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Disneyland Paris Inaugural FANDAZE – Character Madness Exclusive package review

Hello Friends!

Thanks for joining me again to hear my thoughts on the inaugural Fandaze Party and the packages offered as part of it at Disneyland Paris.

In this review, I am going to do a full review of the Character Madness Exclusive Package and what was included in the cost.

The Character Madness Exclusive Package was advertised as

Can you imagine our excitement when we managed to secure one of those coveted 16 places? We were over the moon, as was the lovely lady who booked our package as she couldn’t quite believe we had managed to bag 3 of the places either!

When we asked we were told that the 16 packages were individuals, so our group would only have 13 more people in it to give us the maximum experience possible in our package … but more about that later.

Mark and I decided to allow the other member of our party to enjoy the Santa Fe room we booked as part of the package and we booked a room in the DLH separately on the buy 2 nights get 2 nights free offer which worked out a really good deal.

Checking in

We had a booking for a party of 3 staying at the Santa Fe as part of our package. Early on Saturday morning (pre 7am) one member of our party was able to check us all in and receive the packs for our Fandaze package.

Inside this pack were 3 tickets to collect our package from the dome and 3 tickets to collect our Fandaze photopass from any of the shop locations listed.

This was all very straightforward and hassle free for us.

Collecting our Package

While one member of our party checked in, the rest of us waited in queue early for the 8am opening of the dome to collect our package information. We arrived at just gone 7am and were the first in line, other guests started arriving around 7:20am and a queue formed behind us very quickly after that. The doors didn’t open until around 8:10am and we were then held in a queue inside for a further 15 minutes before we were seen as they were still not ready.

Once inside, only the lead name was required to show ID despite being told the entire party would need to be present. The initial desk we were sent to weren’t aware of our package, we were then sent to a second desk area where we collected our package.

Inside this package was a party map, our lanyard, pin and a card detailing our package meet and greet times and our weekend schedule.

The organisation of the collection of this information was OK, but realistically could have been done at check in at the hotels for people with packages. It wasn’t convenient to take time away from our park enjoyment, or in our case sleep enjoyment as we decided to go early, when all of the information they needed is already provided to check into the hotels.

So, to improve this process next year, I would highly recommend that stand alone tickets are collected from the dome. However, anyone that has spent the extra money on a package should have the convenience of being able to collect their pack at check in.

Fandaze Party Night

The queue system outside the park was good, as Package holders we were given priority entrance … sadly this was entirely pointless! See my previous blog for details.

This was the extent of perks for people with packages on the night aside from our exclusive meet and play that I will come on to shortly. We did not get fast passed any queues or allowed through first because we had packages despite anything that has been reported on social media. We waited in line like everyone else, the entire duration of the party.

Meet and play pre-farewell parade with Disney Fandaze VIP characters

This was at 1am and had a 30 minute time slot, we were so excited! 16 people meant we would have at least a couple of minutes each to get photos and group shots and actually have time to ‘play’ with the characters.

This is where we discovered that it was not 16 people. It was 16 groups, so our expectations of a cozy meet up was actually 37 people scrambling to take photos.

The characters were initially in couples having photos taken, Mark and I didn’t manage to get photos with all the pairs and I shouldn’t imagine all the group did. We did get a couple though.

As the meet was nearing the end they realised they needed to bring all the VIPs together to enable everyone to get a photo with them all. This should have been done from the start and any time left over once everyone had a group shot should have been allocated do individual and couple shots. I do hope that everyone managed to get a group shot like we did

This meet was poorly organised and could have been managed much better. Having said that, I got the shots I wanted and have them to treasure forever so It was a success for me, I just felt like I had to push my way through to get it.

This was the end of our package experience for the actual Fandaze Party, our remaining perks were scheduled for the next day.

Sunday 3rd June 2018

Character encounters with Mickey and Minnie

We had been allocated a 10:30am time slot for this meet, which was a bit of a struggle to get up for after a 3:30am bedtime! We met at the Disney jnr ride and were pleased to see it was a far smaller group this morning.

Once inside we were greeted by the happiest and most enthusiastic group of cast members and photopass photographers, it was amazing!!! We went through and had photos individually and then hung back while everyone else had there’s .. and then left. There was still 15mins left of the set & we were told we could have as many photos as we wanted! So we had group shots and couples and some funny shots and generally just had fun with the main mice!

This encounter was excellent, I really enjoyed it. It was definitely a highlight of the package.

Sunday Brunch with 8 VIPs in exclusive outfits.

Now we love a brunch, if our trip falls over a Sunday we will always do the brunch and have even been known to do a one night stop over for a theme we like. We usually spend the entire 3 hours allowed for brunch at our table to enable maximum engagement with the characters and a leisurely un-rushed meal.

