Hey, guys! So, I just came back from Disneyland Paris yesterday night so I thought I would share the trip with you guys.
My sister and I flew from Bristol Airport at Thursday. We were meant to fly at around four o’clock but our plane was delayed by 45 minutes which wasn’t the best start to the holiday. Once we got into CDG, we had a private transfer to take us to our hotel. We decided against staying in a Disney hotel since it pushed the price up a lot. However, we did stay in a Disney partner hotel. These hotel are still extremely close by to the park and have the shuttle bus that goes into the park but they aren’t as expensive. We opted to stay in the Vienna House Dream Castle Hotel. It was gorgeous, I hadn’t realised how themed they were going to make the entire place but it was honest such a beautiful place to stay.
It was late evening by the time we had dropped our bags off at the hotel so after having a quick rest we took the shuttle in Disney Village. We just wanted to grab a quick bite to eat and maybe wander into some of the shops. I ended up picking up my Minnie ears whilst we were there. Since it’s Disneyland Paris’ 25th anniversary, they released three sets of ears. We both decided to pick up the gold sequin ears with the black bow which I think were gorgeous.
As well as that, we also picked up my cousins’ presents from the Village, we got them both a Tsum Tsum Tinkerbell which was also a 25th anniversary exclusive. I managed to find a Grape Soda pin as well which was the one pin that I was dying to get my hands on. Up is one of my favourite Disney movies and I loved what the Grape Soda pin signified through the movie.
To be honest, we didn’t get up to much else that evening. We bought food, took it back to our hotel and I was ready to fall asleep straight after that. Day two was a lot more exciting though. It was a packed day and looking back at it, I’m surprised at how much we managed to fit into it.
So, Disneyland Paris is made up of two parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios. We decided to go to the Disneyland Park on the first day. It’s the larger of the two parks and is split into five different lands. We headed into Frontierland straight away.
The first thing we went on was Phantom Manor. It’s not so much of a ride, it’s more so an experience. It goes through the story on why the manor is haunted. You’re in a cart of two with dimmed lighting. It is a little creepy but because I had read up on the story before hand, it wasn’t too bad. We then headed over to Big Thunder Mountain which is down as one of the Big Thrill rides in the park. I knew that people had raved about this one and it didn’t disappoint!
We then went over to Discoveryland which is probably the land that I loved the most in this park. We headed over to Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast. Once again, this wasn’t a rollercoaster. You’re put in carts of two, given a “laser” and you have to shoot the targets to help defeat Zurg. You get given your points on your cart and I managed to beat Zara on this one!
Stars Wars Hyperspace Mountain was next on the list and I had no clue what to expect. As soon as I had gotten off, I knew that I was one of my favourite rides of the trip. Your shot off from the start and taken around a serious of twists and turns! Star Tours: The Adventure Continues was not something I enjoyed as much though. You’re put in a simulator as your aircraft takes flight. It wasn’t a bad ride but it’s not really one that I would want to go on again.
Going into Adventureland then, we picked up some lunch from Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost. It was a cheap and cheerful place to eat and it gave me a bit more energy for the rest of the day. After that, we had the chance to meet the Genie which was such a fantastic character interaction. He was great and I managed to get a hug from him! Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril is shut for refurbishment at the moment. However, the Pirates of the Caribbean ride had just reopened. This one was an experience ride again but it was fantastic. The way they had decked out all of the scenes were amazing and so realistic. So, if you’re a fan of the movies, this is one I’d definitely say to go on.
Wandering over to Fantasyland then, we had to do It’s a Small World. I’ll be honest, Zara and I didn’t really want to go on it all too much but have you really been to Disneyland if you haven’t? After that, we decided to go on the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. Even though some people might class it as more of a child, it was a really fun ride and nice to be on something a little more chilled out.
We went to meet Mickey Mouse after that which was so nice. I didn’t want to leave Disney without having met him and we got some really cute photos from that. We went to explore the castle afterwards. That really didn’t take long at all but it was gorgeous. I loved all the detail in the stain glass windows.
The parade started around half past five but to make sure that we were at the front for it, we ended up sitting on the side of the pavement an hour before hand with a cookie from the Cable Car Bake Shop. The parade lived up to all of my expectations. Those fifteen minutes flew by and I didn’t want it to end. The floats were so well put together and Goofy ran over to give me a hug.
We didn’t do a whole load after that but at half past eight, we headed over to Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show. I have got a review coming up on this, so I won’t say a whole load on it. However, it didn’t really live up to my expectations. After that, we got the bus straight back to the hotel, ready for day three.
So, those were my first two days at Disney. Can’t wait to share the rest of the trip with you all!