 Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Blue this month. We will be back on February 20th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories!

If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops!

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

My Disney Wish List for Christmas!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping aboard!
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This months topic is our Disney Wish List we'd like Santa to bring us this year!

I headed straight to the Disney Store UK Website and found some lovely Christmas goodies!
Check these out!

5 Piece Tapas Dish Set
Tree Shaped Serving Dish

Although the top set is for Tapas ... I'd use it for sweets and candies!
And the tree shaped dish is just too cute to pass up!

I'm also a sucker for snow globes ... and this one takes the biscuit!

Brave Snow Globe

Not only does this light up ... it also has an air blower so it can glitter away without you having to tip it upside down! Brave is one of my favourites ... I'm a little biased of course!

And finally ... a Disneyland Paris Mug to enjoy some hot chocolate in on Christmas Eve!

Disneyland Paris Christmas Mug

 Ok ... so I'd have to get this before Christmas to do that but I'm sure a certain someone wouldn't mind letting me have a present early!

What's on your Disney Wish List for Christmas??

Thank you for joining me today!

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Disney Dreams! at Christmas!





 Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Black!
Enjoy the ride as we celebrate the Holidays at Disney!

This months topic ... What events are you looking forward to or wish you were seeing/attending!

Mine was easy peasy ... this year I wish I was going to Disneyland Paris to see the all new
Disney Dreams of Christmas!


This isn't simply Disney Dreams altered a bit for Christmas ... oh no ... this is a whole new show!


Olaf the Snowman from the all new Disney movie Frozen leads guests into a magical show featuring Fantasia, 101 Dalmatians, Bambi and an awesome rendition of the Nutcracker from the characters of Toy Story!

I was hoping there would be a video posted in time to show you guys on this loop ... luckily ... there is! Even though the premiere of Disney Dreams at Christmas was only this past Saturday, youtube user Fabien Marliot has managed to share a video of the entire show! So a special thank you to Fabien!

Watch with caution ... you may need a blanket to contain the goosebumps!



Since I know I wont be visiting Disneyland Paris this winter I snuggled up to watch this 20 minute spectacular with some hot chocolate ...and it. was. brilliant! I loved that I spotted some of my most favourite Disney Christmas scenes, and I heard some of my favourite carols too!

This is a must watch for anyone looking for a bit of Disney Christmas spirit! I wish I could see it in real life but thanks to the wonders of the internet I can enjoy this amazing bit of Disney Christmas magic from home.

EDIT - Hot off the press!! My Disney buddy Steve from Dedicated to Dlp has posted his thoughts on Disney Dreams of Christmas! He was at the premiere on Saturday, so for a pretty detailed review you can check it out here! :)

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Les Mystères du Nautilus



Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping aboard :)
I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail!

This months topic is Underappreciated Disney Attractions!

This one came to mind straight away because I feel it's constantly missed out when talking about fantastic attractions from Disneyland Paris ... Les Mystères du Nautilus!

This is a walk-through attraction based on the 1954 Disney classic '20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'. Located in the lagoon next to Space Mountain, guests enter a small lighthouse themed building and follow a spiral staircase down to an underwater corridor to enter the attraction. Once on board, guests can explore six rooms of Captain Nemo's submarine, the Nautilus! Check out the video below if you'd like to see inside :)



One of the coolest things you'll find in the Nautilus is Captain Nemo's room, a cabin with a bed and a bathroom full of the Captains belongings, including books and paintings.

However, the main attraction of the Nautilus can be found in the Main Salon - The Giant Squid Attack! A small viewing area in the salon allows guests observe a window to the ocean. Captain Nemo's organ begins to play Johann Sebastian Bach'sToccata & Fugue in D Minor, and the captain himself gives a short speech about the ocean kingdom. The window opens to allow guest to gaze into the ocean, but suddenly, a giant squid attacks!! While the squid grapples with the window, Captain Nemo orders the submarines defence ... a pulse generator! The poor squid is electrocuted and retreats to the sea ... although Nemo saves the Nautilus ... I can't help but feel sorry for the giant squid ... maybe it just wanted to say hello :) Check out the video below if you'd like to see the giant squid in action!



Another cool feature of the Nautilus, particularly for fans of the movie, is a mirror above Nemo's organ. Guests can sometimes see Nemo's reflection in the mirror, which is actually a recreation of James Mason's face behind the glass, lit every so often to become visible!

