Disney London Meet-Up, February 2017

So I’ve become quite partial to a good Disney meet-up of late. If it’s possible, I’ll be there… with bells on; and this one was no exception. I love meeting new people from the Disney community and catching up with some familiar faces. I knew from the group chat on twitter that there were going to be a lot more people attending, the numbers seem to grow each time but this got me even more excited.

On the morning of the 11th I was up early getting ready as I had arranged to meet Kirsty for a quick catch up before the madness began. I went equipped with my new Cheshire cat jumper, Mickey hat and ruck sack (well you can’t go to a meet without being all Disney’d up). After myself and Kirsty stopped for some hot beverages and a pastry (because it was blooming cold that day) we headed for the Japan Centre where we met DeandreSophieGabi and Joe. After purchasing a few bits from there we went to find a bus stop (which wasn’t quite as easy as we thought) to catch a bus to Oxford Street where we were going to meet everyone outside the Disney Store.

When we passed the store on the bus, we could see just how big the group was and I started to worry about not getting the chance to chat to everyone. Previous meets had already proved quite difficult for this so with the increased size of this group it seemed impossible. It became my mission to get as many photos with as many people as I could while attempting to join in with conversations. It wasn’t easy but I thought I did well.

Once initial hello’s were out of the way Kirsty started her Disney pin giveaway. She was kind enough to bring with her a bag of pins that she no longer needed. There wasn’t enough for everyone so she drew a raffle to make it fair. I was one of the lucky winners bagging myself a lovely Easter Alice pin.

It was then time to hit the Disney Store. I managed to resist buying anything this time as I’d already bought a few things in my local store a couple of weeks before (well there was a sale on so what’s a girl to do?). When everyone had finished we all gathered for a group photo outside which I got Deandre to take with his super selfie arms (tall friends do have benefits haha!). 

After a little more chat we all said our good byes and dispersed into smaller groups to go and get something to eat. Unfortunately it would have been impossible to stick together with so many people. The group that I was in decided on Five Guys, a place that I had never been to before but was happy to try. This is where I discovered THE SODA FOUNTAIN!!! forget about the veggie sandwich with cheese and chips (which was good by the way) but this is how my obsession with cherry Fanta started (damn you!).

Feeling happy and full we moved on to find a pub to chill out in. The Montagu Pyke in Charing Cross road was rammed when we got there so I had an idea. I ran over to the Phoenix Artist club on the opposite side of the road. This is a private bar for people involved in performing arts and media and is open to anyone before 8pm. I knew this venue would be ideal as I had held a couple of charity events there a few years ago. I popped in to see if they had enough room for us and to lay on something special before the others came in. I called everyone over and as they entered the venue they were surprised to hear Disney music playing. It made my day to see everyone excited, like they had stumbled upon a treasure trove. Everyone made themselves comfortable for the next couple of hours. A great day turned into a great evening.

Of course special thanks go out to Eleanor and Lizi for organising the meet-up yet again, your efforts never go unnoticed.

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A Look Back On 2016

If someone had told me that I would be visiting Disneyland Paris four times, become part of the Disney community and make a bunch of awesome new friends in the space of eight months I would never have believed them. When the opportunity arrose to become an annual pass holder at DLP I decided to document my trips via this blog and create a twitter account to accompany it. I never imagined that there was a huge community dedicated to Disney and I’d be attending meet-ups and interacting with some of the most loveliest people.

I have got my friends Jess, Leanne and Louise to thank for inviting me to join them on their trips. I now regard them as some of my most closest friends and without them this blog and everything that comes with it would not exist. I have experienced many highs and a few lows in my personal life this year but my Disney trips have helped me through this. They have become a form of escapism and something for me to focus on when I didn’t want to think about the negative things that were starting to eat away at me. There have been so many memorable moments and I’m so glad I have been able to share them with you.

I have had so much fun joining in with live chats, watching periscopes (mainly Deandre’s haha!) and vlogs and listening to IMDO Podcast broadcasts which have brightened up many an evening. One of the most memorable times within the Disney community for me has to be when a group of us went to see Aladdin the Musical, it was such an amazing show made even better with good company. I would definitely like to see it again at some point.

2016 will be the year I started Disneybounding, had Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum fight over me, developed a new found love for Stitch and drank imaginary tea with Alice. Special thanks go out to Eleanor and Lizi for hosting the official Disney meet-ups and bringing the Disney community together (without them I wouldn’t have met a lot of you) and Jess for allowing me to be part of the Disneybound UK admin team in which I have had a blast taking over the twitter account and attending events.

I would also like to say a huge thank you to everyone I have been fortunate enough to meet through official and unofficial meet-ups and to those who I haven’t met yet but chat to on twitter. You understand my love for Disney when others don’t. You have all had a part in making my year a spectacular one and I can’t wait to see what 2017 has in store, I hope it’s good us all.

Disney London Meet Up, September 2016

After completely failing to blog about the last London meet up (which I really enjoyed being my first one) I was all the more determined to this time. So here it goes.

Saturday September 17th 2016

I woke up to discover that the weather wasn’t quite what I was expecting, it was overcast and cold (finally Autumn was arriving) but that helped me to decide what I was going to wear. Getting my legs out today was not an option so I went for my Cheshire Cat print dress, leggings, boots, cardigan and Jacket. I had been dying to find an excuse to wear that dress for ages and that was the perfect opportunity. Once I was ready I was on my way checking up on everyone’s updates on the twitter group chat as I went. The location of the meet up is handy for me as it only takes me half an hour to get into central London from my local train station.

When I arrived at the Disney Store in Oxford street there was already a small group gathered outside. I didn’t have time to be nervous and to be honest I was more excited than anything else. It was lovely to see Lizi (one of the organisers) and a few familiar faces. We just talked until more people arrived, and boy did more people arrive (there was roughly about 37 of us altogether). Compared to the last meet up the number of people attending had doubled which made talking to everyone a little difficult but I was glad word had spread and this was now becoming a bigger event. It was good to finally meet Eleanor (co organiser) who was unable to make the last meet up.

Once we were sure that the majority of people had turned up we descended on the Disney Store. They had no idea what was about to hit them. There was so many things I could have bought but I resisted buying more than I had originally planned. I picked up a Boo Animators Collection doll which I’d had my eye on for a couple of weeks and a Mickey Mouse handbag which had been reduced. I’m sure shop sales went up that day as many of us purchased some bits.

Next stop was Hyde Park for our picnic. We chose our spot then went off to buy our food. A few of us went to Pret which was located across from Hyde Park so we didn’t have to walk very far. Once we were settled back at the park we mingled a little more and took photos. Everyone was so nice, I just wished I had been able to talk to everyone. However I’m just so glad to be a part of the twitter Disney community and have the opportunity to meet people face to face who I normally interact with online.

After the picnic, we went back to Oxford Street where we browsed Primark and finished up where we started in the Disney Store. I said my goodbyes and headed home with a smile on my face. I was rather disappointed that I didn’t get around to visiting Cinnabon (but Hazel’s homemade cookies made up for this) which everyone had previously made a big fuss about in the group chat but I’ve made it my future goal.

A big thank you goes out to Lizi Howard and Eleanor Hawthorne for organising the meet up and bringing Disney fans together.