It is here! Holiday month! So as I write this, I am one day away from getting on the plane to Orlando. This trip has had literally hours of planning! Because I am meeting friends from Canada and Australia there has been lots of Skype calls and Facebook conversations to fine tune things.
|Smores Baked Alaska at The Boathouse|
If you want to follow along and be part of the trip - follow me on Instagram @DisDreamGirls as I will be posting pictures there.
One month to my big Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise Line trip so I decided to take a look of the outfits that I wanted to take with me. Following my substantial weightloss, my favourite shirt from the Polynesian Resort did not fit me. So I decided to upcycle it into a skirt - waste not want not and all that. Plus, it was a very expensive shirt!
So the first task was to measure the length I wanted the skirt. I then added 2" to that to allow for the waist band. Next, I then marked up the shirt and cut along the fabric. I felt really sad cutting into Mickey but it was pointless keeping it in the wardrobe for nostaligia-this had to be done!
Next, I sewed across the armholes and then I was left with a rectangular piece of fabric. I pressed back a 1cm hem along the top and then stitched in a straight line (to prevent any loose ends fraying).
After that, it was time for the waistband. I folded the fabric over by 2" and inserted elastic inside the fold. I pinned one piece to the fabric and the other I fastend a safety pin to it (so I would be able to push it along to join the elastic together. I then sew across the fold, enclosing the elastic inside. I stopped 9/10ths of the way round to pull the two pieces of elastic together and then sewed them across. Finally, I finsihed sewing in the elastic along the waist band I had created.
That was it! From shirt to skirt in 40 minutes! I have two other Disney shirts and I intend to do the same with them also. Why not give it a go and let us know how you get on!
The month of June began with Michelle being asked to be a guest on the Dis Down Under Podcast to talk about the dining highlights of The Disneyland Resort. So we thought we would share our top Disneyland foodie tips with you. However, to listen to the podcast and hear food recommendations for Disneyland and Disney California Adventure go on over to - Dis Down Under.
|Raspberry Rose Mickey Macaron|
|Close up of the Macaron|
|Chicken salad from Jolly Holiday|
|Panko Coated Deep Fried Pickles from Carnation Cafe|
|Mickey Waffle with Sausage|
|The Monte Christo Sandwich|
We hope you have enjoyed this trip through the food of Disneyland and if you have a favourite - why not get in touch and let us know!
May brought forth Star Wars Day on May 4th. To celebrate, Jayne trouped with the two costuming groups that she belongs to.
Yet again, Legoland Windsor held their annual Star Wars Weekend and this year, Jayne and her husband Simon were in attendance.
Doesn't Jayne's Mandalorian themed costume look amazing? If you want to hear all about what it is like to be part of a costuming group - you will have to become a member of our Disney Dream Girls Patreon Group. To find out more follow the link - https://www.patreon.com/DisneyDreamGirls
April saw two fantastic trip reports. The first from Paul Barrie of Window to the Magic Podcast. On show 204, Paul shared with us the details of his first trip in over eight years to Walt Disney World. Then the following show, 205, we were joined by John Saccheri (aka Big Fat Panda) to discuss his recent Adventures by Disney trip to California and his first trip to Disneyland. It was a busy month with three other shows crammed in between! 203 and 206 Michelle and Jayne chatted through their Disney life, news and stories whereas show 207 ended the month with Erin Foster, co-author of the Unofficial Guide to Disney Cruise line, talking all about Disney Cruises.
In March, Terri Hardin popped by to talk Disney with us on show 201. Terri is such a great friend to the show and we can also guarantee her appearances will delight one and all. We also shared on show 202 our guide to Disney's Animal Kingdom and it is full of top tips for you!
Busy month on the podcast! Show 195 shares our top tips for planning a trip to the Magic Kingdom - you will not want to miss this one!
Happy 2018 one and all! Here is to a happy year ahead for everyone and lots of fabulous Disney news!
The countdown for the Last Jedi is getting smaller but conversely the amount of merchandise available is growing! The latest product to catch our eyes is a range of ice creams. If you head over to Ample Hills, the team will sort you out with a Star Wars delight!
