The Disneyland Hotel - unfortunately we didn't stay here, Mark says next time!
We were up at the crack of dawn! We slept pretty well, Mark was asleep really early - by the time I'd washed my hair We had a quick breakfast in the hotel, which was OK, but we really just wanted a coffee to get us to the park and we'd get a pasty at the Main Street Bakery.
We hopped on the third bus that came by...the first two were full, and we were at the Parc Entrance for quarter past nine, which is REALLY early for us to be up on holiday! We grabbed a pain au chocolat each and a chocolat chaud and headed for Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril.
Mark was adamant he wasn't going on upside down rides - he wears glasses and if they break he's practically blind, so he is always really panicky about them. For a start, the Indiana Jones ride looks totally rickety - it's all wooden tracks and I'm sure it's completely safe but Mark is a born worrier! So we were in the queue, which wasn't too long because it was still only 9.30 and unless you're staying at a hotel near Disney, most tourists don't really seem to get there 'til nearer 10am on the trains from Paris. Anyway, we were wandering through the queue system and were about 20 metres from the loading station for the ride when Mark saw the loop. Needless to say he didn't want to go on the ride, I kind of pressurised him to do it, saying he'd have to push his way through the rest of the queue behind us and it'd take longer to do that than just get on the ride and be done with it! So he went on and eventually admitted later in the day he'd enjoyed it, but immediately said he didn't want to do any more.
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom...Mark's first upside down ride: he only realised when we were in the queue and it would've taken him longer to walk out than to stay on!
Fair enough says I...
We walked at a leisurely pace through Adventureland through Storybook Square and into Discoveryland, where we intended to go on the Buss Lightyear ride and get FastTrak tickets for Space Mountain. However, the queue for Buzz was the longest in the park and full of screaming kids (there they are again...) so we got our tickets to come back in 90 minutes and went for a coffee and shared a yummy chocolate brownie. We headed up to Sleeping Beauty's Castle, looked around there and went back to Discoveryland via a couple of shops where we got a bit silly trying on some of the crazy hats on sale! Needless to say we weren't the only ones doing this and the staff didn't mind!
So, I've been to Euro Disney before, I know Space Mountain has an upside down, more to the point - an upside down in the dark! At least Mark wouldn't see it coming! I think if he didn't know about it before hand he'd be fine, but we were halfway along the FastTrak queue (which I don't think was MUCH faster than the normal one.
..) when the animated security video came on: they advise against people with heart, back or neck problems riding, or pregnant women. Now Mark does occasionally have back problems (OK, he's had three discs out...) but I told him we'd be well strapped in and just to keep his head pushed back against the seat! I also told him it'd be the last one we did. I think he really enjoyed it, but is just so scared he breaks his glasses (needless to say when we got home he ordered a spare pair).
Space Moutain, Mark's secon upide downey of the day (without knowing before hand too!)
From there we headed back up Main Street USA and over to the Walt Disney Studio Park, which is right beside the main park, and still under construction in some ways. We were planning to head back to the main park in the evening for Mickey's Winter Wonderland Show at the Chaparral Corral.
Morven and Mark meet Goofy!
Goofy is Mark's favourite character and he was doing a photo call in the main entrance of the studios, so we queued for 25 minutes to get our picture taken with the pooch - I kept my elbows out all the time because one little brat, sorry child, kept trying to push past me! I think I hit him in the face actually...oh well.
First up, it was lunchtime. A burger this time, which we ate in the queue for the Backlot tour. It was pretty dull to be honest, really only the earthquake set and the ruined city were interesting, but it passed an hour (including queue). We decided to go to the Armageddon ride, but got caught up with the Disney Studio Movie Parade which was great timing! The parade was fabulous, characters from almost every film, and the costumes were great. From there we got to Armageddon - again, not the best experience, but I'm glad we did it.
Then it was on to the Aerosmith Rock 'n' Roller Coaster! I HONESTLY didn't know this was an upside downey until I saw a warning sign which I promptly stood in front of so Mark didn't see it! We were much further through the queue when the loop was mentioned, and this time Mark just said he'd do the ride, rather than go out and sit on his own in the rain and wait for me! This was THE most extreme ride - you get fired along a track at the start, you go from 0 - 100km per hour in less than three seconds, and the speakers in the ride car blast out Aerosmith music and flip you all over the place!
That was the very last upside down in the whole place, and you'll see from the photo (which I'll scan in later!) that it had a real effect on us!
From there we hit up a few more shops, and went back into the main park.
We arrived at the Chaparral Theatre quite early and got in to good seats. The show was superb - the characters are at Donald's mountain top house, and two walkers arrive, lost on the track. The Three Bears are also involved - the characters all skate and sing and dance and the tunes were really catchy!!
Winter Wonderland finale
I'll be honest here - I can't remember where we had dinner that night! But we ate and went back to the hotel and it was my turn to fall asleep really