After months of planning we finally took our first ever trip to Disneyland Paris! It really was an unforgettable trip so I thought why not share it with you guys. We booked to go during the middle of September as it meant that the schools were back in session meaning the parks would be a little bit quieter and honestly I am so glad that we did that.
I honestly don’t think I will ever forget the feeling of walking up Main Street and seeing the castle in front of us. If I’m completely honest with you I welled up a little when we entered the park. Between the music, the smell of sugar and the scene in front of me, I was completely overwhelmed.
We spent our first day in the main Disneyland Park. It’s made up of various different themed lands and our immediate choice was Frontierland. Kicking off our time in the park we started with Phantom Manor – a journey through the dark whilst enjoying a ghost story. Straight after that we headed over to Big Thunder Mountain. Considering the amount of people who love this ride I was a little worried it was over hyped. However I can understand why people love it and it has become a favourite of mine.
We made our way over to Discoveryland next. Straight over to Buzz Lightyear’s laser blast where you get into a cart and shoot lasers at different targets through various Toy Story themed levels in hopes of defeating Zurg. Sai managed to beat my score but I maintain that it’s because I was steering the cart! Next up was Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain which recently got a face lift – changing space mountain into a Star Wars themed ride. With dips and turns set against the backdrop of stars and familiar faces from the film it is a definite must for thrill seekers and fans of the franchise. However I can’t say I was a massive fan of Star Tours: The Adventure Continues. This is a 3D simulator that made me feel rather queasy afterwards so I can’t imagine me wanting to do this one again…
Next stop was Adventureland and by this point we were starving. Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost served us up some good grub for a decent price to keep us going throughout the rest of the afternoon. Having not had much character interaction yet we managed to find Genie from Aladdin and got some pictures with him! The Pirates of the Caribbean ride was also recently done up and so we hopped on that. It takes you through dark caves where you see how the pirates live and there’s a pretty impressive robotic Jack Sparrow that greets you towards the end.
Fantasyland was up next. I feel this is definitely aimed more at a younger audience as there aren’t any big thrills rides here. We took a stop over at It’s A Small World. And with that done I had the song stuck in my head for the rest of the day. We also stopped at The Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups – a typical fairground ride where you hop in brightly decorated tea cups that spin around. After this we spied a meet and greet with Mickey Mouse. Let’s face it there was no way we were passing up that opportunity. The queue was pretty long but we stuck it out and he was great to interact with so it was worth the wait to meet the mouse that started it all. Our last stop at this land was the castle and the dragon. Sleeping Beauty’s castle is impressive from the outside but the stained glass designs on the inside are absolutely breath taking. Just underneath the castle there is a little opening and inside the dragon lays asleep but stirs every so often taking a look around with smoke billowing out of it’s nostrils. All in all it’s a fabulous feature at the heart of the park.
Parades & Shows
Disney Stars On Parade starts at 5:30 PM but we wanted to make sure we got a good spot so at 4:30 we took up our place on the pavement on Main Street. We satisfied ourselves with a cookie from Cable Car Bake Shop – a shortbread tasting star biscuit with a nutella Micky Mouse in the centre. The parade kicked off and it was nothing short of spectacular. The music, costumes and choreography were just amazing. No matter how much I want to write about it, it just won’t do the parade justice. What I can say is that you really do not want to miss it and I highly recommend getting a good spot to watch it all unfold.
In the evening we had booked to see Bill’s Wild West Show after seeing a lot of people rave about it. It’s a cowboys and Indians themed show which also serves a Tex Mex dinner. Although it was an experience I’m not sure I enjoyed it all that much. I found the show quite hard to follow in terms of a storyline and the food wasn’t amazing. For the price paid for the tickets I just don’t think it was worth it.
By the time Bill’s was done the parks had closed so we hopped onto a bus back to the hotel ready to rest up for the next day!
If you want to see the action for yourself click the video below!
Have you been to Disneyland Paris? What are your favourite parts of the park?