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Tuesday, 7 November 2017

A New Start

Hello again. Can you believe it's been 2 months since I wrote my last blog post? For those of you who have followed my journey through my mental health struggles, I am very grateful. I had such a lovely response to my last post.

Following on my from my last post where I was on the verge of seeing a psychiatrist about my mental health. I think that appointment really helped. It was nearly an hour and Megan (my partner) came with me. I'll be honest I was given a leaflet about the

It's been just over a year now since I was first signed off from my previous job and now I'm on the verge of starting my new one. I don't really want to go into the whys of leaving my last job. I honestly regret how it happened. I honestly thought I had a good working relationship with everyone I worked with but clearly as I spiralled out health wise I destroyed all that. It's something I wish hadn't have happened as they were all really great to me during my two years.

Over the past year, I've had struggles with things like self-harming and suicidal thoughts and obviously, that's a challenge to battle through. My advice, especially on self-harming, is that what does it actually achieve? Sure the darkest of nights where I sat with a pair of nail scissors and hacked away at my arms, maybe my mental troubles turned into physical pain and that gave my mind something else to think about. Truly I regret harming as I know the effect it had not only on me but on the others around me.

Over the past few months, things have been difficult with my partner Megan moving back down to Essex to be a carer for her mum and now her to have started a new career too. I'm very proud of her but when she's not here with me or I'm down there with her it can be really hard and lonely again. Days like today can feel empty. I have a wonderful set of people in my life but I find it so hard to reach out and contact people when I probably just need them.

I've been gradually building my confidence again and I'm very excited to have secured myself a new job working at the Disney Store. Those who know me know that I LOVE Disney and the Disney Store so I'm very excited to be working for my favourite company. The response to me saying I've a job again and to saying where has been incredible. Every message has meant the absolute world to me. I truly can't thank everyone enough.

I just want to say to you all that no matter how dark things get there can always be some light. If you can find one small bit of inner strength and grasp too and try and make that strength grow then you'll achieve again. Don't worry if you have mental health problems and you're not feeling strong, that is okay too. I just want you all to know that you're doing okay, don't let anyone tell you different.

Myself I'm looking forward to starting my new chapter. It's nerve-wracking but SO exciting. You CAN do it too. Believe. Dream. Achieve.

I hope you're all well.


Tuesday, 5 September 2017

A Few Little Things.

Hello again. I hope you're well and that you've had a good start to your week and of course the month of September. Can you believe it's almost winter again? I just wanted to write a blog to update you all on how I'm getting on with my mental health battle and a few other things.

I want to start with a subject that it's a bit of a hard one for me to explain. It's simply going out. For those of you who follow me on social media like Twitter, Facebook or Instagram then you'll see that I'm still going out, mainly to the theatre but occasionaly to other places too. You may think along the lines of how can he manage to go there if he's struggling so much with his mental health and anxities. I'll simply answer this with that theatre is my biggest love and passion. It's where I feel safe and free. It can be hard to get there but once I'm inside and in my seat then I'm usually okay and then I can lose myself in the show. It's the one reason I'm glad my anxiety hasn't stopped me doing the thing I love most. My anxieties may have knocked my confidence in many ways but I'm clinging on to my love of the theatre.

I did go to London on my own and managed it. I wanted to catch Half A Sixpence one last time before it closed and I found a cheap deal and I went on my own. As soon as I'd left Megan at the train station that morning I was in a panic and my anxiety kicked in. The whole train journey from Chelmsford train station to London wasn't fun. I tried to lose myself in my music but I was super nervous, BUT I didn't let that stop me. I got myself to London, I walked around a little bit and I got myself to the theatre and like I say once I was there I was okay. I had my usual bout of 'wee nerves' though (more on that in a minute). Towards the end of the show, I began getting super nervous again. I don't know why but I did, maybe it was the thought of being outside on my own again, I don't know. I went to the stage door to see if I could stop any of the performing company. I simply couldn't manage it until I saw Emma Williams, I went over and stopped her and I also managed to stop Devon-Elise Johnson and we had a lovely chat. I did stay on and see An American In Paris in the evening, as I got a ticket for £10 via TodayTix, again on my own. I managed it. After the show, it was dark but thankfully the tube station I needed (Tottenham Court Road) is right by the entrance to the Dominion Theatre where An American In Paris is playing. I got back to Chelmsford, okay, but once there I had to wait outside the train station for about 20 minutes as my taxi was late. This really racked up my anxiety, but once back with Megan at her mum's house I felt SO proud of myself for doing it, for managing it and for having a good time.

