Working for myself it is often difficult to fully switch off and drag myself away from my laptop, that is why on this visit to Paris my boyfriend and I decided to head to Disneyland in search of an escape from reality where neither of us could be distracted by wifi.
Staying out at Versailles we purchased a day ticket for zones 1-5 that would take us across Paris for the reasonable price of around €15. It took just over an hour (and a couple of trains) to reach Disney. I always prefer getting pubic transport rather than package deals as it helps to see another side of a city, good or bad.
Though we held off visiting until Monday (to try and avoid the crowds) there were, of course, hoards of people, so we queued and purchased our tickets (which were more expensive on the door than online – note to self be more organised). Paying for both parks we decided to start with Walt Disney Studios. Walking through a large movie studio style building I was mesmerised by the glossy neon light which reminded me of a tiny Las Vegas, another one of my favourite fantasy lands.
Entering into a burst of rain we bypassed the familiar Tower of Terror and made a B-Line for the Rock and Rollercoaster.
Number 27 on my 30 b4 30 list was to go on a roller coaster and keep my eyes open, I felt like I may be able to achieve this with the help of some soothing tunes from Aerosmith. Standing in line for over an hour with some bad early 00’s rock I felt sick with nerves, but once I made it through to the fake recording studio Steven Tyler’s enthusiasm encouraged me enough to take my seat.
The ride was stomach churningly fast, but with Dude (Looks Like A Lady) blaring I kept my eyes wide open and even sang along. The only negatives were that it was over way too quickly, and using only one track seemed lazy to me; it would have been great if they had done a mashup that was in time with the ride to make it more of an experience and worth the wait.
We continued to walk around the small studio park but, to be honest, it lacked that Disney magic that I was in search of.
The entire place, was small, a bit dirty, there was nothing enchanting about it. The only thing I can compare to is shopping in Primark – you get what you went for but there is no joy in doing so.
Feeling a bit downtrodden we gave up on the studios and made our way next door to Disneyland Park where we hoped to find a little more sparkle. The second we arrived through the big pink archway we heard an incredibly cheesy yet catchy song which was blaring out the back of a float filled with characters.
I could not help but bob along as we followed the waving plush characters through Main Street, though sickeningly cutesy this was a little more like the Disney I remembered and secretly had been hoping for.
Heading towards the enchanted castle we did Disney my style and instead of following the crowds through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle to Fantasy Land we took a left heading straight for Adventure Isle.
Off we went on an adventure sailing with Pirates and surviving the Temple of Doom just like Indiana Jones, before we popped in to the castle to catch one of my other favourite characters: Maleficent.
I have never been very into princesses so once again skirted around the fairytale attractions to instead shoot some aliens with Buzz Lightyear.
It got to the point where we were bored of continuously queuing and tired of our intrepid exploits so called it a day pretty early, but not before grabbing an over priced beer inside the Planet Hollywood Globe.
We may not do Disney like your average couple but we definitely found that sense of wonderment and escapism that I think everyone is in search for in such theme parks.
Have you guys been to Disneyland? What did you think? What do you do when you need a little break from reality?