Wednesday, 28 February 2018

Disneyland Paris vs WDW's Magic Kingdom

The more I think about it, the more I don’t rate Magic Kingdom that much. Before you start sweating profusely and start mansplaining why it’s SoOoOo magical and good, let me explain myself.

Truthfully I’ve only ever been to Disney Land Paris and Walt Disney World in Florida, and there is so much to explore in the theme park world of Disney, but realistically I only really rated Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and I prefer Disney Park Paris to Magic Kingdom overall. Yeah, Paris is labelled as ‘tacky’ but honestly I love tacky shit. Aside from Armageddon. Absolutely not. Now bare in mind the first and last time I went to Walt Disney World was back in 2016 and I’ve only just recently been to DLP, I’m trying to not be bias. But like, looking back on it all, I just feel really underwhelmed and a bit disappointed in myself that I didn’t like it as much as everyone expected me to? I’ve got a Disney tattoo for Christ’s sake, I should’ve been pissing my pants and gawping over hidden Mickeys, but meh. The rides really weren’t that great, and even though I say I prioritise theming over coasters/rides, it’s a bumpy road (or wild mouse if it’s a bumpy road to probable death). Big Thunder Mountain in Paris is breathtaking, I enjoyed hyperspace’s layout waaaay more than Space Mountain and it just feels so much more cosy? Pirates is unclockable in comparison too. I don’t feel rushed, I don’t feel intimidated and I just love it. Don’t get me wrong, Haunted Mansion is incredible and I found myself always going to it whenever I was on park, but that’s one of the only things I really enjoyed. I did really enjoy the shopping outlets (classic me) more and guest interaction was amazing with the performers, but was that because it was better or just because there were more of them dotted around? It just seemed way over hyped for me, but is it because I’m a general theme park nerd and not a Disney nerd? Theme park geek problems eh? Really the finest first world issues. 
As I said before though, I did really love Animal Kingdom and Studios. I need to go to Pandora and if I don’t ride the Slinky Dog coaster my life won’t be complete. Also Disney Springs is perfect and beautiful and amazing and I wouldn’t have it any other way. And Tower of Terror. So many feeeeeelings!!! Overall theming is definitely beautiful there, but I think I’d rather ride Ratatouille than stand in the scorching sun for 2 hours to ride Splash Mountain. 

How do you feel about Paris in comparison to Florida? Or comparisons to any of the other Disney parks? I feel like I definitely need a trip back soon, or maybe even a cheeky trip to Disneyland? The newest news that Disney revealed in the last few days for their plans for DLP is a game changer too. Jordan (Cupcakesandcoasters) has whittled down the important bits here for you, so give that a read. New superior park? Who knows...


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Friday, 23 February 2018

New job, new path

I've recently done the one of the most life changing decisions of my life. I changed career. Wow shock horror! It's actually a pretty scary thing to do. Throughout education I've been focused on Media and Make-up, then in jobs I've worked in Retail, Hosting and Acting. I've now dived into the scary (and big) world of Marketing. More specifically, I'm a Marketing Assistant and I manage all the Social Media pages and run events. Me, 20 year old piss baby, has to take charge for once, and it's one of the best decisions I've made of my life. I know it's still early stages, but for once I don't feel like it's a chore to get up.  I'm not a morning person and I never will be but the 7am alarm isn't so tedious anymore. It's a little bit sad that I'm not working at a Theme Park, there was always something so weird and wonderful when you told someone you worked on a Rollercoaster, BUT I can see Chessington World of Adventures from my office window. You can leave the Theme Park but the Theme Park never leaves you.

One problem that no one really warns you about when changing career directions is the amount of rejections you get. My god. I have a pretty swanky CV, it's got columns and colours and shit, yet no one wanted to even give me a chance. I was sure that I was just an awful human with nothing to give, but then I one day I just kept pushing and pushing, and look at me now! Fancy! If there's one thing you get from this rambly post, it's to keep on going. Rejection emails are awful and half of them don't even get your name right, if they can't get your name right which you've plastered everywhere, then they're not worth your time. Most places just look for keywords in your CV's and stuff, and normally unless you've had 3+ years experience in a certain area they won't give you their time of day. Prove yourself, add in cover letters, portfolios, embrace the fact this is a new start for you and show them that you're determined to make the most out of it. Also, always go for a place that has dogs. Dogs are the best.

