If you’ve been around long enough, you’ll know Walt Disney World, Florida, is my second home but with the finance belt tightening and adulting becoming a bit of a priority, those trips are suddenly looking very few and far between. But I refuse to give up on the magic, and having had a close to 15 year gap since my last Disneyland Paris trip, I figured it’s as close to the magic as I might get for a while. With my favourite girls and a deal we couldn’t say no to we got ready to pack our ears and head off for 4 whole days of enchantment and pixie dust. (27 days to go...but who's counting?).
So of course, I have to blog-down to the trip! So how about we start with things I am MOST excited for at Disneyland Paris
Newport Bay Hotel - Of course, we’re staying on property, I don’t think I could do any Disney park any other way! It was a coin toss between Newport Bay and Hotel New York but having never stayed at Newport Bay, I didn’t need to be asked twice to try somewhere new! Situated across the lake near the Disney Village and around 15 minutes away from the park gates, Newport Bay looks friggin gorgeous! Themed around a 1920’s New England mansion, just you wait for all the Cape Cod-esq pictures I’m going to take. Also, as a Disney hotel guest, we’ll get up to two extra magic hours in the parks before the regular guests get in! Hurrah!
Food, glorious food - You know me and my Mickey shaped treats! I can’t wait to see what dining delights Paris has to offer. Most of what I remember about my last trip to DLP was eating in McDonalds, getting food poisoning from at a dinner show and a trip to Planet Hollywood, where after eating chicken nuggets for almost a week, I ordered more chicken nuggets. There are so many places to eat in and out of the parks, from a Ratatouille themed restaurant that shrinks you down to size, to a grab and go at Five Guys. Not to mention all those pastries, macarons, and Hakuna Matata fries! Somebody pass me my stretchy pants!
Happy 25th Birthday - not to me, unfortunately. DLP turned 25 this year and of course, Disney lets no milestone go unnoticed! They’ve decked the parks and characters out in beautiful blue and silver decorations, with a few limited edition meet and greets and obligatory limited edition merchandise to go right along with the celebrations. I can’t confirm it online anywhere but I’m hoping the decor is still up when we arrive!
Happy Haunting - Even though we arrive just after Halloween, all the decorations are usually still up, giddy ghouls and Mickey pumpkins adorn the Disney Village and parks, as well as the characters donning their spookiest halloween attire! Halloween is one of my favourite times in a Disney park, they just go all out and it’s so cute! We miss the official Halloween Party but there is a special Halloween event going on in the Disney Village which I will most defiantly be donning my witchy earrings for and checking out!
Shopping - With Christmas just around the corner, a park exclusive Pandora line being released and an outlet mall and shopping centre within walking distance, you can bet your bottom euro that I will be doing some serious shopping. Did I mention there’s a Sephora too? Suffice to say, there might be a haul or three on the blog once I get home!
Magic - Because that’s what it’s all about. There’s something about being in a Disney park that for me, is sheer magic. It’s been such a long time since I last visited DLP and there have been so many changes, from rides to restaurants, there’s going to be so much to see and do! I don’t plan on stopping much at all! It’s no Walt Disney World that’s for sure, but it’s still a slice of the magic and I will take that every chance I get!
Have you ever been to Disneyland Paris? Any trips for a long time no tripper?
Until next time,