Tuesday, 10 December 2013

My Disney Wish List for Christmas!


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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??

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Disney Dreams! at Christmas!





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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



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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!


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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!


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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!


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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

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Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Oh là là ... and Pop Tarts!



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 favourite thing to do outside of the theme parks!

When I'm in Disneyland Paris one of my favourite things to do is visit ... Paris :) It's SO easy to get to, since the train station is right at the gates of the park! Last time I checked a train to Paris was around 7 euros and takes around 45 minutes. Unfortunately I can't seem to find any photos of my trips to Paris ... the last time I went while also at Disneyland Paris was probably around 10 years ago (jings I hadn't realised!) when I most likely did not have a digital camera o.O

However ... lets use out imagination ... the Eiffel Tower ... Arc de Triomphe (and the crazy traffic around it ... which is pretty entertaining!) strolling through Montmartre ... the shopping ... the food! (I LOVE cheese ... pain au chocolat is another favourite French food, and I've yet to try a real French macaroon!) Paris is a fascinating and beautiful city full of inspiring and interesting people and wonderful things to see and do!

When I was in Walt Disney World a couple of years ago one of my favourite things to do outside the theme parks was quad biking! But ... once again I don't have any photos! :( No way was I taking my gorgeous new camera quad biking! :P But it was fantastic!

Another favourite thing to do was ... now I can see my fellow american blogorailers and any american readers laughing at my simpleness ... but I loved going to the mall ... and Wal-mart! There! I said it!

Seriously ... the Florida Mall and Wal-mart are nothing like the shops in the UK! Everything seems to be bigger and better! I mean ... sure we have little pick and mix stands but nothing like THIS.


Oh and candy apples the size of your head!? Yes please!


One of my favourite shops was Hot Topic, I got a Pink Power Ranger t-shirt!

Moving swiftly onto Wal-mart ... are you kidding me ... is this many Pop Tart options normal for you guys in America?? Cause over here we get Chocolate ... or Strawberry ... that's it! Maaaybe a Berry one if you're lucky ... unless we go to an American Candy store ... where they charge you a limb or two per box :P


So ... the Pop Tart options blew my mind. Then I saw these! I mean ... are these apples individually hand polished or what? What's the deal here?!


And don't even get me started on ready to bake cookies with cute little patterns on them ...


So yes ... shopping is one of my favourite things to do outside the theme parks in Florida. At least being indoors gives my pasty Scottish skin a break from the sun! :)

What are your favourite things to do outside the theme parks??

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Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Collecting Disney Music


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This month's topic is our secret (or not-so-secret) Disney obsessions!

I don't really have a secret Disney obsession ... all mine are very much out in the open!

Apart from being obsessed with all things Disneyland Paris (which I thought was a bit obvious) I love to collect as much Disney music as I can!

The reason it's not so secret? I blast it out my speakers whenever a need a pick me up!

I have loads of music from Disneyland Paris parades and shows, as well as plenty from Disney movies ... check out just some of my collection!


I think I got these round about 2003 in Disneyland Paris :) My whole family went to Dlp that year for my mum's birthday so these bring back loads of awesome memories!


Happily Ever After is a collection of instrumental Disney Love songs ... perfect for relaxing to on a summers night :) I also love the wall-e soundtrack which comes in all recycled packaging!

The Legend of the Lion King Soundtrack is from 2005 I think :) this was an amazing show held in the Videopolis Theater in Discoveryland, Dlp. And the Lion King Broadway Cast Recording is from the Lyceum Theatre, London, where I went to see the show in 2009!


The Best of Disneyland Resort Paris was for the 15th Anniversary, I'm pretty sure I got this on Amazon :) Une Journee A Disneyland Paris is from Dlp although I can't remember the year I got it ... maybe around 2005 :)

The Haunted Mansion and Disney's Electrical Parade are both from Walt Disney World! I got them on my trip to Florida in 2011 :) I've always been fascinated with the Haunted Mansion and couldn't wait to see how it compared to my home-park's Phantom Manor! And the Electrical Parade took me right back to Dlp 1992 when I visited for the very first time! I couldn't believe it was in Florida when I went!

Probably one of my favourite Dlp songs ever is 'Dancin' a Catchy Rhythm', it takes me right back to all my Family Holidays in Disneyland Paris and can brighten even the dullest of days! :)


What's your favourite Disney Music??

