The magic of Disneyland Paris…

Well I am home from our much anticipated trip to Disneyland Paris, & it did not disappoint!  It really is a magical place to visit…

We took the Eurostar from St Pancras directly to Disney, just a short 2 hours 40 minutes & we were there!  The boys behaved well; it was their first journey on a train so I made sure I packed plenty of snacks, books, colouring crayons, stickers & the trusty iPad – along with their cousin & friend they had plenty to keep them entertained!

Check in was quick & smooth, although Disney had given us a room with just one king size bed!  A family of 4 sharing one bed?!?!  I don’t think so!  Luckily I asked during check in how the room was configured, so this was promptly changed!  Bags quickly dropped off & we were on our way to the park…

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Now, I have been to Disneyland Paris many times, infact I used to work in their reservation team many years ago, my husband has visited with me a couple of times too, but this was a first for our nearly 3 year old twin boys.  My sister, her partner & my neice also came with us, along with our close friends & their 7 year old daughter – & this was their first ever visit to Disneyland…

Wow!  The childrens faces were just a picture as we walked under the pink Disneyland Hotel & into the park…”Mickey’s house!” the boys exclaimed!!!  They think Mickey Mouse lives in the castle, I haven’t the heart to try to explain that the princesses actually live there…!!!

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This was just the beginning of a truely magical few days.  We enjoyed rides on Its A Small World, Dumbo & Slinky Dog (from Toy Story).  We watched the magical parade through the park.  We (me & my future brother-in-law) snuck off & screamed in delight on Space Mountain & the Tower of Terror!  We ate more ice creams & croissants than any person should eat.  We even found the time to go swimming in the hotel pool.  Feet were aching but none of us could wipe the smiles from our faces – this was the best holiday ever!

I had pre-arranged a character breakfast for the first morning & also a character dinner for the last night – I highly recommend you book at least one of these!  Characters come to your table while you are eating, so no queuing in the park for one-on-one photos.  This was one of the highlights of the holiday – the kids absolutely loved it & the characters spent time with everyone, even the shyest of the children had a cuddle…

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 Yes, Disneyland Paris is not the cheapest place in the world; an evening meal cost us around 100 euro, a bottle of small water in the park cost around 4 euro & obviously there are shops everywhere, louring you in!  Yes, the park is starting to look its 20 years old & certain areas could do with a bright lick of paint.  Yes, if you go during the height of the season it will be busy & you will have to queue for the popular rides. But I believe there really is no place quite as magical as Disneyland & as Paris is only a short hop away from home, we will definitely be visiting again soon!

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2 Responses to The magic of Disneyland Paris…

  1. Pippa Meisels says:

    Could you tell me where you stayed and who you booked with. Sounds fab.

    • Kelly says:

      Hi Pippa, I stayed at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge and booked our hotel and park tickets as a package directly with Disneyland Paris – I then booked the direct Disney Eurostar directly with Eurostar, which goes on sale 180 days before travel and is a much cheaper way of booking rather than a ‘traditional package’ – just be sure that your travel insurance covers independent travel…have a great time if you book, we will definitely go back again!

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