So it was an early start – but the flight all went fine (apart from quite a lot of annoying kids on the flight – other people’s not my own – although they did try too!)
The first problem was our pre booked Disney driver wasn’t there to pick us up. Now I have to say this wasn’t a huge shock as exactly the same had happened to our next door neighbours when they’d last been. I phoned to query this and was told to get a taxi and the hotel would pick up the tab as our driver was ‘stuck in traffic’. We had a lovely driver – who said it should only take just over half an hour as there was no traffic today!!! He was very informative – although spoke little English – but thankfully I understood enough of the French to translate for the rest of the car.
Possibly the highlight of the car journey was when the Vanessa Paradis classic ‘Joe Le Taxi’ came on – being the only French song I know!! Reminded me of when The Proclaimers were playing in a pub in Scotland in May. Got to love a good stereotype!!
We arrived at the hotel and were given all of the relevant passes and tickets even though our room wasn’t ready (well, after a minor confusion when they tried to check us in as the Brice family rather than Price family!)
We decided to do a bit of a recce of the Disneyland Park ready for hitting the parks hard tomorrow – but the benefit of staying in a suite in the Disneyland Hotel is that you get to permanently Fastpass the rides! No limit of a certain number per day, or only one every 2 hours, anything that can be Fastpassed you can join the queue. However, it would appear that MOST OF THE WORLD has Fastpasses. I began to question whether FAST meant something different in French? “F*cking absolutely slow thanks” was my suggestion……
We tried to order some drinks and donuts from a stand and it took about 15 minutes – again, this backs up my opinion that the French just don’t do the service levels Disney needs as well as the Floridians (I am yet to do California).
Buzz Lightyear was a hit with everyone – as always – and obviously Mummy and Daddy were the most competitive (Daddy won – boo!!!)
Then our suite was ready so we unpacked before deciding the only way we could keep everyone awake until dinner was to go out again – this time to the Walt Disney Studios. By now it was raining – deep joy…
The big 2 wanted to go on the Tower of Terror, whilst the littlest wanted to go on the Toy Soldiers parachute drop – with Mummy (oh how my day was improving!) but we survived. Then we Fastpassed Ratatouille – which was as efficient as all previous Fastpass attempts. The highlight of the queueing was our 6 year old’s incredulousness that the French family in the queue in front of us had 5 kids – it’s pretty rare for us to find families with more children than ours!!
Finally it was back to our hotel for dinner (although we all needed a change of clothes first as we were soaked through). At this point the husband and I fell off the wagon – and had the first booze for a fortnight – a lovely New Zealand Sauv Blanc – but we stopped at one bottle between us (high five to us!). We ate at the California Grill – which the concierge said was the best restaurant at DLP. The food was exquisite – BUT – no chips, and the 6 year old was gutted by this (she is renowned for being *slightly* fussy with her eating!!) however this did lend itself to the comedy comment of the night.
Husband “Oh, I think that boy’s got chips? Oh no, it’s actually pasta”
11 year old “You should have gone to Specsavers”
6 year old “We should have gone to McDonalds”
Aside from that it was a lovely meal (and from hearing about the food my friends’ kids have in French schools, I guess they have much broader tastes than British kids!!) but the 4 year old was asleep before her main course.
We’re back in the room now and after catching the fireworks and laser show from our balcony (which could not be a better view)
the rest of the family are asleep, which pleases me as:
a) we have a long day planned tomorrow and
b) with them all asleep and off their devices, the wifi is much more efficient for me #priorities
So day 1 has been survived. And as far as my plans go from my prologue:
1) No characters have been punched.
2) You can not Fastpass the ass out of the parks as the Fastpasses are not fast.
3) OK – so I’ve moaned about queuing – but I have not had any fights with anyone in a queue – as yet!
4) The food has been amazing in the hotel (but with an amazing price tag too!)
5) The rain dampened the magic – but even I thought the fireworks and laser show were great.
6) It is not possible to stay on the wagon when combining Disney, rain, European queues and hotel rooms.
Here’s to day 2……..