24th of September 2007
The day started at 5.30 where my taxi picked me up bright and early from the Juryís Inn just outside of Heathrow. I had a early flight for 7.30 so made sure I was at the Airport in plenty of time. After checking in through one of the self check in points I made my way through departures into the lounge and brought a paper to read on the plane. During the flight we were handed bacon rolls and soft drinks. After arriving at CDG airport in Paris I made my way to the outside to catch the VEA shuttle to the Resort. Despite the convenience of the service it can be quite hectic during a busy period with everyone trying to off load there luggage and fighting other people to get on the bus. Journey was short due to Terminal 2 being the last on the list and we were on our way. The shuttle chose to drop of at every hotel except Santa Fe until last.
Arriving at the Santa Fe check in was a be busy and I had to endure a 20-30 minute wait to check in. I was located in building 58 room 17. After dropping of the bags I grabbed the video camera and headed out towards the free shuttle bus to the parks. Bus came quite quickly and we were on our way. I chose to visit the Studios first as it was coming up to 12.30 and I wanted to grab a bite to eat and get a decent spot to film the Cinema Parade. As I was entering the park I could clearly see the mighty Tower of Terror structure in the background.
Lunch was a bacon cheese burger meal from Studio 1 which was quite bland. After lunch I entered the main park and walked over to new area Toon Studios to see what the new area looked like. Crush had a 50 minute wait, so I had no plans to go on that today. I got a good spot for the parade. Interesting to note the parade didnít include the usual parade stop and was actually quite quick going through the park. Good thing really as seconds later the heavens decided to open up on the park. Feeling quite wet I made my way towards Studio 1 before leaving the park altogether. On the way out the rain was really starting to pour and wet signs were flying across the front lot due to the severe weather. I braved the rain and left to go to Disneyland Park.
Once entering the park I visited the some of the shops on Main Street to see check out the new 15th Anniversary merchandise. I than walked through Discoveryland and rode Star Tours and than made my way into Fantasyland to ride itís a small world, which sadly was in a terrible state. Mould was clearly visible from the water, while the sets were covered in dust. Many of the AAís were also not moving correctly and some were just turned off. itís a disgrace to see such a beautiful attraction like this in a state of disrepair like this. It made me realise that the maintenance issues had become worst since my last trip as many of the buildings in Fantasyland were in desperate need of work.
I made my way over to Main Street to get a decent place for the parade. I stood towards the exit and had a great view of the Mickey float, which stopped right in front of me. As for the actual parade I loved it, certainly a refreshing change to the previous one. My only concern is that many of the floats having moving parts and Iím a bit concern to how long its going to take before these start to break and donít get repaired. Also the parade could of done without spacing the floats so far apart and added more performers.
Next it was time to do more attractions including Pirates, Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Mountain. After riding Buzz in which my score was 45300 I made my way over to watch Candlebration. Cute show by the way. It was 7.00 and the park was about to close but due to staying at a Disney hotel I was entitled to extra magic hours and went to city hall to pick up my tag. More turns on Pirates, Phantom Manor and Big Thunder Mountain as well as riding Pinocchio and Peter Pan. I also checked out the castle and enjoyed the candles all lit up. It was getting late so I left the park and made my way over to Disney Village and had a meal over at the Rain Forrest Cafť which I enjoyed more than the one in Tokyo. After dinner I left the village and got the bus back to the Santa Fe.