Saturday, 30 June 2007

Hi ho, hi ho, off to Disneyland we go!

This post covers our 2 days at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios.

We got up early on Tuesday 26 June and left our campsite at 8.45am. Our GPS said it was only 45 minutes to Disneyland Paris but this didn’t take into account the traffic. Once again we got stuck in Paris queues, this time on the orbital roads around Paris. In the end we arrived there 10.30am and by the time we parked up and bought tickets it was 11.30am before we set foot inside the magic kingdom. We decided to stay 2 nights – parking was 20 euros for motorhomes regardless of whether it was for the day or for 24 hours. About 50 motorhomes had parked up to stay the night when we got there. We bought a 2 day hopper ticket which allowed us to get entry into both Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios for the next 2 days.

Entering the park I panicked and plunged us into the first smallish queue… Aladdin’s Magic Carpet ride. Quickly this appeared to be an error in judgement as the target audience for this ride was under 10’s! Oh well, we had a nice flight and we even saw a whole new world! Over the next 2 days we went on all the big rides (some of them twice!) and saw four of the shows.

Sarah’s highlights

- Cinemagique (a journey through the history of cinema with the bloke that played Frank in Father of the bride)

- Lion King stage show (which featured some rather tight revealing deer outfits!)

- Motor Action Stunt Show (car and motorbikes performing stunts)

- Crush’s coaster (we thought this would be for kids but it was brilliant!)

- Peter Pan’s flight (again we thought this would be naff, but it was rather good!)

- Eating a tub of Ben & Jerry’s cookie dough ice cream after each day

- Meeting Disney characters

- Honey I shrunk the audience (3d film)

Top: us outside the Disney castle
Above: Sarah and Mickey
Below: Me and Jessie from Toy Story 2

Matt’s highlights

- Aerosmith Rock n Rollacoaster (This starts off with you getting shot like a cannon into a 360 degree loop in the dark, the next 2 minutes you get propelled around the rollercoaster track being flashed by strobe lights and deafened by Aerosmith tunes. Quite a thrill when you also take into account it was closed the day before due to an “accident”!)

- Crush’s coaster

- Big Thunder Mountain rollercoaster (I just love wild west themed attractions! Yeehah!)

- Motor Action Stunt Show

- Cinemagique

- Using Sarah’s digicam flash at the shooting gallery – this instantly sets off all the targets to create a crescendo of noise and movement, as one young boy said, what the hell was that?! I thought this was hilarious although Sarah was a trude when I did it on the second day too…

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