Saturday, 15 August 2015

Disneyland Paris - July 2015

I went to Disneyland Paris at the beginning of the summer, for a few days with my best friend. We are both moving away in September to go to Uni/Dance School; so we wanted to have one last holiday. As we are both huge Disney fans, it was perfect! I am still having post-holiday blues about it; so I thought I'd share some of the photos I took while I was there, as well as my thoughts!

We took the Eurostar train from Kings Cross in London, directly to the Disneyland Parks and stayed in the Hotel Cheyenne. It was set out like an Old Western town, rather than a single hotel complex. Each building was named after a different western legend, we stayed in a building called Billy the Kid; our room even had a lamp shaped like a cowboy boot! It was clear that Disney had given it a lot of thought with their attention to detail.

The best thing about staying in a Disney Hotel was that you were able to enter the parks at 8am, which was two hours before it was open to the public. We took full advantage of this and used the time to meet the characters, as well as get on the bigger rides before the queues got bigger. I particularly liked meeting Merida, as she was the sweetest out of all the characters we met!

Mickey and Minnie
Donald Duck
Chip 'n' Dale
A Selfie with Cinderella
We had the Park Hopper tickets, which allowed us to change between the Disneyland Park and the Walt Disney Studios Park, which were right next to each other. There is also the Disney Village for dining and shipping, as well as much more. It even had big name restaurants such as McDonalds and a Planet Hollywood (which we decided to eat at on the second night we were there).

Planet Hollywood in Disney Village

As I hadn't been to Disneyland Paris since I was under the age of 5, it was great that I was able to properly experience all the rides this time around. We took full advantage of the Fastpass system so that we could get on as much as possible while we were there. You are able to scan your ticket to obtain a Fastpass (which is listed for a later time); it means you can find something else to do until your allocated time, rather than waiting a long time in the queue. Although you could only have one pass at a time, it definitely cut queuing times drastically. This was amazing considering they were free - take note UK theme parks! My favourite rides at the two parks were:

Disneyland Park:
1) Buzz Lightyear Lazer Blast
2) Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril
3) Big Thunder Mountain
4) Peter Pan's Flight
5) It's a Small World

Walt Disney Studios Park:
1) Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith
2) Ratatouille: The Adventure
3) The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
4) Crush's Coaster
5) RC Racer

Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith

I loved the attention to detail that has gone into the park; everything was so visually stunning and exactly how I imagined it to be. Walking down Main Street itself (especially the first time) had to be one of my highlights; it was so picturesque! Sleeping Beauty's castle was at the end of the street and was beautiful. You are even able to go upstairs in the castle and explore the stain-glass windows and the tapestries; you could even see the dragon who lives beneath the castle. I'm gutted that we ran out of time to experience this!

Sleeping Beauty's Castle
Typical Dancer Tilt Photo

One of my favourite things about the whole experience had to be the parade. On each of the three days we were there, we made sure that we were there super early to get a good viewing spot. We found out, through trial and error, that to have the perfect spot you had to be there an hour early! It seems like a long time to be sitting around waiting, but I promise it's worth it!

Waiting for the Parade
Anna and Elsa
The Lion King
Rapunzel and Flynn Rider
Toy Story
Snow White and Her Prince
Mary Poppins
Cinderella and Prince Charming
However, my absolute favourite thing about our trip to Disneyland Paris was the fireworks/Disney Dreams. We didn't manage to see them on the first night, but on our second/final night we were finally able to watch them. It was amazing how the laser light show, fountains, fireworks and projections were able to light up Sleeping Beauty's Castle. At the same time it told the story of Peter Pan's shadow getting away from him and exploring classic Disney stories. It was just breathtaking and I can't even begin to describe how much better they were than I had imagined!

Sleeping Beauty's Castle at night
My favourite photo of Disney Dreams I took
I had an amazing time at Disneyland Paris; it is true what they say about it being 'the happiest place on earth!' Let me know if you've visited Disneyland Paris in the comments below to share your adventure with me!

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