Wednesday, 29 November 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 - Disney Illuminations pt.1

Last but not least from my May 2017 Disneyland Paris trip are the photos from my first ever viewing of Disney Illuminations - the new nighttime spectacular especially for the 25th anniversary. It's had mixed reviews and most people seem to prefer Dreams, however as much as I also adored Dreams, I think a lot of the reason for that is because we get used to something and miss it when it's gone...just like the parades when they end/change.
I did really enjoy Illuminations, to tell the truth...minus the Star Wars stuff (which I didn't photograph haha) because it still isn't Disney no matter what anyone says. Disney just bought out the company who it belongs to. It's its own fandom, but let's not get into all that again!
Here are some photos from between the tears.

Although like everything else, I didn't take as many photos as I'd have liked due to memory card failure, there are still quite a few so I'll be splitting this into two parts. Until then make sure to catch up on the rest of my photos from this series below!

Until next time check out the previous posts in this series:
Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 5
Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 4 
Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 3

Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 2
Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 1
Character Meet and Greets
Disney Stars on Parade pt.1 
Disney Stars on Parade pt.2 

Monday, 27 November 2017

Six Years

Apparently, today marks a full 6 years of Underland to Wonderland...I could have sworn it was more but 6 years is still pretty cool. I wish I had just kept my previous blog and deleted the posts instead of the whole thing as I'd be at almost 10 years now! Anyway, I'm not gonna do a huge big spiel or anything but didn't want to let the day pass without recognising it at all. So here's a quick little sum up of the past 12 months in this blogland.

Most Viewed Posts

Blog aims for 2018
- Get back on a better schedule (I used to always been at least 2 weeks ahead but since starting my 2nd & 3rd jobs I'm only working a post or two in advance)
- Finally, reach 1000 BL followers (highly unlikely as I've been stuck around 800 for 2 years now)
- Just keep going!

Thanks to:
 Mam, Dad & Baker who have always understood, supported and put up with my blog obsession.
Jake, Kerri, Kris, Laura, Claire and anyone else who has been a part of adventures that have been featured here.
For the blog interaction, the following -

It seems from my most viewed and stuff that my Disney type posts are quite popular. Hence why I didn't include too many Dis-themed ones in my 'most enjoyable to write', I wanted to give some others a little air time too haha. It's a given that I enjoy writing my DLP ones of course though. Actually, the post I did about Vegan and Veggie eating at Disneyland Paris last year is one of my top all-time viewed posts ever! Crazy.
I haven't many aims nowadays blogwise because it's literally just my online, interactive diary (as I've said time and time and time again)! Sure it's nice to have made blogging buddies who I can chat with, whose blogs I also like to check out and can discuss posts with - as well as maybe helping with the odd bit of advice ( seems my DLP food post mentioned above must be helpful) but really it's just for future me to look back on eventually.
That's all folks! Oooh, check out the posts I did for both my 'Four Years' and 'Five Years' blogiversaries and thanks again to anyone who stops by here from time to time to read or comment or whatever.

Sunday, 26 November 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 43

Merry Sunday all!
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What's something new you recently learned about yourself?
That I am still stuggling with liking myself. Not to start this off on a downer but eff it, this is my blog and who the heck reads it minus myself anyway. It's been an up and down journey for the past almost 15 years and I realized that that is going to be a part of me for longer than I hoped. The things I've gone through have effected me mentally, they can't be forgotten or gotten over that easy and I need to keep working on myself. I'd like to like myself one day.

In one sentence, how would you describe your relationship with your mother?
My relationship with my mother is amazing; I'm so lucky to have such a strong, supportive, inspirational parental unit who just so happen to be my best friends too.

What was the most defining moment in your life during this past year?
Uh, I dunno. My life isn't a movie haha.

What's the number one change you need to make in your life in the next twelve months?
See the first answer in this post and use your imagination.

What makes you feel secure?
A locked door. That I have checked about 5 times. lol

What is your favorite sound?
Oooh, well silence is a good one! I adore listening to the sea, every single bird call, most nature sounds I guess.

What are the top three qualities you look for in a friend?
Above all, honesty. It's one of the very main attributes a person should have. As well as compassion for others (especially animals) and I think something that is different to me...for example like confidence in public/speaking to people and stuff if that makes sense. It makes trips out a lot less stressful when I'm with a self confident friend who doesn't take crap from people haha!

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.


