Don’t forget we are literally 5 minutes drive from Disneyland Paris* with comfortable private space to bed down for a family of 4…
Now that is an offer you can’t refuse. Last week I posted a picture my cousin had taken of my mum, which I had made into a canvas. My cousin In Paris sent me a lovely message about the day it was taken, including an invite to stay. More importantly, I haven’t seen her since my wedding 8 years ago and it would be wonderful to catch up. *that’s not the exact words she used to describe the theme park by the way, but then we are cynical thirty somethings…
Like my cousin, I am a cynic, mainly because I went to the Disneyland Paris theme park when I was in my twenties, it was a 24 hour coach tour which involved very little sleep and a hungover Mr A and I can’t say we made the most of it. We felt sick after one ride and ate very expensive pizza. So what would I do differently this time?
1. Take kids for starters, it is all too easy to see beyond the facade as a cynical adult. I think mine are too old now to be wowed by people dressed up as Disney characters, but I may be wrong, and I know they’ll love the Disney theme. Seeing Disney characters through a child’s eyes – even if they are a bit camp – has to be a teensy bit magical right?
2. Pirates of the Carribean is one of Mr A’s favourite films, Mr G believes he is a pirate and I spend lots of time playing pirates, anything piratey is a winner. In adventure land you can take a trip through secret caverns to meet the pirates.
3. Disney Dreams Nighttime spectacular show sounds incredible, We have a huge soft spot for Peter Pan, so I love the idea of his shadow darting through Disney stories, lasers and fountains.
4. Frontierland I still haven’t forgotten the magic of panning for gold as a kid at a theme park, I couldn’t get enough of Little House on the Prairie. We can all ride the Big Thunder Mountain, the runaway mine train (1.02m min height), then try rifle shooting and ride a paddle steamer.
5. Fantasyland sounds like old school Disney to me, with rides and attractions based on Sleeping Beauty, Alice in Wonderland, Pinocchio and Peter Pan. My mum’s favourite Disney was Fantasia, which my kids now love too. I sense Fantasyland might capture something of that.
6. Discovery Arcade My two are invention obsessed at the moment, so I think the idea of seeing scale models of some of the 20th centuries inventions might appeal.
7. Swiss Family Robinson Cabin. This was one of my favourite stories. I can see this appealing not just to my inner child, but to my children’s imaginations too.
Biggest thing that has struck me about researching Disneyland? The opportunity to share some stories from my childhood with my kids. Old Disney characters meeting new. Pleasing not just my children, but awakening and indulging my inner child too.