Auckland Adventures XXXII :: Disney on Ice

Be warned: my inner child is about to get very excited. Oh, and it's a bit of a photo overload. Sorry.

Last Friday, a few friends and I headed to Vector Arena here in Auckland to see...wait for it...Disney on Ice! What what what! Exciting! We booked tickets months and months ago, so it's been a slow, painful wait. All last week I was listening to Disney songs, in preparation. True.Story.

The beginning, in New Orleans
My friend and I headed into town, and met up with two others, and we headed in and found out seats. I don't really know what I was expecting, other than Disney - and that was enough for me! - but it was so awesome! This year's theme was Dare to Dream, so it focussed on the Disney Princesses who had dreams...I bet every Disney song that mentions 'dream' just popped into your head, right?

The whole evening was narrated, if you like, by Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy, and between each story they came out and had a chat about what happened, and got the audience to help them figure out what story was coming next, which, of course, the kids absolutely loved.

First up was Tiana and her dream of having her own restaurant. This was the shortest of the 4 stories, and it was just one main dance scene, inside her restaurant, but it was really great. I loved all the costumes, and it was such a fun way to kick off the show.

Next was Snow White. "Some day when my dreams come true"...and I loved the 7 dwarves in this story. They were huge, which is kinda ironic, and they looked exactly like the dwarves in the original 1937 animated movie.

After Snow White came Cinderella, which was split into two parts, with the intermission between them. This was one of the kids' favourites, but of course I only know that because of the loud screams that erupted when they realised what story was starting. Because it was only a 1.45 hour show, all the stories were very condensed, so the first time you meet Cinderella, she and her stepmother and sisters are just getting the invitation to the ball...and then the mice make her dress, the fairy godmother show up and bibbity bobbity boo, they're at the ball. Then after intermission, the Prince goes looking for her and boom. There she is. They did come off the stage at one point and try the glass slipper on a few girls in the front row, which was super neat. The horses and carriage were amazing. The horses were so impressive! I mean, just look at them!

The last (and definietly my favourite part) was the story of Rapunzel. I believe this tour was the first to use a full story of Rapunzel, but they did it really really well. I think what I liked most about this one was that there was a lot of flying on harnesses, which reminded me of Cirque Du Soleil last year. While I didn't manage to get many good pictures of them up in the hair (hahaha! See what I did there...? Gosh. They were swinging and flying wrapped up in Rapunzel's hair...), you can kind of get the idea with these ones:

They also managed to actually create Maximus, which was awesome because he's one the best characters in the movie, even if he is only a horse. How they skated in that horse costume though...goodness knows how.

The very last song was rather exciting. As Rapunzel finally realises she's the lost princess, and they go to the castle...all the other Disney Princes and Princesses show up, and they did a huge ball scene, introducing the other princesses with a snippet of one of the main songs from their movies. There was Ariel and Eric, Jasmine and Aladdin, Aurora and Prince Phillip, Mulan and Shang, Belle and Prince Adam, as well as Cinderella and Prince Charming, Snow White and her Prince (who is never named in the movie), Tiana and Prince Naveen, and Rapunzel and Flynn/Eugene.

It was wonderful. The whole thing. One of my favourite things about the set was that the castle changed with every story, and it was so smoothly done. They even brought out a tower for Rapunzel, and changed the forrest-y look with screen things that went in front of the castle.

So! If you're a Disney fan and you hear Disney on Ice is headed to your town, do go and check it out. Tickets were incredibly reasonable (under $50 for where we were sitting, quite close), and it was just a lot of fun. I'm super keen to go next year if they come back, and see what the theme is then, and which Princesses have the main stories. So awesome.


Book Haul #24...

This will be the last book haul for a while (she says kind of hopefully, torn between her decreasing bank account number and her love of books), but that's okay, right? Right, and this haul is really a mix of opshop/charity/thrift store buys, and some from The Warehouse, and one from a subscription box.

The Warrior Heir
The Wizard Heir
The Dragon Heir, by Cinda Williams Chima
Bought: at the opshop
I managed to find all these three at the opshop right next to each other. While I hadn't heard of them or the author, the descriptions sounded great, and I love finding new series. There are actually 5 in this series, but I figured I can't complain when I got the first three for $10...all together. Not each.