Friday, 24 November 2017

Halloween Evening at Beamish - Part 2

I've been putting this off because once it's posted, the last shred of Halloween is finally gone :( Boo-hoo!!! Only 341 days to go until next year...well, less because we actually went on the 23rd haha. Please do pop over and have a peek at Part 1 from our evening at Beamish open air musem before reading on, it has a lot more awesome photos!
As for the second part of the evening, we headed down to the 1900s town on the tram to hit all the spots on our map before time was up. The event was on from 6.30pm to 9.30pm which gave us only 3 short hours to cram in as much fun as we could. Here are some photos take on a disposable camera and a couple from Claire's phone.

I think I mentioned it in the previous post, but I just want to say it again as I had a couple people on the night worry for my health/safety when chugging mouthfuls of blood, that my fake blood was actually edible, food safe, mouth safe etc etc. Nah, it didn't taste too good, but heck yeah was it fun.

One of my top 5 picks for the evening was seeing the stunning vultures! They were stunning and looked so unphased by everything....I asked the owners if the camera flashes were annoying or scary for them and stuff but they said it didn't bother them at all. I'm sure one was 27 and one was 30-something years old. Amazing.
Other things we did were to visit the print shop, have a peek in the hall of mirrors (I like the one that the photo is of, the others were less flattering haha), entered the adults fancy dress costume, sat in on a 'seance' but not really a 'seance', watched the bubbleologist and had our photos taken at the photographers!

It really was such a great night. Remember to pop over to part 1 to see us at the scene of a hanging, the fire performer, me new slithery friend and way more. I know it's been almost a month now, but what did you get up to this Halloween? I'd love to see photos so make sure to leave me the link to any blog posts in the comments below or send me photos on twitter @UnderToWonder!

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Actors You Didn't Know Voiced Disney Characters

I dunno about you but when a new Disney animation comes out I try hard not to watch trailers, look into who is in it and so on, too much. So what I love is being at the cinema and picking out voices I recognize. There are some huge names that score voice acting roles in these classics, many of which we are all aware of but there are also a few that slip my attention!
Below is a list of Disney animated classic movies that have actors in them that suprised me when I first realized...

Moana (2016) 
Nicole Scherzinger: Sina
Notably the main name for this movie was Dwayne Johnson who killed the role of Maui, but another 'big name' was Nicole Scherzinger who voiced Moana's Mother!

 Zootopia (2016)
Jason Bateman: Nick Wilde
We all know who Jason Bateman is (Horrible Bosses, Identity Thief, Juno) but I had no idea until recently that he was the fiesty fox in Zootopia! :O

 Tangled (2010)
Ron Perlman: Stabbington Brother
Keeping up with his bad-guy persona, Perlman of Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy and so much more makes a little appearance in Tangled alongside Mandy Moore.

 Bolt (2008)
Chloë Grace Moretz: Young Penny
It's common knowledge that Miss Miley Cyrus voices Penny in Bolt but did you know the equally as awesome Chloë Grace Moretz is young Penny?

 Chicken Little (2005)
Joan Cusack: Abby Mallard
After re-watching Chicken Little once I knew Abby was voiced by Joan Cusack, I have no idea how I never heard it to begin with.

 Home on the Range (2004)
Judi Dench: Mrs. Calloway
 Thee Judi Dench. As a cow. Enough said.

 Brother Bear (2003)
Rick Moranis: Rutt
 Rutt the Canadian Moose's voice is actually that of Rick Moranis. You might not recognzie the name if you were born after like 1995, but Rick was in many awesome 80's movies such as Ghostbusters, The Flinstones and Disney's Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise!

 Treasure Planet (2002)
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: Jim Hawkins
Over the past 5 years I have fallen in love with JGL as an actor so when I learnt that Tommy from 3rd Rock from the Sun and Jim Hawkins were the same person my mind was blown!

 Mulan (1998)
George Takei: First Ancestor
Yaasss George Takei!!!

 Hercules (1997)
Danny DeVito: Phil
I guess this one is a little bit of a cheat because who doesn't know that Danny D is Phil! He (in the nicest way possible) even resembles his human counterpart.

 The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
Demi Moore: Esmeralda
I'm not even embarrased that I only found this out when looking for extra people to add to this list lol!

 The Lion King (1994)
Jonathan Taylor Thomas: Young Simba
So this is a one I've known since I was old enough to know about voice actors and everything but I thought a few people wouldn't know. FYI, for fellow 90s kids, Jonathan Taylor Thomas was the heart throb of Home Improvment.

 The Rescuers Down Under (1990)
John Candy: Wilbur
Thee John Candy, who also acted in Disney's Cool Runnings, was one of my favorite actors so it was super cool to picture him as an eccentric seagull.

 Oliver & Company (1988)
Joey Lawrence: Oliver
Is there a theme of teen heart throbs fronting Disney cat movies?! Like Jonathan TT, Joey Lawrence has been in other Disney movies (A Goofy movie, Horse Sense) as well as Touchstone's Blossom.

