London Day 3 | My Search For Baymax Continues and My Opinion On The Cursed Child

Read here about day 1, a.k.a the day I abandoned my family to stalk a pug and read here about day 2, when we went to the Disney Store and saw Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Part I

Wow look at that another post about London in the year 2017! And probably the last one of 2017 because with my procrastination skills I doubt I’ll be able to write the other two this month haha.

After breakfast we set out to Harrods, but first we stopped so I could take some pictures around the hotel. I only ended up only taking two because my camera malfunctioned. My old camera was really at the end of its life. At times it kept changing between menus without me even doing something, so sometimes it was impossible to take a picture.

Look how charming the area surrounding our hotel was! I was in love

On the metro to Harrods we got a lovely live concert. A few guys with some instruments suddenly boarded and just started playing?? That never happens in The Netherlands. Not that I ride the metro that often but one time a woman just started humming and then that turned into some weird singing/yelling and before we knew it she was telling someone they were going to burn in hell??*

* By then she had already gotten off, so she was yelling it from the platform, but still

So yeah Harrods! Harrods is mostly very expensive, but it looks so festive during the holidays, the toys department is fun and oh yeah they have a Disney store haha**

** It’s not like I’ve already been to a Disney store the day before haha

Okay but seriously, the Christmas department is definitely worth checking out:

Unfortunately my camera ruined my other pictures*, but isn’t this cute?? Though be warned: THE CHRISTMAS STUFF MAKES YOU GREEDY

* Though there is this gem:

I have no clue what is happening here or what I’m doing?? Hiding???

We also checked out the toys department, because like I said, that’s always fun, but I don’t have any pictures and my memory is failing me. I do remember that I bought my Paddington plush there though!

Our next stop was Harrods Disney Store. While smaller than the Disney Store from the day before, it’s definitely charming and worth a visit if you’re there anyway. If only for this cute display:

Brb I’m dying again of cuteness I just wanted to jump in and lie there forever*

* I’d refuse to get up to so if you ever see a headline ‘WOMAN REFUSES TO LEAVE CAR FULL OF DISNEY PLUSHIES’ it’s me

Afterwards we decided to drink something at their Disney cafe, which was Toy Story themed. The prices were a bit much, but I loved their decorations.

Oh no now the secret’s out. Sorry guys, I’ve been keeping this a secret for a while now but… I’m actually a toy. I’ve been keeping this blog up from my own box. All the stories and pictures on this blog up until October last year – fake.

This picture was taken mere seconds before my escape. I now live on the run from all the toy companies, so please keep my secret okay? Just pretend THIS story is fake, instead of all the other ones. Treat it like a joke #keepmichellesafefromthetoycompanies

 

 

 

Okay, so I have NO CLUE what happened next. All I know is that my mom and I split up from my aunt and cousin, because they wanted to go back to the hotel and rest a bit before The Cursed Child part II and I wanted to go to the Disney Store at Oxford Street because it’s the biggest one in London so I definitely wanted to see it. Plus it was my last chance at finding Baymax.

While I loved all the Disney Stores I visited, if you only have the time to visit one I definitely recommend the one at Oxford Street. Not just because it’s the biggest, but also because it’s just so cute and charming.

 

LOOK HOW BIG THAT DUMBO IS?? IT’S GIGANTIC. Also that Pua wasn’t for sale #rude but it’s fine I  ordered one later #didimentionihaveaplushiesproblem

I still hadn’t found Baymax and I had already accepted that I would go home without him* Then I noticed a Dopey plush, which I picked up to take a picture with because he’s always reminded me of my grandfather**

Look how cute!!

* This sounds so dramatic lmao then again I take my love for Baymax very serious
** He too has big ears. I’m pretty sure this similarity is why Dopey has always been my favourite dwarf

Then when I put Dopey back in the pile where I got him from, lo and behold: BAYMAX WAS STARING AT ME

 

That photo was taken mere seconds after I found him so that’s not me posing that’s me being over the moon lmao #iwas19

As soon as we had paid (I had also bought a small Alice in Wonderland Tsum Tsum bag) we hurried back to get some lunch/dinner and get ready at the hotel before part II of The Cursed Child

 

Have I mentioned before how beautiful the theatre is? Especially at night it’s simply magical

If you’ve read the script you know that part I ends with a cliffhanger and a twist, which they implemented in the theatre. There were several decorations and the merch had changed too. They were now also selling a book about the show that featured behind the scenes stuff, which of course they couldn’t sell the evening before because of spoilers. It made a great souvenir so I just had to get it. If you paid a little extra you got a bag with it, and well, I’m a sucker for tote bags and this is Harry Potter we’re talking about.

