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The Long Overdue Mother and Daughter Trip - July 2019

Ill start by saying that Im feeling totes emosh about this trip!

Back in 2005 I took my then 4 year old daughter to Disneyland Paris for the first time. Not only was this her first experience of a Disney park, but it was mine too and I will never forget the feeling of being enveloped in the magic on entering the park and walking under Main Street station to be presented with the stunning Sleeping Beautys Castle.



Here is Chloe at 4 years old, looking as tiny as can be in front of the castle!

As you will know from my trip reports, we have visited several times since then (me a few more than Chloe much to her frustration ) but we are finally going back as just mother and daughter for the first time since 2008 when she was 7 years old.

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...and now


We are both really looking forward to some quality mother and daughter time, the last few years have been very stressful for Chloe with her GCSEs a couple of years ago, and her A Level exams finishing just last week so some much needed Disney magic is in order!

So, to the plan!

Sunday 30th June Pre-Travel Day

I will be picking Chloe up straight from work at 3pm and we will be hitting the road to Ebbsfleet where we are staying in the Gravesend Central Premier Inn the night before we travel. Im already looking forward to the plentiful meal and glass of wine that evening



Monday 1st July Disney Day!

Were booked onto the 10.34am Eurostar direct from Ebbsfleet to Marne La Vallee and will arrive there at 2.03pm, after dropping our bags off with Disney Express we will be hitting the Disneyland Park, whoop whoop!


Back when Chloe was 7!

Im thinking that we might be a bit peckish by this point so a trip to Victorias may be in order for a Mickey Waffle and milkshake.obviously because I want another Mickey waffle, but also because I owe you guys a photo from my last trip report!

At some point in the afternoon we will head over to our hotel to check in.this is where I have a little surprise for Chloe! When I originally made the booking, the budget was a lot tighter and I was seriously considering off-site for the first time.however, I couldnt quite bring myself to do it and booked us into the Cheyenne.

Then, last summer I just happened to price up a Sequoia Lodge Golden Forest Room (as you do ) and with it not being an extortionate amount of money I decided to upgrade us!

Unlike my son who can do rides from park opening to park closing without remotely flagging, I know that Chloe will totally appreciate chilling out mid-afternoon in the Golden Forest Lounge, and tucking into the delicious cakes!

That evening we will be eating in the Rainforest Caf with the intention of re-creating these pictures from when Chloe was 7!



We may head back into the park after dinner, or we may just chill out back at the hotel depending on how we are feeling. I have never visited Disneyland Paris in the summer so Im really looking forward to the flexibility that the longer opening hours will offer, Disneyland Park doesnt close until 11pm during out stay!

Tuesday 2nd July

So having upgraded to a Golden Forest room youd think I would be hot footing it down to breakfast on our first morning.well, youd be wrong! Chloe and I decided a little while back that we wanted to go all out meeting characters on this visit and have booked a character breakfast at Plaza Gardens.

After that we will be well and truly hitting the parks!

For our evening entertainment we will be going to Buffalo Bills Wild West Show, something we havent done since our very first visit back in 2005!





Im really looking forward to this, especially as the addition of characters is new since we saw it back in the day, and itll be interesting to see how they get around not actually having any buffalos in it?

Were booked into the 6.30pm sitting and are planning to head back into the park afterwards to do some rides in the dark and hopefully make it to 11pm to watch Illuminationsthis is where I may not be quite so glad of the late opening times!

Wednesday 3rd July

Something completely new today! In all my visits to Disneyland Paris I have never visited Paris itself (unless you count going via Gare du Nord? )

One very specific request that Chloe made was to squeeze in a trip to the Paris Catacombs, so tickets have been booked! Were going to have a lazy morning in the hotel (taking advantage of the Golden Forest breakfast!) and will head off for Paris around 9.45am, our time slot at the Catacombs is at 11am. According to the website it takes a couple of hours to navigate the Catacombs, so afterwards Ive suggested we take a stroll, around 45 mins or so according to google maps, over to the Eiffel Tower. Were not planning to go up it (not with my fear of heights!) well just take a selfie and will then probably head back to DLP.

Given that we will be in Paris most of the day we will definitely be in need of a Disney fix when we get back and have booked Caf Mickey for dinner. Weve not been since they made the menu changes so itll be interesting to see what the food is like.but in all honesty, who is there for the food! Its the characters we want

Thursday 4th July

Its back to the parks today! No more detail than that Im afraid..I know, no plan! Im as shocked as you are

We do, however have a plan for dinner

Now, back in March my baby girl turned 18how did that happen!?!?! Obviously with her being 18 that means she can drink alcohol, however unlike her mother she doesnt really have a taste for it.Im not entirely sure where I went wrong?

