Disneyland Paris – First visit 

When I was little Disneyland (any) was only a dream one reserved for the rich. I was a kid growing up in a developing country in a middle class family. I always wanted the chance to visit Disneyland but I knew it was something we could never afford so I moved it from the dream side of my brain to the never gonna happen part.

Then we moved to England and I couldn’t contain my excitement but going to Disneyland couldn’t come fast enough. Little did I know that I would have to finish school, go to college then return and still I wouldn’t go until after I had a wonderful job that I could afford without much planning. One day I get a message from a friend about a wonderful deal Eurostar had going on in June through to July; from London to Paris for a mere £29.99 single and I would if I didn’t jump on this I would forever regret it. I quickly booked my return ticket then requested an afternoon off from work for the Friday that I would be heading to Paris. I already had an itinerary planned for Paris and Disneyland but I still didn’t stick much to it as I am a spontaneous person who makes spontaneous decisions when it comes to travel.

Disneyland Paris Park

Friday evening I arrived in Paris, took the RER A train to Torcy (it’s 3 stops to Disneyland) where I had booked a hotel room for Friday – Sunday stay. As I mentioned in my weekend getaway to Paris, I didn’t have much time to explore on Friday so I went straight to my hotel.

When I was up Saturday morning it was 6am, I had booked a day ticket for Disneyland but if you’re not a Disneyland pass holder or guest of Disney hotels then you had to wait until 10am before the gates opened. I was too excited that I couldn’t wait for another 4 hours before I could go to Disneyland. So I decided to watch beauty and the beast to pass time. By 8:30 I was ready to be out of the hotel so I showered and left. I managed to snap the picture above after getting of the train from Torcy.

I had already decided that I would start with Disney park before I visited the Walter Disney studios. I was one of the people at the fore front waiting for the gates to open, I must apologise to the little girl who thought I would move because she was cute, sorry child I had the same excitement as you if not more to visit Disney park. As the picture above shows I headed straight for the Sleeping Beauty Castle. I couldn’t contain my excitement, I had to first take the site in before I started snapping away. The front of the castle was over crowded as expected so this picture is from the side where many people had not yet ventured to.

After absorbing the sleeping beauty castle, I finally managed to pry my eyes away and headed for the “it’s a small world”, I think all the parents got the same memo as within 5 minutes of Disneyland opening the was a 10-20 minute wait queue so I decided to walk around first and see what I could see and enjoy to pleasure my inner child.

It was not long before I was captivated by the…where I got into a small boat and you are taken on a journey of the Disney fairy tales. I was so mesmerised by all the stories that I had either forgotten about or never seen.

After I finished riding the little boat, I walks over to the Alice wonderland maze and I must admit I did get lost in the maze more than once and being a solo traveler I had no one looking for me but I still managed to find my way. I had watched Alice in Wonderland as a kid many times but not seen the recent adaptations so guess what’s on my Disney watch list!!!

After getting lost in the maze, I went on a few more rides across the Disney park which I enjoyed dearly with the Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride being the most scary and fun ride of them all. I was scared stiff when the boat was moving and somehow my mind sprung to the movies which was a bad idea but what can one do. I endured it through and though I was scared I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Walt Disney Studios

I then left the park and headed for Walt Disney studios, where I got so mesmerised I honestly do not remember anything specific. The speak effects we experienced on the ride across the park was so surreal it was hard not to be taken in. There were some sections of the studios that were not in use due to renovations just like at the park but that did not deter me from checking out all the studio had to offer.

Of Walt Disney Studios, the most enchanting and memorable thing I experienced was the cinematic showing which I happened to stumble upon and did not even intend on attending it but I am so glad that I did because it was just so beautiful I would recommend it to all who visit Disneyland Paris.

After I had had enough of both the park and the studio, I went out to the World of Disney to have my unique shopping experience. I picked up a few items for me, a Disney tower and hard rock stone sweat whilst i got a few things for my lovely nephew who I get something for every time I go away.

