10 Tips For Visiting Disney Land Paris.

As you have probably seen from the overload of photographs on my Instagram story and feed – I have recently just got back from a little visit to Disney Land Paris.

I had the most amazing Easter bank holiday in one of the most magical places in the world and I am forever grateful. I have decided to do this post to give tips and advice to those of you who are considering taking a visit to Disney Land, whether if it’s for a couple of days or even a week. Some of these are probably obvious, but I think it is crucial that they are mentioned considering it made my stay stress-free.

Tickets/Disney Pass

I 100% recommend booking your tickets way in advance, not only to save time in the queues but also because you can get deals to save on the prices too. Personally, I think that 2-3 days in the park is by far enough time. It obviously depends on how old everyone is, as you will not want to go on every ride, especially if you’re a 22 year old like me. It is the exact same for younger children as they might not be tall enough for the bigger rides. Therefore, it is a good idea to do some research so you only book the number of days that you actually need.

Pack a bag

It is very important to know that you are allowed to take bags in with you, even on the rides. A standard rucksack would be ideal. I recommend packing a bag with plenty of snacks, and anything you think you will need for the duration of the day – including sun cream. Your bag will get searched/scanned at the entrance, but this is the rules for all. The prices for food and drinks at Disney Land is extortionate like you wouldn’t even believe me. You can expect to pay at least 4 euros for singular ice cream, 4 euros for a small bottle of coke, meals (such as small macaroni cheese, bottled water, apple, and crisps) will be around 15 euros – and they’re not even worth it! I 100% recommend packing a sandwich or at least only eating out at Disney Land once a day – unless you can afford it of course.

But not too much…

I know, I know – I am contradicting what I just said, but you’ll thank me when you’re there. Only pack with you the things you will actually need. You will have to carry this bag with you for the whole day and whilst queuing up for rides for up to 2 hours long. When I went to Disney Land, I took with me a reasonable size bag on the first day with lots of snacks, a jacket, and my camera equipment. To be honest, I should have estimated how much I was going to eat, as well as checking the weather app as I did not need as much food or a jacket because the weather was LOVELY! If you are going for a few days, I would spend one day going on a few rides, explore the parks, and take all the fancy photos. Then, the rest of the days I wouldn’t take your camera equipment as you will have all the desired shots.

Take an empty water bottle 

DO NOT BUY WATER BOTTLES! If you take your own water bottle or any drink bottle for that matter then you can simply just fill your bottle up with FREE water from their fountains. The water fountains are located outside every single toilet. It is much better to do this as it is completely free, saves the environment (less plastic), and could save you a lot of money as their drinks range from 3-6 euros – even for water!

Wear sensible clothing 

Whilst dressing cute and all appropriate for the weather is a priority. It is always important to think about the activities and the duration of the day. On the first day, I arrived at the park at around 09:30 and didn’t leave until 23:00. As you can probably tell, this was not intended and we only stayed to watch the Disney Illuminations, which by the way is fantastic. It starts at around 22:00 and because my accommodation was around 30 minutes away, it was better off just exploring the park for the whole day. It is important to dress accordingly to the rides you are going on, any activities, as well as weather changes, and perhaps extra or spare clothes. Personally, I recommend covering up, especially if it is hot as I found it uncomfortable sitting on the rides with my skin touching them. To be honest, just wear what you feel most comfortable in!

Stay locally 

Although staying at the Disney Land resorts can be expensive, I would definitely try and consider paying to stay at one. I stayed at the Villages Nature which is an alternative to Center Parcs. The accommodation was absolutely incredible and I loved it so much – there will be a review post very soon. But, it started to become quite pricey as we had to pay for the bus every time we went to Disney Land and travelled back home again. This wasn’t very much of a problem as it was approximately a 20 minutes bus journey. If you can stay as close as possible, then definitely do. There is nothing worse than getting a bus very late at night or in the beautiful sunshine.

Plan your route around the park

I 100% recommend that you download the Disney Land Paris app before you travel. You will be able to see the maps of both parks, find your way around, know the waiting times for rides, as well as find out about any events or activities happening during your stay. I found this very useful, especially whilst planning what to get done on both of the days I was there for. This is the best way to get the most out of your holiday.

Buy Disney merchandise 

Without a doubt, you should head over to some common retail shops to buy some Disney outfits, pajamas, accessories, and anything that you think you would actually use. You can see what I bought here. Fortunately, I already owned the classic Minnie Mouse ears from my last visit 5 years ago, so I took these with me. I also took a mickey house t-shirt, make-up bag, shopper bag, and night-dress. I wanted to be full on Disney-fied! It is so much cheaper to purchase some Disney items before you travel, as I can guarantee you will be tempted to spend hundreds on merchandise. Personally, I could not afford to buy an outfit from Disney Land, barely enough for the ears, so if you want to be a part of all the fun and dress up for less, then do that!

