Monday, 21 January 2019

Ringing in 2019 at Disneyland Paris

I'm a huge Disney fan anway, but a few years ago I celebrated New Year at Disneyland Paris with my bestie and it was the most magical experience. I knew I wanted to experience it again, so in the summer I booked to go with Paul to ring in 2019, combining it with a trip to Prague too, as I think Paul would kill me if we spent a whole week at Disney.

When booking the trip, we booked to stay Disney's Santa Fe Hotel, which includes Disney tickets in the package. The cost of 1 night and 2 days was £600 which I thought was ridiculously extortionate, but the experience had been so great the first time I decided it was worth it. 

                                                                 A FEW TIPS                                                                           
❤  Val d'Europe, while not part of the Disneyland package deal, is about the same distance as some of the cheaper Disney hotels and half the price. It's definitely worth checking out if you want to do Disneyland on a budget. 
❤  If you're booking for a special event - Halloween, New Year, etc - give them a call to check that your package includes entrance into the special event. I didn't do this and lost out! 
❤  Pre-book all restaurants and experiences you want to take part in while you're there, especially if it's a holiday or special event. Always assume it's going to be busy and plan ahead!
❤  Most websites advise you to take the TVG train from the airport to Disneyland, which is super easy and convenient, but is still quite expensive at around 18 euros each. If there are a few of you, look into getting a taxi instead as it can be more cost effective and more comfortable.
It wasn't until I was on my way to Disney that I found out that our package didn't include the New Year's Eve Party in the Disneyland Park, which was closed off to people without a special ticket, despite us paying £600 to be there for one night. I'll be honest, I was absolutely devestated! I called the hotel, booking company and posted on Twitter to try to get hold of tickets but had no luck. The only option I had was to book a dinner which was £190 per person and included tickets. Having already paid so much, I couldn't bring myself to do it (well, more like Paul wouldn't let me do it) but I do think it's bloody disgusting that they weren't included! After an initial tantrum of 'New Year's Eve is RUINED!' I pulled myself together and we decided to make the best of it.

My day improved when we checked into our hotel, expecting to stay for 1 night and she told us she had us booked in for 2. That changed all of our plans as we had intended to head into Paris for 2 days after Disney, but as we have both been to Paris lots of times, we decided to do Disney at a more relaxed pace and chill before we returned to work, and that's exactly what we did. It was perfect!

After checking in at our hotel, we headed to Disneyland in search of food as we hadn't eaten since 7am and were starving. We stumbled upon Earl of Sandwich which neither of us had ever heard of, but being a huge sandwich lover we decided to give a try. It quickly became a favourite and I think we pretty much ate there every day while we were at Disneyland. They were the absolute best (and unhealthiest) sandwiches I've ever tasted. I would literally go back to Disneyland just for the sandwiches!
Disney was pretty busy, which we kind of expected, so we decided to head into Universal Studios first as that park was open until midnight but Disneyland wasn't so we figure it was likely to be the least busy. We were right, and we managed to do most of the park in a day. Disneyland Studios has less to do that Disneyland anyway, but it still has some cool things to check out. One of my absolute favourite rides is the Rock 'n' Roll Rollercoaster in Universal Studios.
In all seriousness though, my mam has always warned me that you become more fearful as you get older and I laughed at her and told her it was rubbish. I'm here to tell you that's it's not rubbish at all! I've always love rides and been pretty fearless at theme parks, but I was terrified on the rollercoaster. It wasn't until we got off and Paul showed me his hands where he had been gripped on so tight because he had been scared too. Seriously, getting old turns you into a major wimp! Or maybe it's just me?

Once we'd finished at Universal Studios, we headed back to the hotel to chill for a while. We were completely not prepared for holiday travel and hadn't pre-booked a restaurant, so everywhere was fully booked apart from our hotel restaurant, so that's where we went. They were serving an all-you-can-eat buffet, which are usually pretty average, but this one was actually good. They also had the best lemon meringue pie I have ever tasted and I'm not ashamed to say I devoured more than my fair share of it. We ended our evening with a few drinks while watching Disney's fireworks, which were spectacular, as always!