Going to Disneyland Paris was on my bucketlist and it feels so good to be able to tick it off my bucketlist, I can not wait for my next visit. I would definitely recommend it to anyone and everyone regardless of your age.

Lightening McQueen merchandise for my nephew

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  1. July 18, 2016 / 10:40 am

    I went years and years ago when it first opened, and quite want to go back.

    How wonderful for you to live one of your long held dreams.

    • July 18, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      It was an emotional experience as I had always wanted to go

  2. Kerry Norris
    July 14, 2016 / 10:06 pm

    We love Disneyland Paris. We went as a family of four in may. As you say it’s great for all ages x

    • July 15, 2016 / 6:10 am

      Awww how lovely, yes it’s great for all

  3. July 14, 2016 / 9:51 pm

    I love Disneyland, I remember going to florida when I was younger, thinking of going back their soon. Great post x

    • July 15, 2016 / 6:10 am

      Thanks, I can’t wait to visit the Florida one

  4. July 14, 2016 / 7:54 am

    What a fun trip! I love Disneyland and I’ve been to Paris! Wish I could visit the theme park in Paris

    • July 14, 2016 / 12:23 pm

      It was an awesome trip one I wish to repeat

  5. July 13, 2016 / 8:02 pm

    Oh you lucky thing, I love Disneyland Paris. I secretly want to go without kids so I can enjoy it without worrying about them LOL

    • July 14, 2016 / 12:19 pm

      Hahaha I think that’s also wonderful that you want to go for you

  6. July 13, 2016 / 3:38 pm

    What a great adventure. Hope you had a great time. Disneyland is also on my wishlist to visit. 🙂

    • July 13, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      It was an adventure indeed

  7. Kendall
    July 13, 2016 / 3:33 pm

    Such fun pictures, I’m so glad you finally got to go! I’ve been to Disney World in Florida countless times – we used to go every single year after Christmas and now we go when we visit my grandparents! It’s so fun for everyone, that’s the best part!

    • July 13, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Absolutely, it’s fun for all. I want to visit Orlando and make visiting Disney a yearly thing

  8. July 13, 2016 / 3:29 pm

    I’ve still never been to any Disney Park and would love to one day go. I’m so glad you had the opportunity to visit and enjoy it!

    • July 13, 2016 / 5:54 pm

      Thanks Erin
      Wishing you also an opportunity to go one day

  9. July 13, 2016 / 3:16 pm

    We’d love to go the nearest we got was going to Dismaland!! Lol xx can’t wait until we can save to go to Florida. Looks like you had a magical time xx

    • July 13, 2016 / 5:54 pm

      I did thanks and good luck with your saving. I have my eye on Orlando next

  10. Courtneylynne
    July 13, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    I just love Disney!!! Paris is one I haven’t been to yet! I’ve been to Orlando, Cali, Tokyo! Hopefully Paris is next!

    • July 13, 2016 / 5:52 pm

      Oh wow, I want to visit Orlando and Tokyo big time

  11. July 13, 2016 / 12:18 pm

    I’ve always dreamed of visiting a Disney park outside of the US! The photos really make me want to book a trip!

    • July 13, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      You should definitely check it out.
      I hope to visit Disney world in the states

  12. July 13, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Paris has always been one of my favorite places to visit. I’ve never been to Disneyland there though. It sounds like it’s something I should check out next time.

    • July 13, 2016 / 12:32 pm

      You should definitely check it out. I am thinking of heading back to Paris and to DisneyParis

  13. July 13, 2016 / 11:18 am

    I can only imagine how excited you were. If it’s been a dream since you were a little girl then it must have been beyond amazing! I’m glad you finally got to experience the Disney magic! We were there a month ago and my daughter was very happy!

    • July 13, 2016 / 12:31 pm

      Thank you Amanda.
      It was a dream come true and I think I was 90% mesmerised by it all

  14. July 13, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Disneyland Paris was the first Disneyland I visited. I really was impressed with the rides and the activities.

