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.
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!
^ 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