Tokyo Disneyland

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Recently me and my friends got back from an amazing trip in Asia where we visited Japan (Tokyo, Kyoto and Osaka) and South Korea (just Seoul). One of the things I’d been looking forward to the most was spending my birthday at Tokyo Disneyland. Unfortunately a typhoon was set to hit on my birthday and the weather was meant to be dreary so we pushed it back by a couple of days. On the day we went the weather was perfect and it was probably less crowded than it would have been on a Sunday anyway.

My biggest stresses were getting to the park and purchasing tickets. I was worried it would be difficult to reach but it wasn’t, it was just a short train journey away and although the park was very busy it didn’t take as long as I’d dreaded to buy our park tickets. The queues went relatively quickly and soon we were inside the park.

I’ve only ever been to Disneyland Paris and it’s on my bucket list to visit all the Disneyland’s across the globe so I was excited to tick another one off the list. Entering the park was amazing because I’d been excitedly watching vlogs for the past few months so to walk through where I’d seen so many of these vloggers walking through was so fun.

Our first stop was ‘Sweethearts Café’ because for some reason in Tokyo we didn’t buy any breakfast foods, we normally just ate a bar of chocolate and then got on with our day so by the time we’d reached Disneyland we were starving. I like that you can just walk in and help yourself to what you want, it was good because it was mostly pastries so Becca (our vegetarian friend who STRUGGLED in Asia) could grab pretty much anything she wanted. I had a Mickey Mouse brownie, a meat pasty and an orange juice. There was a Mike Wazowski melon bread which looked really cute but I was worried I wouldn’t like it so I gave it a miss.

We decided that instead of doing what we did at Disneyland Paris which was wonder around the park and go on any ride we liked the look of we would look at the map and pick out rides instead. Our first stop was Space Mountain because Jess had wanted to ride this at the Paris park but unfortunately we ran out of time so we went there first to tick it off her list.

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When we got there the queue was quite long and we did consider fast passes but decided not to in the end and just joined the queue. We went up the stairs and then there was a section for those who didn’t want to ride to leave the queue so that’s where I left because unfortunately I’m a bit of a wimp and not a fan of big rides. I waited maybe half-an-hour for the two of them to come out and they told me it had been amazing.

I’d seen a ride in someone else’s vlog called Pooh’s Hunny Hunt and since then I’d been desperate to go on so I insisted we queue for it. It was a long wait and it wasn’t shaded like Space Mountain so I think we all got a little bit burnt since it was so hot that day. Some parts were shaded ‘cos it was meant to be the hundred acre wood but not all of it so yeah, definitely bring your hat and sun cream. We’d assumed it would be cold in Japan in October ‘cos it’s cold in England in October. Not the case.

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I’m really glad we went on it ‘cos it was tons of fun – it’s a trackless ride and you go around in a honey pot and it was just tons of fun, probably one of my favourite rides of the day.

We wanted some water but couldn’t really find anywhere and we stumbled across the ‘It’s a Small World’ ride so we decided to queue for that – the queue time was long and it was not shaded even a little bit but it went a lot quicker than expected. The ride was sweet and it was nice that they’ve added Disney characters into their world section, it was fun going through and pointing them all out. To be honest for a lot of the rides it was just nice to sit down and have a break ‘cos although we were only four days into the trip we were already aching.

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We decided to get lunch after this and had a look at the restaurants on offer on the map and settled on a curry place. Becca just had a coke and me and Jess got a curry each. I’m not normally the biggest curry fan so I didn’t finish it but it was nice and so was the rice. Again, it was just nice to sit down for a while.

Since me and Jess had both chosen our rides that we really wanted to go on we told Becca she had to pick ‘her’ ride and she settled on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. I debated whether or not to go on and Jess kept reassuring me with “It’ll be fine, it’s just a boat ride” and there were quite a few kids in the queue so I decided to give it a go. There was a drop halfway through, it wasn’t steep and I did scream my head off at it but it wasn’t too bad. Jess did warn me it was coming as well so at least it wasn’t too much of a shock. I’m glad I went on because the animatronic pirates looked amazing, I was half-convinced that they were real.

After the ride we decided to get photos with the castle and a cast member very kindly offered to take our picture and brought us round to a different spot where we got an even better photo. Then we went a bit closer and got individual photos because you have to at Disney, don’t you?

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Then we decided to ride the carasoul ‘cos we’d ridden the one at Disneyland Paris and apparently it’s just a thing now that we always need to ride the carasoul if there’s one available. We didn’t all get to sit together so Becca and Jess sat on horses next to each other and I sat on the one behind them. I bloody love carasouls not gonna lie.

