…in the eyes of a 22-year old.
When my friends added “Paris Disneyland” last minute as part of their Paris adventure, I was immediately drawn to the trip and quickly looked up the price of train ticket and accommodation. I decided that it was worth going, and although it was pretty last minute, I went for a 3-day Paris trip. Disneyland Paris was a day trip on Day 2.
4 June 2013. (Day 2)
How to get there? We took a RER train from Paris city centre to Marne la Vallée. It was pretty tricky, because it looked like a direct ride (RED line) but we had to transit at Chatelet Les Halles stop for a RER B train. We reached our destination about 9 am; the station was slightly deserted, but there was a small crowd at the main entrance of the park not far away. For more details on planning your trip, refer to this website.
At the gate: The last time I was so excited at an amusement park, I was 7 in Jerudong Park Brunei. My most prominent memory of the trip was the water-ride; I went for the boat ride three consecutive times! As I looked around that day, I see lots of little kids; we were probably one of the very few young adults without accompanying children.
There was no proper queue as everyone was crammed at the gate, but everyone was nice to each other and didn’t push or shove. We waited while the crowd converged across the respective ticket counters. And in no time.. it was our turns!
I bought a 20th anniversary ticket online, which allowed 1-day entry (and re-entries) in 2 parks; (1) Disneyland Park and (2)Walt Disney Studio Park.
We headed to the Disneyland Park first. Before we enter, I was already taken by the beauty of the entrance. A grand building itself, and the beautifully trimmed Mickey-shaped bush in front of it. I realised, I was more excited about taking pictures than actually going on rides, but nevertheless still EXCITED.
As soon as we entered the park, the most beautiful sight was the Sleeping Beauty Castle (Le Château de la Belle au Bois). This castle was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. I have never read the story about Sleeping Beauty, but like all fairytales, it all end with the Disney princess finding her Prince Charming and they lived happily ever after. Now, which little girl won’t be swooned by that beautiful fairy tale?
That being said, take a moment to appreciate the few pictures of this majestic castle!
In Fronteirland, our first stop was the Phantom Manor as there was least queue. A lot of attractions were closed either because it was too early or for maintenance’ such as Big Thunder Mountain and a few others. It didn’t really matter to me, I was already contented after seeing the castle.
The layout of the park was a little uncordinated; there were a lot of caves and shortcuts; I did not even realised when I was at the next land: Adventureland.
We enter Fantasyland briefly for the Mickey Mouse Meet and Greet. We queued up for about 40 minutes, right in time for lunch. I felt the skinny little teen beneath the Mickey Mouse as he gave me a hug. I bought the overpriced picture – because I waited for so long!
Lunch was fast food at Discoveryland.
Look how adorable Drink Goofy is looking at Burger Mickey.
At midday, there was a short parade at the Main Street USA. I only got pictures of Mickey and Minnie. There were other characters like Chip and Dale too!
Walt Disney Studio
After lunch, we exited the first park and headed of to the second. Upon exit of one park, our hands were stamped with an ‘invisible’ castle which can only be seen with UV light. We met up with the rest of the group.
“To all who enter this studio of dreams.. welcome. Walt Disney studio is dedicated to our timeless fascination and affection for cinema and television. Here we celebrate the art and the artistry of storytellers from Europe and around the world who create the magic. May this special palce stir our on memories of the past and our dreams for the future. “
We headed to watch a stunt show for cars. Speed and precision were very important, and we were shown the behind the scenes and slow motions replays. In some scenes they actually used double identical cars!
The ending was spectacular; a flame of almost three stories high.
After the show, I went on some thriller rides. My first ride was the Rocky Roller Coaster. I closed my eyes in the first few seconds and finally see the flashing lights here and there. There were a lot of loops and high speed, and definitely not a ride for people with motion sickness.
After that, I was pretty excited about going on rides and went on a few more. My personal favourite was the Crush Coaster ride. With underwater theme, the ride was decorated with coral reefs and cartoon sharks, also featured Finding Nemo. We went to Toy Story Playland and I sat on Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin and RC Racer rides. The former was very childish but Slinky was one of my favourite characters in Toy Story.
I was at Walt Disney Studios!
We reenter the DIsneyland Park for the evening parade. This time i took more pictures, and I took the video in portrait mode. Silly me!
Fireworks, fireworks and more fireworks! I recorded the whole show and took some pictures with my iPhone. The sight was just too magical and was definitely a wonderful way to end the night.
And finally, the end: