So it’s been a while since we visited the mouse! Yet watching our YouTube video (which can be found below) me and Kairi are still saying ‘wow’ and I’m welling up with happy tears!
I thought I’d write about our experience to help parents who are considering taking little ones to Disney… My verdict DO IT!
Many people told me they were too young and wouldn’t remember, but for me it wasn’t about their memories, yes it’s fantastic that Kairi remembers and talks about it, but I wanted the memories, I wanted to remember her toddling down Main Street, meeting her hero and get amazing pictures like this:
Disneyland Paris trip with toddlers and a baby!
Date, People and AccommodationSunday 8th March to Friday 13th March. Me, Ryan (husband) and our 2 girls Kairi and Naminé (23 months and 7 weeks). My mum, my sister and my niece (2 years + 2 months) also came. We stayed at the Santa Fe for 4 Nights. (Monday-Friday) with an overnight stay at the Travelodge in London on the Sunday before.
Itinerary and ReportSunday – we left at around midday (after what seemed like years of waiting!) and got on the train from Great Yarmouth to London. The journey was pretty smooth, it was a pain having to change at Norwich and Cambridge, but it wasn’t too bad. We arrived in London and checked into the Travelodge, the power went out in 1 of our rooms, so half our party was moved and we got free breakfast! We ordered pizza for dinner which was a nice treat to end a long day.
MondayWe got up early and had breakfast, walked down to the Eurostar and checked in. It was so easy. We boarded the Eurostar (we were premier class as it was the same price!) and had a nice ‘breakfast’ (however it was nearly lunch by the time it came!) We had croissants, jam, butter, frusli with yogurt and a roll. Drinks were Orange juice, tea and coffee. We arrive at Disney Land Paris just after lunch and used Disney’s magical express (Which is a service that takes your bags to the hotel for you letting you get straight into the park!) We went straight to Magic Kingdom guest relations to sort out our disability passes (1 green and 1 orange, for temporary and permanent disabilities) we also asked about the haircuts at Dapper Dans but were very disappointed when we were told that they were only for Boys! (Catch up with the times Disney!) While everyone grabbed the famous ‘picture in front of the castle’, I popped into the shop to purchase our photo pass, which is very worth the money. We managed to get quite a few rides in and at 6pm we sat down for our first meal which was at Blue Lagoon. It was the first time we had eaten there and it was amazing. The food was perfect and the atmosphere was great, we all enjoyed watching the boats pass by while we tucked into a wonderful meal. We finished our meal by boarding Pirate of the Caribbean (we walked straight on!) When we got out it seemed dead, we checked the time just and just as we did, the fireworks went off, we couldn’t believe it was that late already! As we were tired from our long day and couldn’t really get a good view of the fireworks from where we were, we decided to try and beat the crowds out (but failed!). As we knew the busses would already be packed, we went into the world of Disney Store where we brought our daughters’ first gifts. (The plan was to leave her a surprise every night from ‘Minnie’ to wake up to!) As soon as we got back, we went to check into our hotel, the Santa Fe and with our luggage already there, it made a very easy check in! Entering our rooms we found gifts! (3 Mickey teddy’s on the beds, a box with tea, coffee, biscuits etc and some chocolate coins.) It was such a lovely touch and a wonderful end to the day. Once the girls were asleep, I unpacked and Ryan chilled out watching Disney channel (we are really missing watching Hannah Montana now!). Just before bed, we set up Kairi’s present from Minnie Mouse for her to find in the morning. (It was a Minnie Mouse buggy and a baby Minnie which we had bought at world of Disney). Unfortunately, with the excitement and magic of Disney, she awoke and found it at 3:30am and started playing with it! But we didn’t mind we were on holiday and it was fab to see her so happy.
TuesdayMy Alarm went off at 5:30 so we got up and got the girls ready (I was determined to make Extra Magic Hours) however everyone else was running late! We headed down for a nice breakfast and then didn’t make it into the park until 8 anyway! (TIP: Breakfast gets really busy! So get there early or wait until later! You could be queuing for a VERY long time!) As soon as we were in the park, we got lots of rides done and went to meet the Princesses, we got to met Merida which was fab. She held baby Naminé for me and we the photo pass photographers got some amazing pictures. As soon as Hollywood Studios had opened, we hopped on over and to our surprise (especially for Kairi!), we managed to meet Minnie Mouse! Meeting Minnie has to be my absolute favourite memory of the holiday. Unfortunately, people had been pushing in, but we waited patiently, Minnie was greeting the person before us and the music which tells her she has to leave started to play. We begged Minnie to just see our 2 girls and she did! I will never forget my daughters face the day she met her hero, it brought tears to my eyes (even writing this does!) luckily I managed to get some on video (so I can cry whenever I like!!)
Dinner tonight was at the Silver Spur Steakhouse (which was Ryan’s favourite). The restaurant was wonderful and had a romantic type setting which was really nice for us. After we met up with Mum, Vicki and Lilli where we finally managed to catch dreams. It was Ryan and the girl’s first time seeing it and their reactions were priceless! I think it really changed Ryan’s opinion on Disney, he was blown away! TIP: Rainwear from your buggy is great to sit on when the floor is wet while you’re waiting for Dreams to begin! As we were still feeling good, we decided to take a walk back. We visited a few shops and then mum watched the girls while myself and Ryan had a drink In the Santa Fe bar (we had a Glowtini and a mocktail which were very tasty!). We also managed to meet a friend called Ash (from The Disney Village Facebook group) and got our ‘Official Resident’ badges, we had a long chat and Ryan finally admitted to enjoying Disney! (He had been a lot of times before and never enjoyed it!)