I woke her up with a Frozen song. “We’re going to Disneyland” I whispered.
It looked like Christmas morning. We were over exicted while walking into St.Pancras station to get the train. She had her Mickey backpack and her crown – sent from Elsa herself. I had my best smile because I still remember THAT morning, 22 years ago (omg!) when I first walked into Disneyland Paris, a few months after its opening. It was 1992 and I still have the pass:
And look at my ‘I’m 6 years old again’ face now, with my press badge:
(Ok: I’ve reached my goal, I’m Disney’s special guest. I can close the blog now. Haha.)
We enter the big pink gate, the one with Mickey’s clock on the top. The first time it was that little detail that helped me believe in the magic of Disneyland. It is the best thing about the park: details. So perfect, so sweet, so unexpected they really make you feel the magic. You stop thinking and start living the fairytale.
Disneyland one of these places that makes you leave all thoughts and worries outside. Just look at this!
Christmas starts early here in Mickey’s realm, and it makes it even more enchanting. Everything is decorated, the sound of jolly songs follows you everywhere and even Disney characters are dressed up for the occasion! Here’s the Christmas Parade. Viola was totally hypnotized, her eyes sparkling and her mouth opened in surprise. Luckily Mary Poppins wasn’t around or she would have said “Close your mouth, please, Viola. We are not a codfish.” – Well yes, then we were two very happy codfishes 😀
And the castle. Oh! The castle. Can we sleep inside it? asked Viola – Honey, if it would be possible I’d have already booked Aurora’s suite for the whole month!
Fantasyland is still my favourite part of Disneyland. So quintessentially magic. We were surrounded by the SnowWhite and Cinderella’s houses, Dumbo and Pinocchio’s rides, and we managed to do most of them including my all time favourite: Peter Pan Flight.
We celebrated a Very Merry Un-Birthday in the Hearts Queen’s labyrinth and spinned around in the Mad Hatter’s cups.
I know you want to know about it and YES, we met some Princesses. At the Princesses Parade – Anna and Elsa – and also at some one-to-one meetings, when Viola had the chance to chat with Rapunzel and Merida.
They were so amazing with her, really engaging a conversation about what she loves and about all the ‘adventures’ she has lived.
As I said before, I loved the details in Fantasyland. Signs, doors, posters, balloons… everything was so lovely and perfect.
We had a ride at the Carrousel which yes, it’s just the same as many Carrousels you can find around, unless you have such a lovely view from this one!
It’s a Small World is always a must. So simple yet so entertaining and sweet, especially for children. That song will get stuck in your brain forever, believe me 😀
E poi scende la sera, le luci iniziano a splendere contro un cielo violetto. Si sente odore di popcorn e zucchero filato.
And when it gets dark, Disneyland Paris gets even more amazing. The castle sparkles and a magical show is about to begin: Disney Dreams. A voyage through the best Disney songs and characters with an engaging coreography of lights, sounds and fireworks. Yes, it will move you.
Let it go was the grand final. EVERYONE was singing 🙂
And that was just our first day in Disneyland. More photos and a video are coming!
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