The Winner's Curse, by Marie Rutkoski 
Came in the: Bethany Beach Book Drop Subscription box in April
You can read all about the Bethany Beach Book Drop in this post here, but in short it's this great (and reasonably priced if you live in the states) subscription box where they send you a great book every month. I didn't know what I was getting until it arrived, but it sounds like a great book and I look forward to eventually reading it.

The Farm, by Emily McKay
Bought: at the opshop
Bit of a funny story about this book. I was at The Warehouse and I saw the this book's sequel in the bargain bin and I had picked it up because I thought it looked good...and then realised it wasn't the first one and put it down. I had a brief moment of 'maybe I should get it - it's only $4 - and then I can just get the first one at some time...'. But I didn't. Then the same day, after being at the Warehouse, I was at the opshop...and I found this book. The first one. *shakes head* The one time...seriously...argh. Oh well. Maybe I won't even like this one...?

Crossroads of Twilight
Knife of Dreams, by Robert Jordan
Bought: at the opshop
I'm slowly bulding up by colleciton of this series. I may have said before at some point in this blogging life, but I have read the first 4 are really liked them...but that was when I was about 14 or 15, so I feel like I need to re-read them. I did re-read the first one a few years back, so I have to keep reading these. I now have 1,2,3,4 and 6 and 10, 11 and also 14. We're getting there!

Unwind, by Neal Shusterman
Bought: at the opshop
I read this book a few years ago, and really enjoyed it. I have yet to read the following books (of which there are now 3), but I'd love to reread this and keep reading the others.

Eragon, by Christopher Paolini
Bought: at the opshop
Another of my much-loved series that I haven't finished yet. I have the 3rd and 4th books, and now I have the first. Just need the second to complete the series. I have read books 1 and 2, but didn't get to read the 3rd when it came out...and then I got behind. You know how it is.

Salt & Stone, by Victoria Scott
Bought: at The Warehouse
I really loved the first in this series, Fire and Flood, and you can read my review of it here on Blogger's Bookshelf. I was super excited when I spotted this book at the Warehouse for only $13.

I Capture the Castle, by Dodie Smith
Bought: at The Warehouse
This is one of those books that I've been meaning to pick since forever ago. I think I actually got it out at the library when I was younger, but it was one of those times where I picked up about 10 books and had to return them before I had read them all. This was only $4 at the The Warehouse. Yay!

And the end! I hope you've enjoyed these book hauls. Have you read any of these ones? Or bought any books recently?


Auckland Adventures XXXI :: A Day with Bridgitte from Eyedolize Makeup

You're about to read about an awesome day, so just be prepared. The lovely Bridgette from Eyedolize Makeup is at the beginning of her many-months-long world adventure, and she started off here in little ol' New Zealand. She was here staying with Jessie from Nailed It NZ (side bar: check out their videos together! So funny!), and had another week here in Auckland, when I met her last weekend. I suggested we get out and do something in her last week in NZ, and she said yes. Phew! That would have been awkward...

So we met up on Wednesday, and headed to Mission Bay for coffee, and just to check it out really. It was the most stunning of days, which was very lucky, and Mission Bay was super pretty. After walking about and down a few times, we jumped on a bus and headed back into the city, where we wandered through Britomart, and then headed down the waterfront, through the Wynyard Quarter, and to Silo Park.

 We had lunch at Jack Tar (yup! Where we went for Brunch Club last month), and had delicious burgers and chips. It was awesome having lunch with another blogger because it wasn't awkward hauling out our cameras and snapping away at our lunch. Brilliant!

After lunch we headed to the ferry, and took a trip across the water to Devonport. It was a tad awkward because three of the stores I wanted to take her to weren't there any more. Seriously, Devonport. What's wrong with you? You had one job. One job. But we checked out the cute used bookstores, and I showed her where the stores that I wanted to take her used to be. Then we grabbed some pictures of the city from the Devonport side (it's a great view!), and headed back over the harbour to the city again.

While we didn't actually do much, it was still so much fun hanging out! Thanks, Bridgitte for hanging out with someone you'd only just met, and for being so easy to talk to! Such fun! Make sure you guys go and check out Bridgitte's YouTube channel if you haven't already, and follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Google +, and check out her blog.

All the best for you travels, Bridgitte!

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