Ample Hills Creamery has a location on the BoardWalk at Walt Disney World and, for a limited time only, have three themed ice creams to tantalise your tastebuds. The only problem is which to try? Well the staff at the store will always let you have a small taster and once decided, my top tip would be to get a cup as you can have multiple flavours piled in to it! So, here are the choices:
|Available to order via their website|
To showcase the monolithic, fierce power of The First Order, salted dark chocolate ice cream represents relentless villainy, while cocoa powder, bittersweet chocolate and a dash of powerful espresso reinforce the dark side.
A celebration of the spirit and determination of the Resistance fighters who stand against the First Order, The Resistance is a brown sugar and vanilla bean ice cream with an assortment of mix-ins: passionate, fiery red-velvet ooey gooey butter cake, hard-edged toffee pieces and spirited, hopeful mini marshmallows.
Inspired by the harmony and peaceful nature of the Jedi, The Force illustrates the precarious balance between the dark and light side with sweet cream ice cream, swirled with rich chocolate fudge, and set against a galaxy of white and dark chocolate pearls.
If you manage to go and try - let us know! But don't forget to ask for the toppings!
This November, the multi talented Terri Hardin has created the most gorgeous Jiminy Cricket figure. The piece is entitled - A Cricket Can't Be Too Careful, You Know and the first few will be dispatched in December, with further figures available in January 2018. So read on to find out more on how you can acquire one of these stunning figures.
Jiminy stands at approximately 3 1/2" tall and each and every one has been hand painted in a staggering 35 different colours. He has been styled with his iconic hat, long coat and scarf in a thoughtful pose.
Each figure arrives in a special box designed by Terri and inside there will be, carefully wrapped in When You Wish Upon a Star tissue paper, the Jiminy figure. This figure is an edition of 100 and comes complete with its certificate of authenticity.
This will make an amazing gift for the Disney fan in your life. Jiminy costs $125 including tax.
To order, visit https://squareup.com/store/terri-hardin-designs-inc/item/jimmy-cricket-new-pre-order-now
For clarity, we have in no way been given any financial reward from Terri Hardin for writing this. It has been written because Michelle is a massive fan of her work .
This October saw Michelle with a bad case of Disney blues so she decided to book a trip (as you do) and this time it is to Disneyland Resort! So arriving 23rd December she will be there for 10 whole amazing days!
This summer saw more closures for Disney Hollywood Studios but on the positive side, there are some fantastic things coming up in the next few years! One Man's Dream has now become Walt Disney presents. In the newly titled area, you can find models of the new Toy Story Land, a segment of Galaxy's edge and lots of hints of what we can expect in these new areas. I for one am very excited about this new land and can't wait til 2018 to come round!
August for educators like Michelle and Jayne means one thing: holidays and no work! This year, Jayne holidayed at home and Michelle planned to go to WDW.
During Jayne's staycation, she made a trip to Star Wars Identities exhibit at the O2 and her review can be heard by our $5 and above patrons on our Patreon page. Additionally, Jayne visited her tattooist, Simon, and he did some final touches on her Disney sleeve. Whilst the picture below was taken awhile back, she will be updating her own blog with images very soon.
Michelle departs for Walt Disney World on the 18th and she has so many plans for this trip. If you want to hear more about her schedule, she discusses this on show 172 but stay tuned on our social media outlets for lots of updates.
D23 Expo was held in Anaheim and brought lots of Disney news with attractions closing and details of those coming in the future. It is always sad to hear a favourite attraction is going away but here is hoping to the new attraction being amazing. We reviewed some of the best bits of the theme parks news on show 167 and 169.
Alas on the 27th July, there was sad news. Marty Sklar, former vice chairman and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering (WDI), died. For 53 years he worked for Disney and his touch has been on many of the things we love and cherish about Disney today.
|Photo Credit D23 Website|
Busy month on the Podcast as we reviewed our Paris trip, as well as talking about the many incarnations of Big Thunder.
A joint trip to Disneyland Paris! Hear all about it on our podcast number 162.
After podcasting together all these years, we are finally going to have a Disney Dream Girls trip to a Disney park! 31st May will see Michelle and Jayne make their way to spend four days in Paris to check out everything for the parks 25th Anniversary. We aim to record some audio and live shows to share with your all. Listen in to podcast 155 to find out more!