So back to the plan, we will be visiting Caf Fantasia early evening where we will be partaking in a cocktail or two, being not that keen on alcohol I have already recommended Chloe try the Rouge et Noir which basically tastes of blackcurrent squash



Chloe's Aunty Anna (aka Blondie1979) has very kindly provided the funds with which to purchase one, or two Bad influences? Us? I dont know what you mean.

After a couple of cocktails and soaking up the atmosphere we will be taking the very short walk, all of about 5 steps, over to Inventions for dinner. Again it is all about the characters this trip! I didnt have a great experience the last (and first) time we ate here but I think that was more down to my expectations, as the kids really enjoyed it

After dinner I think we will probably head back into the park, well, being that close it would be rude not to!

Friday 5th July Our last day

Today our trip will be coming to an end..but not until later this afternoon! Were booked onto the 4.55pm Eurostar direct back to Ebbsfleet so have many more hours of fun in the parks to look forward to. The only loose plan we have is to eat lunch in the park at one of the counter service restaurants.


So I think thats it for now, were almost at 2 weeks to go, so the packing will commence soon. Chloe has already chosen her Disney t-shirts for each day and Im still trying to figure out what you pack for a Disney park in the warmthso much harder than packing for the cold!
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Oh I am so excited for this! How lovely to have a mother/daughter trip

Loving the trip down memory lane and seeing all the old photos, I can't wait to see you re-create them all these years later!

It warms my heart to think how wonderful it will be to look back at Charlie's trips as a little one in years to come... hopefully in the future he will be up for a similar mother/son trip!

Lots of photos on IG please, I will be eagerly following along!
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Your plans (and day with no plans!) sound great. Im hoping to do a similar trip next year after A levels so Im interested to see what the crowds are like.

Have a great trip and Ill be following along on IG.
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Originally Posted by Lisa_Lollipop View Post
Oh I am so excited for this! How lovely to have a mother/daughter trip

Loving the trip down memory lane and seeing all the old photos, I can't wait to see you re-create them all these years later!

It warms my heart to think how wonderful it will be to look back at Charlie's trips as a little one in years to come... hopefully in the future he will be up for a similar mother/son trip!

Lots of photos on IG please, I will be eagerly following along!
We've dug out loads of the old photos to recreate, I can't wait to take the one in front of the castle to see how much taller she is now against the fence

As if Charlie will be allowed to 'not' want a mother/son trip! It's so lovely having something special like this to share with them and give them memories you and they will cherish

Originally Posted by mrsdjh View Post
Your plans (and day with no plans!) sound great. Im hoping to do a similar trip next year after A levels so Im interested to see what the crowds are like.

Have a great trip and Ill be following along on IG.
I'm intrigued about the crowds too so will definitely let you know how we get on. It'll also be interesting to see how I cope with the long day

I'll definitely be posting to Instagram, there'll be no stopping me
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Eeep! I'm excited for both you guys, and you're helping Team Blusteryday build up the excitement for our DLP trip in August. I may even load up the Trip Reporter app and have a go at a trip report myself

Those pics are so cute, and I can only imagine how it will feel taking Chloe back to your magic place
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Sooo pleased youre getting another trip with Chloe - you definitely need to introduce her to the cocktails - just make sure you order the right one
Dont forget to ruin her view of the Disneyland Hotel by pointing out the chimney!
Also mega impressed at the plan to have no plan on some days - youll both have an amazing time 😊
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Originally Posted by blusteryday View Post
Eeep! I'm excited for both you guys, and you're helping Team Blusteryday build up the excitement for our DLP trip in August. I may even load up the Trip Reporter app and have a go at a trip report myself

Those pics are so cute, and I can only imagine how it will feel taking Chloe back to your magic place
You totally should Rob! I'd love to read a Team Blusteryday trip report

Chloe and I are so excited! I'm preparing for all the emotions on arrival

Originally Posted by Melanie R View Post
Sooo pleased youre getting another trip with Chloe - you definitely need to introduce her to the cocktails - just make sure you order the right one
Dont forget to ruin her view of the Disneyland Hotel by pointing out the chimney!
Also mega impressed at the plan to have no plan on some days - youll both have an amazing time 😊
The chimney will be the first thing I point out and I'll make sure I study the cocktail menu properly before ordering
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will be following along with interest in preparation for my/our father & daughter trip a few months after yours. Can we give you a list of DLP restaurants to try please
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