Once again, this is a rambly chat with nothing to do about anything. I just wanted to... talk. I'm a busy bee right now getting the ropes of everything but open season is SO SOON so expect 143947 'I'm hyped' tweets coming up in the next few weeks. #sorrynotsorry

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Saturday, 17 February 2018

My First Time - Paultons Park

Despite being someone who loves Theme Parks and Rollercoasters, I haven't actually been to many parks (yet. the yet is important) but this year is the year that I spend a stupid amount of money on tickets and travel just to ride all the rolliecoasties. First on my list is Paultons Park. Luckily for me, it's open during February half term so I zoomed down before seeing my parents and this is my little review on it! Spoiler: it's cute and soggy.

I was honestly prepared for it to be a bit busy, but low and behold, the British weather kicked in and as soon as I got out of my car I actually resembled a piece of soggy toast. Nice. When we got into the park, we headed straight towards Lost Kingdom, an area themed around exploration and Dinosaurs. My first thought when walking up to the entrance was how adorable it was. Foliage was everywhere, the themed signage on the rocks was cute and I loved how bright the supports for Flight of the Pterosaur were against the shitty grey sky. 
We rode Flight of the Pterosaur first as it was closest (and walk on). I loved how they had the Vekoma sign and information on the offload side, I was squirming whilst my boyfriend was cringing. Cute couples, eh? Aside from getting absolutely soaked on this, the track layout itself is fun. Suspended coasters in the wet weather are always a bit of a risk, ended up with flooding around the hip area due to the amount of water dripping down, but apples and oranges or something. We headed over to Velociraptor next, I honestly wasn't expecting how fast it would go for a family boomerang?! Head was shook. Did Dino Chase for the #cred much to the dismay of my boyfriend, then we quickly rushed over to Cobra where my soul left my body. Please Gerstlauer. Please. Last of the coasters we did was Cat-O-Pillar which was actually really, really cute. I was there for this girl's first ever coaster ride and it was so wholesome and warm. One of the coolest parts of being an enthusiast is taking someone on their first ride and witnessing their reaction (aside from all the cool coaster creds, obviously).

I think the biggest highlight for me was probably the new area for 2018, Little Africa. I always go and see animals when they're located at a Theme Park, and Little Africa is primarily the reason why I loved Paulton's so much. It. Is. SO. Cute. The nocturnal animal enclosure was a personal favourite, thr Fennec Foxes were snuggling each other and the little tiny mouse like creatures were so endearing. I just love tiny animals, tiny animals for everywhere please. Alongside this, there was an outside enclosure too with different species of birds and creatures, I'll throw some pictures down below as anything I say makes me sound 5 and sometimes pictures are better than words.
Before we left, we had a little stroll around Peppa Pig World and looked at the construction for their new expansion later this year. I'm not someone with a child, but if you have a little one then this place is probably perfect to keep them interested for a few hours. So much stuff to do, so much energy to use up. Plus Mr Potato is the star of the show in my opinion.

So there we have it, a miniature review on a new park for me. I love it when parks open for a bit before *actual* open season, helps that coaster stress inside of me. Are you planning to go to Paultons Park this year? Or any parks that you'd like me to go and review? Leave a comment. Let's have a natter.

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Monday, 12 February 2018

Ghost Stories - What and Why I'm so Excited


I can't remember the last time I was properly excited for a film to come out. Sure, I was engaged with the most recent IT and Jigsaw film as I've grown up with them, but they were pretty bog standard releases. Then I remembered my beloved Ghost Stories. I. Am. So. Fucking. Excited. Don't even test me. This film has a bit of hype surrounding it, I'm sure it's been shown at a film festival last year, but the initial release for it in the UK is April. I want April now. FrightFest are having a special screening on the 1st March as part of their event in Scotland, but my weak legs cannot handle a drive there. One like equals one cry. 