Also I now noticed that the Snitch nest thing* was also inside the theatre

After getting snacks** we made up our way to our seats again, but while going down the stairs I uh… I fell

This is pretty much what happened?? Except I fell a little further

We had all been paying attention to my aunt, that we had forgotten about clumsy old me haha. It hurt a bit, but I was fine. Though a lot of employees came to check up on me and by the time the manager got there I was starting to feel a bit silly since I wasn’t badly hurt lol. We did make a new friend that way though! The girl who was standing there welcoming people into the theatre, answering questions etc who was the first one to rush towards me as I made my way downtown** was really lovely and fun to talk to. She was so excited to be working there.

She offered to take our picture which was honestly such a blessing because the selfies we tried to take in our seats were… not flattering lmao

* I STILL DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT THAT THING IS?
** Or maybe this was yesterday?? I DON’T KNOW. All I remember is me being stupid and being like ‘I’M GONNA FINISH THEM ALL’ and basically eating until I was nauseous :’) why am I like this
*** I couldn’t resist

We talked to her until the play started, speaking of which…

What did I think of The Cursed Child?

It’s been over a year since the script came out, but there are still a lot of feelings towards The Cursed Child, positive or negative. I don’t know how I would feel if I had only read the script, but I definitely understand why people are upset. Are there things I don’t agree with? Absolutely. There was some out of character stuff that upset me, but as you can’t just put a play on pause I couldn’t really stop and think about it, while you can easily do that while reading the script. So what is my verdict of this play? Let’s put it in a list (there will be some minor spoilers!):

💛 All in all, a really good play
💛 As a whole, I don’t see it as canon though
💛 That said, Hermione being Minister for Magic? Albus and Scorpius relationship?* CANON
💛 Harry being a crappy father to Albus though? HAHAHA NO
💛 Seriously what’s with sequels turning the previous protagonist in crappy dads**
💛 THE SPECIAL EFFECTS HOLY WHAT HOW
💛 Seriously the way they portrayed magic?? INCREDIBLE. I didn’t know what I was expecting, but certainly not THAT
💛 The costumes? The set? The music? On POINT
💛 The cast? FANTASTIC. If some characters were (sometimes) out of characters, it was not the actors fault. They are all very, very talented and were just working with what they were given
💛 Also all of them had incredible chemistry with each other
💛 The plot line was… kinda weird and I remember after part 1 thinking ‘so THAT’S why people are calling it fan fiction’ but it was fun as a play especially when you decide that this isn’t canon anyway 🤷🏻‍♀️
💛 Not enough Rose. I love the focus on Albus and Scorpius and their friendship, but really would’ve loved to have seen Rose get more depth and development
💛 Despite my dislikes and disagreements, I really loved it and wanted to see it again afterwards

* Well minus the big NO HOMO part I mean those boys are in love????
** Looking at you Legend of Korra why did you do Aang dirty like that

FINAL VERDICT: A good play, definitely worth seeing, but in my opinion not canon

And with that, our main reason for coming to London was over, just like that. It felt so weird as I had looked forward to it for so long, but it was definitely worth it. I’d recommend it to those who hated the script as well, though I’d understand if you wouldn’t want to spend any money on it.

What did you think of The Cursed Child, play or script? (or both!) What’s your favourite play? Do you have a Baymax plushie? Or another Disney plushie? Let me know in the comments!

London Day 2 | More Paddington, Disney and The Cursed Child

Would you look at that, it’s still 2017 while I’m writing this anyway now it’s just a matter of finishing and publishing this in 2017

If you haven’t read about day 1 yet, click here. Day 2 of course started with breakfast, which I’m not going to bore you with, though it was a good breakfast! We had read negative reviews saying there were barely any choices – those people must have been really spoiled! There were different kinds of bread, jam, yoghurt and fruit (maybe more but I don’t remember) so I don’t get what the problem is? Oh well, some people complain about everything ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

The previous evening my cousin and I had planned our day, by starting at a mall where a Victoria Secret was located where she and my mom wanted to do some shopping. To get there we had to go to Paddington Station, so of course I had to see the Paddington statue.

