It all started with a prayer. Literally. We had a school service at our church for Epiphany, and my eldest is a worship leader (!) – so each worship leader was asked what they’d like to pray for – first child mentioned saving the poor, sick and dying, a second wanted to save nearly extinct animals…my child? Oh, well she prayed to go to Disneyland! Let’s just say God was on her side on this occasion.
So the enormously expensive tickets for both Eurostar and the Disney Hotel New York were bought, during the Easter hols and with friends thankfully, as the idea of three days in Disney alone scared us. My husband needed his bromance with him as backup – so off we went with hope in our hearts, and slight fear of the unknown and unreal.
The journey there was made bearable due to a quiet train and an edible breakfast, we also left mid-week which helped I think. Oh and the weather was still cold, which in hindsight was great for the ques. We arrived about midday, dropped our bags at the hotel, which I have to say needed a bit of an update (apparently the cheaper hotels are in much better nick), and made our way down.
Our first ride was in the Walt Disney Studios bit. We accidentally went on the Tower of Terror. We quickly went to the Park after that. Dumbo and It’s A Small World didn’t really cut the mustard after that experience, and my 4 year old quickly became an adrenalin junkie so we were on Thunder Mountain in no time holding on for dear life. Quite liked it actually.
I know a couple of people who are going this year, and these are my top tips:
– Go mid-week, we quickly learned at the Weekend it’s a whole less pleasurable, especially when it’s sunny – rain keeps the crowds away and the popular ride que times were much shorter
– Essentials have to be snacks, plasters and wipes – midday winging, falling off the last step of the Dumbo ride and spilled sauce were taken care of by these. I was the one who needed the plasters by the way. Still have the graze from that little fall
– If you have girls, book the princess dinner before arrival. We were sure this wasn’t going to be yet another Disney expense we were going to fall for. We fell for it. It was fab and all our girls met Cinderella and her mice, Belle and her incredibly camp Beast and Aurora – the princesses were absolutely lovely and our girls were spell bound. The meal itself was actually really good, and clearly our boys were kept sweet by the view!
– The light show was incredible, but make sure you turn up 30 minutes beforehand, same goes for the parade. We saw that twice though, second time by mistake and we walked with it which was so much fun
– Fast Track tickets are well worth the investment. We were incredibly lucky and this lovely chap with his son gave us his for free. If we’d known how brilliant they were, we would have also invested in this for a full day
– Take a pad and pen for character autographs. It seemed so ridiculous before we did it, but then it became quite a fun game spotting them!
All in all it’s magical and fun – sharing the experience with friends is brilliant, we shall always have these memories together which is priceless..