Disneyland At Christmas & Mini Disney Haul

Merry Christmas Eve, people!

Prepare your pitchforks, because I have an opinion you’re going to want to stab me for: I haven’t felt very festive this year. I know, truly scandalous. In my defense . . . we don’t have a bloody Christmas tree! How’s a girl meant to feel like it’s Christmas if she walks into a Christmas tree-less home?

Β Update: as of 18th December (the date of writing this because, come on, scheduled content for the win) we now actually have a Christmas tree. It only has two decorations, way too many fairy lights (there is most definitely such a thing) and loads of mismatched Christmas crackers . . . but it’s a tree.

Anyways, the point of this meandering introduction is to say that, while I have not been feeling overly festive, the one time that I felt practically punched in the face with Christmas spirit was when I went to Disneyland Paris with my best friend on the 14th December!

First of all, may I just say – this is most definitely going to become a tradition. Disneyland surpassed all of my expectations and evoked nostalgia for a childhood I didn’t know I had. I mean, of course I know that I was at one point a child – but I never considered myself to be the largest Disney fan. Until I visited and realised just how much they make.

For example: Star Wars. Did anyone else know that was Disney? I missed that memo! Oh – and Toy Story. Where did that come from? I thought Toy Story was Pixar!

It feels like my entire childhood was shaped by them – and walking into Disneyland, something I genuinely thought was just going to be pretty and make a decent blog post, but not much more, was a somewhat emotional experience. I felt that sense of childlike wonder again.

As I was perusing the gift shop, feeling almost forcedly excited, it kind of hit me that the impact Disney has, while amazing, is also pretty scary. Not from the “oh Disney are going to ruin the world and brainwash kids” perspective, but merely the fact that they could. This is why competition in business is important, kids – no one business should have complete market dominance, the potential to go wrong is crazy.

That’s an issue for a whole other post though.

The first thing that hit me, as we walked in, was it’s so damn pretty. It rained pretty much the entire time we were there and I was too scared to take out my camera (I have no idea if it’s waterproof), so there aren’t as many pictures as I’d like.

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It’s an adorable, fairytale-esque village set up with loads of simply gorgeous buildings selling bakery treats, clothes, decorations and more. Walking into it you really feel like you’re walking into Disney; that kind of fairytale setting. Not only beautiful to look at on the outside, the inside of the shops and cafes are also pretty damn stunning. You can really tell a lot of effort went into making and maintaining everything; it’s a wonderfully immersive experience.

Naturally, I had to buy some baked goods. For testing purposes . . . promise.

Oh – and that iconic Disney castle? Just as gorgeous as you hope it will be. You can’t see in the image, but the turrets have lights on them which flicker to make it look like the castle’s glistening.

I think I have some photos of it in the dark that will give you a better idea of the effect . . .

Super fucking pretty.

I loved all the little touches, the things you might not necessarily find you eyes drawn to at first glance, like the tiny Tinkerbells on top of some of the streetlights.

As I’m sure you can imagine, there were so many absolutely gorgeous Christmas decorations everywhere; it was impossible to not feel at least a little heartwarmed.

On top of this – and to be honest, we would have been happy with just this because the atmosphere was amazing, just to be able to walk around this pretty little mini world – the rides and mini worlds were great too. The rollercoasters (although sadly few) were awesome – but even the slower rides were good too. In particular, there is a Pirates Of The Caribbean ride that is amazing. I couldn’t take photos (sorry!) but there’s essentially mini movie sets that you ride through with robotic/puppet things (that look really real) that act out scenes and it’s so artful and mind-blowing. The design and thought that went into it – and the skill – was visible in the result.

The next part is where we got really lucky – we almost missed it too! (Also, you can kind of see how wet it was at this point, so I apologise because we were soaking and my camera was not taking good photos in it at all.)

Basically, Disneyland Paris is celebrating its 25th anniversary – which explains a lot of the random 25s we’d been ignoring all day – so we got to see a massive parade. The floats were fucking amazing and all the performers were really good.

Original Disney crew!

Toy Story!

While we’re here, I don’t know if anyone’s ever seen Jack Whitehall’s bit about Lion King but it’s fucking hilarious, so look it up if you haven’t. Also, you have eyes, so I’m not going to incessantly write the movies of the floats out.

All in all, I would highly recommend Disneyland – we had a fantastic time. The atmosphere and scenery is lovely – and it’s actually a really fun place, which I wasn’t expecting at all. Now, of course, there were loads of gift and souveneir shops calling my name . . . so what did I buy?

Completely reasonably, I bought a few Christmas tree decorations – the only two on our tree as of right now because we’re shit at Christmas.

Aren’t they just bloody adorable? I actually bought a Frozen one, but it got destroyed on the way back, so RIP Elsa.

Anyways, that’s this post . . . concluded. Honestly, I loved Paris and I loved Disneyland – so I’d love to make this a little tradition and do an annual Christmas or Halloween trip. If you do get the chance to go, jump at it. I thought it would be really immature and for kids, but it’s definitely not, plus it’s in Paris (and right next to a train station, which is super convenient), so who’s complaining?

I hope you guys enjoyed this (sorry about the photos, though). Have you ever been to Disneyland? Would you? And my Christmas decorations – how bloody cute are they? Let me know your thoughts down below – and I hope you’re all having a fantastic Christmas Eve and you have a beautiful Christmas tomorrow!

