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Monday, 10 June 2019

My 28th Birthday

28! I can't quite believe it, can you?!

I have had the best week celebrating in style with my family and friends, eating, drinking, and partaking in much silliness!

As with previous years, this post is a little celebration of the lovely gifts that I received for my Birthday that are (naturally) DISNEY THEMED!

I should also just add that this post is in no way meant to be 'boastful' or come across as bragging at all. I'm incredibly touched by the generosity of my loved ones year after year, and know how much you all love finding out about cool Disney products and merchandise so this post always seems like a lovely way of blending the two things together!

Without further ado, let's get stuck in!

AladdinXPrimark Make Up Bag from my lovely friend and ChatDisney co-host, Tash
With the release of the live action Aladdin last month, and Jasmine being my all time favourite Disney princess, I received lots of lovely bits and pieces featuring the characters of Agrabah - perfect timing Disney! My friends Tash, Steph and Dan all bought me beauty pieces from the AladdinXPrimark collection which I was thrilled about as every time I popped in there, they had sold out!

Friday, 31 May 2019

Tips for a first time visit to Disneyland in California

Hey everybody!

Despite my California trip feeling like a long, long, long time ago, I recently received a lovely message from an old Uni friend which has completely sparked up my passion for the West Coast resort once again!

The individual in question explained that he is visiting LA for his Honeymoon, and he is a self professed Theme Park fan. Essentially, he wanted some insight into both Disneyland and California Adventure from a fellow 'expert', and I was of course more than happy to oblige.

Whilst composing my response to him I thought, like any good marketeer does, yeah, there's some content in there! So there you have it – this is going to be a pretty niche post but hopefully, my insight into the Californian Disney parks will help some of you as you venture off on your first trip to Anaheim and experience the one that started them all.

Enjoy! And if you have anything you'd like to add to this, or any further Disney related questions, you can find my contact details on the blog!

– Mercedes

Friday, 24 May 2019

My Thoughts: Disney's Aladdin

If you're anything like me, you're probably becoming more than a little skeptical about the sudden surge in Disney live action remakes. 

Whilst I'm slightly apposed to the regurgitation of these animated classics, I do have to admit that I loved the sets and costumes in Beauty and The Beast, Brannagh's take on Cinderella had me well and truly captivated, and whilst The Jungle Book was not my favourite movie growing up, I could still appreciate the incredibly innovative CGI technology and excellent performances featured within the 2016 remake.

With all that in mind, I really didn't know what to expect ahead of entering the cinema for the latest of Disney's live action movies, Aladdin.

'Dalia' and Aladdin meet for the first time at the Agrabah Market Place
Photo Credit: Digital Spy

First of all, Aladdin is one of my all time favourite Disney movies. Growing up in the 90s, the Renaissance Era of Disney has always been my favourite period of Disney Animation and Aladdin is very much a key part to play in that. That wonderful Alan Menken score, the exciting characters, the vibrant colours – watching the animation now as an adult, it is truly no wonder to me that this movie has been adapted in subsequent years for Broadway and London's West End as it really is a wonderfully decadent spectacle that lends itself beautifully to the medium of theatre.

It's pretty understandable that I was very nervous about the adaptation of this movie as it is so dear to my heart! And, to make the stakes even higher, Aladdin also just so happens to feature my favourite Disney character of all time too, Princess Jasmine.

I really wanted this movie to be good but my expectations were low.

Praise Allah, I had my expectations well and truly exceeded.