Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The Disney Series / 012 / Planning Update - 50 Days To Go!

My apologies for things being a little quiet around here lately, there has been a lot of illness around work at the moment so it was inevitable that it was going to be passed to me. For the last week I've been suffering with the usual cold symptoms, and mostly feeling like I haven't wanted to move from my bed. Usually I plan these posts in advance but as that hasn't been possible this week I thought I'd give you a little update on how the Disney plans are coming along!

Today we are at the 50 day mark, which means that 10 days ago we were able to book our fastpasses! I have been chatting on The DIBB with a few people who advised me that if I wanted to get the sought after fastpasses for Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Meeting Anna & Elsa at Princess Fairytale Hall, that I would need to be ready to book as soon as they became available. Great I thought, until I was told that fastpasses become available at midnight Florida (ET) time! Which obviously meant I needed to be awake (a big challenge) and online at 5am GMT! The night before I was too excited to sleep! I can't imagine how I'm going to be when I'm actually going! I woke up at 2, 3 and 4am and then decided it was worth getting up, making some coffee and setting up the computer so that I was primed and ready! All of it paid off in the end though as we managed to get all the fastpasses we wanted (plus a few that we had to get...but more on that in a Fastpass post coming up soon). For someone that has never done anything like this before, the process was surprisingly easy.

Another exciting thing is that the holiday is completely booked and all paid for now..yippee!! I would like to say a massive thanks to my parents for helping us out, this wouldn't be possible if it wasn't for you, thank you! It was very exciting seeing "balance paid in full, thank you" on our account!

We are starting to get our holiday clothes sorted now and over the last few months, I have been collecting lots of* t-shirts mostly from Primark to wear on the trip (I'll be doing a separate post on this too!). We have also bought two carry on suitcases which we managed to get on sale at Tesco's for our hand luggage and will be borrowing some large cases from my parents.

This week, I also managed to finally get hold of a copy of a book I have been after since it's release back in May. I ordered The Hidden Magic of Walt Disney World 2nd Edition, by Susan Veness from Waterstones and Amazon both of which had a 5 day waiting period but when I placed my order, it jumped to 2 months! Last week the book finally arrived though and so far I've read the Magic Kingdom section. It's great learning about all the secrets and things that we can look out for whilst walking around which we probably would have overlooked had we not read about it.

We have also now started watching our Disney movie countdown as we have gone past the 60 day mark. We wrote a list of 30 Disney movies we wanted to watch before our trip and are planning on watching one every other day. With both of us having different work schedules this is proving a little difficult but we have managed, The Black Cauldron, Mulan, Cinderella, Lilo & Stitch and Hercules so far! 

Thanks for making it this far if you've made it to the end of this post, sorry it's a bit rambly! If there is anything you would like me to talk about in future posts, be sure to leave me a comment below!

*lots of, might be a slight under exaggeration. I literally have so many I don't think I need to take them all!


Thursday, 16 July 2015

The Disney Series / 011 / Disney Pandora Wishlist

One thing I want to make sure I don't do when I visit Disney is spend a lot of money on souvenir items that I really don't need or that are just going to sit around the house gathering dust on our return. I've heard that there is a shop on Main Street in Magic Kingdom where you can buy Pandora charms which are exclusive to Disney parks so I've decided to invest my money in some of these as a beautiful everyday reminder of our trip.

Although there are a lot pictured above, I'm going to limit myself to three. Two of them I am going to buy myself and the third one is going to be my birthday present from Bradley as it's my birthday during the trip.

The charm that I am hoping to get the most is the Cinderella's Castle charm. I really hope they have this when I go. I love that it will hang down from the bracelet and every time I see it, it will remind me of our holiday.

I'm also really hoping to be able to get the "A dream is a wish your heart makes" charm. This is my favourite Disney song and I always get a bit emotional whenever I hear it, When I went to see the Cinderella movie at the cinema earlier in the year I was really disappointed they didn't play it until the end credits and I even waited for it, in the screen on my own just so I could hear it!

I can't decide between these next two charms as my third charm (so I might just have to get them both!) I love the Mickey charm with the American flag on it. I think this would be a great reminder that I went to Florida, plus it would add a little colour to my bracelet as all my current charms are just sliver. The other charm I can't decide on is Ariel's sea shell. The Little Mermaid is one of my favourite movies and the shell is really pretty.

There are also a large selection of other charms available, I had a look on the US Pandora website to see these.

Have you got any of the Disney Pandora charms on your bracelet?

Which ones do you think I should buy?


Monday, 6 July 2015

The Disney Series / 010 / DIY Minnie Mouse Hair Bobble

I've seen lots of these little hair bobbles around recently, in the shops and online but I didn't see any with patterns on that I liked or wanted enough so after watching a few YouTube tutorials I decided to have a go myself. They were really easy to make, all you need are three items, some ribbon elastic in the colour of your choice (I bought mine from eBay, 99p for 2m), a lighter and some scissors.

To get the right length for your hair elastic I put the elastic around my wrist and then measured out an additional two inches (because you lose some of the length when you tie up the ends. Once you have cut your desired length, make a knot in the end so that you get a hair tie shape.

Use a lighter to fix the cut ends of the ribbon so that they don't fray. You can do this by switching on the lighter and running it up and down the ends briefly so that they seal (make sure somebody responsible does this so you don't set fire to the elastic!).

And it's as simple as that, a quick easy DIY to make hair bobbles. I have had a look on eBay recently and there seem to be lots of Disney ribbon elastic on there at the moment although I am happy with my Minnie Mouse inspired hair ties and will definitely be using these on my upcoming trip!

What do you think to these? 

Do you think you'll have a go at making them?