The magic of Disney


” 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 and balloons

Maddie with Minnie ears

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 on the rollercoaster

Claire and MickeyTom and Buzz

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!

Jack Sparrow!

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!

Claire in a princess dress

Maddie in a princess dress

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




  1. Lorraine April 23, 2015 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear claire what a great time you all had been to Florida a few times when children were small so special those moments my daughter Clare is nearly thirty now and married and my son Gary is twenty six and living with his girlfriend but I would still like to go back again I’m trying to persuade my husband because it’s definitely y not just for kids love watching you on qvc your very uplifting as is alison keenan I also keep in contact with hope you have many more happy times as a family priceless love Loraine xxx

  2. Hester Tulloch April 23, 2015 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely time you must have had, my eldest son was physically and mentally handicapped and many years ago we took him and his younger brother to Alton Towers and we also were given a VIP pass so as not to have to queue and this meant that we were able to see more of the park than we would normally have been able to given we were only there for the day. Wonderful memories now he is gone I still look at the pictures when I feel the need, so glad your Tom lives a full family life. Keep up the good work.

  3. Mary lock April 24, 2015 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    What a lovely blog. I am delighted for you all to have had such a lovely time. Mary

  4. Claire Sutton April 24, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you , Thankyou for replying ! There were lots of grown ups!!!! There minus the tiddlies, so keep on at him and you never know!! I guess one day the Florida trip will happen for us too….but something tells me Dan will be avoiding the scarey roller coasters.
    I’m soooo excited for Ali’s wedding, it feels so close now for her….it ‘ ll be a beautiful day , I can’t wait.
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Claire xx

  5. Claire Sutton April 24, 2015 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Those memories are so very important and the pictures too aren’t they…I’m glad they can give you comfort Hester when you feel sad..
    Yup, VIP’s we certainly were, though trying not to let Tom expect that where ever he goes..after all T’ is very BRitish to Queue!!!!!!
    With love,
    Claire xx

  6. Claire Sutton April 24, 2015 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Aaaaah Mary, Thankyou, and Thankyou for writing a comment,
    Much love on this sunny Friday xx

  7. Sandra Haley April 24, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire how lovely your family are , I have a 2-5 yr old grandson who has downs who amazes me all the time with all the little new things he achieves,many a tear of joy has been shed,none more so than when he put food in his own mouth by himself such joy. Thank you for all your news on Tom much appreciated,looking forward to the next goal from our Thomas x

  8. Twinkle April 25, 2015 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    awww Claire this is such a beautiful blog and reduced me to tears.
    Im so glad u all had such a wonderful time, u have such a gorgeous family what a lucky lady my glittery friend has
    Speak soon xxxx

  9. Claire Sutton April 27, 2015 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Oh Sandra, lovely to hear from you and I can imagine how much joy your little grandson is bringing you.. I also remember watching a young boy eating whilst out in John Lewis and wondering if My Tom would get to that stage….of course he did!!! I look forward to hearing more from you and your updates too xxx

  10. Claire sutton April 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    hi Miss Twinkle!!
    You are lovely, Thankyou for posting a reply and I’m glad you liked it.
    Back to normal chaos now!!! Speak soon , xx

  11. Jillian April 30, 2015 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi, what a lovely glad you all had a fab time. Best wishes Jillian

  12. claire sutton May 18, 2015 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Jillian, Thankyou ! twas worth the wait for sure,
    with love,
    claire x

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