Sunday, 4 June 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 1

Ooops, We Did It Again

Sunday - May 14th 2017

Once a year we plan to go to the happiest place in Europe and today we were on our way to Disneyland Paris again. This year should be special, because Disneyland Paris was celebrating its 25th Anniversary, which we didn't want to miss at all. We got up early, packed our stuff into the car and soon we hit the road to Paris. Approximately nine hours later, including some stops along the way, we arrived at our hotel. Like during our last trips we stayed at the Relais Spa in Val d'Europe. Upon arrival we checked in and dropped off the luggage in our room. There are many reasons why we like to stay at that hotel. The first one is, that the rooms are equipped with a small kitchen, but more importantly with a fridge, which makes being vegan much more easier at Disneyland Paris. Another reason was the free shuttle bus service from the hotel to the parks.

Relais Spa Hotel

Our Room

After we unloaded our stuff and showered, we took the shuttle to Disneyland to get our annual passes. Today the Disneyland Park was really packed, because Disney was hosting the European premiere of the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movie "Dead Men Tell No Tales" with Johnny Depp and the rest of the cast at the resort. Unfortunately we arrived too late and except for many journalists and photographers we didn't see anyone from the movie. Once we had our new annual passes in our hands, we left the park towards Disney Village, because it was just too crowded, and got some welcome drinks and fries at the Sports Bar instead. Later we checked out the stores and returned to the hotel.

Welcome to Disneyland Paris

Sports Bar

Welcome Beer

Saturday, 3 June 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 2

Our First Full Day In The Parks

Monday - May 15th 2017

Our annual pass allows us to use the extra magic hours from 8:00am to 10:00am. During that time frame only Disney Hotel guests and annual pass holders can enter the Disneyland Park. So we got up early and walked from the hotel to the resort, which takes about 25 minutes, because the shuttle service doesn't start before 8:30am. During the extra magic hours only Discoveryland and Fantasyland are open to guests. Usually we always headed to Space Mountain first, but unfortunately it wasn't part of the open rides anymore. Instead guests could experience Star Tours: The Adventures Continue. So we did that one first. We knew the upgraded ride already from Walt Disney World, and while it is still great fun, I truly miss the original attraction. Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast wasn't open yet due to technical problems, so we walked over to Fantasyland to do Peter Pan's Flight. However that ride was down too, also because of technical problems. Frustrated with all the closed attractions, we got coffee at Cafe Hyperion, strolled through the shops and then we joined the Mad Hatter on a spin with his tea cups.  

Disneyland Hotel

Disneyland Hotel

Celebrating its 25th Anniversary

Main Street USA

Main Street USA

Star Tours - The Adventures Continue

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Fantasyland

Fantasyland

Fantasyland

Now the whole park was open and so we got a Fastpass for Big Thunder Mountain and until it was valid, we bought some beers at the Cowboy Cookout BBQ and enjoyed the lovely weather. After the wildest ride in the wilderness we did the Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril roller coaster and then headed over to Discoveryland to experience the newly reopened Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. I have to admit that I expected the worst, because Disney ruined the fantastic De La Terre A La Lune with Mission 2, but the Star Wars overlay wasn't that bad. In fact I enjoyed it and other guests did too, because the waiting times were always pretty long. Since it was getting really warm, we decided to get some drinks at the Cafe Fantasia inside the Disneyland Hotel, but before we visited Captain Nemo's Nautilus submarine.

Big Thunder Mountain

Lunch at Cowboy Cookout BBQ

Cowboy Cookout BBQ

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

Adventureland

Adventureland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain

The Nautilus

Discoveryland

Sleeping Beauty Castle

Main Street USA

After some refreshing drinks at Cafe Fantasia we headed over to the Walt Disney Studios Park. There our first attraction was The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror followed by Rock'n'Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith. Then we did something we hadn't done for years, because it's Disney's worst attraction in Paris. I really enjoy the movie Armageddon, but the attraction is terrible and we regreted our decission immediately. Since we were getting hungry we left the park and decided to try the new Vapiano restaurant in Disney Village. That's a casual Italian restaurant which know already from home. A wonderful dinner with vegan pizza and pasta later, we returned to the hotel.

Walt Disney Studios Park

Walt Disney Studios Park

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror

Rock'nRoller Coaster

Walt Disney Studios Park

Armageddon - Les Effets Speciaux

Dinner at Vapiano

Dinner at Vapiano

Vapiano

Friday, 2 June 2017

Disneyland Paris 2017 - Part 3

What A Wonderful Day

Tuesday - May 16th 2017

Our day started early again. After we got up, we walked to the parks to make full use of the extra magic hours. Once inside the Disneyland park, we headed into Fantasyland to do Dumbo The Flying Elephant and Le Carousel De Lancelot. Then it was time for a coffee break at Cafe Hyperion in Discoveryland. Afterwards decided to walk over to the Studios to get in line for Crush's Coaster, but it was closed due to technical problems. So next we tried RC Racer, which was down too. At that moment I got really frustrated with Disneyland Paris. Never ever had we encountered so many closed rides because of bad meintenance. Nonetheless we got in the line, because the Castmember promised RC Racer would reopen soon. Twenty minutes later we were finally allowed to ride. For today we had a lunch reservation at Agrabah Cafe, but before we left the Studios, we did Ratatouille, which is still very popular among guests.

On the Way to Disneyland

Welcome to Disneyland

Main Street USA

Main Street USA

Fantasyland

Fantasyland

Breakfast

City Hall

Walt Disney Studios Park

Walt Disney Studios Park

RC Racer

Ratatouille

Toy Story Playland

Back in the Disneyland Park we had a wonderful lunch at the Agrabah Cafe in Adventureland. Agrabah Cafe is a vegetarian friendly buffet style restaurant that serves Oriental food. After a delicious lunch we did the Indy coaster and Big Thunder Mountain. Since it was getting really warm, we decided to get some refreshing beers at the Sports Bar in Disney Village, but first we strolled through Alice's Curious Labyrinth and sailed with the happiest cruise on earth through it's a small world. On our way out we even did Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Lunch at Agrabah Cafe

Lunch at Agrabah Cafe

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

Frontierland

Frontierland

Central Plaza

Central Plaza

it's a small world

it's a small world

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Alice's Curious Labyrinth

Fantasyland

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Some refreshing drinks later, we decided to return to the hotel to relax a bit, because today we wanted to see Disney's Illumantion show. Back in the park our first stop was at Phantom Manor. Next was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, followed by Pinocchio and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. Then we did some shopping until it was time for the nighttime show. Illuminations wasn't very good, but it's okay to watch it at least once. The former show Disney Disney Dreams was so much better and I really miss it. 

Main Street USA

Phantom Manor

Frontierland

Frontierland

Phantom Manor

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril

Pinocchio