It’s been three weeks since I came back from Disneyland and what an amazing trip it was! I miss the magic and the fun and all the lack of stress!
I thought I would do a bit of a story time all about our trip and it can be something to look back on for Joe and myself
We flew from Manchester Airport and our flight was at 1.10pm, we got quite an early train from Huddersfield at around 9.30am to get there for around 11am, the train journey was good and we had pot noodles for breakfast haha! We had printed out our boarding passes so checking in was easy, just security and bag checks and we were through! It was all very easy to find as well as the Manchester Aiport train takes you right to the terminals
We only had about an hour wait, we were pretty tired and the only shops they really had was WHSmiths and the ones that sell watches and electronics… I ended up getting a sandwich meal deal as it had already somehow been hours since breakfast
We were boarding at around 12.50pm and it was pretty easy to find the gate, we were sitting quite at the back on the aeroplane and it was a rather small plane. Joe had only been on a plane twice before, I’ve been on loads but it had been a few years since my last plane ride so I was a little nervous! (especially with all the sad plane news stories lately)
We set off and it was a really quick journey! By the time we were up in the air and I had read all the inflight magazines, we were landing in 20 minutes. It was a little windy, and we got into some clouds. Not rain clouds but enough that we couldn’t really see out the window, a bit of turbulence too.. safe to say I was suddenly the nervous one clinging onto Joes arm!
We landed and it was around 4pm Paris time and we needed to figure out what transport to get to the hotel, we didn’t want to book in advance as there were so many options and we were in no particular rush. And by the way.. Paris airport is HUGE!!
We managed to find a place that sells tickets for this super fast train that takes 11 minutes to get to Disneyland paris and then all we would need to do is wait for a shuttle bus to take us to our hotel for free
But the fast train was almost 80 euros each! And we had to book tickets coming back then and there, but our flight returning was really early at around 9am, meaning check in was around 7am and we had no clue whether there would be a shuttle coming back early enough and they didn’t know the times either (great help!!!!)
We then went some place else to see about the slow train; they said it would take around two hours and cost around 50 euros each for a return, it wasn’t as bad for price but yet again they didn’t know the earlier one coming back! They couldn’t even really understand what we were saying.. So we couldn’t risk it
Finally one of the rude women behind the desk mentioned a coach, said it took half an hour and was cheaper. Why didn’t they mention that in the first place?! We made our way over to the coach and bus station and finally a kind woman who spoke fluently in English! She explained that the coach would drop us off right outside our hotel (score!) and only cost around 30 euros each return, and she even told us the coach would come grab us from the hotel on the way back at around 6.50am, getting us to the airport in plenty of time. YAY!
The coach was amazing too, a big Disneyland style coach with a kind driver and a wide screen television telling you all about Disneyland which got you super excited
We got to the hotel and we checked in within seconds (The Kyriad Hotel), a Disneyland sister hotel. It was nice, a french vineyard type hotel, nice big open grounds and a cute gift shop inside. We went up to our room and it was lovely, nice size room with air-con and heating we could adjust ourselves, two single beds but you could push them together, a huge wardrobe and safe, a large desk and chair, mini bed side tables, a big nice window with black out curtains and a wide screen television with a couple english channels too!
The bathroom was lovely as well! A lovely powerful shower and bath, a lovely large clean sink and giant mirror and fresh towels. We also had free wifi which was awesome, meant we could contact back home (and of course social networking)
We were pretty hungry as it had been about 6 or 7 hours since we had eaten, we went to check out the buffet from the restaurant but it was 21 euros and there wasn’t too much of a selection for Joe as he was vegetarian. There was also vending machines with sandwiches and salad bowls etc but was a tad pricey, we had no change but there was a machine to give change from notes. We had a wander round the hotel where they had kiddy rides and toys for children to play with; probably for when the adults are in the bar or waiting for a coach etc
It was a nice idea but I wish it wasn’t just in the lobby, It could’ve have been in a separate room, it took the classy vintage feel away. We liked the little Disney store too, it was open up 8pm and sold some similar stuff to what the actual Disneyland stores sold, so if you had forgotten to get a gift or something, you could go there! The only thing was they didn’t sell and pain killers and I had major headache, they sold other stuff like tampons and sun cream though
Joe was sure we could just grab one of the free shuttles that came right outside the entrance doors every ten minutes to Disneyland and go to the village which you don’t need tickets for, so we hopped on one and off we went! We were unsure about what we could do the first night but we were sorted now! Ten minutes later we were at Disneyland! A quick bag check and you can go around the village where there’s a variety of shops and restaurants. We just decided with McDonalds (typical tourist) just because we wanted something quick and fatty!