Peace,

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49 thoughts on “Disneyland At Christmas & Mini Disney Haul

  1. I’ve just booked a four day break in Feb for Disney and Paris. I’m usually not a Disney fan ( basically, I am too much of a cynical old cow to feel the magic) but I’m hoping if I throw myself in, I’ll enjoy it. Putting that bakery on the list to visit, if all else fails, I shall console myself with calories! Merry Christmas and all the best for 2018

    Helen x

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    1. Ooooh I hope you have a good time! I wouldn’t have classed myself as a Disney fan either, but it was super lovely and actually way more fun than I expected πŸ˜€ and YES definitely visit that bakery. Merry Christmas to you too lovely xx

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    1. Thank you so much lovely! It’s such a shame about the weather (although it was super fun to run around in the rain!) because the photos didn’t come out GREAT….oh well, I’ll just have to go back next year πŸ˜‰ And I hope you have a wonderful Christmas too πŸ™‚ ❀

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      1. I hope I manage to brush me teeth more than 4 days of this week. I also hope any of the attention I am getting from super fly women doesn’t get having any too nice feelings… and more due attention to regular dental hygiene.
        18 years sober etc… and I am just hitting a new level of competency as an elite lazy bum 😈

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      2. As Tony Stark said though… it really isn’t about me…
        It is almost about the cat….
        Would you believe that I forgot what I was trying to find it to be about pretty early… like when we left the runway πŸ€—πŸ˜ˆ

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  2. Merry Christmas Eve beauty! Disneyland Paris looks incredible! It really is incredible how u h Disney has shaped all of our lives. I loved your pics they were all stunning. As for not feeling Christmas I can relate. I did not feel prepared this year. And okay as I am type A, I was not out shopping today with all the guys… but I didn’t have my wrapping done and just felt frenzied the last week. But living in New York you can’t help feel Christmas-y so there was that, but I hope you have an amazing day tomorrow sweets!πŸ’—

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    1. Thank you so much you lovely lady! And it honestly is, which surprised the shit out of me I can’t lie – if you can get there for a christmas one year, definitely go! It’s christmas eve and I still haven’t wrapped everything… I’m procrastinating ;-; I’m glad you’re all sorted though lovely – and YES New York is super festive, it was really lovely being there. Thank you – I hope you have an absolutely beautiful Christmas Day ❀

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      1. You are very welcome sweets! Bwahaha I love that! I will definitely have to go. I still haven’t been (and on a side note Harry Potter is flipping calling me too!) Not here in the states, nor to one abroad….I literally fail at being a human;) lol. But I bet Christmas is the BEST time to go.
        Haha hey your saving everyone a step by not wrapping🀣 thanks beauty! Finally took a hot second lol. It really is! Awe I am so glad you liked it! Awe thanks beautiful lady!😘😘😘

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  3. Dude I love this! I’m in Paris right now and I might be going to Disneyland too! Hopefully I have as much fun as you do! It looks amazing and you’re a natural with the camera – I love the photos of it in the dark.
    Hope you have a great Christmas! xx🌺

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  4. I haven’t felt overly festive this year either but this trip seems like the perfect way to have gotten into the spirt! The photos are simply magical so this is going on my bucket list for sure – gotta love anything which involves getting Christmassy and childhood nostalgia ❀️

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  5. Merry Christmas, Mia! Sorry it rained on you but I think your photos are amazing. I love the pictures of the parade. ❀ & the ornaments you chose are adorable. Sorry to hear about Elsa. 😦

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  6. I’ve been to Disney World in Orlando and Disney Land in California and I can truly say, other theme parks try, but they can’t touch Disney. Even the cleaning crew and their cleaning products are thematically decorated. When I finally get my money right and take my talents to Paris, you’d best believe I’m paying Mickey and Co. a visit! Glad you had a wonderful time!

    Dom
    http://www.DivaNamedDom.com

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    1. YES GIRL YES! I’m jealous…but that is bucketlist worthy, so let’s called it more inspired πŸ˜‰ And that was one of the really cool things I noticed – the attention to detail is INSANE. Like you said, even the cleaning crew are all in fancy dress, it’s awesome. I hope you get to Paris – it’s a gorgeous place πŸ™‚ xxx

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  7. I completely understand, we didn’t have a tree two years ago so it was my excuse to wander the Grove in LA for hours. Walking around in heavily decorated shopping centers adds to the festive spirit! It hurts my heart to hear you weren’t a Disney person, but I am so glad you’ve been converted πŸ™‚ Christmas at Disney World is still my favorite thing in the world! The shows three times a day, freshly baked treats, Christmas decor everywhere and Christmas costumes for characters! It is all magical.

    https://kerielaine.com
    Keri Elaine

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  8. Disney is so magical! Glad it brought you some Christmas cheer!πŸŽ„β€οΈ β€”https://emilyryannblogblog.wordpress.com/2017/12/26/%ef%bb%bfwhat-i-got-for-christmas-2017-%ef%bb%bf/

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  9. I’ve only been to Disneyland once when I was around 11 or 12, and we went during 4th of July. I do remember it feeling “magical” lol. It sucks that it rained while you were there, but even the rain didn’t keep it from feeling festive. πŸ™‚
    The photos look amazing and I’m sure that parade must have been a sight! ❀ Good thing you didn't miss it!

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  10. Dear Mia, you are a problem solver. Not sure if you read my blog but I’m extremely whiny about Christmas just not feeling like Christmas (and we had a tree, so no excuses). But maybe the solution to my dilemma is a little trip to Disneyland next year. It’s definitely an idea to consider. I’ve been at Christmas time, but never actually on Christmas. Hmmm…

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  11. I collect ornaments & I love your tinker bell ornament! I’ve always wanted to go to Disney during Halloween or Christmas time.πŸ’– β€”https://emilyryannblogblog.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/purse-collection-whats-in-my-purse/

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  12. Oh wow it’s so gorgeous! I live in Orlando, so Disney World has always been a second home to me. I really hope to make it out to Disneyland someday, and your post makes me want to go there at Christmastime.

    If anyone’s interested, I have a few Disney World posts up on my blog!

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