On day two in Disneyland, we did almost all of my favourite things. From my favourite stage shows, like Mickey and the Magician, to my number one ride in Disneyland Paris – Crush’s Coaster. It didn’t set out to be a day of the best bits of both the Disneyland Park and the Disney Studios, but it ended up featuring all of my highlights. We even went for our one sit-down meal of the holiday at Annette’s Diner in the Disney Village. I’ll give my full review of the restaurant in this post, but sit back and enjoy the first part of day one first.

What would you most like to see at Disneyland Paris?

 

When I went to DLP back in April, the crowds around parade time were intense. We always got a spot for the parade around an hour before it set off, and there was always pushing and shoving to ensure no-one took away your hard-earned space. In July, it was a different story. I think this is because ‘Disney Stars on Parade’ has been showing for a few more months, but it was brand-new in April. Therefore, waiting for the parade was a much more leisurely experience on this trip.

We followed the endless crowds out of the park after the parade finished. In the Disneyland Park, the parade doesn’t start until 5.30pm, so it makes sense to have an early dinner after the floats have gone past.

After consulting Twitter, we decided to go to Annette’s Diner in the Studios for our only sit-down meal of the trip. Food in the Paris parks is not particularly renowned, unlike the American counterparts. We mostly had a diet of quick service meals, trying to find the best offerings both within the theme parks and in the Disney Village, which is just outside the theme park gates.

We decided to splurge on only one table service meal as the exchange rate is so awful at the moment. An average quick service meal costs around 15 Euros per meal, while table service is around 30 Euros, which is quite a difference. So was Annette’s worth it?

Overall, I would say that it wasn’t. We did it to have a sit down meal and a different experience. However, the food quality was only slightly above a quick service restaurant. The service was also poor, so it didn’t have an exclusive feel. If you are looking for more of an ‘experience’ restaurant, expect to pay over 50 Euros per head for restaurants like Walt’s on Main Street or Captain Jack’s, which overlooks the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.

We were happy with the price of food and glad that we chose to have one restaurant meal rather than all counter service, but I wouldn’t rush back. Instead, I would prioritise meals at the gorgeous Via Piano, which is just around the corner, and the trustworthy Five Guys.

Take a look at part two and see what you think.

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Day 4 at Disneyland Paris had some of my favourite moments of the whole trip! One of the things I love most about the Disney Parks in France is how spontaneous the character meet and greets can be. While we were hanging around in the front lot, doing a bit of shopping and taking photos, three of my dream characters walked out. Mary Poppins, Bert, and a penguin all appeared by the entrance of Disney Studios. It was so exciting! Watch the vlog to see what happened.

In the evening, we had a great time running between the parks. We got to go on Crush’s Coaster for the first time, which was probably my favourite ride in the whole of Disneyland – and easily in my top five in the world. It was so smooth and huge fun.

Sadly, this was our last night of the holiday so we rushed over to the main park to snack on popcorn and weave our way through the crowds to find a spot for Illuminations. As we were late, we were further back from the castle and I actually preferred standing here. No people shouting at other people to sit down or move, and I could see more of the fireworks as well. Some were lost behind the castle when we sat right at the front, so I preferred being able to see the full show at all times.

Our feet were dead by the end of this mammoth day, but we made it back to the hotel and completely crashed into bed. Still one more day to go!

What a great day. After running around Hollywood Studios the previously, we realised there was still a lot that we wanted to do in this park (anyone who says it’s a half-day park is wrong) so we ticked everything off our list and waved goodbye. This one has always been a favourite of mine, and I particularly enjoyed it this trip with all the new character meet and greets they’ve set up. It’s going to be amazing once the Toy Story and Star Wars lands open in a few years.

Once we were finished, we headed over to Magic Kingdom once again. There was a definite sprinkling of magic for us here. We ate delicious hot dogs at Casey’s Corner then took our desserts onto the hub grass. The castle show started and it felt pretty perfect. To complete the picture, Mary Poppins wanders out and stands near us on the grass to take pictures. Does life get better?

Since we were in the Magic Kingdom and it was the afternoon, we absolutely had to catch Festival of Fantasy. I love this parade so much and I always watch it from Frontierland. It’s become a bit of a tradition nowt. I love watching it there partly because the crowds are smaller than on Main Street, but mostly because I’m impatient. The parade sets off through the gates by Splash Mountain at three o’clock on the dot. If you’re sat waiting at the top of Main Street, it won’t arrive until at least 3.20pm and I don’t want to wait an extra twenty minutes. Call me lazy, but that’s how I like it!

We also got to catch the Muppets Show for the first time. It sounds bizarre, but it was so cool to see the Muppets in real life. Even in the MuppetVision Show in Hollywood Studios they’re just on a screen. I think they’re hilarious and I loved the new show. Before this, I hadn’t even realised that there was a second-story to the buildings in Liberty Square. I hope the show stays for a long time.

Watch the video below to see what else we got up to!

 

 

This day was pretty epic. In fact, it was out of this world. Day 11 had a definite Star Wars theme and we loved it. From getting the most amazing hug from Chewbacca to BB-8 cupcakes, we were embracing all of the new Star Wars themeing at Hollywood Studios.

We stayed here from opening right until close and there was still plenty more to do. Everyone saying that this is a half-day park definitely hasn’t tried to watch all the shows and meet the characters. We were really surprised at how much there is to do here.

If you like improv and comedy, this is definitely the vlog for you because we saw the Citizens of Hollywood quite a few times through the day. We love their brand of humor so made sure we got to see a few of their shows. They’re truly hilarious.

Make sure you take a look at my top tips for Hollywood Studios below after watching the video!

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Why do you keep going back to the same place?

This is one of the questions I get asked the most. Everyone knows that I love exploring new places, so why do I keep going back to the same part of central Florida time and time again?

Annoyingly, the only answer to this that I’ve ever conjured up is that ‘you’d understand if you’ve been there yourself’. My friends that have visited the ‘place where magic lives’ agree with this overwhelmingly. It’s hard to explain the atmosphere, the immersion and the fun to someone who is adamant that you’re a bit of a hypocrite.

So, here is my attempt to try and put my reasons into words. It will probably be in vain, but I’m sure all the converts out there will be nodding along.

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