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Plus Size Disney – EMP Review

Hey Friends!

We have previously discussed how Plus Size Disney clothing is limited in the U.K. and how annoying this is, especially as customs charges are so high to ship from the US.

Well, over the past few months EMP have made a huge impact on the Disney online community as a company offering Disney clothes from American brands like Hot Topic and Torrid in the U.K and the best news is that those shops make clothes for fatties!

Having now placed a few orders with EMP I wanted to share my experience, so hopefully other Plus Size shoppers can get an idea what they need to look out for when buying from EMP.

The primary shops that EMP offer plus size Disney clothing from are Torrid and Hot Topic. Now, both of these shops do offer plus sizes, however, Hot Topic is Plus Size Junior/ Girls which is a slightly smaller measurement and definitely a different cut than the Torrid range which is standard US plus size.

Below are the two sizing charts of those stores …

Hot Topic sizing Chart

Torrid Size Chart

As you can see there aren’t huge differences in sizes, but the fact that Hot Topic only offer bust sizes in their size 6 shows that they stop making dresses and trousers at a size 5XL. Also, as I said above, I find the cut of Hot Topic items to be slightly different and I think this is because it is aimed at a more ‘teen’ market.

EMP However, offer sizing up to a 7XL – of this very same clothing! The EMP size chart differs once again!

EMP Size Chart

So, for comparison on EMP a size 7XL bust measures 53inches – 55.5inches … which is considerably less than a 6X in Torrid or Hot Topic 😱

Basically, the EMP size guide is rubbish. I have purchased multiple items from the site in sizes 6XL and 7XL which have the same measurements as a 6XL on Torrid! Sooo … working out the plus sizing is a little hit and miss.

The vast majority of items on EMP are still live on the other websites, I find that it is best to compare between the sites and try to work out what sizing you would be from that. If it’s a Torrid item, the 7XL on EMP is usually a 6XL on Torrid, so you can work back from there to figure out your size.

Another issue I have with the website and app is that it’s not easy to find the plus size Disney clothing. The ‘plus size’ search is RUBBISH! Don’t bother using it. I follow this route to search from the home page …

Categories > Women > Clothing > Show all Products > Filtering and Sorting > Size > select 6XL and 7XL ( for my personal size preferences) > Finish > Apply

It’s pretty long winded but it’s the only way I’ve found that works!

I have purchased quite a few items from the EMP app and have been happy with them all. I knew I would be as the quality from Torrid has always been something I have been happy with. I’ve mostly purchased casual/ chilled clothing so far though so don’t have any photos of me in any of it 😂

Instead, here is my current wish list from EMP of items available in my size

Alice floral blue Dress

Tropical Lilo & Stitch shirt

Snow White kimono

Wonderland Tee

I would order each of these in a size 7XL to allow for my chest, but do sometimes find I could have purchased a 6XL.

Do you have your eye on anything at EMP at the moment? Have you had similar issues with the sizing charts?

With Love

Alyssa xx

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A Plus Size Perspective -Disneyland Paris Resort. Part Two

Hello Friends!

Welcome back and thank you for joining me again if you are doing so on the back of my last blog post about this topic!

Today’s post will mostly be covering rides. Now, I’m not the biggest fan of rides, I have the ones I love to do (Phantom Manor and ToT are my faves) but rides are not my priority on a Disney Trip. Having said that, I have been going to DLP long enough to know which rides do and do not work for fatties, so let’s hop to it!

Disneyland Park

Town Square/Main Street/The Hub

There are often vehicles and horse drawn carriages available to hop on to take you up and down Main Street. The majority of these vehicles have a step up to get into them and then a wooden benchseating system, I have been on a couple of these and had no issue at all with getting on/off or the seating so I’d say they’re all pretty fat friendly.

Disneyland Railroad is accessible from Town Square and then each and every land throughout the Disneyland Park. There are stairs to the platform in Town Square but there is also a lift if you have mobility issues with staircases. The seats are very comfortable on the train and although it often has long wait times is a cute and comfortable way to travel between lands or do a tour of the park.

