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Old 10-08-2008, 03:49 PM   #1
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After getting up at 4am to get our flight to Paris, we arrived at Charles de Gaulle at 9.45am and were met by RS Transports for our trip to the Magic! Unfortunately we got to our hotel (the Cheyenne) just after a rather large coach full of people so it took us 50 mins to check-in. Our room was ready so we dumped the bags and headed out to the Parks.

We started off in the Disneyland Park, and it was everything I dreamed it would be and more. So beautiful, I just wanted to run through the whole Park to see it all. We had a bit of a bad start as my DD was very tired and grumpy after getting up so early and her ears were hurting from the plane so she wanted to go home!!! Fortunately we hired a pushchair and I managed to get her off to sleep so we had a walk round to get our bearings.



DD woke up in Frontierland so we went on the Thunder Mesa Riverboats then DH and I went on Big Thunder Mountain. After that we headed straight to Fantasyland and went on Snow White, Dumbo, Peter Pan, Mad Hatter's Tea Cups - several times on some of them as the queues weren't bad (worst was Dumbo at 20 mins). Saw lots of stuff going on, and the Character Express a couple of times.



Back to the hotel for all you can eat buffet in the Chuck Wagon - great value and good food - then off for an early night.

Next morning we had a GMF breakfast at the Chalet de la Marionette and stayed in Fantasyland to do all the rides (again). Casey Jr and the Storybook Ride were open today. Queues were great all day - had no problems at all, even later on in the day. As we were coming out of It's A Small World I suddenly spotted Ariel walking around with Prince Eric. My DD and I rushed up to them (I think I was more excited than her!) and got their autographs and my DD had her picture taken with them.



We also saw Aladdin and Jasmine and Gaston (Beauty and the Beast).



Then we headed off to Discoveryland for the Buzz Lightyear ride - that was cool and Space Mountain which was brilliant, but I had a headache after coming off! Stayed in Disneyland Park until 4pm for the Once Upon A Dream parade. We waited outside Bella Notte as we wanted to see the Princesses dance and we had a great view. Sleeping Beauty (my DD'd favourite) waved at her and Ariel blew her a kiss!



Went on a few more rides then had dinner in Bella Notte - not the greatest I have to say!! And back to the hotel for another early night.

Next day was Saturday and what a difference. Even getting into the Park for EMH it was much busier than the previous days. At 11am we headed over to the Studios Park and what a mistake that was - we honestly could not move! Queues were terrible - the smallest was for Flying Carpets at 60 mins (the Fastpass wasn't open on this for some reason)! We stayed about 45 mins without going on any rides and went back to Disneyland Park, via a quick look in the Disneyland Hotel. Not much better there - thousands of people and big queues. We even waited 45 mins for Casry Jr! Got a Fastpass for Buzz Lightyear ride, but had to queue 20 mins to get that! Watched some of one of the Halloween shows with Maleficient and Jafar.



Tried to watch the Halloween parade, but it was too busy to see anything. We had dinner that evening at the Blue Lagoon and it was amazing. Great atmosphere, great waiter (who told us there were 47,000 people in the Park that day) and great food. Came out of there to see Disneyland all lit up and absolutely beautiful.

Sunday was our last day and we had the morning in Fantasyland with my DD going on all the rides again - her favourite is It's A Small World and we've even had to buy the CD!!! Queues not too bad, but I could see it was going to be another busy day. Back to the hotel for 1pm where RS Transports picked us up for flight home.

We had a brilliant time and I am now as hooked as the rest of you on Disneyland and am hoping to book another trip next year - if I win the lottery I'm staying in the Disneyland Hotel in a Castle Club Suite!!!

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Old 10-08-2008, 04:01 PM   #2
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What a wonderful report
The early start is a killer

You did very well with the Princes and Princesses
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Old 10-08-2008, 04:03 PM   #3
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Old 10-08-2008, 05:59 PM   #4
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Glad you had such a great time. I can't see your photos either, but I will check back tomorrow to see if they come up. Hope you get to win the lottery some day & stay in Castle Club!
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Old 10-09-2008, 06:18 AM   #5
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Great trip report - although your Saturday sounded like my worst nightmare (I don't do queues).
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Old 10-10-2008, 07:38 AM   #6
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Your photos arent showing ?
Sorry about that - not sure what happened as I can see the photos!!!

I will try again below to post them - hopefully you can see them now because I don't know what else to do!!!

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Character Express:



My DD with Ariel and Prince Eric:



Jasmine and Aladdin:



Sleeping Beauty on the Parade:



Halloween show with Maleficient and Jafar:

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Old 10-10-2008, 07:50 AM   #7
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Your pictures are showing now - some great pics there
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Glad you had such a great time

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great trip report. wow that saturday sounds awful i dont do well with crowds.
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great trip report. wow that saturday sounds awful i dont do well with crowds.
It was awful, it kind of spoilt the day! I'll be very careful in future of what days I book!!!
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Lovely report and photos, glad to hear you're now as addicted as the rest of us!
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