It was so big but so crowded! Everyone else must have had the same idea! This woman came around down the queues and took our order via a little machine so that when we got to the front, our order would be ready and we could just pay. They didn’t have milkshake which was weird and disappointing. And when we got to the front she was trying to charge me 27 euros for two large fries and a drink which should have been 8? Clearly the orders were mixed up and it was hard trying to tell the non-english speaking lady that I didn’t order filet-o-fish or a fanta
We eventually got our order and walked around with the food bags round the village, looked in the cool shops such as the Lego store which had a HUGE Mickey Mouse, Buzz lightyear and Woody made out of lego, and really cool mosaic pictures around the walls
We went over to the celebrity hand print wall of fame wall!
I was already so excited and in the Disney Spirit wearing my disney ears and jumper!
We looked around the shops and then headed back to the hotel around 10.30pm, we were knackered but so looking forward to the next day! Our first full day is Disneyland!
I then noticed something on the desk in the room, a little leaflet that said if we asked for our rooms not to be attended to (meaning no fresh towels, beds made etc) for 2 or more night (and we were staying for 3) that we could get 5 euros off breakfast
We decided to go for it, so the next morning we were up early at 7.15am, dressed and downstairs to the reception and handed them the leaflet, she gave us two vouchers for the discount and we headed to breakfast, it was in another building, like a large hall with a buffet and dining tables, we only had to pay 6 euros each for all you can eat which is amazing
We really enjoyed breakfast, there were pastries and bread, cheeses and meats, sausages and omelets, plenty of cereals and fruit and yogurt. It was good for me as I wanted oriental breakfast as well as continental. And Joe doesn’t eat meat so he had plenty of breakfast choice, we made sure we were really full to last us most of the day as disneyland food and drink is expensive. We also managed to pack sandwiches and pastries from the buffet in his back pack to keep us going! Such a handy trick
They also had three different kinds of juices and then water, milk and hot drinks. We had a couple hours for breakfast until we decided to leave for the shuttle bus, the park opened at 10 so we got a bus around 9.30am, we were tired but excited and knew the adrenaline was going to kick in!
We had bags checked and got through super quick and easy!
It was amazing, a huge floral entrance way and inside was also filled with Spring decor and these huge float displays of Aristocats, Lion King etc made out of flowers, it was so magical and exciting!
We decided to head to Alice in Wonderlands Maze, it was so much fun going around finding our way to the castle in the middle, then going up to the balcony and seeing the spectacular views!
We continued on to Indiana Jones, Pirates of the Caribbean and Big Thunder Mountain! We also wandered around and ended up doing a lot of rides, the queues weren’t long at all, we managed Tower of Terror, Rock N Rollercoaster, the Stunt Show, Armageddon, Adventure Isle through all the wonderful caves, Buzz Lightyears Laser Blast, Peter Pan; so many!
We looked around the shops too, felt all the excitement, smelt all the aromas, explored the castle and tried some food from Casey’s Corner! It was so epic, I’ve been before and seen it but haven’t ever been in it (I have my own corner at Disney, how amazing is that?!)
We managed to see Minnies Spring Train Parade, so flowery and bright with fun music and loads of characters, there were a few a days and the characters changed. We also managed to see a singing and dancing show of Mary Poppins; they had a make shift stage all decorated near Autopia and where Space Mountain is (Which was closed, AGAIN!) and I really enjoyed it! It was supercalafraga- yeah you get the idea!
We also saw the main US Street parade to see all the characters!
We were so excited for the Disney Magique Late night show of the Castle, I had seen it once before on a school trip but I really wished I could’ve seen it with Joe; and I finally did! I videoed the whole thing, we sang along to loads of the songs and it was a perfect end to the day!
We had a look round some more shops and the village buying goodies along the way, excited for tomorrow!
We got back to the hotel and realised that even though we asked for our rooms not to be serviced or cleaned to help the environment and get money off breakfast, they did it anyway; clean towers, new sheets and beds made! Not complaining! Either they forgot or are just generous
Beds were super comfortable, was nice to sit down as our feet were hurting! Stuck the television on for a bit on BBC news (Woo!) and chilled out after a hot soaking shower; sooooo good!
It was in bed and up again for breakfast around 8.30 (Joe put the alarm on wrong so we actually got up late!) to stuff our faces and pack Joes bag full of goodies! They had changed the pastries to cinnamon swirls which we were happy about, we packed more than we could even eat this time too!
The only thing at breakfast was that if you left your food on the table and went to fetch something or get a drink, staff would come over and clear it! Even if it was a full plate! Then the table seemed free and someone would take it. So we had someone at the table at all times!