Wee nerves. I don't know if anybody else suffers this or something similar. It's basically the fear of needing the toilet. I get it mostly when I'm out, so like the theatre, at the football or the cinema. I basically get worked up with the fear that I'm going to need to the toilet, that sometimes I make myself actually need it when otherwise I wouldn't have. On Football days, in particular, I have a 12 pm drink cut off point for a 3 pm kick off. Even then I'll still have to go to the toilet before the match and at a halftime because of my 'wee nerves'. I've not found a way to get over them yet, and I don't know if I will.

One of the things I've found especially most recently with my depression/anxiety is having really low energy and low motivation. I'll use today as an example. I was awake by around 10.30am today, once awake I got up, got myself a drink, but then came back to the bed. I just lay in bed, I couldn't get going. I did try doing some exercises but this just completely tired me out. I did play Fifa 17 for a bit of the PS3 but after that and had lunch around 2 pm I just crashed out on the bed and suddenly the day was gone. I'd just lay on the bed feeling really low and no motivation to do anything. I really hate it, I try and I tried to get myself going today but I just couldn't manage it. It's something I find being apart from Megan now that she's in Essex caring for her mum. When I'm with her I'm fine but without I'm pretty useless.

Something else I'm still struggling with is the feeling of feeling alone. I know I have people but it's really hard to reach out sometimes. In these days of social media, it can be even harder. Obviously, you see people having a much better time than yourself and you can easily feel jealous of them. I've tried my best to keep m social media usage down but sometimes it's just impossible. Without it, I'd feel completely useless at times and with it it makes me feel useless too. At times you just want to reach out to people on there but then you kind of realise that most people actually don't really care. Sure they may follow you or whatever but do they actually have the time or even actually care for you? Again it's probably just my mental health struggle that is making me think this way. I just wish I had more like 'real' friends and not ones that I have to talk to one social media. I know I have wonderful people on social media, and PLEASE don't think it's me saying that I don't care or need you, I need you SO much. You guys are a real escape and I need you. It's just hard to know who cares, who is just popping up and doesn't actually care but says they do or whatever. If that all makes sense.

In recent weeks my skin has been a bit of a nightmare again which makes things difficult too. That brings me down a lot and it's hard to keep fighting it. I feel like I'm just itching, scratching or applying cream all day. I hate having eczema and I really hope one day I wake up and it's all just disappeared and that I am free from it. It's horrible. I'm increasing anxious about winter as that tends to be the worst time, especially ones the really cold weather starts to kick in and the heating has to come back on in the house. Summer is usually a good time for my skin, but this time that doesn't seem to have been the case. I have my next dermatology appointment at the hospital on Wednesday next week so at least I have that which might help.

Finally, from me on this update, I've a big appointment on Monday, I'm seeing a psychiatrist about my mental health and my problems. I saw my doctor in July and we discussed progress. We stopped all my anti-depressants and I stopped my CBT. I felt my CBT wasn't going anywhere, I'd had 7 sessions and my therapist, Craig, was wonderful. I couldn't fault him but I just don't think it was for me. I went in feeling okay and usually come out feeling worse. I do still use the techniques that I picked up from those sessions though which is good. I'm super nervous for the appointment on Monday afternoon though. I'm hoping it will be a real help.

So that's all from me for this update. I hope you're all keeping well and I'd love to chat with more of you, especially about your mental health. How you cope and how you manage etc. I wish you all the best and thank you for reading.


Saturday, 29 July 2017

5 MUST See Shows This Summer

Now that the summer is upon us I've picked out my five shows that are a must see for the holidays.