Where has the year gone? I can't believe we are nearly into April! So, for this udate I would like to share with you details of an amazing project our good friend Terri Hardin is doing.
If you follow the link, you will be able to watch a video where the team explains what they are upto Kickstarter Mrs Mifrens
There are only 25 days (as writing) to go! So why not find out more.
January 2017 by Michelle Young
So what lies ahead for the Disney Dream Girls in 2017? We started the year with a podcast with the wonderful former Disney imagineer Terri Hardin. She talks about her trip to Disneyland Paris and what it was like to visit attractions she had worked on. To listen to the show click blog notes for show 139.
|Terri Hardin in DLP - Photo Credit L Jackson|
Then we looked ahead to what movie, theme park fans and Disney runners can expect this coming year, on show 140 and you can check that out by using this link blog notes for show 140.
In upcoming shows you can expect trip reports from Shanghai Disneyland, Hong Kong Disneyland and Disneyland Paris plus more from our wonderful guests such as Jim Korkis and Terri Hardin. This is the start of our fourth year of podcasting and it makes us very excited to what is ahead for us and our Disney family of listeners. We can't wait to share it all with you! So please, if you haven't already, leave us an iTunes review, share our podcast with your Disney loving friends and contact us to share your Disney with us!
December 2016 by Michelle Young
Christmas season in the parks is always a feast for the senses and if like Jayne and Michelle you don't have a trip planned, you somethimes have to make do with what you can. Both Jayne and I decorate our homes with Disney ornaments and treasures from past trips. Jayne has a fabulous Studio 56 collection and I set up my twin-track Monorail. Alas by smaller home meant I wasn't able to operate the EPCOT loop but well sometimes the resort loop alone will do the job!
|Photo Credit - Michelle Young|
|Ready to record - Photo Credit Jayne Phipps|
Alas there wasn't the time for Minxmas this year but we did celebrate three years of the Disney Dream Girls Podcast!
|Merry Christmas Listeners! Photo Credit Michelle Young|
November 2016 by Michelle Young
A highlight for November was chatting to Dave Tupper and being able to share his families trips they had taken on the Disney Cruise Line. As yet, I haven't had the opportunity to take any cruises, so being able to live vicariously, via The Tuppers, made me very happy.
Show 133 for 13th November 2016 can be read by clicking the link blog notes for show 133.
October 2016 by Michelle Young
Another thing ticked off my Disney to do list, I visited Disneyland Paris during the autumn season. The park was dressed sensationally! Plus all the characters were meeting in their Halloween finery. Show 132 released on 6th November 2016 gives my full review and there are photos on the blog too! Use this link to find it Blog notes for show 132.
|Photo Credit - Michelle Young|
September 2016 by Michelle Young
Nothing is as depressing as returning from a fabulous two week stay in Walt Disney World and have to return to reality! We have all been there but know I haven't a trip booked led me to having itching feet... so I managed to sort a trip over to Disneyland Paris for the pre-Halloween season - a massive first for me.
My August trip to Walt Disney World fed into many shows throughout the end of 2016 but my main trip report is on show number 124 dated 11th September 2016 which can be listen to by using this link blog notes for show 124.
|Photo Credit Michelle Young|
August. Summer arrived for us Brits on the 16th. Yup that seemed to be the day we had sunshine! As I am writing this, I am literally two days away from my trip to Walt Disney World. Over the past three years I have visited other Disney parks and left, my once favourite, neglected The 19th will rectify that! There will be all sorts of tours, meet ups, dining, attraction riding and parade watching. I really hope you will follow along, using our social media links @disdreamgirls or Disney Dream Girls to do so.
Additionally, over the next few weeks, we wont be leaving you without podcasts. We have recorded shows for you as well as re-sharing a past set of interviews we did when we just began with the wonderful Jim Korkis. So happy summer and see you soon!
