25 Aug 2016
Postcards From Paris Part 2 - A Day at Disney
Near enough the second I found out that I'd be going to Paris I asked Paddy if we could spend a day at Disneyland as part of the trip. We're both big kids at heart, so on the Tuesday morning we headed off to the train station and hopped on the train for a 35-minute journey out of the city to Disneyland Paris. I'd been to Disney once when I was a fair bit younger, but I only remember little bits and pieces of the trip such as the Armageddon ride in Disney Studios which scarred me for life and still gives me nightmares to this day... Yeah, I'm a bit of a wuss at times. I was so excited to see it all again as a slightly bigger kid and it did not disappoint.
We arrived just before the park opened at 10am as we wanted to have as much time as possible to explore and go on all our favourite rides. There's something magical about walking along Main Street USA towards Sleeping Beauty's Castle, to the point that I probably could have cried right then and there. Did I mention I'm just a big kid?
After taking a few obligatory snaps in front of the castle I dragged Paddy towards Fantasyland so I could indulge my inner child in a turn on the teacups and a trip around the world through It's A Small World. Once I'd had my fill of Fantasyland we decided to start ticking off some of the bigger rides, starting with Pirates of the Caribbean and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril. Unfortunately, both Adventure Isle and Big Thunder Mountain were shut for renovations during our visit, which broke my heart slightly because Big Thunder Mountain was one of the rides I really wanted to go on. We probably should have checked what would be shut in advance, but as we booked our park tickets just under a week before we visited we didn't think to look.
We grabbed tacos for lunch at Fuente Del Oro before joining the queue for the Haunted Mansion. When we joined the queue it was supposed to be a 15-minute wait but after 30 minutes of not moving, we were told that the ride had broken down and they had no idea when it would be fixed. It didn't open again for the rest of the day, so all in all Frontierland was a bit of a bust!
Before we came to the park I'd been pretty set on the fact that I was not going on Space Mountain, but I was somehow persuaded into it by Paddy and before I knew it I was being launched around the track. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I expected it to be, but I hated how dark it was because I prefer knowing what to expect! I'm also a tiny bit freaked out by space, so I feel like Space Mountain was already at a disadvantage when it comes to my ranking of rollercoasters... Paddy loved it, though, so it's all okay.
When we booked our park tickets Disney were running a 2 for 1 offer meaning you could visit both Disneyland and Disney Studios for the price of one ticket, saving us a little bit of money and allowing us to enjoy the Studios on the same day too.
After the whole Space Mountain fiasco, I was a little bit reluctant to go on Rock 'n' Rollercoaster, but Paddy totally played it down to the point that I happily trotted along and joined the queue. Little did I know that I was actually about to be catapulted around at lightning speeds, but luckily the camera on the ride managed to catch the exact moment of realisation which you can see here. It's been over a week now (*sobs*) but I still can't stop laughing at the sheer terror on my face every time I see that photo. In the end, I actually loved it and ended up going back for another go later.
One of my favourite things about Disney was the decoration of the park in general and the attention to detail that's gone into creating each of the areas, particularly so in the Toy Story Playland which was just amazing. So colourful, and I loved the Meccano fences!
After another quick run around Fantasyland, we headed out of the park to grab dinner - and more importantly a rest - at Planet Hollywood before returning to Main Street to secure a spot for the Disney Dreams display at the end of the night. I don't want to give anything away about the display, but it was absolutely incredible and well worth seeing if you get the chance. I may or may not have cried, but I'll blame that on the fact that we'd been in the park for 13 hours by the time it started and I was getting a little bit sleepy...
I definitely understand why they call Disney the happiest place on earth now, and I can't wait to do it all again. A trip to Orlando, anyone? Okay, just give my bank account a bit of time to recover... I may have gone a little bit overboard in the souvenir shops. A Marie silly straw was definitely an essential purchase, I'll have you know.
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