If you follow me on social media, you won’t have been able to miss the fact that my family and I spent a few days over the new year in Disneyland Paris. Disneyland has been my happy place since I first went as a child and, although I can’t afford to go as often as I would like now I have children of my own, I absolutely love to go whenever we are able to. It was Ed’s very first time visiting Disneyland, so the trip was extra special. Our group was a real mixture of ages, including Benjamin who is only two, and the trip was special to everyone for different reasons but today I wanted to share the three reasons why you should spend new year in Disneyland Paris.
Christmas Lives On
We travelled to France on Saturday 29th December, with our first day in the park being 30th. Christmas was over almost a week beforehand but, as the Christmas decorations are up in Disneyland from mid November until early January, we were able to relive the festive feeling during our time in the parks with Christmas carols and festive decor galore. The huge Christmas tree as you walk into Mainstreet is truly magical and I loved that the It’s A Small World ride had even had a Christmassy makeover with Jingle Bells being sung in different languages. The Christmas Parade was a firm favourite amongst both children and adults and the Christmas market by the Ratatouille ride in the Disney Studios was definitely a highlight for Ed and I selling mulled wine, prosecco, crepes and the most amazing salted pretzels.
Midnight is Magical
One of the highlights of our three day trip was New Year’s Eve itself. We had decided against purchasing the additional tickets for the Magic Kingdom as it was working out expensive for our large group. Instead we went along to the Disney Studios park, which was open until 12:30 and free for those with park tickets. The rides stayed open until the park closed and there was live entertainment on the stage in front of the Hollywood Tower, which had been lit up with a decorative projector for the evening. As the clocks chimed midnight, confetti and fireworks were let off and we were also able to see the display to our right over the magic kingdom park.
I can’t comment on what the main park’s entertainment was like, or whether it was worth the additional ticket price, but either way I guarantee it beats my usual New Year’s Eve celebrations of watching the London fireworks on TV. The atmosphere in the park was brilliant and the music continued for a further half an hour before the park closed, allowing us to properly celebrate the new year.
There is Something for Everyone & It Doesn’t Have to Break the Bank
From the moment we walked into the park on the Sunday, until the minute we left at 6pm on New Year’s Day the magic of Disney took over and we had the most amazing time. There is something truly magical about Disneyland, whatever your age and regardless of whether you are a thrill seeker or prefer the tamer rides. There is something for everyone. If you are looking for a different way to celebrate New Year’s Eve in 2019, I would highly recommend Disneyland. Not only is it hugely enjoyable as a holiday, it creates lasting memories for the whole family.
Yes, Disneyland can be costly, but book early, search out the best deals and be prepared to stick to one main meal whilst in the parks a day and you can keep the price down whilst still having an amazing time! We drove, travelling via the Eurotunnel, stayed on a bed and breakfast board at one of the cheaper options Disney’s Explorer Hotel, which had a free shuttle to and from the parks every ten minutes, and kept spending whilst in the parks to a minimum, avoiding non-sterling transaction fees by paying on credit cards for any food and souvenirs.