When did you discover the Disney blogging community? We’re not too big, so it’s quite hard to spot us. Most likely, you found Disney vlogs first. How long ago was that: six months, five years? Recently, we saw the return of #disneybloggerschat on Twitter, and I didn’t realised how much we needed it, as a small Disney community of writers, photographers and videographers. I can already feel the old feelings of friendship and openness coming back, which makes me so happy.

One of the questions in Thursday’s #disneybloggerschat made me think about how I stumbled onto this niche community. It wasn’t quite simple enough to sum up in a tweet, so here we are. I’d love to hear your story as well, as it wasn’t particularly straight forwards for any of us. All that matters, after all, is that we found it.

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It’s true – I’ve finally seen Hamilton! After years of wanting to see this phenomenon musical on Broadway, I didn’t even have to travel out of my city to see the show. We booked tickets all the way back in January 2017, and after a lot of stress when our performance was cancelled and we were allocated new tickets, we finally got to see this show on Tuesday 19th December 2017 at the Victoria Palace Theatre. This was the penultimate preview before the show officially opened on Thursday 21st.

Watch my vlog to see our experience:

 

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How did this come around so quickly? It’s already my last day in Disneyland Paris! One of the best things about these theme parks is that they’re so close to home, so we got to stay in the pars until mid afternoon, and I was still home in London by early evening. It’s so much easier than travelling from Florida!

We got to do lots of our favourite things over again today. Highlights included a creepy/hilarious meet with Jafar, the castle show with all the characters, and some classic rides – including Dumbo. I always feel like I could skip this ride, but it’s always so lovely and peaceful.

We also went on the train station and had a very sedate journey around the park, which was just what we needed to end a long week. Sabrina and I left the park early in search of delicious food in the Disney Village, and we definitely found it with Vapiano. I’ll be back for more pizza, pasta and bruschetta next time I’m in Disneyland Paris. To top if off, I had the most expensive ice cream ever from the cinema, but it was so worth it. The perfect end to the trip.

Top tip: storing our bags in the train station worked out really well. It meant that we didn’t have to go back to our hotel in the afternoon, and we could go straight to pick them up before jumping on the train.

Overall, I had a fantastic time on my first proper holiday to Disneyland Paris. Most of all, I couldn’t believe that I can get a taste of Disney so close to home. It has definitely picked up since I visited for the day in 2011. The 25th anniversary shows and parades were a definite highlight. I really hope that I can visit again while all their celebrations are in full swing.

Thank you so much for watching my Disneyland Paris vlogs. I hope you enjoyed them all.

Sneak peek: Check my YouTube channel to see my next Disney trip announcement! 

Day 4 at Disneyland Paris had some of my favourite moments of the whole trip! One of the things I love most about the Disney Parks in France is how spontaneous the character meet and greets can be. While we were hanging around in the front lot, doing a bit of shopping and taking photos, three of my dream characters walked out. Mary Poppins, Bert, and a penguin all appeared by the entrance of Disney Studios. It was so exciting! Watch the vlog to see what happened.

In the evening, we had a great time running between the parks. We got to go on Crush’s Coaster for the first time, which was probably my favourite ride in the whole of Disneyland – and easily in my top five in the world. It was so smooth and huge fun.

Sadly, this was our last night of the holiday so we rushed over to the main park to snack on popcorn and weave our way through the crowds to find a spot for Illuminations. As we were late, we were further back from the castle and I actually preferred standing here. No people shouting at other people to sit down or move, and I could see more of the fireworks as well. Some were lost behind the castle when we sat right at the front, so I preferred being able to see the full show at all times.

Our feet were dead by the end of this mammoth day, but we made it back to the hotel and completely crashed into bed. Still one more day to go!

Time for another pair of Disneyland Paris vlogs! We are already on to day three of the five-day trip, so it’s going along quickly. In day three, we wait for hours to meet Minnie Mouse in her special 25th anniversary outfit. Was it worth it? Just about!

We also went on some rides, did more character hunting, and saw the new castle stage show. This one features all the main characters, as well as some more rare ones. The highlights are definitely the enthusiastic dancers with their crazy hats to represent the different lands in the park. It is too much fun.

This was followed by a few more rides, and Daisy Duck popped up randomly, accompanied by Sleeping Beauty and her prince. It was really fun to meet them so unexpectedly without having to wait in line for very long. The secret characters come out of a few doors throughout the park, and we found them near the Casey Jr train ride. Unless you knew to look down there, you definitely wouldn’t happen upon them so it’s a good tip to remember.

 

In the afternoon, we went on one of my favourite rides – Big Thunder Mountain. Another character highlight was meeting a very intimidating Darth Vader, who I had never met before.

We had a chilled evening going on the rides in Fantasyland, then had a great moment watching the Princess show in front of the castle while munching on Disney popcorn. Yum! Next, we headed to the New York hotel for some cocktails before heading back to the hotel after another hugely successful – and very tiring – day.