Be prepare to SPEND SPEND SPEND! I have never travelled to anywhere as expensive as Disney Land Paris – even for a small bottle of diet coke I was surprised. 

Did this post help you out and answer any questions you had? If not, just send me a message and I will try to help.

If you have any tips and advice for others comment them below so everyone can see them.

Spring Primark Haul 2019 | Disney Collaboration, Travel, and Accessories.

I never thought that I would ever do a Primark Haul on this blog. I figured that since I have been making a lot of purchases recently, it would be lovely to show you all the incredible bargains that I managed to get.

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Primark is a very popular retailer, known for its cheap and affordable prices. I absolutely love taking a little visit into Primark as there is always something that catches my eye, whether if it is bright and colourful, very cheap, or even in the sale. I usually make purchases from their travel, homeware section, and occasionally their pyjama section. I have never bought anything from Primark that was not worth the value I paid, so I 100% recommend it.

However, I have a few holidays coming up within the next few months, including Paris, Belfast, Bordeaux, and Barcelona – knowing me though, I will book some more. I have bought a few things to take to each of these destinations. Of course, I couldn’t go to Paris (Disney Land) without taking a few iconic pieces to get me in the mood. I have also got myself some travel essentials, especially if I want to make a habit of it.

Let’s get into it…

Disney Collaboration

I absolutely love it when Primark do their collaborations with other brands, as the items they produce are just so beautiful and I am just tempted to buy everything. I decided to buy a T-shirt dress, night dress, shopper bag, and a make-up bag. I think these are just perfect for the two days that I am going to park for. I can’t wait to get all Disney-up and take some very cute photographs. My favourite piece is definitely the shopper bag. The images of Mickey are just so funny and I think it’s a good laugh. Keep an eye out on my Instagram for some Disney pictures.

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  1. Mickey Mouse Long T-Shirt Dress £8.00
  2. Mickey Mouse Night Dress £6.00
  3. Mickey Mouse Shopper Bag £3.00
  4. Mickey Mouse Make-up Bag £5.00

Travel

Sorry, not sorry – I just couldn’t resist! A couple of weeks ago, I noticed the travel pillow was in the sale from £4.00 to £2.00 which is just CRAZY!!! I went back to the same Primark about 2 days ago and found the matching eye mask and passport cover. If you know me well, then you’ll know that I love everything to be matching and this is just perfect. For someone who loves travelling and exploring, you’ll be surprised that I don’t actually own any of these and for £6.00 I thought why not. I am looking forward to using these this weekend on my travels to Paris.

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  1. Travel Pillow £2.00
  2. Passport Cover £2.00
  3. Travel Eye Mask £2.00

Accessories

I’d like to think of these as a NEED, but I probably didn’t NEED these at all! I got this belt, purely because it was size XS, and at the moment I use a Medium, except I have pierced my own hole. I realised that for £2.00, I should treat myself to a new one, plus I won’t need one for a while now. Next, I purchased a hairbrush purely for travelling. I thought it would be a really good idea to have one brush that is a perfect size to squeeze into any bag and to only use it when I travel. Lastly, I got a clear travel bag with 5 bottles and 1 pot to put all of my travel liquids in. I thought this was irresistible. I am now able to save A LOT of money on 100ml products to fit through security, as I already have the bottles – I just need to fill them. For only £1.00 this is amazing, especially as I can use all my favourite products and then, I am set to go. As well as that, it comes with stickers so that you can label each bottle of what you have put inside.

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  1. Plain Black Belt £2.00
  2. Travel Hairbrush £0.90
  3. Travel Bottle Set £1.00

I worked out that for all of this I paid a total of £31.90 which is amazing, so affordable and have saved me a lot in the long run. I am looking forward to travelling in a few days, and I can’t wait to use my new purchases.

What is one item that you never travel without?

Let me know what types of travel posts you would like to see, comment them below!

Why I Love London & Why You Might Love It Too?

London is obviously one of the most popular cities in the U.K., To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the most popular city in the world. I absolutely love visiting London, even as a fellow citizen of the U.K. I think it is absolutely beautiful and so so different from the little town I am used to living in.

I have visited London a fair few times and there are still plenty of things that I want to do and see in London. So, I can imagine why it is so popular and why everyone loves it so much!

