A 14 hour coach journey? You’ve got to be kidding me.
Actually no, it was 15 hours by the time we arrived at the Santa Fe hotel in Disneyland Resort Paris… and it was worth every minute of the squishy, noisy, repetitive film screening coach. No that was not a typo, I would do it all again in a heartbeat. Let me tell you why –
Disneyland Paris is the perfect fix for those with a thirst for some Disney magic, and if you’re on a budget you really can’t beat going by coach (just don’t expect 5* service and you won’t be let down).
And my number 1 first top tip? stay in a Disney Hotel so you can get those extra magic hours, myself and my fella got up bright and early and were ready to enter the park at 8am on our first day. Disneyland Park was virtually empty so we didn’t have to queue for character greets and walked straight on Peter Pan’s Flight (yes, really, no Fastpass necessary!) followed by Mad Hatter’s Teacups, Dumbo The Flying Elephant and Les Voyages de Pinnochio… All in the first hour! If you haven’t done a meet and greet before you’re missing out, Chip and Dale gave amazing interaction by stealing gloves, running away, teasing each other and even trying to stick their fingers in my boyfriend’s stretched earlobes.
With so much time left to spare before the crowds joined us, we decided to have a nose around the shops, the castle and plan out our day. La Taniere Du Dragon is well worth a visit, we didn’t find this out until our second day but I highly recommend making this your first stop if possible!
By 10am there’s a bustling crowd eagerly gathering around the entrance to Frontierland, so if you really want to get on Big Thunder Mountain you better get your running shoes on and prepare for a mad dash. That said, we are a notoriously lazy couple so walked at a leisurely pace to the Fastpass machines. With Fastpass in hand, it was over to The Phantom Manor for some happy haunts and a mini photo shoot with my fantastic Custom Minnie Ears (Thank you Erin!). Our pre-ride show was entirely in French, but we barely even noticed, plus if you’re like me and love Disney you know the script off by heart anyway!
“Your cadaverous pallor betrays an aura of foreboding, almost as though you sense a disquieting metamorphosis. Is this haunted room actually stretching? Or is it your imagination, hmm?”