I’ve got some exciting news to share about my next holiday – and it’s a big one! In 2017, I’ve already been to Disneyland Paris twice, making the most of my annual pass, and now it’s time to venture slightly further afield. Still keeping with the Disney theme, I’m going on a Disney Cruise around the Mediterranean, departing from Barcelona, Spain, and with cruise stops in Italy and France. I could not be more excited, and this is why.
Back in 2008, I went on my first Disney Cruise with my family. It was a three-night trip around the Bahamas to try it out and see if we liked it. Looking back, it was just as much about finding out about cruising as it was making sure none of us were seasick! Needless to say, we loved it, and we booked a longer seven-night cruise around the Caribbean for two years later in 2010.
We properly got into the swing of cruising with Disney on this trip, but I haven’t been back on a ship since. That’s seven whole years without Disney Cruise Line. But that is about to change.
Of course I will be bringing you daily vlogs from the trip, from our arrival and exploring Barcelona to the best bits of the Disney Magic, the ship we will be travelling on.
So why do I love Disney Cruise Line so much?
I’m back! One busy schedule has meant that I’ve been out of the blogging game, but it’s now business as usual.
Not only am I back to Faraway Lisa Mae, but I’m back from my short holiday to Disneyland as well. Of course that means new photos, new stories, and – of course – new vlogs that are already trickling onto my YouTube channel.
So what did we get up to in this trip? Whave have I learned on my second proper trip, and what can I share with you?
In nearly every office across the country, there is a a culture of relying on caffeine to get through the day. No matter if your vice is coffee or tea, chances are that someone will offer to do a round of hot drinks every hour or two. I normally drink two or three cups of tea per day, and maybe even more during those chilly winter months. Tea has always been a vice for me. It warms me up while the air conditioning is blasting, and it always seems the cheer me up. It’s refreshing, and it feels like home.
So why did I decide to give up caffeine forever?
How did this come around so quickly? It’s already my last day in Disneyland Paris! One of the best things about these theme parks is that they’re so close to home, so we got to stay in the pars until mid afternoon, and I was still home in London by early evening. It’s so much easier than travelling from Florida!
We got to do lots of our favourite things over again today. Highlights included a creepy/hilarious meet with Jafar, the castle show with all the characters, and some classic rides – including Dumbo. I always feel like I could skip this ride, but it’s always so lovely and peaceful.
We also went on the train station and had a very sedate journey around the park, which was just what we needed to end a long week. Sabrina and I left the park early in search of delicious food in the Disney Village, and we definitely found it with Vapiano. I’ll be back for more pizza, pasta and bruschetta next time I’m in Disneyland Paris. To top if off, I had the most expensive ice cream ever from the cinema, but it was so worth it. The perfect end to the trip.
Top tip: storing our bags in the train station worked out really well. It meant that we didn’t have to go back to our hotel in the afternoon, and we could go straight to pick them up before jumping on the train.
Overall, I had a fantastic time on my first proper holiday to Disneyland Paris. Most of all, I couldn’t believe that I can get a taste of Disney so close to home. It has definitely picked up since I visited for the day in 2011. The 25th anniversary shows and parades were a definite highlight. I really hope that I can visit again while all their celebrations are in full swing.
Thank you so much for watching my Disneyland Paris vlogs. I hope you enjoyed them all.
Sneak peek: Check my YouTube channel to see my next Disney trip announcement!
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!