Thursday, 14 August 2014

Adventures by Disney - From Home to Afar!


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

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



Welcome to those of you joining me from Love Our Disney and those of you just hopping aboard.
I am the Final stop on our Magical Blogorail!

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.

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

1st Stop ~ I Am a Mommy Nerd
4th Stop ~ Love Our Disney
Final Stop ~ Manda's Disney Blog

Thursday, 23 January 2014

My Disney Side!


Welcome to those of you joining me from Picturing Disney and those of you just hopping aboard!
I am the final stop on our Magical Blogorail!

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!

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

1st Stop ~ Disney on Wheels
3rd Stop ~ Disney Babies Blog
4th Stop ~ Picturing Disney
Final Stop ~ Manda's Disney Blog

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