Hi Guys!

I'm back again, trying to keep on a roll with these write ups before i start to forget everything that happened (if that's even possible on such a memorable trip?!). It was a real whirlwind 5 days and I still can't quite believe how lucky we were and that some of the things actually happened!

So here's what I got up to on day 1 of the trip, hope you enjoy!

Thursday September 21st, it was about 7 am when we left to get the tube to St Pancras to get our Eurostar and I was feeling super excited but a little nervous, we got a slightly later train than in August, but thanks to a shorter stop at Lille we still managed to get to the parks for about 1pm which left us a good chunk of time to explore the park.

We were super hungry when we arrived so after dropping out bags off we took a stroll down Main Street to Casey's corner for a hot dog, then we went across to Frontierland in search of Merida as she'd been out a lot recently despite not having an official meet in the program. As we entered Frontier land we were greeted with the amazing new Coco statues all around the land, they are really colourful and are way bigger than i expected and personally I think they are a great addition to Frontier land, and especial around the restaurant Fuente Del Oro in particular which I believe would hugely benefit from staying this way for the foreseeable.

We made out way towards the Chaparral Theater looking for Merida and were pleasantly surprised by an unscheduled appearance of Pluto and Goofy! I didn't manage to get a picture with Pluto but I did tell him what a good boy he was and gave him a pat on the nose, but I love my photo with Goofy from this meet, having the Train station in the background was a really nice touch!

As we left Cotton wood creek Merida had just come out so we were able to have a chat get an autograph and some photos and Shellie-May was wearing her Merida dress again so the interaction we got was amazing, I'm so so glad we took the time to go and look for this photo op as it really made my day.

After Frontier land a trip to meet the main mouse was on the cards, and as usual he didn't disappoint. The top I'm wearing is from the guys at Magical Thunder Press and not only do I love it, but Mickey loved it too, the ears are standard parks ears and are around €13.

After Meeting Mickey we got a few rides in and stopped to watch the Starlit Princess Waltz on castle stage before heading over to the Run Disney expo to pick up our Bibs and the pins we pre-ordered, stopped for a quick dinner in Disney village, back to concierge to grab our bags and then we got the shuttle to Hi park ready to check in and get some sleep before a very busy weekend kicked off!

So that's day 1, stay tuned and I'll try to make sure the rest of the days follow up quickly there's so much more to come.

Hoodsie xx
Hey guys!

So I'm back from Disneyland Paris, and to try and avoid the Disney blues setting in just yet, I've decided to dive head first into writing up memories of my trip, i'll hopefully have a few posts coming up over the next few weeks to take you through everything that happened and I can't wait to share it all with you!

For now though, I'm just going to take a moment to revel in the fact that I actually did it. I went out to Paris extremely nervous that perhaps I had just bitten off way more than I could chew, 36.1 Km over 3 days is a big ask, and with factors outside my control training hadn't gone exactly as I had planned.

But I gave it my all, and with a little bit of faith trust and pixie dust, I went the distance and I crossed all three finish lines with a smile on my face, after all where is more magical to run than Disneyland?

So apologies if this comes across as a major gloating post, because it's really not meant that way, and if you follow me on my other social media profiles, I'm sorry about the amount of medal pictures you'll be seeing, but really I'm just so happy I managed to achieve so much over the past weekend and I just want to share it with anyone who will listen!

Over the weekend I met 50 different characters (Not including different VIP outfits) and walked 161,348 steps, came home with 4 beautiful medals, and a bunch of memories that will last a lifetime, and I feel so genuinely lucky to have experienced it all.

Finally a huge thank you to everyone who's followed me on this adventure, supported me and encouraged me, I couldn't have kept going if it wasn't for all the kind messages you guys sent!

I'll go into more detail about each race and each day of my trip soon, but that's all for now!

Hoodsie xxx
Hey guys!

Following on from my trip reports from my August trip, I wanted to share the bulk of my purchases with you guys, given most of them came from one shop there's quite a theme here so I hope at least some of you like it.