Bat Out Of Hell
Jim Steinman's Bat Out Of Hell is blasting the roof off London's Coliseum on a nightly basis. The show is mad, loud and brilliant. The classic songs are given a fresh lease of life with a cast that are just incredible. Andrew Polec leads the show as Strat, leader of the Lost, and he is a revelation on his UK debut. His voice is stunning and he hits all the big notes, especially those towards the end of the title song "Bat Out Of Hell". Strat's love interest, Raven, is played by Christina Bennington who like Andrew has a huge voice. The pair are show-stoppingly good. The duet of "For Crying Out Loud" is a standout. Raven's parents are played by Rob Fowler and Sharon Sexton, they are just a joy together. "Paradise by the Dashboard Light" is easily the best moment of the first act. Dom Hartley-Harris was my favourite in the show, his vocals in particular in "Objects in the Rear View Mirror May Appear Closer Than They Are" are beautiful. There is fine support by Giovanna Spano, Patrick Sullivan and Danielle Steers. All 3 are brilliant, in fact, the whole company are brilliant, find me a better sounding company you won't. The stage is a visual treat and the use of cameras is clever. The show is littered with huge songs, "I'd Do Anything For Love (But I Won't Do That)", "Dead Ringer For Love" and What Part Of My Body Hurts The Most". It's a show that you simply won't forget and I highly recommend it.

Photo by Specular
Bat Out Of Hell runs at London's Coliseum until August 22nd, before it transfers to Toronto in October. For more information, click here.

Half A Sixpence
They joyful musical Half A Sixpence plays at London's Noel Coward Theatre. It opened to rave reviews in 2016 in Chichester before its London transfer. The musical based on H.G. Wells novel Kipps is given a fresh revival by the team who brought Mary Poppins to the stage. Downtown Abbey creator Julian Fellows has written the book, British songwriting duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have added new songs and re-orchestrated some of the classics by David Heneker. The music is fantastic, "Pick Out A Simple Tune" is one of the best new songs in any musical in recent years. The classic "Flash, Bang, Wallop" is sensational.

Photo by Manuel Harlan.
The company are so strong, Charlie Stemp's Arthur Kipps is incredible, his energy and stage presence is special, you simply can't take your eyes off him. Devon-Elise Johnson is charming and brings the feisty Ann Pornick to life perfectly. Emma Williams is beautiful as Helen Walsingham, every show Emma is in she is utterly radiant. Ian Bartholomew a joy as Chitterlow. Bethany Huckle is a stand out as Flo, she is a fantastic younger performer, I'd keep an eye out of her in the future. A fantastic ensemble adds great spectacle to the group numbers. The musical is guaranteed to leave with a huge smile on your face.

Half A Sixpence runs at London's Noel Coward Theatre until September 2nd. For more information click here. 

Vice Versa
As part of the Royal Shakespeare Company's Rome Season, Vice Versa, a hilarious comedy by Phil Porter lovingly ripped off from the Roman comedies of Plautus. The whole production is hilarious. The jokes are perfectly pitched and the humour is clever. The company of actors are excellent, their comedy timing is superb. Felix Hayes is excellent as General Braggadocio, he is a highly talented actor and he does comedy roles so well (I previously saw him in the Comedy of Errors and Twelfth Night at the RSC). Sophia Nomvete steals the show as servant Dexter, she runs the show and her energy and performance is of the highest quality. Steven Kynman and Byron Mondahl give hilarious turns, especially as drunks in the second act. I generally don't think I have laughed at a performance in quite a long time. I highly recommend it.
Photo by Pete Le May.
Vice Versa runs at The RSC's Swan Theatre in Stratford-Upon-Avon until September 9th. For more information click here. 

La Cage Aux Folles
The fabulous La Cage Aux Folles is currently on a UK Tour which is nearing its end. The show follows Georges and the dazzling drag artiste Albin, star of La Cage Aux Folles, who live an idyllic existence in the heart of St Tropez. But behind the curtains of this sparkling extravaganza, all may be about to change. The show is great fun and with a fantastic heart. John Partridge gives a sensational turn as Albin/Zaza and his version of "I Am What I Am" is majestic. Adrian Zmed as Georges and Marti Webb as Jacqueline. The show's Cagelles (The Drag acts) are just stunning. They all look and sound wonderful. It's a show you'll leave with a huge grin on your face and feel a lot better when you come out. "The Best Of Times" is a song that sums up everything joyful about this show. 