The next day we explored Disneyland Park, and what a way to start the new year. Can you think of any better way to kick off the new year than spending it at Disney? Well, I'm sure you can, but I thought it was a pretty great start! As you walk through the gates, hear the music and see the beautifully decoratede world of magic, you can't help but smile your biggest smile. It's just the happiest, most magical place. I wanted to photograph everything, but nothing at all and drink in the atmosphere of just being there. I always feel so emotional at Disneyland, and you can guarantee I will cry at least once during a trip. I don't even know why, I mean it's a happy place, but it provokes all of the emotions in me. Does it have the same effect on anyone else? Please say I'm not the only adult walking around Disney sobbing at random sightings?

I stupidly didn't expect New Year's Day to be so busy, but how wrong I was! It was crazy busy, with 40 - 60 minute wait times for most of the rides. We didn't get to go on as many rides as we wanted to because of this, but we did see all of the parades, which let's be honest, is the main reason anybody goes to Disneylad anyway. I just love the parades! Paul always pretends he doesn't, but I see that secret smile on his face while he watches them!

I'll be honest, since my broodiness has kicked in, I spent a huge amount of time thinking about all of the things I will do with my kids at Disneyland. I'm totally going to be that mum with the Micky ears, skipping along the street with my kids while singing Disney songs at the top of my voice. Paul is going to love it!

We ended our trip with the most incredible fireworks show at Sleeping Beauty's Castle. The favourites of the past 90 years were projected onto the castle, between famous lines, incredible songs and the most amazing fireworks. I absolutely loved it!
                                                                         The Verdict                                                                      

We had the best time, and visiting Disneyland Paris at New Year is a great experience! It was expensive, and I'm not sure whether it was worth the money that we paid. The park was so busy that it took the shine off a little for us. If you're going to spend such a huge amount of money, you want to make the most of it, and visiting at a quieter time of year would allow you to do that more. As much as we loved it, and we really did, I'm not sure I'd pick such a busy time to come back again. 

But we will be back Disneyland, possibly with kids in tow and armed with Minnie ears and alll of the words to Let It Go! Possibly ever with bells on too! 

Have you celebrated New Year's Eve at Disneyland Paris? What did you think? 
Do you have any great recommendations of places to celebrate New Year?

Monday, 14 January 2019

Goals for 2019

Happy New Year! I'm a little late in kicking off my goals for 2019 as we didn't arrive back in Beijing until 6th January and then were straight back to work, so it's been a pretty hectic week. Two weeks into the year and I'm ready to get started before any more time goes by.

I've decided to give this year a theme; a much needed theme that I relly need to focus on. This year's theme is Self-Love and most of my goals are going to be around self-improvement, health and looking after myself, physically and mentally. It's something that I never give enough time to and this is the year that I really want to devote more time to treating myself...well!

So, with that in mind, here are my 2019 goals.


  Reach my goal weight of 12 stone
❤  Eat healthy every day (apart from 1 takeaway/eating out per month)
❤  Drink at least 3 litres of water a day
❤  Take multivitamins every day
❤  Walk 15,000 steps Mon - Fri and 10,000 steps Sat & Sun
❤  Workout 5 days a week (Mon - Fri) 
❤  Follow a daily and weekly beauty routine
❤  Get laser hair removal 
❤  Get a pedicure
❤  Get pregnant

                                            HOBBIES & ENTERTAINMENT                                    

❤  Read at least 12 books
❤  Listen to music every day
❤  Complete at least 1 jigsaw
❤  Do at least 1 fun thing each weekend
❤  Try line dancing

                                                  FINANCE & ADULTING                                            

❤  Buy a house
❤  Save at least £2000 each month
❤  Pass my driving test


❤  Post on my blog twice a week
❤  Post on Instagram 5 times a week
❤  Be more active on social media


❤  Visit Singapore
❤  Take a touristy trip to London
❤  Spend a few days in the Lake District
❤  Go on a European beach holiday with Paul
❤  Visit Vienna at Christmas 
❤  Complete my Beijing bucket list

Today is the first day of really getting on track with my 2019 goals. We hopefully have some big changes planned and I can't wait to see what is in store! 

What's on your list for 2019?
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