Once Upon A Time, in a land of Merlin empire lived a Creaky Themepark Fanatic who had a life long dream to visit Disneyland Paris. Living under the curse for 21 years, many attempts to break the spell in 2014 were unleashed, but none prevailed.
However many months later in to 2015, The Creek encountered Buzz Lightyear & Remy who cooked together a magic plan.
Joined by a Mickey Taking Sorcerer.
And The Spell Was Broken!!! Matt Creek had made it to Disneyland Paris. Transformed back to his normal Creaky Disney Self, he was about to enter a world full of magic and one that was immune to horrendous staggered opening hours, budget cuts, Fastrack sales, One Train operations and very run down areas.
The Car Train which takes you from England to France, the beginner of the magic.
We stayed at the Aparthotels in Val'D Europe during our stay which was very cheap and nice to stay in too [ a bit like having your own little apartment really].
After a few hours sleep and croissants for breakfast, it was off to the most magical place in Europe [although it;s probably second after Europa].
The Val'D Europe Shopping centre, a predrink to all the magic.
The platform for the train that takes you to Disney. And for One Euro Seventy, that really is rather magic.
Matt Creek wears a Mickey Mouse shirt [and socks], to prepare himself for the magic
A Double Decker train. What is this magic?
And with a few moments like that, you arrive at the gates as if by magic.
The surroundings of the Disney Village, we will experience that magic later
And it is here where we find the real magic starts to work it's way in,
OMG WE HAVE ARRIVED AT DISNEYLAND PARIS, I REPEAT WE HAVE ARRIVED AT DISNEYLAND PARIS!!!!!
Spring theming at the entrance to the park. It's touches like this which make the surroundings even more magical
Main Street USA, the theming and attention to detail is just magic.
This theming is magic,
But it is this view here where it really is truly Magic.
Creek In The Magic
The attention to detail in Main Street is just superb and just amazing. Pictures can't justify how great the setting and the build up to the castle in distance is superb. It's an even better park entrance view to Towers Street which in comparison to the vibrant Main Street looks like a worn out town during the recession.
The attention to detail in that Castle is magic!!!
Another view as if by magic!
Discovery Land, this area is lacking the magic more from the rest of the park at the moment.
This is because Space Mountain is currently closed part of a long refurbishment. And with the covered scaffolding, elements of the different facades have magically disappeared.
Videopolis whilst closed is looking fresh as if given a lick of paint by magic.
And now it's off to do our first magical ride of the day, Star Tours.
And here's an arcade after the ride. Least it's more magical than the one in Oblivion.
Star Tours was an amazing first ride. The queue line was heavily themed with different spaceship crafts and characters from Star Wars and built up to the attraction rather nicely. The ride itself [was just as good as you went around in a spaceship like craft passing different scenes and settings from the Star Wars films and it really did feel as if you were flying. Rating 8/10.
Inside The Magic
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasters, this ride has a magic throughput
It's just as magical from the outside
Some people don't think this ride is magical, but I can't find a mark anywhere
Even The Shop Is Magical
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blasters was a ride I really enjoyed. It didn't beat Star Tours in terms of my favourites but I did like the ride very much. I don't know why it receives haters because it is really a good ride and much better than Laser Raiders & Tomb Blaster [at least in it's current state]. 7/10
More Spring theming. It's just magic
The Lion King. It's like I'm reliving my child hood, the magic
Words can't express this magic
A mysterious magical structure lies in the distance
Which even a big green fence cannot destroy this magic
It's magic I tell you
The reason why Disney beat Merlin is because things like this are often magically well kept
The Big Magic Thunder Mountain
No Matter where you look at it from, it's completely magic
There's so many photos taken from the trip, If I were to comment on all them, there would be a shortage on Magic.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is an absolutely amazing ride. The high quality immersive theming [which is present at most of Disneyland Paris] makes this ride look visually stunning. But what makes the ride from good to great is the fun impressive layout on this ride, from the exciting dive undrground at the start and the end of the ride to it's interaction with other ride trains and plenty of fun twists, turns and hills on the way. Big Thunder is now officially my favourite family coaster and so far best ride at Disney. 10/10
Phantom Manor, this place is full of dark magical things
Just make sure you don't use your flash on inside, otherwise you will receive a magical complaint from staff
Phantom Manor was another good ride. Not my top favourite, but I still really enjoyed it. I love rides with a dark, spooky and Gothic style theme and this ride falls in there nicely. I liked all the effects they used such as the hollow dancers and singing heads amongst other things. 7.5/10
The most magical thing about this chandelier is it's still standing and hasn't been been removed and left empty like a certain park ;]
Now for a magical relaxing break.
Am I the only one to think that this rock used to be more magical?
The views of Big Thunder you get from Thunder Messa are truly magical
Thunder Messa is a loverly little boat ride that takes you on a relaxing journey on the rivers of Frontier Land. it's such a relaxing ride to do and escape from the crowds [if there's any] and with the light green colour of the river, heavy level of trees and big thunder nearby, it feels like a nice gentle boat ride in America during the early 1900's.
Even the walkways in disney are magic [and not mishmash tarmaced paths].
And That ends Part 1 of my trip report, part 2 coming round shortly full of rough boulders, Caves that you can get lost in for 15 minutes and much more Mickey taking.