Shanghai Disneyland Haul!

The only good thing about coming home from a Disney trip is unpacking all the goodies I picked up from the parks, and having visited two Disney parks, it meant double the fun!

Shanghai Disneyland merchandise

As well as going to Disneyland itself, we also visited the Disney Store in Shanghai city centre, so I picked up a few bits from there before I even stepped foot into the park. They had three for two on tsum tsums, so I picked up Destiny and Donald, as well as an Iron Man for the boyfriend, but I also couldn’t resist this limited edition set – to commemorate the first anniversary of the store!

Shanghai Disney Store limited edition tsum tsums

I also picked up a Donald Duck scrunchie from the Disney Store sale, which opened the floodgates to buying more cute hair accessories from the park, and of course I had to get a set of Grand Opening ears!

Shanghai Disney hair accessories

Shanghai Disneyland Grand Opening ears

Shanghai Disneyland Alex and Ani bracelet

My sister bought me the Alex and Ani bracelet as an early birthday present; I looked at the special grand opening design, but up close it actually looked a little tacky, so I decided to get the classic castle design.

Shanghai Disneyland merchandise

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Shanghai Disneyland Vinylmation

If you didn’t already know, I have a slight weakness for Vinylmations.. The grand opening Vinylmation all came with Mickey, and then the unknown design inside, so I was chuffed to get Minnie because they make a perfect pairing. I also got the Gardens of Imagination Year of the Dog one – its Pluto! As well as these bits, I got the t-shirt, an adorable mug and shopping bag, yay!

I can’t wait to start posting more about Shanghai!

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My Disney Trip Shopping List

No big deal or anything, but this time next week I’LL BE IN DISNEY WORLD!!!!!

I am 100% too excited to think about anything other than Disney at this stage, and we all know how much I love planning right(?) so I’ve been thinking a lot about how I’m gonna blow my spending money, and today I’m going to share some of the pieces I’m hoping to pick up on my trip!

Cogsworth clock and Chip mug

When we were in Disney World back in 2014, I was desperate for one of the newly released Chip mugs, but they were sold out everywhere waa! Now they’re not as new and Disney have picked up production, hopefully I won’t have any problems picking one up! The problem might be with Cogsworth, who was only released a few months ago, but I’m determined to bring him home with me to go with Lumiere, who I bought in Disneyland Paris.

I have a few Alex and Ani bracelets already, all bought on eBay; I have a Rapunzel one, as well as 3 of the 4 WDW park ones, so I need Epcot to complete my collection, and I might see if I can pick up the Disneyland ones in California too!

Disney parks are the only places where I actually like Starbucks, and I’ve been kinda lusting over the park ‘you are here’ mugs, but at $15 a pop, I may rethink that once I get there!

Back in 2014 I bought the Thomas Kinkade Tangled box canvas; it was beautiful and although a little pricey, but it meant something for me to be able to buy it. I’d love to get another one, but I don’t know how I could choose!

I’m also going to be keeping some money aside for the RunDisney Fitness Expos. They partner with New Balance to release limited edition trainers for the events, as well as having a bunch of exhibitors selling cool stuff, so its an excuse for me to do some more shopping!

And honestly, I think that’s it for me! Well, in terms of planned purchases anyway, no one with a credit card can resist Disney merch really!

Do you plan what you want to buy on your Disney trips?

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Christmas Gift Guide for Men

Men can be both the easiest, and hardest, people to shop for – either you can tell exactly what they want, or you don’t have the foggiest, am I right?

So this Christmas, I challenge you to get it bang on, and here are a few handy ideas to get you started:
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Under £20

Darth Vader headphones – £19.95 – Disney Store

Star Wars is going to be huge this Christmas, given the new release, so I’m sure any fan of the darkside would be more than happy with these amazing headphones!

Donald Duck small soft toy – £12.95 – Disney Store

Even grown men still love their toys, and Donald is a favourite!

Diablo Toasted Snack Maker – £12.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

This little gadget is a must-have for guys who love their food; the possibilities are endless!

Wooden IBed Lap Desk – £12.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

Perfect for lazy Sunday mornings in bed!

Mini Engraved Flask – £17.99 – MenKind

Make it personal with this sweet little stocking stuffer!

£20-£50

Minion Laptop Sleeve – £24 – Redbubble

Everyone loves Minions, case closed.

Disneyland Paris Tower of Terror T-shirt – £22 – Disney Store

Perfect for park-going guys!

