Thursday, 13 March 2014

Throwback Thursday: Disneyland Paris

Whilst I try not to holiday to the same places too often there is one destination that I seem to end up going back to time and time again.   Disneyland Paris!

I've lost count of the amount of times I've been and whilst each time I decide it'll be the last trip I always find myself returning. 

My last trip was October 2012 for Halloween.  I think I've now experienced all of the different seasons at Disney but Halloween is my favourite.  The park is decorated with pumpkins and there are cheesy Halloween tunes that get stuck in your head playing everywhere.










































My best friend Clare describes Disneyland Paris as her "Happy Place" and she really is right.  You may be wondering why grown adults love a Disney park so much but I honestly would recommend everyone to go and try it out - it's a fantastic place for a girls holiday.



I'm not actually a huge fan of theme park rides so you'll never catch me planning a trip to Thorpe Park. I'm a bit of a wuss, if anything goes too fast or upside down then count me out.  I once spent nearly an entire afternoon in tears at Alton Towers after a moment of bravery convinced me I'd be OK on Nemesis.    Disneyland is somewhere I can happily go on most the rides, as there are only a small handful that go upside down so I don't spend my entire day sitting about looking after my friends' bags and can join in the fun.

Being a greedy guts I really enjoy the food at Disney.  The breakfasts comprise of stuffing your face with silly amounts of croissants, and if you're sneaky you can then make your lunch out of the ample breads and cheeses on offer at the buffet which saves you money in the Park.    You can then spend the day happily eating Mickey shaped biscuits from the bakeries. 




































We always treat ourselves to dinner out in the evening, our favourite place being CafĂ© Mickey where  the characters come round to your table and pose for photos.    This means as an adult you can kind of get away with chatting to Mickey without looking silly!   



You can pretty much leave your boring grownup self behind at St Pancras when you go to Disney.  We love to spend an enjoyable few days skipping rather than walking and wearing rather attractive Minnie Mouse ears on our heads. It's also a fantastic excuse to blitz Primark before you go for Disney inspired clothing to wear and whilst you're at the Park you can also legitimately spend too much money on Disney merchandise, even if you do wonder why you bought it all when you get back home.





































Of course there are also benefits of being an adult at Disney when you want some grownup time.  We like to finish our day in the park by doing a Hotel Bar crawl.   I've always loved going for drinks in hotels as you usually get a high level of service and get to lounge about on comfy sofas enjoying some peace and quiet so this really appeals to me.  If we're feeling very energetic we make our way round all of our favourite hotels to sample the delights of the different themed bars.





































As 2012 was the 20th anniversary celebrations for the Park there was a brand new light show on in the evening which was pretty spectacular, laser lights lit up the Castle and they really did look so impressive.







Now that I've met Simon I don't think I'll be going to Disney again for a little while as there are so many other places I'd like to go, however I do like to think that one day I will share my happy place with him .. I just hope he doesn't mind losing his girlfriend to Mickey Mouse for a few days.

27 comments:

  1. Aww I love this post :) I'm going to Paris for the first time in August but don't think I'll be going to Disney. Sounds like a great place for some girlie fun though :) and love your Mickey Mouse tshirt :) great post!! Xx

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    1. Thank you ... tis from Primark :D I love that it's all sparkly! It's sat in my drawer unworn since this trip, it'll probably stay there until the next time I go!

      I'd definitely say save Disney for another time if its your first trip to Paris, Paris is AMAZING so you wont to have lots of time to experience the city for itself

      x

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    2. Yeah definitely :) I'm going to Paris with my boyfriend too and Disney wouldn't really be his thing ha! I'm so excited for Paris though, I've wanted to go since forever :):)

      Can't believe that top is just from Primark!!! It's so pretty :) xx

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    3. I'm very jealous! I LOVE Paris so much ... you'll love it! Hope you have a really lovely time x

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  2. Awww brilliant post!! I have never been! I actually can't believe that either! I am a Disney girl at heart, I'm hopefully going to Paris in June but I don't think a trip to Disney is on the cards, oh well will have to go another time!! xxx

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    1. OMG you need to go then! But yes do a separate holiday for it .. that way you can go a few days and stay in one of the Disney hotels :D

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  3. I went when I was ten with the folks but I never thought about going back now, it looks bloody brilliant!
    And the halloween-y touches are fab. You look so very cheery to be there :o)
    M x Life Outside London

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    1. In a way I think you appreciate it even more as an adult .. you get cocktails and can stay up as late as you like :p

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  4. I've never been to Disneyland Paris, only to Orlando. I want to go though, the novelty of just hopping on the Eurostar is getting too much! That or a trip to Paris!!

    Ruth // excuse me for a while

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    1. The Eurostar is awesome, it's a great excuse to eat croissants on the way!

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  5. Guuuhhh such an exciting post for me as I'm FINALLY going back there in October this year!! I've not been for 4 whole years :(
    Gorgeous photos, I particularly like the one of you all with Minnie <3

    Best wishes,
    Danielle x

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    1. AMAZING! I'm jealous! I hope you have an amazing time x

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  6. I blumming love Disneyland. Love it love it love it. If I ever get married I am having my hen do there :P

    Jenny | sunny sweet pea xx

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    1. Brilliant idea! My friend Clare keeps saying she wants her honeymoon in the posh pink Disneyland Hotel, not sure her boyfriend would ever go for it though x

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  7. Whoa, hold on a moment, how come I don't get to go to Disneyland???

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    1. I can't believe you commented :D .. Erm .. I wasn't sure you had any interest in going. How about we go to Paris for a few days and then go to Disney as a day trip whilst we're there?! I am LOVING this plan!

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  8. Great post I really enjoyed it Lucy

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  9. I remember going when it first opened, I loved it so much I cried when we came home! Love the Mickey cookies!!
    Lots of love,
    Angie
    SilverSpoon London

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    1. Wow that must have been a good while ago! I can't remember the exact year it opened but I remember it being on Newsround and it was called Euro Disney!

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    2. Over twenty years ago ;) makes me feel old!!

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  10. I when when I was 13 and had the time of my life, I was so depressed when I came back! I'm going to the one Florida in May and I can't wait.

    Corinne x
    www.skinnedcartree.com

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    1. Wow the Florida will be amazing! I'm so jealous!

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  11. I went to Florida in 2005 and it was amazing I so want to go back. x

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    1. OMG all these people that have been to Florida :( SULK x

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  12. I'm not keen on upside down rides either so hearing there aren't that many at Disneyland Paris is great news! I've seen loads of posts from various people on Disneyland Paris recently and they're making me really keen to visit :)

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    1. I think theres only three rides I can't go on :)

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