It's magic time
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The first time we went to Eurodisney, near Paris (France), it was just one month after the opening 15 years ago. That's right, May 1992. Our firstborn was only 4 years old. It couldn't have been more lovely or magical. From the moment we entered through the beautiful gates under the Disneyland Hotel it was like walking into wonderland, a dream. That feeling of awe never left us, even after 7 more return trips.
This Christmas it was a request of our children, now 19 and 15 years old. They didn't have to ask me twice. The moment they mentioned it, we booked. Knowing the parc and what we wanted to see, three days seemed enough. The trip started at 05.00 in the morning on December 26th. The attractions open at 10.00 in the morning and being the second day of Christmas, that left the road all to us during the whole 532 kilometers drive.
We had planned to leave our suitcases at the hotel and take the bus to enter the parc at opening time. But the hotel had a wonderful surprise for us: one of the rooms was already ready! More surprisingly: I didn't remember booking a suite! The kids were very lucky! After some refreshments we went to the hotel entrance to wait for the bus. The bus arrives every 15 minutes and it takes 10 minutes to take you to the RER-station (train station) in front of the Disney Parc, Disney Village and Disney Studios. Tough choice if you don't know where you're going! But we knew.... Space Mountain! As ever just walking into Main Street makes you feel giddy.
Tower of Terror
In Disneyland there is something to do for everyone, no matter the age. And you can't help it, you'll find yourself smiling, humming the tune of a small world all day long.
Don't eat at the parc
In the afternoon the parc was getting more crowded and we went back to the hotel. We were totally wasted and couldn't care less about the swimmingpool or sauna. We all took a nap and a shower before deciding it was burgertime! And yes, that means Annette's Diner in Disney Village. Now be warned: the food in Disney Land is horrible. I mean, if you're hungry, go for the French sandwiches in Main Street or the crepes and waffles at the stalls in the Parcs. But every restaurant at the parc serves the same menu, the burgers and fries are of a terrible quality and the prices they ask are outrageous.
Disney's night out
After the burgers we crossed the center plaza to enter Disneyland. And we were struck dumb....we had totally forgotten how beautiful Disneyland can be at night time. It truly is the most magical place that can be. I was just taking a picture of the Christmas tree when all lights went out. All the way across Main Street we saw a spotlight appear in front of the Castle of Sleeping Beauty.
Nemo's Crush Coaster
Next day, after an excellent breakfast, we entered Disney Studio at 10.00 to visit Nemo's Crush Coaster, another ride that opened December 2007. The previous day this ride had a waiting line for over 75 minutes. Whole day long the line didn't get any shorter and no fast passes for this one! So...just be there at 10.00 we thought. Much did we know. It seems the gates open at 09.00, so you can get in line for the attractions that open at 10.00. One hour later! What??!? One hour waiting in the cold, just so you can take a ride with Squirt? No way! But what the heck. The kids took their places and I went of to get some fast passes for the Tower of Terror and Aerosmith Rollercoaster. Yeah indeed.
The last day we decided to revisit some of our favourite rides, while my husband would take care of the check out, luggage and car. He told us he would pick us up in front of the RER station at 14.00 pm. The moment we stepped out of the bus, we noticed the difference. The crowd was enormous! No, this couldn't be. It looked like the whole population of France had decided to spend the last Friday of 2007 at Disneyland. Waiting lines were running into hours and the fast passes couldn't be used before 14.30. And this was 10.