Tuesday, 14 June 2016

MY 21ST BIRTHDAY | DISNEYLAND PARIS 2016 #1





I have been desperately trying to hold onto the magic of Disneyland Paris since I got back just over a week ago now. Words cannot describe how much I miss it there and I was so incredibly lucky to wake up on my 21st birthday in Disneyland. I know Disney may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it was a wonderful and truly special holiday. Everything from the candy colours to the delicious smell of fresh cupcakes being cooked every morning just epitomises the word happiness. Me and my mum spent four nights in Disneyland and as soon as I came back I was desperate to flick through the embarrassing amount of photographs (I took pictures of everything, i'm surprised I didn't photograph the floor) and get them up on my blog to share and remember those special memories. This mini blog series will be in four posts with what we got up to and lots of pictures! I hope you enjoy!

3rd June 
Waking up in Disneyland Paris on my 21st birthday was magical. It brought back so many precious memories of my my childhood and I was so eager to get into the park and be part of the Disney magic once again. I have been to Disneyland Paris a few times throughout my childhood and every time fallen more in love with Disney. My favourite part of the parks is without hesitation is Fantasyland, at least 99.9% of our time was spent in Fantasyland and on Main Street. There is nothing quite as magical for me than walking around the corner on Main Street and seeing the castle standing there in all its beauty. 





Fantasyland is just my idea of heaven. I love the cutesy vibe, candy colours and the smell of sweet treats making its way through Main Street into the heart of Fantasyland. Disneyland really is an escapism - and after the past couple of years, it is exactly what me and mum needed! It felt like a whole new world for us, a chance to get out of all the mess we had left behind at home and just embrace the magic of Disney.
Throughout my trip I had to dress in Disney inspired outfits right? So you'll be able to see on these posts the pieces I chose. I just don't think you can really go to Disney and not wear some Minnie Mouse ears or a Disney themed top!



As soon as we arrived on Main Street we saw Chip and Dale who straight away noticed my '21 today' badge and got everyone in the queue to sing happy birthday to me. I probably went bright red but it's moments like this that really bring the magic of Disney alive and make you feel so overwhelmed with happiness. One of the best parts of a Disney holiday is everybody is mostly in the same boat as you; whether you're a little child or an adult, you are all there to embrace the magic - and that is something really special. 



^ Please excuse my very goofy looking face, two giant chipmunks were giving me a hug and singing happy birthday to me, what's a girl to do?

When I was younger I think my priorities in the park where vastly different to what they were once I had become a *gulp* adult... This time around I was so taken back by the architecture and decor of the park I just couldn't help but take hundreds and hundreds of photographs. As I was walking around Fantasyland I really did feel like I was in a fairytale which is exactly the kind of vibe you want from that area of the park!







Now I am no adrenaline junkie and when it comes to rides and rollercoasters you're more than likely to find me on the log flumes than the ride that turns you upside down! I just have never been into that aspect of the Disney parks; but we did go on some of the more calm rides to say the least (and trust me that was enough, I got blooming motion sickness from the Teacups!) Considering it was half term the queues weren't that bad and throughout the holiday I think it's safe to say we struck lucky with waiting times etc. 





^ Anyone would think we were on some big scary ride, no we were on Dumbo the flying elephant that probably goes about 10mph... but we were high (my justification for the faces of pure fear... although my mums is best)



Magic on Parade one of the main events and I had heard a little bit about it on Twitter before I went from other Disney fanatics and from what I had read I was so excited to finally see it myself! It went way above my expectations, if you ever visit any of the Disney parks you know how the parades are a huge part of the daily schedule. Throughout the holiday we would sit on the sidewalk at least an hour before it started to ensure we had a good enough view!









We had Cafe Mickey booked for our evening meal and I hadn't been in there since I was about 13, but it was exactly how I remembered it and you get a gorgeous view of the Disney lake with the hot air balloon. Cafe Mickey is basically character dining whereby selected Disney characters come round and interact with you whilst you are eating your meal. We have garlic mushrooms to start, chargrilled burger with potato wedges for main and for dessert mum had a giant profiterole with ice-cream and I had something from the children's menu mainly because it was smaller portions. Because it was my birthday my mum had organised a cake to be brought out at the end which involved the WHOLE restaurant clapping and then the big boss himself getting me up and dancing with me. I think if we weren't in Disneyland Paris I would have killed her but it was so fun and I guess not many people can say they've danced with a mouse on their birthday can they?








