You’ve seen them all over Twitter. The bloggers who have weeks, or even months, of blog posts scheduled in advance. The ones that spend a whole Sunday taking blog photos and editing them. Whenever I see this, I feel incredibly impressed, and then I always wonder where I’m going wrong. But I don’t think that being a blogger who plans ahead is always the best thing to do, and here is why.
It’s now been a year since I got out my Canon G7x and vlogged our whole two-week Walt Disney World trip in October 2017. I felt pretty clueless back then. I didn’t know how much footage I was really filming or how to split between shots of what is happening and talking to the camera.
I like to think I’ve become slightly less clueless since then (which is a bit of a shame, as that first ever Disney vlog was my most viewed of all time – I kinda wish it was one I was more proud of). In fact, there’s a lot that I’ve learned through a year of vlogging.
I’m back off my Disney Cruise and life at home and work doesn’t quite compare to living on the Disney Magic. After counting down to a holiday for so long, I always come home feeling a little bit empty. Of course there are all the happy memories to look back on, but what next?
I get this after every holiday, so I’m used to dealing with it. Here are my top tips to get over the post-holiday blues.
Halloween is a fan-favourite season at Disney World in Florida, and last year I discovered just why that is. The decorations and themeing are fun, but the real highlight is Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party, also known as MNSSHP. It’s an exclusive party where fewer people are allowed in Magic Kingdom and lots of special Halloween-themed events take place and rare characters pop up. All this good stuff does mean that there is quite a big admission fee, and it gets more expensive closer to Halloween. The events run from late August to very early November, so check ahead to find tickets if you’ll be in Florida around these times.
The party only lasts from 7pm to midnight, so there’s a lot to fit into a short amount of time. I’ve got together my top tips to help you make the most of your night at the Halloween party. I hope it helps!
If you have any questions, be sure to leave a comment.
On day two in Disneyland, we did almost all of my favourite things. From my favourite stage shows, like Mickey and the Magician, to my number one ride in Disneyland Paris – Crush’s Coaster. It didn’t set out to be a day of the best bits of both the Disneyland Park and the Disney Studios, but it ended up featuring all of my highlights. We even went for our one sit-down meal of the holiday at Annette’s Diner in the Disney Village. I’ll give my full review of the restaurant in this post, but sit back and enjoy the first part of day one first.
What would you most like to see at Disneyland Paris?
When I went to DLP back in April, the crowds around parade time were intense. We always got a spot for the parade around an hour before it set off, and there was always pushing and shoving to ensure no-one took away your hard-earned space. In July, it was a different story. I think this is because ‘Disney Stars on Parade’ has been showing for a few more months, but it was brand-new in April. Therefore, waiting for the parade was a much more leisurely experience on this trip.
We followed the endless crowds out of the park after the parade finished. In the Disneyland Park, the parade doesn’t start until 5.30pm, so it makes sense to have an early dinner after the floats have gone past.
After consulting Twitter, we decided to go to Annette’s Diner in the Studios for our only sit-down meal of the trip. Food in the Paris parks is not particularly renowned, unlike the American counterparts. We mostly had a diet of quick service meals, trying to find the best offerings both within the theme parks and in the Disney Village, which is just outside the theme park gates.
We decided to splurge on only one table service meal as the exchange rate is so awful at the moment. An average quick service meal costs around 15 Euros per meal, while table service is around 30 Euros, which is quite a difference. So was Annette’s worth it?
Overall, I would say that it wasn’t. We did it to have a sit down meal and a different experience. However, the food quality was only slightly above a quick service restaurant. The service was also poor, so it didn’t have an exclusive feel. If you are looking for more of an ‘experience’ restaurant, expect to pay over 50 Euros per head for restaurants like Walt’s on Main Street or Captain Jack’s, which overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
We were happy with the price of food and glad that we chose to have one restaurant meal rather than all counter service, but I wouldn’t rush back. Instead, I would prioritise meals at the gorgeous Via Piano, which is just around the corner, and the trustworthy Five Guys.
Take a look at part two and see what you think.
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