Our Trip to Disneyland Paris – March 2017!


On Friday we came home from our long awaited trip to Disneyland Paris and we’re missing it so much already! (So much we’re already booking our next visit). This trip was pretty special to us, after 21 years of friendship we’d never gone away together and had always loved the idea of going to Disneyland, so we finally did it! We stayed in Disneyland for 4 days and got pretty much everything done that we wanted to do. The park was pretty busy, which we weren’t expecting but the queues were hardly ever over 30 minutes (apart from Crush Coaster), and we made great use of the fastpass machines.

Day One – Travelling Day and Exploring the Parks:

We flew from Manchester at 8:30 in the morning and arrived at Charles de Gaulle just before 10am! After a stressful few minutes trying to find the Magical Express stop, we threw our luggage onto the coach and headed off to Disneyland. We were staying at the Sequoia Lodge hotel which is right on the lake and about 3 minutes from the Disney Village Which we loved! Check in was really easy and quick, and the lovely cast member even gave us Birthday badges as she said both of our birthdays were close enough to celebrate them in the parks! The badges were a really lovely touch, and any cast member that saw them wished us a Happy Birthday and made that little bit of extra effort with us, which was lovely! A cast member in Lillys Boutique even ran from behind the desk and gave us both a hug!

Our room was a standard room with two double beds which were SO comfy, they made getting up early for extra magic hours that little bit harder. The whole hotel was Bambi and Chip and Dale themed which I loved and I’d highly reccomend staying there, it’s an amazing hotel which has gorgeous surroundings.

We then walked to the Parks armed and ready with our Minnie ears! Ash loves the Tower of Terror ride in the Studio park, so we headed there first. As soon as we walked through the Studios entrance I turned into my 6 year old self again. Donald Duck was just plodding around (anyone who knows me knows how much I love Donald) and I got super excited! We walked through and straight to Tower of Terror. I’d never done this ride, and I’m a massive wimp when it comes to getting scared so I was SO paranoid about one of the cast members making me jump, ha. After going on it once, we couldn’t keep off it! I think we went on Tower of Terror at least twice a day, and most of the time the queue was only 10 minutes long so we’d get straight off and go back round to line up again. It’s definitley my favourite ride now and I love the whole story behind it!

By this point, it was around 4pm and we still hadn’t seen the castle! We walked over to the Disneyland Park, and as soon as we saw the castle Ash had her moment and almost started sobbing. (Sorry Ash!) – It was so surreal being there after we’d been looking forward to it for so long.

Day Two – A Day in the Parks & My First Time Seeing Disney Dreams:

After being exhausted from the Parks on our first day, we over-slept and missed our breakfast reservation in the park. Instead we decided to grab a quick snack and head in for extra magic hours as soon as they started. However, I think on this day we were pretty dissapointed with extra magic hours as the character queues were already over an hour and a half long, and you couldn’t line for any rides! – We just strolled through the different lands and ended up hopping over to the other park and straight onto Tower of Terror again and Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster. Whilst we were still there during the Season of the Force, the Stormtrooper patrol was still going on along with all of the other Star Wars shows. It was so amazing and I got a little giddy seeing Stormtroopers just walking around with Captain Phasma.

Later that evening, around 7:30 we waited infront of the castle to get a spot for Disney Dreams. I was so excited! Although Dreams has finished now, I’d definitley say waiting an hour before the show was completely worth it as we got right at the front! We sat prepared with our popcorn, crepes and hot chocolates for it to begin. As soon as second star to the right started playing, I was gone! Disney Dreams is 100% the most magical, amazing thing I have ever seen! and although I’ve only seen it once, I think seeing it once has made it all the more magical and special to me.

