OK, get comfortable, this is a LONG one! (Our trip to Disneyland Paris)

The park originally opened as Euro Disney in 1992 and was renamed  Disneyland Paris in 1994.  The resort is comprised of  Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.  With 15,405,000 combined visitors in the fiscal year of 2009, it is France’s and Europe‘s most visited tourist site.

Disneyland Paris is located in Marne-la-Vallée, which is located in the eastern suburbs about 32 km (20 mi) from the centre of Paris.


Day 1

We arrived at our hotel, Thomas Cook Explorer Hotel, by car in a little over 3 hours.  Too early to check in, we collected our park tickets and waited for the shuttle which was conveniently located just outside. You can read our review of the hotel here

Alex has a mad face because Mama made a quick trip to the car that caused us to miss the first shuttle. Thankfully, one came every 15 minutes or so.


Andy on the shuttle to Disney.

We arrived at the park and decided to check out Walt Disney Studios first.

Walt & Mickey greeting us at the entrance.

Hanging out at Casa Della Tires


Posing with Rex

Remy's Cheese

This is not my video, but maybe you’d enjoy seeing for yourself!


Day 2

We began the second day with a return to the Walt Disney Studios Park.

CARS ride

Andy taking a snack break while waiting in line for the CARS show.

The boys took in Moteurs..Action! Stunt Show Spectacular, a high adventure, loud show. There was a promise that Lightning McQueen would make an appearance.

Mama and Ari enjoyed the time together on a bench. Well, really, Mama people watched while Ari snoozed!

Again, this is not my video, but please enjoy it.

Mama & Andy on Aladdin's Carpet Ride...Who's having more fun!?

Character spotting was fun, but the boys weren't interested in picture taking!

After a few hours in the Studios we decided to go check out the Disneyland Park.

First stop was Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.

Buzz Laser Souvenirs

Another borrowed video.

We ventured to have lunch at Pizza Planet. It was buffet style with prices at EUR 9/Child 18/adult. The place truly was depressing with florescent lighting and dark walls. Jay said the only redeeming quality was that the boys enjoyed the play area. We wouldn’t recommend going.

This is how cool Ari looked almost all of the time.

The buildings and scenery were realistic and magical.

Disney Magic

Cinderella's carriage

We left the park around 5:30 the day before and 7:00 on this day. Andrew fell asleep with his finger on the trigger of his laser (that freezes people) while riding on Jay’s shoulders. Thankfully, our hotel was the first stop on the return.


Day 3

We started our day by packing up the car and checking out of the hotel. Then we hopped on the shuttle back to Disneyland Park. We all agreed we liked this better than the Studios. So there was no need to return there.

Andy was happy to see these guys.

We made another run on the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. This time the boys took Mama.

A cool lunch experience at Cafe Hyperion. We enjoyed a burger, nuggets and a salad while watching old Disney cartoons on big screens in a cavern like setting.

Then into Fantasyland. The whole family went on the Small World boat ride. Of course Ari was asleep. Halfway through the ride, I knew it would be hard to get the song out of my head!

Take a look for yourself. I just love Youtube!

Peter Pan’s Flight was next. This was one of few rides that was marked on the map as a must do for families. Alex and Papa waited in line while Mama sat holding a sleeping Andy and rocking Ari in his stroller. We took advantage of the “Baby Switch” deal on this ride. This is a kinda perk where after one parent waits in line and rides, the other parent can then switch and go directly with the child to the front of the queue with no wait. So Alex got to enjoy this one two times in a row!

Check it out here.

We then headed to a playground in Frontier Land before calling it a day. We made it back to the hotel and hit the road. Three hours later we were back home!

We had a great time with the boys at Disney. They did a fantastic job on foot considering the distances we walked and being exhausted by the excitement. Of course there was the occasional piggy back or shoulder ride.

We hope you enjoyed this post. Sorry for missing the past two Friday Moments. I have been writing some drafts which I will soon publish. I’ve realized that I most enjoy the photo taking aspect of this, but want to put words to our stories too. This is proving to be bit of a challenge.

Anyway, thanks for your continued visits and comments.

Love to all,


7 thoughts on “OK, get comfortable, this is a LONG one! (Our trip to Disneyland Paris)

  1. What a wonderful photo gallery! Looks like everyone had a good time even Mama and Papa!! Disney makes everyone a kid again!! Loved all the photos and like Ema we would LOVE a copy of the last family photo!! Love and Miss all of you. Aunt Carol & Uncle Al XOXO

  2. Absolutely wonderful and adorable!! You all look great! It had to be SUCH FUN!!! I definitely love the “posing with Rex” photo. Great one guys!! Love you all!!XXXXXOOOOOO

  3. It seems my comment is not posted………………boohoo!!!
    Anyway – great pictures and what great fun you had………………just love the last family picture and would love a copy!!

  4. Wow seems like yall had a blast! love the pics. I’m sure the boys were in heaven. Thanks for sharing. love yall. Xoxo

  5. what great pictures … absolutely LOVE the last one. what a lovely family!!!
    looks like you had lots of fun, too ;-)

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