When you wish upon a star…

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As the self-appointed fairy godmother of all things travel, I am super excited about the return of Disney On Ice to London’s O2 Arena this October. In just one month’s time, Mickey, Minnie, Donald Duck and Goofy will be taking to the ice to celebrate 100 years of Disney magic with a total of 65 characters from 18 much-loved stories.

Disney princesses including Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Belle, Jasmine and Ariel (my all time favourite!) are all set to join their charming princes (swoon!) on ice, to the sound of Disney favourites – who could resist?

I was a huge fan of Disney as a little girl – and even now, as a not-so-little girl – I’m still under the spell. Red and white polka dot patterned prints are my favourite fashion pick – thank you, Minnie Mouse. I do believe in fairies *handclaps*. One day my prince will come. And when you wish upon a star dreams do, of course, come true.

Here’s hoping that my own fairy godmother (yes mum, that does mean you) will be magicing some Disney On Ice tickets my way in the very near future, especially as I am in serious danger of throwing a Tinker Bell style tantrum until a certain programme returns to our small screens soon, to provide me with a weekly ice dancing fix. If you’re like me and desperate to see what’s sure to be a gorgeous spectacle for yourself, be sure to check out our Disney On Ice packages.

However, for those adults who might feel just a little too grown up for Disney On Ice, I’ve found some real-life spell-binding destinations, perfect for celebrating Disney’s magical appeal without the glitter.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Set against a mountainous backdrop, compete with its own waterfall, this fairy-tale castle inspired Herb Ryman to design the trademark Disney castle, first used in Cinderella. With mirrored dance halls and a jewel studded throne room, this German fairytale residence has officially replaced Balmoral as my castle of choice. Marry me please, William? Harry? Andrew?

Copenhagen

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See the statue of Hans Christian Andersen’s Little Mermaid in Copenhagen’s harbour. The Danish capital is the epitome of Scandinavian cool and is a little known boutique shopping favourite, with celeb fans including Scarlett Johansson and Cheryl Cole. Well, if it’s good enough for Cheryl…

Dubai

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Spend the Arabian nights with an Eastern promise of luxurious surrounds in Dubai’s palatial beach-front hotels – fit for Jasmine and Aladdin.

America

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Head to America and live out your own Toy Story. Visit the Kennedy Space Centre and make like Buzz Lightyear and salute the Glory spacecraft as it launches into infinity and beyond, in November 2010. Hightail to North America, the home of the cowboy, for ranching holidays and the Yellowstone Park where you can reel off some Woody favourites including “There’s a snake in my boot”. Or stay closer to home and start your own Toy Story by indulging your inner child with a visit to Hamleys, London’s famous toy shop.

Australia

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Head Down Under and hit the Great Barrier Reef for some scuba diving and try to find your very own Nemo.

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