Day Three: Cafe Mickey and Meeting Characters:

Before booking the trip we knew we wanted to book a reservation at Cafe Mickey as a good way to get in some character meets. We arrived at the cafe just before our reservation, and after waiting 20 minutes or so, we were seated and waited for some characters to come round. This may spoil the magic for some people, but if I’m being honest, we were quite dissapointed at first as we met only one charater after being there for an hour and half and we would often get characters making it to the table before us, to then have them taken away to change and they’d come back and wouldn’t realise that they hadn’t been to our table. I remember we waited for Mickey to come back to our table, and he just walked straight past us. The heartbreak! I think a woman on the table opposite us complained to cast member about this, as it was her little boys birthday and he hadn’t met any characters! Then suddenly, all of the characters were arriving all at once straight after eachother. Me and Ash completely started to loose it (no shame) and I think we even dived on Pluto at the same time. We were just too excited. In the end we managed to meet Chip, Daisy, Pluto, Eeyore and Mickey. Although we did have a bit of a dissapointing start at Cafe Mickey, they definitley redeemed it back! I’d definitley book a character breakfast there again.

After leaving the breakfast, we were on such a high (like two little kids) and wanted to see if we could get any more characters in as there was a few minutes left of extra magic hours. We headed into the Disneyland Park and the line for Donald was so short! (I’d wanted a picture with Donald since I was about six years old, so I was verrrry excited) and it was honestly the best interaction I could of asked for! Childhood dream complete haha. We also lined for Meet Mickey Mouse, which was about an hour long but so worth it! They play old Disney cartoons whilst you wait to go in the room, which made it a lot more bearable!

Before we even headed to Disneyland, we were both really gutted that we missed the opening of the new Star Tours by just a few days. Ash spent hours trying to find out about any soft openings and we were told there weren’t any scheduled at all. After we’d met the characters, we headed back to our hotel to freshen up and relax for a bit, and someone tweeted saying that it was open for testing! I don’t think we’ve ever moved so fast in our lives! We pretty much ran to Discoveryland from Sequoia Lodge and got straight onto the ride! Ash was so excited she was taking pictures of everything! And no spoilers here but, the updated version is AMAZING! I can’t believe we actually got on the testing and I’m so happy that we were one of the first lots of people to ever experience it! – If you’re heading to Disney anytime soon, go on it!

As we’d watched Dreams the night before, we headed to the Studios park for the Star Wars show at around 8:15. Again, we got an amazing spot right infront of Tower of Terror which looked incredible all lit up! – The show was AMAZING, and I think we both got a bit emotional (again!). It definitley put me on a high and I had to force Ash not to let me buy a Lightsaber.

Day Four: Shopping in Paris and Our Last Evening in the Parks

Day four we headed to the train station and took the RER train into central Paris. For anyone wondering, you take the RER Line A straight to Charles de Gaulle – Étoile and you come out right infront of the Arc De Triomphe, with the Champs-Élysées right behind you. We headed straight into Sephora, where we both did some serious damage to our bank balances. I was super happy to see that they had the whole Kat Von D range, and picked up a Lock it Creme Concealer and the Lock it Setting Powder. Both of which I can’t reccomend enough! I also picked up my usual YSL Top Secrets Moisture Glow Base, which I now cannot live without along with the Urban Decay All Nighter setting spray. We then popped into the Disney Store, where Ash found all of the gifts she’d been looking for! I’d really suggest looking in the Disney Store on the Champs-Élysées if you can’t find certain merch in the parks, as Ash found everything she wanted in there! After a quick stroll to see the Eiffel Tower, we hopped back on the RER and back into the Disney Village, where we had our first Five Guys. I ordered a Bacon Cheeseburger, which was the best burger I’ve ever had in my life! The staff in there were so friendly and the meal was so cheap for what we got, I think I paid around €13 for a burger, a LOT of fries and a large drink. We’ll definitley be heading back there, I dream of that meal all the time! We didn’t end up watching any of the evening shows on our final night, instead we went on Tower of Terror another three times (bad mistake straight after a huge Five Guys meal!) and we got on Big Thunder Mountain twice, the wait times were only five minutes so we took good advantage of that!

We were a bit silly that evening and didn’t think to reserve a table somewhere for dinner, so we had a hectic rush trying to find somewhere nice to eat. In the end we headed back to our hotel and hoped that they could fit us in! We had a lovely cast member who managed to find us a table, however I really wouldn’t want to eat there again. It was a bit pricey at €43 each, not including drinks, and there wasnt much of a selection! I think next time we’ll book all of our reservations well in advance!