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

St Patrick's Day at Disneyland Paris!


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 Enjoy the ride as we discuss Springtime at Disney!

Originally I had started to research Easter in Disneyland Paris ... but there's very little information about this season online! I started to get worried until I realised I wasn't the only one ... Steve over at Dedicated to Dlp seems to have had the same problem! (Thank goodness I found this Steve ... I was going a bit coo-coo not being able to find anything!)

So I decided to focus on something else that happens during Spring - St Patrick's Day!

St Patrick's Day falls on Sunday 17th March this year - similarly there is little information online about it's celebration in Disneyland Paris for this year, but I'd imagine it'll be quite similar to what happened last year.

Last years festivities included a short, but very special St Patrick's Day Parade including Mickey and Minnie both in cute Irish attire!

Here are a couple of videos, the first from Jess DisneylandParisVidéos, which shows the parade emerging from the start of the parade route up near It's a Small World.


And this one from Redox Toon shows the parade down near Main Street Station.


The Irish dancing in this one is just fantastic! And the girls dresses are beautiful!

At night, there is also a special St Patrick's Day firework display! Check out this awesome video from Marc van der Zaag, it gave me goosebumps as Disney fireworks always do! The music is just fantastic!!


I'm not Irish ... but I am Scottish! I find our traditional music quite similar ... the heavy use of drums and bagpipes during the parade and fireworks leaves me bursting with Scottish pride! (and pride for my Irish neighbours too of course!)

I also wanted to show you guys this super cute Disneyland Paris pin for St Patrick's Day 2013!



 I saw this over at Dedicated to Dlp, where you can see all the new pin releases for March this year! I just love that they've used Ariel with her red hair ... and her dress is so pretty! If I was visiting during St Patrick's Day this is definitely a pin I would pick up!

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Tuesday, 12 February 2013

My Dream Date at Disney World!


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This months topic is our Dream Date at Disney World!

I won't lie ... my first thought was to do my dream date in Disneyland Paris instead, since I'm much more of en expert on this park than Walt Disney World! But it felt a little familiar and I soon found out that I'd done that for Valentines Day last year! You can check it out here :)

So it looks like I'm sticking with Disney World after all!

I'd love love love to have a date beginning in Epcot! In 2010 I went to the food and wine festival with my boyfriend and we had so much fun going round all the food stalls! By the time we'd travelled from Canada to Mexico we were stuffed! It was fantastic ... one of the best things we did on our trip :)

I don't have any photos of our foodie antics! So have this arty farty photo of spaceship earth that I took at the end of our day instead!


Then we would head over to the Magic Kingdom to hop on some of my favourite rides like The Haunted Mansion and Peter Pan's Flight! I'd also love to see the new part of Fantasyland! The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite Disney classics, so I can't wait to go on that new attraction!


And finally, we would end our day with the Main Street Electrical Parade and Wishes! The night time parades and fireworks are my most favourite things about Disney parks for sure ... so this would be a perfect end to a perfect date with my man!

Thank you for joining Magical Blogorail Black this month! We will be back in March 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, 15 January 2013

What keeps me going back to Disneyland Paris!


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

This month's topic is 'What keeps you coming back to Disney?'

I'm desperate to head back to Disneyland Paris to see the new night time show Disney Dreams! There are plenty of videos online but I've tried my best to avoid them because I'd rather see it in real life!


Another thing that keeps me going back is the shopping! You just can't get as cool Disney merchandise anywhere else! I can't tell you how excited I was when they launched the Parks Collection on the UK Disney Store website last year, it doesn't have every single item from the park, but it means I can buy Park merchandise in between visits :) I got a whole bunch of kitchen things for Christmas presents last year, like this oven mitt for my dad :)


My final reason is a bit of a cliché but it's true! It's all about nostalgia and making new memories for me :) I love going back and reliving the Disney holidays with my family from my childhood, and I've taken my bf twice in the last couple of years to make new memories with him! I haven't been with my family in around seven years, I'd go back with them at the drop of a hat! It's the only place we go where we spend the whole time all together and I love seeing my mum and dad turn into the big kids that they are :)


Here I am the last time I was there ... August 2010 :) This was on my last night - it's not very clear but you can see my sad face lol! I usually try to go every couple of years and was aiming to visit last year but life got in the way! :P I'd love to go this year but only time will tell :) One thing is for sure, there is always a reason to go back to Disneyland Paris :)

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