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My Disnyland Paris Experience

Hey guys! I know it’s been awhile. Sorry about that!

I’ve spent the last three weeks travelling Europe! One of those weeks I was in Paris and, due to recent events, I thought you might want to hear about my experiences there.


I arrived in Paris on November 18th, just five days after the attacks. I had no idea what to expect, as I’d only heard bits and pieces on the news and social media.

I only spent one day in the city of Paris. The rest of the time I spent at Disneyland Paris. (Well really, what did you expect?)

I was very nervous at first, but my fears dissolved after I saw all the extra security. In Paris, there were military on almost every street corner, carrying big machine guns with their hand on the trigger. In Disneyland, there were police dogs near the entrance of the parks.

They put our bags through one of those x-Ray scans, and they checked our coats wherever we went. So the whole time I was there I felt incredibly safe!

The people of Paris were all very friendly. They were really excited that tourists were still coming. I remember one of the Disney cast members at our hotel actually shook all of our hands and thanked us for being there!

Now, I’m practically bursting to tell you guys why I went to Disneyland Paris! I went to DP for the International Gathering of Scottish Highland Dance. I’m a highland dancer and the IGSHD is a special Disney event held at DP for highland dancers in November. There’s a traditional highland dance competition with Disney themed awards, and a special choreography competition, where the dancers put highland movements to Disney music. But the best part of all is that the dancers get to be the pre parade for the Disney parade! Yes, I got to be in a Disney parade!!!! It was amazing! Cold. But amazing!

 I’m the one in the green and burgundy kilt. The boy behind me is my brother. 

For the choreography competition, I danced to ‘Dig a Little Deeper’ from the Princess and the Frog! That was another highlight! I danced on a Disney stage in front of actual Disney choreographers!

 That’s me doing my choreography! 

It was an incredible experience, and I felt very safe while I was there!

I’m going to do a few posts on the Disneyland Paris parks, so keep an eye out for those!

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Star Wars Weekends

At the end of May, Hollywood Studios dedicates the park to Star Wars for Star Wars Weekends. It’s absolutely spectacular and any SW lover’s dream!

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Just about any Star Wars character you can name will be there. Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia, Darth Vader, R2-D2, Bobba & Jenga Fett, Anakin Skywalker, Chewbacca, Padmaè Amadala, and Obi-Wan Kenobi are only a few a could name! Even the parade is turned to a Star Wars theme!

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Just this past May I went for the second time, and we got this package called The Force Awakens. It was brand new and I’m not sure if they’ll do it again, but I highly recommend it if they do! It was great! It offered reserved seating for the parade (by that I mean they roped off a large section of the street and only people who had the boughten the package could sit there, so I still recommend going an hour before hand to save your seats), free snacks during the parade, reserved seating for one of the special SW Weekend shows, a dessert party before the fireworks, and reserved seating at the fireworks. I’d definitely recommend it next time you go!

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I’d have to say that the only bad thing about SW Weekends are the crowds. The park is full of Star Wars fanatics! The lines for the rides and characters are super long, so you’ll definitely want to have your day planned before you go. My recommendation would be to get Fastpasses for Star Tours, Toy Story Mania, and Rockin Roller Coaster. Make lunch and dinner reservations before hand. Some of my favs are the 50’s Prime Time Cafè (sit down) and the ABC Comissionary (quick service), but there are plenty of choices. When you first get to the park, get in line for a SW character, because those lines are the longest! The lines get really long, really fast. But for the die hard Star Wars fans (including myself) it’s worth it!

It really isn’t that bad if your used to Disney on March break or on a Saturday in the summer. Preperation is always the key!

Have a great week- and may the force be with you!

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