Wednesday, 14 September 2016

Adventure Time

I've always been into animated series, no matter if it was Spongebob Squarepants, the Weekenders or the Powerpuff Girls. Watching animes or animated series has always been my thing. However this changed as I grew older and lost interest in cartoons. I had a long pause until 2013, when my parents got Pay-TV for us. As stupid as this might sound, but Pay-TV changed my life. I started watching so many awesome television shows, including Doctor Who, Law & Order, CSI, etc., which turned my life upside down. But today, I'd like to talk about my one of my favourite cartoons: Adventure Time. 

Back in 2013, as I zapped through all of our new programs, I was surprised to find Cartoon Network. When I was little, we used to spent our holidays in Poland where my brother and me liked watching this channel. So, I decided to give it a try and Adventure Time was airing. As I saw the Land of Ooo, I knew that this show would be perfect for me. The Candy Kingdom looked as I always imagined my land of dreams, everything is cute and in pastel pink. Yes, I'm simple, I know. However I don't remember which episode it was, but I fell in love with it immediately and watched it every night. At that time, I used to go to sleep around 11 PM and Adventure Time aired at 10.30 PM so basically, the episodes were my bedtime stories. The characters of this show are all so lovely and unique in their own way. I learnt to love each of them and found my favourite in Marceline, the Vampire Queen. I have no idea why but I was always fascinated by vampires, even though I can't stand the sight of blood. Ironic, huh? Marceline is, together with the Ice King, the most profound character. The backstory they're sharing makes me tear up every single time (crybabies don't care, just saying).
I think that Adventure Time is nothing for children, to be honest. Some episodes are very creepy and the story behind everything is very complicated, even for me. For sure there are some episodes which are suitable for children as well but I think that they would not really understand it. That's my opinion, I'm not saying that anyone has to agree with me. Let's come back to the show itself. The more serious episodes are my favourites, especially "Simon and Marcy", "I remember you" and the mini-series "Stakes". The last one made me love Marceline even more than I already did. She is an incredible character and I love her singing. Olivia Olson, her voice actress, has one of the most wonderful voices in the world and when the song "Everything stays" came out, I used to listen to the 3 hours version on Youtube everyday for months. My mum and my brother also watch Adventure Time with me and just as me, they like Marceline most. I remember when they announced that they will show Stakes on Cartoon Network, I was so excited, even tough I've already seen it on the Internet. It was on Easter when they aired it and my mum and me woke up at 8 AM to watch the Marceline special. It's touching no matter how often I watch it.
Adventure Time even made me ship characters, something I never did before. Yesterday I thought about it because I though it would have been Love Live that made me a shipper but Marceline and Princess Bubblegum were the first. Well, what can I say? After the episode "What was missing?", it was obvious that Marcy and PB were dating but then Olivia approved it (and took it back - I ignore that) but however, for me it's canon. After I watched Stakes, it was even more obvious, but I don't want to spoiler anything. Bubbline for the win.~

A huge part of the show are their songs. The very talented Rebecca Sugar, former writer and storyboard artist for Adventure Time and best known for creating Steven Universe (my favourite cartoon next to Adventure Time), wrote the BEST SONGS EVER (7 out of 10 in my list) for Adventure Time. She is the most talented songwriter I know and it's no wonder that all her songs are  simply stunning. I'm sad that she left the show but we still have Steven Universe, so that's okay. If you'd like to know my favourite songs, then have a look at my top 10. I'll link them as well.

1. Everything stays (Marceline)
2. Nuts / Remember you (Marceline/Ice King)
3. Francis Forever (Marceline)
4. I'm just your problem (Marceline)
5. What am I to you? (Finn, Marceline, PB, Jake, BMO)
6. Stakes (Intro) (Marceline)
7. All gummed up inside (Finn)
8. Where everybody knows your name (Simon/Ice King)
9. Happy Ending Song (Marceline)
10. Bacon Pancakes (Jake)

Some time ago, Dr. Martens, my favourite shoe brand, had a collaboration with Adventure Time, which is one of the best thing that could have ever happened. My parents got me one pair of the Marceline ones and I couldn't be happier. Normally, it takes so much time to break Dr. Martens in, but they are just comfy.


They are so cute, aren't they? I can't wait for autumn to arrive so I can wear them again. ♥ Next time, I'll tell you more about my other favourite animated series, Steven Universe. Stay tuned!

Quote of the day: "Everything stays, right where you left it. Everything stays, but it still changes. Ever so slightly, daily and nightly, in little ways - when everything stays." -Marceline, the Vampire Queen

Wednesday, 7 September 2016

Disneyland Paris 25th Anniversary

As most of you might know, next year in April Disneyland Paris (and my dear friend Rebecca from xKOTONEx) is turning 25! Wow, times flies by so fast. I have some wishes for the big spectacle, so let's talk about them!

Parade
Disney's Once Upon a Dream Parade was the first parade I've ever seen. However, Disney's Magic on Parade is the one that I love most. It contains princesses, Mary Poppins, Peter Pan and so much more! That's why I'm looking at the upcoming parade with mixed feelings, but well, it's time for a change.