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:25 am

      Oh wow, how awesome. I bet you enjoyed it

  15. July 13, 2016 / 9:29 am

    I am going to EuroDisney in November for the first time ever, so I really enjoyed this post, a great insight x

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:23 am

      Ooo how lovely, you should have fun

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:16 am

      I can’t wait to visit again either

  16. July 13, 2016 / 4:01 am

    Ahhh this looks magical. I went to Disney for the first time last year and it was awesome I would love to go here. Thanks for sharing your awesome day

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:09 am

      It is a magical place indeed

  17. July 13, 2016 / 2:17 am

    We love going to Disney, my kids would be thrilled go to the Paris location! I bet your nephew will love his souvenirs.

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:02 am

      He loved them since they are al lightening McQueen

  18. July 13, 2016 / 2:03 am

    I love Disney. It would be amazing to visit an international Disney Resort. It looks like you had a good time.

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:02 am

      I would love to visit Disney world next.
      I did have fun thanks

  19. July 12, 2016 / 11:35 pm

    Disney land had been a dream of mine for a long time. I hope one day I could follow in your footsteps.

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:42 am

      I pray that you’re able to go one day too

  20. July 12, 2016 / 11:02 pm

    This looks like such a fun place to visit with the family. We’ve never been to Disneyland Paris, but I’d love to take the kids here.

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:42 am

      It’s amazing and definitely worthy of a visit

  21. July 12, 2016 / 8:57 pm

    I love Disney land I took my eldest a few years ago and will hopefully be returning in a few years time. I love Its a small world xx

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:37 am

      I loved all of it, couldn’t get enough and can’t wait to go back

  22. July 12, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Disneyland Paris looks like a fantastic place to visit. Super beautiful photos, glad you were able to have a great first visit there!

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:36 am

      Thanks Sarah, I am super glad I went

  23. July 12, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    Ah that brought back some lovely memories. We went last year and it is a truly magical experience. I love the rides, the characters, the atmosphere and even though it is always so busy, it is an amazing pace to spend time.

    • July 13, 2016 / 9:35 am

      I couldn’t agree more, I enjoyed everything about it even the queues

  24. July 12, 2016 / 6:19 pm

    Isn’t it odd that I’m amazed that there’s a Disneyland in Paris? I always think of Florida and California.

    • July 13, 2016 / 10:36 am

      Hahaha not at all.

  25. Pam
    July 12, 2016 / 4:38 pm

    Disney is so cool. I have always wanted to visit Disneyland Paris! It looks like a fun place to go.

    • July 12, 2016 / 5:56 pm

      It’s more fun than I ever imagined

  26. July 12, 2016 / 3:50 pm

    I can’t say that Disneyland is on my list of places to go but it sounds like you, and everyone else I know that has been, had a fab time!

    • July 12, 2016 / 4:17 pm

      I definitely did had so much fun at Disneyland Paris

  27. July 12, 2016 / 3:03 pm

    I have many many places I need to travel, and this is one of them. I have never been to Paris and I must’ve not been to this Disney World. I cannot wait to go over there and check it out.

    • July 12, 2016 / 4:15 pm

      I hope you’re able to go one day

  28. July 12, 2016 / 2:40 pm

    I have been to Disney Land 3 times and Disney World once but I have to admit they are by far my favourite vacation. Just thinking about them makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside! Paris is on my list but not until the little ones are a little older. Looks like you guys had a lot of fun!

    • July 12, 2016 / 4:14 pm

      I had loads of fun, I didn’t think I would as a solo traveler

    • July 12, 2016 / 12:09 pm

      Thanks, I bet she enjoyed it big time

  29. July 12, 2016 / 10:23 am

    We took T to Disney Paris a couple of years too. And she absolutely loved it. We’re planning to visit Disney in the States, especially since we have family living there. Must start saving up for it 😉

    • July 12, 2016 / 10:41 am

      I bet T and you guys loved it, I can’t wait to go back and if I get to go to the USA one that would be awesome

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