Hopped onto the shuttle at around 9.30 to get there for 9.40, a little longer wait this time but not long at all really. We decided to go back on some rides; Indiana Jones and Big Thunder, we also explored up the Peter Pan tree house which was lovely, really nice big open views of greenery and the park
We got to explore the new Ratatouille area, they’ve actually turned it into the French Town, the exact same restaurants and signs, the motorbikes and scooters they ride, it was like being in the film! We saw the ride wait was 95 minutes! But we know they lie so really it was probably around 60, but we waited until later to see if it would go down whilst the parade was on
We had chance to go into Toy Story Land and went on the RC Racer which was really fun, and the Army men Parachute drops, bit of a longer queue and wasn’t for very long but we still enjoyed it! We managed to go back on Tower of Terror too, and Joe made me put both hands up (I wasn’t so nervous this time!)
We were enjoying the nice warm weather, surprising for March! We also went on It’s a Small World and then headed for Crush’s Coaster which had broken down, there was no queue so we thought if we waited and they re-opened; we would be on real fast! But it didn’t and we got turned away, so we decided to visit Ratatouille land again, had about an hour wait and as soon as we got in line it also broke down. We sat on the floor and snacked on the goodies out of Joes bag from breakfast, lots of people were leaving getting fed up, and we knew the park would shut soon, we moved further and further as people left, and then hoorah! It reopened! And it was really worth it!
The line as you went inside took you onto rooftops, making you feel like the size of a rat, lots of noises too and the sign of Gustov’s restaurant, which would come to life and chat every couple minutes, we then got given 3D glasses and hopped into 1 of 3 rat cars. It wasn’t on a track, they intertwined eachother, taking over one another, it looks like it was magnetized to the floor on an invisible track. It was a 4D experience, you went around as characters came to life before your very eyes, watching parts of the story unfold, we then all got into a line and watched a screen where we acted as Remy the Rat and ducked, turned and dodged mops, feet and furniture, we even got splashed with water from the mop being swept across the floor and heat from the oven turning on! It felt like you were on a ride but you were actually stood still!
It was totally worth the wait!
We had around half an hour until the rides began to close so we headed back to Crush’s Coaster which had luckily just reopened! We waited in line around 20 minutes and then was greeted by a cart, it was in the shape of a shell and we sat facing one way, and two others facing away from us (kinda like Sonic Spinball at Alton Towers) and off we went!
Joe thought it was some sorta kiddie ride but boy was he wrong! We span and turned and sped through waters, saw jelly fish and even sharks, and then we knew there was going to be a big drop surprise as we kept going up and up and up! Then Weeeeeee! It was complete darkness, a crazy turning and twisting track which our shell span around and around!
It was very thrilling and when we got off they were closing! We luckily got on and had gotten on every ride we wanted to that day, and even repeated some from the day before!
We decided to skip the night time Castle spectacular and checked out the shops we had missed and went back to the village to get souvenirs
It was really sad knowing it was over! We stayed in the village until around 11pm, just sat chilling listening to the music, taking in our surroundings, we also checked out some vintage old cars they had on display, then it was time for the shuttle bus back to the hotel!
We went up to the room exhausted yet again! Feet were hurting and we needed a shower, and it was bliss! That warm powerful shower is really what we needed, I even ended up sitting down in the bath and let the shower just trickle down me.
It was time to pack and sleep! We were up at 6am to get our 6.54am coach back to the airport which took around 50 minutes, I ended up sleeping most of the way as Joe watched the sunset come up which he said was big and beautiful. We also had breakfast which we had packed from the buffet the night before; I had brioche and crunchy bread with nutella and he had left over pastries and jam.
It was harder coming back as Paris CGD airport is MASSIVE! The gates were labelled with numbers and letters it’s that large. Luckily a family on our coach were travelling back to Manchester too and looked just as confused, they asked a manager and he took us to check in, we were in several lifts, up and down corridors trying to keep up, we would’ve never found it ourselves! Check in was quick and easy and then to gate K21 we went! We only had about a 30 minute wait so we went and grabbed some food, a sandwich and some pringles for the plane
The plane ride back was easy, much nicer than the one arriving. And before we knew it, we had landed. We found the train station pretty quickly and got one train to Manchester Picadilly and decided to explore Manchester for the day, we ended up at one of our favorite all you can eat restaurants to fill our tummies! We were then going to explore the shopping centre but our feet hurt so bad we decided to just head back to Huddersfield; we had been travelling for hours and I needed to repack my bag and then hop back onto a bus and train back to York. It was around 4pm and we were ready to sleep!
We uploaded photos, Joe even made an amazing video of footage and pictures to look back on, I miss it very much and it was such a blessing to go on our first holiday and have such a perfect and fun time!
I say everyday how much I miss it, I’ve been three times but it’s still not enough! I’m trying to persuade Joe to go back 😉
We had an amazing time, hopefully one day go to America! Disneyland is definitely a place for anyone, at any age and with any likes or dislikes! There is something for everyone and you cannot be unhappy in Disney! Whether it be the rides, the parades, the attraction, the shows, or even just the magical and indescribable feeling you get; there’s something everyone will absolutely love!
If you can go, definitely do it, you will never regret it!
Happy Magic! x