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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!

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!

image                     Dessert Party- Darth Vader Cupcakes

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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Snacks at Disney

Food is one of the many great things about Disney. It’s all so good! There are so many snacks, it would be impossible to eat them all on one vacation. I definatley haven’t tried all of them. (Though I’ve eaten more than I can keep track of!) Here are a few of my favourites:

Mickey Bars are my favourite snack of all time! You can get them at any of the Disney Parks. Vanilla Ice cream on a stick coated in chocolate and shaped like Mickey…who couldn’t love that?

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Churros are a delicious sugar covered pastry. My favourite place to get them is right outside the Mexican Pavilion in Epcot, but you can get them at multiple places. They come as pack of six little ones, or just one big one!

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I’m not entirely sure what the proper name for this is, as I just tried it for the first time when I went to Disney a few weeks ago. It’s like a Mickey Mouse cake pop! (A cake pop is a small chunk of cake on a stick with icing.) They come in different flavours. (I got a Red Velvet one!) It was the best cake pop I’ve ever had!!! My mom got it for me in the bake shop on Main Street. I’m not sure if you can get them anywhere else.

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*Tip: The best time to eat a snack is during a parade or show. That way you don’t spend a lot of time eating when you could be going on rides!*  

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So there are some of my favourite snacks! What is your favourite?

 

The Festival of Fantasy Parade

The brand new Festival of Fantasy Parade recently replaced the 3 O’Clock Parade in Magic Kingdom. I was kind of disappointed when I heard this because ever since I remember it has been the 3 o’clock parade. (I still wonder what they did with all the t-shirts and mugs that said “What time is the 3 o’clock Parade?”)

However when I saw this new parade, I wasn’t nearly as disappointed. The floats are very elaborate and detailed, complete with a fire breathing dragon. All of your favourite characters are still there, and they added in Anna and Elsa.

You really need to start searching for a spot about 45 minutes before it starts.  It won’t seem long, because while your waiting is a good time to check out the gift shops near by. I prefer watching from Frontierland, somewhere along the same street as the Country Bear Jamboree, but really anywhere will provide good viewing as long as your at the front.

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The parade is still at 3:00 every day (weather permitting), and it lasts about 12 minutes.

Of coarse I’ll miss the 3 o’clock parade, but the new Festival of Fantasy is a pretty good replacement in my opinion. I mean really, who doesn’t love a fire breathing dragon?