Disneyland Paris September 2017 Trip Report – Day 2

Our first full day in the parks was completely packed from morning until night. I never go particularly ‘easy’ in Disney, and I wouldn’t call it a relaxing holiday but that’s all part of the fun.

With that in mind, we were up at 8am, ready to get to breakfast at the hotel and get to the parks for 10am when they opened. Unfortunately, we weren’t overly impressed by the breakfast at Kyriad, and since we were paying extra for it as it wasn’t included with our room, we didn’t go back for the next two mornings.

IMG_6082edit

We decided to start this morning in the Studios to meet Moana – who was an exclusive for Disneyland Paris at the time. The Cast Members opened the gates for the park at around 9:30, so we got straight in when we arrived at 9:45, and the queue was already building. I think everyone knew to queue early for Moana, so it was quite a long wait. She started meeting at 10am, and we saw her at around 11am. So, even though we got in the queue before the park officially opened, we were still waiting over an hour. I didn’t mind waiting before anything in the park opened though, as we weren’t missing out on doing anything while waiting.

490257176

The meet with Moana was wonderful, and she spent so much time with us as a group that it’s really difficult to complain about the wait time. We got some really great photos and definitely made us of the Photopass we had bought the day before.

490257167

After Moana, we decided to hang around and do some rides in the Studios, including Tower of Terror and Rock’n’Roller Coaster. At the moment, I’m definitely feeling that the Studios park is lacking something, as much as I love it there, so I’m really hoping over the next couple of years with the takeover by TWDC, we see some improvements.

We then headed back into the main park for the afternoon for lunch and more attractions. We rode Small World before deciding to go to Gepetto’s restaurant for lunch, as it was supposed to be quick to grab a pizza, eat it and go. However, the restaurant was much busier than we were expecting and unfortunately the restaurant seemed to be running quite slow and so it took us nearly an hour and a half to get lunch in the end. It was slightly frustrating, as it was eating into our limited park time, but when something like that happens you just have to roll with it and enjoy what you can.

After lunch time, we headed over to the castle, to stand in the ‘secret princess spot’ (not so secret anymore!) We watched the princess show from back here so that when the prince and princesses came off, we had the opportunity to talk a little with them. Ariel and Eric both said they loved my Little Mermaid ears, which absolutely made my day.  It’s the little interactions like that – not an official meet and greet, just casual – that really makes my time in the Disney parks feel even more magical.

IMG_6125edit

We watched the parade again, of course, and every time I’ve seen Stars on Parade I have loved it. I didn’t think anything could top Magic on Parade, but the sheer volume of the floats, the brilliant dancing and of course that dragon completely makes it. Singing along with my best friends to the Disney parade is one of my absolute favourite things to do.

We made use of the quieter time between parade and Illuminations to get some more rides done. We went on Buzz Lightyear’s Space Ranger Spin, and got in the queue for Big Thunder Mountain before, of course, it broke down. Instead of waiting an unknown amount of time for it to get up and running again, we decided that we would grab a Fastpass for it first thing the next day, so we would definitely get at least one ride on the wildest ride in the wilderness.

IMG_6133

We decided that this would be the night we got a front row seat for the fireworks. We always try and do this at least once in a trip, because there is truly nothing like sitting directly in front of the castle staring up at the fireworks while your favourite songs play in the background. Honestly, that Little Mermaid scene gets to me every time.

IMG_6190

After Illuminations, and taking some night time pictures on Main Street, we headed to McDonalds for food before waiting for the shuttle back to the hotel. It seemed to take a long time to come, but it may have felt longer just because of how cold and tired we were. We finally fell into bed at around midnight, ready for another busy, full day the next day.

IMG_6196

Brew & Brownie, York – Review

Having been a student in York for the last 2 and a bit years, I have got to know the local area – particularly the local coffee shops – quite well. Brew & Brownie is one of my favourite places to go and eat, either for a full lunch or just a coffee and cake.

brewnb3

(From Brew & Brownie Website)

 

Brew & Brownie is in the centre of York, opposite the Museum Gardens. It is on quite a busy road, however, you wouldn’t know it just from looking around this coffee shop. The coffee served here is brewed from Extract Coffee in Bristol, as well as serving loose leaf tea from Brew Tea Co. The breakfast tea is my favourite to have, you can really tell the difference between loose leaf tea & standard teabag tea!