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Day Five: Last Visits to the Parks and Travelling Home

Packing to come home was an absolute nightmare for us! We’re both big worriers, so as soon as one of us thinks we’ve gone over the luggage allowance, so does the other, and it was just one huge panic hahaha. I ended up cramming all of my teddies and gifts into a huge bag for my hand luggage! (Turns out later, I’d actually lost weight on my suitcase by 2 kilos! All of that worrying for nothing!) If any of you are wondering, there are no scales to weigh your cases in the Sequoia Lodge hotel. After we checked out, we headed straight back to the studios park and got a fastpass for Tower of Terror. I think we were on that ride more than anything whilst we were there! We only had until around 2:30pm in the parks before we had to head back to the magical express stop, so we did one last stroll through the Disneyland Park, did a huge final shop on main street, and said goodbye to the castle, which is always the worst!

We had such an amazing time on this trip, and we cannot wait to head back! We hope all of you heading there for the 25th Anniversary celebrations have the best and most magical time!

If you have any questions about our trip, leave us a comment below!



disneyIt’s finally December and I don’t know about you, but I always turn to gift guides to help me buy quirky presents for people who are either a little more difficult to buy for or buy a lot for themselves! So for all you Disney lovers buying for your fellow Disney loving friends, here’s a little help from things I’ve found when searching high and low through the internet!

So, me and Jess are heading back to Disneyland Paris in March and we had the brilliant idea of buying each other special ears for our trip as part of our Christmas presents! After a little search on Etsy, we found the most perfect ears for each other.
Jess bought my ears from EarsByErin on Etsy, she does the most lovely floral ears which are just my style! Mine don’t look quite like the image but I’ll be sure to post plenty of pictures on our Instagram when we’re in Disney though to show you what they’re like!
Jess’s ears are from MadeForMouse , she absolutely loves the classic characters and Donald Duck is one of her favourites, so I thought the Sweethearts ears would be perfect for her!
If you are heading to Disney anytime soon, I would definitely head to these two shops… Both very different styles but absolutely adorable and sure to get plenty of attention in the parks!

I love adding a little subtle touch of Disney to my outfit plans for when I go to Disneyland, so after doing a little search through Instagram, I found Disney In Particular, this shop sells the cutest little Mickey and Minnie backpacks, Disney skirts and phone cases, perfect for anyone who likes to add a subtle touch into whatever they’re wearing!

Rachel’s Wonders has a huge range of products in her shop, my personal favourites are these gorgeous plates, I’ll definitely be picking a few of these up for myself after Christmas! Definitely one for any classy lady in your life who loves their princesses. I would definitely use these as decorations or as a jewellery dish! The homeware range is between £10-15 which for such a unique piece I think is a really great price! Definitely take a look at the website and have a nosey through the rest of her products.


My last choice is Typo.com, they’ve just brought out the cutest Mickey Mouse collection and I’ve already treated myself, Jess and whoever wins our upcoming giveaway to the now sold out Mickey Mouse sleep mask and I absolutely adore it! (Make sure you keep your eyes open for when we release info about our giveaway too!) Typo have the most lovely little gifts at a range of different prices so I’d definitely check out their collection and grab it while you can!


There’s so many places that offer loads of Disney gifts too, like Debenhams, Clintons, Primark and Topshop to name a few, but these are some of my favourites from this year and I’ve had to restrain myself from spending all my wages on gifts for myself!
Do you love any of these gifts or are there any places you’d recommend? I’d love to hear your thoughts, chat to us about your disney gifts on our Twitter – UntilMorningx or Instagram StraightUntilMorning.



disney-tagWe can’t call ourselves Disney bloggers without doing the Disney tag! So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to come up with our own answers!

1. What’s your favourite Disney Film?

A: It’s got to be The Little Mermaid and Finding Nemo… It’s too hard to choose one!
J: Definitely has to be either Tangled or Finding Dory.

2. Which Disney movie’s scene would you have loved to live?

 A: I would absolutely love to live the lanterns ‘I see the light’ scene from Tangled, it’s so magical!
J: The same scene! I love this part of Tangled and I cannot wait to see it during Disney Dreams in March!

3. If you were a Prince who would you be?

A: I’d like to think I’d be Flynn Rider/Eugene Fitzherbert… He’s so sarcastic and sassy, I love it.
J: It’s seriously starting to look like I’m copying all of Ash’s answers (I promise I’m not!) But I’d love to be Flynn… I love the sass.