After tea we headed back to the main park to watch Dreams for the first time. Dreams is a huge fireworks display at about 11pm every night which illuminates the castle. I don't think I could ever put into words how much of a spectacle it is. I was left so emotional afterwards, it just couldn't have been anymore perfect, it was a Disney fans dream. The atmosphere was incredible watching everyone looking up at the castle in amazement, singing and dancing. It is something I would recommend for everyone to watch at least once if they are visiting Disneyland Paris. 

I hope you enjoyed my first instalment of my Disneyland Paris diaries, I will be putting up the next one within the next week. Again I am sorry if the photographs seem excessive but it was all too pretty not to photograph! Have you ever been to any of the Disney parks? Or is it something you would like to do one day?

Love, Emily Jayne xox
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  1. How amazing that you got to wake up on your 21st birthday in DisneyLand!! I would have loved to have done that! It looks like you had such a nice trip and all the photo's are super pretty xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Thank you Char! I had such a lovely trip but this day just perfect. Thank you for your lovely comment <3 x

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  2. This looks gorgeous! What a great trip, and the photos are just gorgeous xx
    Love Stephanie Dreams

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    1. Thank you so much Steph! It really was the most wonderful trip xxxx

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  3. I enjoyed reading your blog Emily, and as someone who has never been I say bring on more photos!x

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  4. Isn't it lovely to be there for your birthday?! Glad to hear you had a brilliant time. And it's so lovely that you went with your Mam as that's who I go to DLP with too. My Mam obviously not yours haha.

    xo

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    1. It was amazing Danielle! So magical and you know how much I love Disney. I wouldn't go there with anyone else I don't think it's like our thing haha. And haha that did make me laugh! Thank you! <3

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  5. Aww this is so cute!! I can't even imagine being there for my birthday, it must have been incredible! Glad you had a lovely time, and happy belated birthday! xxx

    http://www.lilyolivia.co.uk

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  6. Omg you're so lucky this literally looks like the most magical way to spend your birthday I am ridiculously jealous. Plus I would totally love to have a cute cake and hugs from the characters for my birthday

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    1. I was lucky, I am so grateful I got to do it, thank you <3

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  7. I've never been to Disney but reading about other bloggers' experiences makes me want to go so much!! That tea-cup ride looks adorable! So cute that your Mum organised the cake for you, and you got a hug from Mickey too - sounds perfect!

    Abbey 💜 abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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    1. If you are into Disney you should totally go! It is so amazing and Fantasyland is just well like being in a fairytale! I know she is a complete babe, thank you <3

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  8. So magical, Disneyland! I personally, am a HUGE fan of Disney, and being in Paris looks divine. Happy belated birthday, lovely, and I'm so happy you had a day full of sunshine and laughs :) x

    http://wanderlustgirl-kb.blogspot.ca

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    1. Aw thank you so much! It was amazing, if you ever have the chance to go, DO IT! It's amazing xxx

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  9. It looks so amazing!! What a fab 21st.. I've been twice to Disneyland but when I was younger. I'd love to go again : ) xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

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    1. You totally should, so worth it! Thank you xxx

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  10. Great post!
    I remember when I went to Disney Land Paris and I loved it! it was a birthday treat for me as well. I didn't get to see many characters thought I was only there for on night :( But I loved every moment of It and I want to go again so badly!.

    Love it well done! <3

    amysmylifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. It really does leave you with memories that will last forever. Thank you so much xxx

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  11. Absolutely lovely post and sounds like you had an amazing time for your 21st Birthday at Disneyland Paris! Love your photos too. I'm looking at going for my 21st in January, fingers crossed! xxx

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    1. You really should go it's so magical and something to always remember! Thank you xx

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  12. This looks amazing!! I love Disney so much, I'm trying to plan a trip to Disney World in Florida, we'll see how it goes! Thanks for the beautiful post!

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind comment :) ah I would love to visit all of the Disney parks I think they are all so good in their own way! I hope you have fun x

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  13. Happy belated birthday! Looking back at these photos makes me want to return so badly!

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

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    1. Thank you so much! I want to return every single day. It really is so magical there xx

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  14. It's been a couple months since my last visit to DLP & this has be itching to get back! I'd love to visit on my birthday, it sounds magical!!

    Sarah xo // See The Stars

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