A few weeks ago, I went on a little trip to Disneyland for the second time this year. This time, I went for five days and got to share the experience with Amy and her 3 year old and Kariss. We’d already booked to go to Walt Disney World in Florida next October, so our trip to ‘Little Disney’ as Liv calls it was something to look forward to while we wait for 2016.
We caught the Eurostar from St Pancras at 5:40am on Monday morning and after a trip on the RER, we finally made it to Disneyland at around midday. We checked into our adorable cowboy themed room at Hotel Cheyenne and then made a quick stop off at Starbucks in Disney Village before we got to the park. We were pretty tired after our early start and weren’t planning on doing much on the Monday but we ended up on quite a few rides, catching the Harvest Parade and then the Disney Magic on Parade at the end of the day. at 6:30pm we had a reservation at Cafe Mickey where we got to dine with some of our favourite characters. at €40, for two courses, this was the most expensive meal that I had all week but it was worth it to meet Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Eeyore.
We spent Tuesday doing as many rides as we could and took advantage of the extra magic hours which meant that because we were staying in a Disney hotel, we were able to enter the park at 8am instead of 10am. I finally got to go on Space Mountain and it was definitely my favourite ride of the whole park! Kariss and I managed to go on at a time when there was no queue, so we went on twice! It made my eyes water a lot but I loved it. I also really enjoyed the Dumbo ride and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast even though I was just as rubbish at it as I was when I was ten. On Wednesday, I took a day out from Disney and went into Paris.
I picked a random stop on the RER and got off at La Defense where I found a massive shopping centre. I then went over to Champs Elysees and had a wander up and down there before heading over to my favourite part of Paris – Montmartre. I had a Nutella crepe in my favourite cafe opposite Sacre Coeur (Le Ronsard) and then I climbed the steps up to Sacre Coeur and met the same cat that I saw in April this year and two years ago! I then had a wander round Paris’ red light district and went in all of the tacky tourist shops until I found a hoody at a decent price – you can always barter with the shopkeepers if you’re not happy with the prices.
On Thursday I woke up feelinq quite ill, so I chilled out in our room until around 10:30am and then spent an hour or so in Starbucks before going into the Walt Disney Studios. This was going to be another day of rides but I ended up queuing for the Tower of Terror for an hour so I didn’t actually get to go on that many. We stayed behind when the last parade finished to see Disney Dreams which was amazing as usual and I think we all had a little cry.
The whole park looked amazing with all of the Halloween decorations. My favourite touch was the Forest of Thorns behind Sleeping Beauty’s Castle – you could even meet Malificent here! The shops had little pumpkins on them, there were ghosts everywhere and there was so much Halloween merchandise for sale. I definitely recommend you visit Disneyland at Halloween, I’m really excited for Halloween in Florida now!