Neither Andy nor I had ever been to a Disney park (land or world) back in the States, so we were pretty excited by the prospect of taking G to Disneyland in Paris. We put off telling her why we were going to Paris for a long time. I wasn’t sure that she would know that Disneyland actually was, but she knows what Disney is and I didn’t want to have to deal with her asking every day if today was Disney day (or something along those lines).
But that MO resulted in this:
“Blah, Paris”?! Nope, I don’t think so.
We flew over on a Wednesday afternoon and spent that day just at the hotel unpacking, having dinner, and playing in the pool.
Thursday morning, we got up, had breakfast, and waited for our shuttle bus.
The shuttle only took about ten minutes and then we were at Disney Village, which you can get into without tickets or going through security. We bypassed the shops there and headed for the gates.
After going through security, you decide which park you want to visit first (Disneyland Park or Walt Disney Studios Park) and head to the appropriate gates. We chose Disneyland. (We had pre-purchased parkhopper tickets, though, so we had unlimited access to both parks for two days.)
Once we made it through the ticket area, we entered Main Street USA.
Then we left Adventureland and headed to the castle to see the “dragon in the basement.”
All of that business out of the way, it was time to ride some rides. First we all three went on the Pinocchio ride together. Then G said she wanted to ride the Dumbo ride and she wanted me to go with her.
She was mostly patient in line. She definitely did a good job for a three-year-old.
After that, we put in for a Fastpass for the Peter Pan ride and grabbed some lunch. Then we went over to Walt Disney Studios Park to ride the Ratatouille ride.
(She has since declared the Ratatouille ride her favorite. I think we ended up riding it three times in two days.)
After Ratatouille, we grabbed some ice cream and listened to Buzz L’éclair for a while.
We headed back over to Disneyland Park to see what we could do before our Peter Pan Fastpass slot.
I walked around and just checked out the shops and the scenery. After I met back up with Andy and G, we had time for one more quick ride thanks to a very short wait time at the teacups.
Then we went on the Peter Pan ride (which G declared to be scary).
We had to hightail it over to Frontierland for the Frozen Sing-Along. The rush was worth it, though.
We found Merida’s target while wandering around Frontierland, but no Merida.
We had dinner in Frontierland and were going to try going on Big Thunder Mountain (G claimed she wanted to ride a roller coaster), but we had a bathroom incident requiring a wardrobe change, so we called it quits for the day.
Day one may not have ended on the highest note, but it was a great day overall. We headed back to the hotel, took baths or showers, and hit the hay to rest up for round two on Friday.