@ All the train stations in Amsterdam where is your cute mascot

In my previous post I mentioned my mom being a paparazzi and she didn’t disappoint on Day 2 either

Back in Amsterdam we had looked up everything we wanted to do, but I had initially written down the Disney Store in Oxford Street since that’s the biggest one, so I didn’t know there was one in this mall as well.

Me when I saw the Disney Store

I WANTED TO BUY EVERYTHING

I remember there was this really cute Mickey and Minnie Christmas jumper but it was SO EXPENSIVE so you know never mind

Of course I didn’t need an excuse to go to a Disney Store, but I was on a mission (my poor mom and cousin had flasbacks of Dutch Comic Con and my search for an Alice in Wonderland Pop Funko WHICH WAS SOLD OUT EVERYWHERE) to find…

Unfortunately this store didn’t have Baymax* but I did find some cute Tsum Tsums to add to my collection!

Here you can see a Tsum Tsum Collector™ in the wild

* Or should I say… Baemax hahaha I’ll go see myself out now

Okay but seriously though look at all those plushies*. Looking at this pic makes me wish I had bought some of these lmao. I just remembered that they actually DID sell Baymax plushies, but it was a Christmas edition and I wanted a regular one.

* Did I ever tell you guys that I have a serious plushies addiction because I do

Afterwards we found the Victoria Secret, but turns out it as a PINK store and the bras my cousin was looking for were only found in regular stores. We hadn’t really paid attention when looking up the address the previous night woops. At least we got to see a part of London were none of us had been before. We went to some other stores as well, but I don’t really remember anything about them lol. I do remember going into a bookstore, but I didn’t buy anything so it wasn’t that memorable.

After some lunch* we walked back to the metro where my mom once again decided to play paparazzi

There are more but these two are my favourites. Oh and look at that those cute bags! Both times I bought something at a Disney Store I chose the Zootopia one (they didn’t have the Mickey and Minnie one at the second store)

* Or in my case only a smoothie?? I don’t have any food in the pictures of lunch?? And I do vaguely remember that I was only craving a smoothie. I’m so confused though. Me not hungry?? Who is this imposter)

Eventually we made our way back to the hotel with Subway sandwiches for dinner (since we were going to see Harry Potter and The Cursed Child Part 1 that evening we didn’t have time to sit at a restaurant), relaxed a bit and got ready.

Like I mentioned in my previous post, we had gone to the theatre the previous day so that we wouldn’t get lost today. I HONESTLY DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? BUT WE GOT LOST. It took much longer than the day before and I started to seriously stress that we would be late, since they had said we had to be there on time because of bag checks. In the end it was fine, but you know, #anxietyyay

They seriously chose the right theatre. It fits Harry Potter so well and really makes you feel like you’re going to see a Harry Potter play. It was really hard to take proper pictures, especially since I hadn’t brought my camera (not that my previous camera was that great) but I tried to capture the theatre’s beauty

I tried to take a picture of the first decor, but it was unfortunately too dark

We were pretty high up on the balcony, so these binoculars were really useful for my mom. My poor aunt had forgotten her glasses though, so she couldn’t really see it that well. She got the script book for Christmas and she was like ‘now I can finally know what was going on’ 😂

Even though we were so high up I was still able to see everything properly, so thank Merlin for that!

 

 

 

Anyway, I don’t really want to talk about the play in this post (sorry!) but save that for Day 3 so I can talk about the entire play in one go. I can say that I thought it was really cool how they left things at a cliffhanger.

We went back to the hotel on a high – the magic of theatre folks. I know a lot of people have mixed feelings about The Cursed Child, which I totally get because I kind of do too? But still, it was an amazing experience and it made me really excited to see Part 2 the next evening.

When you’re the only one posing for the picture

On our way back it was also the first time I saw this poster*:

I LOVE THIS DOGGO AND WILL FIGHT EVERYONE WHO CALLS IT UGLY EVEN IF IT’S ‘FABULOUSLY UGLY’**

* Or maybe the first time I had the opportunity to take a picture who knows
** The poster says that’s what fugly means in this case but DON’T CALL THIS DOGGO UGLY YOU BULLIES

And on that note I’ll leave you guys. Next post I’ll talk about Harry Potter and the Cursed Child in more detail, including my feelings on it. Also will I find my bae Max*? Will I succeed in my mission?  SO MANY CLIFFHANGERS JUST LIKE THE PLAY

* When you remember there’s a creep called Max who might have had a crush on you and completely ruin your Baymax pun for yourself rip

Do you have any people near you that act like they’re paparazzi? Have you seen The Cursed Child? Would you fight for that doggo? Let me know in the comments!

