In my last post I gave you an insight to our first day at Disneyland Paris. So here is a breakdown of our second day at the parks!
Walt Disney Studios
The Studios park is smaller than the main Disneyland park, but in my opinion, no less impressive. I think I actually preferred the look and feel of this park more. Unlike Disneyland it isn’t split into lands but it does have different lots that you can visit.
We originally planned to go straight to Crush’s Coaster after hearing so much about it but after checking the app we saw that Rock N’ Rollercoaster only had a 10 minute wait so we shot over there. I was super nervous about doing this one just because I had heard a lot about it shooting off and looping. Something about not being able to see the track before hand stressed me out a little. We passed a lot of memorabilia in the queue – from guitars to suits and all with Aerosmith blasting in the background. It’s safe to say that I am 100% in love with this ride and would happily do it many times in a row!
We also stopped over at Armageddon Special Effects. Truth time – I haven’t actually watched the film however I didn’t want to miss out on the experience. Unfortunately the bulk of it was done in French when we had our slot but there were subtitles on the screen. Once you are in the room and going through the scene you appreciate just how special effects are put together and just how close you get to those effects!
On our travels we managed to join the queue to meet Jack Sparrow. This meet up was definitely worth it. Jack has all the mannerisms from the film and really interacts with you. As an added bonus he is also very good looking.
Without a doubt my favourite ride of the whole trip was the Twilight Zone of Terror! I love drop rides and the theming around this ride was really up my street. The creepy hotel that towers out of the park is prominent and the staff do well to stay in character throughout. I hadn’t realise just how high up it goes so once the doors opened to give us a birdseye view of the park I really was shocked!
We eventually got back around to Crush’s Coaster which had a 75 minute wait. This was the longest wait that we endured in the park. Disney must be prepared for this as the queue has its own wifi that links you to a Crush based game which I thought was a very good idea. The Finding Nemo themed ride seats you in a turtle shell before taking you on an adventure through the East Australian current. This ride was not what I was expecting and I would say the wait was worth it however if I was going to do it again I’d try and get there earlier to beat the queues.
Having got fast passes for Ratatouille we decided to kill some time by taking the Studio Tram Tour. It was an interesting trip listening and witnessing some of the replica sets from films as well as special and physical effects. I really enjoyed learning a bit more of what goes on behind the scenes and kind of wish it had been a bit longer and more in depth.
We finally made our way over to Ratatouille which is based over in the most adorable French style corner of the park. The ride is right next to Bistrot Chez Remy and you can actually see into the restaurant by the end of the ride. It’s a 3D simulation that takes you through the kitchens with Remy and I have to say it was fantastic.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to stop at Toy Story Land. It’s surprising just how packed the park was and how long we had to wait for things considering it is small that Disneyland. We’ve popped it onto the bucket list for our next trip. The RC Racer and Parachute Drop look to good to skip out on entirely.
Bite To Eat
In the evening we headed over to the Newport Bay Hotel to have dinner at the Yacht Club. I have to say that the hotel is absolutely gorgeous and if I get a chance to stay at a Disney Hotel this would probably be my pick.
The restaurant had a nautical theme and serves seafood. I opted for their Regate menu which included a starter, main and dessert for €46.99. I started with vegetable soup which was thick and creamy but a little on the cold side. For my main course I chose the tempura cod with french fries. This was gorgeous! The fish tasted really fresh in the crisp batter. For dessert I went with the chocolate fondant which was amazing. Super rich in flavour and texture which was nice after a relatively light main course. I can’t only praise the food – the service we received was fantastic. Our waiter, Arthur, was so attentive and polite and made us feel so welcome. I’m glad we made the choice to stop for food here.
We also had Sunday in the parks but for the most part we spent it shopping. The Disney Village has a wide range of merchandise but if you are after specific things you may need to shop around in both the parks. We go our hands on various different items including some of the exclusive 25th anniversary tsum tsums.
So brings us to the end of our time at Disney! I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed our first trip and I’ve been bitten by the Disney bug! To keep spreading the Disney magic I’m giving away a 25th anniversary Tinkerbell tsum tsum. If you’re interested in entering fill out the form below! Good luck!