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Day 11: Our way to Disneyland Resort Paris!

We did not set an alarm as we would wake up early enough anyway. At 8:00am we arrived at the breakfast, delicious! Soon after breakfast we made our way to Terminal 4 from which the Magical Shuttle, a bus, to Disneyland Resort Paris would leave.

We arrived 15 minutes early but the bus was already there, the driver didn’t care much and took off without loading any passengers. Came back 45 minutes later, 15 minutes behind schedule and had fun seeing guests struggle with their luggage as he decide to let them load at the other side of the bus. While loading the bus my glasses fell on the ground, resulting on large deep scratched n one of the glasses, so no more glasses for me which also meant no more blogging as I really struggled seeing the letters on the screen.

Finally in the bus we arrived at Disney’s Hotel Newport Bay Club, our hotel for the first nights. Security was a mess and check in was a total chaos, it felt like a hotel which just opened and had never seen guests before. About 45 minutes later we had our magic passes and we were ready to go to the parks after we dropped of our luggage.

The first surprise was that the boulevard / walkway from NPBC to Disney Village being closed, meaning we needed to walk twice as far to Village as we thought we would, not a big problem as long as the weather is nice, which it was this day.

For lunch we ate at Earl of Sandwich before heading to the park and did some shopping at Disney Fashion. Here Danielle finally found a black Disneyland Paris spirit jersey and we found some nice shirts for Emily. We asked the Cast Member to deliver the items to our hotel, which resulted in some confusion as this probably doesn’t happen to often in Disney Village?

Park time, we decided to go through the center entrance of the park, under the Disneyland hotel. After the entrance we ran in to the two friendliest Cast Members the whole trip Emerico and Enzo. We exchanged some Disney trivia before we walked down Mainstreet U.S.A.

First stop was Phantom Manor, finally open again after a lengthy refurbishment. Beautiful dark-ride, Emily wasn’t sure if she liked it or not but she didn’t cry. After Phantom Manor we walked to Fantasyland for some fun rides. We rode multiple rides but only took pictures in Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups.

We were all a bit tired form the travel day, the heat and Emily was hungry. We decided to make a brief stop in Videopolis in Discoveryland where we enjoyed ice-cream and water, thanks to the generous Cast Members we met while arriving in the park earlier.

While we were enjoying the Mickey Mouse cartoons Danielle and I decided to ride the Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain, an indoor roller coaster in its 3rd life after the indoor theming had been changed from its original Jules Verne’s “From the Earth to the Moon” from 1995 to Mission 2 visiting a supernova in 2005 and to the Star Wars theme in 2017. We liked it, the trains were a lot more comfortable as we remembered.

While Danielle was riding Hyperspace Mountain, Emily and I meet with Goofy and Pluto.

And we even visited Darth Vader, not Emily’s favourite as he did not want to give us a high five!

And now it was time for the parade, due to our Infinity annual passes we had reserved spots to watch the parade. Emily was sitting front row in her stroller, best view of the parade you can imagine. But she fell a sleep.

The parade was beautiful, afterwards we decided to leave the park and went for dinner to Anette’s Dinner in Disney Village. Emily woke up after we just ordered so she could join us for dinner too.

After dinner we went back to Newport Bay Club to see if our room was ready, and it was. Room number 3200 with a balcony, but unfortunately the Air-conditioning was broken, after a call to maintenance and waiting 45 minutes for someone to show up I was done with it and went to the reception myself. 5 apologies later we came to the decision that it was best to switch to another room.

The new room 3138 was much cooler, and this is where we stayed until the end although we encountered many other smaller issues during our stay in the room. Not exactly what we expected for a hotel which was fully renovated in 2016.

Soon Emily was out and Danielle decided to go back to the park while I almost fell a sleep at 9:pm already, due to the reserved section she had an amazing spot to watch the fireworks from.

She enjoyed the night-time show Illuminations a lot and was back in the hotel close to midnight.

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Day 9: Second day at Sea!

Good morning Disney Magic! We started of with some celebrities, the first one was Daisy Duck in her sailor outfit. While waiting in line for Daisy we saw the Princess Gathering downstairs, this is a ticketed event for which you need to reserve upfront, you only get to do this one time and we did this on the first day of the cruise already.

But the line was very short and I took my chance asked if we would be allowed to go one more time, the answer was yes! Right away we could get in line but we first wanted to have a picture with Pluto.

The line was short but the princess took a lot of time to chat with Emily, she proudly showed them all her new bracelets with beads of the princesses.

Right after we went in line for a picture with Character breakfast where Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Goofy visit your table. The breakfast is table service and we were lucky enough to get our own servers for breakfast. Emily might have been more excited about the fact that Alejandro was serving us as Disney friends visiting us.

After breakfast we had a royal meeting with the Queen and Princess of Arendelle, as known as Elsa and Anna from Frozen.

Now we needed to hurry as Mickey Mouse was meeting and this was our last chance with the photographers from Shutters taking the pictures.

After this meeting it was time for another 1,5 hours in the Oceaneer Club for Emily, not something she particularly likes but she can’t join us on the Chocolate and Liquor tasting in Keys which is a 18+ bar.

The tasting was awesome, even better as the Champagne tasting from the night before. It gave a whole new dimension to drinking wine, champagne, port and whiskey. Something I would absolutely do again.

We picked up Emily, took a picture with Mickey Mouse and we went back to our room. Here Emily took a afternoon nap while Danielle and I, ok mainly Danielle, packed our suitcases. And again everything fitted in! We got a bit lucky here as Vueling raised the luggage allowance from 23kg to 25kg.

After Emily woke up we did another round of characters but there were no more professional photographers anymore.

The last night we had dinner in the restaurant were we started: Animator’s Palate. This time we were drawing a figure on a placemat which was later scanned in and part of the show.

Emily: 3rd from left

Me: Left, Danielle: 2nd form left

After the show we walked around the ship a little bit, bought the last souvenirs before it was time for Disney Dreams – An Enchanted Classic! Maybe the best show of the week, or maybe just as good as the 2 other shows we saw.

After the show we went right back to our room as it was bed time for all of us while tomorrow we need to be present at breakfast at 7:00am!

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