Why am I so excited? Settle down, kiddos, it's time to get nostalgic.
Ghost Stories is a play that came around in 2010, due to it's popularity and success for being so niche, it got lots of interest surrounding it. Back in 2014, I had the pleasure of watching it in London with my parents. I'm not going to lie, I was bricking it. The marketing surrounding it was very... vague. It was labelled as very scary and not suitable for anyone under 15, and if you google the play, there's no recordings or show pictures, just stills of audience members looking terrified. It is mysterious and gives you chills, just how a ghost story should be. The use of stage work and interaction with different effects was amazing, and the fact it had no intermission and if you left, you couldn't re-enter? Spooky. There was a sound effect of a knocking noise and I remember a guy shouting "Elsa? Fuck this, I'm out" when it happened. 

Now, onto the film. To keep this vague and simple for those who want to go in with a fresh mind, the story follows Professor Phillip Goodman who is a Professor of Parapsychology, he gives lectures on 3 'Ghost Stories' which are re-enacted. That's all I'm gonna say. I am very intrigued to see how they plan it all out. I'm going to keep this spoiler free, but if you've attended the show, you'll know how certain physical aspects came into play. Another rewarding factor is that upcoming star Alex Lawther features in it with his dorky, yet endearing aura about him. (You've probably seen him in 'The End of the F***ing World', or my favourite, Kenny in Black Mirror, Shut up and Dance) The co-creator, Andy Nyman, stars in this too (I know him best from the best TV show EVER produced, Dead Set, do not fight me on this) I for one am itching to see them perform in the film adaptation. 

Please please PLEASE do not spoil this for yourselves if you want to see the film. Do not google the plot. Do not read spoiler reviews. The story really is better unknown to those who aren't familiar with the play, and it'll keep the shock factor alive. I'm so excited to go and see this and give a proper review when it's released. Did I mention I'm excited? Excited excited excited. I've said that word too many times, soz English students.

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Tuesday, 6 February 2018

2018 - The year of The Walking Dead and the decade of Horror

Before anyone says I’m being bias as I’m a self proclaimed horror fan, hear me out. Horror is taking over this year. Why, I hear you beg? Stop begging. For mother Amy shall give.

First of all, The Year Of The Walking Dead. Over the past few weeks (or lifetimes, as it seems) Thorpe Park have been teasing a ‘safe zone’. Unlike our warm, internet safe space for all of us special snowflakes, this is in no way really safe. Unless you lived under a rock in 2017, The Walking Dead aka the 2nd biggest TV show ever aka rising home of daddy Andrew Lincoln graced itself at Thorpe Park’s FRIGHT NIGHTS. Now being someone who worked as a scare actor there, I can tell you this was huge. Queues were heaving, hype was 100% real. Obviously places such as Universal Halloween Horror Nights And Movie Park Germany have had Walking Dead attractions, but ours were different. Now it seems due to this popularity, the Walker disease has been spreading. Living Nightmare is opening during May Half Term for a more extreme experience, along with selected dates during the Summer (I see you, summer nights). Another exciting addition is ‘Zombie Hunt’, described as an extreme battle for survival. If it’s anything like the old Face it Alone experiences, then I’d defo recommended bringing a spare pair of pants...
Alongside this, my baby itself, Saw ALIVE is opening during the Summer holidays so you can once again experience true torture in 26 degree heat. The last time this happened was like, 2012? 

Now, I know what you’re thinking. That doesn’t say why it’s taking over? Well, yeah it does. Bringing scare mazes to open throughout the whole year is incredible. There’s such a high demand, and it’s being brought now. The Dungeons is a more of a tame ‘horror’ experience, but it’s one that is known all across the world, within different locations. Tulleys Farm’s Shocktober fest is having yet another scare experience being revealed, and more and more escape rooms are popping up. What is it that makes us love being so scared? (Derren pls) Last year we had the likes of The IT remake and the Jigsaw reboot come into play. Then this year Ghost Stories, which was a play running throughout 2014, has been adapted into film, and Halloween is getting another start up. 2018, I am ready for your gore filled contents. 

What are you most excited for? I know I’ll definitely be making my way to Thorpe Park to check out Negan swing his bat at me. Would be rude to say no considering I live 5 mins away.

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