For anyone who thinks Disneyland is just for children, you couldn’t be more wrong! I was like a kid in a sweet shop, a very big sweet shop, grinning from ear to ear.
The only tip I have is to leave your inhibitions at the door, this is no place to be snooty and inhibited!
*NOTE* If you don’t have children then I would suggest visiting outside the school holidays as you don’t have long queues for anything, I think 10 mins was our maximum waiting time anywhere!
First stop Mickey! Now he really is the star of the show.
Disney have perfected the art of building anticipation. None of the staff ever broke character so by the time we met him I genuinely believed I was about to go back stage to meet Mickie in his dressing room.. I was very excited!
What a flirt!
TIME FOR TEA…cups! This is the quickest way to be transported back to childhood! They give you that mischievous feeling where all you want to do is make yourself really really dizzy!!!!
Next stop the log flume, yes that’s a water ride in Winter…. Oh and they gave us the front seats…how thoughtful?? I wasn’t taking any chances so tucked my hangbag into a plastic Disney shopping bag and wrapped my big scarf around my head to prevent any soaking… So I excuse the photo but winter is no time to be getting soaked on a water ride!
Regardless of the time of year, any ride where you get to put your hands in the air and scream is always fun!
Meeting Minnie… There are no words to describe the excitement I felt. For a lady who doesn’t speak she has the ultimate, class and sophistication, whilst still managing to be a little cheeky.
I think you can tell from these photos that Minnie and I had a connection. I felt like it was 26 years of pent up Disney excitement coming out in one go! She complimented me on my ears and gloves. I of course complimented her on her beautiful dress. We danced, we posed… oh and the boyfriend was allowed to gatecrash for a couple of photos too!!
After all that excitement we had built up quite the appetite so headed off to Walts where we had booked a table.
Booking into a restaurant is essential as there are some great places to eat and they all get booked up early, I would recommend Walts or the Pirates of the Caribbean Restaurant.
We could see from the window by our table that people were starting to gather to watch the parade, so we raced to finish our desserts so we could take our places!
The parade didn’t disappoint. Everyone cranes their head to see what’s coming as you can hear the music and the singing getting closer!
This is the point where childhood dreams come alive again. There is just so much to watch, you name it they are doing it, dancing, singing, flipping, twirling. If you give the characters a wave they are sure to wave back!
Now to explore the Walt Disney Studios!
There are tons of props over in the studio that are just asking to be played with…
After warming up with The Teacups we ventured over to The Studios to go on some more ‘adventurous rides’. The Aerosmith ride (Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster) was a particular favourite. The queue takes you through lots of music memorabilia, and through the ‘recording studio’ which only created more excitement. The ride itself takes you from 0 to 100km/h in less than 3 seconds whilst you spin around in pitch black with Aerosmith songs blasting!
Time for the grand finale, the firework show from the castle…honestly magical! It’s not like normal firework displays where you oooo and arrr, of course you do that as well, but it actually tells a story, and includes all your favourite Disney characters. They are really clever with the languages as well and split the characters into French and English, so at one point Peter Pan was speaking in English whist Wendy was responding in French!
I don’t want to leave but I can’t imagine it will be long before I return, hopefully for longer next time!
To book your ‘Minnie’ adventure head over to disneylandparis.co.uk