As the tea cups were right next to them we went there next and that was fun too although after a bad ride on the waltzers a few years ago I don’t enjoy them as much as I used to. I felt a bit bad because Jess and Becca wanted to reach the peak of spininess but I couldn’t handle it like a wuss.

Once we were done on the tea cups we went and claimed our spot for the Halloween parade. People had claimed their spots for the parade the moment the park had opened but we managed to find a good spot sat on a wall. They started teaching us a dance before the parade began and watching Becca do this was pretty funny.

My one regret from Disneyland Paris was that we hadn’t seen a parade so I’m glad we got to see a Halloween themed one at Disneyland Tokyo because we all love Halloween. The songs were amazing, the floats looked incredible and the choreography was on point. I took a lot of videos of it for my Instagram story because it was just fantastic.

Once the parade was over Jess wanted to go on Big Thunder Mountain so we joined the queue and that was probably the longest queue of the day. It was another one that I didn’t have the balls to go on but I couldn’t leave when we got to the front like I had on the other rides – I only got out because I was stuck with some other guy who begged to be let across to join his girlfriend so I followed him. Becca and Jess were already long off the ride at this point.

We decided to get dinner but in the end I was the only one that ate because we struggled to find anywhere with vegetarian options and Jess was feeling a bit sick at this point. I had a Mickey glove chicken burger which looked cute but wasn’t as tasty as I’d hoped. At least I had fries to go with it.

It was late at this point so we decided to grab our spot for the night time parade and again we managed to get a good spot, right by the castle this time. Becca and Jess also got themselves some popcorn to keep themselves going. The night time parade was even better than the Halloween one because it was electric themed and featured a lot more characters and was just generally amazing. My favourites included the Genie, Cheshire Cat and Peter Pan floats. Me and Becca got a wave off Peter Pan and then hi-fived each other because we were so happy about it.

Once the parade was over we had to stand up to watch the fireworks display by the castle which was also amazing but would’ve been better if it had been a little bit longer. Never mind, it was still amazing. Then once the fireworks were done we decided to buy souvenirs before we left but unfortunately the entire park had the same idea so it was difficult to browse. We bought our friend Hirst a present then I got some stuff but I think we were all ready to go once that was done.

Overall it was an amazing day and if I was in Tokyo I’d definitely go back to Disneyland. All the cast members were brilliant at their jobs, the parades looked fantastic and it was just such a good day. I wouldn’t have changed anything about it.

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Review: BTS Love Yourself Tour in Paris

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Me, Jess and Becca had been hoping and praying that BTS would come back to Europe ever since we travelled to see them at K-Con Paris. We watched as they kept announcing dates for their ‘Wings’ tour but never announced anywhere in Europe. We were all gutted as we would’ve loved to go to that tour but alas, it wasn’t meant to be.

When we booked our trip to Asia we began making jokes that BTS would finally announce they were coming to England and Europe whilst we were away. None of us believed for one second this would be the case but of course, it was the case. We would be in Japan while they were in the UK. We were in Asia for the majority of their Europe tour but luckily got back just in time to catch them in Paris two days after our return to the UK.

I had thought buying the tickets to K-Con Paris was stressful but the BTS ones were a whole new level of stressful. I warned work that I’d be in late ‘cos I knew getting the tickets wouldn’t be quick and easy but nothing had prepared me for how long I would sit there desperately looking at my laptop screen. Luckily Becca was on her laptop trying to get them as well because our screens told us we’d been kicked out of the queue and in frustration I closed the tab – Becca kept hers open and managed to keep her place. When she got through it kept saying everything was gone but we kept trying until finally we managed to secure three standing tickets and the two of us hung up skype without saying goodbye and ran to work. I had to ring up and say I was going to be later than anticipated because it had taken so long.

We hadn’t really wanted standing tickets because when we were teenagers yeah standing was tons of fun but it had quickly lost its appeal now we were a bit older – you have to queue a long time to get a decent view, everyone’s crushed together, it’s sweaty, you have to have the bare minimum of bags and jackets otherwise you’re cluttering everyone’s space. But it had been so difficult to get tickets that I was just grateful to be going even if it meant having to fork out for flights and a hotel.

Due to us being in Asia for about three weeks nobody really had much annual leave left so we couldn’t fly until the day of the concert meaning we all got up at about 2AM to get ready for our taxi at 3:30AM (who actually turned up at 3AM and stressed us out ‘cos we weren’t prepared) and then catch our flight at about 6:40AM. Our plan was to queue all day for the concert and hopefully get a good spot. Our thought was that since it was a Friday hopefully most people would be stuck at school or work and wouldn’t be able to queue all day. Ha.