IMG_7797

This visit I decided to have a gander at the Brunch menu, choosing to have the ‘Scrambled Free-Range Eggs on Sourdough’. Now, I eat scrambled eggs quite a lot because they are quick and easy and relatively healthy. However, I was blown away by how good these scrambled eggs were. They were perfectly cooked, just a little soft, which paired with the sourdough bread really made the whole meal work, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

brewnb2

(From Brew & Brownie Website)

My aim by the end of the uni year is to have tried all the different types of brownies they do – and I am excited for this venture. I’ve tried the Oreo brownie before, and honestly I think it will be hard to beat.

signoffnew

Address:

Brew & Brownie,
5 Museum Street
York
YO1 7DT

Disneyland Paris September 2017 Trip Report – Day 1

On September 4th, myself and two of my best friends from university headed to Disneyland Paris for 4 days of fun & magic. As Disney is one of my passions (you would know if you knew anything about me!) I thought I would do a little trip report of each day we were there, for me and the memories, and for anyone reading this who wants to hear about the 25th anniversary celebrations currently happening at Disneyland Paris.

IMG_6047

We started off the trip early… and I mean EARLY. We were up at 3:30am for me to drive to Gatwick for our 8am flight. This first day I really was running on an hours sleep, caffeine and a lot of excitement. We made it to the airport in good time and we were through security by 6am, leaving plenty of time for breakfast at — in Gatwick. I had poached eggs on toast with tea and a mimosa (Helen had one too!), we were on holiday after all.

Our flight was the first flight to Paris of the day, so luckily we had no delays and we set off on time and had landed by 9:45am local time. Literally, 45 minute flight and we were THERE. Amazing. Security on the other side took a little time to get through, but we were still at the train station almost an hour before our train that would take us directly to Disneyland Paris, so we really had no hitches at all that morning.

The train from CDG airport to Disneyland Paris literally takes 9 minutes, and cost around £20 each way for each of us. It seems a lot for such a short journey, but compared to the Magical Express or hiring a private transfer, it’s really not too bad, especially for how convenient it is.

So.. by 12:15, we were at Disneyland and I honestly couldn’t believe it. We left our bags at the guest bag drop near the main gate and then we were in. I always get so emotional the first time I walk up main street, as I’m just taking in the magic all around me.

IMG_7108.JPGAs this was our first day, we spent most of it just getting our bearings in the main park. We made sure to purchase the Photopass straight away, as between the 3 of us it was only €20 each, and we ended up with 80 photos over the 4 days so we could not complain.

We spent the afternoon doing rides, including Buzz and Hyperspace Mountain. Hyperspace Mountain has improved that ride so much – the loud music, extra effects and complete darkness was absolutely what that ride needed. Following this trip, I’m tempted to say it’s my favourite ride in the Disneyland Park now!

IMG_6055

We also saw the Starlit Princess Waltz and although I didn’t get any fantastic photos (I was too busy watching!), it was fantastic. It sends such a good message to all watching and I have had the song in my head ever since. If you make it to Disneyland Paris before the end of the 25th anniversary – definitely go and see it!

We went to Hakuna Matata for dinner – honestly the BEST fries at Disney – and then found a spot for the fireworks. Now, I was a big, big fan of Dreams, and having heard some reviews of Illuminations (though I managed to stay mostly spoiler free), I was concerned. However, I was more impressed by Illuminations than I was expecting. It will never beat out Dreams for me, but I loved the story; following Mickey through all the different films. Plus, my number one, The Little Mermaid, had it’s own section, so I was happy.

IMG_6607.JPG

We then picked our bags up, checked into the Kyriad, and basically fell into bed, ready for a busy second day. I’m planning on putting one of these posts out a week – so you’ll hear about that in future posts.

signoffnew

 

A Fresh Start

I used to blog a long, long time ago. I gave it up because I got bored of it/busy/couldn’t handle it on top of everything else that was happening in my life. But now I’m back… I think.

I’ve been looking for a new hobby for a while, and honestly I just keep coming back to the idea of blogging.

So, now I’m self-hosted on WordPress (I was using plain old Blogger before!) and I’m beginning to learn my way around. Hopefully, this time, blogging is something I will actually stick to. A mixture of Disney, beauty and lifestyle posts should be up soon, and to be honest I am just excited to have something to be doing to fill the days where I have nothing to do.

signoffnew