Le Chateau de la Belle au Bois Dormant/La Taniere du Dragon

These are both walk though attractions, to see the sleeping beauty story in the stained glass windows you have to go up a small staircase, it isn’t many stairs and they are fairly wide. I can use them no problems.

The dragon is under the castle and has step free access from the side, again this is a walk through attraction. Please be aware that it is very dark, if (like me) you have very light sensitive eyes then you may find in the brighter months you struggle to see for some time while your eyes adjust to the darkness.

Discoveryland

Buzz Lightyear laser blast – The turnstiles for getting into the queue line for this ride are the biggest issue, they are tiny. I am able to do them if I stand on tippytoes and go through sideways – you can ask the CM at the front to let you through the gated entrance though. The ride vehicle is big enough for both me and my partner so there are no issues with that whatsoever.

Orbitron – The rockets on this ride are very small, my sister is a size 16 and her and my niece fitted but she said that the vehicles are very small and I wouldn’t have fit in them. Not such a bad thing as she said all the going round in circles fast made her feel a bit sick anyway 😂

Autopia – The cars on this ride are all perfectly fine for people of size, I had no problems fitting into one when we took my nieces.

Space Mountain – This is a firm no. The coasters which have over the head seatbelts mechanisms in DLP are not designed for people with large chests. I believe that the maximum chest width is 50″ but cannot find anything to support that, it may have just been what I was told. I have also been advised that Plus Size/muscular or wide shouldered men on the taller side may have issues with this ride too.

Star Tours – This is a simulator with chairs and a lap seatbelt. I have no issues at all with fitting on this ride … I just can’t deal with the motion sickness afterwards 😂

Fantasyland

Small World – large boats with bench type seating, they allow you to say how many will be sitting on each bench so I usually make the party split so I feel more comfortable the boat is balanced (that’s just my paranoia though as I have done it with 4 of us in the front row squished in like sardines with no issues too – that’s a story for another time though) This is a ride that you have to step down into and step back out of as well.

Mad Hatters Tea Cups – This is a seated spinning ride, the actual hole that you get into the cup through is really small and a bit of a squeeze but once inside it’s snug but not uncomfortable for me. Handy tip, if going on with a child, hold the middle to prevent them spinning it so much you end up feeling sick 🤣

Carousel – The horses involve a reasonably high step up and you need to be able to hook your leg over the back of the horse, adults do not need to wear the safety straps though (they definitely wouldn’t fit me) if you are worried about the transfer on to the horse there are carriages that you can ride in too.

Alice’s Curious Labyrinth – This is a standard walk around maze, there are some smaller doors you can go through in the maze part but I have never had any issues with any part of this attraction. The end allows you to go up the Queen of Hearts tower, the steps are narrow and steep but the view at the top is amazing. I only tend to do this on less busy days as it can be tricky passing people in the stairwells of the castle when you are larger and there aren’t many crossing points.

Les Voyages des Pinocchio – Wooden bench style ride vehicles with a lap bar that comes down. I fit in these absolutely fine, what I would say as with all of these type rides is if you are going on with a small child the bar will be too high for them so I do not do these kind of rides with my nieces for that reason.

Blanche neige (Snow White) et les sept Naine – Wooden bench style ride vehicles with a lap bar that comes down. I fit in these absolutely fine, what I would say as with all of these type rides is if you are going on with a small child the bar will be too high for them so I do not do these kind of rides with my nieces for that reason.

Peter Pans Flight – The flying boats are suspended from the ceiling, they are a bench style seat once again with a bar across you. I fit in these absolutely fine, what I would say as with all of these type rides is if you are going on with a small child the bar will be too high for them so I do not do these kind of rides with my nieces for that reason.

Dumbo – I have no issue fitting into the elephants for this ride and they still go up and down with my weight

Casey Jnr – I have not ridden this, so I have no idea if I will fit to be honest. The carriages don’t look particularly small though.

Le Pays des Contes de Fèes – These boats have plenty of room, again bench style seats and you do need to be able to step down and out of the boats to access.