July 2016 by Jayne Phipps
July saw Star Wars Celebration Europe. As the Star Wars fan of the duo, Jayne couldn't wait to attend. However, Jayne didn't just attend as a usual day guest, but as part of the Mandalorian Mercs Vok'Chi Clan. On the podcast, Jayne shared her experiences of attending and the legnths that her amazing husband went to, to ensure their outfit was stunning. I am sure you will agree, when you look at the amazing pictures below.
|Jayne meeting Chewy!|
|'Working' at the booth|
June 2016 by Michelle Young
June brought around a crazy weekend trip to Disneyland Paris. Yes that's right - a weekend trip. In fact it started off being a trip just to attend the amazingly fabulous Inventions Brunch. Whilst we spoke about this on the show, this is the sole place I will share all the pictures from the mini trip Michelle took with the Petar family.
Arriving later on the Saturday morning, we spent Saturday enjoying our favourite attractions and funningly enough, having our evening meal at Inventions also. But the big highlight of the day, was to go the Snow White themed brunch in the Disneyland Hotel. Alas, this did not come to fruitition, a last minute theme change left a few people with tears. But the food and the characters in pirate attire did make up for it (well just a little). Here are some photographs from the trip.
|The new pineapple whip!|
Finally! We are able to share some pictures from the opening day of the town centre at Disney Springs! Our wonderful princess made the trip, arriving just before the official opening ceremony.
|Opening ceremony - Photo Credit J Gallo|
|Disney Springs Map - Photo Credit WDW Website|
Firstly, there are 129 venues. Yes... 129. I was a little taken back by that figure. Shopping, entertainment, bars and eateries, in fact there is a little of something for everyone. Want to check out the store list, here is the list.
Chef James of Disney's Creative Development Team said that they have some amazing food offerings coming our way. We will have more information on podcast 108, which will be released on Sunday 22nd May 2016.
|Disney Springs By Sprinkles Cupcakes - Photo Credit J Gallo|
|Menu for B B Wolf's - Photo Credit J Gallo|
April 2016 by Michelle Young
For this post, I would like to take you to Walt Disney World. From 2nd March 2016 to the 30th May 2016, the EPCOT Flower and Garden festival brings a visual treat for the eyes and now for the palate. The introduction of food booths has been a massive hit, making this time of year a must do. Additionally, the weather is incredibly pleasant too and midweek crowds are at a very agreeable level. If you haven't visited at this time, read on and find out what you can expect.
Firstly, it is a floral and topiary treat. EPCOT surely looks its best. As the pictures show, the horticultural team work extra hard to ensure the park is ablaze with colour and variety. Not only that, it is a celebration to diverse wildlife habitats.
|Mickey and Minnie Topiary (Photo Credit - Disney World Website)|
|England Pavillion - (Photo Credit - Jeanie Gallo)|
|Nighttime and some Topiaries come to life (photo credit Disney World Website)|
There are lots more of things to do other than admire the scenery. There are exhibits, seminars and demonstrations to be enjoyed. Additionally, children can be entertained in the event only special playground. Still want more? Well every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening you will find in the Garden Rocks series in the America Gardens Theatre. To further enhance your experience, you can - for an additional cost - do the Gardens of the World Tour. This three hour tour is $69 plus tax and will give you a greater insight to the landscape and changing designs. For me personally, The English Tea Garden (presented by Twinings) is a must! Firstly, this is free of charge - something we all love - but being English and a tea drinker this fact filled tour sounds perfect.
|Twinings Tea best enjoyed in the garden! (photo credit - Disney World Website)|
|Always starting with the sweet offerings (photo credit - JGallo)|
|Great value and some portions are very generous (photo credit - JGallo)|
|Then refreshments alcoholic or not (photo credit - JGallo)|
March 2016 by Michelle Young
A quarter of the year is nearly over and there are so many things in 2016 I am excited about. Firstly, in a few days I will get to experience Disneyland Paris for the second time, this time with my son. I think sharing such experiences with others who 'get' the magic makes a trip definately more enjoyable. Paris does a celebration of Springtime called 'Swing Into Spring' and its bright, colourful and on a sunny day there is nothing better.
So that is it for the March update, make sure you are following us on Twitter @DisDreamGirls Facebook - Disney Dream Girls, Periscope - Disney Dream Girls, Meerkat @DisDream Girls and in whichever podcast catching option you prefer to ensure you do not miss anything.
February 2016 by Michelle Young
February has seen me book not one but two trips to a Disney park. I am so excited about both of them!
