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Pirates and Princesses – My thoughts on DLP Spring season 2018

Are you a Princess? Are you a Pirate?

Be prepared to make that choice a lot during the Spring season at Disneyland Paris this year!

Festival of Pirates and Princesses runs from 31st March until the 31st May 2018. I was lucky enough to experience the opening weekend of this lively new season so thought I’d give you all a run down of my thoughts!

Let’s run through a day in the Pirate and Princess schedule …

So, What’s new?

  • The Pirates vs Princess Parade/Show “Disney Pirate or Princess – Make your choice” which runs 4 times per day.
  • The Princess Promenade with Elena of Avalor and Sophia the First which runs 4 times per day.
  • Hoist the flag Mateys with Captain Jack Sparrow which runs 6 times per day.

The not so new …

  • Mickey presents – Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris which runs twice a day
  • Meet and Greets with characters throughout the Park and various locations
  • Disney Stars on Parade which runs daily at 5pm and
  • Disney Illuminations Which is at park closing daily.

Positives

  • The Spring Season is back with gusto at Disneyland Paris!! A fully interactive day packed full of fun, colour, music and entertainment is what you can expect from this season if you are attending . The atmosphere throughout the park when so many shows are happening during the day is electric, with the entire parade route being used as well as the castle stage and the hub – there is always something to see.
  • ‘Disney Pirate or Princess – Make your choice’ – WHAT A SHOW! This parade has everything you could want from a Disney show; Beautiful colourful floats, Princesses, Pirates, Mermaid Ariel 💜, dance routines, live singing, acrobatics, audience interaction, amazing costumes, Prince Mickey, Pirate Minnie … it is AMAZING. There are three key places to watch this parade. Each team stop and perform a brief show on the way into the Hub, the team heading down from Small World stop at the castle stage and the team heading up from Town Square stop on Main Street. The team in each location alternates each show. The floats then head into the hub where the teams then do dance routines on the stages. Please be aware, whilst the centre of the hub is an amazing viewpoint for all the stages, you cannot get out of the hub until the parade has moved on. This show/parade was by far my highlight of the season, I could easily watch all 4 shows every day and see something different each time.
  • The Princess Promenade is cute, it confuses me slightly why they are not included in the parade as Jake the pirate has been incorporated into the pirates section of the show, but their dance through the park is well received and the younger children seemed to really enjoy seeing them out as they are rarer characters that are aimed at the younger audience.
  • I personally loved that despite having so many shows throughout the day in the theme of the season, they have still kept 2 showings of the Happy Anniversary show. I love this show on the castle stage and even though I’ve seen it many time I still watched it this trip because I love it!
  • Seasonal treats have been released, one of my friends sampled the Princess cupcake and said it was delicious, there is also a Pirates version. Other seasonal releases include the Cinderella carriage popcorn bucket, a Princess candy apple and Princess vs Pirate ice cream cones! I do love themed treats!

Negatives

  • Hoist the flags mateys … well, I’m not sure if it was opening weekend teething issues but what a shambles. There is limited access for viewing each show and frankly what you do see isn’t worth the bun fight to get a spot in my opinion. However, this was my only disappointment of the season.

In summary …

I went into this season expecting to hate it because it was replacing my beloved Swing into Spring, but was pleasantly surprised how much I actually loved it.

For me, Pirates and Princesses is taking Spring back to where it was a few years ago in DLP, a vibrant engaging season which keeps you entertained throughout the park all day long.

Bravo to the wonderful entertainment team who make these shows so high energy and engaging. It’s impossible to cast compliment the entire show/parade crew and performers but they are the guys that provide the magic of bringing the season to life.

Keep up the good work DLP, if the Marvel Summer Of Super Heroes is a patch on this season then we have lots of magic to look forward to!

Much Love

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Pocahontas

Being from Gravesend, which is where Pocahontas died and was originally buried, I thought I should do a plus size outfit post inspired by her today.

Everything that I have linked is on sale right now, so click on the links if you see anything you like!

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Dress – ASOS curve
Necklace – New Look
Shoes – Evans
Bag – Monsoon

Such a cute floaty boho chic look, do you agree?

Alyssa xx

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Ursula

When I grow up, I want to be Ursula.

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I have loved the Little Mermaid since it was released in the UK in 1989. Even way back then I had more of a love for the villains than the princesses and this is where my love affair with Ursula began. I’ve always been more drawn to strong and vibrant characters and for me, the princesses haven’t ever been that until recently.

When I visited Disneyland Paris recently I was fortunate enough to see the display of the concept art of Ursula in the Disneyland Paris Studios. The designs varied quite greatly between artists but both myself and the friend that I was with at the time agreed that the final character was by far the best of the options.

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I was pleased that the day we visited the studios was the day that I decided to wear my Ursula themed outfit with my fabulous Ursula ears from the Disney villain ear collection that was released a couple of years ago. I will do a separate post about my Disney outfits as they were a *bit* outrageous in comparison to the jeans and t shirts that majority of the other guests were wearing.

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I have attended one fancy dress party as Ursula and whilst I was relatively pleased with the results at the time, I have since started working on a costume for myself that will knock my initial attempt out of the water. I have no event to go to wearing this new costume, but it was something that I wanted to make for myself and has been a work in progress for some time. I am confident that the end result will be something spectacular, my dream would be to attend a Disneyland Halloween party in it – the opportunity to wear fancy dress into the park for an evening would be my dream come true …. Sadly I still need to find that millionaire ….

I think that Ursula is somewhat of an icon in the plus sized community, she’s a strong and powerful woman that definitely embraces her curves. Who can forget that iconic “and don’t underestimate the importance of body language” wiggle during ‘Poor Unfortunate Souls’ that certainly gets me cheering and wishing I had a large round voluptuous bottom instead of a thutt! She makes no apologies for who she is and is certainly a commanding presence in every scene she appears in.

I hope this goes a bit towards explaining why my Etsy store is called QueenUrsulaUK and that you can understand a bit more about my love for this amazing character.

Who is your favourite Disney Character?

Are you a Princess or Villain fan?

Until tomorrow Poopsies!

Alyssa xx

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Plus Size Disney – Tiana

Elegant, vivacious, determined, independant and hardworking – Tiana is a princess for the modern age.

I love the styling of the characters in The Princess and the frog so thought I’d have a bash at bringing Tiana up to date with what’s available in the plus size market, right now!

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Dress – Simply Be
Hair Ornament – Etsy
Shoes and Bag – ASOS

Is this how you would style Tiana with what’s available now?

Alyssa xx

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