Adventureland

Pirates of the Caribbean – The boats are similar in designs and accessibility as small world. They are wide bench style seats which you need to be able to step down into and up out of. Please be aware that it is very dark in the queue area, if (like me) you have very light sensitive eyes then you may find in the brighter months you struggle to see for some time while your eyes adjust to the darkness.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril – This is another rollercoaster with an overhead seatbelt system, so I am unable to do this ride.

La Cabane des Robinsons – The Robinson’s treehouse looks lovely from a distance and I’ve been underneath it, but frankly I do not fancy walking up all those steps to see the top. I’m assured that it’s not too bad as they aren’t steep and that the view is worth it, but it’s not something I can be bothered to do 🙈

Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage – This is a walk through attraction, it’s cute and accessible to everyone.

Frontierland

Big Thunder Mountain – The wildest ride in the wilderness! The seats on this ride are bench style with a pull down bar, myself and my partner fit in this ride together fine, I have even ridden this wearing my huge petticoat underskirt and still fit ok.

Phantom Manor – The doom buggy’s are nice and wide and have a pull down bar which stops no where near your body so this ride has loads of room. It’s also one of my faves 💜

Molly Brown – huge boat that you can wander around or sit on while it floats around the lagoon. No access issues at all.

Walt Disney Studios

Flying Carpets over Agrabah – Ride vehicles are plenty large enough for me, similar to dumbo sizing.

Crush’s Coaster – I haven’t tried this ride as I was advised by the cast member at the front that it was unlikely I would fit in the vehicle and nobody wants to wait as long as the crush’s coaster queue just to not fit at the end of it 😂 . I understand that it is a tight lap bar. My friend is a size 22 and quite tall, she said she struggled with this ride but fit with help from a CM forcing the bar down.

Cars Rallye – The back seat of this ride is larger than the front. I can fit in this if I sit in the back and my nieces sit in the front. This ride makes me feel a bit sick though 😂

Ratatouille – wide bench seats in your rat-mobile I found that I fit easily, bar comes down over you. The CMs usually notice you are larger and don’t add a single rider with you, if they do then I can be a little snug, but not unbearable.

Toy Soldiers Parachute drop – this ride is fine, has a lap belt and a bar that comes down. The bar was tight on my legs and stomach but fitted over me, I didn’t find this comfortable though and wouldn’t do it again.

Slinky Dog – I haven’t actually tried this to know, the vehicles don’t look particularly small though. I would try it but my nieces didn’t want to queue for it so I wasn’t going to do it on my own. 😂

RC Racer – This is an overhead seat belt which I cannot fit in. There is a plus size seat in the front row which has a blue headrest to identify it. This chair is used for anyone who may need more room so you may have to wait longer for it.

Tower of Terror – very narrow turnstiles again like buzz. If you go up in the lift to the right there are less steps once you come out, the lift to the left has a few flights of stairs to walk up to get to your lift. Once on the ride there is a lap belt which fits me with plenty of room to spare … word of warning about TOT it would appear the larger you are the more ‘air’ you get in the drops! I come out of my seat to full extension of the seat belt 😂

Armageddon – This is a walk through attraction so is accessible to all.

Rock and Rollercoaster – This is an overhead safety harness so once again I am unable to ride this rollercoaster because of my chest.

I have found that the cast members are super helpful on the rides, so if you are at all unsure whether you will fit then please ask them and they will advise you accordingly.

Well, that was another long blog post so it looks like there will be a Part Three. I will cover Plus Size shopping at DLP, The Disney Village and Access to shows and parades as well as any other little tidbits I can think of 😊

Thanks so much for sticking with me on this blog and for all the lovely messages on Twitter about the first part – I’m glad people are finding it useful

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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Plus size Disney – All my outfits from my last trip.

Hello Friends!