When we saw that we only had a 2 hour allocation for brunch before our next meeting we had concerns as that really only left us 1 hour and 45 mins to get everything done.

Brunch for the event was in the California Grill. We were sat in wine room at the top, right next to the doors through to inventions. There were 4 tables in our room.

Fortunately we were a group of 3 so were allocated a table for 4. If you were a table for 2, you were paired up with strangers for your meal as there weren’t enough 2 person tables. This wouldn’t bother me, but other guests were voicing that it made them uncomfortable.

The brunch was for both exclusive and premium character madness packages. Everyone was seated at the same time, despite the fact that the exclusive packages had to leave before the end to get to their next appointment. Exclusive packages should have been priority seating to allow enough time to meet all the characters and eat enough food.

The food was not to the usual standard I expect at inventions brunch. It was being carried through from the normal restaurant and was at most warm when we got to it. The selection wasn’t as wide as the counter space was far smaller and in all was just a disappointment. It’s the first time I’ve come out of a brunch feeling like I hadn’t had enough to eat due to the lack of time and selection.

During the first 40 minutes we didn’t see a single character, after speaking to an ACC it turned out that they didn’t know that there were guests in the room we were in. This meant that we started to get them coming to us, sometimes in quick succession so we got some combination photos.

Sadly Mickey didn’t make it to us before we had to leave, so this was the best photo I could get of him.

Considering the amount we paid for our package, it shouldn’t have been like this. The characters should have been easily accessible to us all during the brunch, especially considering the limited time we had allocated to meet them all before our next appointment.

Private encounter with 2 special VIP characters

We ran over from inventions to studios for our next meet. We entered the room to be greeted by the same photo pass photographer and ACC group we had in the morning meet and that made it even better!! We had SO much fun!

The same as the morning meet, people were coming in, having photos and leaving, so we hung around until the end again to get lots and lots of amazing shots!!

This encounter was really amazing. Meeting Ortensia in her first ever park appearance and Oswald who has only been to DLP a handful of times was truly special. So thank you to Fandaze for giving us that privilege.

I loved everything that we got to do as part of our package and do think it was worth the money. There are things I would change and improvements that could have been made, but I will talk about that more in a future blog.

Would I do Fandaze again? Yes, I’m a heartbeat. Would I do the same package again? That very much depends on whether changes are made. If Characters Fandaze outfits remain the same and if the brunch isn’t extended then possibly not, but I’d have to look into it when the information is released.

My next blog will be my thoughts on how Disneyland Paris could improve Fandaze and what I would do differently.

Lots of Love

Alyssa xx

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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 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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January Disney Wish List 

January is the poorest of months for most people who celebrate Christmas. Obviously, this means that it’s also the month I am most likely to find everything I want, but can’t afford! 

So here is what I am lusting after at the moment … Disney Style! 


Star Wars Storm Trooper Purse – The Disney Store £9.99 in the sale! 


MUPPETS Haunted Mansion style print –  Redbubble 


Minnie Mouse Jammies – ASOS curve 


Ursula Phone Case – Redbubble 
Villains Phone Case – Redbubble 


Spaceship Earth Dress – Kawiianpizzaapparel On Etsy 


Alice in Wonderland Door Knob – Propsculptor on Etsy 


Alice Fabric – Frumble 


Ursula Inspired Stack Rings – thefinejewelleryco 


Alice in Wonderland Scarf – Redbubble 

I’ve stuck to items available in the UK as I keep getting stung with customs charges when I shop abroad! 

It may be a bit Alice and Ursula heavy, but let’s face it – it was always going to be! Haha! 

What are you lusting after at the moment?

Lots of Love

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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Inspiration

I go through phases creatively and can often flit from project to project when I am not wholeheartedly inspired. However, since visiting Disneyland Paris for the Swing into Spring festivities in April this year I have been overflowing with creativity and loving every minute of it.

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One of my favourite attractions at Disneyland Paris was the Alice in Wonderland Maze. Now, I know that this attraction isn’t for everyone and I know that it could do with some work and a lick of paint here and there, but I loved it. Alice in Wonderland has been one of my favourite books and films since I was young and I actually skipped around the maze singing ‘We’re painting the roses red’ and behaved like a giddy child which was fabulous!

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The Giant Cheshire Cat face with the spinning eyes in the flowerbed is so lovely, the mad hatters chairs for photos are awesome and the view from the top of the castle was pretty incredible too.

If you have taken the time to look at my Etsy store you will see that all of the items listed at the moment are Disney themed.

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The majority of these are hand painted silk designs from scarves to pillow cases and I am working on a few new bits at the moment that will be uploaded when I finish them. I am particularly proud of the Cheshire Cat silk cushion cover that I painted all by hand, it turned out way better than I expected it to and I just love the effect of the writing on the back of it as it means it can be displayed either way.