4. If you were a Princess who would you be?

A: I’d love to be a mixture of Belle, Ariel and Rapunzel.
J: Rapunzel. I love her.

5. Who do you look like the Most?
A: I’m not sure I look like any!!
J: Me and Gerald from Finding Dory are probably long lost twins!
6. If you could choose a Disney Character to be your friend, who would it be?

A: Stitch… He’s one of my all time favourite characters and he’s such a good friend to Lilo.
J: I can’t choose between my three all time favourite characters! So either Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse or Flynn Rider.

7. A Disney scene that makes you cry every time?
A: Baby Mine from Dumbo… I can’t even think about it without getting all teary eyed!
J: The beginning of Up. Every. Single. Time.

8. Which Disney film have you seen the most?
A: I went through a stage of constantly watching The Lion King to keep my spirits high through my first year of uni… So probably that!
J: Tangled! I love it so much and can watch it again and again and love it just as much as the first time I saw it!
9.  What’s your favourite Disney Song?
A: I have a few! A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes, Out There, You’ll Be in My Heart, I See the Light and Make a Man Out of You!

J: The Second Star to the Right is definitely my all time favourite.

Why don’t you answer the questions and let us know in the comments!

Disney Primark Guide Autumn/Winter 2016

Lately I’ve been loving the amount of Disney clothing, pyjamas, shoes AND homeware Primark have been coming out with! There’s been that much I’ve found it hard to keep track of exactly what there is, so I’ve put together a guide of everything Disney I could find on Primark’s website (very sad you can’t order them online though!)

I’m pretty sure there are other items that you can find in store which aren’t listed on the website. I’ve found a lot of cute Mickey jewelry and cosmetic/shoulder bags, but it seems to vary depending on which store you go to.


  1. Disney Princess Boxed Pyjama Set – £13
    The first thing I found when looking on the Primark website was this cute boxed pyjama set. I think this could make a really lovely gift for Christmas (or just as a treat for yourself), and at £13 for a set of socks and matching pyjamas, I think it’s great value for money!

2. Minnie Mouse Slippers – £8
These are without a doubt the cutest slippers I’ve ever seen and I’m definitely getting a pair for myself next time I take a trip into town! Again, I think these are perfect for winter and could make a really cute Christmas gift for someone!

3. Minnie Mouse Sequin Vest – £4.50

4. Navy Glitter Minnie Mouse Pumps – £8
I’m yet to find these in store, but I cannot wait to purchase a pair for our trip to Disneyland Paris in March! They look so comfortable and will give a perfect subtle hint of Disney to any outfit. Plus at £8, you can’t really go wrong!

5. Bambi Pyjama Jumper – £10
As much as I’m loving the boxed pyjama sets Primark are coming out with, I think these Bambi pyjamas look amazing! They have matching leggings which are available too (I’m not sure on price, sorry!) but they look so warm and perfect for the winter.

6. Minnie Mouse Slipper Socks – £2.50


7. Alice in Wonderland Bodysuit – £6

8. Knitted Mickey Mouse Slipper Socks – £4
I love these so much! Not just because Mickey is my favourite Disney character, but they’re so comfy and cute!

9. Minnie Mouse Robe – £16
The best robe/dressing gown I have ever seen! I’m definitely on the hunt for this too. I love her little bow detail on the hood, plus it looks so warm and I think it’s great quality and value for money at £16.

10. Alice in Wonderland ‘Lost in Wonderland’ Pyjama Top – £5

11. Minnie Mouse Slipper Socks – £4

12. Minnie Mouse Onesie – £10


13. Mickey Mouse Baseball Top – £8

14. Tinkerbell Slippers – £5
I’ve hardly seen any Tinkerbell things in Primark, so I’m definitely on the hunt for these!

15. Frozen Olaf Pyjama Set – £11
Again, I haven’t seen many Frozen items in Primark, so I think these are a must for any Frozen & Olaf lovers!

16. Mickey Sequin Top – £8


17. Longsleeve Alice in Wonderland T-shirt – £7

18. Minnie Mouse Tupperware Set – £3
I think the design of this set is so cute and is a perfect way to add Disney to cheer you up during a dull day at school/uni/work! Two containers for £3 is great value too!

