Snapshots || Disney Dreams of Christmas

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I have not stood outside frozen to the bones to watch fireworks in such a long time. It was one of the parts of Disneyland that I was most looking forward to and I had it on good authority from Danielle that the Disney Dreams firework display is always a really good show.

As we would be there for Disney Dreams at Christmas, we were hoping it would be just as good, if not better, what with all the festivities and decorations going on.

I must say, I was a little underwhelmed by the whole display. I had envisioned lots of festive themes projected onto the castle, with plenty of tunes to bob along too (to keep those feet warm!) followed by the firework display. It ended up being a lot of Frozen and not a lot else, with some fireworks dotted here and there.

Not quite what I expected, but that did not stop me taking plenty of photos!

It was also my first time taking photos in the dark, and of fireworks, with my new camera body and I am quite happy with how the photos turned out, especially after a little editing.

So without further ado, here are a few snapshots from Disney Dreams at Christmas!

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Not to toot my own horn, but I think these turned out alright. Have you seen the Disney Dreams display, what did you think of it? Or any other firework displays for that matter? 

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Snapshots || Wintertime in Disneyland Paris

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After sharing a rundown of our trip to Disneyland, I am torn over which photos I want to share next. I have so many that I am excited about, I just cannot decide on the blog post order, #personwithcameraproblems.

There’s not much more I want to say about our trip and since I think the joy of Disney is in the details so these photo-posts are perfect for sharing that. In keeping with the cold weather, let’s start with keeping the festive spirit alive with Wintertime at Disney!

I really loved the festive details! You can never have too many trees, wreaths and baubles. There was even fake snow which was sprayed from the tops of the buildings throughout the day! It really was gorgeous and made even better by the great weather we had on the trip too (except for one day, but you cannot have everything).

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Do you not think these decorations are gorgeous? I am quite curious to see how they decorate at other times of the year now. Not enough to buy more tickets to go again, but enough to waste half an hour on the internet looking. 

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Four Days In Disneyland Paris

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It is about time I got to blogging about our trip to Disneyland Paris back at the end of November!

I have covered some of the highlights of the trip already, but now it is time to share a selection of the many photos that I took. As per tradition, let’s start with a day-by-day trip-rundown and the photos that do not really fit anywhere in particular. After this, I have another four blog posts that are a little more “themed” so you can get the entire magical feel of Disneyland! At least, I hope you do.

With any luck, I will share them all before the season starts to change so they remain, somewhat, seasonally accurate.

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Disneyland Day One

Up and out before the Sun had even thought about doing anything, we started our trip with about six hours of travel time. As we were meeting Danielle and her mum in Lille, Kris and I decided to go for a rather convoluted train travel to Disneyland, instead of taking the two-hour direct train. Everything, shockingly, went smoothly, even the train tickets were checked, for once, and I felt justified in spending my money on them.

Things got a little bumpy when the Eurostar decided to arrive up over an hour late and we almost missed our connecting train to Disneyland, but with five minutes to spare we were hurrying our guests down to the platform and figured we’d just introduce ourselves properly once we were on the train. It is more important to catch your train than it is to confirm these strangers you have just picked up on the station are the right people.

Since I had met Danielle and her mum before, that was not too much bother, Kris just had to assume I had not made a mistake. Come to think of it, I do not think I formally introduced Danielle or her mum to Kris at all… Oops.

After that, it was Disneyland a-go, go!

Check in – and hotel upgrade! – done. It was time to head to the park!

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First stop: Phantom Manor!

I will admit, I spent a good part of this trip following Danielle around to whichever rides and parts of the park she wished to go to and thoroughly enjoying that. I also encourage you to visit her blog for in-depth Disney details, reviews and loads more photos, should you be interested in something with a little more substance than what I will be providing here.

I am a bit of a Disney amateur and may have asked who the occasional character was, as well as: “what does Goofy look like?”.

I can, however, tell you that we had a great time and using the map I have open in another internet tab, I might even be able to provide names of both rides and locations in the park.

Back to the trip!

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From Phantom Manor, we headed back to Fantasyland for a bite to eat, then to It’s A Small World and finally Peter Pan. Then it was dark because winter.

Oh and Peter Pan: totes awesome.

We ended our first day watching the Christmas Tree being turned on and then dinner at Cape Cod, which despite sounding very un-vegan, did have a sufficient amount of vegan options.

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Disneyland Day Two

Today started off with our first meet and greet of the trip with Donald Duck. Which was weird. They have no faces. I might be 27, but the lack of real faces gives me the eebie jeebies. Much weird.

I decided afterwards that I much preferred the role of portrait photographer and only stepped in for a photograph when we had the opportunity to use the Photo Pass.

Most of this day was spent in the Walt Disney Studios Park. We rode Crush’s Coaster, the Flying Carpets (not that mine and Kris’ carpet would go up and down so were just stuck at the bottom for the whole ride…), the ride based on Cars and then we went to watch Mickey and The Magician at Animagique which was a lot of fun.

After that, Danielle and her mum went off for a tour and Kris and I continued wandering around the park checking out the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, the Art of Animation and the general area of Toyland until we all met up again.

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At some point the four of us rejoined and enjoyed the delights of CinéMagique and the infamous Tower of Terror.

We ended the day by watching the fireworks display and then heading to Hunter’s Grill for dinner. Obviously we were going for the most vegan sounding places… Still, there were vegan options so it was all good.

I will be sharing the photos from the Walt Disney Studios Park and the fireworks in another blog post or two. 

Disneyland Day Three

Day three was all about Discoveryland, Fantasyland, riding the Railroad and then heading back over to WDS Park for the Moteurs Stunt Show.

We started the day in Discoveryland going for Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, Orbitron and then Autopia. In between Kris and I went to ride Space Mountain whilst Danielle and her mum went to check out Nautilus.

Discoveryland was definitely my favourite section of the park, not for the rides, although they were really good, but for all the details – which I have saved for another blog post!

After our morning in Discoveryland, we were back in Fantasyland to do some of the rides we missed on the first day: Snow White, the Tea Cups and Casey Jr. Then it was time to ride the Railroad all the way around the park before heading back to the WDS Park to enjoy the stunt show.

To end our third day, we walked through Toyland together, had a ride on Slinky Dog and then parted ways for dinner time. Kris and I enjoyed more buffet-ing at La Cantina (which was delicious!) and then retired to the hotel for a bit of TV in bed.

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Disneyland Day Four

Our last day!

We went for another day in the Disneyland Park, starting with a meet and greet with Thumper and Miss Bunny. Still just as awkward as Donald, and now there were two people without faces!

From here, it was straight to Adventureland to check out Indiana Jones, the Swiss Family Robinson Tree House, a bit of Adventure Isle and Pirates of the Caribbean. This section was all about the details again, so I’ll be sharing some more photos from here with the ones from Discoveryland another day.

We ended our last day with a ride on Dumbo, a leisurely stroll down Main Street and a really good dinner at the Chuck Wagon Cafe. Oh and a little shopping too before heading to the train station just to find out our train was delayed for an hour. Good job we were taking the direct train home this time!

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And that was our trip in a nutshell!

It was definitely an experience, one that was made extra special with company. Had Kris and I gone alone – chances are, we wouldn’t have – I do not think we would have had half as much fun. It is not our usual adventure, but I am glad I gave it a chance.

Will we go again? Probably not. Do I want to watch a few more Disney movies? Maybe a little bit. I just need to decide which movie. Have you ever been to DLP? Would you ever go? 

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