At the end of August, I turned 22 and spent the week amongst the magic of Disneyland Paris. If you’ve been following me for a long time you’ll know that I sort of like Disney. A lot. We managed to get a pretty sweet deal on Expedia and stayed at the Magic Circus Hotel which is an official partner hotel of Disneyland Paris and offer free shuttle buses to the parks. I went with my Mum, her friend Clare & her daughter Carenza. Just a little forewarning; that this is a rather long post.
In total, we spent three whole days in the parks. Of course, In true Rachel style, there was an itinerary for everyone. The first evening was spent exploring Disney Village which has some really lovely shops and a few restaurants. We then went to the Rainforest Cafe for dinner and we all really enjoyed it.
The big news from this trip was that I’ve now become an Annual Pass Holder for Disneyland Paris. It made sense as I was hoping to go for their 25th Anniversary Celebrations next year anyway. Now I have the perfect excuse for a couple of other trips throughout the next year. We got the Fantasy Pass and the whole process was really quick and easy. If anyone’s interested in hearing more about the process, let me know and I might do a blog post.
We spent the morning in the Disneyland Park, literally taking photo’s everywhere. It wasn’t too busy, especially for the Summer Holidays so we managed to get on lot’s of our favourite rides such as Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Carribean and of course, It’s a small world! Throughout the week, we didn’t really do many character meets. The only people we saw was Pinocchio and Suzie! For lunch, we visited
For lunch, we visited Toad Hall which is just by the Peter Pan’s Flight ride. It’s a quick service restaurant based on the Wind in the Willows. The menu isn’t too extensive; I believe it’s mainly either fish and chips, salad or a chicken burger. It is a cute little place though and is a favourite with my family!
Our afternoon was spent in Walt Disney Studios. On the agenda was obviously Tower of Terror; my ultimate favourite ride at Disneyland Paris. It’s not for everyone but those serious drops give me the giggles; I literally sounded like a Hyena. I finally plucked up the courage to ride Rock n Rollercoaster; I’ve always boycotted this one until riding it at Walt Disney World. It’s a pretty fast and full-on ride.
For dinner, we didn’t really plan anything so we ended up eating at our hotel. I had a pizza which was delicious and not too expensive for hotel food. I’m going to do a full hotel review soon so I’ll share more pictures then.
Wednesdays just so happened to be my 22nd Birthday! We had a plan of action to conquer the two busy rides in Walt Disney Studios. The park had only been open for ten minutes but Fast Passes for the new Ratatouille (not so new, it’s been open two year but new to me!) were going like hot cakes.
Whilst we waited to use our Ratatouille fast pass we qued up for Crush’s Coaster. I absolutely love this ride as Finding Nemo is one of my favourites but it seriously needs a fast pass system. The Ratatouille Ride is a 3D ride and it’s great to see this sort of technology been brought into the rides at Disney. After another fifty (well, three) times on Hollywood Tower of Terror we headed over to the Disneyland park.
I must mention Mickey and the Magician which is a new theatre show in Walt Disney Studios. I’d heard rave reviews online and so many people told me it’s an absolute must-see and I couldn’t agree more. It’s a fantastic show featuring Mickey and friends; I’d recommend getting to the theatre early as it was quite busy. After another fifty (well, three) times on Hollywood Tower of Terror we headed over to the Disneyland park.
We had a pretty chilled afternoon and decided to hit up some of the classic rides in Fantasyland such as Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White & The Seven Dwarves & The Carousel. In the furthest corner of Adventureland is the Indiana Jones & The Temple of Peril. This rollercoaster is potentially the most underrated ride in the whole of Disney. There is never a que to get on this ride and I love it – In fact, it’s a new favourite of mine. We ended up riding this a couple of times back to back just because there was no que.
For my Birthday dinner, we went to Planet Hollywood in Disney Village. I’ve actually spent quite a few Birthday’s at Planet Hollywood – I just love the atmosphere, everyone is so friendly and the food is always great.
One of the main things I wanted to do on my Birthday was to see Disney Dreams. It was so kind of Disneyland to put on such a fabulous fireworks show just for my Birthday 😉 I’ve actually seen the show before but it’s just incredible with a spectacular light show on the castle, a water show and fireworks. We did get there rather early to get a good spot. It was really lovely as everyone was sat on the floor for the whole show so everyone got a fab view.
After the fireworks, we did a bit of shopping and although the park technically closes after the fireworks the shops are still open. I did hear that if you lurk long enough, you’ll emerge from the shops to an empty Main Street with a perfect photo opportunity in front of the castle. We managed to get our photo’s before taking the hint to leave as the lights on the castle turned off! It still was such a magical end to my Birthday.
On our final full day, we headed straight over to Disney Village for our 9.30am reservation at Cafe Mickey for breakfast. We had tried to get in the day before for my Birthday but it was fully booked. Breakfast was $22 and nothing too special. The whole reason we had booked it was to see some characters and it really is a fun experience. I’d thoroughly recommend booking Cafe Mickey for the character experience, just don’t expect too much from the food.
My Mum and I then went off to the nearby shopping outlet called La Valle Village which is owned by the same people as Bicester Village. I was planning to do a blog post on my experience but I didn’t really have much of an experience. The only thing I purchased was an ice cream. I found that it was more expensive than Bicester Village, not much choice and quite underwhelming. You can arrange for a private car to collect and return you from your hotel for €5 which we decided to do but ended up waiting forever for it to arrive!
After freshening up, and dropping off our non-existent purchases off (LOL) we headed back to the parks. We had pretty much covered most of the parks so we went back on a couple of rides like Indiana Jones, Buzz Lightyear and even went to see the Dragon underneath the castle. I didn’t even know this existed until a couple of months ago. After grabbing some amazing waffles near It’s a small world and a Frozen Ice Blast (when in Disneyland) we went and got our spot for the parade.
We always seem to leave the parade til the last day on every Disney trip but I think it’s a lovely way to close your trip. The parade hasn’t actually changed that much since I last saw it two or three years ago. There was a lovely moment where Mary and Bert stopped to chat with a little girl dressed head to toe as Mary Poppins. Afterwards, we went to the Frozen Sing-a-long which was certainly an experience. I’m not sure if they are still doing it but they had turned a section of Frontierland into Arendelle which was pretty cool.
Our last meal was at Annettes, I haven’t been there since I was 3 years old. I’ve always wanted to go so I was pretty excited. Annette’s is a fabulous American diner where the waiter’s are all wearing rollerskates; retro! I do have to say, the food wasn’t the best I’ve ever had but the restaurant is a pretty cool experience!
So that’s my trip to Disneyland Paris! Apologies, for the super long post but I thought I’d share my favourite photo’s in one go. Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be editing my vlogs from the trip so keep your eyes out for those. There will also be a cheeky haul and possibly some other blog posts. Do let me know down below if there is anything specific you’d like to see.
Have you been to Disneyland Paris? Do you like Disney?