The Cast: Myself & Rachael
Some background: Me and Rachael met through both being accepted onto the Walt Disney World International College Program for summer 2013. We soon formed a bond along with a few other girls, and ended up living together during the 9 weeks we spent working for the mouse. I think we’ve pretty much spoken nearly every single day for over 2 years, along with our other Disney roommate Hayley (who is unfortunately unable to take time off outside of kids holidays and instead is off to Disneyland California in April *jel*). We’re both pretty Disney obsessed and cannot wait to get back into the Disney bubble. Rachael also bought a selfie stick for the occasion (which wont be used during the parade and Dreams of course). Just thought i would point that out, haha!
When: Saturday 31st January – Thursday 5th February 2015
Where: Disney’s Santa Fe
Day 1: Arrival
We have an afternoon flight from Manchester to Paris and will be staying in a hotel near CDG for our first night. We booked our flights separate and it worked out cheaper going the day before and staying in a hotel in Paris for one night, plus it gives us extra time in the parks on the 1st! This evening we plan to check out the nearby area, pick up a few food bits and get an early night.
Day 2: Check in
Up bright and early to head for the airport shuttle to Disneyland! If our room isn't ready we plan to get reception to mind our bags then head straight into Disneyland Parc! We’re going to ride the Phantom Manor first (its my tradition) then take a train ride around the whole park to get our barings and just do some general exploring. Then its popping over to studios to eat at Restaurants des Stars using our meal token, before doing a little more exploration/riding what we feel like. Then its back over to Disneyland Park to catch Magic On Parade and Dreams!
Day 3: Celebrate the Magic
Our first full day in the parks! Breakfast at 7am in Santa Fe then off to extra magic hours and to hopefully, to photograph an empty Disneyland Park! We shall park hop today, spending the morning in Disneyland Parc then heading over to studios around 10-10:30 so we can catch Stars in their Cars meet and greets, with no real plan for the day other than a dining at Annette's in the evening. I'm not sure what time its open until as we’re only booking stuff when we arrive on the 1st, but preferably we want a time after Dreams. We shall hopefully spend abit of time exploring Disney Village too.
Day 4: Le Paree?
As Rachael has never been to Paris, i suggested that we head into the city one afternoon to do some sightseeing. We plan to spend the morning in the Disneyland Park, having a buffet lunch at Plaza Gardens then heading to get the train into Paris. The main sights we want to hit are the Eifel Tower and Notre Dame. This is still not 100% confirmed, we’re just going to see how we feel on the day.
Day 5: Its just so magical!
Our last full day in the parks! We’re going to try and book breakfast in Plaza Gardens (as apparently you can swap the hotel breakfast to there), taking advantage of Extra Magic Hours. No real plan for activities yet again, but doing rides, meeting characters and doing everything we haven't done so far. I want to make sure to catch Dreams and the parade again, especially if i haven't got decent vlogging footage of them. We’re also going to be eating at either Blue lagoon or Steakhouse (we think) and using our standard meal token as part payment.
Day 6: Home time =[
Luckily we only have an evening flight, so we plan to take advantage of extra magic hours and spend the morning in the parks, having another park buffet breakfast before heading off to get a shuttle to the airport. Today is probably going to consist of riding our favourite rides for the last time, meeting characters and shopping.
We are planning to catch Extra Magic Hours as much as we can and to really stay in the parks as long as we can during this trip. We’ve heard Disneyland is pretty dead during the time we’re going so I’m really hoping the weather isn't too dreadful so i can get some decent photographs and video footage! Another thing i would like to mention is this is the trip in which i am going to ride Tower of Terror for the first time. I'm actually bricking it, but Rachael made a deal with me in which she doesn't mind me vlogging if i ride it. I’m absolutely petrified of ToT so I’m expecting to be a blubbering mess haha!
I have gone a little into planning overdrive on this trip so have made a little (fail looking) itinerary, mostly so we can keep track of dining and limited events such as certain character meets and shows. When this post goes up I shall be preparing to leave for the airport! I will probably end up buying data while I’m over there so check out my Twitter and Instagram pages for live updates in the parks!
Have you ever been to Disneyland Paris? Do you plan holidays as much as me?