Thursday, 15 August 2013

Euro Disneyland Retro designs

As far as I can tell these are the first guides made for the Euro Disney theme park known as Disneyland Paris now. My Grandad had kept them from when we visited as it had just opened in 1992 (I was 3 or 4 years old so I don't remember) They are printed as being made in 1991.   

I love how almost all the pictures are painted as they probably didn't have any photographs while it was being made. The park might not have been finished at that point.

There are a couple of pages explaining the main characters Walt Disney created.

Apparently you had to pay for this guide which is strange as they are usually free now.

Here I have the guides from when I visited in 2008 as it was their 15th anniversary which I have put alongside the old ones to compare. If you would like to see my photos from that trip you can view my post here.

I love the borders at the bottom of each page to further illustrate the themes. 

The new guides are much more compact and other than the map there is not as much detail in the text information. 

The back looks to be used as advertising space. 

Studios guide. 

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Love of Japanese and American things

Last weekend I went on a trip to Birmingham to meet up with Kristi and she showed me this amazing candy shop called cyber candy. It has sweets from all over the world and we spent quite a while in there trying to decide what to buy. I ended up getting these Hello Panda biscuits that have different fillings in. I've tried the normal chocolate ones before and was excited to see what these would be like. 

In the Selfridges they have in the Bullring there was a display on popcorn machines and all sorts of different toppings. I decided to try this seasoning in the caramel flavour. They also had chocolate marshmallow which intrigued me. Its like a powder that you sprinkle on the popcorn but says it can be used on cereal, fruit and toast. It wasn't an overpowering flavour but still good to sweeten things up a bit. 

We journeyed onto Leicester that I never realised had a Forbidden Planet store. It seemed to specialise in manga compared to the Bristol store which has more anime DVDs. I am a big fan of Souleater as I have seen the anime and love the whole concept. I had heard of the 'NOT' series but never seen it in the stores. When I spotted this I was impressed with the print quality and style on the cover.  

The characters are printed with a glossy effect and I love how they are outlined in bright colours rather than the usual black. 

Cardcaptor Sakura was the very first anime I had seen when I was 10 years old. I look back on it now and the dub is actually pretty bad but I watched the original and couldn't believe everything they altered and changed in the storyline. I wanted to give the manga a go and see how that differed from the anime. Also these omnibus special editions had colour prints of the characters too. 

I had to take a photo of my favourite outfit that she wears ^^ 

This is my little collection so far which I hope will grow bigger.  

One last thing I spotted in the forbidden planet store was this adorable plushie of a Meow Wow from the Kingdom hearts 3DS game. I really wanted to get this but it was a bit out of my price range so I will be saving up for it and it shall be mine! 

I had a little look at amazon to see if it was any cheaper and ended up seeing a plushie of a heartless! This will also have to be mine... eventually.  

One last thing I needed to try was a Cinnabon which has a shop in the Highcross in Leicester. They are these amazing cinnamon rolls that are huge! I've gotten over the novelty of Krispy Kreme so I think this will be replacing it.