Remote Control BB-8 Droid – £47.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

Tech and Star Wars rolled into one!

3D Thor Hammer Wall Light – £34.99 – MenKind

Brighten up the man cave with a bit of Marvel!

Mickey Mouse Snapback hat – Vans

For the fashion conscious Disney man!

£50-£100

Disney Era Shoes – £55 – Vans

The new Disney x Vans collection is fab, and these are no exception!

Westwood 25 Watt Speaker – £89.99 – MenKind

For the music lover in him, this speaker is stylish and has Bluetooth linking!

Ferrari Driving Experience – £98.99 – IWantOneOfThose.com

What do you give the man who has everything? Great memories, of course! Experience days are a great gift for anyone.

Ok gang, get shopping!

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My Disneyland Paris Haul

Oh goody, goodies!

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What is a Disney trip with a fabulous haul of park merch? For me, souvenir shopping is one of my favourite parts of any trip, and being the over-preparer that I am, I always plan ahead; making sure I have room in my case to bring stuff home, and also doing a little bit of research on what I might want to look out for!

I was fairly restrained on this trip, mainly due to a tight-ish budget, but I knew I wanted to commemorate the visit with some special goodies, so here they are!

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First up, two things I didn’t actually pay for! When we checked into the hotel for our stay, and the CM found out it was my birthday, he wrote out a ‘Touch of Magic’ voucher so both me and my sister could choose a pin each, it was so sweet! I’m not a pin collector like many Disney fans, but these two caught my eye, and Hannah wasn’t fussed so she let me have them both!

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While I might not be a pin collector, I do have a big Vinylmation collection, so seeing a new collection in the parks always gets me excited! The Peter Pan collection looked fab – there wasn’t a single one I didn’t like – and I got this little cutie: Michael!

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I’d been eyeing up this candle holder on the Disney Store website, and being in the Halloween shop in the parks seemed like the perfect time to buy it!

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Ok, so this is another thing I didn’t buy, it was actually a surprise extra birthday present from Mum and Dad, but they were for sale in the Lego Store in Disney Village, and I love him!

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Isn’t this mini carousel sweet? It’s a little musical piece, which plays the Its a Small World song as it turns, and I couldn’t resist it.

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Last but not least is Lumiere! I saw these in WDW last year and resisted, but now they’re available in DLP, it seemed almost too perfect to buy him in Paris.

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Tokyo Disney Haul

For me, the only thing that was going to be more exciting than my Tokyo trip, was all the wonderful goodies I knew I would find in Japan. I packed the bare minimum (which by my standards is still probably more than anyone else) so I could fill my case to bursting with amazing ‘stuff’ to bring home, and I think I did a pretty good job..

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This isn’t even all of it! BUT a fair few of these goodies are for giveaways, so its not all mine, but I’m going to share what I did buy just for me!

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Nanoblocks have a small following here in the UK, but they were everywhere in Tokyo Disneyland; every character you could imagine in teeny tiny Lego-like building blocks. I was going to resist, but when I saw the castle I couldn’t help myself, and because the Tokyo Monorail was just so darn cute, I ended up getting that one too, and I’m really excited to give building them a go!

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Next, the wearable goodies! The Japanese really go all out when they dress for Disney, and the range was endless! From the parks, I got myself a pair of sparkly Minnie ears, a Minnie scrunchie, the amazing LGM ears, monorail socks, and Winnie the Pooh clip-on ears. A lot of people in the parks choose to wear clip-on ears, and they came in a pretty impressive range from Minnie to Pooh to Stitch. I picked up some Tsum Tsum hairbands from the Disney Store just outside the parks, and the Tsum Tsum socks came from some crazy shops we found in a Tokyo shopping centre.

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As we all know I’m a total homeware nut, and I honestly expected more of it in the parks but the range didn’t span much more than mugs and chopsticks in most places, but I did manage to get some cute lunchboxes, a large rice bowl and a plastic cup, as well as a Tokyo Disney mug and a Tokyo Disneyland hotel mug to add to my collection, as well as some Winnie the Pooh nail clippers – random, I know – and The Queen of Hearts plate came with one of our desserts in the Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall. From another store in Tokyo I also got some cool Pooh and Mickey sushi mould sets, as well as my favourite buy of the holiday: a Toy Story Little Green Men tea set! I had really hoped to get a tea set while in Japan, and this little guy stole my heart. As you can see in the top picture, the cups all stack up into a tower, and the head lifts off the teapot to act as another cup/sugar bowl, while the body is the pot; I’m in love!

