Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Disneyland Paris - New year Trip

What a way to spend NEW YEAR. We had such a happy as well as sad time in Disneyland Paris.
Leaving early in the morning, we were due to meet our coach in Oswestry. Due to the weather it was running late. Mark above was going to be our coach driver for the trip. He was also meeting the bus in Oswestry.

We stayed with Mark whilst waiting. Mark is pictured above with Aaron on the Channel Tunnel. We got chatting and made a wonderful friend whilst on our trip. Mark and I are still in touch via facebook.

Mark if your reading this I want to say "Thanks" for looking after us your a star.

Heading off we stopped a few time`s on the way. Reaching the Euro Tunnel, Mark found the trains were delayed. We were due to go on the train in 4 hrs. Luckily Mark used his charm and got us on earlier. It was strange being on the train again after so long.

Reaching Caliai lots of memories of Daniel came flooding back. Tears welled in my eyes. As a family, we had spent many times with the children in France. It was the first time we had been back to France since Daniel`s death.

Heading on we reached Paris quite late, booking into our hotel and off to bed.
Next morning after a hearty breakfast. We headed off to Euro Disneyland. Going back without Dan on the anniversary of his death was very strange.

Firstly we headed to Walt Disney Studio`s Park. Walking through the main entrance the lights and multi sensory effects are fantastic.

We went on a few rides here. The studio tram ride was one. This ride took us on a trip behind the scene using special effects. Our too favourite parts were the tanker than blows up during an earthquake then a flood occurs. The other part is where London has been scorched by Dragons. It was a good ride.
We also went on Crush`s Coaster. This is a roller coaster that is set from the scene Finding Nemo. Here I met a lady called Helene, whilst waiting in the queue. She was originally from Oxford but now lives in the French Alps. We have vowed to stay in touch.
The coaster is about the film Finding Nemo. The carriage twirls around at speed firstly going through the fish world of Nemo before taking off on the east Australian currant. The special effects are fantastic. It was a really good ride.
Next ride was the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Walking through the tower you listened to the tail of the Haunted Tower of Terror. the strapped into an elevator you are taken high into the tower. The lift plummets faster than the speed of gravity more than once. As it takes you up to the top the doors open for a fantastic view across the Disney Parks. It was a really good ride.

After lunch we headed off the Disney Park, as we walked we looked down at the path of memories. This path is a creation of little paving stones each etched with names of people who are remembered along the path. It all became to much for Aaron as he turned heel and ran off sobbing for his beloved brother.

Calming him down with a cup of Swiss hot chocolate and cream we wandered about the Swiss market stalls. The gifts on sale were lovely.

We chatted about Daniel and the special times we have had at the park with him. Daniel is so sadly missed by all his family.

As time went on it was time for the Moterus Show. This show is an action packed stunt spectacular. Here cars fly through the air, shatter glass windows, do hand brake turns and race around chasing each other. It is a really good show also included are motorbikes withe the bike finale skidding across the floor and catching fire.

The other good part of this show is the appearance of the original Herbie.
Moving on we decided to go into Disney Park again. This time we did it, as we entered there was a Disney parade going on. We watched as the floats and displays all went by. The lights were going dim. The Disney Princess castle was lite up with sparkling light. It looked fantastic.

Walking around Disneyland Park we went on quite a few rides these included, Space Mountain Mission 2. This coaster blasts off on a spinning rocket powered roller coaster adventure to the edge of the universe inside a big dome with superb effects as if your travelling throughout space. We went on this ride a few times.
Other rides included Pirates of the Caribbean, this is a adventure boat ride through a pirate attack on a Spanish Fortress.
Indiana Jones and the temple of Peril, with this ride you have to face the wrath of the gods on a mine train looping the loop at high speed, through ancient temple ruins !
Big Thunder Mountain is were you are on a runaway mine train that hurtles through an abandoned gold mine at breath taking speed.
We also went on the Buzz Light year laser Blast Quest.
There is no theme park in the UK that compares with Disneyland.The special effects are so realistic.
As it was getting late we went to get a snack before sitting in the Videopolis, this is a huge arena with stage and screens. We sat and watched the old cartoons for a while. Aaron really enjoyed them.

As it got late near to Midnight we ventured outside to Central Plaza here there was a huge street party. It was time to party with Mickey Mouse and friends. Then DJ party time believe in magic disco started. The whole of Disneyland Paris rocked, people danced in the street singing having a great time.

As midnight approached the count down began in french. The Sky's lite up behind the Disney Princess Castle as the believe in magic fireworks exploded to bring in the New Year. it was a magical event really nice place to be at New Year. Tears welled in our eyes as we remembered a little face no longer with us and how he would have adored this wonderful day in Disneyland Paris.

A very tired little boy then got back on the coach back to the hotel. In the morning we went for breakfast then packed up our things for the journey home.
It didn't seem to take us long to get back on English soil. Aaron did a collection for Mark the driver in his new french beret.
We had a wonderful time in France and will be defiantly going on another trip soon.

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