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Today was dapper day in Disneyland so of course I went as my favourite character Rapunzel.



Another very rainy day which was a shame as people where wearing such lovely Dapper Day outfits beneath their coats!



Today we did a lot of the rides that we hadn't done in the park. First was Snow Whites scary adventure ride.


















This was in a shop next to the ride. Very cute.



Next up we went on Autopia. Just in time as it started to rain afterwards.



This attraction is where you get to drive around on a track. We were put in a rather fetching pink coloured car. This one was a lot better then the Tomorrowland Speedway in Disney World.



We then went on the Disneyland railway around the park to escape the rain.



Enter foolish mortals. We then went on the haunted mansion again.









We then got a spots for the rather wet but highly enjoyable parade!
















































I was very excited to see that they had finding Nemo puppets like in finding Nemo the musical!













































We then went into the Alice's in wonderlands maze. This is one of the few attractions I remember from when I was 6!



























We then got to the centre and climbed up the castle.



There was great views across fantasy land from up there!









We then went on big thunder mountain again. Lost track of how many times we went on this!



After we went to get some dinner in Colonel Hathis again. You'll be happy to know that the food was much better and warmer this time! We then took our spot for Disney illuminations right by the castle.



Everyone thought it started at 10 like normal but then we all realised the park was open till 10:30 that day so we had to wait a little longer!












Pride lands









Frozen. The moment all the children squeal and the adults groan.















We then went back to the bar in our hotel. Where mum, lauren and I got sparkling wine and raspberry chambord. Which we have now purchased now we are back in England.



Dad of course got whiskey again. It was a very good day despite the weather!



I shall try and document the remainder of my trip here.

For those who were following along, I've still got issues down below but I don't want to waste another day so I have travelled to the Magic Kingdom.

It's another beautiful Orlando morning - 22 degrees before 8am and not a cloud in the sky.



The ferry was just pulling in as I hopped off the bus around 8:35.



iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode FTW.



Never gets boring does it?



My carriage awaits...


Hi everyone!! So sorry for the delay in getting the rest of the trip up!!

So where did we leave it....The night before the big 10k race.

As a bit of background, I was the one who persuaded Gemma to come on this trip - the lure of the 10k was far less appealing to her than that of a week in WDW!! This 10k was to be the first 10k in Gemma's running career and would mark the first race in my Glass Slipper Challenge.

We set the alarms for 2:30am as all the literature said buses would be at 3:30am to get us to the start line, and we'd heard horror stories of people not getting on buses etc etc.

The alarm buzzed at 2:30 and I think we both lay in bed for a few minutes, dazed by the early start and the nervous energy building. However, no time for nerves as we got up and got ready for the task ahead. Costumes on (Make it Pink and Make t Blue) we set off to the bus pick up point at the front of POR. We got a seat on the first bus that pulled up and away we went!!



We arrived at Epcot at around 4am, super early and eager (well I was...!) to get started. Gemma was much quieter this morning than usual, I could tell she was getting nervous about the run ahead. At no point did I ever doubt her ability to do the run, so a few gentle 'you'll be grand' and 'let's get to the loo before the get gross' to help put the nerves at ease was needed :-)



RunDisney know how to do races. Lots of entertainment and characters to meet before the race, loads of portaloos and water is readily available.

The music was pumping, more women in princess gear were arriving and the atmosphere was electric!! It was almost time to make the walk to our corral - a good 15/20min walk from the Epcot car park and out onto the bypass road that goes around it!!



And we are off!!!



Heading to the corrals feeling great and excited for the race ahead!! Hopefully by this point Gemma's nerves had lowered and she was starting to enjoy herself..... Gemma??? heehee



After about an hour of hanging about our corral and slowly moving towards the actual start line, we reached the point where the start was in sight and we started the count down...
5
4
3
2
1
*BOOM* the most amazing fireworks go off and that's us, officially running the Enchanted 10k. Crossing the start line, with all the spectators and entertainment and music was so electric!! Everyone wa slumped and ready for a super race - despite the fact it was 5:30am and still dark!!

The weather was humid, but we found it warm enough to not need a jumper. Some of the runners from warmer places were wrapped in blankets and sweaters though!



