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Saturday, 18 August 2018

Travel Diaries: Disneyland Paris

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Hey everyone. I hope you’re all well and having a lovely weekend. What with everything going on recently in my monthly update post, I haven’t managed to get round to putting this Disneyland one together until now. For years I’ve been wanting to go to Disneyland Paris again, I went when I was very young and didn’t remember much. It was coming up to my Grandma’s 70th birthday and it’s somewhere she’s always wanted to go with her family. So with that, all 16 of us set off to Disneyland Paris for a long weekend. 

We jumped on the train at Ebsfleet and arrived in Paris within a few hours. We were staying at The Disneyland Hotel located inside the park so we made our way there to check in and off load our suitcases. The Disneyland Hotel was literally a dream! It must of only been 1/4 of a mile away from the iconic pink princess castle and had the most amazing view over the park! Inside, it was everything I expected. Throughout my childhood I watched a number of Disney films and it was the traditional decor that I was use to seeing on the TV. Oh and they also had the best hot chocolate stashed away in our rooms. 

Once we unpacked, we made our way into the park and went on a few rides. As we were staying in The Disneyland Hotel, we were given 1 free fast pass each a day so we took full advantage of using these throughout the different parks. Quite a few of the adults in my family weren’t interested in going on the rides which mean’t we had multiple gos on our favourite ones. After exploring the parks, we headed back towards our hotel to get ready for the Wild West Show in the evening. When I came to Disneyland all those years ago, I remember going to this show with my Mum and Dad so it brought back a few memories when we walked in.

After the show, we then went back into the parks as they close quite late in the evening so we had the chance to use up the remaining fast passes for the day. We decided to take my Grandma & Grandad on a ride called ‘Thunder Mountain’ which none of us knew what to expect. My Grandma had a disability pass which entitled her to take up to 5 people on a ride so the majority of us managed to get on the rollercoaster. Well the whole way round I was in hysterics - I kept having visions of my Grandma and Grandad being on that Specsavers advert so it was a standing joke throughout the whole holiday and we got the most amazing photo of them both mid-ride which will forever be a talking point for years to come. We then went to watch the fireworks which is something I’ve always wanted to do. It was pretty emotional, I’ve never seen anything like it. 
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The next day, we all met for breakfast in our hotel and then went into the park. Being a resident at a Disneyland hotel, you automatically receive entry an hour before general admission so that gave us the chance to run around the place before going onto the ‘Little People’ ride. When my Grandma went to Disneyland Florida that was her favourite ride so we wanted to make sure she went on it again in Paris. This ride was a big thing. For years my Grandma had wanted to take all of the family away to Disneyland Florida to go on this ride but because of her MS (Multiple Sclerosis), we decided to go to Paris instead as it would be of been easier and less stressful for her. Everyone knew how much this ride meant to my Grandma and how much she wanted to share this experience with her whole family so it was quite emotional. 

We spent the day going on all of the rides and going back and forth through the different parks before going back to our hotel to get ready for dinner. We’d booked to go to one of the restaurants in our hotel for our special a la carte dinner. We had the perfect setting as our dining area looked out over on the pink Disney castle and we watched the sunset behind it whilst eating. After dinner, we headed back into the park for one last ride before watching the fireworks again. We went on the Buzz Lightyear ride which was hilarious. You all go around in little cars having to shoot the dots all over the walls with your laser gun. Is this where I can also mention that I won? ;) After that, we watched the fireworks again which was just as amazing the second time round. It’s one of those things that you can never get bored of, it’s so spectacular and moving that you could just watch it over and over again. 

My Aunt, Uncle and 3 of my cousins were heading home first thing that morning so we said our goodbyes the night before and went for breakfast. We then spent the day going around the parks again and on all of the different rides. The parks were very big but we were lucky enough to go on near enough every ride. My favourite being the Aerosmith rollercoaster in the Walt Disney Studios park! If you go to Disney, I definitely recommend going on this ride as we were continuously queuing back up to go on it and used the majority of our fast passes on just this one ride. 

After the rides, we went back to our hotel to get ready for dinner at the Walts restaurant. When I came to Disneyland, I must have been about 5 or 6 and remember going to this restaurant with my Mum and Dad. I don’t know whether they still do it, but we went here for breakfast where all of the Disney characters came around and had food with you and it was the best time to grab all of their autographs. So going back to the Walts restaurant nearly 15 years later was amazing. We sat down to have our a la carte dinner and it was exactly how I remembered it being. After dinner, we went back into the park to go on a few more rides and then stayed to watch the fireworks. This time, we were right at the front and it was literally the best view!

This was our last day at Disneyland Paris and I was gutted to be leaving as I’d had the most amazing and unforgettable experience. We had our last breakfast in The Disneyland Hotel and then went back into the parks for our last few rides. It was in the afternoon that our train was booked to take us back to Ebsfleet so we all packed up and walked to the station to jump on the Eurostar. 

I’m so grateful to have experiences like this and to live them with my family. If you’d like to read more of my travel blog posts, be sure to check them out here.

Lots of love xx


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