VIDEO: Disneyland Park Walkthrough | #ThisGirlEats

I’ve been spamming the socials with my new Disneyland Paris video for a couple of weeks now, so I guess it’s about time I started shamelessly plugging it out here in the blogosphere too.

If you’ve already taken the time to watch then thank you so much! I really appreciate it; the support I’ve been getting for the Disney content has been incredible and it means the world. 💜

Check out my ‘Disneyland Park Walkthrough’ video below, and don’t forget to like, comment, subscribe and share if you enjoy it!

 

This latest video takes you on a guided tour of the Disneyland Park at Disneyland Paris (there are two parks at Disneyland Paris – this is the one with the castle!). It’ll hopefully give you a good overview of the park so you can have a little preview before you visit, as well as some helpful advice on to navigate the different lands and attractions.

All of our videos are here to help – we want you to have the best time possible when you visit Disneyland Paris!

You can also check out our previous video, ‘My Top 10 Rides At Disneyland Paris’, below:

 

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How to Enjoy Disneyland Paris If You Aren’t Really That Into Disney| #ThisGirlEats

So, you don’t like Disney, huh?

Well, that’s okay. There’s no judgement here. Even though we love Disney here at ThisGirlEats (obviously!), we also know that it’s not necessarily your cup of tea and not everyone gets that magical Disney feeling.

If you aren’t really a Disney fan and yet somehow find yourself being roped into a trip to Disneyland Paris – perhaps it’s a special holiday for the kids or a loved one is begging you to go – it doesn’t have to be a total wipe-out for you.

You don’t have stand next to characters posing with a cheesy grin or wear Mickey Mouse ears around the park all day if you don’t want to. There are plenty of other ways to enjoy Disneyland Paris without feeling like you’re trapped inside the Disney bubble!


Rides and attractions

If you strip away all the characters and movie references, at heart Disneyland Paris is just like any other theme park when it comes to rides and attractions. If you’re usually a bit of a thrill-seeker then the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith are really fun, exhilarating rides involving big drops and inversions.

If you aren’t quite ready for white-knuckle rides, there are plenty of other great attractions in the parks. Many of these are Disney themed, like Peter Pan’s Flight or Ratatouille: The Adventure, but Big Thunder Mountain and Crush’s Coaster are awesome mid-level coasters that don’t rely too much on those Disney references. I’d also recommend Star Tours: The Adventures Continue, Phantom Manor, Pirates of the Caribbean, Orbitron and Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop as fun, tamer rides that aren’t too cutesy, if that’s not really your thing.

Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris featuring the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop ride
Toy Story Playland at Disneyland Paris featuring the Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop ride

You can also find some walkthrough attractions like Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, La Cabane des Robinson (Swiss Family Treehouse) and Les Mysteres du Nautilis (Captain Nemo’s Nautilis) that are interesting, entertaining and can be enjoyed for what they are, with or without the Disney themes.

Check out our ‘Top 10 Rides at Disneyland Paris’ video!


Park themes

Maybe you think that you won’t enjoy Disneyland Paris because of the theming. It’s true that most of the parks are, obviously, full of references to Disney movies and most visitors really love that – but not everyone. However, when you get to the park you might find that some of the theming throughout Disneyland Paris is actually really cool.

So, you don’t love the classics like Beauty and the Beast or even more modern favourites like Frozen – that’s fine! But maybe you’re a fan of Star Wars, Marvel movies, the Indiana Jones franchise, old TV shows (love you Twilight Zone!), western movies or Hollywood blockbusters – the themes here go WAY beyond Disney!

And if you’ve got a keen eye you’re sure to appreciate the amount of detail that goes into every inch of the parks, from the traditional American stylings of Main Street to the pirate caves mapped out through Adventureland and the incredible nighttime show projected onto the castle. You might not be into Disney yourself, but it’s hard not to be impressed by the world they’ve created inside those gates.

Incredible Hulk statue during Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season at the Walt Disney Studios Park
Incredible Hulk statue during Marvel Summer of Super Heroes season at the Walt Disney Studios Park

Shopping

If you don’t fancy the rides and aren’t really all that excited by the decor, then retail therapy is absolutely an option at Disneyland Paris.

Of course the shops in the park sell an awful lot of Disney merchandise (and Star Wars and Marvel too!) but you’ll also find some unique shopping experiences throughout the park that could interest you. You can purchase jewellery, crystal and glass ornaments, sweets, kitchenware and even Christmas decorations – yep, that’s open all year round!

Shopping options in the World of Disney shop in Disney Village
Shopping options in the World of Disney shop in Disney Village

If these stores still have too much Disney going on for you, venture out into Disney Village where you’ll find a Lego Store, an art gallery and even some of the restaurants – Rainforest Cafe and Planet Hollywood – have their own merchandise shops too.

Don’t forget that you’re in Paris (well, just outside, but you know what I mean) so much of the merchandise will be souvenirs of the city, not just Disneyland.


Shows and events

Alright, so the parade and the nighttime shows are awesome and definitely worth watching, but they are pretty Disney heavy so might not appeal to you. But that’s okay, because Disneyland Paris puts on plenty of other events in the year for everyone to enjoy.

