Sunday, July 29, 2012

Disneyland.....In Paris!

So did you know that they have a Disneyland park in Paris?
Yep they do.
I am not joking.

Nate's parents are complete Disneyland fans. They go almost every year. Nate has been there pretty much every year of his life. I on the other hand had only been once when I was 6 years old......until I met Nate. Now I have been 3 times since we have been married. I guess I am becoming a real Hembree now and Disneyland has become my new home.

Disneyland will always have a special place in my heart since Nate proposed to me there in July of 2010. Ever since then, we have been back every summer. I hope to keep up this tradition.
It really is the happiest place on earth......
Especially in Paris!

So when Gail and Jim found out about the Disneyland in Paris, they were so excited. They didn't even think twice about going. We didn't even have any kids with us but who needs them? The little children side in each of us came out as we ran around like kids in a candy shop throughout the park. :)

Ours faces in this picture kind of explains it all....we were that excited.

This is the spot where Nate proposed 2 years ago, except in a different country. :)
This year was their 20th Anniversary of the Paris park opening! It is a newer park and the only Disneyland in Europe. I would always hear kids talking about going there for holiday in the British schools and at Southbank. It is a popular destination.

If you are wondering at all what I wondered before going there.....wonder no more.....
here are some answers for you below......
-The rides are all the same rides, same names and everything. But the rides themselves are a little different. Space Mountain in Paris is way different. It goes upside down and is way faster and more intense than the CA one.
-Hardly any lines or wait times compared to CA.
-You can walk up to the night firework show as it is starting and get your choice of perfect spots to sit. In CA you have to go save seats at least 1 hour before if not more.
-All the workers, characters, performers speak in French. For the nightly firework show, the songs were in English but the speaking was in French. Weird.
-They don't have Splash Mountain there. Sad.
-They do have a cool version of the Indiana Jones ride that is more like a roller coaster, but sadly, it was closed when we were there for remodel.
-They have a cool restaurant where you go and order your food and then you can take it to a table and watch a Disney movie on a big movie theater screen as you eat.
-All the shops and cafes were similar, but some had French pastries.
-In the night show, they projected lights onto the castle that together looked like different Disney characters.
-All in all, it still has the same happy Disneyland feel to it and we had a great time!

 Nate and I about to ride Space Mountain, Paris style.
Gail and I got cold at night, so we bought some Disneyland sweatshirts. 
Some shots from the firework show:

Disneyland truly is the happiest place on earth!
I can't wait to keep this tradition going year after year 
and to take our future kids there to experience the magic for themselves. 

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