A couple of weeks ago we had the most amazing, magical holiday at Disneyland Paris. There really is nothing more festive than Disneyland at Christmas time. Although this was Max and Evie’s first visit, me and James went back in 2007 and 2008. So it was really special to go back 10 years later with our children.
Obviously I took tons of photos while we were there so I am going to split my posts up into three parts. This post is day one, 23rd November.
Although we arrived at our hotel on the Wednesday, Thursday was our first full day at Disney. We arrived at around 6pm on Wednesday and were all very tired from a busy day of travelling, so after eating we headed to bed so that we’d all be fresh and ready for the following day.
We stayed at Sequoia Lodge which was lovely. We’d stayed there when we visited before having the kids and it’s exactly how I remember it. All of the hotels are just a short walk from the parks, about 10 minutes I would say. Although there is a regular bus service if you’d prefer not to walk. My children (4 and 6) found all the walking a bit much and with the benefit of hindsight we probably would have taken a pushchair with us, or hired one, despite not having used one for the past couple of years. My legs ached by the end of the holiday, so it’s to be expected that little ones might find it tough.
Thursday started with a meet and greet with Goofy in the hotel. Each morning there was a different character for the children to meet, which was lovely and something they looked forward to each day.
When we arrived at the park the Christmas parade was about to start so we waited to watch that. It was amazing and if we weren’t feeling festive enough already, we certainly were after that! The children loved it and it was a great start to our first day at Disneyland.
We managed to cover about half of the park that day, before watching the 5pm parade which was Disneyland’s 25th anniversary parade. This parade includes all of the best loved Disney characters, such as Mickey and Minnie, Donald and Daisy, Chip and Dale, Woody and Buzz to name but a few. Rapunzel even waved at Max, and he was totally made up, bless him.
That evening we ate at Cafe Mickey which is located in the Disney Village. The village has lots of restaurants and shops as well as live shows and entertainment. The parks close for the day at 7pm Monday to Friday and the village gets very busy after this, so making dinner reservations is essential.
Here are a few more photos from day one…
Have you ever been to Disneyland Paris?
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