Tuesday, 11 December 2012

WDW during the holidays!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping aboard! I am the 2nd stop on our Magical Blogorail!

This months topic is WDW Holiday must dos! But since I've never been to WDW during the holidays I'm going to share what would be on my list! :)

Top of my list would be The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights in Disney's Hollywood Studios!


When I visited WDW in October last year I managed to see the beginnings of the lights being put up ... even in daylight and with nothing turned on, the sheer number of lights blew me away ... and they weren't even finished putting them all up yet! I'd love to see them all in their lit up glory!

My next option seems obvious ... but I'd love love love to go to Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party! To see Cinderella Castle all lit up would be amazing! And to see Mickey's Once Upon A Christmastime Parade would be a dream come true! I've seen it so many times on tv as a child and would be thrilled to see it in real life one day! Especially Santa Claus himself!


Also ... if you've read my blog before you'll know that fireworks are my most favourite thing ever! So to see a special holiday fireworks show would be just awesome :) I'd also love to see the snow fall on Main Street! I think they do this in Disneyland Paris too ... but I've never seen either so this would be a must on my list! :)

Finally, I'd love to hop on the monorail and take a tour of as many Disney Christmas Trees as I can! Including the one in the Grand Floridian, as well as Wilderness Lodge and the Animal Kingdom Lodge! They all look absolutely breathtaking!

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Disney's Fantillusion Parade



Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Black! Enjoy the ride as we share our favorite night-time shows in Disney!

My favourite night time show is, without a doubt, the Disney Fantillusion Parade in Disneyland Paris!


Every night in the Summer Season, darkness falls over Main Street for this absolutely magical parade! With 12 floats and 3 'acts' ... if you're lucky enough to be there you're in for a treat!

Beginning with Mickey's Magical Garden, we're greeted by the big cheese himself to welcome us to the parade!


Following Mickey is Flora's Gazebo featuring all three fairies from Sleeping Beauty! Next up is Fauna's Carousel, then the Enchanted Butterfly flower!


But just when you think it's all magic and rainbows ... some of the most famous Disney Villains show up! And boy do they do it in style! Maleficent and Jafar transform into their dragon and snake alter-egos and tower high above the crowds, while Ursula emerges from her float in her larger than life form to cackle at her evil plans!


But alas ... this is Disney ... good always triumphs over evil ... and we are met with a Happy Ending Finale! Snow White and her Prince, Ariel and Prince Eric, Belle and her Beast and Jasmine and Aladdin light up the street with magical stars from giant disco balls! Finally a gorgeous Princess Minnie waves us farewell!

A whopping 400,000 light bulbs are used across all the floats, as well as 60km of cabling! To power the floats, 9 tonnes of batteries are used every night and recharged for the next day. And music from the film each float portrays is woven into the main Fantillusion theme!

Although Fantillusion currently my favourite night-time show, I'm pretty sure Disney Dreams! will replace it once I finally get to see it! I'm hoping to return to Disneyland Paris next year :)


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Monday, 12 November 2012

One Woman Disney Series by Sidonie Smith!

Happy Monday one and all! If you've read my blog before, you may remember my 'Disney Lols' I used to post on a Monday for anyone who needed a giggle ! (Cause let's face it ... Monday is my least favourite day of the week ... so I'm pretty sure it's the same for many of you guys too!)

I haven't posted any in a looong time ... but today ... I have a very different way of bringing you a smile! If you haven't heard of her already ... may I introduce to you the amazing ... Sidonie Smith!


Isn't she awesome!? This is the first video from her One Woman Disney Series ... after this one I couldn't wait for more! Sure enough, another appeared a few weeks later!
If you love Hercules ... you'll LOVE this!


And I can reveal that Sidonie is releasing the latest video in her One Woman Disney Series ... today! Here it is! :D


This new video is absolutely astounding ... I just can't find enough words ... it's brilliant!! What do you guys think!? :)

Please head on over to her video and show her the love she deserves for this awesome piece of home-made Disney magic!

I was lucky enough to be able to interview Sidonie to find out more about her One Woman Disney Series and a little about herself too!


Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Favourite Attraction Music!


Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping aboard!
I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail :)

I love this months topic! Our favourite attraction music! I have way too many ... my favourite as a kid was ... wait for it ... It's a Small World! Yep - not a popular choice among the Disney fans, I know, mostly for its repetitiveness ... some even say it's creepy! But apparently ... I adored it! :P

Here's a brilliant video of It's a Small World in Disneyland Paris if you'd like to check it out!


I still love it these days - but I keep it a closely guarded secret because most people look at me like I'm speaking Japanese ... and they don't speak Japanese ... heh :P

My older self absolutely loves the Phantom Manor music ... especially around this time of year!



