21 April 2014

A Special Trip To Disneyland Paris

My husband Alex loves Disneyland. In the six years since we met we've been to the one in Florida, twice to the one in LA, once to Paris and early next year we'll no doubt visit Disneyland Tokyo on our holiday to Japan. To be fair, it's hard for anyone not to get pulled in by the joyous atmosphere and happiness of the place.

So it seemed apt to book a trip to see Mickey and friends in Paris for Alex's 30th birthday. I tried my hardest to keep it a secret for as long as I could but I let the cat out of the bag a couple of days before - I'm rubbish at surprises! He was delighted. The plan was to travel there on the Wednesday afternoon, stay the night then we'd have a full day in the park on the Thursday.

But first, I had booked us a table for lunch at Plum + Spilt Milk

It's situated inside the Great Northern Hotel which is directly opposite King's Cross St Pancras - perfect for some elegant pre-Eurostar dining. 

The chef here, Mark Sargeant, created a menu based on beautiful seasonal ingredients cooked simply yet creatively and a number of luxury takes on British classics. Alex had the Angus sirloin steak with beer battered onion rings and - in anticipation of eating a lot of not-so-healthy food in Disneyland - I ordered the rather delicious fillets of mackerel with pickled rhubarb and fennel alongside a gorgeous beetroot, blue cheese and walnut salad.

For dessert I had the Vahlrona chocolate tart (above right) and Alex had the iced peanut and salted caramel mousse complete with candle and a chocolate Happy Birthday!

The food at Plum + Spilt Milk is really good and the service was great too. It's an impressive choice if you want to do something a little special before catching your train. 

Appetites satisfied, we were ready for the off.  I was armed with the essentials...

...and three hours later, we were at Disney!

We were so lucky with the glorious, warm weather and even though it was bustling during the Easter holidays, it wasn't unbearably busy. We walked, ate ice creams, got on a few of our favourite rides (thank goodness for fast passes...) and had lunch in the very pleasant Blue Lagoon restaurant. Despite getting caught up in a two hour Eurostar delay on our way home, it was a fantastic trip.

And here are a few snaps!

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  1. Looks like you had so much fun! I can't wait to visit Disneyworld Florida in a couple of weeks! x

    1. The Disney in Florida is just a different class - it's SO huge, like the size of a whole city! You will have so much fun! x

  2. What a brilliant birthday surprise your husbands a very lucky man. Looks like great fun, I love Florida but would like to
    visit Paris too. Lucy

  3. ah looks really fun - i'm going next easter and already can't wait - what hotel did you stay in?

    1. Great! We stayed in the Dream Castle just outside the park but I wouldn't really recommend it - we didn't have a particularly good experience there. Luckily it was only 1 night!

  4. This has made me so happy. Disneyland is without a doubt one of my favourite places on the planet. (I'm kind of proud/ashamed to say that my family and I have been to the Florida & California parks 12 times.) Shocking I know.
    But just wow.
    Your photos are stunning, you look like you are on cloud 9 and the nostalgia is flowing back. Hope you had the most wonderful and magical of times!
    (I must add that I've always eyed up Plum & Split Milk, it looks utterly fab, especially the birthday boy's dessert!)
    (A very jealous) Emily xx
    My Ginger Bread Journey

  5. Awww this looks like such a lovely trip - we're a massive Disney family and I'm so sad that my parents are now taking more and more trips without the "kids"! I haven't been to Disneyland Paris for years but it looks so lovely for a quick fix!


  6. Argh no! You were so close to keeping it a complete surprise ... oh well, good effort :)

    Loving your trashy magazine for the Eurostar, I always have to purchase one when I'm going on a journey. When I was travelling up and down between London and Newcastle to visit Simon I used to read them all, and now I don't I kinda miss it :s

    I really love DLP, I've been quite a few times and it just makes me so happy :D I haven't been with Simon yet so one day it'll be an ideal excuse to go to Paris :p

    Chloe x

  7. Ahh I LOVE Disneyland so much! I've been to the Florida one 3 times and am absolutely desperate to go to the LA one! It broke my heart studying Baudrillard at Uni, I just choose to ignore every single one of his theories though :P

    C x
    Lux Life Blog

  8. ahh, love, love, love this post! makes me so happy ..... I need to get my behind to Disney again asap! love the pictures. looks like such a good time!

  9. I need to return to Disney!


  10. I'm loving the fact he loves Disney. It's euphoric!! My bf turns thirty in the Summer and I've got Paris in mind too but ssh!! Hopefully I can keep it under wraps as well as you eek!

    Sophie x


  11. This looks like so much fun! I want to go! N xxx


  12. I've never been to Disney! My mum always promised she would take us when she wins the lottery. She hasn't... Yet!

    Looks lovely, you were so lucky with the weather!

    Katie <3

  13. I don't know if I want to go to Disneyland Paris or not! I last went about fifteen years ago, but I went to Florida last year and it was so amazing that I worry that Paris will just ruin my memories, haha.

    Nicola // pink-confetti.co.uk

  14. looks like the best time! i love Disneyland - the happiness is contagious. i may be wrong, but i think the Paris one is the only one that serves alcohol?! not surprising ;) x

  15. I haven't been to Disney since I was really little, but I really really want to go! You make it look like so much fun!

    B xx

  16. Caroline, it looks like you had such an amazing time.

    The meal before hand was definitely the best way to start your trip, the food looked delicious!! The first picture of you with your Mickey Mouse ears on is adorable.
    I love Disney Land, It's so much fun. I've been to Paris and Florida, but never the one in Tokyo! That's definitely on my bucket list now.
    Oh and of course, Happy Birthday Alex :) xx

  17. Well, this brings back memories - when we lived in Florida we had annual passes to Disney and went no less than 40 times! I'm so glad you guys had such a great time! It's a perfect way to ring in a new decade!

  18. I'm a massive fan of Disney too, unfortunately my boyfriend is not. I even went to the one in Tokyo on my own when I was travelling solo. Got to jump all the queues for the rides though as I was a single rider!! Looks like you had an amazing time, what a lovely wife you are! x

  19. Disney really is a magical place! And I'm glad to see you're wearing mandatory mouse ears!


  20. This looks like so much fun! Such a good idea- looks like you had an amazing time! And the food at the restaurant before your journey looks amazing- what camera and lense do you use to take those close-ups of the food? xxxx


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