Disneyland Paris September 2017 Photo Diary - Part 1

10 Sept 2017

It's such a weird feeling when you've had a holiday booked for months, then it comes to the day before you and it doesn't quite feel real. That's exactly how I felt on Sunday night, the day before J and I left for Disneyland Paris. We'd had this trip booked since June and it felt as though it would never come around, but it bloomin' well did, and now that we're back on English soil, I can tell you all about it. I figured that I could do a massive rambly post, but instead, I've chosen to do a couple of photo diaries - mainly photos with a few interjections from me here and there! Because I can really only tell the days apart by the colour of the sky in the photos and there's a heck of a lot of them, I've tried to keep this day only about day one, and there'll be two more posts later on this month. You'll also need to keep your eyes peeled for a post about all the things we ate in Disneyland (there was so. much. food.) and a haul post!

So we went for 4 days, with one day of travelling on either side, and we did this through National Holidays. When we were thinking about booking, we calculated the costs for everything, like petrol, hotel, Eurostar, park tickets, etc. and it just made sense to book through the coach company instead. I also hate driving, so the idea of someone else driving me there was bliss. Mind you, I wasn't thinking it was bliss when 16 hours later, my feet were swollen and we were pulling into our hotel at 10:30PM. But hey, our bus driver was a lovely, sassy lady and made the journey feel a lot less longer than it was.
I think it's become my new life dream to spend at least one night in the Disneyland hotel. How amazing does it look? And to have views of the whole park would be absolutely amazing!
 As it's the 25th anniversary of the park this year, everything was adorned in blue and sliver to mark the occasion. All the classic characters, like Mickey, Minnie and Goofy, were wearing their special 25th anniversary steampunk outfits for the meet and greets which was a nice touch! I'm a bit scared of people in costumes though, so unfortunately I didn't get any photos with them.
Despite the weather being ridiculously gloomy for the first couple of days that we were there, we still had to get some pretty shots of the castle. It's such a gorgeous building, so it would be rude not to. I absolutely love the that you can go underneath and see Maleficent in her cave, as well as make your way up the stairs inside the castle to see the views.
Frontierland is probably one of my favourite areas in the whole of Disney, purely because I love the themin of everything. Standing in the queue for Big Thunder Mountain (which I totally wish we'd got our ride photo from because it was hilarious), you're surrounded by old mining machinery, oil lamps and cacti. It's just brilliant! Plus, one of my top rides is in Frontierland - Phantom Manor.
 Another of my favourite rides, this time in Discoveryland, is Buzz Lightyear's Laser Blast. As you can see by the ride photo, the first time we went on it, J was concentrating extremely hard, while I kind of gazed off into the distance. That would explain why I lost spectacularly!
I'm a total scaredy cat when it comes to coasters and the only one I managed to ride while we were there was Big Thunder, but J has absolutely no fear and went on Hyperspace Mountain as a single rider. He absolutely loved it and came off super exhilarated! He almost went on again that day, but we still had so much to explore.
 If I had to pick one of my least favourite areas, it would be Adventureland. I love how green it is and all the water, but there's just not that much there. However, there is the Pirates of the Caribbean ride, which I remember loving on one of my previous trips to Disney, but we actually didn't get to ride it on the first day. We managed to make it all the way to the front of line, then it got closed down due to 'an interruption.' We were absolutely gutted, but vowed to try again the next day. You need to check out my next photo diary to find out what happened to us!
I bloomin' love Fantasyland. It's definitely not for those people that love the thrilling, adrenaline-fuelled rides, but more for those that like things that are a bit more gentle and soft. J and I are total polar opposites and he was almost bored to tears as I sang along to the It's A Small World Ride. He loved the Curious Labyrinth and the Mad Hatter's Teacups though, so Fantasyland definitely brought his softer side out!
Of course, we had to watch the fireworks at closing time, so after dropping our shopping bags off at the hotel, we headed back to the park and grabbed ourselves a fab spot directly in front of the castle. Now, I've experienced the Disney fireworks before, but for some reason, I was extremely overwhelmed by the 25th anniversary themed fireworks and ended up crying 3 times. I can't really explain why - they were just so beautiful and the music was perfect, along with the projections and firework timings. It was just amazing!

After a full day on our feet, we headed back to the hotel for some well deserved sleep. We had a brief wander around the Disney Village to let the queues for the shuttle buses die down, but soon, we were tucked up in bed and ready for another day of fun.

Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post, if you thought that there was a huge lack of food photos, I'm saving them all for a future post about what I ate in Disneyland, so definitely look out for that! And stay tuned for part 2 of this Disney photo diary - it's gonna be a good'un!

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  1. Beautiful pictures! Now, I want to go to Disneyland. I've been to Paris twice but never made the trip to Disneyland. Should definitely plan soon.


    1. Oh thank you, Aditi! You should 100% go. It's such a fun and magical place x

  2. Looks like you had an amazing time! Disneyland is such a magical place:)

    Emily xo

    1. I agree! I knew I loved it there, but I'd forgotten just how much haha x

  3. Disneyland Paris looks amazing! I'm local to Disneyland in California and grew up going there a lot, it's so fun to see the differences between the parks. Glad you had an amazing time!!

    -Amanda A Good Hue

  4. Oh wow, I bet that was amazing as a child! I love seeing the differences too, like the design of the Paris castle to the Orlando castle x