The Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere

Spring comes early at the Royal Albert Hall!

But then again, our favorite nanny has re-appeared after all these years.

Douglas Rickard sees Emily Blunt who plays Mary Poppins in London

Douglas Rickard sees Emily Blunt who plays Mary Poppins in London

Douglas Rickard at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere

Douglas Rickard at the Mary Poppins Returns European Premiere

So, why not take a front seat look as Emily Blunt, Meryl Streep and the other stars of “Mary Poppins Returns” make an entrance at the premiere in London, in my super… vlog:

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London 2018 Christmas Lights and Store Windows

For Christmas would you like to swing around to London’s iconic bridge and watch some ice skating in the Tower of London?

London Tower Bridge at Christmas

London Tower Bridge at Christmas

That’s not before we’ve climbed atop a red London bus to see the lights and start a tour of all things Christmas!

Douglas Rickard sees the Christmas lights from on top of a red London bus

Douglas Rickard sees the Christmas lights from on top of a red London bus

There are all sorts of strange food offerings along Piccadilly by way of Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas Windows.

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Windows 2018

Fortnum and Mason Christmas Windows 2018

And Christmas certainly rocks in London 2018 with Elton John Bohemian Rhapsody and Selfridges’ Santa!

Douglas Rickard rocks Christmas lights in London 2018 with Elton John Bohemian Rhapsody and Selfridges

Douglas Rickard rocks Christmas lights in London 2018 with Elton John Bohemian Rhapsody and Selfridges

So, enjoy my 2018 picks for best Christmas store windows and lights in London in a special annual vlog which includes my choices of what to see at Christmas in London, including out of the way views and details!

Douglas Rickard picks his top London Christmas Lights and Store Windows for 2018

Douglas Rickard picks his top London Christmas Lights and Store Windows for 2018

Douglas Rickard and his choices of what to see at Christmas in London

Douglas Rickard and his choices of what to see at Christmas in London

 

Christmas Decorations Shopping in London

Fortnum and Mason’s Christmas floor seems like a giant gingerbread house full of delicious looking candy Christmas ornaments.

Mouthwatering Candy Christmas Ornaments in Fortnum and Mason

Mouthwatering Candy Christmas Ornaments in Fortnum and Mason

But if you step aboard this Christmas ornaments tour with me, first we need to make a stop at Harrod’s Christmas World.

Harrods Christmas World 2018

Harrods Christmas World 2018

And you might think we arrived there through outer space.

A Space Age Christmas

A Space Age Christmas

It will be worth the trip though as we will be guests at a Winter Circus!

Winter Circus Christmas Ornaments at Harrods

Winter Circus Christmas Ornaments at Harrods

Watch my vlog below and choose your favorite ornaments this Christmas.

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

From a bird’s eye view of the Jolly Roger and Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland Paris, I spy out some pizza, and discover there’s still a whole load of jungle in a very wild 2018 Adventureland.

Spying out pizza to eat in my Disneyland Paris food vlog

Spying out pizza to eat in my Disneyland Paris food vlog

As always, I wouldn’t be in Disneyland Paris if I didn’t stop to savor all those little details that make eating in the parks extra special. The artifacts, furniture and décor in Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost though, might well have not far to travel once this restaurant gets re-imagined. The rumors at the time of writing this, are that Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost will become either a Moana or Indiana Jones themed dinner show.

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Savoring that spirit of place served up in Disney parks at Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Savoring that spirit of place served up in Disney parks at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris

Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris food review and full tour

Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost Disneyland Paris food review and full tour

Douglas Rickard spots a Disneyland Paris animatronic bird at Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Douglas Rickard spots a Disneyland Paris animatronic bird at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

Whatever Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost does become, thankfully I should still get to experience what night in Adventureland is like here, camped right in the middle of the restaurant’s surrounding streams and dense tree covering.

Disneyland Paris Adventureland restaurant Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost

Disneyland Paris Adventureland restaurant Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost

So check out my 4K vlog of what would appear to be some uncultivated Adventureland views, long before explorers, prospectors or imagineers have begun erecting any new attractions. And do take time to catch some of the details of the near extinct Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost!

But if ever you do venture to these parts, a word of warning, you might not believe the kind of characters you may just meet on your way to any Adventureland eatery!

The characters you meet on the way to Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost in Disneyland Paris!

The characters you meet on the way to Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost in Disneyland Paris!

Vintage London Theatreland

The architecture, the Ivy, lights and greasepaint, means it can only be London’s West End.

Vintage London Theatreland

Vintage London Theatreland

And witnessing “42nd Street” at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane, is like closing the seal on a living, tap-dancing time capsule right in the heart of London’s vintage Theatreland.

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

Royal Box or Stalls at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane

I realize how unique the sense of style was for the minds behind “42nd Street,” in my vlog (below). Our giftings and therefore our imprint, no matter what our vocation, is so specific for the time into which we are born!

 

And in person, Bonnie Langford is nothing like the moody diva, Dorothy Brock, she’s playing at Drury Lane!

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

Douglas Rickard meets Bonnie Langford from 42nd Street

 

Most Mechanical-Looking of all Disney Hotels

 

Most mechanical looking of all Disney hotels

Most mechanical looking of all Disney hotels

On the edge of the Disneyland Paris resort within some very Californian/New Mexican horticulture is nestled the cozy Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe.

Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Take a road trip with me for breakfast in the video below to La Cantina which has an ambiance more like the American Old West right there in France. And then I will slow drive you though the amenities of a Standard Room at the Santa Fe.

La Cantina Disney Hotel Santa Fe

La Cantina Disney Hotel Santa Fe

Breakfast at Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

Breakfast at Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

Hotel Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

Hotel Santa Fe Disneyland Paris

 

Disney FanDaze Paris Inaugural Party

 

Disney FanDaze Paris Inaugural Party Parade

Disney FanDaze Paris Inaugural Party Parade

Kuzco the Llama at Disney FanDaze

Kuzco the Llama at Disney FanDaze

RSVP to these three VIP vlogs and check out my experience of the evening direct from the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party in Paris!

Unfortunately, Kuzco becomes a Llama again, and even though I spend some time taking selfies with Daisy (who seems to enjoy taking them as much as I do?), I do get to chat with Jim Hawkins about planets and his mom’s restaurant… that kind of thing.

Douglas Rickard and Daisy Duck do a selfie

Douglas Rickard and Daisy Duck do a selfie

Douglas Rickard meeting Jim Hawkins at the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party

Douglas Rickard meeting Jim Hawkins at the Disney FanDaze Inaugural Party

Some might wonder if it’s inhumane for so many people to chase one chipmunk in the video below. (Clarisse doesn’t seem to mind.) And if Disney villain Yzma’s anti-aging routine is so bad, how can she still make these dance moves?! What makes my weekend though is making some new friends, despite some old ones appearing to dodge us as the Paris sun sets!

Finally, and at 2:00 am Disneyland Paris time, an up-close view of almost every rare Disney character imaginable at the Inaugural Party Farewell Parade in the heart of Walt Disney Studios park. Even the most elusive of heroes and villains, like Li Shang and Shan Yu, Robin Hood and Prince John, Hercules and Hades plus Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox jostle each other along the parade route.