During October half-term, we took a pretty amazing trip to Disneyland Paris. We stayed at the Sequoia Lodge Disney hotel for four nights and had a fantastic time there. In this post, I wanted to share with you our experiences at Disneyland Park – one of the two parks at Disneyland Paris. This post is going to be pretty photo-heavy so bear with me… Where shall we start…
We took the Eurostar into Disneyland on the Tuesday and found that we could leave our luggage at a designated point in the station that would arrange for it to be taken to our hotel, the Sequoia Lodge, whilst we got stuck into the park. Disneyland Park is a lot bigger than it sounds and you can literally walk for miles from one attraction to the next whilst doubling-back on yourself to make sure you don’t miss out!
On our first full day in the park, we explored the Discoveryland area of the park and O and hubs enjoyed a ride on Orbitron and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast was a total scream. So much so, O went on it twice; once with me, and once with his Dad! There’s a fabulous scheme called the ‘baby swap’ which lets parents split up to allow one stay with the baby and pushchair, and the other to accompany other children on a ride, then swap over.
The parades are a huge part of the park at Disneyland Paris. There’s at least two or three parades throughout the day where you can see several themed floats, a variety of characters and many dancers in beautiful costume. As we visited Disneyland Paris in October half-term, the park was decorated with pumpkins and Hallowe’en things and the general theme was an Autumnal one. The parade was set to ‘Vie La Vie’ which is an incredible ear-worm… O still sings it now and it has become part of Q’s bedtime routine! We all loved seeing the characters and they tried so hard to acknowledge everyone in the crowds.
Not to mention the evening parade, Disney Magic, which sees a whole host of characters travel the park either on foot, by horse and cart or on a float. The floats are out of this world – huge and fabulous!
Every evening there is a fireworks display over the castle. We chose to stay late and watch on our second night – Q was still only very young and the days are so long and tiring anyway! O absolutely loved the fireworks and water fountain display. My one piece of advice is to make sure you’ve picked your ‘spot’ to stand or sit in plenty of time. The hardcore fans are there a good two hours before the start of the display, no kidding!
There were so many rides that we enjoyed, particularly Pirates of the Caribbean, Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Peter Pans Flight, It’s a Small World and the Mad Hatter’s Teacups. We got the hang of using the Fast Pass feature – a must-do, especially for Peter Pans Flight.
We spent a lot of time meeting the characters too – but that’s all for another post. It’s been a good while since we visited (October!) so my memory isn’t great thinking back to the detail. Hey-hum.
I do know that Disneyland is like somewhere I’ve never been before, and O can’t wait to return. It’s an absolute joy to see the delight in his face and I look forward to seeing that in Q as he gets older.
Have you visited Disneyland Paris? What did you think?