The Magic of DisneyLand Paris {The Bits We LOVED}

When you pass through the turnstiles for the first time you can’t help but feel like a sprinkling of magic has fallen upon you. It’s as if Tinkerbell is waving her magic wand over you as you enter. For me it was everything and more than I dreamed of. For Mr H it was magical. For Lil G it was amazing. Such a wonderful place to be and the perfect way to celebrate our boys 4th birthday.

Me and George Castle 4

It was inevitable that I was going to share with you our thoughts on such a magical trip to the wonder that is Disney Land. A place where dreams do  come true. Does that sound cheesy? A little over the top? Maybe so but for one little boy dreams really did come true. I read so many posts before we went which really helped in our planning and of course we spent months planning the trip ourselves. For this post (and there will be more) I thought I’d share with you what we LOVED…

Starting with Main Street…

Our favourite spot in both of the parks. Even grown ups can’t hide their excitement for walking this path. To stand in front of the band stand, look straight down Main Street with the Castle gleaming back at you. It is such a beautiful sight and one which had our boy jumping with excitement. It made me feel all gooey inside.

It’s like something out of the movies. At quiet times it is a beautiful place to walk, peering through all the perfectly decorated shop windows and at busy times there is no better place to be if you want to truly soak up the atmosphere. And then of course as you reach the Castle you really do feel like you’ve arrived at Disneyland. A Magical place.

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George & Daddy 3

The It's My Birthday Dance

And then there are the Character Meets…

I can imagine that many folk choose to avoid these spots because of the queues, but why? For me it was part of the experience. DisneyLand wouldn’t be the same without these opportunities. If you ask our boy what his favourite part of the holiday was, he will tell you that it was meeting all of the characters. He told us each morning who he’d like to meet from the list and so off we went! I’m so glad that we said yes. Said yes to meeting ‘the goof’ and Buzz twice. He he. To our gorgeous boy it was the highlight of our holibobs.

 George & Winnie 2

George & Buzz

George & Woody

George & Donald

We hadn’t anticipated the character meets to be our favourite part either but actually they were. So so magical. Watching Lil G run up and wrap his arms around his heroes and favourite characters was just one of those moments that I will cherish forever. I may have cried. The crowd cooed. Mr H looked tearful on many occasion too.

And then there was the moment when Minnie Mouse kissed Lil G and he wiped it off … So so funny, he had everyone laughing out loud and despite the characters not speaking you could see from all of their actions exactly what they were trying to say.

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Early opening hours

If you stay at a Disney Hotel you are rewarded with two hours private entry. Each morning between 8am and 10am you have the DisneyLand Park all to yourself. It couldn’t have been more perfect. Those precious two hours where the park is calm allow you to really enjoy the start of your days. So peaceful. Well, they certainly are quieter than at 10am!

For Lil G it meant he could meet the characters when the queues were much smaller. For me it meant I could grab some silky shots of the castle and for Mr H it meant he could enjoy those quieter moments on the Main Street.

Our Little Family

George relaxing

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To Infinity and Beyond – Park Rides

Lil G is in that in between phase where he doesn’t like the baby rides (Dumbo, Teacups, Pinocchio, Peter Pan). He is much more interested in the bigger ones so if truth be told there weren’t many he was able to go on due to his height or ones that he enjoyed. He was a huge fan of the Buzz Light Year Ride (6 times we went on) and the new Ratatouille ride (Mr H loved this one too). The Buzz ride is very interactive and if your boys are anything like mine they will be competing with each other hence the 6 times to see who could beat the previous top score! Both get rather hefty queues so I would recommend hitting them in the early morning or around 5pm when people are off filling their bellies. Alternatively, which is what we did, pick up a fast pass. More on that in the next post!

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The Inventions Restaurant

Oh my goodness. A wonderful restaurant. A beautiful setting. We absolutely loved this place. Highly recommended. It is based in the main Disney Land Hotel. Such a treat wandering through this rather grand and beautiful hotel, although it did leave us dreaming about how the other half live. The main reason we booked this restaurant was so that we could meet the characters in a relaxed setting. And relaxed it was. I actually felt under dressed on our first visit. In addition to this the service, food and character experience was impeccable. Food like nothing else we’d experienced all holiday. Restaurants are very much hit and miss. Not this place. It was a hit.

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Cafe Mickey

A must. This was the moment our gorgeous boy met Mickey for the first time. I would recommend visiting at the start of your holiday to kick off the fun. There are two sittings for breakfast. The breakfast was superb, not just your standard continental! We had bacon, eggs and sausages! Mickey made a huge fuss for his birthday. He spent so much time with us. Just look at how he is looking at him. Completely in awe. Another of those moments which will go in the memory box forever. I will never forget that look…

George & Mickey, Cafe Mickey

The Parade

WOW. We managed to catch it twice. Both at the start and end of the trail. I wish we had each night. Standing by the band stand is much more manageable with a little one. I love how they take their time around the route. How some of the characters are walking between the floats. How there is a Disneyland song on which everyone sings and dances too. You can’t help but join in. Lil G was just in shock. All of his favourite characters in one place. He waved and waved and waved. And when Tiger spotted him & bounced to give him a hi five, oh my goodness. Oh the Magic.

