I Finally Have Something to Blog About!

I Finally Have Something to Blog About!

At the time of writing this I have 100 days until my summer holiday to Disneyland Paris! To say I’m excited is a bit of an understatement right now! I’ve booked the holiday with my sister for a mini celebration after her A Level exams and we will be staying at the Hotel Cheyenne on Disney property for 3 nights with 4 days in the parks.

This trip will be a little different for me as I have been to Disneyland many times before, but have never stayed in a Disney Hotel in Paris. I am also on the half board Disney Meal Plan whilst we are there which again is a first for me. But by all means, the most exciting part of this trip is that we will be visiting during the 25th anniversary celebrations, which have just started in the Parks. I was a bit impatient and watched the parade the other day but plan on waiting until I get there before I watch any other the other event entertainment. Whist I’ve heard mixed reviews so far, I’m going to go into it with an open mind and low expectations. And I will of course let you all know what I think when I visit.

So yes, I plan on creating a lot more blog posts over the coming months and perhaps even some videos, let me know if you guys would be interested in that. As always subscribe to my blog for updates and new posts (I promise there will be regular new posts) and I will also be revamping my insta account which has been dormant for some months so be sure to check that out as well!

I will be back very soon with another Disneyland Paris post, but until then, have a magical day!!

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A Few Thoughts on MagicBands

A Few Thoughts on MagicBands

MagicBands have been available in Walt Disney World for a few years now and they have recently announced the MagicBand 2 which will be available in the parks this year. So with all the new MagicBand hype, I thought it would be a great idea to review the MagicBand and some of the features that go along with it!

The Physical MagicBand

OK so I will be the first to hold my hands up and admit that I wasn’t a huge fan of the bands when they were first announced. I thought they looked bulky and would be uncomfortable to wear in the Florida heat and, to some extent, that is true. If you compare the old school MagicBands to some of the newer ones you can see that Disney have changed their design to make them thinner and more lightweight. Fortunately this makes them a lot easier to wear and now that you can purchase different designs as well I think they look pretty cool as part of my Disney outfit. My favourite is my Haunted Mansion band.

Key to The World and Park Pass

This one is actually one of my favourite things about the MagicBand and the MyDisneyExperience system. I have always taken a lanyard to Walt Disney World when I travel because I hate having to dig around in my bag to find my key card or ticket when moving around Walt Disney World. And then there are certain rides where I don’t feel comfortable wearing my lanyard, Rock N Roller Coaster for example, so I have to take it off and store it in my bag and then forget to put it back on. With the MagicBand it removes all that hassle and genuinely makes it easier to travel around Walt Disney World. Another bonus is that I tend to keep a spare MagicBand in my bag so that, if I leave my band at the resort, I still have my key and ticket because they are all linked to the same account.

Touch To Pay

This feature works in exactly the same way as it did with the Key to The World card before MagicBands were introduced so I won’t go into much detail but it’s a great way to navigate the park’s restaurants and stores without worrying about your wallet. As before it stops you having to dig around in your bag to find your purse. The only thing I don’t like about this feature is that it makes it way too easy to buy items that you may have otherwise put down if you knew you had to find your purse to pay for them!

Fastpass Plus

So this is where most of my issues with the MagicBand system arise. Don’t get me wrong, there are some features of Fastpass + that I love. I like the fact that you can pick up three Fastpasses at once, I like the fact that you can choose your times and I like the fact that you no longer have to run around the parks to collect your Fastpasses. I think on the whole it’s a good system, but there are some elements of the old Fastpass system that I miss.

The first one is very cheesy but I miss having physical Fastpasses! I used to love collecting Fastpass cards and keeping the ones I didn’t manage to use. It’s also a shame that you can no longer give your Fastpasses to someone else, we had so many magical experiences in the parks where a family had decided not to ride and so donated their Fastpasses to us.

Secondly I don’t like how you have to choose your three Fastpasses for one particular park. I like park hopping and it’s made it a little harder to do that with the new Fastpass system. You now have to decide which park you want Fastpasses for and either go without or just wait and see what is left available when you get to the other park. Now I know you wouldn’t be able to book Fastpasses in advance on the old system either so maybe I shouldn’t be so judgey about that.

Finally, and my main issue with Fastpass + is that you can book the Fastpasses so early. Now don’t get me wrong, I love planning my Disney vacation and I generally do create an itinerary of what I want to do each day. But with the previous Fastpass system I was always able to change my plans and switch which park I wanted to visit. Since Fastpasses are available so early, and so many of the popular ones are booked up so quickly, it’s difficult to have flexibility in your Disney planning. If you get a Fastpass for  a big ride you then feel obliged to visit that park on that particular day otherwise you risk missing the ride altogether. Either that or you don’t bother going to the parks and miss your Fastpasses which then go unused and someone else misses out on riding that attraction when they could have just taken your spot. I hate having to have so much structure to my vacation. I have noticed that this is only really an issue when the parks are busy and, having visited during quieter seasons, I’ve noticed that the Fastpass booking system hasn’t been too much of an issue as Fastpasses weren’t needed for a lot of rides.

