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Disneyland Photo Trip Report (Summer 2013) - Part 1

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Having worked at Disneyland Paris in 2011 (and having visited 5 times) and worked at Walt Disney World in Summer 2013, it would be unthinkable of me to visit the US and not visit the park that inspired all the others that came after it. A note of warning: there are A LOT of pictures in this photo trip report. If you would rather read the full trip report which has a lot more detail then take a look here .

SeaWorld Orlando 2013 - Photo Trip Report

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In Summer 2013, I took my first visit to Seaworld - a theme park unlike any other combining some of Orlando's most thrilling rides with stunning scenery, great food and incredible entertainment. Here's my photo trip report.

Disney's Art of Animation Resort Photo Trip Report

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The newest resort hotel on Walt Disney World property is the Art of Animation resort. The resort is a value hotel featuring some incredibly themed areas, taking theming of a cheap resort to a whole new level. The hotel is split into four distinct sections. Explore them all in this trip report.

New changes coming from Transport for London - 24 hour tubes, station staff cuts and more

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The Mayor of London and Transport for London have announced their plans for the future of the capital, including a 24h weekend tube, more wifi and ticket office changes.

Universal Hollywood Photo Trip Report

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This summer I visited Universal Hollywood - a movie studio come theme park located in the Hollywood Hills. For years I had wanted to do their almost-hour-long studio tour and I did exactly that this summer, as well as seeing a few more things. Instead of telling you what about the experience, here's my much more visual photo trip report.

Web of Links - Week 12

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It's time for the weekly round-up of some the most interesting and thought provoking articles and websites I saw this week. This week find out a free way to learn languages, a defence of why not to wear a poppy and how to make money vlogging. 1. Duolingo  - Duolingo s a free way to learn languages - there's French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese to learn from. It's a great free alternative to something like Rosetta Stone and surprisingly it is really effective. I have vastly improved my Spanish already having just used it for the past week. I can thoroughly recommend it! 2. Disney World Map - WDW Focus has created a " unofficial transportation map of the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida" with details including ferry boats, buses, monorails and more. It's all done in the style of the London tube map too - genius! 3.   Grumpy cat at Disneyland - The perfect mishmash of pop culture. 4. Twitter introduces custom timelines  - Get custom f

Comparing Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris - Part 3

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This series of blog posts analyses the difference between the three Disney resorts I've visited -Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World in Florida, and Disneyland Resort in California. Come explore the similarities, differences and quirks in all three resorts. In this series I'll analyse the parks in terms of their atmosphere, offerings, attractions, accommodation, resort size, entertainment, food, the magic and their cast members. As well as giving them all a score for each category. In the third part of this series, the spotlight is on food, the magic, cast members and we give the resorts all overall score. To read the first part of the series click  here . You can also read the second part here .  Food (Offerings and Pricing): Walt Disney World has the luxury of offering many different types at food, particularly throughout its resort hotels. You can go to Boma and get a taste of Africa, visit the countries in World Showcase and try Canadian and Italian food, or settle f

Comparing Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris - Part 2

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This series of blog posts analyses the difference between the three Disney resorts I've visited - Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World in Florida, and Disneyland Resort in California. Come explore the similarities, differences and quirks in all three resorts. In this series I'll analyse the parks in terms of their atmosphere, offerings, attractions, accommodation, resort size, entertainment, food, the magic and their cast members. As well as giving them all a score for each category. In the second part of this series, the spotlight is on accommodation, resort size and entertainment. To read the first part of the series click here .  Accommodation: Walt Disney World has the biggest variety of resort hotels with more than can be counted on your fingers and toes. Deluxe hotels in particular have a transportational quality making you forget you're in Central Florida and immersing you in a different environment - you can be taken to a campsite, to the wilderness, the

Comparing Walt Disney World, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris - Part 1

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This series of blog posts analyses the difference between the three Disney resorts I've visited - Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World in Florida, and Disneyland Resort in California. Come explore the similarities, differences and quirks in all three resorts. The three resorts are all very different: Disneyland Resort, opened in 1955 is a local's playground, Walt Disney World, opened in 1971, houses some of the world' most visited theme parks and is the most visited tourist destination on the globe with few regular locals, and Disneyland Paris, opened in 1992, is a mixture of the two being a European tourist destination as well as a local's paradise. In this series I'll analyse the parks in terms of their atmosphere, offerings, attractions, accommodation, resort size, entertainment, food, the magic and their cast members. As well as giving them all a score for each category. Enjoy!

New York 2013 Photo Trip Report - 48 hours to see as much as possible

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This summer I fulfilled a life-long dream and visited New York for the first time. As I was only there for 48 hours I was determined to make the most of it. Instead of telling you what about my travels, I thought I'd show you with a photo trip report. Day 1: I flew into Newark airport and could see the city in the distance. So close, yet so far!

Web of Links - Week 11

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It's time for the weekly round-up of some the most interesting and thought provoking articles and websites I saw this week. This week is a little more political than usual.

Fantastical 2 Review (for iPhone)

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Fantastical is a paid-for calendar application for the iPhone designed to replace the built in iOS calendar app. Just a little under a week ago, the second version of the app was released keeping its best features whilst bringing some new elements in too. The app is a paid-for upgrade from the original Fantastical - to upgrade and purchase the app if you don't already own it you’ll need to visit the App Store and download the new app. Pricing is $4.99, but it is currently available for a limited time for just $2.99. What I still love: Smart sentence parsing Smart sentence parsing - Unlike the built in Calendar app on your iPhone with Fantastical you don’t need to enter every single detail in different drop downs. Instead of typing the event name then selecting a start time, an end time and date, you can simply type “Lunch tomorrow at 1pm for 30 minutes” and it will figure everything out for you. You can also dictate into it. The smart sentence parsing feature has been

Bramley Baths: Swim-Along Cinema Review

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A couple of weeks ago I became aware of Bramley Baths and their swim-along cinema. The idea is very simple: you go into the swimming pool, there's a load of floats and you watch a film. I went to test it out. Being close to Halloween, the Baths decided to put on their 'spooktacular' by screening "Ghostbusters" as the film of choice. Having not seen the film in several years, quite fancying a swim and wondering what the fuss was about I and a Jasmine set off to have a look. Arrival: I won't lie. Jasmine and I were apprehensive about the idea. Being two people in their early twenties our initial fear was that we weren't really of the usual age group to be attending an event like this. "What is everyone going is really elderly?" "What if there's only families with little kids and we stand out like a sore thumb?" and most importantly "What if we are the only ones there?". These were just three of the questions r