Disneyland Paris is the only place that I have been abroad with my family. Every time we sit down to book a holiday, the same question pops up ‘maybe we should try somewhere different this year?’ but we can never seem to agree on a place and to be honest we all just love Disney too much. I have been going to Disneyland Paris pretty much every year since I was 7 years old. I’ve visited Amsterdam and Tenerife with friends – they were both great holidays but Disneyland always holds a special place in my heart.
After all the times we have visited DLP over the years, it only made sense to go there to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of my parents in 2015. Although it was extremely difficult to chose one Disneyland trip as the best holiday, October 2015 probably ranks very close to the top.
We got the whole family together (all 13 of us) and we ventured over for a short stay of 3 nights. This was the first time that the whole family had been able to go together so it was a special moment, particularly for mum and dad. We booked into our hotel – Hotel New York, and we were given 13 VIP fast passes as a surprise for the celebration of their wedding anniversary. A VIP fast pass allows you on any ride, at any time of the day and most importantly, as many times as you want. This, and the fact that all the family were together is what made this particular Disneyland trip so memorable.
It was also the first time we had stayed in Hotel New York, an American themed hotel inspired by the Big Apple. Disney nailed the theme through their attention to detail, which is something they clearly put a lot of time and effort into throughout the whole resort. This is what I think makes it so magical.
It was also Halloween, one of my favourite times of the year, and the transformation of the two parks into something more sinister was once again, nailed by Disney. The costume design, decorations and parades deserve so much credit for the amount of the work the company put in.
Disneyland was a huge part of my childhood and now at 21 years old, I still get just as excited about going as when I was 7.
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