Here it is! The post you’ve all been waiting for, the third and final day our adventure in Paris, the day where we went, to, DISNEY!!!
Ahem. Sorry ’bout that.
So the day started like this, we got up at around 7, packed everything into the car, turned in the keys to the apartment we were renting for the past three days, and drove over to Disney Paris. Everyone was giddy with excitement as we entered the gate and parking area.
After buying tickets, we entered Disney Mainstreet. Inside, we were exposed to a holy homage of vintage visions!
Then there was this.
I had to really saturate the picture just so you could see what the castle tone was like, but the sky was actually this blue!
Also, in case you were wondering, that’s not the castle from Cinderella, it’s the one from Sleeping Beauty!
After taking a boatload of pictures, we made a bee-line to Tomorrow Land, and went in line for the Buzz Lightyear ride.
I only took photos of the line of the ride because I was too busy shooting lasers at everything!
Then we stumbled into the Star Wars area. My inner (and outer) geek was squealing in excitement.
We went into line for Star Tours, and found this waiting for us inside.
I was so excited, I forgot to take any photos of inside the ride! Side Note: My parents mentioned that this was the very first Star Tours ride, and the only version of it in the park, which explains why we didn’t go onto it twenty times!
After the ride, we went into line for space mountain. To tell you guys the truth, I’m not that big of an extreme roller coaster fan, especially if it make you go upside down or just drops you. But my dad said either Space Mountain, or Tower of Terror.
I have to admit, Space Mountain wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, and it was a pretty good roller coaster. I might have even enjoyed it a little bit. But I still don’t want to ride it again.
When we finished Space Mountain, we began to wander around Tomorrow Land. I was a little disappointed when I found out they didn’t have the Wheel of Progress, but the steampunk-iness made up for it!
To our delight (me and my parents mostly) there was an empty line for entering The Nautilus, from 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (another one of Jules Vern books!) Obviously we went in, but unfortunately the setting was very dark, so all of the pictures I took didn’t look as good as they do in real life. If you ever go to Tomorrow Land in Disney Paris, be sure to check it out!
Once we came out, it was around lunchtime. So we went back to Disney Mainstreet to find some lunch. We eventually found a vintage themed hotdog place. Good place for hotdog lovers, but not so much for the no-meat lovers.
After lunch we walked over to Frontier Land, going strait over to Thunder Mountain. However, the line to ride it was well over 40 minutes and we didn’t want to stand in line for that long, so we decided to explore some of the other attractions while we waited for our Fast Pass time.
We explored a bit, then found the Haunted Mansion (bamp bamp BWAAAA!!! Thunder cracking in the distance.)
It was So. Much. Fun! I was (and still am) really upset that it was too dark to take any pictures because everything inside was AWESOME!!! In fact, it might be even BETTER then the Haunted Mansions back in America! They still the Singing Heads, (which is my favorite part), stretching room, and a much more interesting story! Since, again, no pictures, I’m gonna have to explain it in words and pictures I find off the internet.
If you’ve ever been inside the Haunted Mansion, you might remember the ghost bride.
In America, she was just a side character, but here, she’s the whole center of it! You see her everywhere, getting more and more skeletal-like as the ride progresses, and there’s a sad, almost crying woman singing in the background.
Again, very upset that I had to resort to pictures from the internet, but this teaches us all a very valuable lesson, GO TO THE RIDE IF YOU WANT TO SEE HOW AWESOME IT IS!!!
On the way out I got a couple pics from the graveyard.
We stumbled across this as we continued our exploration.
We were hunting for Pirates of the Caribbean. But it was CLOSED!!! The horror!!!
After that, we took a little break near a lake to come up with a plan for the rest of the day. As we did, we saw Petter Pan and Wendy on the other side of the lake!
With a new plan, we walked back over to Thunder Mountain to get in line, but then, disaster struck! The ride broke down and was closed! NOOOOOOoooooOOOOOOoooOOOOooOOooOOooooOOOOO!!! <:^C
Disappointed, we said goodbye to Frontier Land and walked into Adventure Land.
To our delight, there was a whole Arabian themed section of the park (from the movie Aladdin no doubt)! We were all very thrilled and began to explore.
Soon we found this.
Turns out, it was a walk-through-the-story attraction. Gigantic glass windows held moving scenes from the movie.
We soon left the world of Aladdin, and found ourselves inside of Arindel!!!
It wasn’t supper fancy though, mostly just Frozen themed tapestries and decorated trash cans.
There was also a very Irish music playing in the background. My family started to chant over and over for me to dance my way out of Arindel, and that they wouldn’t move until I did! Mortified, I began to easy reel (one of the Irish dances I practice) myself out of there as quickly as possible!
After that episode, we made our way over to the castle. At this point, I realized that this was the one from Sleeping Beauty, which I pointed out to everyone.
Up closer, we saw a sign that led into the castle dungeon. Eagerly we went in. But not before taking a photo of this.