But my absolute favourite (I don't know if this counts ... I don't think it does but I'm rolling with it!) is the music from the Fantillusion Parade! It carries the BEST memories for me, from holidays with my family and also with my bf :) And fireworks are my favourite ... so the Fantillusion music always means fireworks are never far away! :D



I'll never ever forget the first time I saw this parade! It's absolutely breathtaking! And it still gives me goosebumps every single time :)

Here's the music on it's own, if you want to hear a cleaner version :)


I can't wait to see what all the other members of the Black line have chosen as their favourite attraction music! Music is such a huge part of the Disneyland Paris (and other Disney Parks!) experience ... and it always brings back such magical memories, I can close my eyes and be right back in those moments!

 Thank you for joining me today!

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

30 Days to 30 Years - 1998!

Last week I was a guest blogger for the '30 Days to 30 Years' series celebrating 30 years of Epcot over at Distherapy! I was on holiday so I didn't manage to blog about it ... but now that I'm back I hope you'll hop over and check it out!

Click on the banner below to read all about the great 'Figment Flap' in Epcot in 1998!


Please be sure to check out all the other bloggers taking part by clicking the button below!

30 Days to 30 Years

And congratulations to Donna for putting together another fantastic series!
Thank you so much for asking me to be a part of it! :)

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Most Memorable Disney Meal



Welcome to those of you joining me from Return to Disney and those of you just hopping aboard!
I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail :)

This months topic is Most memorable Disney Meal!

Mine was in the magical 'Auberge De Cendrillon' (or Cinderella's Restaurant) in Fantasyland in Disneyland Paris! My family and I had an amazing meal there to celebrate my mum's birthday.

Source: Photosmagiques

It sits behind Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant in an inn like building that matches the architecture of the castle itself. Outside there's a really cute Cinderella fountain, as well as a gorgeous pumpkin shaped carriage overlooking the outside seating area.

Inside, there are five Renaissance-style rooms, all decorated with paintings and tapestries showing famous scenes from Cinderella's story.

Source: Photosmagiques
I don't have any photos of my experience there, I was only 15 at the time so I didn't have my own camera! But I do remember desert! It was awesome! It was almost identical to this chocolate slipper desert from Cinderella's Royal Table in the Magic Kingdom!

Source: WDWMagic

On the night we visited, the restaurant was so busy they actually forgot to bring out my mums birthday cake that my dad had ordered with the restaurant! So to make up for it they invited us back another evening later in our holiday - this night was so quiet compared to the first night we were there! So at the end of our meal they brought out the cake with what felt like the entire staff of the restaurant singing happy birthday! It was so funny! And more than made up for them forgetting her cake on her birthday!

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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Grand Floridian and Port Orleans Riverside!


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 Favourite WDW Resort!

Having never stayed in any of the WDW resorts ... I did a little research and decided to share with you the ones I would most love to visit!

First up, Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa! This resort looks breath-taking! The elegant Victorian feel reminds me of the charm of Main Street ... one of my favourite parts of the Magic Kingdom :) And a white sand beach? Yes please!

Have any of you guys been to the Grand Floridian? What's it like?! :D

Another resort that caught my eye was the Port Orleans Riverside Resort :) Inspired by rural Louisiana, it reminds me of riding round Thunder Mountain on Molly Brown and Mark Twain riverboats in Disneyland Paris! This is one of my favourite things to do to chill out at dlp ... so what better theme for somewhere else where I'd love to relax!

Also the new Royal Guest rooms look so awesome! Check this out from wdw.infocom!



Fireworks are my favourite thing ever! So it's safe to say I'd be mesmerised for hours by that fireworks display above the bed! I wonder if I can get one at home!

Has anyone been to the Port Orleans Riverside Resort? Or even stayed in a Royal Guest room?? Is it as amazing as it looks?

On my last (and first!) visit to WDW last October, I stayed in a villa, which was fantastic! But I hope one day I can go for the whole Disney experience and stay in one of these amazing Disney Resorts!

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Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Disneyland Paris Attractions in America!


Welcome to the first stop aboard Magical Blogorail Black. Enjoy the ride as we share what attractions, shows, and parades from Disneyland Paris that we would like to see in the parks in the U.S.

The first thing that sprung to mind for me was the brand new Disney Dreams! night time show! Imagine all those fountains and special effects surrounding the castle in the Magic Kindgom! And the one in Disneyland! It would be unbelievable! Hopefully they're planning to take the show to other Disney parks soon!

But I thought that was an obvious choice since it's the newest show to hit Disneyland Paris ... so I tried to pick something else ... I came up with Toy Story Playland in Walt Disney Studios! This new addition to Walt Disney Studios in 2010 is absolutely magical! Walking around feeling the size of a toy is just so cool!



