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Christmas at Disneyland Paris – what to expect?
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There is a great magic which surrounds the Disney experience – even if it is in the cold and rainy mid Winter. The great thing about Disney in France is that the landscape changes to reflect the seasons, so our trip was bursting with Autumnal colour and also a great preview of the Christmas season.

Having enjoyed a quick whizz around the Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios on first arrival, we decided to take our Saturday a little more slowly. It was our third visit so we knew what to expect but this trip turned out to be a completely different experience. Because we were in a large group, we had a great experience and while Miniminx wouldn’t even get on the Parachutes in the new Toyland area in Walt Disney studios, by the end of the trip she’d been on virtually every high adrenaline ‘thrill’ ride going – only leaving Tower of Terror behind.

Our favourite was Thunder Mountain, followed by the Nemo inspired Crush’s Coaster and Rock and Rollercoaster (I opted out of this one though, I’m a scaredy cat). Pirates of the Caribbean is still a great ride – it’s not a thrill ride but more of an experience and the you get your photo taken on the way round and you can buy it at the end of the ride; it’s about 15 Euro for one photo which comes in a themed mount.

The best ride of all has to be It’s A Small World which has been given a great Christmas make over. I challenge anyone to go on this ride and not spend the next few weeks singing the theme tune. There’s so much to see on the way round and it appeals to all ages.

Things to make sure you see:

Main Street is decked out with Christmas decorations with a snowfall promised every hour. It is also the place to hang out for the Parades and there are lots of new characters, as well as a Christmas treat at the end.

Disney Ice Show is at the Chapparall Theatre in Frontierland – the setting is great and the show is really aimed at younger children, 6 and under. As a side note, I’m surprised Disney hasn’t done a Lion King Lite on the stage – I think visitors would enjoy seeing a full or mini version of one of the staged versions of their films.

Meet Father Christmas – well, it’s Goofy in a costume but still pretty popular. Make sure you check out the times though.

Try out one of the on site restaurants – you do need to book – they are all themed and tend to serve buffet food which makes all diets easy to cater for. There’s definitely a French influence on the food so expect Veal, cheese platters and wine for the grown ups. Agrabah is the Morrocan themed restaurant which serves great hoummus and mint tea.

If you are staying for a few days, there is a great array of Disney hotels. We stayed at Hotel New York which is just a short walk away from the resort. There are several others which are a short bus ride away and on a free shuttle which runs regulary. It can be quite busy at the end of the evening when the rides stop and people leave at 7pm or after the last parade at 10.30, so if you’ve got young kids, you might want to stay somewhere in walking distance.

We took the Eurostar train home, and it was happy faces and tired children all round, the picture says it all.

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