We’re actually jumping backwards a day here with Hollywood Studios, as Magic Kingdom was our second day, but I wanted to share it first for a couple of reasons:
- I had created the video for Magic Kingdom I wanted to share first because Magic Kingdom is just the epitome of Disney.
- Hollywood Studios was a little bit, less say, diminished this year.
I’ve been putting off and putting off writing on this blog for a little while, so I wanted to come in with an explanation before I jump straight back into posting again. I have a million ideas for posts, plus our trip to WDW is in less than a month now (all the Fastpasses are booked, so watch out for a post on that), but I have some sad Disney-related news about our trip.
The trip has been booked for over a year now and I’d posted about how excited I was and joked about how basically half of Yorkshire was coming with us as family members and family friends had booked up at the same time so we could all experience it together with my young cousins. But here comes the sad news: nearly half of them can no longer make the trip and are in the process of cancelling it all due to unexpected health reasons. It means that my grandparents, uncle, aunt and cousins will no longer be coming to Florida with us.
So it’s been really hard to talk about it during this period of uncertainty over who will be there and who won’t, and it’s still just as hard because I feel bad to share my excitement when the people I was looking forward to sharing it with won’t be there. I’ll still experience Disney through First-Timer’s eyes (which I’d posted about being super excited for) as our family friends have never been, but I won’t see it through a child’s eyes as Mollie and Eva won’t be there. We won’t get to experience their excitement and share it with them.
My first trip to Disney was my family, including my grandparents. And it’s these same grandparents who now wanted to visit with our younger cousins so they can have that same trip with them. It’s really sad that they won’t get to have this experience now, although fingers crossed that they may be able to in future – at least Disneyland Paris if not Disneyworld.
So I’m sure you can understand why it’s been so difficult to talk about. I’m still super excited about Disney – I swear I get more excited the older I get! Yet it’s bittersweet as it’s not the way we expected it to be. We’ll still have the best time, but there will always be that back-of-the-mind sadness that we’re not sharing it with the people who were supposed to be there. I’m still hoping for another trip in future, but it’s difficult to say at this stage. I will of course be posting plenty about the trip afterwards and I’m hoping to take photos-galore from it for future blog posts (as strangely enough, I’m lacking in images for the blog that don’t have lots of people in them!), so I’m looking forward to sharing that afterwards too.
Every year for as long as I can remember, I’ve created at least one Halloween pumpkin. When I was younger, this would be a “scary” face that usually consisted of triangle-shaped eyes, a square nose and a zig zag mouth, because that was pretty much all I could manage to draw on or cut out with a knife.
I’ve managed to extend my pumpkin carving capabilities a bit of late – a couple of years ago, I managed a spooky owl carved into my pumpkin, then I attempted to create Sulley’s face using a template quite similar to the one here. It wasn’t entirely successful – I’ve never been one for art – but I’ve ever since loved the idea of Disney inspired pumpkins at Halloween.
There are lots of ideas out there, especially thanks to attractions such as the Haunted Mansion and because of Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party (I’m dying to make it to this one year!). But my (first!) pumpkin for this year was based around the idea of Walt himself:
So my sister is just as much of a Disney addict as me – that’s her there above. When I started up this blog, I had intentions of getting the whole family involved but thought that they probably wouldn’t do – I can barely tie them down to get photos of my outfits for my other blog! But Beth surprised me by reading my Disney Pixar Tag and deciding to answer the questions herself 😀 I’ve got to say, I’m much more impressed by her answers than mine as they’re far more creative – she always was the creative one in the family. So I’m publishing her answers as well now so you can get an introduction to another Disney obsessed family member – here’s to getting more to of them on the blog!
I have a super amazing surprise for you all – we have a Walt Disney World trip booked now for May 2017!!
The plan has been in the works for a few months. Our last trip to WDW was in 2014, and before that was 2011, so it was only fitting that 2017 be our next one. When we were younger, the trips used to be every 2 years, although there may have been a couple in there in consecutive years too 😀
The reason this plan has been in the works so long though is a very exciting one. I have two cousins on my dad’s side who are a lot younger, ie. they’re currently 5 and nearly 3. When my sister and I were a similar age, we went on our first ever Disney trip along with our grandparents. So now Mollie and Eva have reached that age, my grandparents want a family trip with them too, and of course we weren’t going to turn down a Disney opportunity!