For my 21st birthday, my boyfriend bought me the most magical present of a trip to Disneyland Paris, and we finally got round to going in May! I haven’t been since I was 5, so I was so excited to return to my favourite place on earth! It was also the park’s 25th anniversary celebrations whilst we were out there which made it even more magical as there was so much going on.
We went Wednesday to Friday (going midweek works out a lot cheaper if you can do that) and flew from Gatwick into Charles De Gaulle. We would have got the Eurostar, however there was train strikes in France at the time, so it was much easier for us to fly. We stayed at the Radisson Blu Hotel Paris, Marne-la-Vallée. I really recommend this hotel if you are looking at going to Disneyland Paris, as not only is it in a beautiful location overlooking a golf course, but it has a free shuttle bus to the park that takes 10 minutes and runs every half hour, plus for a four star hotel, its very reasonably priced!
On the day we arrived we dropped our cases off at the hotel and got on the shuttle bus straight to the park. As we had two full days there, we decided to do a park each day. We bought 1 Day/1 Park tickets, which meant that we couldn’t switch between the parks throughout the day, but it did work out cheaper, and personally I didn’t feel the need to go to the other park on either day.
So on the Wednesday we went into Walt Disney Studios. I definitely recommend the studio tram tour when you’re there to get a good view of everything that goes on behind the scenes in movie making! I loved this park as you get to go through all the different films such as Toy Story and Ratatouille, where there were rides such as Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop and Ratatouille: The Adventure (a 4D ride). We also visited the Art of Disney Animation which was really interesting as you get to see how all the animated films are made, and we even got a sneak peak of The Incredibles 2 which is out soon! As well as the rides, you also get the opportunity to see and meet characters! Whilst we was there, we saw Mickey, Minnie, Woody, Goofy and Mr & Mrs Incredible.
On the second day we got up early and went to the main Disneyland park. Walking into the park, I’m not going to lie, I teared up massively, it was so emotional and magical, as it was such a huge dream of mine to go back there. The whole place just makes you smile. The weather was also perfect, which made it a 100 times better! As we walked through the gates onto Main Street, we saw the first parade go past which was princess and pirate themed, however the song was very catchy and slightly annoying as it stuck in my head allllllll day! We went to look at the main attraction of Sleepy Beauty’s Castle, where obviously we took most of our pictures! It was amazing and so incredible to see in person.
We then went onto the first land which was Frontierland where you will find Thunder Mountain, or if your not that much of a thrill seeker, you can travel round it on the riverboat. There are five main parts to Disneyland Park; Main Street, Frontierland, Discoveryland, Fantasyland and Adventureland. Discoveryland is where you will find all of the sci-fi attractions, particularly the Star Wars themed rides. Adventureland is where you will find the Pirates of the Caribbean rides. It is also where we got our lunch that day, at Colonel Hathi’s Pizza Outpost. The food and drink in the park is expensive, but it was delicious, so we couldn’t complain that much! I think that Fantasyland was my favourite land by far though as it had some of my favourite rides such as the Peter Pan ride and ‘Its a Small World’.
At 5pm we headed back to Main Street to watch the 25th Anniversary Parade. This was absolutely incredible. The movie themed floats were absolutely incredible and mesmerising! You get to see all of your favourite characters here, so it is an absolute must see! You cannot miss out on this! My favourite floats were the Toy Story, Jungle Book and Finding Nemo ones. The music to go with each one also makes you feel so nostalgic!
And of course, everyone knows that you can’t go to Disneyland without watching the fireworks at the end of the night. Because the park wasn’t too busy, we managed to get all the rides we wanted to go on, and all the parades we wanted to see done by 6pm, so we decided to go back to the hotel for a quick freshen up, before coming back to the park that night. We went for dinner in Planet Hollywood which was delicious and not too expensive compared to the food inside the parks. Then we realised we were running a bit late so ran as fast as we could back into the park in time to see the fireworks display. I was absolutely incredible to watch, and even made me cry again, watching the projections on the castles and listening to the songs. It made me feel so nostalgic, a must see!
For our final day we didn’t get park tickets as we had to leave for the airport around 1pm, so didn’t think it was worth it. Instead we went to the Disney Village, got some breakfast, and then had a look round the shops, and bought lots of memorabilia to take home such as fridge magnets, t-shirts, jewellery, a Minnie Mouse to go with my Mickey Mouse, and of course a pair of rose gold, sequin, Mickey Mouse ears!
You can also check out my YouTube video of my trip here!
I’ve only been back a couple of weeks and already I can’t wait to go back to Disney! I can’t thank my boyfriend enough for taking me back to this magical place. Have you ever been? What was your experience like?