Day trip to Disneyland Paris, all you need to know part 2
After our coffee we had a look around and went on a couple of rides, I’d read so many bad things about pushchairs being taken so I was terrified of leaving mine, I had brought along a bike chain for it but swept up in the day I didn’t use it and it was fine. Maybe don’t leave bags etc with a pushchair and take those with you and if you are concerned use a bike chain to attach it to a railing. For accessibility I can’t fault the staff who were very helpful at helping us with how to get on rides safely etc. We loved the mad hatters tea cups, and it’s a small world (so good!)
We paused for the day to watch the parade come through, oh my days it really was incredible! I loved every minute, I used my (very old now) DSLR rebel to capture the moments in one hand, whilst holding my daughter on my hip with the other! kids ay… We were allowed into the accessible viewing area, which we didn’t think we would as they’re only allowing disabled person plus 3 but the steward ushered us through, maybe the kids aren’t counted in the plus 3 I don’t know.
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Earlier in the day we stumbled across the 25th anniversary show, now I’ll be honest I did cry when Mickey Mouse came on stage, I mean come on it’s Mickey Mouse… I actually surprised myself with how emotional the whole day made me.
There is a lot of walking so if this is something you struggle with maybe look at hiring a scooter if possible or chair. There are plenty of rest stops but I know that still isn’t great if you struggle with mobility issues. It did absolutely throw it down half way through the day and I mean it rained hard! it was literally running down slopes like a river. We came out of the Star Port ride to this, now rudely we got ushered out of the Star Wars shop by a member of staff, whilst I was trying to get coats on the twins. We managed to run / wheel to the train around the corner to get under cover. It didn’t dampen our day too much we boarded the train and the member of staff who sat in our carriage was talking the kids and even gave Dra the mic to tell everyone it was the last stop coming up! (LOL)
Getting around with a wheelchair is pretty good, most of the areas are paved the only area that isn’t great is Main Street with it’s tram lines which my pushchair wheels got stuck in thankfully a lovely man near by came and helped me, so that could be devastating for someone with a wheelchair, Kris did have to try and manoeuvre around to avoid getting caught in them. Which is fine if you can see the floor but Main Street gets so busy you could land in them before you’ve seen them.
As twilight fell over Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle became even more magical. We stopped at a crepe stall to grab a coffee and a crepe, delicious! This was found in front of the castle just to the side. I think these were maybe 4 euros for a coffee and a crepe. There was popcorn on offer too but the queues for these were ridiculous, maybe take your own in to save queueing although I think they come in a cool Mickey Mouse bucket or some such, so maybe do that early about 7pm as people start lining Main Street around then ready for the fireworks which go off maybe around 9pm (during summer)
By about 8:30pm the twins had fallen asleep and Dra was starting to get tired, but he was desperate to see the fireworks he did manage to hold out and I’m so glad he did because the fireworks were WOW!! Beyond anything I had ever seen before, the work that goes into the display is incredible it’s one of those moments that is so hard to explain, you really do need to see it yourself.
Having spent only a day there we obviously couldn’t do a lot, and didn’t get to explore much of either park but it was an incredible day and one none of us will ever forget. If you only get a day to visit do it! it’s so worth it.