This blog post skips a few years from the last as we revisited Disneyland Paris as a family, I was slightly older but still incredibly excited.
I want to start however the night before we left, this probably goes down as one of those embarrassing life moments but I wasn’t going to let it ruin my holiday. The evening before travelling to Marne la Valee we stayed in a London hotel. It turned out there was a wedding so Mum and Dad did not get much sleep however I can sleep anywhere through anything. It wasn’t until the next morning when I was getting ready in the bathroom that my trouble began. The towel radiator was hot. Sorry I meant HOT. The kind of hot where you bend to put your jeans on and burn a line down your ass. The kind of burn that HURTS to sit down on and guess what, I was sitting on the Eurostar for a couple of hours. Ah well, like I said, I was still excited we were going to Disneyland Paris.
I am a huge fan of character meets and found an absolute love with the parades on this visit. On our last day as mum and dad were finishing dinner I wanted to get up and watch the final parade, I truly think I would still be like that now. As for characters, everyone that we saw I wanted a photo with, sometimes even twice. It wasn’t too busy at the time of year and the characters were happy to stand, chat and take a few photos. It was great that we were never rushed and I only remember there being a queue for the Sulley Meet and Greet.
The stores in Disneyland Paris are something else. They are elegant on the outside and full of glow and warmth inside. On this visit I treated myself to a Minnie Mouse ring that I actually still have, although she is now missing her bow I have kept this in my jewellery box as memorabilia.
Of course we went on the rides and this time, as my sister was older, she was able to go on more too. Crush’s Coaster had opened since our last visit and this quickly became my favourite ride throughout Disneyland Paris, closely followed by the Tower of Terror. My love of the parades was ongoing and I enjoyed watching them every day of our visit. On our last day I even left dinner early so I could catch it before our journey home.
Another memory, that needed some finding, was going to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. Exactly what it sounds like it was a show full of cowboy hats, horses and stunts. This was a rustic event with food and drink included and a little audience participation which my dad took part in. It was a good way to spend an evening and the stunt show was great. I remember the food being a chicken on the bone and chips combo with beer flowing (not for the young ones of course!) and waitresses coming round to top up or bring more food. I would love to see if this is the same experience 20 years on.
We stayed in a different hotel to our last trip and I must say it was a beautiful hotel. Disney’s Newport Bay Club homed a Donald Duck Meet and Greet, a gift shop and nautical themed decor. It was also overlooking the lake which is positioned in the centre of many of the hotels and was only a short walk to the parks everyday. I would love to try Hotel New York and the Disneyland Hotel however I would definitely stay at Disney’s Newport Bay Club again in the future.
If you haven’t already you can also catch up on Our First Disney Holiday or see how I am planning our next one.
Have you been to any of the Disney Parks or do you plan to one day?