Thursday, 8 November 2012

Disneyland Day 1

Day 1:
The magic starts as you approach the carpark as you come around the corner you are greeted by big signs welcoming you and when you stop at the kiosk, you suddenly realise that this isn't going to be a cheap day.
The magic continues as you are whisked away on the travelators that take you through security, and then your in!

They really know how to get you excited as music played and we decided to veer right and go the Disneyland park instead of Disneyland movie studio which was on our right.

Making our way through the castle we stepped into another world. It was like an old American town except there were 10s of thousands of people. The shops are amazing and it is very hard not to buy, buy, buy! The merchandise is very good, takes you back to when you were a kid and it is too easy to get sucked in.

We made it out of the shopping district without any purchases and headed in to the Last Frontier.

The lack of information before we arrived (couldn't find any good info on Internet) meant that we had to work out what we were going to do as we went along. So when we saw a queue we joined it. The queue lead to a haunted house and after only 45 mins it was our turn.

Penelope knocking on the door of the Haunted House!

That is the last I will say about the queues, all you need to know is that for the popular rides, they were LONG! The haunted house was a great introduction for the kids, the animation was very good as it was on all the rides so it as good for the kids to see that the rotting skeleton laughing at us as not real.

When we came out it had been raining and was still a bit drizzly.

We made our way over to the Peter Pan ride but got side tracked by taking a long cut through a Skull Island that had many hidden caves and water falls.

Inside Skull Cave - two eye holes behind us.

The attention to detail was incredible and what fun this island was, we could have spent hours there exploring it.

When we got to Peter Pan, we tried to take the Fast track which we were thought that we were entitled to, but we didn't know that we had to get our fast track tickets first - again the lack of information.

Jasper and I gave up on Peter Pan and headed to the Pirates of the Caribbean which was great - you get into a boat then head through a world full of pirates fighting or spending their loot or the skeletons protecting their loot.

There are a few drop offs on the boat as well. At the time I thought that the girls wouldn't enjoy this as it was a lot scarier than the haunted house, but by the end of day two, they loved it.

We meet back up for lunch still in the Last frontier in an old western pub.

The food was very American and it is amazing how use to French food we have become as we were sick of all the greasy food after day two.

Again we split up, the girls did Small World and Jasper and I did Space Mountain.

Space mountain was Awesome! We did have to queue for an hour in the rain (I know, I said I wouldn't mention the queues) but I had an umbrella so all was good. Jasper was just a little short so when it came to our turn at the front of the queue he stayed on tippy toes which seemed to work as we got in ok. As we had no information, we had no idea what to expect. As we were queuing we could see the roller coaster cars being fired up to the top of mountain , but that was all we knew. As we were about to get into our car there was a boy older and bigger than Jas who chickened out much to the displeasure of his Dad. Right from go it was full on, even before you got to the big gun that fired you up to the top of the mountain. From the top it was pitch black so you had no way of knowing what direction you would be going then there were lasers and asteroids flying all around you as we were going up down and loop the loop. This was a lot more full on than I had thought it was going to be, but it was fantastic. Jasper
enjoyed it but was very white for quite a while afterwards.

We met up together for some afternoon tea and came out just in time for the Disney parade which Hannah loved. We have taken a great video of this, if you would like to see it, leave a comment or send us an email and I'll send you a link.

We then left the parks and walked down to Disney village.

We wanted to go to the fireworks at 9.15 and were going to go home for tea but decided to just stay and find a restaurant . We ended up at the rainforest cafe and had a great meal.

Hannah was the only one who wanted a meal with chips!

We had a bit of time to fill before the fireworks so checked out some shops. The favourite was the store where you could make up mr potato heads.

We the went and found a spot to watch the fireworks which were great. It had started to rain so we arrived home wet but full of happy memories ready to do it all again the next day!

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Location:Disneyland Paris

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