Disney pin trading is something I've only recently become more interested in since becoming an annual pass holder, the idea is that you buys pins in all the different hotels and parks, display your favourites on your lanyard and trade the rest with others to get pins you love even more! Now i must admit. I haven't fully embraced the idea of pin trading, as I seem to buy plenty, but I never want to actually trade them! Maybe in time once my collection has built up a little more I'll decide to start trading but for now I'm happy just to keep adding to my collection with more pins that I love or than give me special memories from my trips.

Pins are available in most shops and hotels across Disneyland Paris, however if you're lucky enough to be visiting on a Saturday or Sunday and you'd like to get some pins I would highly recommend taking a trip to Pueblo's Trading post, which can be round near cowboy cookout in Frontier Land. For me this along with Harrington's is one of the best places for pins, and is also where new Limited edition pins get their initial release. Its quite a small shop so can feel a little crowded but its a treasure trove of pins and vinylmations and I love getting to visit.

This is where the most of my shopping happened this trip as there were a few items I was dying to get my hands on and this was the best place to try and get it all in one go.

The first thing I picked up was the blue 25th anniversary lanyard, now if you've read my other haul posts you may remember I picked up one of these in April when I visited for the anniversary day. Unfortunately it was faulty and didn't realize until i got home, I did E-mail to see if it could be replaced however it was out of stock, so this i the first chance I've had to replace it, I made sure I checked this one over carefully before I took it to the till and am happy to have it in my collection now, this retails for €9.99 before any discounts.

Next I chose this Illuminations pin, to celebrate 2017's new night time show, sure it's had mixed reviews compared to dreams, but I actually quite like the show and this pin is truly beautiful it was €7.99 and is an open edition so should still be available and restocked for a while.

I got 2 new Cars pins which have been released recently, the first features both Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramierez from the new film and was €6.99. The second just features Lightning which was €6.99 too, as cars is my favourite film I wanted these from the moment I first saw they were being released so I'm so glad I've been able to add these to my collection.

The final 2 pins I got this trip, I can't remember the prices for and unfortunately I no longer have the receipt but I'm pretty sure they were either €6.99 or €7.99 The first is this beautiful Marie pin with jewel detailing, I was torn between this and another Marie pin, but i think the extra sparkles on this one just edged it ahead for me, and knowing me, I'll probably pick up the other version on one of my trips this year.

The other was this Rainbow Mickey head, since seeing the Disney Store participate in the Pride events in London earlier this year I have been looking for some sort of rainbow Mickey pin to add to my collection and I'm happy to say this one is just perfect and I'm so proud to be able to wear it on my lanyard and know that Disney are supportive of this.

So that's my Pin haul for August, i have already pre-ordered some pins for my next trip in just over a week and I'm sure I'll find some more that I like on top, so there may  be another pin haul soon.

Until then, what are your favourite pins, any you want to pick up on your next trip? Let me know in the comments!

Hoodsie xx
Hey Guys,

Thanks for sticking with me, I swear it was the shortest DLP trip ever but its just taken me the longest amount of time to actually get everything down in writing! If like me you've kinda forgotten what happened on Day One, feel free to go back and catch up.

Day 2 started slightly later in the morning than day 1, I think the alarm went off around 6:30 am, which was actually quite pleasant compared to the day before, I was still totally shattered from the travelling and everything else the night before, and still feeling a little under the weather, eventually we got up with enough time to have some breakfast and get to the parks for EMH.

As we were trying to make this a budget trip, we didn't stay in any of the onsite hotels, instead we opted for the Explorers hotel, which is a nearby partner hotel of Disneyland Paris, this was my first time staying here, and though I wasn't there long enough to really form a full opinion, what I did experience of it I really enjoyed, the beds were comfortable, the rooms were clean and had all the basic things you need, the whole hotel has a pirate theme which I loved and seems designed to be really family friendly, the pool though I didn't have time for a splash looked amazing, and I would definitely consider staying there again!

