I set out to blog about this trip with the best intentions! I wanted to write down every day and what we did, in the right order, but ultimately I just never found the time. I'd remember to document the day's activities over dinner, and by the time I got back to our hotel it was long forgotten in a haze of well-fed exhaustion. We had five days in the park, generous for Disneyland Paris, really, but filled every one of them with a lot of walking, rides and laughter. I won't be able to do an accurate, day-by-day recap like I'd initially wanted, but I'll hopefully remember enough to capture the holiday perfectly!
We went from Bristol via Easyjet, thanks to my very patient dad who gave us a lift at 7am up to the airport! Because it's really out of season, Disney were doing a special deal where you get two nights and days free if you book two nights, so Moose and I had booked Sunday-Thursday at the Sequoia Lodge hotel. I'd never stayed in a proper Disneyland hotel before because they're always so expensive, but this deal made the whole trip, including breakfast and park tickets, just over £500 for the two of us. Considering park tickets alone are 80€, I'd say it was a heck of a bargain! However, because the only flight we could take Sunday would get us in far too late to enjoy the park, we booked a Saturday morning flight and planned to stay in Val D'Europe, just down the road from Disneyland Paris, and right outside a big mall. The plan was to check out the mall, grab some essentials and dinner on Saturday, and then enjoy a full day of Disney on Sunday.
We stayed at the Séjours & Affaires Apparthotel after reading some reviews. It was super cheap (around 40€ for the night) and basic, but perfectly adequate for what we needed. It was easy to get there from the airport (TVG train down to Disney, and then RER back up one stop - it was hard leaving Disney behind even though we knew we'd be back tomorrow!)
We rested up and then had a long look around the mall (turns out, malls everywhere are busy as heck on a Saturday!) and grabbed dinner in Del Arte, an Italian restaurant we'd visited before on my birthday trip a few years ago. I had fond memories of the meal we had there before, but my meal this trip wasn't very great. I don't know if I just chose badly, but it was very boring and kind of canteen-y. Moose had a yummy looking pizza though, so I think it was probably just a bad choice on my part.
On Sunday we grabbed a McDonalds before heading towards the park. My suitcase wheel melted as we were heading towards the mall, so we decided to get the free Disney shuttle bus. We went straight to Sequoia Lodge and oh my gosh! It was just the most beautiful place! The second the bus turned into the forest I was in love. The hotel was wooden and brick and birdsong played in the lobby and around the bar. The staff all wore National Park uniforms! It was adorable and cozy and lovely. We had opted for a Golden Forest Club upgrade, which offers free drinks and snacks during the day, so we took advantage of that before we jetted off into the parks.
The first park we hit was Walt Disney Studios Park, because it closes earlier than the main park and because the best rides are there!
We did Armageddon, which was a sort of behind the scenes of the special effects walk through, and then queued up for the Aerosmith Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, which I'd never done before! Don't I look like I enjoyed it? Though honestly the lady in front doesn't look much happier!
I know we rode the Tower of Terror next, but honestly the rest of the holiday is a complete blur to me, so, here's a collection of some of my favourite pictures! We did pretty much everything open in both parks apart from the Disney Junior show, and the Motor Stunt Show.
I love Disneyland Paris! Sure, it's not the American parks, but it doesn't try to be. I've been to Disneyland in California and Disney World in Florida and the first time I went I was so worried I'd compare it unfavourably to those, but really it has a charm of its own. Here's a mini summary of the five days we spent in the parks.
And I'm sure tons of other wonderful stuff I've forgotten about! And then it was home time! As we were about to take off, a snow flurry hit the plane and we had to wait around hours to get de-iced before we could take off, which meant we got home super late. I've never been inside a plane as they de-iced it before, but it was rather like being in a car wash. We didn't back home until 1am, by which time we were absolutely shattered and pretty much fell asleep where we dropped.
Absolutely can't wait to go back to Disney though. I can't wait to 'do' Florida with Moose, since I haven't been in years and he hasn't been since he was a kiddo. Hopefully in the next couple of years! If Disneyland Paris keep their cheapy deals on though I might just have to sneak back to France in the meantime!
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