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Plus Size Disney – All my outfits on my last trip

Hello Friends!

This is a little late but things have been crazy busy since I got back from my last DLP trip!

The last time I was at Disneyland Paris was for the Fandaze event so the clothes that I wore were mostly designed for the occasion!

The first night we went for a fabulous meal at Inventions restaurant in the Disneyland Hotel for our friend Gaëtane’s birthday. I wore a dress I had made myself …

This is a Princess vs Villains dress which I made from an old Primark duvet set! One single sized duvet cover made this entire dress which I was most impressed with!

I teamed it with a black cardigan from Yours clothing which is seasons old and a set of hand made Ariel vs Ursula crystal ears that I made myself.

I love this dress and can’t wait to wear it again on the cruise I have coming up!

The following day was Fandaze!!

For this momentous occasion I designed my own fabric and made myself a dress with it! My fabric had all my fave Saturday afternoons characters on it, you can see it up close in the photo below …

I do wish I had worn a belt with this dress on the night as it did look a bit shapeless as the design is so fussy, I did get lots of lovely compliments though and it was nice and cool in the heat.

I made myself matching crystal ears featuring the characters on my dress.

The following day we had further Fandaze events as part of our package and I had another bespoke dress to wear to this too! This time Mark had designed the fabric, sadly after making his shirt there wasn’t enough for me to have a full dress but this was the compromise

I really liked this dress and although I wish I’d added some detail to the skirt it is really flattering to wear and got me so many compliments on the day! I used the last bits of fabric to make myself matching ears!

The final day I went to visit my good friends Captain Hook and Mr Smee. I was wearing my Donald Duck dress, once again I made this for the trip!

I had purchased this amazing Daisy AP holder from Tokyo and wanted a Donald fabric dress to wear with it! I decided the fabric was a bit too fussy for an all over dress so made a bodice and border skirt dress. I should have made it a bit shorter though!

I also made matching ears to this too 😊

Which is your fave outfit from my trip?

Lots of Love

Alyssa xxx

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A Plus Size Perspective – Disneyland Paris Resort. Part Three

Hellooo Friends!

Welcome back and thanks for sticking with me through this series! This is my final post at the moment, but as I’m sure you know there are a lot of changes ahead at Disneyland Paris so I’ll be updating you all as they happen!

Shows and Parades

As shows have been changing quite a lot at DLP recently, I thought it best to review them by venue/area instead of by show 😂

Videopolis

This theatre has bench style seating and is very comfortable, I fit fine and really enjoy this theatre as a venue – not turnstiles either! 😂 Wheelchair accessible with and without transfer, hearing induction loop. Venue is quite dark.

The Chapperal Theatre

Currently closed for refurbishment. Was bench style seating and although a bit chilly in the less warm months is a really comfy and nice theatre. Wheelchair accessible with and without transfer and has a hearing loop.

Animagique Theatre

Mickey and the Magician is currently residing in this theatre. The seating is snug but fine for me, the chairs have arm rests so make it a bit of a squeeze getting in and out. This theatre is wheelchair accessible with and without transfer and some shows have a sign language interpreter.

Studio Theatre

The new Marvel show will be in this theatre, I have not been inside since the refurbishment but If the seating is the same as before then the fit is very much the same as the Animagique theatre.

Production Courtyard

The Guardians Of the Galaxy dance off and the Stark expo will be held on this stage. The area is large and flat. Towards the back there are some benches which you would have limited view from and to the left there is a green/orange passholders area where you are able to watch the shows separately if you have a pas.

Stars on Parade

You are able to select your own viewing spot along the entire parade route, I would advise arriving at least an hour before the parade start time to get a front row view. You are able to sit on the floor along many parts of the route (this is more difficult on Main Street due to the busy route) it is definitely worth choosing your parade spot early for ease of access and is a great opportunity to rest weary feet! There is a sectioned off parade viewing area for green/orange passholders as well as for infinity Annual Passholders should They wish to use them.