Once inside we saw a
It was a fully functional, moving, roaring, smoke puffing, green dragon! I didn’t care how bad the lighting was, I just started snapping as many pictures as I could. COOLEST. THING. EEEEEVVVVVVEEEEEERRRRRRR!!!
Coolest, thing, EVER!!!
Too soon, we said goodbye to the dragon, and went up into the castle itself. It was much more interesting then the Cinderella castle, in my opinion.
Inside the castle, there were gift shops, stained windows of scenes from the movie, and other ways of displaying certain scenes. I’m going to start in the gift shop. inside, there were two staff members working on making pieces of art.
We then climbed up to the second level of the castle, where all of the story scenes are displayed.
And then we walked out onto the outside of the castle.
I spotted one of my favorite old-time Disney characters!
Once we finished exploring the castle, we went over to Fantasy Land, where we went in line for the Snow White ride! It was definitely one of the more longer lines we had to be in, so to keep ourselves occupied, we played rock-paper-sissors.
In this ride, I was too distracted to remember that I had a camera, so no pictures. :^l But I can tell you it was fun, even though at the end, the evil witch didn’t try to crush you with a boulder. (I heard that this is what happened at the end of the ride, but since it was too scary for younger kids, they removed it. Oh well.)
We soon marched over to the Mad Hatter Teapot ride!
As we were in line, I found the Mad Hatter himself in the distance.
Once we got inside, me, and my entire family of five, crammed into a single teapot! Even though it hurt, we had a blast! Shouting like hooligans as we went in circles over and over and over again.
After our heads stopped spinning, we skipped over to the carousel and hopped onto a pony (Not everyone on the same pony, in case you were wondering). All the horses had really cool designs, but I didn’t have enough time to take pictures once we got on and I didn’t want to accidentally get a close shot on a stranger’s kid.
Then we went into the Wonderland Maze. This wasn’t my favorite attraction to be honest, and the castle at the end was way overcrowded!
Once we finally found our way out, we took a small break, sat down, and had some ice-cream. My sister got a tropical pop, and my brother and I got these gigantic ice-creams!
After polishing off our ice-cream, we got in line for the Dumbo ride. Biggest. Line. EVER! But the pictures were well worth the wait.
It was around diner time when we finished the ride. So we went to an all-you-can-eat-buffet before the line got too long. I took a couple cool pictures before we went in.
Even though it was thirty minutes before the crowds at restaurants were really big, the line in the buffet took forever to go through! But it was well worth it.
Once we stuffed our guts to the brim, we went outside just in time to hear the speaker announce that there was a parade starting in a few minutes. So we sped up to where it was starting and waited. Five minutes later, Frozen music began to play, and six staff members (wearing matching uniforms) stepped out and began to do some arm motions. Then a carriage came out, pulling Anna and Elsa.
And behind them was… Not much else. Two staff members were holding up a banner, and a small group of people were following them behind, that’s it. At first we were a little disappointed, then realized, almost everyone was watching the parade. Meaning, most of the lines were a lot smaller. As quickly as we could, we hurried over to the Pinoccio ride, which earlier in the day, was too long of a line to go into. We were on the ride in less then ten minutes.
Unlike in Snow White, I managed to get a few photos. But it was almost as dark as the Haunted Mansion so most of them weren’t very good.
After the ride, we went over to Frontier Land one last time to see if Thunder Mountain was fixed yet…
And it was!!!
Sure, the line was still a 30-40 minute wait, but at this point, we didn’t care! It was our favorite ride (even my little sister’s) and it was amazing. My brother kept on shouting, “I’m alive!”, my dad screamed with joy in his “Goofy yelp” (you know, whenever Goofy goes YAHOHOHOHOIIII!!!”, we all had a wonderful time. The one thing I didn’t like about it, was the loud screech whenever we paused, but that’s it! Man, we were all laughing so hard when we got off!
We were now officially satisfied with our Disney Paris experience. But wait, there’s more! On the speaker there was an announcement that there was a laser show (in Europe they do laser shows instead of big fireworks) about to commence in about twenty minutes. But we quickly went through the Arabia section of Adventure Land before we went to the show, the lights there, were amazing!
Then we hurried over to the castle, where the show was beginning. My battery died in the middle of it though, so there’s no pictures of the fireworks (they set off a few), lasers, or movie scenes, but I did manage to get a couple decent pics.
Then we went back to the parking lot. Bad move. After the laser show, everyone was leaving. EVERY. SINGLE. PERSON. It took forever just to leave the park! Even though I enjoyed the laser show, I don’t think it’s worth the chaos that’s gonna follow if you stay until the end.
So, we said goodbye to Disney Paris, piled into the car, and drove back home.
I’ve gotta say, this was indeed the highlight of our trip to Paris and we are definitely coming here again! Maybe around Halloween! I hope the Haunted Mansion will be double-decked out when we do! I hope you had fun sharing our adventures! Stay tooned in for more coming in real soon!
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