Not only were my sister and I brought up in the Disney tradition, we’re now slowly coercing our young cousins in the same direction too! Mollie and Eva are currently 5 and 2 3/4 (so almost 3), and are already almost as Disney obsessed as we are. We started them early: their birthday and Christmas presents from us have pretty much all been Disney inspired, and some of their first words were: Mickey and Minnie. Although Eva has unfortunately got stuck on “Mickey” so that Minnie also gets called that – oops!
One of their major Disney obsessions, like most girls of that age, is Frozen. Beth and I were big Frozen fans at the start – we loved the sister story and Olaf, of course. There’s been so much hype around it now though that we’re slightly tired of it, but there’s no stopping Mollie and Eva! They can sing you all the songs off by heart and will relate everyone in the family to one of the characters – I’m Anna; Beth was, unfortunately, Sven one day! And their daddy was Queen Elsa!
And of course, they have the DVD, they have almost every Frozen toy, book and jigsaw out there. Mollie even has both an Anna and an Elsa dress! But when I was at a market one day and spotted this Frozen fabric hidden under a pile on a fabric stall, I knew I had to get it to make something for them – I couldn’t leave it behind! I’ve found it available to buy on eBay for only £2.75 for one fat quarter, which is pretty awesome really.
The pattern I used was the Girl’s Dress from the Great British Sewing Bee: Sew Your Own Wardrobe book, although I changed the way in which I put it together and included a “snowball” trim which I’d had in my stash for a while.
She’s a little bit tiny for her age, so though I made the age 5 dress, it’s still quite a bit too big on her. Nevertheless, she was a big fan!
2016 was an awesome year for Disney movies – we saw the release of Zootopia (or Zootropolis depending on where you are!), Finding Dory, Moana and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story to name but a few. And it looks like 2017 onwards is set to be just as brilliant! I love this recent infographic created by Mr Gamez which details the Disney Universe in a super pretty timeline (is it just me that loves data like this?!).
Here are a few of the 2017 Disney releases I’m looking forward to most in 2017:
Beauty and the Beast
This live action retelling of the classic Disney tale of Beauty and the Beast, with Emma Watson playing Belle, Ewan McGregor starring as Lumiere and Emma Thompson as Mrs Potts among others, looks set to be the movie release of 2017 so far, let alone Disney. The trailers have had people enthralled for weeks already and even the rumoured first clip of Emma Watson singing as Belle reached scandalous heights as a news headline! Keep your eyes out for it in cinemas from March 17th.
Disney is the best place on earth – I think we can all agree on that, right? But it can be really quite expensive, especially if you’re travelling from abroad to visit and have had to book flights, accommodation and get food for all the family too. Then throw in the park tickets on top of that, along with all the merchandise the kids are wanting – you can see why it’s the holiday of a lifetime for many families!
But if you play your cards right, you can have a lot of extra fun on your Disney holiday without splashing all the extra cash. All the below are available to any Disney guest for free – have fun!
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:
We Disney fans like to get as much Disney insider info as we possibly can, whether that’s taking one of the Backstage Magic behind the scenes tours (so excited to hopefully be doing Marceline to Magic Kingdom next year!) or reading up on where the creators have stealthed away Hidden Mickeys in the background of movies.