Dutch Comic Con 2016

For my post on last years edition, click here

Two weeks ago it was time for the second edition of Dutch Comic Con! If you’ve read my post on last year’s edition, you know that I had a lot of fun back then, and I sure did again this year. I have to admit that I prefer last year’s edition, simply because it was too crowded this year (last year we went on a Sunday and most people go on Saturdays, plus it was more well known this time). This is also why I hardly took any pictures and it just didn’t have the same atmosphere like last year did. Back then it was so much easier to talk to other people, including cosplayers. It doesn’t mean I didn’t have any fun though!

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This year I went as Totoro: I wore a Totoro hoodie my mom had made a few years ago, a black skirt, my Totoro tights and my Totoro bag. I got some compliments and people even called me cute haha. If you’re wondering what’s on my head, it’s a Susuwatari/Soot Sprite. They’re in my hair as well!

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When we got home I found out that there had been a Pikachu here at some point. As you can imagine, I’m still incredibly pissed that I missed him. I WANTED TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH PIKACHU.

I was mostly looking forward to a panel hosted by the American Book Center, about Dutch writers, who live here, but write in English and are published in America. The writers they had invited for this panel (who were at other panels as well) were Corinne Duyvis, Marieke Nijkamp and Thomas Oldeheuvelt. It was really hard to hear anything though, so Thomas gestured for us to come stand behind them haha. Thomas if you’re reading this I’m sorry that I was basically breathing down your neck.

I still missed some things, but I caught most of it and it was really interesting and helpful. Not to mention all three writers were so lovely and funny. I should really get to reading their work haha. I hope that next year they’ll have microphones, but I’m sure they will. They probably already had some on Sunday.

Afterwards I had a huge headache from the way I had been standing and how hard I needed to concentrate to hear everything though, which sucked. But it was still worth it and I hope they’ll hold panels again next year! There were other panels I wanted to catch as well, but since it was so hard to overhear, I decided not to. This one was the most important one to me anyway!

The other highlight of my day was meeting Baymax!

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Best. Cosplay. Ever

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Just kidding haha. The guy was really nice. We saw him pass by and I got really excited, so my mom was like: ‘You should’ve taken a picture with him!’ and he immediately turned around haha. He also got really excited when he saw my Baymax phone case (which I just realised I never showed you guys, but it’s adorable and perfect)

Because of the size of the costume he even walked like Baymax, which was brilliant.

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Look at him go. Off to bump some fists and heal some wounds

I mean HELP people. And HEAL them. Not destroy. Evil!Baymax is scary. Especially since he still looks like a fluffy marshmallow.

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I also ran into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!

All in all it was a fun day. Not so much for my wallet though haha. Last year I was on a mission to find an Alice Pop!Funko, but sadly she was sold out everywhere. So this year I was still on the hunt for her, but also for Harry, Ron and Hagrid (I already had Hermione and Dumbledore, and Snape and Voldemort aren’t my biggest priorities)

And I succeeded!

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And I found a few more too haha. And I just realised I forgot to put Phoebe (Friends) in the picture! Well I bought her too haha. LOOK AT MY SMALL ARMY OF POP! FUNKOS! TOGETHER WE SHALL- well I don’t know what we’ll do, taking over the world sounds so exhausting.

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And of course I got plushies as well. I’ve got a problem guys. But I got less plushies than last year (only because my mom stopped me a few times lol). So I may have missed that big Pikachu in front of the Pokémon poster, I did find myself this adorable sleeping Pikachu, which I didn’t think I’d find since I thought they were only sold in Japan. I also got another Pom Pom Purin plush (I wish I could tell you guys that my other one is smaller, but it’s not. I’m pretty sure that it’s bigger) which is adorable and soft and perfect for hugging. I also finally got my hands on green tea Kit Kat! I did find it before, but it was just so expensive. I’ve always wanted to try it, because I love green tea and I love Kit Kat. I’m happy to say that I like it. I can’t eat too many of them in a row though, or I’ll get nauseous. Pikachu likes them too haha

So that was my day at Dutch Comic Con! A summary anyway haha. I don’t even remember everything anymore. But it was fun.

Have you been to a con lately? Did you have fun? Let me know in the comments! 

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