The first 3 miles went by pretty quickly. The pictures are dreadful because it was still so dark (sorry!!).

On the route we passed Moana, a marching band, a dj, there were other characters out but we didn't stop to say hi. We wanted to keep the pace up and hopefully be able to watch the sunrise from the boardwalk



As we ran around and into Epcot Gemma started to feel some pain in her ankle/foot so we pulled over and as she was stretching so many ladies ran past asking if we were ok, did we need help etc. Such a lovely atmosphere!

Stretching done, ankle feeling better and the knowledge that we are half way there, we sped into Epco. We ran into Epcot around the China pavilion. The torches were lit and the music was turned up full
Volume, honestly running into Epcot at that moment was fantastic - I saw Gemma's pace pick up and she seemed to relax a bit more. Clearly the park plus being half way through the race finally had her believing that this was achievable (I never ever had a doubt!!)



As we ran round Epcot, up past France and then through international Gateway towards the Boardwalk, the sun started to rise and the most gorgeous golden glow appeared. The mist was hanging around which created a really cool, almost spooky atmosphere around the boardwalk.

We reached mile 4!!



Miles 4, 5 and 6 seemed to slip by really quickly. As we ran past the hotels in the boardwalk it was amazing to see some of the guests out with big signs, cheering us on and really encouraging runners to keep going!

By this point we had passed loads of character opportunities :
Genie
Old Hag
Tinker bell
Pinocchio and Geppetto
Marie the cat


We had also passed a water stop and grabbed a cup of water each to cool us down. The humidity had risen slightly!!



We rounded back through the boardwalk and into Epcot. This was it. The home stretch.

We ran down towards the fountains with Spaceship Earth in our sights. Less than a mile to go!!



Under SE and around the fountain at the entrance, and back up the other side of the ball and we were there. Less than 400m to go...!



THE FINISH LINE!!!!



We crossed the finish line! DONE!



The wonderful RunDisney volunteers place your bling around your neck and directed us along the barrier to collect some water/poweraid and the Disney snack box.

But we didn't care. We had our medals!!!

This was my first Disney 10k and I loved it!! Gemma really enjoyed it too, so much so that we've decided to plan another trip for another Disney race in the future!! So much for. It being a runner huh Gemma!!



With the race done, we headed back to POR for a shower, change and back to HS for the day.

If you remember, we've been DisneyBounding each day and today we were Minnie Mouse!!

Medals on, we walked round to the bus stop ready for a day in HS. It was around 10am by this time, and we had planned on being in the park until around 3 as I was up early again the next day for the half marathon.



We arrived to a busy HS park. It seemed that everyone had the same idea as us today!! It doesn't help that the park has the appearance of a half shut attraction and it felt like there were construction walls everywhere!!

First up, we decided to have a wee walk and soak up the atmosphere and get some photos along the way.

Gemma had the snack list for today, and knowing we were going to be hungry after the race, the list contained some glorious Chilli cheese hot dogs from Min and Bills Dockside Diner



The hot dogs were fantastic, and just what we both needed!! During the day we also had a couple of frozen margarita drinks and ordered an ice cream cookie (but were pixie dusted 2 because there had been a problem with the magic band reader when we went to pay!!)

Food inhaled, we decided to hang about and watch the March of the First Order. This is something that I really enjoy, the sounds and the storm troopers marching really makes the entire experience really immersive and you feel like they are really marching on the enemy.

Whilst we were standing waiting, we became acutely aware that the family beside us was in the middle of a drama of sorts - raised voices and a crying child, that sort of thing. As if we weren't feeling awkward enough, the dad then raised his hand and belted the poor child right there in front of everyone!! We didn't know what to do. Nobody did. I think a CM had a word with the family, but I can't be sure.

March of the First Order done, we popped over to Star Wars and got in line. Said it was only 20mins wait, but was closer to 40!! Neither of us were the rebel spy :-( I've never been picked for that yet!!

By the time we came out it had cooled down and we had some time to spare before our next FP (Tower of Terror), so I suggested we get margaritas! Yep. A cooler day, with a spit of rain and I'm getting ready for a half marathon - but a frozen tequila slushie is exactly what we need!!



A wee collection of attraction selfies!!