** during other seasons the parade route is utilised for seasonal shows and parades. It is always worth getting a place early to avoid disappointment

Castle Stage

This season sees the return of the princess waltz to this stage. There are plenty of concrete stalls in this area as seating which you may still be able to see the stage from if other guests have remained seated and/or planned and not arrived last minute. If you so have a green/orange pass then you are able to use the cordoned off area. It is always worth arriving early for shows to get the best spot possible.

Merchandise and Clothing

I am sad to say that this is an area that for the plus sized community is a HUGE fail on Disneyland Paris’ part.

The largest size offered is a men’s xxl, this however comes up to the equivalent of around a standard XL in the U.K. and probably a standard Large in the US.

The ladies clothing comes up extremely small and I think this may be something to do with European sizing. A good friend of mine is a size 10 top and had to purchase a ladies Large at DLP for it to fit, that’s really not sending out a very positive message.

I long ago started buying custom Disney clothing and have recently started making my own from Fabrics that I have purchased online. If you would like more info on who I recommend for Disney clothes then please leave a comment and I will do a blog post about it.

General note …

I hate to have to add this as a warning but it has happened to me on every single trip I have been on to Disneyland Paris so I feel I owe it to my fellow Plus Size community to share it.

Unfortunately fat shaming from fellow guests is rife within the park. I have had photos taken of me without consent, filmed without consent, been shouted at, surrounded by groups of teenagers filming me and laughing, mocked in queue lines, stared at, laughed at and treated like a piece of shit. I would say, it is rarely British guests that do this, but on occasion it has been. Obviously this is a small minority of narrow minded guests, but I did feel I needed to address it as it has happen at least once on every trip.

Now, I do dress up for the parks, I always wear full makeup and Disney inspired clothing, so I can stand out and for that I guess I should expect it to a degree, but I do still find it hard.

An example of one of my many fabulous outfits

I have received nothing but positivity, love and respect from the cast members at Disneyland Paris. I cannot praise them enough for always being kind, friendly and polite. I just wish that magic rubbed off on some of the guests 😂

That being said, it doesn’t stop me going to Disneyland Paris and it doesn’t stop me loving it there. I’m lucky to have the most supportive group of friends who always help to make me feel better if I’m impacted by fools on our trips 😊

I do hope that this series has helped you if you are planning a trip and are Plus sized. If you have any questions at all do not hesitate to ask me.

Thank you for your time

With Love

Alyssa xx

** This blog is entirely made up of my personal experiences and opinions, you may find that your experience differs from mine as we are all different shapes and sizes. I have been as transparent as I can be about my size and shape but please do contact me if you have any further questions **

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‪Hollywood Tower of Terror 10th Anniversary AP Event – Review

I’ve seen lots of negative posts about the event so thought I’d share my feelings on the night.

Positives

* The light show on the building was amazing, I understand that people were disappointed that it wasn’t a new projection, but from what I understand that one was only previously seen live at a press event, so was new for me. Yes, the tech was a bit dated, but for me, that added to the fact that we were celebrating something that’s been in the parks for ten years.

* The Goodie Bag. We were all given a printed tote bag, a beautiful leather key ring and a programme of the night which I thought was a lovely touch .

* My fellow attendees. Wow! What an amazing turnout of people. Pretty much everyone had made an effort to dress in theme. It was fabulous to see and everyone looked spectacular!

* The actors. Throughout the entire event there were actors walking around. It was sometimes tricky to tell the actors from guests as everyone had made such effort but they were really interactive and fun. All through the queue for the ride you had actors being really earie and creepy, then outside the actors were joining in the dance party and getting everyone going, it was an amazing addition to the fun of the night.

*Photo Location. I was so glad to see a photopass location for the night, a really cool backdrop and actors to pose with as well. This had a short queue for most of the evening. Our photos turned out really well as a fab memento of the event.

* Dance Party. This was a strange one, the music was perfectly fine, a broad range that would suit most people that wanted a dance, but the party was for such a small amount of people that when it kicked off everyone was either waiting to get the LE merch or on the rides. It was lovely to have music playing in the park as we walked around, just a shame it didn’t really work as a ‘dance party’. It may have been more effective if the party had gone on a bit later.

