” There’s magic everywhere….” to be sung in a loud smiley voice!!
Well I can certainly vouch for that, having absorbed all that Disneyland Paris had to offer. If you caught my last blog I shared a video which showed Maddie, Joe and Tom ending their Easter Egg Hunt with the egg…stra special surprise of tickets to Disneyland Paris!
Well we went, we loved it and here’s a few of our best bits…
Favourite moment was Tom saying to Goofy (whom we met at The Mickey Café) – “You can smell my dog Gus can’t you?…” Priceless.
Other favourite moment from Tom, which I’m not sure I should even admit to, was when I was photographing Maddie amidst the helium-filled Minnie Mouse balloons, we then turned to do the same with the Winnie the Pooh balloons and they had gone. We glanced up and careering over the whole of the park were at least 30 helium-filled balloons. How had they got there? Yes, I think you’ve guessed… I’ll not incriminate ANYONE (Tom) any further, but with guilt ridden faces we slunk off to blend in with the crowds.
Maddie lost her Minnie Mouse ears on Thunder Mountain, quite why she gripped them between her legs I don’t know on a roller coaster!! But when Dan bought her a new pair, she was still so upset because “these don’t have Minnie’s magic in them cos she touched the other ones …” Awwww bless her, and I SO knew what she meant. Though, after waving them round and round above her head as we left we felt sure the new ears had absorbed all, and more of the magic!
Joe, well I loved seeing him being young and not playing the part of a 12 year old, if you know what I mean. Though, who did we bump into immediately as we arrived? Only some of his school who were on a trip… classic, that you travel that far and still see someone from home. I made sure I was not holding his hand at that moment… so his street cred is intact.
Actually, to see how grateful they each were and to be unashamed in saying it often was so lovely and restored my faith that they are appreciative of all we try and give to them.
One of the incredible moments for me was the realisation that we, because of Tom, were VIPs. We had a special card which enabled us to go to the front and straight on all the rides. This felt so strange and I kept waiting for someone to question us and tell us we weren’t entitled to it (that says a lot doesn’t it?).
The reality is that it is recognised that children like Tom and adults alike would struggle with the normalities of queuing and waiting etc so the stress is removed and the enjoyment of Disney and all it has to magically offer is allowed to be freely appreciated… and appreciate it we did! All of it, by all of us, every second.
My favourite moment was the breathtaking fireworks at the close of the park in the evening. They were totally outstanding and I just drank in the spectacular imagery and tried to hold on to that feeling of anything is possible, that I truly felt during the trip.
We met our close friends whilst watching them, they were also in Disneyland at the same time and seeing all our seven children enthralled by the castle was totally special. Jake and Tom were born weeks apart and our two gorgeous boys with their own individual needs, each of them and their incredible siblings were all appreciating something that regardless of needs, they could share in together. That was a forever moment to hold in our hearts.
We stayed in The Disneyland Paris right in the centre of everything which was perfect. Dan adopted the role of organiser with regard to the rides and shows and in which order! Now Tom is completely fearless… Dan however, is NOT completely fearless. Tom loved the rollercoasters and all the scary rides – Dan did not!!
That said we pretty much did all, well most of the rides and even the sun was with us, which as you’ll know is a rarity on our holidays! We’re usually dodging the rain clouds. We loved the parade, the character meet and greets where Tom loved meeting Spiderman and Buzz, and I went all giggly over Mickey!
Dan and Tom doing their best (or worst) impressions of Jack Sparrow. I succumbed to a Bambi sweatshirt but the Buzz Lightyear sweatshirt luckily stayed in the shop – phew!
My disappointment? Well try as I might I could NOT find a princess dress to fit me… boo hoo. I tried my best but the age 12 label would not cut it for a somewhat older and larger would-be princess. Maddie on the other hand looked edible, and I managed to snap her trying on Ariel’s wedding dress I do believe. Anyone need a little bridesmaid? She’s desperate to be one!
All in all we had the most magical time and to be together as a family away from the normal life stuff, is always the best tonic for me.
So do I believe in fairies, sparkle, magic and happy endings? I think you all know the answer to that one… said whilst waving the wand and sprinkling the stardust over all of you reading…
Have a magical day, with love