It was about 11AM and the queue was already a mile long with people who had decided to camp out overnight and our queue was behind the long line of VIPs so we didn’t stand a chance but we decided to queue all day anyway. We were all hoping to nap and stuff in the queue but they kept bringing it forwards for no reason and at one point a member of staff even told Becca and some other girls “If you sit down it takes up too much space”? You really want us to stand in the queue for 7-8 hours then stand during the concert? I’ll bloody collapse before BTS have even hit the stage.

Me and Jess got a bit of a break from the queue ‘cos we took all of our bags to the hotel to check-in while Becca held our space in the queue. Our hotel wasn’t amazing because we’d booked a room with two singles and a bunk bed yet when we got up there it was a double and a bunk bed. Also me and Jess had been in the room all of five minutes when somebody else tried to get in. We weren’t given keys, just codes for the door and a couple outside were trying to enter a code into our door.

We got back to the queue and to be fair it didn’t feel like we waited that long – we’d all brought our books, journals, iPods etc. to keep us entertained in the queue but we hadn’t needed them and soon we were heading into the venue.

The moment we got inside we discovered it had been pointless waiting all day as we were banished to the back anyway. There was a blocked out section in the middle for the tech crew or whoever they were and there was a space free next to that so we stood there so we could lean over the barrier and we thought we’d have a good view there.

The wait inside felt worse as it was about 6:45 at this point and the concert didn’t start until 8 – another reason why I prefer seated, you can pop to the loo, grab some snacks, meander down to your seat at your own pace but for standing you’ve gotta stake your claim straightaway. And the moment you change to a comfortable position that takes up a little bit less room someone will steal that room.

BTS came out just after eight and kicked the night off by performing ‘Idol’ and for the first minute or so I was like “Great, I can’t see” because like a moron I hadn’t anticipated that everyone would have their hands/cameras in the air. I had to proper lean over the barrier to see past Becca and Jess, and then everybody else in front of me but at certain angles I could see them fine. There were also two screens either side of the stage for a better view but I don’t like watching concerts via the screens ‘cos I could do that at home. Sometimes I literally had no choice though unfortunately.

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I’m gonna get my little rant out of the way right now – if you were holding a camera or your light stick in the air and blocked my view then fine, I take no issue with that. But to the girl holding that paper sign who blocked my view of the sick dance move in DNA I hate you. And to the girl who kept holding up that stupid flag, I hate you even more. There was absolutely no need and it was always whenever BTS stopped to talk which is prime time for photos ‘cos the lighting is good and they’re not moving around but no, couldn’t take any ‘cos some girl wants to hold a fucking flag up that the boys didn’t even acknowledge. Thanks pal.

I’d looked up the set list in advance ‘cos I wanted to make sure I’d listened to each song at least once before we went in and so I was pretty much prepared. It was fun to see all their solo songs performed live – my favourites were probably J-Hope’s, Jimin’s and V’s. Other songs that I loved seeing live included Idol, Fake Love, Fire, Run, Answer: Love Yourself and my favourite was definitely Mic Drop.

I really wish I had been seated so I could’ve appreciated their dancing a little bit more because it was absolutely amazing. The only thing that made me sad was when Jimin was performing ‘Serendipity’ which was AMAZING and he was doing these amazing dance moves which of course got cheers but the loudest cheer of all was when his shirt came up and showed his abs. Like guys come on.

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BTS were full of energy as per usual although Jungkook didn’t take part in the choreography due to an injury but he still did amazing. V cried at the end because he’s been feeling sick so felt like he hadn’t put in as much effort as he could have but he was really good, his solo stage was one of my favourites! It’s nice to see that no matter how successful BTS are they still don’t slack off on stage and you could tell they put all of their effort into making that show as amazing as it was.

I’m hoping that as pretty much all of their Europe shows sold out they’ll include Europe on their next tour so that I can hopefully see them in London this time and hopefully seated because honestly I’m getting too old for this standing rubbish. I would prefer to see them in England ‘cos when BTS spoke in Korean this was translated to French which obviously was fine, we were at a show in France so that makes sense, it would just have been nicer to see them in our country but to be honest I’m just glad we were able to attend any of them.

Overall it was an amazing concert (I know I’ve used the word ‘amazing’ over and over again and I’m sorry) and I’m so glad we got to go even though I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it. I would buy tickets again in a heartbeat regardless of cost but preferably SEATED, PLEASE LET ME GET SEATED TICKETS FOR THE NEXT CONCERT. If you went to the show or any BTS show actually then leave a comment with your favourite moments!