The first port of call for me (and I assume most people staying in a Disney hotel and taking advantage of the extra magical hours) is of course the legendary Fantasyland. Arguably everyone's favorite land and the home to the true fairy tales of Disney, I'm gonna take you on an up close tour of the little touches that make it so magical.
Entering through the most beautiful castle out of all of the worlds Disney Parks is a supremely emotional and special moment for me, especially this time as the sun rose and kissed Sleeping Beauty's home with a stunning glow. First port of call was 'Le Carrousel de Lancelot' which is one of my personal favorites (I do realize I seem to have many, many favorites - but come on, it's Disneyland!) though I am sharing those photos alongside those of all things Alice in Wonderland in my next post.
As I've said before about other rides, the queuing system is an attraction in itself. The beautiful, intricate facings of the buildings make me want to move in and the interior lights etc are just as in keeping with the themes. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs design is my favorite and we were even lucky enough to be accompanied by some cute little Sparrows! Can you spy one?
Probably more for kiddies, I still love these type of rides...you know I'm not a roller coaster girl...and we went on Snow White, Pinocchio and Peter Pan numerous times during our 5 day visit.
This time around I most certainly just enjoyed exploring the lands, having a nice stroll and taking in all the awesome details. It's a shame more people don't appreciate them because I really think Disneyland Paris is completely underrated. Far too many people just compare it to the US parks and the amount of times I've been told I could of afforded a trip to America for what I paid for Paris is annoying!
The seasons actually change here, unlike California and they make Halloween and Christmas what they should be. There are rides in Paris that are not in Florida or California and although the primary language for the city it's in is French, the staff are all multilingual - as are the majority of the visitors. We spoke to Finnish people and Dutch people, French people and Spanish people. While still managing to bump into someone from the North East of England!
Two MUST DO rides at Disneyland Paris, in my opinion, are Peter Pans Flight and Dumbo the Flying Elephant - for all ages! Both take you up into the air but in very different circumstances. I only wish I'd been able to adequately film the twinkling night sky and view over London from the pirate ship suspended from the ceiling, or capture the purely stunning images of the rest of the park from the height of an elephants back.
I tried my hardest (with my poor little camera who's on it's last legs) to give you a view of what I saw on an early morning flight, watching the sun rise over the castle. Words can't describe it.
I must take the time to address that, yes, I do know it has now been 7 weeks since my trip but I did think it this would be a better way to document my thousands of photos and memories the a couple huge posts one after the other. This blog is after all an online diary, time capsule of sorts for me to look back on in years to come and spread out, smaller posts feel more appealing to me to read.
Friday will be another post from Fantasyland and then in the next few weeks Frontierland, Sleeping Beauty's Castle, The Parades and my final haul will be coming. I hope you are enjoying these posts as much as I like to put them together and reminisce.
Thanks for coming with me on this magical journey.
[P.s This is my 500th post!!! If you read this far comment 'I Can Fly! below! :)]