Photo by Pamela Raith
La Cage Aux Folles is currently on a UK Tour, with remaining venues; Sunderland's Empire Theatre, The Milton Keynes Theatre and finally a couple of weeks in Brighton's Theatre Royal. For more information click here. 

The Wind In The Willows
If you're looking for a show for the family this summer look no further than The Wind In The Willows at The London Palladium. The show is full of charm. Again the team behind Half A Sixpence have a hit on their hands. Jullian Fellows has done the book for the show, giving Kenneth Grahame's classic story a new lease of life. Song writing duo George Stiles and Anthony Drewe have again written some unforgettable songs, "The Amazing Mr Toad", "The Wild Wooders", "The Open Road" and "We're Taking Over The Hall" are my favourites. The show is a visual spectacle to with great costume and set design.

The acting company are first class too. Rufus Hound, who is always a treat to watch, is excellent as the mad cap Mr Toad. Craig Mather brings great heart to Mole. Simon Lipkin who is another actor who is always just a treat to watch and steals nearly every moment he's on the stage, he has a great charm and wit about his performances and a fine voice to match. There's fine support from Gary Wilmot as Badger and Denise Welch as Mrs Otter, also Emilie Du Leslay as Portia. The villain of the show is Neil McDermott's Chief Weasel and his great and has two of the shows best songs. The audience on the performance I attended was mixed with the older generation to large groups of school kids, everyone lapped up the pure charming entertainment.

The Wind in the Willows runs at The London Palladium until September 2nd. For more information click here. 

That's my five picks on the must see theatre shows this summer but whatever you see theatre is hugely important and hugely enjoyable. The joy that the theatre can give you is unrivalled from any other form of entertainment.

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The Royal Shakespeare Company Key

The Royal Shakespeare Company's Key is a fantastic free initiative for people aged between 16 and 25 years old. Joining the free membership via the website allows a young person access to great discounts and offers. The main part of Key is that it offers £5 tickets across all performances for RSC shows, whether that be in Stratford-Upon-Avon or in London. When you sign up you get a loyalty card, and after you've been to see 5 shows you're able to get a 6th for free. You also get discounts at throughout the RSC and in the West Midlands/London.

Unfortunately for me after coming up to 6 wonderful years of membership with Key I'm about to turn 26 and will lose all my benefits of membership. I wanted to take this time to reflect on the incredible world class theatre productions I've seen by listing some of the best shows and performances I've seen.

