I’m not a Disney snob, but I have never had the highest opinion of Disney on Ice. For some reason I’ve never been to see it, and I have always had the perception that Disney-related shows and events in the UK can never match up to my beloved Disney World in Florida. I still stand by that, but Disney on Ice has definitely started to change my mind.
I bought tickets for me and my sister for her birthday and, a few months later, off we went to see it in Birmingham at the NEC. We immediately put our custom Minnie Mouse ears on, and since there’s nowhere else in the UK where it’s almost normal to wear them, it felt pretty special.
Besides, it’s not like you get to see Mickey Mouse in ice skates every day!
Watch the vlog of the day to see what we thought. I’ve included a lot of clips from the show, too, so you can decide if you want to go and watch during their next tour.
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.
Wednesday 22nd March 2017 was a weird day. In many ways, it was completely unremarkable. I’m lucky in that, for my job, I get to do a lot of work on twitter so I was checking our feed when I noticed a tweet about reported shots fired in Westminster.
Within minutes, or even seconds, more of the story was developing. I was giving everyone else in the office the information that was coming through as I saw it reported on Twitter.
My office is about a fifteen minute drive away from Parliament so there was never a major concern for our safety. We carried on working throughout and didn’t leave the office so much as a minute early. The office is on the ground floor of a very busy road, though, and we listened to endless police cars streaming past in packs. Three or four would tear down the street, usually about five or ten minutes apart, for what seemed like hours. I couldn’t believe that so many police were available, let alone that all of them were needed at once. It made the whole situation feel uncomfortably close.
The more information that filtered through to us, the more terrifying it got. Some people were cracking jokes. Others were still on lunch and had no idea, or were trapped in dull meetings when they would rather have their eyes glued to the news.
What a great day. After running around Hollywood Studios the previously, we realised there was still a lot that we wanted to do in this park (anyone who says it’s a half-day park is wrong) so we ticked everything off our list and waved goodbye. This one has always been a favourite of mine, and I particularly enjoyed it this trip with all the new character meet and greets they’ve set up. It’s going to be amazing once the Toy Story and Star Wars lands open in a few years.
Once we were finished, we headed over to Magic Kingdom once again. There was a definite sprinkling of magic for us here. We ate delicious hot dogs at Casey’s Corner then took our desserts onto the hub grass. The castle show started and it felt pretty perfect. To complete the picture, Mary Poppins wanders out and stands near us on the grass to take pictures. Does life get better?
Since we were in the Magic Kingdom and it was the afternoon, we absolutely had to catch Festival of Fantasy. I love this parade so much and I always watch it from Frontierland. It’s become a bit of a tradition nowt. I love watching it there partly because the crowds are smaller than on Main Street, but mostly because I’m impatient. The parade sets off through the gates by Splash Mountain at three o’clock on the dot. If you’re sat waiting at the top of Main Street, it won’t arrive until at least 3.20pm and I don’t want to wait an extra twenty minutes. Call me lazy, but that’s how I like it!
We also got to catch the Muppets Show for the first time. It sounds bizarre, but it was so cool to see the Muppets in real life. Even in the MuppetVision Show in Hollywood Studios they’re just on a screen. I think they’re hilarious and I loved the new show. Before this, I hadn’t even realised that there was a second-story to the buildings in Liberty Square. I hope the show stays for a long time.
Watch the video below to see what else we got up to!
This day was pretty epic. In fact, it was out of this world. Day 11 had a definite Star Wars theme and we loved it. From getting the most amazing hug from Chewbacca to BB-8 cupcakes, we were embracing all of the new Star Wars themeing at Hollywood Studios.
We stayed here from opening right until close and there was still plenty more to do. Everyone saying that this is a half-day park definitely hasn’t tried to watch all the shows and meet the characters. We were really surprised at how much there is to do here.
If you like improv and comedy, this is definitely the vlog for you because we saw the Citizens of Hollywood quite a few times through the day. We love their brand of humor so made sure we got to see a few of their shows. They’re truly hilarious.
Make sure you take a look at my top tips for Hollywood Studios below after watching the video!