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First-timers in Disneyland - Our Disneyland Paris Trip Highlights

Posted on the 20 April 2018 by Alex_bumptobaby @bumptobaby_blog
Oh my goodness - where to start!? Disneyland Paris was SUCH an adventure. The thing with Disney (and what it makes it such a magical holiday in my opinion) is that it's non-stop fun. You can literally bounce between rides, shows, character meets, experiences, all the amazing things to look at, shopping, dining, exploring and more all morning, all day and all night. And before you know it that's exactly what you're doing and it's only when you get back to your hotel room at night for sleep that you realize how much your legs/back/feet hurt from the all day long non-stop excitment. I found Disneyland Paris (and Walt Disney World in Florida) to be the perfect escape from everyday routine and responsibilites.
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Picking out our trip highlights is hard - there simply are so many! And putting them in some sort of order is difficult too, time and the days of the week sort of became a blur whilst we were there, but I guess that's when you know you've had a truly magical time and you're money has been well spent. If you are subscribed to me over on YouTube then you might have spotted my Disneyland Paris Family Travel vlogs go up recently. I'm going to embed them down below too, so if you're going soon or thinking of going then I hope you enjoy them. Following on from this post and my vlogs, you will see some posts/videos go up soon with some helpful and practical advice around helping you to plan your own trip if you are planning on going yourself soon. But for now here are (quite a few of) our family's favorite photographs from our trip and some of our Disneyland Paris highlights! 
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 When in Disney I'm sure it's law to eat a lollipop as big as your head! 
agrabah cafe, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris,  Just outside Agrabah Cafe for late lunch/dinner, I loved the Aladdin theming! 
first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris,  The Disney castle just never gets old! Also, you can never take enough photos of it!
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hollywood tower hotel, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, Walking through Walt Disney Studios was just as magical for me as it was walking through the Disneyland Park and seeing the castle. I absolutely loved Walt Disney Studios - there's something about it. I can't really put my finger on what it is exactly but you feel it when you're there.
first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris,  One of my favorite rides was Ratatouille, it's such a unique ride. I haven't been on anything like it before and I just thought it had been designed so well.
marie disneyland, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, For my biggest boy he was made up to find some of the characters from the Aristocrats on display in the Disneyland Park. He was desperate to see Marie walking around the park, but I think she's only around at Christmas time.
meeting darth vader, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris,  Meeting Darth Vader. My Husband and Ethan had really been looking forward to meeting him and he didn't disappoint. Ethan loved that he was dressed for the occasion too!
stormtroopers disney, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, We were there in mid-March so the Season Of The Force was on which is one of the reasons we booked it for when we did as my Husband and Ethan love all things Star Wars. If you have a Star Wars fan in your family, I'd definitely recommend visiting when the Season Of The Force is on. It was brilliant!
planet hollywood disneyland, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, We ate at Planet Hollywood one evening and we had such a great time! It wasn't part of our Dining plan, but we'd been invited along and it really was such a great experience. There was even a disco in the toilet!
planet hollywood disneyland, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, Of course my Husband had to 'taste-test' the biggest ice-cream on the menu! ;)
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first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris,  There are so many pretty spots around the parks and outside of them too where you can grab a rest or that make a good spot for a photo opportunity. 
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 I'm going to write a separate post and film a video about what to take if you're visiting Disneyland Paris with kids, but this buggy board was a life saver for us. Our boys don't use a pushchair at home anymore but we took the pushchair and a buggy board (which we got from cheekyrascals.co.uk) with us because I'd read about how much walking you do at Disneyland Paris and I knew that the boys would get tired (which they did!). So I would totally recommend something like this if you're going with under-5's.
first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, Exploring the caves around the Pirates of the Caribbean ride before dinner at Captain Jacks was a lot of fun.
first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, The Disney castle illuminations are an absolute must! There's nothing quite like them! Get there a bit earlier to ensure you get a good spot.
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first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, And another of our favourites was The Pirates of the Caribbean ride which we went on three times.
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disney jr show, first time at disneyland paris, disneyland paris travel blog, disneyland, disneyland paris highlights, disneyland paris must do, vegetarians at disneyland paris, My boys loved the Disney Junior show too. If you've got little ones it's so worth going to see it. The kids got so excited when bubbles and confetti started to fall from the ceiling and it was a great way for them to see their favorite Disney characters.
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First-timers in Disneyland - Our Disneyland Paris Trip HighlightsWe also had lots of fun just generally exploring the parks and finding quiet spots like the caves near the Pirates of the Caribbean ride and this children's park not too far from it. We also went up the tree house (again in the same area), or the boys and Daddy did.. I'm too afraid of heights! ;)
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Our hotel, Newport Bay Club Hotel was seriously stunning, I'm so glad we stayed in a Disney hotel for our trip as it just added to the overall magic. We had everything we needed at the hotel and we even managed to catch a glimpse of the fireworks from our hotel room at night.
Our trip to Disneyland Paris was truly magical. Sure the boys had the odd tantrum and it got really cold at times but there's nothing like a bit of Disney magic to lift your spirits. Asides from everything I have shared here, there were even more amazing moments that I didn't manage to capture too, like all of our dining experiences (full blog post on this coming soon) and lots of the other rides that we went on. If you're thinking about going to Disneyland with your little ones I totally recommened it!

You can watch all of our Disneyland travel vlogs below:

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