The Shows I've Seen Whilst a Key Member (in the order I saw them):
A Midsummer Nights Dream - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2011)
The Heart of Robin Hood - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2011/2012)
The Taming of the Shrew - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012)
The Comedy of Errors - Royal Shakespeare Theatre/The Roundhouse (London) (2012)
Twelfth Night - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012)
The Tempest - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012)
King John - Swan Theatre (2012)
Richard III - Swan Theatre (2012)
A Soldier For Every Son - Swan Theatre (2012)
Julius Caesar - Royal Shakespeare Theatre/Noel Coward Theatre (2012)
Two Roses For Richard III - The Courtyard (2012)
Much Ado About Nothing - The Courtyard (2012)
A Midsummer Nights Dream/As You Like It - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012)
The Orphan of Zhao - Swan Theatre (2012/2013)
The Mouse and His Child - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012/2013)
Boris Gudunov - Swan Theatre (2012/2013)
The Merry Wives of Windsor - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012/2013)
The Winter's Tale - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013)
A Life Of Galileo - Swan Theatre (2013)
Hamlet - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013)
As You Like It - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013)
The Empress - Swan Theatre (2013)
Titus Andronicus - Swan Theatre (2013)
Alls Well That Ends Well - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013)
A Mad World My Masters - Swan Theatre (2013)
Candide - Swan Theatre (2013)
Richard II - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013)
Anthony and Cleopatra - Swan Theatre (2013)
Wendy and Peter Pan - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013/2015)
Bring Up The Bodies - Swan Theatre (2013/2014)
Wolf Hall - Swan Theatre (2013/2014)
Henry IV Part Two - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2014)
Henry IV Part One - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2014)
The Roaring Girl - Swan Theatre (2014)
The Arden of Faversham - Swan Theatre (2014)
Two Gentlemen of Verona - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2014)
The White Devil - Swan Theatre (2014)
The Witch of Edmonton - Swan Theatre (2014)
Loves Labours Lost - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2014)
Shoemaker's Holiday - Swan Theatre (2014)
Love's Sacrifice - Swan Theatre (2015)
The Merchant of Venice - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2015)
Jew of Malta - Swan Theatre (2015)
Henry V - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2015)
Don Quixote - Swan Theatre (2016)
Doctor Faustus - Swan Theatre (2016)
A Midsummer Night's Dream: A Play For The Nation - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2016)
Two Noble Kinsmen - Swan Theatre (2016)
The Tempest - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2016/2017)
Snow In Midsummer - Swan Theatre (2017)
Loves Labours Won - Theatre Royal Haymarket, London (2017)
Julius Caesar - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2017)
Salome - Swan Theatre (2017)
Vice Versa - Swan Theatre (2017)

Image Credit: Peter Cook

My Favourite Production:

Top 3 Shakespearean Productions:
As You Like It - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2013)
The brilliant 2013 production of As You Like It was just a pure dream. It's easily the best Shakespearean production I've seen. Maria Aberg's stunning production had a real festival vibe about it and with the added music by Laura Marling, this was a real summer escape. The music gave the production extra magic, I still love listening to the tracks which are available on iTunes. Alex Waldmann's Orlando and Pippa Nixon's Rosalind were perfect, the chemistry and charm they both had just a joy to watch. Joanna Horton's Celia beautifully pitched. This was the RSC at its finest.

King John - Swan Theatre (2012)
Another special production by Maria Aberg was the 2012 King John. This was the first play I saw in the intimate Swan Theatre, which is my favourite of the RSC theatres. Aberg's decision to cast a woman as the Bastard was a genius idea and Pippa Nixon's performance was sensational. Alex Waldmann's led brilliantly as King John alongside a superb supporting casting including John Stahl as Philip of France, Susie Trayling as Constance and Oscar Pearce as Lewis. The most memorable part of the production was the start of the second act with Pippa's Bastard singing the song "Civilian" with a huge paper burst and giant balloons filling the stage.
Alex Waldmann as King John.
Photo Credit: Keith Pattison
The Comedy of Errors - Royal Shakespeare Theatre/The Roundhouse (London) (2012)
Part of a fantastic "What Country Friends Is This" trilogy playing alongside Twelfth Night and The Tempest was The Comedy of Errors. Amir Nizar Zuabi's production was full of farce and humour. Felix Hayes and Bruce Mackinnon as the two Dromio twins. Both have perfect comedy timing and watching them was just a joy.
Felix Hayes and Bruce Mackinnon as the Dromios.
Photo Credit: Keith Pattison

Top 3 Non-Shakespeare Productions:

Vice Versa - Swan Theatre (2017)
Currently playing as part of the Rome Season, Vice Versa is by far the funniest play that I've ever seen. I laughed and laughed throughout, the energy and comic timing by a hugely talented cast is of the highest quality. Phil Porter's play is littered with humour and generally brilliant moments. Felix Hayes is a joy as General Braggadocio and Sophia Nomvete is just a genius. She couldn't be more perfect for the role of Dexter. It's one of the best pieces of theatre I've ever seen.

The Heart of Robin Hood - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2011/2012)
A show I really loved that I went 5 times, twice on my own, The Heart of Robin Hood was just special. A slightly different take on the Robin Hood story but no less brilliant. The set was a visual masterpiece and costumes set the tone of Sherwood Forest greatly. The cast led by James McArdle as Robin and Iris Roberts as Marian/Martin with fantastic support from Martin Hutson as Prince John and Tim Treloar as Guy of Gisborne and Olafur Darri Olafsson as Pierre. It's a show that will always stay with me. I absolutely adored it.  