And the new attractions are amazing! First up ... RC Racer! Now this ride looks fairly tame but don't be fooled! I was surprised at how good it was!


Next ... Toy Soldier Parachute Drop! Same story ... it looks pretty tame but believe me ... it's a wild one! The thing I like the most is the view you get way up there! And you get more of a chance to take it all in than you do on the Tower of Terror!


Finally ... Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin! I don't have a photo of this one ... and I haven't ridden it either! The last time I visited Disneyland Paris, Toy Story Playland was brand new, and (surprisingly) Slinky was the busiest! It looks brilliant for younger kids, they can get the thrill of a roller coaster without any scary loops and high speeds!

Although Disney's Hollywood Studios has Pixar Place with the amazing Midway Mania ... I'd love to see these larger than life attractions from Toy Story Playland in the U.S park too!

Thank you for joining me today!
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Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Jumping into a Disney movie!



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 'If you could jump into any Disney movie (animated or live action) and experience it as if it were "real life," which movie would you choose and why?'

Mine is one of my most favourite Disney movies ... Enchanted!

It would be so much fun bursting into song in every day life (and having everyone join in with you!) just like Giselle when she sings 'That's How You Know'!


And whenever I have to clean my room ... the 'Happy Working Song' is a must! Did you know it pays tribute to past Disney songs 'Whistle While You Work', 'The Work Song' from Cinderella and 'A Spoonful of Sugar'? How cool is that!? :)

I'm not embarrassed to admit that I dance about my room with the duster singing along ... pretending I'm Giselle definitely makes cleaning much more fun!


Another scene I wish I could jump right into is the 'King and Queen's Ball' ... 'So Close' is one of my most favourite Disney Songs ever! And although the scene ends a little sad for Giselle ... it's absolutely gorgeous throughout! I wish I could go to a ball this big and grand in real life!

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month. We will be back in July 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, 29 May 2012

Disney Lols!

I'm bringing you Disney Lols a day late because I was at MCMExpo in London over the weekend!
It was awesome fun but I'm totally knackered! :P I'll share some photos later in the week :)

I saw this this morning ... totally cracked me up cause it's true!

Source (s*itdisnerdssay on Tumblr)



Happy Tuesday everyone! :D

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Disney Castles!

Hi there from sunny Scotland! Apparently we're warmer than Tenerife today ... hope it lasts! :P This weeks theme is Disney Castles! So here's my favourite! Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant!


This was before the refurb ... so it's not as bright and clean as it is now! I can't wait to see it again!

Be sure to 'Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop' at the awesome Focused on the Magic! :D


Have a happy Wednesday everyone! :)

Wednesday, 16 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Disney Royal Ladies!

This weeks theme is Disney Royal Ladies! This was taken on not the most sunny of days ... but it was still magical to see the parade from a spot that meant the castle was in the background of my photos!


Be sure to 'Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop' at the awesome Focused on the Magic! :D


Have a happy Wednesday everyone! :)

Monday, 14 May 2012

Disney Lols!

Welcome to this weeks Disney Lols! I found this last week ... it's so cool!


And I also came across these on Tumblr! They originally come from here :)




I love them! They're so clever! :D

Happy Monday everyone!

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday!

This weeks theme is Resorts and Relaxation! On my last two trips to Disneyland Paris I stayed in the wonderful Kyriad Hotel! It's not a Disney hotel, but it is an official partner hotel that also has free and regular shuttle services to and from the parks just like the Disney Hotels :) Taking photos of my hotel is always something I forget to do, but here is a snap of the view from my room the last time I stayed! :)


Be sure to 'Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop' at the awesome Focused on the Magic! :D


Have a happy Wednesday everyone! :)

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

My favourite Magic Kingdom Land!


Welcome to those of you joining me from Heidi's Head and those of you just hopping aboard. I am the 4th stop on our Magical Blogorail! This months topic is our favourite Magic Kingdom land!

At risk of sounding like a cliché ... I love the entire Magic Kingdom!! But if I had to choose just one land ... I'd say Liberty Square :) I think it's because Disneyland Paris doesn't have one! I found myself comparing everything to my home park along the way, I couldn't help it! But liberty square, although it has some similar attractions, was something totally new to see for me :)

When I visited Walt Disney World last October for the first time ever (!) one of the things I was looking forward to the most was seeing the Haunted Mansion! It was so cool to see it in real life after so many years of just seeing it on the internet! I also couldn't wait to see how it compared to the Phantom Manor in Disneyland Paris! This was my first glimpse of it!



I'd made Haunted Mansion cupcakes at home with this headstone as a topper ...
so it was super cool to see it full size! lol!


I also adore the Liberty Square Riverboat, it's so charming! Here's a snap from when I was at Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party!


I also really loved seeing the Liberty tree ... it's absolutely beautiful! I have no idea how I don't have any photos of it ... I was probably too busy staring at it lol! It's gorgeous during both the day and at night!

