Saturday, April 11, 2015

Disneyland Paris!

We had the absolute most incredible visit to Disneyland Paris with Poppa and Ning to cap off our Castle Vacation -- it was even better than I ever could have imagined! We planned for months, and had a surprise scavenger hunt to the tell the kids we were going. It was amazing to witness the magic through their eyes. Plus, Sleeping Beauty's Castle was the perfect chateau to end our Loire Valley visit!
Mainstreet USA -- we went to Paris to go to America!
The teacups....a classic!
We met up with Poppa and Ning the night before -- we zipped into Marne-la-ValleƩ from Versailles, and my dad and Ning flew in from Madeira Island, having just finished their transatlantic cruise as they prepare for the Camino de Santiago (a 500-mile pilgrimage across Spain).
My dad and Ning held Bitsy a lot while we took the big kids on rides!
The next morning, we drove to Disneyland and began our adventure bright and early! Our hotel allowed us to enter the park two hours before its official opening time, which we took full advantage of all three days! Those were truly the golden hours. We practically walked onto rides -- the teacups, Peter Pan, Pinochio, Buzz Lightyear, Star Tours... When the park gates opened, there was a crowd surge -- people literally ran to rides we had just enjoyed.
The boys loved watching the car attraction below....

Peter Pan was one of our very favorites!!

It's a Small World
John's favorite was this Buzz Lightyear flying ride

One special afternoon, Madeline, Ning, Bitsy and I had lunch with the princesses at Auberge de Cendrillon (Cinderella's Inn)! Madeline lit up and was so poised as she chatted with Ariel, Cinderella (and two of her mice!), Prince Charming and Snow White (who also held Bitsy -- Ning said it was like she's been blessed by the Pope). But I think Ning and I were the most taken -- we teared up every time the breathtaking pricesses came to our table!

Madeline asked if the princesses were from the UK!
Afterwards, Ning treated Madeline to "Princess for a Day" -- she picked out a sparking Elsa costume, then had a make up and hair session with a photoshoot! While we were doing that, the boys -- Poppa, Rob, Charlie and John -- had a pirate lunch and picked out a fun toy from the Disney souvenir shop. Then back to the hotel for hours of swimming.

We all loved it so much we can't wait to go back! We were so happy Poppa adn Ning could come back to Lux with us to spend a few days resting and preparing for their big walk.

Princess for a Day!
We wrote my cell phone number on the kids' arms in permanent marker in case we got separated

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