The Mouse and His Child - Royal Shakespeare Theatre (2012/2013)
Unlike anything I've seen before or since The Mouse and His Child was a Christmas season joy in 2012. Russell Hoban's brilliant children's story adapted for the stage by Tamsin Oglesby and directed by Paul Hunter was full of charm and magic for all the family. The costumes really brought the characters to life and the set was brilliant. Michael Hodgson made for a great villain in Manny Rat. This is the sort of show you go into blind not sure what to expect but come out with a big smile on your face.


So as you can see the Key has allowed me to see some world class theatre for a bargain every time. I advise ANY 16 to 25 year old to sign up and get the benefits of Key. It'll open the door to world class theatre. My time as Key member may be over but I'll always be attending the RSC and seeing the shows. It's always world class theatre every time. There's such a special buzz I get from seeing plays in Stratford and long may they continue to entertain the masses.

A huge thank you to the Royal Shakespeare Company, all the actors, directors, stage crew, the front of house staff, box office staff, and all at the Key who made this period for me so special and enjoyable.

To join Key or for more information please click here.

Monday, 12 June 2017

Disney Character Meets

In this blog post, you'll find ALL my Disney character meets in alphabetical order! There will be quite a lot so do expect this to be quite a long post!




Ariel was the second Princess I met at Disneyland Paris. At Princess Pavillion in March 2015.

We were very fortunate to meet Ariel again during our Halloween season trip during October 2015.


It was really special to me to meet Princess Aurora, Sleeping Beauty is one of my favourite Disney movies and Aurora potentially my favourite Disney Princess, not sure what that says about me, maybe it's all her sleeping!

Anastasia and Drizella

Drizella and Anastasia are always brilliant to meet. They're so sassy and just a bit bonkers! I am ever so in love with Anastasia. Drizella not so much! We met the pair for the first time in October 2015 during the Halloween season.

Alice and The Mad Hatter

Celebrating all our unbirthday's with tea with Alice and the Mad Hatter in February 2016.


Buzz Lightyear

Our only current meeting with Buzz Lightyear happened in March 2015 during our first full day in the parks. We spent much of the day in the Studios Park and our first character meet there was Buzz.



Meeting either Chip or Dale is always fun and we met Chip here in Cafe Mickey in March 2015.

We met Chip again at Cafe Mickey during a character breakfast in October 2015.

Chip at a character breakfast at Cafe Mickey in October 2015.


One of my favourite Princess meets came when we first met Cinderella during October 2015. She was just the most fantastic and lovely princess.

During our October 2015 trip, we did Princess Pavillion most days and this gave us a chance to meet a number of princesses. It was during the time where you had to queue to get a reservation, once you got the reservation you had a time to return, you then returned and queued to meet a princess. You didn't know who it was going to be. So by the end of the week, we got our first double, we chose to re-meet Cinderella. She wasn't as nice as previous and this meet was SO awkward.

Captain Hook

Nemesis to Peter Pan, Captain Hook, was out meeting in the scrum style set up after the villains show in October 2015. I love the Halloween season but hate the scrums meeting villains!

Cruella de Vil

The spot loving Dalmatian hating villain was out during the evening in the town square during the Halloween season of October 2015.

Chip and Dale

Meeting the cheeky Chipmunks together is always good fun. This was the first time it happened for me. They were out by the Cowboy Cookout in October 2015.

In February 2016, I was reunited with the Chipmunks at the Gazebo on a cold morning during Magic Hours.



The first encounter with Dale came at Cafe Mickey during a character breakfast in March 2015.

Later on the day after the first meeting with Dale at the character breakfast, we met again during Stars and Cars in Walt Disney Studios Park (March 2015)

We met Dale again during a character breakfast at Cafe Mickey in October 2015.

I really love this photo from a character breakfast in October 2015.

With Dale at Cafe Mickey in October 2015.