My most important wish is that Rapunzel and Flynn Rider will be in the parade. Unfortunately, they don't have their own meet and greet point in the park and it's very rare to see both of them. I would be more than disappointed if they wouldn't be in the parade. Next, I hope that there will be a float with all the princesses and princes. I know it's unrealistic, but no one can stop me from dreaming.
Then, of course, a Frozen float. I wish that there would be Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, Olaf and Hans, even though I don't like him but he is part of the Frozen crew. Another wish I have is that Mary Poppins and Bert will stay in the parade. In my view, they should just keep the float with Mary Poppins and Peter Pan because it's perfect and represents England. I want her to have a float because she always reminds me of Walt.
Furthermore, I wish that there will be a float with the characters from Lilo & Stitch, Ratatouille and Zootopia, just because I love the movies.

Another important factor for the parades is the music. My favourite parade song is Dancin' A Catchy Rhythm from The Wonderful World of Disney Parade. I know that they won't take this song again but I hope that the new song will be catchy, cheerful and typical for Disneyland Paris.

Disney Dreams
As most of you know, Disney Dreams is one of my biggest highlights when I'm there. I think it's the best show on Earth and no, I'm not exaggerating. It's just my opinion. As I've read on several websites, Disney is planning to do a new show and I'm really disappointed about that. I don't want to spoiler anyone but it seems like my favourite scenes will disappear. However, I won't write anything about the rumours that I've read, instead I'll tell you more about my hopes and wishes.
So, first of all, I hope that the new show will be just as emotional and touching as Dreams. You can always see if I like a show when I start crying, haha. The most important thing is an interplay of the plot, the music, the scenes and the realisation overall. I hope this doesn't sound confusing.
As always, I hope that there will be a Tangled scene, because if there is Rapunzel, nothing can go wrong. My biggest fear (and unfortunately, I think it will be the case) is that there will be Star Wars in the show. Sorry guys but I will never accept Star Wars as Disney.
All in all, my hopes for the new show aren't too high and I think it won't be as good as the old one, even though I still wish that a miracle will happen.

Characters
I think I don't have to mention how much I love the princesses, but I do it anyway. Meeting your favourite princess is the BEST thing you can do when you're there. My favourite meet and greet place is the Princess Pavilion. They introduced a new system back in June, where you can see on a board which princess will be inside the pavilion during the opening hours. On my last trip in July, I was worried because Rapunzel hasn't been there since the new system was introduced but I was the luckiest and happiest girl alive when I saw her name on the board. Since then, Rapunzel hasn't been in the pavilion anymore. No other princess than Ariel, Snow White and Aurora have been in the pavilion since then, to be exact. At the moment, the opening hours from the pavilion are from 10 AM to 3 PM and instead of two princesses, there is only one princess per day, which is a huge worsening, if you ask me. There were some weeks, where only Snow White was inside. This is very disappointing for a princess fanatic like me. The Princess Pavilion means so much to me since it's the only place in the park where you can meet princesses and get high-quality pictures , because there is always a PhotoPass photographer. This is very important to me because I can't afford a reflex camera.
So I have some wishes for the future. I hope that they will improve the pavilion by making a schedule, where the princesses change daily (two per day). I also want the old opening hours back because 5 hours is way too short. Another wish I have is that Jasmine should be included in the pavilion. She is a princess, just like all the others as well and there is even the palace and the magic lamp in the hallway. It's not understandable for me why you can't meet her inside.
All in all, I'm hoping for a big improvement when it comes to the princess meet and greets, which leads me to another point. I wish that there was a place where you could meet the princesses together with their princes (a normal place, not a restaurant). It is my biggest dream to meet Rapunzel and Flynn Rider together and I'd love to meet the other princes as well.

Talking about princesses, I wish that Disneyland Paris won't get the new costumes because I'm nauseated by them. I hate, hate, hate Jasmines new outfit and all in all, the new outfits don't even look like the characters anymore. I didn't like Mulan's and Pocahontas' new outfits either, but Jasmine's is the worst. I can't say it often enough how much I hate it. It's ugly and I keep asking myself what's going wrong with the costumes designers. So let's hope it won't happen.

Another wish I have is that there will be more characters around the park all day long. Disneyland Paris approved very much when it comes to this topic already but I hope that you can find the characters longer than just for a few minutes. For example, if you're waiting in a queue for a ride in  Frontierland and you see online that there is a character out you're dying to see in Fantasyland, it takes time until you get there and if you're as unlucky as me, the characters are already gone. I just wish that you could meet the characters that are out longer than just approximately half an hour.

Prices
Unfortunately, my annual passport expired in August which means I have to get a new one next time when I'm there. I've heard that they want to raise the prices of the annual passport drastically. I'm praying to god that they won't do this until I've got a new one.

Other wishes
An absolute no-no would be if they took shows from another resort. Every Disney Resort should have it's own music, parade and shows. I don't go to Disneyland Paris to see a show from Shanghai, I don't go to Shanghai to see a show from Tokyo, etc. Each Disneyland should be unique and beautiful in its own way.

I can't wait for Disneyland to shine in new splendour in April and see how many of my wishes come true. Even though I'm sure that most of my wishes won't, I'm still more than excited what Disneyland has in petto.

Quote of the day: "Disneyland will never be completed. It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world." -Walt Disney