Do you remember how when we told you that we were going to repeat Paris as our anniversary getaway we added that it wasn’t going to be the same adventure? That was because we knew Disneyland was in the most likely plans.
I know it may sound silly for lots but I was truly excited to visit Disneyland during Halloween for their decorations, parades and shops. Of course we knew we would be tempted to try the most famous rides, specially the Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor called in Disneyland), but what I like more about the Disney parks is how when walking around enjoying their decorations & music, they make me feel like a little girl grinning ear from ear. Oh! and this time I had one mission: score at least one cute Disney pin.
During my first time at Disneyland (California) I was tempted by their huge collection of pins, but I came home only with a couple of badges instead. This time I had reserved few euros (meaning 20€) to buy a couple. Now I feel horrible because I didn’t take any pictures of my loot, but soon I’ll try to show them (promise!), they are a cute Mickey ghost and gorgeous a Ariel (glittery tail and all).
When we arrived at Disneyland we went to the City Hall first because we wanted to make a reservation for dinner at Chez Remy’s. When the nice folks there realized how excited two adults were with their first visit to the park (lol) they gifted us with a VIP access for the Big Thunder Mountain. The access was valid for all day and allowed us to enter without having to wait a queue, we were told to go to the exit door and once there show our VIP pass, in a minute we were climbing into the railroad wagons ready for the adventure.
A part from the Haunted Mansion, that we missed while in Disneyland California because it was under renovation, all the attractions were like the little sister of their counterparts at California. However Paris has some unprecedented (for me) ones like Alice’s Labyrinth or Ratatouille and that we thoroughly enjoyed (laarge picture evidence about Alice).
We attended the two parades of the day, the first one (as you have seen above) was the most impressive since it was completely dedicated to the autumn/halloween iconography: pumpkins, harvest, nuts and lots of orange & purple. We mistakenly thought that the evening parade was called “The Villains” and you can picture us anticipating all the evil characters from our favorite movies marching together (if it resembles our mental image it was about to be mind-blowing) . Finally the parade was the Magic Parade, beautiful but quite the standard for what we were expecting. Do you know if the Villains only happens the same day of Halloween? That was our best guess after the (small) disappointment.
I think we should make it a deal to visit another Disneyland park during another season, winter would be dreamy I’m sure! I’ve already seen some Frozen videos projected against the castle that are wonderful. What do you think?
Have you visited Disneyland during Halloween? Have you visted several parks? Which is your favorite? Do you own Disney pins? I have read that the trading pins is a (fascinating) world to learn about. Oh! and sorry for the non-Disney addicts, thanks for reaching to the bottom! :)