19. Floral Minnie Mouse Pyjama Set – £11

20. Minnie Sequin Top – £8
I’ve seen videos of this online where you can have two different Minnie designs by brushing the sequins either up or down! One way makes a silver Minnie silhouette and the other shows her face. With the two different variations I think it could look like two different t-shirts, so I’m on the hunt for this to take it to Disneyland with me too.

21. Cinderella Hanging Ornament – £2
I’ve seen loads of variations of these, I think they do a Maleficent one in store but I couldn’t find it online. I think little ornaments like these are a great way to subtly incorporate Disney into any room!


22. Minnie Mouse Union Jack Travel Cup – £3.50

23. Finding Dory Tumbler – £1

24. Minnie Mouse Tumbler – £1
I’ve seen other variations of this design on different types of cups in Primark. I think they range from this £1 one, to a £3 waterbottle.

25. Minnie Mouse Union Jack Tea Towels – £4
I’ve seen a lot of people raving about these tea towels and rightly so, I think they’re adorable and love the little pom pom detail!

As I said earlier, I’ve seen more items in store than what is shown online so I’d definitley suggest hunting them out when you’re next in Primark. I love all of the Disney products they have at the minute and I hope/can’t wait until they get more!


My Disney Interview Experience

So, very recently I had the opportunity to become a Disney Cast Member during the Christmas period. I always found myself searching the Disney Careers website for any upcoming vacancies and never found anything local to me, but this time, I was lucky! The online application process was extremely simple, and I made sure I stressed about how much love and passion I have for The Walt Disney Company, (whilst also trying to remain professional!) in my cover letter. The main thing I found during the process is that although they want you to have a huge love for Disney, you ultimately have to be able to sell, sell, sell! Following the application process, and I’m sure you can imagine my excitement, I received an email inviting me to attend an interview the following Monday. However, as I scanned further through the email and read the words ‘GROUP INTERVIEW’ my stomach sank! I struggle with speaking in front of others as it is, so the thought of competing in a group for this job really put doubts in my mind in regard going through with it, but I’m so glad I did. Interviewing for Disney was completely different to any other interview experience I’ve had before, and I now feel so much more prepared for any other group interviews that may come my way in the future! The week prior to the interview I found myself searching and searching the corners of the internet for some sort of guide or outline of the interview process and failed to find one. So, that’s why I’m writing this, for any of you guys that have, or may apply to work with Disney in the future and are feeling just a tad nervous about the interview!

11am on Monday morning I was asked to go into my local store and introduce myself to a cast member. I was the earliest to arrive (I’m glad I was, this allowed me to talk with the manager before the rest of the candidates arrived) and he asked me to select an item for a 7 year old boy or girl with a budget of £25. I picked up one of the large Donald Duck Tsum Tsums, and also made sure I got to know the other candidates. The manager then took us into the back room (Backstage as they called it), where we sat in a circle of about seven and began the interview. For this, I stupidly panicked and sat in the furthest seat away making me the last to answer all of the questions. I’d definitely suggest sitting in the first or middle seats, as by the time the question got to me it just sounded like I was repeating what everyone else had said.

The first question we were asked was ‘Who is your favourite Disney character and why?’ I’d spent days preparing for this, as it was one of those questions I just knew was going to pop up. One of the girls said her favourite character was Ariel, because she’s different to the other princesses and is determined to get what she wants. Another said Simba because he’s strong willed and brave, and I said Jack Skellington, because he takes risks, once he’s committed to something he’s completely loyal to it and although his plans don’t always work out, he always finds a solution and resolves them. I thought that it would be better to think outside of the box for this question and answer with a character that I could adapt to the work place, as I thought that they’d want somebody that is loyal and committed to their role within the store and can also solve any issues that may come up. I’m also relieved that I picked a character from a film I knew inside out, as the manager did pick on some people to tell the story of the film further to him which definitely caught a few candidates out!