First, I am travelling to Disneyland Paris for five days, just after Easter. I am so excited about this and can't wait to share live audio and video feeds from this beautiful park. As a bonus, my son Ciaran is travelling with me and this is great as I will have a teenagers perspective on the park - so look forward to lots of content on Paris!
|Photo Credit Disneyland Paris Website|
I visited DLP last Spring, so I am really looking forward to going again to see their Spring offerings.
Then, I have not been to Walt Disney World for quite awhile. However, I have just booked a split stay for August. During that trip, hoping to arrange a few tours, meals in some of the newer restaurants and meeting lots of my east coast friends!
|Photo Credit Walt Disney World Website|
January 2016 by Michelle Young
2016 has begun and my first blog is a reflection on my recent trip to Disneyland. It seems an eternity since I flew out on the 24th December 2015.
|Final Picture of the Trip|
|Candy Cane Beignets - Cafe Orleans|
Another highlight was the Christmas Tour, although I was a little disappointed that some elements had changed from the previous year it still is a great tour and the pin this year was amazing.
|Special Pin from the Christmas Tour|
December 2015 by Michelle Young
Busy month for the Dream Girls as we have launched for its third year in a row - Minxmas!
We have a whole host of amazing Disney daily delights for you. Here is the full schedule:
076 14th December Launch show with WDW Happy Place
077 15th December with Enchanted Tiki Talk Podcast
078 16th December with Creepy Kingdom Podcast
079 17th December with the music of Tom Ameen
080 18th December with an audio adventure from Window to the Magic Podcast
081 19th December with TDR Now Podcast
082 20th December we release our version of the 12 days of Minxmas
083 21st December with the Mighty Men of Mouse podcast
084 22nd December with the Disgeeks Podcast
085 23rd December with the Disney Dream Girls Podcast
086 24th December with Dis After Dark Podcast
087 25th December with Disney Dream Girls Podcast
October 2015 by Michelle Young
This month has been incredibly busy! And as usual our shows have reflected this. However, today we are going to whet your appetite to the next show as the Princess Papers blog, very kindly offered to attend the 2015 Swan and Dolphin Food and Wine Classic on 31st October 2015 on our behalf. So prepare your appetite for some mouthwatering pictures!
|Photo Credit - Swan and Dolphin Hotel|
|Photo Credit - J Gallo|
|Photo Credit - Swan and Dolphin Hotel|
Presentlloted by Laurent Branlard, Executive Pastry Chef, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
LIME PANACOTA, LIE ELEE, COCONUT LEMONGRASS PINEAPPLE SOUP
CHOCOLATE ALMOND CRUNCH CAKE ÉCLAIR, COFFEE CARAMEL PECAN
MORE SU AE ACTION STATION: WHITE CHOCOLATE VANILLA ICE
CREAM, GRAHAM CRACKER
STREUSEL, RASPBERRY COMPOTE, RASPBERRY MARSHMALLOW, VANILLA WHIPPED CREAM, CARAMELIZED HAZELNUT
Well apart from the s'mores sundae action station, there was a bevy of delicious desserts. Above you have eclairs with coffee caramel pecans and then an incredibly decadent raspberry and dark chocolate fondant cake with raspberry mousse and finally on the far right is a boozy vanilla rum baba. Plus there was lots more! Having eaten desserts at the Swan and Dolphin restaurants, I can confirm the quality and originality of them is second to none. I recall one of the creations having a flame effect as it was presented in front of me!
I guess we had best look at some of the main courses! As mentioned before, the foods offered give a taste of what you can expect if you ate at one of the hotels restaurants. Whilst not necessarily menu items, they give a fabulous insight to the quality of ingredients, the flavours and style of each place. Personally, it is the attention to detail that struck me in both the food at the event and in the restaurants; every element is right so that each mouthful delivered visual impact and maximum flavour.
|Jalepino Roll (Kimonos)|
Photo Credit - Swan and Dolphin Hotel
|Carved Prime NY Strip, Garlic Mash and Sauce Bordelaise (Shula's)|
Photo Credit - J Gallo
September 2015 by Michelle Young
For my past three trips I tried, in vain, to ride in the Lilly Belle car that runs on the Disneyland Railroad. This trip I was determined I would achieve this 'bucket' list item. Allow me to share some details on the what and the how of this.
