I was always told that Disneyland Paris is a magical place but, to be honest, I was never convinced as I’m not a huge cartoon fan. Believe me, I couldn’t be more wrong!!
We spent three days at Disneyland and it was an experience that I will never forget, thanks to Mastercard!
I was invited by Mastercard to experience a fun filled weekend packed with VIP experiences like privatised rides and meeting Disney characters, they made us feel so welcome.
The train ride from London went fairly smoothly even though the duo was so hyper ahah!
Catherine and Harvey were welcomed with some gifts that Mastercard left for us in our room and they were so excited. I thought that Harvey, being only two and a half, was still a bit too little to fully enjoy and understand the experience, but guess what? I was wrong AGAIN! When we told him we were going to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse he couldn’t stop asking for them! He was so happy!
We arrived a bit late due to a public transport strike in Paris but we made it in time for the Illumination show which left me speechless, I think that was my favourite. After that we went straight to bed to be ready for the next day.
We started with a private breakfast at Frontierland, just after that we met Princess Tiana and then Catherine went on a rollercoaster for the first time ever. SHE LOVED IT: that girl is fearless!
We spent the rest of the day jumping from one ride to another and managed to squeeze in a quick power nap as the kids were exhausted after lunchtime.
The rest of the day was just amazing, we sat first row to watch the parade, did some shopping with our Mastercards and went for cocktails where the Duo showed everyone their wild side by running shoeless all over the place. We forgot the rules and let them be kids while enjoying a glass (or two) of champagne.
After that we headed to a private dinner in the Disney Studios where Mastercard had reserved the whole Studio 1 for us. It was such a magical evening! We got entertained by music and shows, Catherine and Harvey did face painting, danced and met Minnie and Mickey Mouse so Harvey’s dream became reality: it was a mix of shock and excitement for him!
The surprises kept coming as Mastercard reserved some private rides for us which was unreal.
Mastercard made our breakfast extra special as we were in the company of Pluto, Goofy, Daisy and Donald Duck. I can’t begin to tell you how happy the kids were: they barely ate and spent the whole time taking pictures and having autographs done by their new best friends!
After that we went on more rides, watched an amazing stunt show and headed back home, exhausted but with our heart full of great memories.
WHERE WE STAYED:
We stayed at the Newport Bay hotel, it was lovely and HUGE!
It was connected to the park by a shuttle bus running every ten minutes and it took us 8 minutes to arrive in the Parks. The hotel was a 15 minute walk from the parks but honestly, the shuttle is so convenient as you will walk a lot inside the parks.
Keep in mind that we were with small kids so we couldn’t go on all the rides, however our favorite attractions were:
- RATATOUILLE: we loved it so much we went 4 times!
- PETER PAN
- IT’S A SMALL WORLD
- CASEY JR TRAIN
- THE PARADE: Harvey never ever sat so still in his buggy and that says it all
- ILLUMINATION: pure magic, I could have watched it on repeat for hours
- MOTEURS…ACTION SHOW: enjoyed especially by Harvey, he might be a show person as he just watched them with so much passion ahah!
TRAIN TO LONDON/PARIS:
Many of you wrote me asking about the train experience and were a bit worried about going through the channel but believe me, you don’t even notice it and it’s very convenient. It’s particularly good if you stay in Paris as you arrive in central Paris directly and it only takes 2.5 hours from London St. Pancras to Gare du Nord.
We took a taxi and they had car seats which was amazing, alternatively you can hop onto the RER and there are shuttle buses from and to the airport.
Some of you wrote me about the queuing time for the attractions and what I want to say is that Disneyland isn’t only about rides but it’s a full on experience. It’s the whole atmosphere, the happiness that you feel when walking around, the excitement on your kids faces! I hope you find this post useful and do please share your own Disneyland Paris experience!
p.s. you can find the video of our weekend here.