Halloween

Halloween at Disneyland Paris

We have been lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris twice before, once for Hubby’s 30th birthday back in 2003 and again for Isaac’s 5th birthday in 2013.

Both times were in spring / summer and we have been hoping to return to see the park transformed for either Halloween or Christmas.

During October half term, we spent the week with Al Fresco Holidays at their fabulous park La Croix du Vieux Pont, which is the perfect base for day trips to Paris and Disneyland.

We spent the first couple of days relaxing on the site and exploring Paris and made sure a trip to Disneyland wasn’t on the kids radar before, despite buying tickets before we left the UK. We told them we were off to visit a castle and made the 90 journey without any suspicions.

Disneyland

It was Sebby that spotted the Disney Castle first and the excitement in the car was electric as we headed inside the gates to park.

We have previously stayed at Disney hotels on previous visits, so mistakenly parked at the back of the carpark on the first day of our visit – definitely try to get closer to the entrance as it’s a good 15 minute walk from the car park, although the kids loved riding the travelators.

Carpark

We purchased 2 day tickets to Disneyland Paris, which allowed us to spend a day in each park and the Magic Kingdom was our first stop.

Disney Halloween

Disney go all out on Halloween, with decorations throughout the square and along Main Street.

Disneyland Halloween

The kids adored being able to pose with various displays, as well as seeing witches hat lights and pumpkin decorations.

Disneyland Paris Halloween

In fact, you saw something new every time you walked along it.

Mummy Disney

Isaac and Eliza were keen to introduce Sebastian to the magic of Disneyland, starting with the castle and its resident dragon.

Magic Kingdom

We were delighted that some of the infamous Disney villains had decided to pay a visit to the park for the Halloween celebrations too.

Maleficent

The cheeky villains couldn’t resist a chance to perform a spectral spectacular in a spooky show at the royal Castle Stage.

Villains

I think Donald stole the show though!

Donald Duck

The Halloween Cavalcade was also not to be missed with Disney Characters parading along the streets of Disneyland in their eye-popping Halloween attire.

Disney Halloween Parade

As well as the Halloween parade there was also the 25th Anniversary Parade which is filled to bursting point with characters from all your favourite Disney films.

Olaf

Some of the characters danced along the street, greeting their adoring fans, whilst others sat and waved from huge, impressive floats.

Disney Parade

Maleficent’s dragon even breathed fire!

Dragon

Ride wise, nothing has really changed since our last visit with the exception of the rebranding of space mountain to Star Wars: Hyperspace Mountain.

Space Mountain

The rides the kids loved the most were ‘It’s a Small World’, ‘Star Tours: The Adventure Continues’ and ‘Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast’ and we managed to fit in a good number, despite queues of around 40 minutes each.

Buzz Lightyear

We arrived at the park at 10am for opening and stayed right until the firework finale which started at 10pm, so it was a long day, especially for the kids.

Castle Disney

It was gone 11pm by the time we made it back to the car, but the kids were still buzzing from everything they had seen.

Fireworks

We did enjoy a very quiet journey back to the campsite as they all slept well on the way back.

We purchased 2-day tickets to Disneyland Paris through Picniq as they had the best deal at the time, plus we earned 5.25% through Top Cashback, which allowed us to spend a day in each park and the Magic Kingdom was our first stop, but it is worth shopping around as these deals change all the time.

Keep your eyes on the blog for our experience at Hollywood Studios soon……..

Have you been to Disneyland Paris?

 

Halloween

Saturday is Caption Day – 5th November 2016 #satcap

Hello and welcome to Saturday is Caption Day #satcap. If you have not taken part before please come and join in. Simply find a funny / cheeky / captionable photo and upload it to your blog or instagram with a sentence or three about it. Then link it up with me below and visit the other people who link up and have a giggle as you come up with some humourous captions! You cannot have missed that this week it was Halloween and there were hundreds of children dressed up to go Trick or Treating and we were some of …

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Spooky Seas at Weymouth

Exploring #SpookySeas at Weymouth Sealife Centre

Weymouth Sea Life Adventure Park has turned the spotlight on scary critters of the deep this Halloween.

As well as meeting creepy spider crabs, batfish, ghost knifefish and other appropriately named creatures, we got to find lettered pumpkins that told us that humans who are the real monsters! (Sssshhhh I may have given you the answer to the challenge there).

The Park’s special package of fright-fest’ entertainment is on now until Sunday 30th October and also highlights the horrors that pollution, over-fishing and other human follies are inflicting on the marine world.

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Of course there is lots of fishy fun too, plus spooky fact finding, lantern making, scary crafts and fancy dress.

Spooky Seas at Weymouth Sealife Centre

For a small extra charge (£3 pp), you can meet Weymouth Sealife Centre’s resident witch, Zelda.

Hubble bubble toil and trouble……. enter the Enchanted Cabin set among the Wetlands, where you get to find the ingredients to help Zelda make spooky and ghoulish potions to help cure her sister from a terrible illness, before she makes you your very own potion to take away. What potion would you choose?

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Once you have drunk your magic slushy potion, you are brave enough enjoy the rest of the park including some scary and not so scary rides!

Exploring #SpookySeas at Weymouth Sealife Centre

Separate tickets apply for the magical experience with Zelda and to secure your place at the cauldron, book now at sealifeweymouth.com

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