*Rides. I’ll be honest, I only rode ToT. We were able to walk through without queueing, the actors inside were AMAZING and the ride itself was fab as always. If I were a more ride orientated person then I’m sure I’d have taken the opportunity to ride crush a few times without the crazy daytime queues but, I’m not a ride person – so I didn’t 😂

Negatives

* The key debacle. The programme said that a limited edition item was available for sale in the gift shop once the projection finished. Seemed everyone decided to go get that immediately and the shop was MADNESS. It took well over a hour for them to get security in an sort out the mess, by which time there had been much shouting and fighting in the queue. What made matters worse was that we were limited to one per person on the night so you had to go buy them individually. Turns out though that they made more than people attending, so everyone could buy the key from the next day anyway 🙄 This part was incredibly poorly organised and disappointing.

*Food and Drink. The restaurant in Studio One was open for burgers and nuggets etc but that was all. It would have been nice to have had some pop up booths with special snacks/drinks for the night.

*Characters. This was the biggest disappointment for me. I expected to at least see bellhop Goofy at the event if not all the VIPs, but sadly there wasn’t a single character at the event. This was a shame.

Overall, I really enjoyed the event. I don’t think that €38 was too much to pay for it as I had an amazing experience. I have heard a lot of people complain about the price, but honestly, I am unsure what more they could have wanted than what I’ve mentioned above.

If circumstances allow then I will definitely be looking to attend the next AP event mentioned in the email following from this one and I encourage any AP holders to do the same!

Did you go? What did you think?

Alyssa xxx

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Plus Size Disney Wish List 

The availability of Plus Sized Disney clothing is pretty crappy in the UK. This means that I end up spending hours lusting over American sites which have extortionate shipping fees and then on top of that customs fees when the items finally arrive. That being said, it doesn’t stop me doing it and I thought I’d share some of my fave items online at the moment 

Starting with Torrid 


Jack Skellington Dress – Torrid 


Coco Kimono – Torrid


Mickey Raincoat – Torrid


Mickey Leggings – Torrid


Scar T Shirt – Torrid

We had some good news in the UK when EMP UK opened here. This is an app which brings clothing from American stores to the U.K. so we can get clothing from Torrid and Hot Topic without the shipping fees. The prices tend to be higher as a result but that’s to be expected. Unfortunately at the moment the plus size availability is limited so I have only included items that I enjoy which come in a size 26/28 and above – so would fit me! 


Lilo & Stitch Dress – EMP UK


Cinderella Dress – EMP UK


Aladdin Dress – EMP UK

Yours clothing usually have some Disney design Jammies available for the plus size market so that’s nice. Right now I’m loving this cute night dress


Minnie Nightie – Yours Clothing

Etsy has a plethora of amazing companies that make bespoke Disney designs, including t shirts, dresses, cosplays etc … 

I’ve included a few of my faves right now 


 Peter Pan Mermaid Tee – Etsy 


Figment Tee – Etsy


Cheshire Cat Skirt – Etsy

 

Hocus Pocus Tee – Etsy

This little lot would cost me a small fortune to buy … a girl can dream though can’t she?  😂

What are you eyeing up online at the moment?

Alyssa xx  

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Disney Halloween Twitter Gift Exchange

A few weeks ago I saw a tweet from the lovely @kindnesscourage asking if anyone wished to be added to the #DisneyhalloweenGE and I couldn’t resist the urge to get involved as I do like to send a surprise gift! 

Full details of the Halloween gift exchange were shared on Hannah’s blog here but in summary you provided details of your fave Disney characters and films and were added to a list. When purchasing, you had a budget of £10 to create a gift box for a name you would be given on the 2nd October along with details of their fave characters etc. 

We knew that the deadline for posting the boxes was Friday 13th October but as I was away for a week from that date I was excited to get my gift when I returned from holiday! I wasn’t disappointed! 

Upon arriving home today I received this gorgeous package 


From the very lovely @laurenroseh on Twitter! I cannot thank Lauren enough for my beautiful gift. 

I stated that Alice in Wonderland and Ursula were my faves and she bought be a stunning pen and awesome villain socks to cover that. I also got a gorgeous mickey purse and yummy chocolate pumpkin lolly!  