The second stage of the interview was a task, we were asked to sell him the items we’d selected prior to the interview as if he were shopping for his 7 year old Niece or Nephew. But, we were to believe that he had no idea about who or what their favourite Disney characters or films were. Some of the candidates used this task to show how outgoing and confident they are, some of them really acted out a scenario and pretended that their products came to life, and some were even singing to him! When it was my turn I tried to sell the item by suggesting that the larger Donald tsum tsum would be suitable for a Niece or Nephew as Donald is a classic character that a lot of people know and love. I also added about tsum tsums being a collectable range with lots of different character lines to choose from that come in different sizes. I suggested that as the smaller ones are relatively cheap at £3, they could build upon their collection themselves with any pocket money they had and also talked about some of the add-ons the Disney store offer, such as gift bags and boxes.

He then asked us what our greatest achievement was, myself and a few candidates said finishing and graduating university, one of the girls I was talking to said that she ran her own drama club at home and another girl had previously worked for Disney as a Cast Member in Florida! Finally, he finished the interview off by opening up some competency and customer service questions to the group such as ‘a customer seems distressed and wants to return a damaged item that they received from the online store, what do you do?’ or ‘give an example of a time you helped a fellow employee be successful’ etc. This was definitely a free for all, and I tried to chip in where I could! I’d definitely suggest during this stage just to go for it and get your answer into the mix of the conversation. I was too nervous to talk sometimes but definitely chipped in where I felt confident enough!

All in all I’d say the whole experience was great fun, the manager put us at ease straight away and I found that being interviewed as a group wasn’t as daunting as I’d first thought, it was just really friendly and informal!

I really hope this post helped to outline the interview process I had. If you have any other questions please feel free to ask, and good luck to any of you that may be interviewing with Disney in the future!


Disneyland Paris on a Budget

This September I came back from a long awaited holiday with my boyfriend to Disneyland Paris and at the time we were poor students, so we needed to find the best way to enjoy Disney on a tight budget.

We managed to catch the 2 nights 2 days free deal, which helped our budget out a LOT and for a 4 night 5-day stay, we paid £600. The price included tickets for both parks, breakfast every morning and the actual room, so fairly reasonable for everything included! Now we only had our flights left, which we booked through EasyJet. For flights, luggage and insurance from Manchester to Charles De Gaulle it cost us £198, again fairly reasonable for two people!


We made a huge mistake that cost us when we arrived at CDG – Disney has a bus called the Magic Shuttle, which is a massive saving compared to the other options available. We didn’t research this or know that this was available to us and since we hadn’t been to Paris via CDG before and this was a maaaajor overlook. We struggled understanding trains and thought a taxi was our best bet after around 2 hours of strolling around CDG trying to find a way to our hotel, we were advised the rates changed if there was traffic… Surprise surprise, there was traffic! When we FINALLY got on Disney property, I was relieved, tired and excited… Until we saw the price of the taxi! €90! If you are staying on a budget, I would advise to pre-book the shuttle and save yourself the heartbreak of parting with your holiday money that is supposed to be spent on piles of Disney food and merchandise!


Speaking of food, it’s so easy to buy EVERYTHING in sight because it all looks so delicious, but as we were on a budget we, unfortunately, couldn’t do that (I also didn’t want to come home 2 stone heavier!). When we arrived at our hotel it was around 8:30pm so not really enough time to go wander around the park without getting caught in the Disney Dreams crowds, so we looked to the restaurant in our hotel. As we were staying in the Santa Fe, the restaurant offered an all you can eat Mexican buffet that cost €25. The food  was alright for a hotel restaurant but we didn’t visit again, we had too many options elsewhere! The best idea we had during the week was to take a detour to the shop inside the train station located right next to the entrance of Disney and buy the meal deal, we got a sandwich, snack and drink for around €6 which generally kept us going for the day (with the exception of the occasional Nutella crepe!). We tended to wander over to Disney Village for our meal on the night, we visited Rainforest Cafe, Planet Hollywood and Annette’s, planet Hollywood was by FAR my favourite and our meals averaged out €25-35 per person, so we budgeted to be very careful through the day so we could go all out on the night!

The whole trip can be really affordable, I don’t think we broke the bank on our visit and it helped that I had a little bit of willpower and didn’t buy every piece of merch in every store we visited. Visiting Disney is such a magical experience and they have so many ways to make it accessible to everyone, no matter what their budget is.

– @ashleighlillyx