I am often asked about my outfits both when and I am in the parks and when I get back and post photos. So, I thought it might be a good idea to share my Disney trip wardrobe rundowns in a blog when I get back. (Sorry this one is excessively late)

We arrived on the Friday lunchtime and didn’t actually go into the parks until the evening event. The event we were attending was the Hollywood Tower of Terror 10th anniversary party which was specifically for Annual Passholders. When it was announced that we could attend in 1930s fancy dress, I couldn’t resist! I made myself an off the shoulder floor length navy sequin gown and Mark wore a dinner suit with a mickey bow tie and cummerbund. (A full review of the night is in an earlier blog post)

Saturday was my Pirates day! I knew that the Pirates and Princess season was starting this weekend and decided to support the pirates team with my outfit this day! I made this dress and ears with pirate themed fabric I purchased on eBay

With my pirate (close up of ears)

Easter Sunday is always my fave Disney day of the year, For as long as I can remember Easter Sunday brunch is Alice in Wonderland themed! This means all my fave characters and usually my Cheshire Cat makes an appearance too 😍

This year I decided to wear my Queen if Hearts themed dress from Be Ba Go the interaction from characters was amazing. I had the best day!

Finally on the Monday Mark and I decided to wear our Muppets outfits. My dress and Mark’s shirt were made by the lovely Kaz at Frockasaurus and I made the ears to match myself

I hope you have enjoyed seeing what I wore on my latest trip! What was your fave one?

I will be back tomorrow with part 2 of my Plus Size at DLP blog.

Thanks for Stopping by!

Alyssa xx

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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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Plus Size Disney – Dumbo 

It’s been a while since I’ve done any Plus Size Disneybound looks but I am hoping to re-ignite my blog so here goes! 

All items links and prices were correct at date of this blog post going live 


Grey Crushed Velvet Jacket  – Evans 

Don’t just fly T-Shirt – Redbubble 

Red and Yellow beaded Necklace – John Green 

Dark Grey Ripped Jeans – Yours Clothing 

Feather brooch – Debenhams 

Silver Glitter Trainers – New Look 

I love this cozy grey toned look with a pop of colour in the necklace and would totally rock this on cooler park days. 

Lots of Love

Alyssa xxx 

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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 – Boba Fett

Are you as excited about Season of the Force at Disneyland Paris as I am? 

I’m currently Outfit planning and putting together some ideas for Star Wars bounds so I thought I’d share some with you! 


Necklace – Retro Styler
Jumpsuit – Ax Paris Simply Be 

Belt – Love Ya Ya on Etsy 

Khaki Cardigan – Asos Curve 

1460 Dr Martens – Dr Marten 

How would you style a Boba Fett look? 

Lots of Love 

Alyssa XX 

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Plus Size Disney – Belle

I am aiming to do a blog a day during the month of May! 

Today I have created a classic Belle look from items that are available for sale online – Right now!   

All items are linked below!

Dress – Asos Curve (Up to a UK 24) 

Bag – Filcant on Etsy 

Shoes – Evans (Up to a UK size 10EEE) 

Yellow Pearl Earrings – Ebay 

I included flat shoes as I think this would make a beautiful Dapper Day outfit in the parks & Disneyland Paris has one coming up!! 

If you want to create a DisneyBound look & would like themed ears, then you can request custom designs in my Etsy store here

Don’t forget, if you recreate any looks, please do let me know! I’m @Queen_Ursula_UK on Twitter and would love to hear from you! 

Lots of Love

Alyssa xx 

  

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Plus Size Disney – Drizella Tremaine

Final day of the Cinderella Villains today and it’s timr for the 2nd ugly sister Drizella to get a plus size fashion makeover.

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Everything listed is available to buy online, just click the links below.

Lime dress – ASOS curve
Teal Cardigan – Yours Clothing
Shoes – Mel @ Cloggs
Bow – Etsy

What do you think?

Alyssa xx

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Disneyland Paris Fatshion

I have mentioned previously that my trip to Disneyland Paris this year was one of the best and most inspiration trips of my life thus far. I genuinely had the most amazing time and got to hang out with some of the loveliest people while I was there – which was a huge bonus too!