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I also picked up a few crafty bits from various stores around Japan: a Minnie Mouse tape measure, some Disney washi tape, sew on Tsum Tsum appliques and a tin of little paper tsum tsum cards!

As well as all these wonderful goodies, there is one more beautiful buy, which I’ve snuck a picture of as its going to be my birthday present, so I can’t have it until October (waa!), but I have to share..

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We came across a Samantha Thavasa store in a shopping centre and I just wanted to have a quick look until I found this beautiful Dumbo purse – the picture doesn’t do justice to just how gorgeous it is!

I’m a pretty happy girly!

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Princess Party Dresses

Its been AGES since I did a proper fashion post!

Everyone loves a good bit of Disneybounding, right? Well these gorgeous gowns are the perfect subtle way to be a Disney princess at your next fancy party!

Click on the names for links, all dresses available from Asos

Image 1 of Jovonna Neon Town Dress Image 1 of ASOS Beaded Mesh Strip Skater Dress Image 1 of Forever Unique Suki Cross Front Luxe Bandage Bodycon Dress With Off Shoulder Detail

Ariel / Elsa / Tiana

Image 4 of Paper Dolls Petite Sweetheart Neckline Pencil Dress With Lace Panels Image 1 of ASOS T-Shirt Dress with Kimono Sleeves Image 4 of ASOS Ombre Cross Front Maxi Dress

Tinkerbell / Merida / Belle

Image 1 of ASOS Skater Dress with Bow Image 4 of ASOS TALL Mesh Insert Fit And Flare Dress Image 4 of John Zack Petite Maxi Dress With Thigh Splits

Alice / Aurora / Jasmine

Image 1 of Club L Bandeau Midi Pencil Dress Image 1 of ASOS Deep Plunge Full Skater Dress Image 1 of ASOS Sheer and Solid Pleated Mini Cami Dress

Pocahontas / Megara / Cinderella

Image 1 of TFNC Prom Dress In Pleated Chiffon  

Rapunzel / Anna / Jane

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Fathers Day Gift Ideas for Disney Dads

I’m really lucky that my dad is fairly easy to shop for, but in case you need a little bit of help, here’s my comprehensive guide to buying for Disney dads!

The Arty Dad

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Whether its for his man-cave, office or anywhere else in the house, get him something he can appreciate every day! I love the range of Star Wars Retro Travel posters from Teacup Pirahna on Etsy; you can pick one, or buy a selection set, but starting from just £4.50 they’re great value for money! B&Q has a great range of artwork and canvases with Marvel themes, like this Marvel comic montage for just £12. Then, of course, there’s Disney Store, which has a great selection like Lightning McQueen for £15, Jiminy Crickett for £20 and World of Disney Up print for £70.

The Fashion Dad

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This is my go-to; I get my dad a t-shirt pretty much every year! And I usually count on Redbubble because there is such a huge range of designs and styles, as well as the option to choose colours etc. I especially love cross-over designs, like this Mickey Mouse/Breaking Bad Walter White shirt! If you’re looking to splurge, this Luke Skywalker watch from Disney Store is perfect for the geeky dad, or if the shoe fits, there’s this Grumpy t-shirt! Let Dad unleash his inner big kid with the Buzz Lightyear wallet from Hot Topic, or the more subtle Mickey messenger bag from Truffle Shuffle!

The Techie Dad

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Computer savvy dads will love the new range of USB memory sticks from Disney store, like this Boba Fett one, or add a bit of Vader to his iPhone with this 3D case! For gamer dads, there’s the Marvel Disney Infinity Starter Pack, available for Playstations and Xbox, or for the music lover there’s a great range of Disney inspired headphones on eBay.

The Collector Dad

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Every dad has something, right? Vinyl Pop is sweeping the world, and with Disney, Marvel and Star Wars collections, there’s something for everyone! The Disney Store has a great range of pins for dads who love trading, and also this adorable messenger Mickey, and for Lego-lovers, there’s a load of Marvel sets out there!

The Foodie Dad

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Chef dads or just dads who love to eat? Covered! Get fully kitchen prepped with this Mickey Mouse apron, Lightsaber barbecue tongs or Disneyland utensil sets, or just sit back with a cuppa in an Iron Man mug and a regal boiled egg in this Arthur egg cup, or for wine-loving dads, how about this bottle stopper?

With Father’s Day creeping up, you better get shopping!

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