Photopass and Memory Maker

The last thing I’m going to talk about here is linking your Photopass to your MagicBand and using the Memory Maker to download photos. I have to say I love this feature because once again there is no need to go rooting around for cards each time you want a photo. I remember how time consuming it was to collect all your Photopass cards at the end of your vacation and view all the photos on the website but with Memory Maker it is all made so much more simple, and often there are ticket options which include Memory Maker free of charge! Being able to link photos to multiple MagicBands is also really useful when you go out as a group so I’m definitely a big fan of this feature.

I think overall MagicBands are working in the parks, there are some slight issues with them, in particular with the Fastpass + system, but on the whole they are a fantastic gadget to have when visiting the Walt Disney World resort, particularly when teamed with the MyDisneyExperience app. If you are planning on visiting a Disney Resort you will be able to customise your MagicBand before you arrive, but even if you’re staying off property, having MagicBands can be really useful. They make getting into the parks and onto the rides hassle free and are a great souvenir for your trip. Although they aren’t cheap (retailing between $12.99 and $32.99) they are definitely a good investment if you’re planning on spending several days at the parks or planning on coming back in the future.

But what do you think of MagicBands? Let me know below what you like/dislike about them!

Dapper Day!

Dapper Day!

In 2016 I was lucky enough to visit Walt Disney World in Florida a couple of times. And on my final trip to the sates in November, I was able to attend my first ever Dapper Day in Epcot. I’m going to tell you now I had an absolute blast! But keep reading to find out a bit more about my experience and some tips and tricks for if you’re planning on attending Dapper Day.

So for anyone who doesn’t know, Dapper Day is an event hosted twice each year in Disney Parks around the world. I believe they currently have both spring and fall events in Florida, California and Paris. The events are not Disney organised but are a big part of Disney Culture and have been professionally run for a number of years now. Dapper Day is a day where people dress up in fancy outfits, just like the first ever guests who entered Disneyland park, and celebrate vintage clothing and style. You can participate in the event as much or as little as you like and there are generally expos, group photos and various other things to do throughout the dapper day weekend. There are no set outfit requirements so you can dress as fancy or as subtle as you like. I bought a 50s inspired dress and accessories along with my friend and we had a fantastic time. But equally there were other guests wearing more modern dresses and more casual attire so the choice is yours!

I have to say I absolutely loved my Dapper Day experience, it was so much fun dressing up to go to the parks! We took loads of pretty photos and met some lovely people with fantastic outfits. Everyone who participated in Dapper Day was so friendly and complimentary of other peoples outfits which made the whole atmosphere really nice. It was great to spot those who were Disney bounding and meet some of the people I knew from social media too. The actual day is set in one particular park at Walt Disney World, this year it was Epcot (next year I think its Epcot and Magic Kingdom) but we drifted over to Hollywood Studios later on and still managed to find other Dapper people over there so didn’t feel out of place. There were people of all ages getting involved including families and groups so there are really no limits on who can join in, just have fun with it!

The best piece of advice I can give for Dapper Day is to get there early. Generally the events are at the weekend so the parks are busier anyway, but with all the dapper people trying to get to the same location, expect queues and fairly long wait times at bag check and the main entrance to the park. If you can take Disney transport it saves having to find a parking space so that’s a good idea too! Another piece of advice would be to follow the official Dapper Day social media so that you can stay updated on what’s going on. Definitely look out for announcements about the group photo and go along to that because that was a lot of fun! And if you’re planning your vacation in advance, check Dapper Day before you book anything because they often get fab discounts on rooms at Disney resorts too!

Beyond that my advice would be to have fun and take lots of photos! We certainly spent a long time getting ready for this event and wanted lots of photos to remember it. We also got loads of photos with other people at the event, so if you are chatting to someone or meet someone with an awesome Dapperbound, ask for a photo with them to remember your experience! Also don’t feel like you have to stick with the Dapper Day group the whole day, we certainly didn’t and still had a ball. But be prepared for people asking why you’re so dressed up because that will definitely happen!

So there you have it. Go out and enjoy all you dapper people! I will leave links to the official Dapper Day website below so you can find out more info, but if you have any questions, feel free to ask me! And let me know how your Dapper Day experience was, and what you’re planning for your next one!

 

Website: http://dapperday.com/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/dapperday/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DapperDay

My Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/down_to_disney/