We’ve had Season of the Force which saw an incredible Star Wars projection show, Jedi training classes and stormtroopers patrol the parks, and this year’s Marvel Season of Super Heroes put on multiple indoor and outdoor stunt shows every day. Also coming up this summer is the Lion King & Jungle Festival, which promises a musical show inspired by Broadway and outdoor African drumming sessions.

Don’t forget the holidays! Disneyland Paris really goes to town for Christmas and Halloween, so if these are your favourite times of the year then you won’t be disappointed with how the parks pull them off.

Meeting Santa Jack Skellington during the Christmas season
Meeting Santa Jack Skellington during the Christmas season

If you’re not visiting during any special “season”, Walt Disney Studios Park also hosts the Moteurs … Action! Stunt Show Spectacular each day, which is a great stunt show incorporating various vehicles and a few death-defying moments which would wow just about anyone!

 

VIDEO: My Top 10 Rides at Disneyland Paris | #ThisGirlEats

As you might already know, earlier this year I decided that writing about one of my great loves in life (food, of course) just wasn’t enough and threw another into the mix – the wonderful world of Disney!

I wanted to give myself the opportunity to chat about the parks, engage with other Disney fans and maybe even come up with some helpful advice about Disneyland Paris, my closest Disney park.

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disneyland Paris
Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith at Disneyland Paris

I’m a total nerd when it comes to planning my Disney holidays – I want to know what rides to go on, how long the lines will be, where to eat and drink, which shows to catch and the absolute best way to make the most out of my trip!

I think there are some amazing videos out there chock-full of info on the American parks – Walt Disney World in Orlando and Disneyland in California – but the same helpful resources aren’t quite so readily available for Disneyland Paris. I know it’s not the most spectacular of the Disney parks but it’s still a hugely popular destination, especially for those of us who are much closer to Paris than the States!

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Phantom Manor at Disneyland Paris

So… I decided to start making my own! We’re going to be filming during our trips to Disneyland Paris and creating some (hopefully!) useful, informative, interesting videos all about this park.

My first video is now LIVE (eek!) and I wanted to start off with an easy one. This first vid is a guide to my ten favourite rides at Disneyland Paris to give people a taste of what attractions to expect on their visit and because, well, it’s fun! Please be kind – I have literally ZERO experience in filming, voice overs, editing, YouTube, all that jazz. But I’m really excited to get the ball rolling on this new project and hope to improve with each video.

Check out ‘My Top 10 Rides at Disneyland Paris’ below. If you enjoy it then please, please, pretty please like, subscribe, follow, comment, anything and everything!

Vlogging On-The-Go: Holiday Food Diary 2017 | #ThisGirlEats

I’d describe my first vlogging experience as awkward, scary and waaay out of my comfort zone – to say the least! But it can’t have been all bad because, for some mad reason, I decided to pick up the camera and do it all again. And this time, it was in front of a load of other holiday makers on the sunny island of Ibiza! 😬

 

 

The camera travelled with me and experienced the vacay food and drink 🍹 beautiful views 🌊 last-minute hotels 🛏 and long conversations with the bathroom mirror 👩‍🎤.

ibiza photo - editI thought a holiday food diary would be a great follow-up to the Introducing #ThisGirlEats video, showing a little more of my personality. But it’s also the perfect theme for #ThisGirlEats, because even though we were abroad it was still all about real food – this was just your normal, everyday girl’s holiday on a budget. None of us had much cash to splash, so it was all about enjoying what was on our doorstep and making a great time for ourselves.

So please check out the video and, if ya fancy, like and subscribe on the #ThisGirlEats YouTube channel!

My First Venture Into YouTube – All for the Sake of Food | #ThisGirlEats

YouTube, to me, has always seemed something of a nightmare. Like an internet jungle full of egos, instant fame and incredibly beautiful people with incredibly interesting things to say, it’s a place I definitely never saw myself going.

It’s fucking terrifying a little daunting. But, having dabbled in music, blogging and media for a few years now, I’m obviously aware of how instrumental YouTube has become in getting your work out there and, with the start of a new food blog and a new venture, it seemed like now was as good a time as any to strap on a pair and maybe just dip my toe into the murky waters of vlogging.

Anyone who knows me knows that in front of a video camera is the very last place I want to be. It’s a million miles from my comfort zone. I’d be lying if I said hearing the sound of my own voice played back in the editing process didn’t make me cringe and I won’t pretend I didn’t scrutinise every inch of my appearance until I starting going cross-eyed.

But I decided it was time to open myself up to my own vulnerabilities. I really want #ThisGirlEats to do well because it’s something I’m really passionate about and if that means putting my most self-conscious side out there for all the world to see, then so be it.

So I’ve really pushed myself and, ignoring the fact that I had no idea how to edit, present, read a script, frame a shot, promote myself as a vlogger or make myself look “YouTube beautiful”, I created my very first vlog for #ThisGirlEats.

Please check it out below! If you want to subscribe, comment or just have a little nose at the YouTube channel, you can find it all here.