What is the Lilly Belle?
It is a carriage that runs as a caboose on the Disneyland Railroad. Inside you will be transported to a time gone by. Once inside, the first thing you will notice is the very ornate, decorated in Tibetan mahogany and plush burgundy velour. The carpeting is the same as that found in Walt's apartment above the firehouse.
The history of the carriage reverts to its original use as a general carriage. However, in 1974 it was retired. Imagineers wanted to realise Walt Disney's idea of having a presidential car. So they decorated it in wicker but Lilian Disney did not like it so she gave instructions on how she envisaged the carriage. Then in her honour, the carriage was named after her.
|The Original Carriage|
Photo Credit - Lilly Belle Album
|The 'Revamped' Interior|
Photo Credit - M Young
Firstly, the Lilly Belle does not run every day. Schedules for the days trains are only finalised on the morning of operation. For it to be running, it requires sufficient staff and the weather to be dry.
Photo Credit - M Young
Photo Credit - M Young
August 2015 by Michelle Young
|Anaheim Convention Centre|
Photo Credit D23
The seat I had was very near the back so I was thankful of the large video screens. Then Bob Chapek (chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts) , came to the stage to open the presentation. Then he introduced an imagineer to present the project they had been working on and the next and so on. Whilst it was great that it was the lead imagineer on each project that presented each parks update, it was lacking a little of the WOW factor. It reminded me of the Apple keynote presentations, rather than a company known for its pixie dust.
|Lead Presenter, Bob Chapek|
Photo Credit D23
Now on to what we actually found out about the USA theme parks:-
- Star Tours – The Adventures Continue – Later this year, Star Tours – The Adventures Continue at Disney’s Hollywood Studios in Florida and Disneyland park in California will include a new adventure featuring locations and characters from the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
- Season of the Force – This new seasonal event, beginning early 2016, brings new experiences to both coasts this includes special entertainment, themed food locations and Hyperspace Mountain – a reimagining of the classic Space Mountain attraction in which guests will join an X-wing Starfighter battle. Disney’s Hollywood Studios (DHS) will feature a new fireworks spectacular set to the iconic score of the Star Wars movies on weekend nights.
- Star Wars Launch Bay – Opening later this year, this interactive experience will take guests at DHS in Florida and Disneyland park in California into the upcoming film, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well as the first six films in the Star Wars saga.
- Both east and west coast USA parks will have a Star Wars Land.
- An all-new 11-acre Toy Story Land will be created at DHS. Guests will become part of the adventurous outdoors of Andy’s backyard, including two new Disney Parks attractions (a slinky dog roller coaster, an alien flying saucer spin ride and a Toy Story Midway Mania expansion).
- Some details were given about the construction of the new land at Animal Kingdom - Pandora – The World of AVATAR, “Rivers of Light” – Expected to open next spring, “Rivers of Light” will be an innovative show unlike anything ever seen in Disney Parks, combining live performers, floating lanterns, water screens and swirling animal imagery.
|Star Wars Land|
Photo Credit D23
|Toy Story Land|
Photo Credit D23
Was it worth the wait, I guess so. However, it was nothing that I couldn't have found out via social media and perhaps even had a better view from the comfort of home. Friends at WDW Happy Place Podcast suggested, that Disney should stream D23 live, whether on a pay per view or freely available basis - that I would be interested in! Would I attend D23 again? Probably not, but it was nice to say that I had done it.
July 2015 by Michelle Young
We do this show because we love Disney theme parks and we enjoy sharing our passion with other like minded people. So to get this, means you guys, our listeners must like what we do. So thank you! We also won this in 2014 too so we are incredibly grateful for all the love and support our listeners and the judges have shown us.
June 2015 by Michelle Young
|Photo Credit Dave Avanzino|
|Photo Credit Dave Avanzino|
|Photo Credit Dave Avanzino|
|Photo Credit Dave Avanzino|
In a few days, Michelle is going to Disneyland Paris for the first time... what can she expect to see there? Well Spring is in full swing for a start! Listen to upcoming shows for more information!
|Photo Credit Mark Petar, Dedicated to DLP|
Also, looking ahead to the latest show, 5th April 2015 sees a foodie challenge and talk of Disney Cruise Line coming to the UK!