Disneyland Paris. Where to start.
I can’t believe it has been and gone. It just happened so quickly!
It was the most amazing experience, and the kids loved it, but it was just so overwhelming. Everywhere you looked there was something new to see or something going on. Which isn’t a bad thing, but it was a bit of a strange thing for us country bumpkins!
Anest didn’t come with us to Disney, she wouldn’t have been able to go on many of the rides and it just made more sense for us to be four so nobody was left out waiting their turns for the rides it was just a case of getting on them. It was really strange though, Anest not being there. We all missed her insane amounts, and I think we were ready to come home on the Wednesday mainly because we just could not wait to see her. Missing her didn’t spoil our holiday at all though, which was good as I had been a bit worried that I would be missing her so much that I wouldn’t enjoy properly.
We left early for Bristol airport on the Saturday morning, our flight was at 9.50am so we left at 6am to get there with enough time to spare. Mali had her usual car sickness much to Jac’s disgust! I really need to research some new ways of helping her with that, those acupuncture wrist band things don’t seem to do much and there is no way she will take any medicine so there has to be some other option out there somewhere!
We stayed at Sequoia lodge, and luckily even though we got there 3 hours before check in, our room was ready so we could just go straight up. It was a lovely hotel, the bedroom had two double beds and a nice sized bathroom. We unpacked a few things and then went for a wander into the park. I wish in hindsight that I had booked somewhere for us to have food that first night and maybe made a bit of a plan about what we should do because we were a bit like lost souls and that wasted a bit of time, plus we couldn’t find anywhere to eat. We did find a nice buffet place in the end though and it was included in our half board plus meal plan luckily! We had a bit of an early night so we could be up bright and early on the Sunday.
Sunday was a full day spent in the parks. We only went to the Disneyland Park on the Sunday, and tried to make our way around all the rides before we moved onto the Studios park.
Jac was a bit gutted that he couldn’t go on the Indiana Jones ride as he was a bit too short, but there were plenty of other rides to choose from! We pretty much covered all of the rides in the Disneyland park with only a few we didn’t get around to doing. Jac and I went on space mountain twice in a row later on in the evening as the queue wasn’t too long. He loved it but he did say afterwards he wasn’t going on it again as it had made his head go a bit funny! Probably the fact that you go upside down in the pitch black god knows how many times didn’t help!
We stayed up late to watch the fireworks in the evening. They were amazing, I expected them to be good but the light show that accompanies them is absolutely amazing. It must have been really magical for the kids! I found it magical and I’m supposed to be the grown-up! I was a bit gutted because about 5 minutes in Mali decided she was busting for the toilet so we had to try and make our way through the thousands of people in the crowd to find toilets so we did miss quite a bit of it. It doesn’t matter though really because we managed to catch the show again on the Tuesday night. (I was too busy filming the fireworks to take any photos of them, but there is a video on my instagram if you want to see!)
On the Monday we went to the Walt Disney Studio’s park. It was amazing.
Jac fell in love with the ‘Hollywood tower hotel’ ride which was like a lift you sat down on in the dark that shot you up and down the building. He is definitely an adrenaline junky! Even Mali went on a few adventurous rides for her which was nice as she usually sticks to the more timid rides.
James dragged us to a car stunt show as well, which I have to admit was pretty good. Mali got a little bit bored by it as it did go on for quite a while, but Jac and James’s faces were a picture watching it. I think if we’d have left him, James would have dragged us there everyday to watch it!
In the evening we went to Cafe Mickey for food and it was lovely. It was a table service restraunt which we decided wasn’t really for us as the kids were so fussy about the menu but it was worth going there just to meet the characters.
Every night they have different characters there that go around all the tables and you get a photo with them and the kids get a chance to get some autographs. We managed to meet Mickey, Goofy, Eeyore and Pluto.
Tigger was there bouncing around but we missed him which I was a bit gutted about…I love Tigger! The kids loved it.
Even Jac who I thought wasn’t going to be too keen on meeting them, although he did try and hide from them, from embarrassment more than anything! They did hunt him down though!
After we had food we headed for the hotel swimming pool. It wasn’t really up there on my top ten list of things that I wanted to do when we were in Disney, but I had brought our swimming stuff because the kids absolutely love swimming. We did all enjoy messing about in the pool, even though the pool was absolutely freezing which did lessen the experience a bit for me anyway, the kids weren’t bothered at all. The swimming pool gave you towels as well if you gave your room number which we made full use of as it meant not lugging wet towels home in our suitcases.
Tuesday we woke up early to make the most of the two magical hours we had before park opening. We went back to the Disneyland Park to finish off the rides we hadn’t managed to do there. Jac and I headed straight for space mountain as he had loved it and the queue was only 15 minutes long.
Mali had her face painted as well, she had begged a few times since the day we arrived but it was always too late in the day for it to be worth doing, so it was one of the first places we headed once the park ‘officially’ opened. It was 15 Euros which was quite expensive for face painting but they did do an amazing job and it lasted really well!
We managed to catch the parade as well, which was brilliant. It created such a magical, exciting atmosphere for the kids and they loved spotting all their favourite characters. I think seeing Rapunzel made it for Mali.
We headed back to the hotel for a couple of hours just to relax for a bit so that we could stay up for the fireworks later in the night. They were brilliant, just as good as before! I made sure Mali went to toilet before they started this time, there was no way I was missing them a second time!
Wednesday was our last day, so we headed back to the Walt Disney Studio’s park to do the rides we hadn’t got round to on the Monday.
I did feel guilty as I accidently traumatised James and Mali by forcing them to come on to the ‘Crush’s coaster’ (Finding Nemo inspired Roller Coaster) which I thought couldn’t be too bad it was in the kids section and it was finding nemo, but it was in the pitch black and you were as if you were in a whirlpool and were spinning round and round, Mali felt sick half way through and all you could hear was James shouting behind us! It wasn’t the best of rides for Mali to go on with her travel sickness…oops. James did say he enjoyed it though! I did feel guilty for a few hours afterwards though as Mali just felt sick for most of the afternoon, and you could tell she was completely traumatised for the rest of the day. Even now if you mention the ride to her she goes a bit pale! It was funny though. In a mean mammy sort of way!
At 3pm the Taxi picked us up for the airport, the flight was not until 7pm but they said rush hour could be a nightmare so we needed to leave early. As it was we got to the airport in 40 minutes, so we had one hell of a wait waiting for our plane and the Charles de Gaulle airport is not the most exciting. Needless to say we were very pleased to see our plane arriving!
One problem we did have with our stay was that so many of the rides were closed. The aerosmith ride was closed, thunder mountain was closed and quite a few other things were closed. It was all on the website when I looked the day before but there wasn’t really much I could do about it! It didn’t really matter because we only just managed to work our way around everything anyway, but Jac prefers the big rides and there were only two open for him.
As amazing as Disneyland Paris was, I don’t think it would be somewhere we would want to visit every year (the kids would probably disagree with that statement!). Maybe in about four or five years we will go again when both Jac and Mali are big enough to go on every ride and they will be a bit older which will make it all a bit easier. It was amazing though and we enjoyed every minute of it! I will start hinting that next time we go it should be to Florida……
We were very excited to get home and see Anest! We missed her so much.