This is long long overdue but finally I am making a blog post about my first ever trip to Disneyland ~ Euro Disney, Paris!
I'm going to post lots of photos (obvs) but also write about my experience and advice on the best way to enjoy your visit :)
The epic sleeping beauty castle ~
Dress 'Squirrel Party' ~ Bodyline
Shoes ~ Bodyline
Hairbow ~ Tiny Circus Crafts
Necklace ~ Roxie Sweetheart
Alpaca Backpack ~ Tofu Cute
All photos taken with the Samsung NX Mini Pink ~ an awesome camera which I highly recommend.
One of the best features ~ a screen that rotates so you can take selfies in high definition :D
Picture perfect ~ the entrance to the Disneyland park
We pre-booked out tickets via the Disneyland Paris website ~ when we got there we queued for about 10 minutes to collect our official tickets for entry
It was Halloween themed! :D
The park looked incredible with all the Halloween themed decorations ~ there was a Halloween parade though we missed some of it. I would recommend finding out the times of all the parades and character appearances before hand ~
Marie Cat ♥
One of my fave characters!
I noticed there weren't really any characters just walking around the park- most of them have timed/scheduled appearances you can queue to meet them
If you have a good camera it's best to take your own photos rather than paying for the professional ones
Inside the Sleeping Beauty castle ~
La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant
I was amazed by the detail inside it (expecting there not to be anything much but the exterior)
There were beautiful glass windows and an amazing ceiling with carved trees
Inside the castle told the story of sleeping beauty with paintings, tapestries, statues and books
Through the other side of the castle ~ the beanstalk!
This area was made to look spooky with smoke and creepy music
One of my favourite themed areas ~ Alice's Curious Labyrinth
Shall I go this way or that way?
Cute tiny door ~ will I fit?
The hedge maze
Twinkle twinkle little bat ~
Pastel Chairs ~ so much attention to detail
These were delicious!
Head for the cake and sweet shop on the right hand-side as you go down the main street :)
More Halloween themes and Nightmare Before Christmas (Sadly I missed Jack so this is Jill :p)
The Mad Hatter Tea Cup Ride
Beautifully decorated inside and lots of pastels (my favourite)
Each cup had a wheel in the middle where you can spin the cup faster!
Not recommended to turn these if you get motion sickness!
There are also a lot of other areas to the park including Discovery Land where I'd recommend the Space Mountain Ride.
The Pirates area is also pretty good with the Pirates of the Caribbean boat-ride (note though it's not based on the newer Johnny Depp version ~ a bit more oldschool but still amazing)
Be warned if you don't like life-like puppets (there are all mechanical though)!
If you're very keen on making sure you get on the rides I would also recommend using the 'Fast Track' service ~ especially for the popular ones such as Big Thunder Mountain Road (we missed it because the queue was so long and we didn't fast-track)
All you need to do is get there a few hours early and collect a ticket- it then tells you when you need to return to join the much shorter fast track queue.
You can't do this with all the rides though so maybe check before you go :)
The castle as the sun was setting ~
At the end of the day (about 7pm) everyone was ushered to the front of the castle area to get ready to watch the fireworks display which I believe happen every night
I recommend grabbing yourself a drink and possibly food before (you will need to queue for about 20 mins) ~ and then find somewhere to sit with a good view
Bit of a random point but if you want a beer they don't seem to advertise these on the menus but they do sell them and provide cups!!
There aren't any seats to sit on so it's concrete floor or the curb... little uncomfortable so maybe even take a blanket with you if you can carry it
Once the fireworks start you will forget where you are though- I was really impressed by the show and the display! For me it was very moving ~ a lot of nostalgia and really very stunning
Here's a video montage I took of the show (excuse the blurring for the focus)~
The second day we visited the Walt Disney Studios ~ I would mainly recommend going this part of the park for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror!
I was genuinely scared to go on this ride and it was probably the most scary thing I have been on (apparently I had a constant scream lol~)
BUT it's amazing!! GO ON IT!!!
I would also recommend going to see 'Animagique' at the Toon Studio ~ an amazing back-light theatre show with seemingly 3D magic puppet characters and songs/dances from Disney films such as 'Under the Sea' and 'Can't wait to be King' ~ you'll want to sing along!
The Disney Store ~
Of course a visit to Disneyland would not be complete without shopping!
When you are inside the park itself there are many different looking shops ~ but you will find a lot of them contain the same kind of things. If you miss getting something inside the park there is a giant store in between the park and studios entrance which sells everything :)
And finally! Here are some photos from the big parade which we just caught before heading home the second day ~ I would advise you check when this is on because it's not to be missed!
Next stop, Disneyland Tokyo!! ;)