We managed to see a lot of the Studios in our short time there, FP for ToT, Toy Story Mania and Frozen.

We both LOVED the Frozen sing along, despite being the only 2 adults in the entire arena who didn't have kids, we snagged 3rd row seats right in the middle and we sang out loud and proud! The Elsa magic at the end was amazing :-)

As I'd mentioned, the park felt so busy today and when we finished on TSM (our last FP for the day) we decided to just head back to the hotel. We would have loved to have stayed for Fantasmic or see the Beauty and the Beast show, but crowds were growing and I was starting to get nervous about the run on Sunday. Gemma was so lovely, and agreed that heading back to the hotel for some foot court food and an early night might be best.



Back at POR I sorted out 'Flat Belle' for the race tomorrow am, took the obligatory photo and then we headed down to the food court.

Gemma was really fancying some good ok Disney Chicken strip things and I had a make your own salad (building the protein and good carb for tomorrow!!). The food court at POR really is great, lots of options for all tastes and whilst we were there we never really found it overly busy.

Food eaten, I had a very brief suggestion that we get a drink at the bar - Gemma was sensible and suggested it probably wasn't the best idea for me!! So we popped back to the room to rest up.

From memory we were in bed by 8:30pm, alarm set for 2am. I think I nodded off about 9:30 after watching a rerun of SVU on TV (isn't American TV just so much better than ours!!)

Up next. A post dedicated to the Princess Half Marathon



We started off the Star Wars Soiree waiting for the space mountain Star Wars revamp, Hyper Space Mountain. I was really excited for this ride as I've always wanted to do this ride since I was a little child longingly watching my parents go on this ride!



We waited about 30 minutes for them to open the ride.



We ended up going on this ride 3 times in a row. One thing I will mention is that if you have long hair, it will get trapped in the seat at some point!



We saw a few very disappointed people that weren't able to fit into the seats.






This ride was a double thumbs up from all of us! It was very intense and very cool. At the beginning they played the classic Star Wars music and everyone cheered which was awesome.



We then of course had to do the Star Tours ride again. We got different clips to what we normally get which was a bonus.



We then headed over to Walt Disney Studios where the bulk of the Soiree was. They had lots of different photo opportunities.






We first waited 20 minutes for another ride on the EAC on Crushes Coaster.









Love this huge buzz that they have on the entrance to Toystory land.



The parks were so quite for this event! We walked onto the Ratatouille ride which is normally about a 60 minute wait!



This was the first time we were in the standard queuing area. It was very well themed!



Hanging out with my pal Rex!



We then jumped on the Parachute Drop ride. This ride is very slow at loading so you can understand why it's often a 45 minute wait! I also got stuck on the ride where I had 5 people trying to get me out! Could've only happened to me!!



We then jumped on to the tram tour. This was a little underwhelming. I do miss seeing the costumes like they did in Disney World.












Catastrophe canyon









We then took a ride on the Tower of Terror. This time it was played in English! That was quite different.



Upon exiting Tower of Terror we found the free face painting they were doing for the event. Of course I had to get it. I love the shading and the sparkles.






We then watched the stage show which is the same that they had when we were last out in Florida.





















After a short break for food. We jumped on Aladdins carpet.



We then bumped into these weird and wonderful creatures.






Tower of Terror is so pretty at night!



They had a dance party on stage before the firework and project show to keep everyone entertained.



Dad and I then went on rock and rollercoaster. Lauren and mum didn't cause it hurts their heads too much.






And the show begins...




































The projections were incredible! They really used the building well including the little windows!



The Soiree was a very fun evening it was great to go on rides with next to no queue! We got back to the hotel at 12:30 and by that time I could barely walk.



Today we spent the day in Disneyland. It was so much warmer today which was very welcome!






Both Lauren and Disneyland Paris are 25 years old this year!



Another castle selfie.



First stop was Casey Jr. this ride is one of the few memories I have of this park from when I was 6. In fact I still have dreams about it now!












Proving that the parents are on holiday with us.



Next stop was the story book boat ride. Another one of the few memories I have of this place.






























Next we explored Sleeping Beauty's castle. A privilege you don't have in Disney World!


















We then went to see Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris































































We then ate at Au Chalet De La Marionnette.