George waving parade

The staff

Such happy happy people. So jolly, so friendly, always with a hello, having a giggle and generally adding to the magic. So patient. So caring. They were just so helpful. Always happy to help. I can’t imagine how many staff they employ. They certainly have their recruitment process right.

And lastly the Disney Dreams Show

What can I say. It is a must visit however prepare yourself for the time in peak opening and bring layers. We planned our day meticulously to ensure we kept Lil G awake until 11pm which is so late but actually we all coped well. Because of the time it meant that Lil G and I only watched it once. Mr H went back on his own one night! It was worth staying up for it really was. Such a spectacular show. The fireworks, the images displayed over the castle creating a story, the music. It lasted for just short of 30 minutes. I can’t imagine anyone would miss it but if it wasn’t on your list then pop it on. If you love a sunset then what better place to see it than by the Castle of Dreams!

Disney Dreams

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I hope you enjoyed reading about what we loved. What did you love from your trip to Disney?

KA x

My Travel Monkey
Super Busy Mum


  1. 4th July 2015 / 5:47 pm

    I am really hoping we can visit next year before my big girl is too old. Saving money now!!!

  2. 5th July 2015 / 11:21 pm

    Aw what wonderful memories you have for Lil G for his 4th birthday. There really is no place like Disney, and seeing your photos of Main Street it just looks exactly how Disneyworld in Florida is. I keep toying with the idea of Disneyland after going to Florida 3 times. Looks like you had such an amazing time xx

  3. 6th July 2015 / 9:39 am

    Disney really is something special isn’t it? They just know how to create a real feeling of magic. I haven’t been to the one in Paris, but we were lucky enough to visit the Florida one a couple of times when our daughters were younger. I think the (unexpected) highlight was the character meets 🙂

    • 6th July 2015 / 9:43 am

      Oh wow really. Yay for the character meets. They should be able to bottle up the magic and sell it for the holiday blues! x

        • 6th July 2015 / 9:56 am

          It is all about the memories. We cannot wait to print off some of our favourite moments and pop them in the album we picked up for him. Been such a long time since we printed off pictures!

  4. 6th July 2015 / 1:18 pm

    Sounds like a complete dream! I would love to take H next year before he starts school but will have to check the pennies. I know he would adore. Love the pictures xx

  5. 6th July 2015 / 6:31 pm

    I’ve wanted to go, then changed my mind because I’d heard some less than positive things. And then I looked at the prices and just thought, it’s way too much if we don’t enjoy ourselves. But reading this is really making we want to visit 🙂

    • 6th July 2015 / 7:03 pm

      Oh wow really, there was nothing we didn’t LOVE and that’s no lie. That really surprises me

  6. 6th July 2015 / 7:34 pm

    I would really love to take Monkey to EuroDisney but Hubby is worried he’s too young – he’s literally just turned three and I would like to take him just before Christmas. Will be keeping an eye out for your other posts to make an assessment! 🙂 #Mondayescapes

    • 6th July 2015 / 9:00 pm

      We held off until this year for that reason and if truth be told I’m glad we did as he coped really well. Such a lot of walking and long days to make best use of the park times. Although the disney dreams show is much earlier in the winter I believe x

      • 6th July 2015 / 9:04 pm

        Thanks may leave it a bit longer then 🙂 x

  7. 6th July 2015 / 9:21 pm

    That’s a great write up – looks like you had great weather, and Lil G looks like he had a blast. You should wear the Minnie Ears all the time – they suit you 😉 #mondayescapes

  8. 7th July 2015 / 3:51 pm

    Wow, it looks like you all had such a magical time. I love the photos of Little G hugging all his favourite characters. And what a great idea to stay at the hotel and get two hours in the morning before the park opens – I bet that was a brilliant experience. I remember when I went to Disney World in Florida and I was 10. I can still rememeber eveything – it’s such a must for kids. Great review and now I am dying to book to go and take Monkey!! Thanks for linking up with #MondayEscapes

  9. mummydaddyme
    7th July 2015 / 8:30 pm

    Ah it looks absolutely AMAZING, my girls would be in a dream seeing the Toy Story characters. It just looks perfect. xx

    • 10th July 2015 / 7:51 am

      The float with all the characters on was so good. It’s a must when you have toy story fans! X

  10. travelingchristie
    8th July 2015 / 9:25 pm

    Ah I am so glad you had an amazing time and your photos are just beautiful, you cant describe how that Disney Magic feels can you but it is the best feeling ever. Eeek we go in 3 weeks I cant wait xxx

    • 8th July 2015 / 10:11 pm

      You’re right, it’s so hard to describe. Ooh how exciting. I am SO jealous x

  11. 8th July 2015 / 10:48 pm

    Glad you had a good time. Nice Minnie Mouse ears, btw. I’d love to go to DisneyLand Paris with the family. I think they’d love it. I have to confess that I was, a very long time ago, a travel journalist. My first ever press trip was to Disneyland Paris. #MMWBH

    • 8th July 2015 / 10:51 pm

      Oh wow really! Exciting career. Yay for DisneyLand you have to go John

  12. Not A Frumpy Mum
    12th July 2015 / 1:52 pm

    I loved seeing all your IG pics of Disneyland Paris, I am so excited for us going. Looks like you had the most amazing time xxx

    • 12th July 2015 / 5:51 pm

      Aww thank you, I’m always worried that I overshare but I couldn’t help it! The magic is just something I will never be able to explain. You will have a fabulous time x x

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