Donald Duck

Donald Duck is a favourite character of many Disney fans. He is such a fun character. Our first meeting with Donald came as part of Stars and Cars at Walt Disney Studios during March of 2015.

A very rainy October morning in 2015 meant the meeting with Donald was kept under the gazebo. It didn't dampen anyone's spirit though.

We bumped into Donald, who was out with Daisy and Goofy at Cowboy Cookout during our October 2015 holiday.

We caught up with Donald in The Walt Disney Studios Park in February 2016.

Doctor Facilier

The Shadow Man came out to meet during the Halloween Season of October 2015. He didn't bring his "friends from the other side" but he was great fun.

Daisy Duck

We met Daisy Duck near Cowboy Cookout during October 2015.

Daisy in a sassy mood in the Studios Park in February 2016.



Eeyore was my first ever character meet during my 'grown up' Disneyland Paris trips. I don't have any character photos from my only previous trip which came during a school trip where we stayed in Paris for a week, during that week we spent a day in Disneyland. Meeting Eeyore was part of a character breakfast in Cafe Mickey on our first morning in March of 2015.


Emile from Ratatouille, along with Remy was part of the Stars and Cars show in Walt Disney Studios Park in March 2015.

Evil Queen

Meeting the Evil Queen is intimidating as you can tell by her face! Snow White's villain was out in October 2015.



Having a favourite villain is okay right? Mine is Frollo. Not because I like him or what he does, of course not, but he just is! We met him for the first time in October 2015.

We met Frollo again in October 2015. This time I told him that he was my favourite villain and he
was thrilled by this!



Meeting Pinocchio's father, Geppetto was part of Stars and Cars in the Walt Disney Studios Park in March of 2015.


We chanced upon Goofy near Cowboy Cookout in Frontierland during March 2015.

Goofy had a special meet location in October 2015 during the Halloween season and we met him in great spirits as always.

A lovely moment with big smiles with Goofy in October 2015.

Cowboy Goofy was out near the Cowboy Cookout in Frontierland in October 2015.

We did the first of two character breakfasts during our Halloween season October 2015 trip. The first character we met during the first of these was Goofy.

We did two character breakfasts during out October 2015 trip. Goofy was there to meet us at both, this was during our second one.

Goofy and Pluto

We met Goofy and Pluto together during a very wet Extra Magic Hours in October 2015. They'd moved undercover because of the rain.


I'm not sure what the appeal of Gaston is, I guess it's his muscles and all that because it's certainly not his personality! Although charming if not sometimes intimidating to meet. I side much more with Lefou than Gaston. We first met Gaston during October 2015 during the Halloween Season.

Gaston not looking so menacing here during a selfie in October 2015.

Gaston certainly didn't approve of me this time during a daytime visit after a performance of the Villains show on the castle stage in October 2015.




Jack Skellington

One of the best things about Halloween Season is the fact theming all over the park. Meeting Jack Skellington in his graveyard themed greet location was great fun. (October 2015).


During the October 2015 Halloween season, the Disney villains used to come out in the town square in the evening before Dreams. This was a great way to meet them. Our first of the meeting was with Aladdin's nemesis Jafar.


King Louie

I was so excited to meet King Louie, one of my favourite Disney characters during October 2015. This was on our final day of the trip.

King Louie and Baloo

Meeting the Jungle VIP for together for the first time was wonderful. I was even wearing my Baloo hat!


Lady Tremaine

Lady Tremaine, Mother to the ugly stepsisters Anastasia and Drizella. We met her after a performance of the It's Good To Be Bad Disney Villains show on the castle stage in October 2015.


Mickey Mouse

Meeting Mickey Mouse is always special and we were so excited about our first ever meeting with him. This came during a character breakfast at Cafe Mickey in March 2015.

During the first meeting with Mickey, Megan got this selfie of all three of us.

Our first encounter with Mickey in his house came during the Halloween season in October 2015.

Halloween Mickey is great fun, his greet location in October 2015 was up near the Chaparral Theatre. It was off season for any show so it was really quiet up there and Mickey didn't seem to get much of a queue. I love his costume for the Halloween season.

