Disneyland Paris Day

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

We ended our 10 day European tour with a day to cut loose and play at Disneyland Paris. It was a great way to book end the trip with something totally different and oh so happy. I am going to do another post that talks a lot more about what we did to plan and execute this day of the trip, but for now I am going to just talk about some of our favorite parts of the day and show some pictures.

Disneyland Paris feels quite a bit different than its counter part parks back home. For starters everyone around you is speaking another language, even some of the rides are in French. Sleeping Beauty's European castle is stunning and has an animatronic dragon that lives underneath you can visit.

We rode a lot of rides thanks to a good touring plan, FastPass and single rider lines. Our favorite ride was Ratatouille which is a new ride only found at Disneyland Paris. There is a whole section of the Walt Disney Studios park which is themed after the Ratatouille movie and it is so well done. There was a single rider line for this ride which was pretty much a walk on, so we did that a few times over.

Some things like character meets and the parade felt very much like "home."

Food was underwhelming, which we knew ahead of time from doing reading online. Quick service options were standard park food, not nearly as adventurous as what you can find at Walt Disney World. We had dinner at the Blue Lagoon which is a restaurant right on the banks of the Pirates of the Caribbean ride where you can sit and watch the boats go by. This was a sit down meal and it was pretty good. Nothing to write home about necessarily though. I was glad we did not put a major emphasis on food during the day. We just grabbed things to keep us from being hungry mostly. We did finally find a French bakery cart towards the end of the day which had good (nutella) pastries. Yum.

I convinced Andrew to go on the teacups (which he hates). True love right there. ha.

We stayed from park open to park close, and just rode the train from our hotel in downtown Paris out to Disneyland which was about a 30 minute direct ride.

This was our last day in Europe. The next morning it was off to the airport (in a taxi, because the labor strike had ended hooray) to start the long journey home. We had an absolutely amazing trip abroad but were also quite happy to get home to our little boy. I think we both agreed that we would absolutely go back to London and elsewhere in England in a heartbeat. And hope that one day once Perry is bigger we can take him back there. Our sentiment on Paris is we are really glad to have seen it and the highlights we saw were amazing, but we are not going to rush back to see them again or see more. Big shoutout to the grandparents who kept and loved on Perry last year so that Andrew and I could have this big, amazing trip abroad for a (very) belated 5 year anniversary. And now almost a year later...that is a wrap on #eastsineurope.

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