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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Wordless Wednesday!

Good Morning! Gosh I've been such a blogging slacker lately ... been super busy trying to organise a Jubilee Street Party for June! It's stressful ... but it's gona be awesome! This weeks Wordless Wednesday theme is Animation! One of my favourite disney animated classics is The Little Mermaid! So here are some shots of Ariel herself from Disney's Stars 'n' Cars Parade in Walt Disney Studios, Disneyland Paris!



Be sure to 'Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop' at the awesome Focused on the Magic! :D


Have a happy Wednesday everyone! :)

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Wordless Wednesday!

Here is one of the many spectacular views from La Cabane des Robinson in Disneyland Paris!


Be sure to 'Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop' at the awesome Focused on the Magic! :D


Have a happy Wednesday everyone! :)


Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Wordless Wednesday - Adventure!

This weeks theme is ... Adventure! This was taken in 2010 in Disneyland Paris!


Be sure to 'Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop' at the awesome Focused on the Magic! :D


Have a happy Wednesday everyone! :)

Most Entertaining Queue - Phantom Manor!



Welcome to those of you joining me from The Disney Chick and those of you just hopping
aboard! I am the 3rd stop on our Magical Blogorail!

This months topic is most entertaining queue/pre-show!

Of course ... mine comes from Disneyland Paris! There are so many to choose from! I found it really hard to pick just one! Star Tours and the Tower of Terror are definitely up there ... but I adore the queue area for Phantom Manor! And the pre-show is pretty amazing too ... a real Disney classic!

Lets start with the outside queue area - Phantom Manor is designed to look derelict and run down, which really adds to its spooky haunted feel. There's an errie, but equally gorgeous, little old gazebo with a music box inside that softly plays a slow version of Grim Grinning Ghosts, the attractions theme music.


Guests then zig zag their way past some peculiar looking fountains, up onto the porch of the manor.


Phantom Manor is unique from other Haunted Mansions in Disney Parks because you get to enter through the front door! A Castmember dressed as a servant of the Manor opens the door and invites groups of guests into the foyer. It the top corner, guest can see a mirror which Melanie Ravenswood, the doomed bride of the manor, fades in and out of.


From here guests are led into 'The Stretching Room' ... this is where the real fun begins! Around the top of the room there are four portraits of Melanie, one of her picking flowers in the Manor's gardens, one of her holding a parasol in a boat, another of her stepping into a stream and finally, one of her having a picnic with her fiance. With a voiceover from the Phantom, the room begins to stretch, along with the portraits! Each portrait reveals a more macabre situation for Melanie! She now picks flowers above a grave where a skeleton is emerging from, her boat is now at the top of a waterfall, the stream now has a water monster underneath her, and bugs, snakes and spiders are now heading for her picnic!


The Phantom points out in his sinister voice that there are no windows and no doors in the stretching room, leaving guests with a "chilling challenge" - to finding a way out! He laughs and says, "There's always my way". Suddenly, the lights go out, lightning and thunder effects rattle through the room and the ceiling high above turns see through - revealing the attic, in which the groom is hanging from the rafters on a noose!

The lights slowly come back on while a hidden door in one side of the room slides open to reveal a hallway in the manor, lined with morphing portraits! One of a knight on his horse that transforms into skeletons, one of a woman who transforms into a hissing Medusa, one of a ship that becomes a ghost ship and one of a woman who transforms into a panther. There is also a bust of a woman who's glare follows you as you walk by. At the end of the hallway there is large portrait of Melanie in her bridal gown, and a grand staircase leading to the upper floors, surrounded by flickering candelabras while a lighting storm thunders outside - here is where you enter your Doombuggie!

And then of course guests experience the amazing ride itself!

Phantom Manor also has a really cool post show! As guest are exiting the Manor, a tiny figure or Melanie can be seem along the way behind bars, telling guest to "hurry back" and "be sure to bring your death certificate". Ooooh er!

Finally, guests enter Boot Hill - a cemetery filled with some rather interesting gravestones! Here you can hear Melanie's beating tomb - a tribute to the original Haunted Mansion bride, whose red beating heart can be seen through her chest!


I've never noticed before, but apparently if you look back at the house from the exit, you can see the Phantom looking out the window! I'll be sure to keep an eye out for this on my next visit! :)

 Thank you for joining me today! Your next stop on the Magical Blogorail Loop is The Magical Mouse Pad!

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Monday, 9 April 2012

Disney Lols!

Good morning! Hope everyone had an awesome weekend! Here are this weeks Disney Lols! :)






If you have any Disney Lols you'd like to see featured at Mandas Disney Blog, please send them to manda@mandasdisneyblog.com!

Happy Monday everyone! :)

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