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When you are a creative person, being really inspired is like having a new love, you eat, sleep and drink ideas and probably bore your friends to tears with the fact that everything that comes out of your mouth is about what you’re working on currently or what you’re planning to do next. I find myself spamming all of my social media with pictures and links I’ve found that inspire me and though I know it’s boring to most people – I can’t stop!

The reason I actually started my Etsy store is to save the money to get back to Disneyland next year. It was such an amazing experience that I am hooked and want to do it again. Sadly, having not found a millionaire boyfriend yet, I need to make the money myself. I’m hoping that people with love what I’m doing as much as I love making it and help me find my way back to my inspirational home by buying what I’ve made.

What is your inspiration?

Alyssa xx

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For the love of Etsy …

Have you visited Etsy yet?

Are you as hooked as I am?

What is Etsy?

It is basically a marketplace for creative and imaginative minds that make the most bizarre and incredible designs and is my idea of heaven. I spend hours upon hours searching different key words and browsing through shops of wonder and have even brought myself some awesome pieces on there.

As a little introduction to those of you that may be new to Etsy, I thought that I would show you a few of my absolute favourite stores and sellers – I hope that you find this as useful as I do!!

The Hair Necessities

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This store sells the most amazing hand made Disney Inspired hair bows. The quality is second to none and I love the ones that I own.

It is owned by Shannon, who is super friendly and lovely and will work with you to design something if you can’t see what you’re looking for!

The Magical Slipper

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Can we all just take a moment to admire Courtney’s sensational talent?!

Look at the detail in those shoes ❤️

This store is currently closed due to the unsurprising high level of orders that she has, but is definitely worth following on Etsy for when she’s back!

Not only does Courtney sell shoes, she is an amazing artist too and has some beautiful prints for sale of work that she’s done.

TheMaddTeaParty

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These ears make me so happy!!

The attention to detail and creativity is just fabulous and makes me want to buy every single pair they list!

I will own the Cheshire Cat ones in the very near future!

Ok, so I probably shouldn’t shout out my own shop, but I’m going to …

QueenUrsulaUK

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I work really hard designing and creating items that I love in the hope that you guys will too.

It’s a relatively new store and as such there aren’t as many items in it yet as I’d like there to be – but bear with me, I’ll get there!!

I do offer a bespoke design service so if there is something that you want then please do get in touch and we can work together to create the item of your dreams!

I’ll revisit my love of Etsy at some point in the future as this is only the tip of the iceberg of shops I love!

What’s your favourite Etsy shop?

Alyssa xx

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I’m new here …

Hi!

My name is Alyssa and I’d like to welcome you to my little corner of the web.

I am relatively new to blogging so please bear with me, I’m sure that I’ll improve with time!

I just wanted to do an initial introduction to myself and let you know what you can expect from my blog and why you might like to follow me and find out what I’m up to.

I am passionate about many things in my life including; my amazing family and friends, handmade crafts, fat fashion, makeup, fancy dress, everything Disney and my ginger moggy Mr Wooster cat … that really is just the tip of the iceberg though, more of my passions will come out the more you read!

This blog will be my place to express myself and showcase to you things that I love or am working on at that moment in time, this could include;
Craft Projects/Tutorials
Face/Body Painting/Special FX makeup
Makeup ideas/shoots/tutorials/tips
Outfit/Shopping/Fat Fashion
Fancy Dress/Cosplay to name a few ….

I have an Etsy store where I sell a variety of different crafts. At the moment the products on there are mostly Disney inspired, they include everything from silk painted scarves and pillow cases to jewellery to hand painted bags and aprons! This is a relatively new venture and as such I am still developing everything that I want to do with it. I will be using this blog to track the journey of my store and give you insight into what you can expect to see being uploaded on to it next so stay tuned to find out more! If you’d like to take a look at my store, you can find it here.

I studied special FX, photography, face/body painting and stage makeup at college and am passionate about everything to do with makeup. I love to be creative with colours and textures and the human form is such a wonderful canvas to transform into beautiful art with paints. You will see many posts about makeup no doubt, whether that be reviewing a new product I’ve found to behind the scenes pictures on a shoot I may have been booked for – I’d especially keep an eye out around Halloween time as I LOVE everything to do with that time of year.

I am a plus sized lady and I have an unhealthy obsession with clothes and fashion. There is a strong possibility that you will see lots of wishlists, outfit of the day, shopping hauls and outfit planning posts from me on here. The plus size fashion industry has boomed in recent years and the availability of so many wonderful clothing options now is far too tempting for me to resist.

So that’s a brief little introduction to what I think you’re likely to see here … this is all subject to change though, I have a tendency to go off on a tangent often so I can’t guarantee that you won’t get some random posts too!

I hope you enjoy what I have to say.

Alyssa xx

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