You can fly, you can fly!
Let’s take a quick trip back to January of this year. I was on my University placement, standing in the Oxford Street Disney Store with two of my university friends who were doing their placement around the corner from mine. We would meet up for dinner and a catch-up every Thursday to talk about our experiences, what PR releases we were working on and panicking about our assignments. But this particular Thursday, we had ended up in the Disney store which of course means my Disney blues returned with a vengeance.
Last September I had gone on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland Paris with my univeristy bestie, Becca. We did it all; five incredible days in the parks, there wasn’t any part of the park unvisited, there wasn’t any ride unridden. It was my first trip to Disney that wasn’t in my childhood and I loved every second of it. I didn’t think I’d ever go back so when we departed the Disney store and spent the evening looking at offers, I was so increadibly surprised and excited when we actually went ahead and booked it.
I’m now back home with aching feet and no longer a true need for my Minnie ears. I’m going through every photo, every vlog clip and re-living the trip I was on just last week. It was as beautifully magical as I fully expected and just truly amazing. As soon as I had hit Disney soil, it felt like I had never left. I may be 21 years old and feeling pressure to become a ‘real’ adult, but flying back here and getting to re-live my childhood running around the parks and meeting Mickey (and friends) was just so magical. It uplifts every spirt and puts a smile on every face. It’s truly remarkable.
“The second star to the right shines in the night for you.” – Peter Pan
The first day of the trip is always so magically overwhelming. That first walk through the Disney village. That first walk through the barriers into the Disney Park with that first view of the castle. We took a million pictures, pointed at every little detail we came across. Got a tad emotional walking down Main Street. Then groaned and laughed at Let It Go playing for the 450th time. I’ll never forgetting walking through Fantasyland for the first time on this trip, Feed The Birds from Mary Poppins was playing. The stunningly beautiful princess dresses was out on display waiting for adoring children to beg their parents for an Belle one. The carousel was in full swing with Dumbo on his flight in the background. If this moment doesn’t take you back to being a tiny human, I don’t know what will.
What is more magical than entering a (near) empty park and getting to meet Minnie, Donald, Pluto and Goofy? The character interactions were just as wonderful this time round and we have such fun messing about with our favourite movie stars. Tuesday also marked the first day visiting the Studios which obviously meant getting to go on my most favourite ride ever; Ratatouille. No spoilers here but this ride is truly, truly amazing and the technology is really superb making for such a perfect ride experience. We got to go on the bigger thrill rides (Rock n Roller Coaster never fails to get that adrenaline pumping) and also sat down to watch the incredible Mickey and The Magician (it’s SO amazing!).
Up bright and early and at the park for 8am, we got to meet the cheekiest I’ve ever seen Chip and Dale! Stealing my Minnie ears, they ran up to Minnie’s meet and greet to show her, drawing themselves a rather large audience of people laughing and in shock as I watched the two of them bounce off with my Minnie ears whilst I stood cracking up in the photo area. They came back, all upset and then proceeded to go through Georgia’s back and steal her sweets. It was the best character interaction we had had and kept us laughing for way too many hours after. We also met Mickey on this day, went even crazier with the rides and managed to explore the Frozen area (and bump into Olaf and Sven as you can see!).
The day where the heavens well and truly opened and we got well and truly drenched. We spent this day hiding from the downpour by riding all the indoor rights over and over again, even Tower of Terror! After a day of non-stop rides, we were so grateful when the rain came to a stop so we could dance and sing along to the parade (a great moment with the Queen of Hearts happened this day… make sure to watch the vlog to catch that!) and also catch our fourth Dreams. I also spent waaaay too much money on this day but it’s ok because I’ll be filming a haul for you super soon!
We ended the last day of our trip truly on a bang. We spent the morning mingling with Mickey, Goofy, Pluto, Chip and Dale at Cafe Mickey where we were treated to a beautiful cooked breakfast and a chance to meet some of our favourites again. All whilst the best Disney movie soundtracks where playing in the background! There was no better way to celebrate the last of five days of being in the most magical place on Earth. We rode all our favourites rides again, visited all our favourite shops and took once last look at the Castle. I’ll never forget it.
A big thank you to my girls Georgia and Becky for making this trip everything it was and more and, of course, the worlds biggest thank you to Disneyland Paris, for being everything you are.