Wow, is it February already? Time really does go fast when you're having fun! A couple of days ago I returned from my fourth trip to Disneyland Paris and I'm trying to get myself back into some sort of routine here at home which is difficult, to say the least (it doesn't help that Moose gave me a stinker of a cold and I'm generally in a post-Disney-blues-feel-sorry-for-myself kind of mope.)
Disneyland Paris is wonderful. The park is going through a bunch of renovations at the moment and I was a little worried it'd be lacking in its usual magic, but the moment I stepped foot inside I was bouncing with my usual excitement! The biggest shame was that Big Thunder Mountain was closed (and it's closed pretty much all year), because that has to be one of my favourite rides in the whole park. Frontier Land really isn't the same without the regular clackity-clack of that ride ascending!
Moose and I celebrated our five year anniversary in Disneyland Paris last January and that's sort of why we went back this year in January too, only this time we dragged along two of our best friends! We'd all been to Disneyland Paris before in 2012 along with our other buddy DC, but back then we'd only had a single day, so it was nice to have the full five days to explore the park as a gang.
Last year, Moose and I stayed in Sequoia Lodge and we loved it so much we decided to return there this year. The whole hotel is just perfect and cozy which is exactly what you want on cold January evenings! We'd booked a mid-week Monday-Friday Disney package, but we didn't actually get into the park until Tuesday. Monday was spent travelling (my first ver trip on the Eurostar! SO effortless compared to flying!) and then heading into Paris with our friend Saran. I met Saran in TF2 around the same time I met Moose, and over the years gaming together he's become one of my favourite people. Unfortunately, he lives in Paris so we don't get to hang out nearly as often as I'd like, so we make the most of it when we can!
After meeting Saran at the station, we went to a gaming bar in Paris called Dernier Bar.It's an amazing three story place filled with boardgames and books and surprisingly great food. It was similar to Loading Bar in London but (sorry, Loading Bar), far, far nicer. It was in very central Paris (as opposed to Loading Bar's location a good hour away from central London, a heck of a trek from even the nearest tube station) and it was properly tailored, perfect for a gaming bar through and through. I'm so jealous of Parisian geeks! The top level was very open and had a wall covered in boardgames and books. They served gaming themed drinks and even the food was named after nerdy things.
However, as awesome as all that was (and we spent hours there enjoying Colt Express and Tiny Epic Galaxies), we had an ulterior motive for finding this bar, Our friend DC runs a weekly game of Shadowrun online via Roll20 and uses Google images to source suitable background images for our games. He recently discovered that three of the images he'd sourced actually all came from the same place - Dernier Bar! So of course, we had to go and check it out! Dernier Bar's middle room is very sci fi themed and the downstairs basement (which was closed off sadly so I had to sneak down for a photo) is very sort of cyberpunk grunge. It was awesome!
We could have stayed there all night, easily, but of course, Disney awaited! We caught the train and decided to take the Disney shuttle bus from the station to our hotel even though it's not a very long walk. We checked into our Golden Forest rooms (a slight price upgrade, but Golden Forest rooms offer hot breakfast and also a separate lounge that provides free drinks and treats from 3pm) and then decided to go for a wander around the village. It was pretty late by now so we weren't sure what would still be open, We had originally planned to have dinner in Sequoia Lodge's own restaurant, but after the lunch at Dernier we didn't fancy a big meal. We ended up in King Ludwig's Castle, which was one of our 'go to' restaurants for the week anyway. I had a schnitzel and a huuuuge jug of beer (Ludwig do these for only €5 on happy hour!) which was all yummy.
Fully fed and exhausted, we had a slow wander through the village back to our hotel. Luke and Sarah had been put into an adjoining room so we could just open the door and hang out between the two, but by now it was pretty late so we pretty much got back to the room and crashed out - ready for day two!
*Thanks to Sarah for some of the photos of King Ludwigs - my camera is not very good with low light images :(
Hey there! I'm Selena, an artist, blogger and video gamer - but maybe not always in that order! Dream Somehow is a geek, travel and Disney lifestyle blog dedicated to my nerdy little life! If you'd like to learn a little more about me, click here.