After waiting for 40 minutes for our food we were very disappointed that the chicken was very dry!



We headed over to big thunder mountain and rode it three times in a row!



We then went on Buzz Lightyears laser blast. I found that your have to be a lot more accurate on this ride than the Disney world equivalent.



We then went on Star Tours to kick off our Star Wars Soirée. Before which I headed back to the hotel to change into more comfortable footwear and my storm trooper top! I will be posting a separate trip report for the Soiree so keep an eye out for that.



Tonight marks the first Star Wars Soirée at Disneyland Paris and the first ride of the new Hyperspace Mountain






We were given special pins to mark the opening



Already a queue forming for the 5pm start.






And in we go



They have re-themed the queue line






Inside the loading area



And the new cars



After 3 times in a row I can safely say they have done a great job. Rounds of applause from the riders. The bracing Star Wars music hits you from the start and continues throughout the ride. The new effects are superb but you can see the edges of the screens during the ride.



Over to the studios



Some backdrops set up for the party



Minimal queues for Crushes Coaster



Love the theming






Now Remy with no queue






Walk on.



Now onto the Studio Tram Tour. Normally it has long waits



Not tonight though






It never gets old 😀






I always end up wet!



Loving the walk ons






Face painting















Waiting for the first show



R2D2 and C3P0 on stage now












Virtually the same show as in Hollywood Studios



Getting dark now. Much nicer ambience






Not quiet sure of the Star Wars reference but...






Different characters now



Loving the park in the dark. First time for us. Also loving the lack of crowds.



The dance party












Now waiting for the main Star Wars fireworks






Some of the dramatic scenes from the show





















The whole evening was brilliant. Even on the way out they had strange metal characters that interacted with the guests.

I loved the whole event and it was certainly worth coming too.



First as promised I will review the hotel. Sequioa lodge feels very cosy and rustic.



The room is a lot more spacious than previous reviews suggests. The only issue we have is the lack of plug sockets!






The small shop at the hotel.









Today I decided to Disney bound as Ariel. For those of you who don't know what Disney bounding is, it's where you wear modern day clothes but in the colours of the Disney Character.






We headed to Walt Disney Studios today. This is the first time for all of us as it wasn't here in 2001!









We headed to Crush's coaster first. Finding Nemo is up there with Tangled for my favourite Disney film so I was super excited for this ride!









The ride was quite different at first to what I expected it. But when we got to riding the EAC it was awesome! Easily my favourite ride here!



The fog this morning made Tower of Terror even more creepy. This ride is a favourite of mine in Disney World and didn't disappoint this time!















Next up was Rock n Roller Coaster!









I have to say that I was a little underwhelmed at this version. The preshow of Aerosmith designing a rollercoaster seemed short and a little pointless. The lack of luminous road signs was also missed.



Next up was Armageddon special effects a show about how they created the film.



This show scared the life out of me when the floor dropped from below my feet! I didn't sign up for Tower of Terror again!



We then took a walk around Toystory Land. One of my favourite themed places!



First we went on the Slinky ride which the rest of the family were reluctant to go on as they thought it was a little kiddy ride. Then we went on and they spend the whole ride laughing at me clutching on for dear life as I slid up and down the carriage.



We the went on the front row of RC racer. Which was very cool!












We had fast passes for Ratatouille ride. This was both Lauren's and Mum's favourite ride of the day. I also enjoyed it but my heart lies with Crush's coaster.









We then stopped to have a bit of lunch. Mum was much happier this time as they had plenty of ice cream left and the food was warmer.






A live band we're playing and a dad got up on the balcony during let it go and started gesturing like Elsa. Highlight of my day! Probably not for his kids though.



We then went to the show Mickey and the Magician. This was a good show and tested my very limited french.



Next up was art of animation. We got given headphones in this one that translated the show into English.



I found my next birthday present in the shop. Absolutely love this stitch!



We then had a relaxing evening by the pool. We were shocked at how cold the pool and hot tub were! Also the changing rooms and lockers were very small so we quickly headed out to Disneyland Hotel for cocktails!






Cafe Fantasia















I had the red Glowtini after having the Blue one on my 21st birthday! Found in my last trip report.



Now time to head back to the hotel for some well earned rest.


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