This meeting with the main mouse during a character breakfast in October 2015 was great fun as this photo shows. He noticed my phone case had him on it after this and took it off Megan and started taking selfies of himself!

Another meeting with the Main Mouse, again in Cafe Mickey at a character breakfast in October 2015.

Mickey came out for both sets of characters during our second character breakfast in October 2015 so of course, we met him again!

Minnie Mouse

Our first meeting with Minnie Mouse came during Stars and Cars at Walt Disney Studios Park in March 2015.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Our first meeting with Mickey and Minnie Mouse together happened on our second to last morning of our trip during Extra Magic Hours in the Disneyland Park in March 2015.

During Extra Magic Hours in March 2015.

This photo remains one of my favourites ever from Disneyland. During the October Halloween Season of 2015, we met Mickey and Minnie during Extra Magic Hours.

In Magic Hours in February 2016, a bit colder than the previous meetings!


The first ever Disney Princess we met was Merida. At Princess Pavillion in March 2015. This was when you queued up to meet just one princess without knowing who it was going to be. Clearly, I need work on my archery pose!

At Princess Pavillion in March 2015.

We met Merida in her special greet location in October 2015.

Meeting Merida is always fun, thankfully I didn't need my arrow pose this time! (October 2015).


The Halloween Queen herself, Maleficient. She is so beautiful yet so scary! Her courtyard just behind the castle during the Halloween season is a great place to meet her. October 2015.



Old Hag

Snow White's poisoner, the Evil Queen in her transformed state as the Old Hag. Terrifying. Meeting after the Villains show in October 2015.

I didn't take one of her apples! (October 2015)



Meeting Pluto was part of our first morning at Disneyland Paris in March 2015. This was part of a character breakfast at Cafe Mickey.

A selfie of Megan, Pluto and Me took at the Character Breakfast in March 2015.

Another meeting with Pluto happened during March 2015 during Extra Magic Hours at the end of Main Street USA.

We met Pluto near Cowboy Cookout in October 2015, he was his normal adorable self.

Being the Halloween season we were asked by the cast member to do scary faces, we hope we didn't scare you too much Pluto!


Meeting Pinocchio happened during Stars and Cars at Walt Disney Studios Park in March 2015.

Peter Pan

We were walking around Fantasyland on our final day of our October 2015 trip, I suddenly saw something green near the tea cups, I then realised it was Peter Pan, we ran over and got to meet him.

Silly faces with Peter!

Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana

Meeting Prince Naveen and Princess Tiana for the first time in February 2016 was wonderful.


A cold meet and greet with Perla in February 2016.


Queen of Hearts

The Wonderland nightmare that is The Queen of Hearts was out during the Halloween season of October 2015.



During our first day in the Walt Disney Studios in March 2015, we experienced the brilliant Stars and Cars. Megan and I loved it so much that we spent the entire afternoon watching it happen. Part of the show was being able to meet the characters as they went around the show area. The first character we met at this show was Remy from the movie Ratatouille.


Rabbit from Winnie the Pooh was part of Stars and Cars during March of 2015.



The spirit of Hawaii was strong with us as we met Stitch during Stars and Cars at Walt Disney Studios Park in March 2015.

Snow White

Meeting Snow White was brilliant during October 2015. We spent quite a long time with her as the PhotoPass photographer was having problems. We had such a brilliant interaction due to this and it always stands out as a great Disney memory.


We had a nice change on our second character breakfast in October 2015, Mr Smee came out, although it was a bit random it was brilliant!


Thumper and Miss Bunny

Meeting Thumper and Miss Bunny came as part of the Spring Season in March of 2015. The two characters featured in movie Bambi.

The Tremaine's

We got a rare chance to meet the Tremaine's all together during October 2015. Anastasia and Drizella and their mother Lady Tremaine, villains to Cinderella came out in the evening at the gazebo.


We bounced on to Tigger in February 2016.





Everyone's favourite Disney cowboy, Woody, was out as part of Stars and Cars in Walt Disney Studios Park in March 2015.