I was lucky enjoy to be invited to Disney’s preview of the Winnie the Pooh exhibition in London’s Victoria & Albert museum (V&A) on Wednesday, ahead of its official opening on Saturday.
This exhibition was an absolute treat, especially for a life-long Winnie the Pooh fan like me. They had everything from movie props to merchandise, though the clear highlight was the number of original pencil drawings that made it into the books themselves. I loved being able to see these early sketches that I remember so well from my childhood.
The V&A have said they want this to be their most immersive exhibition yet, and I can definitely see why. There are letters falling from the ceiling, huge balloons at the entrance, little holes and slides for children to play, and even a little cinema room where people can lie on the floor to watch the stories unfold on the ceiling.
Watch my video of the experience at the Winnie the Pooh exhibition to find out more:
The morning dawned on our first full day in Disneyland Paris, bringing with it a new pair of vlogs! We had a bit of a slow start, but that did leave lots of time for the buffet breakfast in our hotel. I was pleasantly surprised, as this ‘continental breakfast’ included pastries, cereals, and a full hot food selection. It was the perfect fuel ahead of a busy day in the parks.
Take a look at what we got up to in the morning:
A highlight was definitely getting to meet two of my favourite characters; Winnie the Pooh and Tigger. It was almost worth the trip for those hugs alone!
We got to explore the Studios park this morning and I enjoyed getting to know the area. The Pixar area is so well themed, but I think I like the Ratatouille area even more. It’s beautifully themed and is home to the cutest ride ever. Who doesn’t want to sit on the back of a rat and go for a tour around Paris?
In the afternoon, we watched the parade again and this was my favourite viewing of the whole trip. All the characters were waving right at me – and I somehow managed to make Donald swoon. Adorable.
Later, we went to get some fancy cocktails in the Disneyland Hotel. These were very pricey, but quite strong, as you can probably tell from all the giggling that went on in the evening. I definitely recommend a trip to the Fantasia Cafe as the atmosphere is so calming after a busy day of rushing around with the crowds.
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.