An American Mouse in Paris

My love for Disney is no secret. Our Disneymoon (way back in 2012) is still the best trip we’ve ever had. I loved every moment spent in Disney World, and I have to go back someday, maybe with the little ones in tow! And in case you’re interested, here’s the six-part series:

Part One
Part Two
Part Three
Part Four
Part Five
Part Six

When we planned our Europe trip last September, there was no way I was going to miss Disneyland Paris. So with a little fairy dust (and mostly lots of clickety-click), we found ourselves in a Disney park once more!

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I’ve also decided that I want to go to Disneyland Paris again (more on that later), and stay at the gorgeous Disneyland Hotel next time.

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Token #selfie onboard the Autopia.

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I saw Wall-E and Eve from afar and ran towards them like a madwoman even though they’re not going anywhere. I couldn’t help my excitement. “Wall-E” was the very first movie that Edwin and I watched together, and so it holds a special place in my heart.

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Now and always.

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Waiting in line at “Star Tours”, which turned out to be incredibly boring. The one in Disney World was much, much better. (I might be doing lots of comparisons, please bear with me!)

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“Space Mountain: Mission 2”, on the other hand, had some scary space madness going on.

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Edwin and I were screaming our faces off, but the dudes behind us seemed pretty chill.

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We had lunch at Cafe Hyperion, and you can see that I was thrilled with having a Magnum Mini for dessert.

The dining area also had this auditorium-like space and there were screenings of Disney-Pixar short films, some I knew and some new to me. My favourite is “Day & Night”.

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“Le Pays des Contes de Fées” (The Land of Fairy Tales), a voyage through beautifully detailed miniature storybook lands.

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The cottage of the seven dwarves, and Rapunzel’s tower in the background.

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Belle’s village, from “Beauty and the Beast”. Simply stunning.

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“We’re off to see the wizard, the wonderful Wizard of Oz!”

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Looking more like a happy jail-bird than the Queen of Hearts, but oh well. By the way, “Alice’s Curious Labyrinth” is not just for kids! Several adults, including ourselves, got lost within the maze too!

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“Peter Pan’s Flight” was one of my favourite rides in Magic Kingdom, so I had high hopes for this one. But alas, it was another disappointment. The poor lighting, awkward arrangement of the set, and less-than-smooth ride made for one very confusing experience. 😦

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Somewhere in every Disney park, it’s Christmas all year round.

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Do you want to buy a snowman?

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So… Anna and Elsa have been relegated to being store displays. #letitgo

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“Beautiful” is an understatement.

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Can’t go home without a Disney castle #selfie!

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With my prince. 🙂

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“Phantom Manor”, which is the Parisian equivalent of “Haunted Mansion”. It’s just as spooky, made all the more chilling by the Cast Members who were really into it. I’m quite the chicken when it comes to such rides, and one of the Cast Members made me almost scream out loud.

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As dusk fell upon us, we gathered in front of the castle in anticipation of the fireworks show. So far, I was having mixed feelings about Disneyland Paris. About a third of the attractions were closed for refurbishment, and half the dining spots were closed too. In some areas of the park, it was as though we had walked into a ghost town.

On the bright side, with so few guests in the park, there were hardly any queues. The longest we waited in line was maybe ten minutes, and there was absolutely no need for FASTPASS.

Anyway, I was beginning to feel like Disneyland Paris was a bit of a disappointment, and maybe not worth a second visit. Then the fireworks show commenced.

And it was PERFECT.

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Some of the songs were in French, and others were in English. It didn’t matter. These beloved Disney songs were woven together into a medley that told a story of its own, interspersed with the most breathtaking effects. The arrangement was flawless and surpassed even Magic Kingdom, which I didn’t think was possible.

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Needless to say, pictures don’t do it justice. But you have to at least see a little of what I’m raving about.

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Ah… It was beautiful, touching and magical, and now I just want to go there again. Brilliant.

And guess what? I am! Well, not to Paris, but Hong Kong Disneyland is certainly good enough. We’ll be going next week, and I can’t wait! Can’t even begin to describe how awesome it is to live in a city that’s home to a Disney park.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to blog again soon. Until then, have faith, trust, and a good dose of pixie dust!

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3 thoughts on “An American Mouse in Paris

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