Reliving my Childhood at Disneyland Paris

When my employers offered to let me take Zoe, their youngest daughter, to Eurodisney for the day, I jumped at the chance. Because… Disneyland!

I, like most small Midwestern children, visited Disneyworld in the 90’s and had the time of my life. My little brother and I carried around little blue books soliciting signatures from Disney characters, and my mom slathered sunscreen all over our sun-deprived, Midwestern skin to protect us from the searing Floridian sun.

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But as you might have guessed, this visit to Disneyland was a bit different. First of all, it is no longer 1998 (which is quite unfortunate, may I add). And secondly, the Parisian sun is never searing. The weather, per usual, was overcast, drizzly and more than a little depressing.

Upon entering the park, we immediately spotted Mickey, who was actually being chased by small children. As in, he seemed to be running away.

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Does anyone else remember running around the theme park asking the poor people dressed up as cartoons for autographs? Now that I’m an adult and have worked as a cater-waiter, I really, really feel for them.

We ran into some other familiar faces… or should I say, 101 of them.

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The benefit of visiting Disneyland in December was that the ride lines were only two or three minutes long. I also noticed that despite featuring my favorite movies, such as The Lion King or Aladdin, most of the rides incorporated characters from Disney’s Pixar days like Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo.

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At right- a jellyfish warning from Finding Nemo. Which I have to admit- was a really good movie.

Our first ride ended up being the best ride of the day; the Tower of Terror.

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Despite the hotel being haunted, the lobby was actually quite inviting.

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Once they strapped us into the elevator compartment, we were dropped eight stomach-turning stories and then shot right back up the shaft. And in flagrant disregard of the no camera policy, I hastily snapped a picture when the elevator doors opened- because even the views are magical at Disneyland.

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The best ride ever was followed by the worst ride ever. We waited for 40 minutes in the company of screaming toddlers in order to ride a bouncy ride that lasted about 90 seconds.

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I kind of felt like the oldest child or the youngest adult at the park- just check out the amount of strollers!

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After exiting Walt Disney Studios we thought we had seen the whole park. But little did we know, we had a whole other park worth of childhood memories left to be explored.

To be continued…

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Ashley is an American travel blogger and freelance writer who moved to Paris at 21, traveled the world for a year and now lives in Denver. She's usually in pursuit of skiing, languages and perfectly ripe cheese. Her writing has been featured in National Geographic, Viator and Jetstar Australia.
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14 Comments

  1. So fun you got to do that! I’ve always contemplated going there. I’ve never been to Disneyworld or land, so I feel like a little piece of my childhood is missing.

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    • Aw, that’s too bad! Maybe on your visit to Paris you could squeeze a little visit in? Though I’d highly recommend going to the U.S. Disney’s instead!

    • It definitely is more low-key, probably on account of the weather and French people! In the U.S. we are all about fanfare and excess, which kind of makes Disneyland more fun :)

  2. Although it must feel weird to be in the in-between-kid-and-mom-age at Disneyland, this sounds like so much fun! I love Disney movies so much – not a day goes by without me quoting something from the Lion King :) I’ve been to Anaheim when I was four and all I remember is running away from Mickey Mouse, because I found him really scary :D
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    • I LOVE THE LION KING! That’s clearly the best Disney movie ever (and yes, I quote it as well. Even weirder- I can growl almost exactly like a lion, awk.)

  3. Looks like great fun, for kids of all ages! I’ve never had a Disneyland experience and sometimes I think maybe I missed out as a child, but then again – is it ever too late? Are you ever too old for Disney?!
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    • No, you are never told old for Disney, that’s for sure!

  4. I did I did! As an Aussie kid living in the American midwest, I got to have two childhood stints at Disneyland – 1991 and 1995. I still remember the second visit and approaching them all for autographs. I read a story last year – I think it was on the Huffington Post – of an old security guard at Disneyworld who for years has gone around asking young girls dressed as princesses for their autographs. All the kids would think he mistakenly thought they were real live princesses! Reading that story made my day. Ah, to be ten again!
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    • Aw that’s so cute! I actually would totally go to Disneyland again- just not the one in Paris- the U.S. ones are better in my opinion.

    • It was actually very strange to witness- I guess French Mickey isn’t quite a people person!

  5. People say I’m so childish because of my travels, so I guess Disneyland would be perfect for my weekend off. Glad you had fun. Nothing better than getting back to your childhood times, huh? :)
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    • We travelers aren’t childish, we’re just adventurous :). And yes, it was quite a great day!

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