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As previously mentioned during our visit in 2015, I made no plan! We winged it and in all honesty, it was fine we didn’t have the green pass at that point so it can be done. However, after checking out the Disneyland Paris for Brits group on facebook I was inspired to make at least a rough plan for our trip.
Extra Magic Hours – Fantasyland
Disney never seemed to sleep, it was busy with people queuing to get inside shops at 8.45am! As already mentioned, our first breakfast sitting was 9am! We wanted to make great use of the Extra Magic Hours so opted for a quick stop at McDonald’s instead.
I know from previous comments that Extra Magic is busy etc. We never queued into the park, there’s an Extra Magic queue for Disney Hotel guests. We walked on to Buzz Lightyear straight away, the carousel and Peter Pan (we were declined entry this year, due to being a wheelchair user and the escape route involving a ladder) we explained that he could walk but she would allow it, we never tried again.
Around 10am, the main park opened and it was like the flood gates opened and millions of people flooded through the park. We planned to head to Frontierland to do a character meet with Jessie. I’d tried to meet Buzz earlier that day with the new app but all the spaces were gone.
Our First Character Meet – Jessie
Our first mistake was getting into the normal queue! We learnt that day that we could skip the queue and be given a time to come back! So we waited in line for 40 minutes to meet Jessie and it was worth it! The characters are so interactive and Thomas was a little unsure and Jessie was very quick to get him to come to her and high fived him He jumped up and down and got very excited.
Lunch – Cowboy Cookout BBQ
Last time we visited I wasn’t aware this place existed but it was extremely cute and the meals were huge with lots of chips. Probably one of the best places we ate during our trip. It’s what they call their counter service restaurants. A themed McDonald’s!
The theming was amazing, with a large barn with various different size tables. We got there for opening at 11.30am and it was queuing out the door and beyond. It appeared very popular. Having the green pass meant the attendant took us directly to a table, while I moved to the queue to order our food. You shouldn’t find a seat until you’ve collected your food but with a green card, its a great perk. It was better value to get the meal deal which came with a burger, fries, large drink and a choice of dessert which was yoghurt or ice cream. The food quality was very good and we would have gone back, had we had time.
Afternoon – Walt Disney Studios
In the afternoon we decided to take a break from the Disneyland Park and moved into the Walt Disney Studios. The perk of most tickets is that you can freely park hop. Being the afternoon it was especially busy and with all the building work going on it is obviously a work in progress with Marvel being a key feature to be coming soon (can’t wait). We had a walk around and went on the Studio Tram Tour, when this first opened it was fantastic but I feel that over the years, its lost its relevance. I have heard that it is being updated in the near future to feature ‘Cars’. During the tour you can tell that there is a lot going on behind the scenes. I will be interested to see how this develops over the coming years.
Every afternoon we walked back to the hotel at around 3pm to change clothes, have a chill-out and prepare ourselves for the evening hours, the good thing about Disney is that they open until the fireworks which are at the close of the park. For us this was 11pm, so unfortunately we couldnt make them this year but the day after we left they changed to 9pm, so that was slightly frustrating as weve never seen them for various reasons.
So in the evening we decided we wanted a chill out evening after a full day in the park.
Dinner – Plaza Gardens
I was very excited to finally get a reservation for Plaza Gardens at 6pm. Beware of this restaurant, we had a reservation and a green card and they asked us to wait while a large group of nine who hadn’t reserved were ushered in first!
It’s a large buffet restaurant, I never queued but I learnt early on that no one waits their turn, it’s a who gets there first.
There wasn’t the greatest selection of food, I think we went for Pizza and chicken and in all honesty, if it wasn’t included in our half board plan it wouldn’t be been worth the money. Although you do get a drink included. I probably wouldn’t rush to eat here again which is a shame as I was really looking forward to it.
After Dinner and Evening Rides
It was one of the hottest evenings we had during our visit, but having an early dinner meant we could enjoy the park when it was ‘slightly’ calmer. One of our favourite rides during our visit was the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. It was our evening go to ride.
The Disneyland Hotel
I’ve always wanted to stay at the Disneyland Hotel, so during our stay we decided to have a little look around and check out the hotel. It didn’t disappoint. They are in the process of updating some of the rooms, not exactly sure on the theming but I heard a rumour about a Frozen theme but please don’t quote me on that. The only disappointing thing was that the revolving door was broken and couldn’t be used but at the front entrance it was cute to see a proper doorman and conciege.
What better way to end our second day than a ride on Pirate’s of the Caribeen followed by some photographs by the castle.
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