Can you think of a world without the Disney Store in the closest city? Thankfully, being 22, I can’t remember a time before this shop brought a bit of magic to the high street. In fact, pixie dust has been sprinkled in the UK for 30 years now, and I am so thankful that the shops remain as popular as ever. I’m lucky enough to work quite near to the flagship UK store on Oxford Street, London. That means that whenever I’ve had a rough morning at work, I can power walk over to the Disney Store, check out all the new merchandise, chat to some Cast Members, and leave with a smile on my face, ready to handle the rest of the day. That’s pretty special.
A few weeks ago, the Disney Store contacted me to help celebrate their big birthday this year. Bloggers are coming together to recreate scenes from their favourite Disney movies, using props that are on sale now with Disney.
If you know me, you’ll know that I have a slight obsession with Winnie the Pooh, so that had to be top of my list. Then I got a special delivery on Saturday afternoon with Disney branding all over it. The package felt soft and squishy, so I had some idea of what it was going to be. Opening it, I found the cutest Eeyore soft toy ever. He’s super soft and perfectly huggable.
It gave me the perfect idea for my photo, too.
With a Disney trip, there must come a vlog series.
I am very excited to share the first installment from my trip to Disneyland Paris in April 2017. I’m now an annual pass holder, so you can expect more visits coming over the next twelve months as well.
Now it’s time to watch the vlog, and don’t forget to read on for the behind-the-scenes as well.
The day started with a fair amount of stress as I had to get to St Pancras International train station for 6am, which is more difficult than it sounds when the tube doesn’t start running until 5.30am. I made it with plenty of time, though, and we had a lot of room to spread out in the carriage. International travel via train was even more simple than I anticipated. There was airport-style security at the station, but then we started hurtling through the countryside, stopping a few times in UK stations, then in Calais, and then we changed in Lille. We had an hour to kill here, and then it was onto a slower train to Disneyland Paris itself. The station here is about 50 metres from the security checkpoints to get into the parks, and just across the road from all the bus stops. That meant we could walk straight out of the station and onto our hotel bus. The entire process was smooth and stress-free. I can’t recommend the Eurostar enough.
After the others had freshened up and we had left our bags at the hotel, we headed to the parks. It all got a bit much for me as we walked into Disneyland for the first time. With the music and atmosphere, it felt just like Disney World in Florida. It seemed so weird to be stood there. More than anything, it made me realise how much I miss Magic Kingdom.
Everything was equally overwhelming, but we got to do a few rides and eat a Casey’s Corner hot dog while watching the new Princess Show.
All in all, it was a fantastic first morning and afternoon in Disneyland Paris.
Update: Part 2 is here as well! Take a look:
Whenever I go on holiday, I tend to keep every ticket, scrap of paper, and memento that I can find. Rather than taking pride of place back home, they tend to stay in a pile in a drawer somewhere, to be pulled out every few months and looked through.
I decided that this wasn’t good enough, especially when I had so many maps, stickers, and memories saved from my trip to Florida in October 2016. The mass of paper was being ignored and was taking up a lot of room in my drawer. I decided to fix two problems in one and made the most of these mementos by displaying them permanently in my room.
Here’s how I did it.
Here we are. The end is nigh. It’s been a great trip, hasn’t it? I’ve loved being able to look back on these amazing memories every week. I was really happy with how all of the videos turned out since it was my first time vlogging a full two-week holiday. Filming all the memories came surprisingly easy, too. After a few days of getting into the swing of it, I found that my camera rarely left my hand and I didn’t need to think too much about what I was going to record next.
Will I vlog future trips? Without a shadow of a doubt, yes. There is so much more to see in videos that in still photos alone. I know that I will look back and watch these vlogs so many times in future, far more often than I would get out a photo album, so it was completely worth it.
I was always very conscious of enjoying the moment as well as recording it. I never sacrificed my view or enjoyment at the time to capture a better shot. Hence why there’s a fair bit of shaky footage every now and then from when I was dancing or caught in the moment. If I sacrificed that, then I would be sacrificing some of the fun as well and I definitely didn’t want to do that.
Time to stop being sentimental and get on with the last day. I hope you’ve enjoyed this series.
If you have, then I’ve got good news. I’m off to Disneyland Paris in April 2017 and I will be getting out my vlogging camera once again. Be sure to subscribe to my channel to be notified when those videos pop up. Plus, there is more to come later this year as well.
See you real soon!
It seems like we can’t go more than a few days between drama at Disney World. Between a broken phone screen and today’s issue, we weren’t doing too well.
Why not watch the video and then read on to find out more about our Disney drama?