Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Disneyland Paris June 2017


'All it takes it faith and trust...'



On the list of things that have a hold on my heart, Disney holds the top spot and it always has.
It's something that just runs through my veins.
I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland and Disneyworld many times while I was a child but I haven't been to Disney (or in fact left the country at all) since I was 7.

But good things come to those who wait and in June of this year, myself and my boyfriend headed to Disneyland Paris for 5 days during the 25th Anniversary celebrations and had the most magical time.

We stayed in Hotel Cheyenne which has recently been refurbished and is beautiful. Toy Story themed rooms in a western themed village make every day just that little bit more magical and there are perfect Disney details everywhere. I would absolutely recommend staying here; it's one of the more affordable Disney hotels and is only a 15 minute walk from the park (less if you use the free shuttle!)





Because it was the 25th Anniversary, there was so much extra magic everywhere - such the Anniversary show which happened every afternoon with so many characters and photo opportunities like you wouldn't believe... I mean, look at them all posing!
We watched this a couple of times because it was lovely and the songs were so catchy.

The characters also had their own special 25th Anniversary outfits which were blue and silver (the colour scheme of the celebrations) and so gorgeous and matched the decorations dotted around the park.

Which leads me on to perhaps the best part of the week.
On the very first day I bought myself some anniversary ears and headed to meet Donald Duck.
He was the only character I met on this trip because it was 36 degrees most of the time and standing still for that long was impossible but for my favourite duck, the 45 minute wait in the sun was so worth it.


I'm pretty sure we fell in love and he tried to fight my boyfriend and honestly, I'm not sure who I wanted to win!?
Character experiences like this are exactly what I remember as a child and it set the whole trip up perfectly.
How cute does he look in his jacket?!


It was so magical that even the sky matched the colours of Sleeping Beauty's castle every evening as the sun started to set.


We paid to watch Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends on one of the evenings and it was so much better than I'd thought it would be.
It was very dark in the arena so taking photos was difficult and this is all I managed before the show started.


But I'd definitely recommend watching it if you can!
Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Chip and Dale with Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley, cowboys and indians, audience interaction and lots of great food and drink made for a great evening.
We were in the green team and of course we kept the straw hats when we left and mine is sitting proudly on a shelf in my room to remind me that I'm a Disney Cowgirl at heart...


And of course, the parade.


I remember the parades always being my favourite thing when I was young and it just made me feel like I was 7 again.
The giant dragon is new this year as far as I know and it was incredible.
There were lost boys running down the road scaring Captain Hook with Peter Pan close behind (Peter Pan is my absolute favourite person ever) and Steampunk Mickey and friends... and obviously so much more.


It was the best 5 days and I'd absolutely recommend visiting this year during the 25th Anniversary celebrations if you can.
I'm so glad I got to experience it.
And obviously I picked up a bunch of Disney souvenirs while I was there so my entire existence is surrounded by Disney more so than it was before.
Can you tell I'm still living on the Disney high?

I'll always love you, Disneyland Paris.
Until next time.


Speak to you all soon,

Kirsten 
xxx










Tuesday, 22 August 2017

I'm back!



So, it's been almost exactly two years since I last posted here.

I have no idea how it's been that long or where the last two years have gone but oh boy, things have changed and so much has happened and I am ready to come back.

You know people always say that they go through things and at the end they feel like a completely different person? 
I was the kind of person who always looked at that and thought 'Oh come on, how can you feel like a whole different person? How?!' but this period of my life has changed me and I'm now one of the people who says that I'm a completely different person and I totally get it.

In the last 12 months alone, I've been through more than I can even begin to look back on.

I moved house.
Then I moved again.
Then I moved home to Cornwall.
And then I moved back to London.
And then I  moved again.

I left my job and then rejoined it 6 months later because I missed it.

I came out of a 6 year relationship and lost family members within months of each other and I broke and put myself back together again; something which I didn't know I could do.

I faced loss;real loss, head on for the first time in my 23 years of life and it hurt like hell and I survived it.

I battled with depression and anxiety and while I'm winning right now, I know that this is a fight I may well be in for the rest of my life. 

It's been hard. 

I've hurt more than I knew it was possible to.
But through all of it I realised that I'm strong.
 I've always admired the women in my family for being strong and independent and always thought that I couldn't live up to how amazing they are but I can and I do and I am proud.

I've found myself, as cliche as that sounds. 

And I'm back. Different. But back.

Speak to you all soon,

Kirsten
xx