by - Wednesday, June 20, 2018

I want you to start reading this with an open mind. I want there to be no judgement against my last holiday destination choice (I've had to face so much already). Yes, I went to Disneyland Paris and it was pretty much the best week ever.

I know what you're thinking: "omg I think I last went to Disneyland when I was 5??!! Isn't it just for kids??" I know. I've heard it about 1 million times from friends/colleagues/family etc already. I'm just going to tell you now - you're missing out. Disneyland IS for adults too.

During October of last year, me and a few friends that I used to work with randomly booked this trip. We'd been talking about it for a while, but had never gotten around to actually booking. Out of all of us, I was the only one that hadn't been to Disneyland Paris before (though I'd been to Disney World and Universal Studios when I was little). We managed to get a pretty good deal for a 3-night hotel stay and 4 days park access - it cost us about £271 each. Considering that the walk-up price for a 4-day park ticket is 239, we saved quite a bit. We stayed at the Disney Santa Fe Hotel, which is about a 15 minute walk away from the parks. There is a shuttle bus though, and it came pretty frequently. The hotel itself wasn't amazing - the rooms aren't very big and the furniture is a bit dated (this could be because it's modelled after the film, Cars). However, it was functional and we barely spent any time there anyway. 

Now for the best part - the parks. There are two to choose from: Walt Disney Studios and obviously the main park, Disneyland. There are attractions, shops and restaurants in both. While there are rides to suit all ages in each park, I preferred the rides in Walt Disney Studios. Some of my favourites were: Rock 'n' Roller Coaster, Ratatouille: The Adventure, Crush's Coaster and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - though this one almost made me shit my pants. It's safe to say, you won't get bored spending a few days here.

I wasn't kidding.
The one thing I would have to criticise is the cost of food. Everything is ridiculously overpriced. On the first day, I think I paid €16 for a 6 chicken nugget meal. After being ripped off, we started making lunches from the hotel's breakfast buffet and only ate at Vapiano in the evenings (located in Disney Village). If you're planning a trip to Disneyland Paris, I would 100% recommend bringing packed lunches or a fat wallet. You're going to be spending a lot on souvenirs so you may as well save money and avoid overpriced, poor quality food.

I hope this has opened your eyes (even slightly) to Disneyland Paris being an adult holiday. I think we all rarely embrace our inner child, and this is the perfect place to do it.

Ciao for now,

Nat x

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