Now I have suitable recovered from my journey back from the land of magic, uploaded my huge amount of photos and (most importantly) unpacked my new pressies, I figured you might want to hear about it all......so, shall I begin?
Day -1...the Surprise is unveiled....
Here is the backstory. 2 years ago I went on my first 'adult' DLRP trip with my sister and brother in law, my long suffering hubby and my two adorable nieces, then 4 and 2. In hindsight taking the kids when they were so young was probably not the best idea, we ended up having to drag lots of bottles and nappies and pushchairs etc from england and it was apparent the girls didn't really remember a lot of it. Still we had an amazing time and we made a promise then and there to go back when they were old enough, maybe when they were 8 and 10.But the need for Disney, the constant advertising on UK television and the near constant emails we were all getting from the mouse with special offers made us decide to go this year, to see the 20th anniversary and to take advantage of the free kids offer while it was still running.
The one big difference we made this time however was not to tell the girls we were going. We had seen the adverts showing a series of overexcited children jumping up and down, hugging their parents with gusto and crying and thought 'that's for us!!'. We spun a web of massive lies, saying we were going to Cornwall (like we did last year), showed them pictures of the cottage we were staying in, explained how we would be getting a train to cornwall as all of the roads were closed (that was a crap lie, needed because me and my sister forgot one day and were talking about the eurostar train in front of them.....doh)... in retrospect we might have created too much of a great lie as the result in the video below is not as 'excited' as we had planned......
Disneyland Paris Surprise!!!! - YouTube
Yeah......it took 3 hours to explain what we would be doing, how the family in Cornwall we were renting the cottage from wouldn't mind and yes, we could get a cornish pasty on the way to Ashford. This aside, it was lovely to see their faces when the penny actually did drop!
Early on in the planning we had decided to get the Eurostar. We flew from Southampton last time, which was chaotic and took a long time. Since that trip I had gone across to the park two more times, using Eurostar and was determined to do it again. However, because the trains from our region goes into Waterloo we would have had to go across London on the tube in rush hour with luggage and 2 children, so we settled on ashford as our departure point.
We bundled the kids into the car and set of from Waterlooville to Ashford for our night at the Holiday Inn Central. This came from the panic my sister had built up during the months about getting to the station on time and everytime we spoke our time of departure had snuck forward another hour, until I was getting up at 3am....so I snapped and booked us all into the hotel, which helpfully came with parking and complimentary taxis. I cannot recommend this enough. The rooms were comfy, the breakfast was huge and the hotel manager personally came out to see us and the other families off in the morning, giving the girls chocolate for their trip.
We had a lovely meal at the restaurant and then settled into our beds for the next exciting part of the journey.....eurostar!!!!!!