Les Mystères du Nautilus has always been a favourite of mine ... tucked away round the side of Space Mountain ... blink and you'll miss it! Many guests see the submarine in the lagoon but don't realise it's actually part of a walk through attraction. If you ever get the chance to visit Disneyland Paris, be sure to check out this classic :)

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month. We will be back on November 12th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

My Dream Disney Resort


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This months topic is our Dream Disney Resort! To be honest ... any of the Disney Resorts would be  a dream for me since I've never stayed in any of them! But from what I've seen in all the wonderful Disney Blogs I read ... I'd most love to stay on the Grand Floridian!

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It always looks amazing and always gets such brilliant reviews that I'd love to stay here even just for a night! But there is a particular time of year I would love to stay ... I think most people would easily guess ... Christmas!!

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Just look at this gorgeousness!! And do I even have to mention the gingerbread house!?

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I'd love love LOVE to see this in real life! It must make the lobby smell amazing!!

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Tuesday, 13 August 2013

My favourite Disneyland Paris Restaurant!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping aboard.
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This month's topic is our favorite WDW/DLP Restaurant!

One of my favourites has to be 'Auberge De Cendrillon' (or Cinderella's Restaurant) in Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris! You can read about it in my most memorable Disney Meal post from last year :)

One of my other favourites has to be Casey's Corner! Ok ... I know ... technically it isn't a restaurant, it's counter service ... but you still eat in it right?? :P

Check out this awesome video of Casey's Corner from Photos Magiques!


Casey's Corner just screams old school America ... and so it fits in with Main Street U.S.A perfectly, transporting you back in time as you munch on your hot dog ... speaking of which ... the hot dogs are so good that Steve from 'Dedicated to Dlp' tried recreating them at home!

After a good number of supermarket visits I managed to find the squeezy cheese from his post! Of course it wasn't exactly like Disneyland Paris ... but it was pretty close!

All I have to do is sit out in the sun and play this music ...


... while nomming on my home made Casey's Corner style hot dog ... and if I close my eyes ... I could be in Disneyland Paris :)

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Tuesday, 9 July 2013

My Dream Disney Job!


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Black!
Enjoy the ride as we share our Disney dream jobs!

I've always had a dream job at Disney ... I'm reminded how awesome it would be every time I go! To be a part of a parade! I'd take any role - a dancer, a character ... even a float driver! Just to be part of something so cool and so fun would be awesome!

I've always wanted to see what it would be like from their perspective ... so see so many kids (and adults ... who am I kidding) faces light up!

To be a princess would be pretty cool ...

In the day time ...


Or the night!


But for some reason I always think it would be super cool to be this guy ...


What a view you would get from up there!!

What would your dream Disney job be??

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Tuesday, 11 June 2013

I missed a big one!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping aboard!
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This month's topic is, What attraction do you skip? Or is there an attraction you've never experienced?

I can honestly say I have been on every single attraction in Disneyland Paris ... though I guess it isn't much of a surprise!

It did take me to the ripe old age of about 23 to get myself onto the roller coasters though! I'd always been terrified of Space Mountain since my first try when I was around 12. It was my first ever experience on a roller-coaster, our train got stuck in the launch cannon and we had to climb out ... not a good first experience at all!


Ever since then I'd avoided it and I'd let a growing fear of roller coasters fester ... until my boyfriend decided I was missing out on far too much fun and literally forced me onto Space Mountain in an effort to help me overcome my fear! There were tears ... but I suppose I went willingly (mostly). I'll never forget him pulling my over shoulder harness down before I could change my mind and giggling to himself because there was no going back now! But he did hold my hand (I think he regretted it though) and I screamed my way through it ... but sure enough by the time it was over I wanted to do it again! All thanks to my persistent boyfriend who I hated at the time but am thankful to in the long run ... because now I love roller coasters!

So seeing as I've been on absolutely everything in Disneyland Paris, I had a think back to my trip to Walt Disney World in 2011. I missed a big one in the Magic Kingdom for sure ... Splash Mountain!
I'll be honest ... it wasn't the warmest of days and after seeing how wet people got on it we thought we would leave it until the end of the day :) But the thing is ... the queue never seemed to go down! Even towards the end of the day the queue was over an hour long. So ... we skipped it :( I didn't mind too much because just looking at that drop made my tummy flip! Sure, I can go on the biggest roller coaster you can find no problem! But for some reason Splash Mountain gives me the heebie jeebies! Maybe it's the lack of harness or seatbelt lol!

Have any of you guys been on Splash Mountain? Is it as bad as it looks!? :P

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month. We will be back on July 9th with an all new theme. Keep checking in with our blogs in between loops to keep up to date with our Disney news, photos and stories. If you are looking for more Disney magic, you can make your way over to The Magical Blogorail website to see all our members and their blogs, as well as all our previous loops.

Here is the map of our Magical Blogorail should you happen to have to make a stop along the way and want to reboard:

2nd Stop ~ The Disney Point 
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