After breakfast we had the most disastrous Uber ride to the park as EMH hours starts at 8 and the first bus doesn't start until 8, but eventually we got there in one piece, dropped our bags off at the concierge again, and we were ready for our 2nd day of magic. To start with we met Chip and Dale, now these cheeky chipmunks are nothing short of hilarious at the best of times, but that day they were on top form. I had decided to go for a Maleficent look for Sunday as I had these awesome official parks ears for a while and I really wanted to wear them, I matched them with a Maleficent dress from EMP, and my purple Vans, I then finished the look by dressing Shellie-May as Aurora with a cute dress from Build a Bear workshop! Once it was finally our turn to meet Chip and Dale they did not disappoint, they were so playful and naughty, and took the time to recognize how Shellie and I were dressed and make a point of playing along and interacting. We got to spend so much time with them, and though I do feel really bad for the people waiting in the queue behind us, I'd happily re-live that meet over and over again, luckily Katie P did manage to film it, so I can keep watching it when I miss the magic most.

After chip and dale we popped round to see the dragon under the castle, which I don't visit every trip but every time i do see it, I'm kinda in awe of just how good it is! I think we did the tea cups quite early on in the day too, nothing helps settle your tummy after breakfast like a spin with the hatter! After a little time in fantasy land we decided to take some time out to go over to the studios as we hadn't been there yet this trip, though I'm personally not so much of a thrill seeker when it comes to rides, a few people in the group I was with are much braver so Tower of Terror and Rockin Rollercoaster were on the list. As well as these two, I was able to do Slinky Dog Zig Zag Spin and Parachute drop over in toy story play land, and got these great photos of my new pin I got recently.

We also did flying carpets and i got to see the new Lightning Mcqueen photo location that went in recently. We had planned to do Mickey and the magician too, however the showing we were going to go to got cancelled and we didn't really have time to wait for the next one as it was such a short trip. Luckily it should still be on during at least my next 2 trips to Paris, so I'll get another chance to see it soon!

After the studios we found time to have lunch at Hakuna Matata in Adventure land, saw Forest of Enchantment again, and this time we were able to get there early enough for Shellie to have a quick costume change and then briefly meet Merida in the queue which was a huge personal goal for me having not seen her since 2014.

We rode the carousel and saw both the 25th anniversary show and the starlit princess waltz over at the castle stage, and before we knew it, it was time to think about getting our places for the parade., Luckily as we did this with time to spare we were right at the rope in a fairly good spot in fantasy land just before the annual pass office, it was beautifully warm and sunny by this point, so we took it in turns to save spaces so that a few of us at a time could run over to Adventure land to grab Pineapple whips, Yum!

Now I'm really growing to like the new parade, Stars on Parade, it was introduced earlier this year as part of the 25th celebrations and has really mixed reviews. The music is a lot different to its predecessor, and a lot of the floats have come from other parks or are rehashes of old ones, but I'm really liking it, I know it's a bit more choreographed than Magic on Parade was and this does leave less opportunity for interaction, but trust me it's very much still there!

Now this was a parade I had been looking forward to for a while, and getting a rope side seat was no coincidence, yep I'm not ashamed to admit it, my goal was to try and get some interaction or at least acknowledgement from some of the characters, in particular, those from Sleeping Beauty, and I'm so pleased to say it went to plan, in fact it's probably my most memorable parade experience to date.

The interaction started from the steampunk maleficent float, where prince Philip noticed me, he wasn't able to come over due to the choreography, but just getting noticed was enough for me, then one of Maleficent's goons came over to see Shellie as she was still dressed as Aurora, then when the fairies came past I got shouted at by Merryweather. The final person to notice me and come over on parade was probably the most unexpected of all, as right at the end of the parade before the last float, Kristoff shuffled over nervously to ask if i was going to breathe fire! Honestly it was just so lovely to be recognised by so many and have those unique memorable moments which I truly cherish!

After parade there was just enough time to hit the last few shops and pick up some last minute merch before heading for the Eurostar home, it was such a crazily short trip, but at the same time it felt like we got to see and do so so much, and I left with a totally full Mickey shaped heart for sure!

So that's it for the August trip, as with last time, the wonderful Sophie Square'd have complied day two into a Vlog for you all to check out, so please like and subscribe over there too, I know they would be so so grateful!

Other than that there's now only 2 weeks till my next trip back to DLP so I really should start thinking about packing! Thanks as always for reading,

Hoodsie xx