Let’s see what I love most about London, and perhaps some of these things will interest you too.

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This photograph was taken on the London Bridge linking to Embankment – a perfect view of the London Eye.

Tourist Attractions 

  1. Buckingham Palace
  2. Tower of London
  3. Tower Bridge
  4. Big Ben
  5. London Eye
  6. Parliament
  7. Piccadilly Circus
  8. Trafalgar Square
  9. London History Museum
  10. Westminster Abbey
  11. Hyde Park
  12. Covent Gardens
  13. M&M world
  14. Warner Bros. Studio Tour London: The Making of Harry Potter (see post here)
  15. London Sea Life Centre
  16. Jack the Ripper Tour
  17. London Dungeons

Culture and Tourists 

Whenever I visit London, I am of course a tourist exploring the beautiful city, but what I love most is how diverse the culture is. It is amazing how so many people from around the world can meet in one city to enjoy exploring, traveling, meeting, and assisting one another with their travels. Meeting new people is what I love to do most, and to be honest, a great way to meet new people is to ask them to take a photo for you – trust me they will help you because everyone is so friendly!

London Underground 

The London Underground is a public rapid transit system to assist individuals with their daily activities. Trains are available between 2-5 minutes which make it very convenient. Most of the trains are underground, although some appear to be overground. The underground has its origins in the Metropolitan Railway, the worlds first underground passenger railway (read more here).

I have used the underground every time I have visited London, even if the places I am going to are one stop away. The London Underground is definitely something that everyone has to have the experience of using. I love using them so much that I actually find it kind of fun.

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The History 

London is very well-known for its history including the Plague, Civil War and the stories of Jack the Ripper. There are many historical places to visit in London, not only the museums, but tourist attractions focused on specific events. In Addition, The Royal Family are of course very important to the U.K. and one of the prime examples of why Lonon is so popular.

London West End 

As a Drama student, of course, this would be one of the reasons why I love London. London Wet End is absolutely mesmerizing. There are always at least 6 shows that are available to the public. I have watched a wide variety of shows at Piccadilly Circus including, Wicked and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I 100% recommend visiting a show in the theatres as they are incredible, even if you are not a huge fan, I am positive you will love it!

The Food

With plenty of street foods, fast foods, and restaurants you will definitely have a lot of options. There are many places to try new foods from all over the world. The street markets offer a wide variety of foods. I recommend trying a little bit of everything, so you get the full experience.

These are just some of the things that I love about London, what do you love most about London?

6 Things To Do On Long Train Journeys (1-Hour Plus) For Bloggers Without Wifi.

There’s nothing worse than planning an exciting trip, going somewhere new, or even traveling home (if you’re a student like me). I thought of doing this post when I was traveling to London last Saturday to go on a cruise and visit The Harry Potter Studio Tour (click here to view) and I was surprised at how quick the journey was considering it was almost 3 hours!

There are so many things that you can do on your journey, whether if you’re alone or have company. I would usually say, just do the things that make you happy and what you’re interested in. The things I am about to list are my top favorite, most efficient things to do that allows me to enjoy a journey, whilst getting stuff done.

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1. Prepare a Meal 

One of the things that I always do prior traveling is make up a lunch type of meal, even if I am traveling at night. I would usually make a sandwich or pasta with a piece of fruit, chocolate, crisps, and a bottle of water (or two). These are just my favorite types of food, especially when I need something quick, cheap, and efficient. I am definitely a bit of a snacker…I do love a snack, so I pack a lot. You could go to a local shop to grab a few things too, but I wouldn’t get food at the station or on the train as you’ll be paying triple the price.

2. Download Music or Podcasts

I absolutely love popping my headphones in to either listen to music or a podcast. I definitely recommend downloading Spotify as it is a reasonable monthly subscription that allows you to download playlists, or you can create your own, as well as download podcasts or some YouTube videos such as, Gibi ASMR which is my go-to. I always manage to find something new as they are updated regularly.

3. WRITE. WRITE. WRITE.

This is usually an opportunity for me to be the most productive. I always find that traveling allows my brain to think about what means the most to me, which is traveling and blogging. I normally switch off by not thinking about work or uni work and a majority of the time, I am thinking of ideas and begin to write future blog posts. For this, I normally take with me a little notebook or I write it on the app: One Note, but that depends on the battery on my phone. I like to keep organized, especially with all my notes in one place. I was sitting on the train, thinking of what else to do when I thought about doing this post.