Before I went, I spent hours online searching for the perfect outfits to wear in the park. I’d been warned that I would need comfortable footwear (advice I chose to ignore and regretted doing so – Disney feet are evil. Fact.) and that I should bring jeans (again, advice I ignored but I didn’t regret this choice!) and comfy clothing. Now, I’m not really a comfy clothing kind of girl. I understand that for many people clothes are just something that have to be worn, they choose not to put much thought into them and good for them if that’s their choice. This fat girl however, likes to look good and so clothes are a very important part of my life.

I already had some Disney park ears that I had either brought online or had brought for me as gifts (I really do have the best friends a girl could wish for) and decided that I would co-ordinate what I was going to wear with them.

I arrived quite late in the day to the park so didn’t have long to explore before dinner on the first day, this meant that I didn’t change out of my travelling clothes – so no ears were worn on the first day! I did however wear a gorgeous dress from Yours Clothing (sadly, no longer available) which is covered in teeny tiny multi-coloured hearts. Turns out this was the perfect choice as I wandered around the Alice in Wonderland maze and had my photo taken with the queen of hearts!

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I knew that I was wearing red and black the next day and didn’t have ears to match that outfit, so on the way back to the hotel I brought myself some lush black and red sequinned Minnie ears so I was co-ordinated to the max!

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The dress that I wore was from ASOS Curve (sadly, no longer available either) and I teamed it with TU leggings and my red leopard print converse hi tops that I brought in Office – ok, I did take one pair of sensible shoes.

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I had such a fun day, met loads of characters and even bumped into the Tweedles which was A-MA-ZING! I kind of regret wearing this top as the shapelessness of it makes me look way more massive than I actually am, but I was comfortable all day and co-ordinated so I can’t complain too much.

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My outfits got progressively more ridiculous from this point. I was visiting the studios on the 3rd day and decided that was when I was going to smash out the Ursula Ears …. Can we just take a moment to admire how amazing they are ….

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*Sigh* So in love with these ears.

Now, obviously if you’re rocking out some villain ears you can’t be wearing a pretty floaty summer dress, you need to make some impact and judging by some of the strange looks I got walking around that day, I think that my pleather dress and studded boots combination did just that.

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The dress was from AX Paris at Simply Be (no longer available) the shrug is from Yours Clothing, the leggings are from TU, the boots are Joe Browns at Simply be and my bag is from Zatchels.

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This was by far my favourite day. Once again, that is controversial to say as I spent the majority of it in the studios and I know that not everyone likes them but I really enjoyed everything there. The stars in cars parade with the impromptu meet and greet afterwards was awesome – here I met Ariel, Elvis Stitch and I hula danced with Lilo … how blooming amazing is that?

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I loved the Animagique show, the live art section where you can join in and learn to draw characters, the storyboard of the development of Ursula, the toy story area and peering over the wall at the Ratatouille area being built!! SO much excitement!

Day Four brought my most ridiculous outfit of the trip with it, I had brought some leopard print Animal Kingdom ears online and decided to go all out leopard for my final whole day in the park. The dress is from Yours Clothing (no longer available) and is the love of my life. The fit and design of this dress is amazing, it makes me so happy I could burst. I teamed it with a black Tutu underskirt from Domino Dollhouse, Tu Leggings (do you get the feeling I only buy leggings from one place?) and my oxblood red studded boots from Simply Be.

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This is the day that I met the most adorable princess stalkers in the queue for tickets to meet a princess. Although I was disappointed that I met Ariel again, especially as Tiana was in the other room! I also watched the Spring Fever parade for the zillionth time in 3 days and danced and sang along with everyone in the sunshine.

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My entire stay was magical, and made me a very happy girl. The Dreams show every night was an emotional and dramatic end to a day of wonder, happiness and excitement before traipsing off back to my hotel and collapsing into my big comfy bed!

One of the most surprisingly excellent aspects of my DLP experience was the food, I ate in the most incredible places and was taken by surprise by how amazing the dining is. I will do a separate post about this on it’s own though as I have waffled enough for now!

Have you been to DLP?

Did you love it as much as I did?

What did you wear?

Alyssa xx

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