ON SATURDAYS, WE WEAR PINK
Did anyone else ever dream of going to Disneyland as a child? Back in the day I used to watch my Beauty And The Beast, Aladdin and Little Mermaid VHS tapes on rotation, trying to learn the songs as best as I could (though these were the times before Googling lyrics) and pestering my Mum to see any new release with me. I guess I link certain films to each stage of my childhood, I saw The Lion King during my first trip abroad to Canada at age 6, I’d watch Hercules at my Nan’s house but by the time Frozen came out, my mind was elsewhere and any animated priorities had shifted way down the list.
I’d filed away any visits to the parks into the ‘When I have kids’ section of my brain, so arriving at Disneyland Paris for Carrie’s hen do was a slightly surreal experience. It’s something else, as you walk up Main Street and spot the Magic Kingdom (we looked like a rather enthusiastic photography club, as per usual), you can’t fail to be charmed by all of the characters and atmosphere. Even though I started a day with a cold, a quick turn on Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast sorted all that out. I turn strangely competitive when attempting to defeat the Evil Emperor Zurg…
It’s probably just as well that I wasn’t a child for my first Disneyland visit, I’d be asking for everything! I made do with some popcorn and Minnie Mouse ears in terms of treats, though I could have quite easily brought back several mugs and baked goods. I also didn’t expect for some of the rides to be quite so full on, you can bring your bags on some of the rollercoasters that go upside down, so be careful!
We managed to cover much of Disneyland Park (though a few rides were closed for refurbishment ahead of the 25th anniversary next year), plus we also had access to Walt Disney Studios for Ratatouille and Tower of Terror. The day ended with fireworks at the Disney Dreams showcase and you can’t fail to feel a little nostalgic (and wonder how you missed so many new releases) as you see the castle lit up with characters.