Travel Series: Disneyland Paris

Before I dive into the masses of Iceland and NYC posts that I have for you all, I thought that I better finish up telling you about my trip to Paris way back in August (I can't believe it was over a month ago already!). We decided that we wanted to spend one of our days in Paris reliving our childhood and so we jumped on the train to experience both the Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios parks. The last time that we had been to Disneyland Paris was 15 years earlier, before the Studios park had even been built, so we knew there would be lots of new stuff to try, while still getting a good old dose of nostalgia at the same time!

disneyland paris park castleWe were blessed with absolutely perfect weather for our visit and despite visiting on a Sunday in the height of summer, the queue times were not too bad at all for the rides we wanted to go on.

We arrived just as the gates were opening and started the day in the Walt Disney Studios park - everyone had advised us that we absolutely MUST try Rock 'n' Rollercoaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror and we absolutely LOVED them both. It had been such a long time since I'd been to a theme park but I was instantly reminded that I bloody love a good rollercoaster - especially one that makes your tummy do that weird flippy thing.

walt disney studios paris mickey mousewalt disney studios parisWe also spent some time just having a little wander around the park itself - the whole place has been built to look like a giant filmset which was very exciting and made for lots of great photo opportunities!

After a couple of hours we headed across to the main Disneyland Paris park - they are located right next to each other so you can walk between the two quite easily.

disneyland paris parkWalking down Main Street and seeing the castle instantly made me feel about 6, and my sister and I skipped down for an obligatory selfie, complete with Minnie Mouse ears!

IMG_0252We spent the next few hours exploring the different "lands" within the park: Fantasyland, Discoveryland, Adventureland and Frontierland. We went on a couple of rides - Space Mountain and Pirates of the Carribean were our fave - and even went to watch the Frozen singalong show (despite being the only people in there without kids... #sorrynotsorry).

FullSizeRender(4)IMG_0298We then headed back to Main Street U.S.A. to get a good spot for the parade - it always fills up so quickly so I would definitely recommend getting there early! The parade itself was amazing - all of the iconic characters were part of it, and the sheer joy and the kids faces as they saw their favourites was just so lovely. Unfortunately I didn't manage to get any pictures as it was so busy, but they wouldn't do it justice anyway!

IMG_1259Once the parade was over we headed into Walt's American Restaurant where we had booked a table for dinner. It's one of the fancier restaurants in the park (a lot of the others are more fast food style) but it wasn't crazily expensive and it was a lovely experience. Plus this creme brulee was absolutely dreamy!!!

FullSizeRender(5)By this point we were super sleepy (we had done a LOT of walking!) and so decided to head home rather than wait around for the evening show. I have heard that its amazing, but it wasn't on until 11pm and we were all dead on our feet, so had a quick mooch around the shops and then hopped on the train.

We had SUCH  a great day, and I would seriously recommend a Disney trip to anyone - whether you're 6 or 26!!! There is something for everyone to enjoy and it will make you so nostalgic - we spent the whole journey home reminiscing on movies we used to love and memories from previous trips. It was the perfect way to end our girls weekend in Paris.

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Have you been to Disneyland Paris recently, or is it on your "to visit" list?