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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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Etsy Store Update! 

As you probably know by now, I have an Etsy store which you can find here

I’ve started adding some more items to my store including custom Disney ears, hand painted shoes, cushion covers and scarves. 

The newest editions are the custom Disney ears and they’ve proved to be pretty popular so far which is super exciting! I have videos of both my Sleeping Beauty and Snow White bespoke ears available to view – just click the name you want to see!   

To order your own pair you just need to buy using the custom design listing on my Etsy (this secures your place in the queue of orders) then I will contact you to get to work on your design. 

I also have two options for painted shoes! For custom painted children’s shoes, select the children’s option. For adult custom painted shoes, select the adult option. Again, purchasing secures your place in the queue, once you have paid I will contact you with design ideas! 

   
I also have some super sparkly custom crystal shoes! I wore mine at DLP and they got a lot of attention as they are so glittery!! You can buy yours here – this price includes the shoes!! 

  
That’s a quick look around what’s available on my Etsy store! I hope you see something you like 

Lots of love

Alyssa xx 

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Disney shoes!

I just wanted to give you all an update of the latest commissioned pair of shoes that I have finished!

Chip and Dale – Rescue Rangers!

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If you would like to commission a pair of hand painted shoes then please drop me an email at Queen_Ursula@hotmail.com

What do you think of the Rescue Rangers shoes??

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Queen of Hearts

In a change to my usual outfit posts, today I am covering a look that I actually wore on a recent trip to Disneyland Paris!

This is my Plus Size Queen of Hearts Disneybound – I hope you like it!!

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You can find items similar to the ones I wore here …
Red Cardigan – Yours Clothing
Rose Dress – Ebay
Red Tights – Ebay
Necklace – BlackHeart Creatives

I made the playing card flower crown myself and absolutely love the way that it came out.

If you would like me to provide details of my makeup for this look, then please let me know!

This was definitely my fave outfit of my trip, what do you think of my Queen of Hearts style?

Alyssa xxx

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Brand Spotlight – Black Heart Creatives

I love jewellery. I especially love jewellery that can be customised to my exact needs or wants and Black Heart Creatives are a wonderful brand that can do just that!!

The company is the brainchild of the adorable Charlotte. I have had the pleasure of meeting Charlotte at an event we exhibited at together and can say that she is a total sweetheart.

The website has a large collection of designs available to buy ‘off the shelf’ and the collections change fairly regularly. My favourites at the moment are

Dancing Lady Emoji Necklace

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Tickled Pink Flamingo Earrings

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Fries B4 Guys Necklace

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The most amazing thing about BHC for me though is the wonderful bespoke service that Charlotte offers. The website has a gallery of bespoke designs here. If there is something you want made, you just have to drop an email to Charlotte via the website and she’ll work with you to create the item of your dreams!!

I’ve had a few items made myself and plan on having a lot more in the future! My latest necklace is this stunning design which I think I’m going to be wearing A LOT!

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Please do check out Charlotte’s work and buy handmade!!

Alyssa xx

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Silk Painting

Silk painting is one of my absolute favourite crafts to do. It is a challenging painting medium and getting good results can be a bit hit or miss on occasion but I think that’s why I love it so much.

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Silk dye is not a very forgiving material to work with, it takes great precision and accuracy to ensure that any barriers that you have created are entirely water tight and if this has not been done then your design can all leak into each other and create a big blotchy mess ruining hours or work and creativity. Yet I still love to do it!

When silk painting goes right it is one of the most vibrant and effective painting styles you can create. The products that I personally use are all iron fixed and once that has been done can be washed and worn over and over again without compromising the design or vibrancy of what I have created.

My silk painting process starts with designing my product on paper. I have various sized pads that I work with, occasionally I draw the entire design on one large sheet but more often than not, I draw out the individual components and then trace them into the design where I want them. This gives me the flexibility to change designs if I want to and also means that no two designs are exactly the same, which is a factor I really enjoy about my creations.

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Once I have traced the images, I stretch them onto my frames and secure them with silk pins to maintain the resistance and secure them in place without damaging the delicate silk. I then use Pebeo Gutta water based outliner to create the barriers around the outside of the areas that I want to paint with the dye. This product comes in many different colours including a clear design which dissolves when you iron it at the end of the process. Once this has dried (I usually leave it overnight to be safe) you should check that it has gone all of the way through the silk to the other side, this will help to prevent the colours from bleeding when applied.

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Applying the silk dye itself is relatively simple if the outliner has set correctly, you should be able to just load your brush with dye and then place it onto the silk and watch it spread to the barrier. Using water will allow you to play with the opacity of the dye allowing you to create a more smoky effect or more intense colour. The dyes can either be pre-mixed in colours you wish to use or you can do this on the fabric itself for a more dramatic effect. I enjoy using the Pebeo silk paints but am currently experimenting with some other brands which I will feedback about in a further post.

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I will be uploading a brief picture tutorial of my silk painting from start to finish in the coming weeks, I just need to take the time to photograph the entire process from start to finish first!

I have included some pictures of some of my finished designs, what do you think?

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They are mostly available to buy in my Etsy store, I also offer a bespoke design service so please do get in contact with me if you would like to order the design of your dreams!

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What is your favourite craft?

Do you have a store I can visit? I always love to support other artists.

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Minnie Mouse

I decided to do a pink Minnie Mouse look because I fell in love with this dress from Polka Dot Polly!

If you’re not familiar with polka dot Polly it’s an amazing site where the super talented owner makes dresses to your measurements!!

So, here’s my Minnie 😉

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Dress – polka dot Polly
Shoes – Simply Be
Bow – Etsy
Bag – Zatchels

Again, I would definitely wear this outfit!

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Blue Aurora

Make it Blue!!

I prefer Princess Aurora in her blue dress so thought I’d do a little outfit post!

All these items are available to buy online now! Click the links to buy!

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Dress – ASOS
Necklace – Tatty Devine
Castle Bag – Etsy
Shoes – Evans

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust

I’ve added another brand new hand painted tote bag design to my Etsy store today.

Tinkerbell was a very popular request when I asked what my friends on Instagram would like to see next, so here she is!

Faith, Trust and Pixie Dust is live now.

I can add either a name or a quote as part of the price and this bag includes both glitter and crystals!!

You can buy your own one here

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What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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