Welcome back to my tales of Disneyland Paris 2017! Missed Part 1? Check it out here!
Jordanne and I had a great mini break away with her little guy to Disneyland Paris last week. Above is the link to what we got up to on our first day in the parks, and now welcome back for part 2!
We woke up early again, with a little over 6 hours sleep, and slowly got ready for another day in the parks. Breakfast was quick and hassle free, and there was even food that Leon would eat – even if just toast, but the fact was there was something for everyone, and the whole restaurant was very well managed.
Once again, we got ready to board the shuttle bus only to find it was chucking it down with rain. A quick trip into the hotel gift shop meant we were prepared with Disneyland Paris ponchos, and Jordanne and I bought ourselves some Minnie Mouse ears. This time we were a little more prepared, having taken time the night before to semi plan what rides we wanted to go on and what we could or couldn’t do. Heading slightly to the left, we walked towards the Studios, and soaked up Disney Studio 1’s magical behind the scenes atmosphere!
Unsurprisingly, this park wasn’t as exciting for a young child who isn’t likely to sit through the different shows they put on. As we started through the park, we spotted people queuing to meet Mickey Mouse and Buzz Lightyear (Leon’s favourite) so we joined the queue. When we got to the front, Leon got really shy and hid his face, but we still got our photo taken all the same, and agreed that really we wouldn’t try and meet any more characters – just another excuse to go back some time!
Afterwards, we headed to the Toy Story Playland area to see what we could go on. The toy soldiers parachute drop was closed for maintenance, and Leon was too short for the RC Racer ride, so when we saw the queue for the Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin was only 5 minutes we jumped on it! It was great fun, just a nice calm roller coaster, but it felt great to be on rides again. Afterwards, we headed back to the Toon Studio section where we took a ride on the Cars Quatre Roues Rallye – sort of like the Mad Hatter’s Spinning Teacups but in cars! This was great fun, and Leon loved that we got to ride in one of the cars from Cars.
It dawned on us that we didn’t know what the times would be for the Ratatouille ride would be, so we went and picked up our FastPass tickets for it. Now we just needed to kill time until it was our turn for the ride. We began to head towards the Armageddon ride when we realised there was some sort of Star Wars thing going on (which I now know to be the Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away show) and Leon was super excited to see the Storm Troopers come close!
We went and posed beside the Monsters Inc statues and all was well until Leon fell and hit his head – the rain had made everything so slippery and he fell off one of the boxes he had climbed on to get a photo. At this point, we made the decision to grab some lunch back in the studio. Unsurprisingly, chips and a cookie helped the bump on Leon’s head, and so we headed back outside. There was still a lot of time left over before Ratatouille, so we went to the Armageddon ride. It wasn’t great, especially considering Leon didn’t quite understand what was going on considering the whole thing was explained in French. He was rather unimpressed by the special effects, even when the flames came down and we all got blasted with water!
Finally, it was time for Ratatouille! Having the FastPass tickets, we completely bypassed the queues and got into our rat-shaped car within minutes, rather than the 45 minute waiting time people were being quoted if just joining the normal queue! We rushed about the kitchen as a rat, smelling the kitchen smells, feeling the heat of the cooker we were underneath, it was brilliant!
On our way out, Jordanne took Leon on the Les Tapis Volants – Flying Carpets Over Agrabah ride. That was us done in the park! We tried to take a bit of time shopping, but there wasn’t much either of us wanted. The plan was to go back to the other park and let Leon go on the Buzz Lightyear ride again, however he had fallen asleep in the buggy again and the rain was streaming down, so we made the decision to head back to the hotel until he woke up.
We got back to the park around 6ish that evening, and headed straight to get our FastPasses for the Buzz Lightyear ride. With time to spare, we went to the Snow White ghost train – the Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains. Leon seemed to really enjoy it, and when we got off there were only 5 minutes until the FastPass tickets expired. Instead of rushing to use them, we simply headed into Sleeping Beauty’s Castle where I managed to buy Rachel and myself a Christmas decoration each. Afterwards, we once again joined the queue for the Buzz Lightyear ride, only a 15 minute waiting time, and Leon got to shoot at Zurg all over again.
We ended the day watching the Disney Illuminations show, and then took a quick dash through the shops afterwards to finish off buying everything. We got a late night shuttle bus to the hotel, packed the suitcase, and curled up in our bed for the last night.
Our journey home was pretty straightforward, and while there were some delays, it all went smoothly. After sorting the case at Jordanne’s again, I was in the car and back to my own little flat.
It was great to get away for a few days, but it was also good to be home again. Do you ever feel that way?