Three weeks ago, I was on my way to Disneyland Paris. I was currently whizzing through the French countryside, adorned with Minnie Mouse ears and a bundle of excited butterflies fluttering in my tummy. I am literally 25 going on 5. I went to Disneyland Paris for a trip with Primark, it was a photo shoot for their new Disney clothing range which is starting to filter into stores as we speak. When I got the initial email, I thought it was a hoax and didn’t really believe I was going till I had my itinerary emailed to me the night before I left for London. But it did happen, and I thought I’d share some of my pictures (there’s 1000’s but I won’t bore you with all of them today) and some of my thoughts on my short time at one of the happiest places in the world.
My trip started the night before with a one night stay at the Renaissance hotel at St Pancreas. It’s connected to St. Pancreas station making it incredibly easy to hop onto the Eurostar. It’s also where The Spice Girls filmed Wannabe ( I had to go visit the staircase after breakfast – had to!) and it’s like a very posh modern Hogwarts. The beds were insanely comfortable and the rooms had the fluffiest robes I’ve ever felt. I got into bed with a robe on and watched Netflix and I was happy as a girl could be!
The next morning after breakfast and meeting all the Primark and Disney team who were coming with us on the trip, we got the 10:14 Eurostar to Disneyland Paris. A train to Disney, doesn’t that sound the dream? The passport and security controls didn’t take too long and everything was very thorougher, I felt very safe the whole time during our stay. Disneyland Paris has bag scanners and Xray machines when you go into the park and armed police are around at all times, don’t let this scare you though as if anything it made me feel a lot safer with everything that is going on right now.
The train took just over two and a half hours, you’re only in the tunnel for about twenty minutes and it whizzed by. We soon arrived at Disneyland Paris and checked into our hotel ; The Disneyland Hotel. This hotel is the most beautiful building, it’s pink and just dreamy. It’s like a big version of a Barbie dream house, I was mesmerised. We all had a double room which was huge, and decorated beautifully. The hotel is perfect for staying in when you’re visiting the park as it’s a two minute walk from the park, however although the service was amazing, and the location was incredible, personally I think the room maybe needs a little update considering the rooms are pretty pricey. My only quibble is that the rooms needs a few more plugs, especially for families I think. Other than that, the rooms and hotel were amazing and immaculate.
We didn’t have a huge amount of free time in the park, and although it’s smaller than Disneyworld in Florida, it’s still a pretty size able park to work your way around. I felt like I saw a quarter of the park and feel like I need to go back to properly explore it. We spent the majority of our time around Main Street, The Castle and Fantsasyland. There are five parts to the park, although we did walk round Frontierland, Adventureland, Discoveryland and Fantsayland, we didn’t have time to go to the Hollywood Studios part which is in a different part to the rest of the parks. This will be my priority next time to visit as it looked so cool!
I reckon to see everything, you’d need a good two/three days to give you time to ride all the rides and have a good walk round. A lot of the rides were closed for refurb, as I think they are being made top notch for Disneyland Paris’s 25th Anniversary next year, so something to be aware of, perhaps check scheduled works on rides before booking a trip! It didn’t make a huge difference to me, but it’s something to perhaps keep in mind.
We went on a few rides; Peter Pan’s Flight, The Teacups, It’s A Small World and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. I’m a bit of a baby when it comes to rides, so we didn’t do anything too scary, however the fast passes that we got from staying at the hotel were very useful as we were able to just walk onto the rides without waiting.
So we were there for work, and the photo shoots were amazing. We took pictures in front of the castle, had Mickey and Minnie to ourselves which drew a crowd around us ( I discovered that Mickey and Minnie are like A-list celebs at Disney!) Rode several times on the carousel taking pictures, had an amazing hotel room overlooking the castle to do a nightwear shoot and finally finished taking pictures on a balcony overlooking the dreamy Disneyland hotel.
The whole shoot was a dream and one that left me pinching myself the whole time. It was long days and who knew posing could be so tiring, but the experience was amazing and I am so excited to see the pics, which I’ll share with you as soon as I can! I was also so impressed with how nice the new Disney clothes are, I found myself making a very big shopping list for my next trip to Primark.
Amazing cocktails at Cafe Fantasia at The Disneyland Hotel
Ice cream we grabbed on Main Street- Those wafers!
One of my highlights of the trip was lunch at The Inventions Restaurant inside The Disneyland Hotel, it was an all you can eat buffet which was full of delicious choices, and whilst you were eating characters popped out to join you. It was so sweet seeing how excited the kids got, and it was a really lovely lunch experience. I’d recommend to do that if you’re going, as it was a lovely way to spend the afternoon and the food was delicious!
Disneyland Paris was as magical as I hoped it would be, I’d always worried if it would compare to Disneyworld but to me they felt very similar. They had that sweet smell in the air, and I genuinely felt like I was walking round in a happy little bubble whilst I was there. I almost forgot there was a real life outside of Disney and I can testify that being an adult at Disney is possibly even greater fun than being a child at Disney.
Disneyland trips are never cheap, but I think they’re worth saving for in my opinion. I’m trying to persuade Henry for us to go to Disneyland Paris again to explore it properly and I would LOVE to go near Christmas time, but sadly I don’t think we’ll afford it this year, next year maybe!
The 48 hours whizzed by and before I knew it, it was time to head back to London. I had a wonderful trip and couldn’t believe it was technically a work trip. A huge thank you to Primark and Disney for the amazing two days and for spoiling us and being so generous! It’s a trip I won’t forget anytime soon.
Have you ever been to Disneyland Paris?