4. Have a photo shoot 

Everyone loves a little photo shoot, well if you’re into blogging, social media, or just love a good photo. Of course, I was going to have a little photo shoot, primarily to take photos for this post, but also because I wanted to include a range of different photos onto my Instagram. I really enjoyed this train photo shoot, although I did have to be careful to not get anyone in the background.

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5. Editing 

Being a freelance photographer and travel blogger, I have a lot of editing to do. I usually have at least 2 photography shoots to edit a week, plus personal photographs that I want edited either for social media or my blog. I love using the time traveling to get the work done because then it means that I do not have to do it in my other spare time. I find this is the most efficient way to get it all done. To edit my photographs I use Lightroom CC on PC and on mobile.

6. Play a Game 

There are soooooo many PC and mobile games that you can play completely free of charge and without the need for Wifi. My favorite games are Candy Crush, Logos Quiz, and Words with Friends. You could download a range of games prior to your journey, and then you can play them for the first time which will keep you very busy. Alternatively, you could bring a deck of cards and play with the people around you. I love playing card games with my friends. It is a great way to make the journey and time fly by.

What is your favorite thing to do whilst on the train or long journey?

Harry Potter Studio Tour In London 2019 | **Gringotts Bank Exclusive & Spoilers**

**DO NOT SCROLL DOWN IF YOU DON’T WANT TO FIND OUT ANY SPOILERS**

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This post is going to give you all the information needed for you to enjoy a visit to the Harry Potter Studio Tour in Lonon, or should I say: Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter. I will be filling you in with some useful tips on booking, how to get there, best time to go, and of course an album full of incredible shots taken from the sets of Harry Potter. But don’t worry, I can assure you there will still be plenty of surprises and things not mentioned here that you can see on your visit.

I am going to be honest, I was never a huge potter fan growing up, primarily because I never got the opportunity to watch the films, well not in the order anyway. For Christmas, I originally planned this trip for Kevin and our friend Charlie as they absolutely love Harry Potter and this just looked perfect. Fortunately for myself, Kevin actually decided to take me anyway, as we also had another activity to do in London, so we just thought it would be a good idea to do them both on the same day. Last month, I managed to watch all of the Harry Potters, so as you can imagine, I was ready for this day!

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On Saturday 30th March 2019, I had the wonderful experience of visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour in London. I am now a potter head to say the least, and I found out that I am in Hufflepuff. I cannot say enough how mesmerising it was. I absolutely loved finding out how they designed the sets, created costumes, filmed the magic, and getting the chance to do it myself.

Warner Bros. Studio Tour London – The Making of Harry Potter 

ENTER THE GREAT HALL OF HOGWARTS 

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The Harry Potter Studio Tour begins with a short intrduction about the making of the studio itself and why they decided to open it to public, then the tour starts by the opening of The Great Hall. The two tables in the middle of the room were removed to create more space for the tour (sadly), but this is the exact set of where the scenes in The Great Hall were filmed everytime. The room looks pretty much the same as to what you would see on screen, obviously it’s not got all the students and candles in, but the representation is the same. Unfortunately, I did not see the sorting hat, either I just missed it or it was not there!

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Tip: To get a good photograph of The Great Hall, I definitely recommend either being the first one in or waiting until everyone leaves – to get a photograph of it empty. This is the only room of the tour where your time is limited.

THE CHOCOLATE FEAST 

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The Chocolate Feast from the Goblet of Fire comprised of many sweets and treats including, several edible deserts that were actually baked in the scene, so that the cast members could actually eat them.

THE MOVING STAIR CASE 

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GRYFFINDOR BOY’S DORMITORY 

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These beds were used for the duration of all the movies, in which the boys had to curl up in the later ones to avoid their legs and feet from hanging out the bottom of them.

THE GRYFFINDOR COMMON ROOM 

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THE MAGIC OF THE GREEN SCREEN

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Filmmakers often shoot visual effects scenes on a green screen, which allows them to replace the green colours with a completely different background or computer-generated set. Most of the scenes in Harry Potter were done using a green screen, even the ones in other countries.

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THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS DOOR

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Many fans assume that the Chamber of Secrets door was a computer-generated effect. In fact, this intricate device was hand built by the Special Effects Department.

THE FORBIDDEN FOREST 

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Towering Trees – the trees of the Forbidden Forest were built to a massive scale, reaching diameters of 12 to 14 feet (4.3 metres).

Painted Forests – the hand painted backdrops were up to 600 feet wide and among some of the largest ever created.

Giant Spiders – to bring Aragog to life, the Creature Effects Department built a huge, physical animatronic that spanned 18 feet across. Aragog was filmed creeping out of the tree roots, which hid the wiring, mechanics and support crew.