 The Fox and the Hound (1981)
Mickey Rooney: Tod
There isn't too much can be said when taking about such a legend. Of course at around 60 when the movie came out he actually voiced 'adult' Tod and not the cub.

 So there we go, I hope you can make me fell like less of a bad fan and let me know that there are at least one or two on the list you didn't know about! A lot of them did come out when I was a child so I didn't care to find out 'who Simba was' and such until I was quite a bit older.
Who are your favorite famous Disney voice actors??

Monday, 20 November 2017

Project 365 // October Summary

Top 3 Photos -
Day 282

Top 5 Moments -
- Spooky decorating! (Blog post here)
- Outlaw King shooting in our town. (Blog post here)
- Halloween Evening at Beamish with Claire. (Blog post here)
- A History of Magic Exhibition at the British Library.
- Dark Arts feature at WB Studio Tour with Mam & Kerri.

This Month in Previous Years -

Sunday, 19 November 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 42

Sup yo, hows it going?
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do click here and have a quick read.
Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What are you most excited about in your life right now – today?
Well now that October is over, I have to say our next Disneyland trip in 204 days... :)  I am extra excited for this trip because my Dad is coming!! The last (and only) time Dad was in DLP was for my 6th birthday in October of '96, over 21 years ago.

What experience from this past year do you appreciate the most?
I have to say probably the Halloween night at Beamish. It meant a lot to do something for my favorite time of year for a change, especially as a birthday treat from my oldest friend Claire. Maybe it was because I was dressed up and not out as 'myself' but overall my anxitey had a bit of a break despite being around the public. 

What is the most enjoyable thing your family has done together in the last three years?
Family as in Mam, Dad and I haven't done too many things together, though separately Mam and I have done loads - DLP in Oct '14, Dec '16 and the WB Studio Tour in Dec '15, Oct '17 - and Dad and I have done our 32 mile charity walk around Keilder, which wasn't just a good experience in general, but a fantastic opportunity to spend a good chunk of time together.

How many hours of television do you watch in a week? A month? A year?
I don't really watch TV per say. I have a TV licence and a TV screen but nothing like Sky or freeview or anything. The shows I watch are predominantly on Netflix, though still I rarely watch shows and if you are familar with this blog you'll know I'm a DVD/movie person. As I write this I've watched almost 450 movies this year which I guess on average may equate to around 750 hours-ish? Probably way more.

What is the biggest obstacle that stands in your way right now?
Money. Isn't it for the majority of people?

What do you sometimes pretend you understand that you really don’t?
What people have said? No, that's Mam! If she hasn't heard or understood you she'll just agree and then you're like, 'you don't even know what I said do you?!' haha. Hmm, I don't think I pretend I understand anything. If I don't understand I just say I don't.

What do you like most about your job? What do you dislike most about your job?
I have the jobs I have so I can work around Baker and so that he is home by himself the least amount of time possible. Not only that but after the jobs I've done in the past and considering my anxity and stuff, I love these jobs because I see no members of the public at all and work with no one at all in two of them.
What I dislike is that I have repetitive strain and a ganglion cyst.

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013/14 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.


Friday, 17 November 2017

YouTube Videos You NEED To See #33

In August I 'brought back' a series I had left dormant for over a year and since then it's kind of happened again. I used to post a new item in this series once a month, however I don't always have enough content for that. I've decided that I will continue these posts, just with no expectations or time scales. The whole point of them is to shed light on the amazing, inspiring, beautiful, funny, cute, entertaining, wonderful things in a world that can be so dark sometimes. I want to spread smiles though things that have made me smile and so I hope these videos below do just that.

A Slightly Surprising Inter-Species Adoption

'This isn't another sequins moment, is it?' Try Not to Laugh at These Memorable Ru Girl 'Blonde Moments'!

As Someone Who Hopes to Adopt One Day, This is a Great Watch. Also Informative for Everyone Else too.

I Love When Specific Companies Use Their Platform to Help - Especially Endangered Species.

I've followed SBSK for almost 2 years now. You Should too and Maybe Watch with Your Kids/Family to Spread Education & Acceptance of Our Diverse Species.

Every Life Matters. No Matter How Small.

A Reunion with All of the Feels for my Fellow 90s Kids Who Grew Up with Matilda!

No, Not 'Just Another Comedy Drag Video'. This One on Gender Terminology is Pretty Important.

That's it for today! I hope you smiled, learnt something and/or enjoyed these videos in someway. Check out the previous post by clicking here and feel free to share any videos you have loved lately, either in the comments or via twitter - I'm @UnderToWonder !