Friday 8 December 2017

UK-Paris Day 14: Disneyland Paris

We're off to Disneyland Paris today so we're up early for breakfast.

Top view of the hotel's restaurant

The breakfast was a simple spread of bread, ham, cheese and pastries. If you want eggs or anything fancy, you'd have to pay extra!

Menu for the additional breakfast items that you'd need to pay for

We thought it was pretty ridiculous having to pay for standard breakfast items that should be included! We just had to make do without eggs!

My choice of breakfast from the basic spread that they offered

After breakfast, we took the hotel's free shuttle service (Bus HVFS) to Marne-la-Vallée Chessy Station/ Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris
(Address: 77777 Marne-la-Vallée, France;
Opening hours: 10am - 8pm)

We bought the 1 Day 2 Parks ticket to Disneyland Paris at £46 per adult and £44 per child (3-11) via AttractionTix because it was cheaper than Picniq and came with food vouchers.

Celebrating 25 years of Disney Magic!

The girl insisted that she wanted to wear her Cinderella dress

There are two parks in Disneyland Paris; namely Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.

Needless to say, we started with Disneyland Park! This is our third Disneyland and yet the girl and I are still very much in love with this magical place!

Main Street in Disneyland Paris
At the Sleeping Beauty Castle

My only disappointment with Disneyland Paris was not seeing more of Beauty and the Beast! Belle is as much a French princess as Cinderella and Aurora but she's hardly featured here. So sad as Belle is my favourite Disney Princess!

In Aurora's castle
Overlooking the town

We saw that people were gathering for the start of the parade so we went to join them.

Watching the Christmas parade in Disneyland Paris
We managed to get a very good spot to watch the parade right in front of the castle

The parade is really short and there were few Disney Princesses but still rather enjoyable. However it was nothing like the Christmas parade we saw at Tokyo Disneyland!

After the parade, we continued to explore the rest of the park.

Pirates of the Caribbean
We saw Captain Jack Sparrow but he walked by too quickly for me to snap a picture!
Les Voyages de Pinocchio
This is a must-ride for my girl!
Peter Pan's Flight
Another must-ride for the girl and I.
We got FASTPASS but still had to queue with many others who also got FASTPASS as well.
It was an awesome ride though and definitely worth queuing for!

There was a very short queue at It's a Small World so even though we've been on it before in Hong Kong Disneyland, we decided to ride it again.

It's a Small World
Dolls dressed in costumes from all over the world

After the ride, we wanted to catch a 'Frozen' live performance but they had already started by the time we arrived. We decided to queue for a photo with Olaf, Sven and the Sled instead.

Frozen adventure!

We had lunch at Hakuna Matata, a restaurant featuring Lion King.

Lunch at Hakuna Matata

It's quite a cozy restaurant, with lots of seating and even some entertainment in the form of an African drummer if you're lucky.

After lunch, we went driving at Autopia, something new that we've never done before (they don't have anything like it in the Disneylands that we have visited).

Everyone gets to drive their own car around the track, including kids as long as they meet the height requirement
My girl was so excited to be able to drive her own car!

At around 3pm, we headed over to Walt Disney Studios Park, about 10 minutes walk from Disneyland Park.

Walt Disney Studios Park is really small and personally I don't think it's big enough to be a separate park on its own (the hubby thinks it's Disneyland's way of earning more money 😣). Hence, unlike other Disneylands, it is possible to complete both parks in just one day.

Walt Disney Studios Park
Group photo at the gate
Super old school architecture along the streets
Clockwise from left: Luigi's Casa Della Tires from Cars;
The Hollywood Tower ride;
Ratatouille ride, which I went by myself as a single rider as the queue was too long.

The hubby spotted the queue to meet and greet Woody! Whoots!

Meeting my favourite Woody
Our family photo
(Ignore my girl, she was in one of her moods 😑)

The air started to get extremely chilly, with the average temperatures plummeting to 0-2 degree Celsius! *Brrrr* ❄️

Went for the Studio Tram Tour, which had good effects but really old videos. It's probably time for an update.

We decided that we needed some respite from the cold and headed for dinner at Planet Hollywood. We wanted to utilise our €10 food voucher that came free with purchase of our park tickets for our meal.

Planet Hollywood
(Address: 5 Disney Village, 77700 Chessy, France)
Starter Platter

The food was quite expensive so instead of ordering a main dish each, we ordered a starter platter and a kid's meal. The kid's meal came with the souvenir cup (pictured above) and an ice-cream, which we thought was quite value for money.

After dinner, we headed back to Disneyland Paris to catch the fireworks display!

Nighttime Fireworks Spectacular at the Castle
The castle looks so magical at night!

Although there were so many people that we hardly have any place to stand and this is the 3rd time that I'm watching the Fireworks Spectacular at the Disney Castle in Disneyland, the girl and I still enjoyed the show!

We left after the fireworks and returned to our hotel. The free shuttle was packed with so many people, it was a miracle that we managed to squeeze on board!

We're saying goodbye to Disneyland Paris for now! We had so much fun while we're here! 😁


P.S: Want more Disney? Here's the full list of our experiences at Disneylands around the world:

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