THE HOGWARTS EXPRESS

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Most of the scenes that take place on Platform 9 3/4 were actually shot on location at King’s Cross Station in London, however, during Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, part of the station platform was recreated on a soundstage here at Leavesden complete with the track and the train.

PLATFORM 9 3/4

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It’s got to be done! If you ever get to visit the Harry Potter Studio Tour, you need to get a photograph, especially with the Hogwarts Express 9 3/4 sign and trolley.

THE BACKLOT 

During production, the backlot was home to the exterier sets of the Harry Potter films – including Privet Drive and the Hogwarts Bridge.

Tip: Make sure to book a time slot during the day or an evening in the summer, especially if you want some good photos outside in the backlot. As you can see mine were fairly dark and I still used flash. I have seen some photographs online from during the day and it looks incredible.

Knight Bus – The 22-foot tall Knight Bus was created from pieces of three vintage London double-deckers. Two versions of the Knight Bus were build: one that was motorised and able to be driven and a ‘stunt’ version that spun around on a turntable.

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Privet Drive – Number Four, Privet Drive was the quiet, suburban home of the Dursleys, the relatives who raised Harry Potter after his parents’ unexpected deaths. The ‘Seven Harrys’ scene was filmed on the Leavesden Backlot.

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Hogwarts Bridge – Though it was never in the original novel or script, the now iconic Hogwarts Bridge was created for Harry Potter and the Prisioner of Azkaban. Only one section of the bridge was ever built; the Visual Effects Department created the remaining sections using computer-generated effects.

GRINGOTTS BANK 

In its labyrinth of underground vaults, goblin-run Gringotts is the safest place in the wizarding world to store anything valuable.

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DIAGON ALLEY 

The Diagon Alley set constantly changed throughout the film series. The original design of the street combined the rich details from the Harry Potter books with inspiration from the streets described in the works of Charles Dickens.

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HOGWARTS CASTLE MODEL 

This is a jewel in the crown of the ART Department: the intricately detailed model of Hogwarts castle. Built for the first film, the model’s every courtyard, tower and turret were filmed and enhanced with digital effects to create unfortgettably realistic views of the magical school. A team of 86 artists and crewmembers built the first version of Hogwarts castle for Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s stone.

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TIPS FOR VISITING WARNER BROS. STUDIO TOUR LONDON – THE MAKING OF HARRY POTTER

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 GETTING TICKETS 

You have to purchase tickets in advanced. You can do that online here. I booked these tickets on 19th December 2018 and the next available weekend was 30th March 2019, so be sure to keep looking online to get the right day and time that you’re happy with. The tickets are timed entry, but you can stay for as little or as long as you like, although they do close at 10pm. You can either print off your booking confirmation and collect the tickets when you arrive or you can pay £3.95 for them to be sent to your home address when you book.

HOW TO GET THERE…

The answer to this will depend on how you are travelling to the studio, whether if that is by public transport or by car. You can obviously drive to the loaction as they have parking which would definitely be the easy option as it is located in Leavesden (20 miles outside central London). If you are getting the train, like me, then don’t worry as it’s pretty straight forward – just allow time for delays. Wherever you are travelling from, you need to make sure that you get to Watford Junction which is the closest train station. Outside of Watford Juction station there will be a shuttle bus available for you to get on which takes you to the location (Note: You will need £2.50 per person in cash for a return ticket). The shuttle bus run every 20 minutes. The time slot I had was 5:30pm-6pm and I arrived at Watford Juction at 5:05pm and there was a bus just turing up, so it was very convenient.

HOW LONG WILL THE TOUR TAKE? 

This will depend on what you want to do. There are many opportunities for you to experiences some of the things such as, flying with the green screen, taking a photo on the Hogwarts Express (green screen), and many more. These were very busy, so allow time to wait. You will have to pay for these videos and photos as you aren’t allowed to use your own camera. I was roughly inside the tour for around 2 and half hours, but I did not wait to do some of the extra things. I would personally allow around 4/5 hours, especially if you want to look and read everything, as well as stopping for food and butterbeer of course!

Harry Potter Studio Tour: Website

Address: Studio Tour Drive, Leavesden, WD25 7LR

I hope you enjoyed reading this post all about my experience at The Harry Potter Studio Tour. I have not included everything as that would not have been fair to those of you who haven’t been, so these were my best bits. There is so so much more to see and I recommend that you go too, even if you’re not crazy about Harry Potter. I found it mesmerising how they created everything and what they went through to create all the movies.