My 22nd Birthday in Disneyland Paris

October 14, 2016

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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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?

9 comments so far.

9 responses to “My 22nd Birthday in Disneyland Paris”

  1. Amy Fox says:

    We went to Disney over the summer for our honeymoon and it was spectacular. It’s so nice to see that other people loved it so much too! x

  2. Morven Cameron says:

    I’ve been to Disney but it was only for 1 day but it was still great and Carenza has told me loads about it to! I think I’m going to read your blogs more often!?

  3. I miss Disneyland Paris. I went a couple of years ago and it was so beautiful and magical. Thanks so much for sharing this blog post babe, I loved it. ??✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x

  4. Sarah says:

    Ohhh Disneyland is such a magical place! I’d love to go again! I havent been since I was really little.
    Hope you had an amazing birthday!

  5. Chloe says:

    I am SO jealous, I’d love to go! x

  6. hannah says:

    I haven’t been to Disneyland Paris in years. Looks like you had a great time there x

  7. Afshan nasim says:

    Wow, what a great birthday! Would love it if it was mine. Nice experience and pictures. Glad you had fun.

  8. Dani says:

    I am so very jealous – I have never been to Disneyland before!
    I cannot wait to tick it off my Bucket list 🙂

    Dani x

  9. Becca Talbot says:

    Not long until your 23rd birthday now Rachel – where will you be spending it this year? Your trip to Disney looks fantastic, so it will take a lot to beat it hehe x

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