A few months ago, Boo came to me via Whatsapp and said “If I wanted to go to Disneyland Paris for my 30th Birthday, and you know that there is no-one else I would rather travel with… what would you say?”
Well, what else could I say, apart from “Hell yes, count me in!”
And so on Friday 23rd June, I put my hair in quasi-poodle do, before getting into my Pin Up Girl Clothing Jenny skirt, white lacy vest top and suitable accessories, before catching a taxi to the station.
I hopped on the train to London, to go and catch the Eurostar to Paris. What an adventure eh?
Meeting Boo at The Parcel Yard pub in King’s Cross, we sorted out our plans and what we were going to do.
We popped into M&S and got drinks and provisions for the journey and then headed to the Eurostar check-in desk.
Going through security, I set the alarms off. This happens every time I travel away with Boo and have come to realise it’s the industrial strength metal in my bras. Queue security having a good old fondle.
Eventually we got through and went to board the train. It was due to arrive in Paris at approximately 1753 local time. We then needed to get on the RER trains and head out for Marne la Vallee, which is where Disneyland Paris is located.
We had a pretty smooth train ride there, and the station offered free shuttle buses to the local hotels. We had a room booked at the Hotel B&B which is kind of like a French Travelodge. Very crisp, clean and modern and only 2 miles from Disney itself.
The hotel was very welcoming, we had been given a room with a double bed, and bunk beds which was fine for us. The air conditioning was very welcome as it was a hot day, and the beds looked very comfortable.
This hotel is a budget hotel. This means no mini-bar, tea/coffee, toiletries, hairdryer or any of those extras you expect. It did have a good size TV, lots of space, a powerful shower and above all was clean and well presented. The hotel has a wonderful sized restaurant, courtyards, bar and snack areas too.
We got ready to go back out after freshening up, and headed back to the bus pick up point outside the hotel. Bus 54 runs every 10 minutes during peak times, and every 25 minutes off peak, so is really beneficial and FREE!
We got off the bus at the train station and walked the 100 or so yards to Disney Village. We had to go through security and bag x-rays etc, but that suits me just fine.
Disney Village has so many sights to see, in it’s own right. There are performances on a small Disney stage, such as hula-hooping extravaganza’s, several restaurants and bars and lots of Disney Shops.
Annette’s is a 50’s style diner where the waitresses are on Roller Skates. It looked amazing, but as it was getting a little late, we decided we would probably give that a go on Saturday instead.
We wandered around many of the shops, including one beautiful shop that sold artwork, gels from the films and intricate sculpture and jewellery.
There was also a Lego shop that had this amazing creation in it’s front window!
I also loved this flat lego picture from Sleeping Beauty. I wonder how long it took to make it!
We eventually decided on going to Five Guys to get a burger. I had never experienced a five guys before, so I was in for something of a treat. They actually have drinks machines that serve over 100 different sodas, including Peach Fanta and Orange Coke to name a few.
I ended up with a bacon cheeseburger, fries and a Fanta lemon. I was very impressed and left feeling very sated. We walked around a bit longer before deciding to go back to the hotel as we knew we had a pretty packed day ahead of us.
Popping back onto the bus we got to our hotel in about 10 minutes and decided to go to the bar to have a nightcap before bed. I went with the Juicy Cocktail, which was a lot like a “sex on the beach”. We sat out in the courtyard enjoying the warm evening breeze, before me being a wimp, started to shiver and get goosebumps!
We went back to the room to get a goodnight sleep and wake up ready and refreshed to hit the Magic of Disney….. Post coming soon!