Last week whilst we were in France we went to Disneyland Paris for the day. I've been to Disneyworld in Florida when I was much younger with my family and loved it so much I was really excited to take Amelia and to see the smile on her face. I was pretty apprehensive about taking her as she's still quite young but I'd also heard that there's plenty of rides and other things for toddlers to do. We were staying roughly an hour and 15 minutes away so aimed to arrived around 10.30am to make the most of the day.
We decided to take the pushchair with us as it would be a long day and even though Amelia much prefers to walk now it would be easier to walk through crowds if she was sat down rather than getting into everything. Once we had walked around 15 minutes from the car park we were finally through the gates. I actually purchased our tickets online before we went which I would highly recommend as the queues for buying them on the day were ridiculously long!
We decided that we would only go to the Disneyland park as Amelia would be too young for the Walt Disney park and as we were only going for the one day we thought this was the best option for us. Under 3's get in for free which I think is really good especially if you have more than 1 child. I think we paid 64 euros each for Andy and myself which is pretty reasonable as Amelia got in for free.
Once through the gates we grabbed a map and decided where to go first. We didn't really have a plan as such but picked where we really wanted to take Amelia and decided on the things to leave out if we didn't have time. We kept Amelia in the pushchair until she was fussy and then let her wander around. We ended up having to put her harness on at the end of the day as she wouldn't get back in the pushchair and kept on running away.
We were very lucky with the weather as it was such a lovely day we were both in shorts and t-shirts and it was pretty warm. There's nothing worse than going round a theme park when its pouring down with rain.
We didn't think Amelia would let us take her on any rides when we went to queue for the first ride as she kept wandering off and trying to get out of the queue but we went back and kept telling her about the ride and showing her what we would be doing and she would then get excited. She was a bit fidgety but I don't think we had to wait more than 20 minutes for any ride which was really good!
The first ride we took her on was the teacups, she loved watching them go round and kept on saying "weeeeee". Once we were on them and actually moving she had a worried look on her face which was pretty funny but she didn't cry so that's a good sign.
We then took her on the carousel and managed to get a carriage so we could all sit down together. She loved that and didn't want to get off. We also went on a train ride which she didn't want to get off either and would throw a tantrum every time we left a ride. We then bought her a Minnie Mouse balloon to cheer her up which she wanted to carry around for the rest of the day and would keep tripping up on it.
We then walked round for a bit and looked for somewhere to eat, everywhere seemed pretty busy and because Amelia won't sit down to eat in a restaurant we finally managed to find somewhere that did burgers and chips. Im surprised she actually sat in the highchair as I didn't think she would. But she sat and ate her lunch like a good girl. Amelia kept running into the shops so I bought her a few Disney bits to take home.
For the rest of the afternoon we wandered round and found a few things to do, theres a great adventure trail with wooden bridges which Amelia loved going along. We also went to meet Mickey Mouse, I think we waited around 20 minutes and there was a big screen inside whilst waiting playing old Mickey Mouse clips which kept Amelia entertained. She was a little shy when she met him and wouldn't let us take a photo but did smile when she saw him and kept saying his name when we had left. We didn't get to meet any other characters but it was still a good experience.
The last ride we went on was "It's a small world" which was a little boat ride with a musical tour of singing dolls from all over the world. Some of them were pretty creepy ha ha! By then it was nearly 5.30pm and we remembered that the parade was around that time so wandered back down to the front of the park to find that it was just starting and we were in a rubbish part of the sideway to see anything (unless you're Andy and you're 6ft 5 and see over everyones shoulders) we still watched it and Amelia sat on Andy's shoulders even though we were quite far back she loved the music.
We then decided to walk down to the entrance as we were thinking of leaving around then but as we go to the entrance the parade was just reaching there and there was plenty of spaces to stand and watch from the front so I managed to get a few better shots instead of just heads. Amelia loved watching it again and kept shouting Anna when the Frozen float went by and she also loved seeing Mickey and Minnie Mouse.
All in all we had a fantastic day out and are already thinking about going back in a few years when Amelia is older but most probably staying at one of the hotels there and making a few days of it as there's so much to do and one day just isn't enough to see and do everything although we had a lovely day. I'm thinking of doing a tips post on visiting Disneyland Paris so if you're thinking of going do keep an eye out for that!
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