Disneyland Paris Trip Report - August 2017 Day 1

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Hi Guys!

Sorry again for the gap in posting, I am really determined right now to get back into a more regular pattern over the next few weeks, I have some ideas for posts already and with a few more trips booked before the end of this year I should have plenty to share with you all!

First of all I thought I would take the opportunity to reflect on my recent weekend trip to DLP, it was a really quick trip and done on a budget but we managed to pack so much into the weekend and had such a good time that I wanted somewhere to put all those memories down in words.

Our journey started at about 5 am on Saturday August 12th where with tired eyes but excited hearts we caught the tube to St Pancras to get our Eurostar, the tube is pretty quite at this time of day, which is good for me as i do get anxious when it's busy, we got there in good time and printing our tickets was really easy and quick which is always a relief! We had time for a quick breakfast before boarding our train and then we were finally on our way, the train was one of the newer ones and was really nice inside, I'd love to tell you more about it and about the first leg of the journey but to be honest I slept pretty much the whole way.

Our train was indirect and we had a short stop over at Lille Europe, this is the second time I've travelled indirect and I can be quite nervous when travelling, luckily both times the change has been really easy and I've had no problems getting back on the right train, if you have enough time between trains, there's a shopping centre opposite the station where you can stretch your legs and have a browse, there's also a Primark for some last min Disney impulse buys!

We arrived at Disneyland at about Mid day, dropped our bags off with the concierge which was free with my Infinity Annual Pass, and then headed straight into the park to soak up as much magic as possible! Our first port of call after soaking up some main street atmosphere was Pirates of the Caribbean, it has no long re-opened after being closed for refurbishment for the first 6 months of the year, so we were all so excited to see what it was like, and its quite a popular ride amongst the group I was with as it's one we can all ride together and the ride photo is a great bonus. The queue wasn't too bad, and we were all quite excited and had plenty to talk about which helped make it go even quicker, we did have time for a quick outfit change for Duffy too so we could get some photos after the ride. In short, I really enjoyed pirates post refurbishment, though not everything was 100% (seriously how hard can it be to maintain a swinging pirate guys?!) it was nice to see everything looking so fresh, the majority of animatronics working and some new scenes. Of course it's no real spoiler to know Jack Sparrow appears in the ride now, and although I'm not a fan of the pirates film, he was enough to really impress me!

After Pirates the guys were going to hit Hyperspace mountain, which I probably would have taken as a chance to do Buzz or Orbitron (I'm still a bit of a coaster wimp) but on the way through Fantasy land we found out Belle was meeting at the old mill in her village dress, so the two Sophie's and I decided to stop and meet her while everyone else did a few rides and got fast passes to do Hyperspace mountain later. I felt a bit hungry in the queue for Belle, as we hadn't eaten properly since about 6:30 that morning while waiting for the Eurostar, so while Belle took a quick break we got some waffles from the old mill, they were about €4 and unfortunately you can't use your annual pass discount here, but despite not being Mickey shaped (which is something we totally should have please DLP!) they were so worth the money and really made waiting far more enjoyable!

After Belle we went to Discovery land to meet back up with everyone, and as the queue was short, and hyperspace was currently down, we decided to hop on Star Tours, I loved star tours before its upgrade, but now its just so much better and every time I surprise myself with how much I enjoy it, the changeable scenes also mean you never know exactly what you're going to get, and although I've seen some of them a few times now, I know from speaking to others there's definitely some I still need to see, that plus my determination to one day be the rebel spy means I'll keep riding for many trips to come!

After star tours, Hyperspace mountain was back up, so the group of us that weren't riding too the opportunity to have a quick break in Hyperion Cafe, this is one of my favourite fast food places in DLP but we didn't actually eat this time just take the weight off for a while and re charge the batteries. Then it was over to Pueblos for some shopping before a bite to eat and a trip into the Forest of Enchantment.

Now I haven't seen Forest since March 2016 as it is only on for short runs in the spring and summer, and since last year I had heard there had been some changes, though I wasn't the biggest fan the first time around, I'm so glad I gave it a second chance, the changes are subtle on the whole but it's really made so much difference, and in my opinion it's all for the better. I enjoyed it so much, and I'm a little sad that once again it's only going to be showing until the end of summer, it's such a quality show and deserves a longer run, it'll be a real shame to lose this from the park's entertainment offering.

After forest we rode phantom manor, and big thunder mountain, followed by the wettest ride on Dumbo I've ever had, then we took shelter from the rain in It's a small world, and 2 more rides on Pirates of the Caribbean before illuminations, Finally the guys had 2 more rides on Big thunder mountain and then it was time to head to the hotel, it had been such a full on and long day and everyone was looking forward to getting some sleep ready to do it all again tomorrow!

So that's the whirlwind that was day one! I'll be back with day 2 shortly, but until then, why not catch up with Sophie Squared's vlog of the day!

Until next time!

Hoodsie xx

1 comment:

  1. Love the matching Duffy costumes! I've never been to Disneyland Paris, but love learning about their rides through your blog!