I’m going to warn you in advance…this a long blog post! (but totally worth it)
As some of you may know last month I turned 18 and for my birthday my amazing boyfriend planned a surprise trip to, what I thought was, London. So on the 4th of April we got up at 5am to go to ‘London’. Despite being super excited I slept 90% of the ride down south until we got to St Pancras Station. After dropping our bags off at our hotel we went off to explore Camden Market for some food. I got an AMAZING Mac and Cheese pot and my favourite, a beautiful fresh green juice!
We then got the tube to Leister Square and took a stroll around, had some drinks in Planet Hollywood and, of course, went to M&M world! After going back to the hotel to get changed we went for a quick meal in Pizza Express and then to LES MISERABLES! I don’t know if I’ve mentioned but I am a big musical theatre fan, I live, breathe and study musicals haha, so when I found out we were going to see one of my all time favourite musicals I was beyond excited! Les Miserable was incredible, it was Eva Noblezada’s opening night and I’m so lucky to have seen how incredible she was.
After, Les Miserables we went back to the hotel and went to bed. in the morning we ate breakfast in the hotel and got all packed to go to the ‘new hotel’ but once we got to the tube station Paul stopped, got his phone out and started filming me…I was so confused. This is when I found out we were going to DISNEYLAND! I can’t explain how excited I was, and kind of still am, about Disney. I hadn’t been to Disney since I was very very young and, although I know I am so lucky to have been more than once, this was by all means the best, most thoughtful birthday present I have ever received.
We had to rush to the station as we were getting the Eurostar in less than an hour! A lovely lady scanned our tickets and in no time we were on the train on the way to Disney! We had, another, breakfast on the train which consisted of pastries, hot chocolate and juice before settling down for the journey. Surprisingly, the trip didn’t take long at all and in a matter of hours we were there!
Once we arrived at the station we handed our bags to a lovely man who represented our hotel and took them back for us. Which left just one thing for us to do…go to the park! We arrived at about 2:30pm so we had a full afternoon in the park. Walking through those gates and seeing the castle was nothing less than magical. We had amazing weather and I was completely in my element. There’s nothing better than seeing little kids running, smiling and laughing, I was completely overwhelmed.
Rather than talk you through the full trip day by day I thought I’d divide the trip into sections and talk to you about each one.
The first thing we did when we arrived in Disney was go to the huge Disney shop and buy Minnie ears, an autograph book and a pen. Priorities. While we were there we met 10 characters, including my all time favourite Disney character Marie, from The Aristocats. When we arrived on the first day it was almost time for the parade so after getting something to eat we sat down to reserve our space for the parade, it gets VERY busy! We waited near It’s A Small World; we had a great view. This was a good way to see the characters we weren’t bothered about meeting. The parade was amazing, my favourites were the Whinnie The Pooh section, Alice in Wonderland and The Lion King (can you tell I like the classics?). The first characters we met were on the second day, we queued in the morning to meet Thumper and Miss Bunny who were adorable. They noticed the pom-pom on my rucksack and made me hop like a rabbit before they would take a picture with us. Each character was so sweet and I love having stories to tell about them all. On the same day we met Woody, Scrooge McDuck and my favourite Marie! She was adorable and kept making me laugh every time they took a picture. The characters are well worth seeing whether you’re going as an adult or with children. We didn’t manage to get to see any princesses, however, as the queue’s were all far to long (I’m talking almost 5 hours). One of the best characters we met was Minnie! I was wearing my Minnie Mouse t-shirt and ears and she was so excited, jumping up and down, I felt like a little kid. We met most characters at the character breakfast at Café Mickey. This was so fun! The idea is that you sit and have your breakfast in the café and the characters come out and say hi. We met Eeyore, which I was super excited about, Mickey and Goofy, who gave Paul a rather intense back massage and me the biggest hug ever! On the last day we knew we had to wait in the biggest queue, Donald and Mickey. Even though we’d already met Mickey, Donald is one of Pauls favourite characters and we HAD to meet him. After queuing in the cold for near two hours we finally reached the front of the queue. Donald was so happy to see Paul’s Donald Duck hat and Pen that he pushed Mickey out of the picture. They were so funny teasing each other and Donald even signed the page ‘Donald Duck #1’. It was things like this that take you back to being a child and having not a care in the world.
Top tip for going to Disneyland… get the app! Honestly, this saved us so much in queue’s for rides. The app tells you how long the queue for each ride is, and if it’s shut which unfortunately a few were, this meant we could run to wherever had the smallest queue! Another tip, stay in Disney! Anyone who stays in a Disney Hotel gets to use special magic hours, these are two hours before the park is open to the public where you can go on certain rides and there are almost no queues. Paul and I developed a routine of waking up, having Nutella for breakfast and then riding Space Mountain: Mission 2, sometimes twice, as there was no queue. I also LOVED Tower of Terror. I’m not one for horror but this is honestly just funny. The staff on the ride were ace, acting along with the video’s and the aesthetic and really bringing the place to life. I think we rode this one maybe 4 times…it really was great.
Honestly, food is expensive in Disney! Much more expensive that we expected. While a lot of the time we ate pizza and burgers we did go to some cool places as well! The fanciest place we ate at was the Blue Lagoon restaurant, inside the Pirates of the Caribbean ride. Yes, that’s right, the water ride floats through the restaurant. The tables were all within a large cave and although very dimly lit there was a lovely atmosphere in there. The waiters were lovely and friendly and so helpful. The food, though the priciest in the park, was phenomenal. We had traditional Caribbean food, I went for the coconut milk curry and it was so good. There were served with traditional Caribbean sides, plantain and a strange mouse thingy which tasted very nice. It was a welcome change from the heavy burgers and chips and was nice to have a sit down meal. We also ate at Planet Hollywood, which was awesome! There were some really cool things all around the room and we were sat next to a gigantic wall mural of so many TV characters. My favourite place though was The Rainforest Café. Having last been when I was only 4 I vaguely remembered being terrified by the huge Gorillas and Elephants so I wasn’t sure what to make of it. But once we got inside I knew this was my kind of café. I am a huge lover of animals and nature and the restaurant is so emersive you honestly believe you are in the rainforest, with thunder storms and animals everywhere it’s an amazing experience. The food was great, and Paul and I tried to finish the HUGE Volcano desert to ourselves, which consisted of 5 brownies, 6 scoops of ice cream and about half a can of whipped cream. (we didn’t manage it).
I know this is a long post but honestly, Disney Land Paris was the best week of my life and I am so lucky to have such an incredible boyfriend. I can’t wait for our next trip together! (Disneyworld Florida?)