I am so happy and glad I took part in the exchange! Please take a look at the #disneyhalloweenGE to see other gifts sent and received. 

I also encourage you to follow @kindnesscourage on Twitter and her awesome blog for lovely Disney content and fun events like this exchange. 

Do you think the exchange is something you might choose to take part in next year? 

Thank Alyssa xx 

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Plus Size Disney – Princess Leia 

I thought it was about time that I did a Disneybound that wasn’t Dark Side 😂

So, who else would I choose but the fabulous Princess Leia?


White long Sleeve Top – Asos Curve
Grey Jeans – Asos Curve 

Full length Cardigan – EBay 

Boots -Evans 

Leia Bun Earmuffs – Levelupnerdapparel on Etsy 

R2d2 Bag – Loungefly on Amazon 

All items linked were available for sale at the time of this blog post going live. 

I’ve taken a winter approach to this Disneybound, how would you style the iconic Princess Leia?

Lots of Love

Alyssa XX 

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Plus Size Disney – Darth Vader 

Continuing on with my ‘Season of the Force’ inspired Disney Bounds for the plus Size figured amongst us, today is the turn of Darth Vader …


Black Cape Top – Yours Clothing 

Black Jeggings – ASOS Curve 

Patent Black Boots – Simply Be 

Dark Side Ears – Detailed Custom Designs @ Queen Ursula Uk 

Lightsaber Necklace – Rubygirl on Etsy 

Vader Moulded Backpack – Loungefly on Amazon 

I would definitely wear this look … how would you style the dark lord? 

Lots of love

Alyssa xxx 

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Plus Size Disney – Daisy Duck 

The sassiest duck there is, I LOVE Daisy and am super excited about this cute glam look I’ve put together for her. 


Purple Floaty Layered Dress – ASOS Curve 

Pink Glitter Bow headband – Crown and Glory 

Pink Hi Tops – Converse 

Crystal bangle set – love lemonade

Daisy Tote Bag – EBay 

All items linked were available at the time of this blog post going live. 

I think this is the perfect glamorous summer bound, what do you think? 

Lots of Love 

Alyssa XX 

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Disney Plus Size Wish List – USA edition 

Plus Size Disney clothing in the U.K. Is near impossible to find (unless you want Jammies – but who wants to wear Jammies in public?!) so I am addicted to window shopping the US sites. Forever hoping to catch the 50% off international shipping days!

I thought that you might like to see the items I am lusting after at the moment, let’s start with Torrid.


Minnie Mouse bikini top – Torrid 

Minnie Mouse bikini bottoms – Torrid 


Ariel Dress – Torrid 


Snow White Dress – Torrid 


Miss Piggy Tee – Torrid 


Wicked Sweater – Torrid 


💜 Ursula Dress 💜 – Torrid 


OUAT Regina Dress – Torrid 

Now let’s move on to Hot Topic … 


Lilo Dress – Hot Topic 


Baymax Vest Top – Hot Topic 


Belle Rose Dress – Hot Topic 


Cheshire Cat Dress – Hot Topic 


Villains dress – Hot Topic 


Storm Trooper Dress – Hot Topic 

I think that’s more than enough to give you an idea of what’s available!

Both websites offer 50% off international shipping occasionally, if you are signed up to their mailing list then you will be informed when that offer comes around. Please do be aware that you are likely to be hit with customs charges though – which can be just as much as the 50% you saved on shipping! 

What clothing collections are you loving that are available at the moment? 

Lots of Love

Alyssa XX 

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Plus Size Disney – Jessie

Jessie’s cowgirl style is an ideal bound for a cooler park day!

Click the links below to purchase any of these items!

Indigo Skinny Jeans – Evans 

Oversize white boyfriend shirt – SimplyBe

Cowprint Boots – Dollskill 

Horse Rucksack – EBay 

Yellow Flower Collar Clips – Etsy 

Red Felt Hat – Amazon 

All items were available to purchase on the links provided on the day this blog went live. 

I think this is a super cute outfit and would definitely rock this in the parks.

How would you style a Jessie bound?

Lots of Love

Alyssa XX 

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