Best Mash-Up Ever!

Some people would say that Disney has found the only way to make “the most annoying ride ever” more annoying…however we are not ‘some people’. We personally believe Disney has never had a better idea than to mix up the It’s a Small World music during holiday celebrations and create a really kick-ass mash-up…we’re talking the normal It’s a Small World theme thrown together with lines from both Deck the Halls and Jingle Bells…it’s a holiday spectacular!

Anyways, as you may have gathered from this rant and the last post, we love It’s a Small World in Paris…especially at Christmas time. If you are willing to love it as much as we do (or if you already do!), here is a flip book of images of the ride (because Kristin went a little crazy taking photos):
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Did you spot your country? How about Canada? And maybe the Gondola Man? And what about that sparkly Santa at the end? Fun! Fun! Fun!
Which is your favorite doll/country/holiday represented?

Love, Luck & Leopards with Umbrellas,

Only way you could make it more annoying? I think more awesome!

Today we visited the happiest, most festive place on Earth (except maybe Santa’s workshop at the North Pole…we imagine that place is pretty frickin’ festive). We spent our day at Disneyland at Chrismas time! If there was anything that could make the most magical place even more magical, it would be holiday decorations & Christmas carols!
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Warning: We are now going to talk about Disneyland Paris as if you already know all about it. If you do not, we suggest you refer to “Silly Mickey, you don’t know French!” as we go into great detail there.

We were at the park in time for opening, leaving us with a full day of Disney ahead of us. We started the the Walt Disney Studios park. This one has less good rides, no shows we wanted to see and has been far less Christmas-a-fied. The plan was to get though what we wanted to see here and move onto the main Disneyland park. This worked nicely 🙂 We rode the Rock & Roller Coaster (although they didn’t have to rock & roll music playing while we were on it…kinda diminishes the effect), the Tower of Terror…twice, as we will never get sick of that ride…and Crush’s Coaster (the Finding Nemo themed roller coaster). Crush’s Coaster was the only ride we wanted to go on that we had missed on our last Disney visit so we were happy to get a chance this time. It has you sitting in a turtle shell that rotates as you go through the coaster. It leaves you never knowing what way you’ll turn next or if you will be forwards, backwards or sideways for the next drop. Very fun!
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Oh! PS. Here’s us in cheese…
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We actually had to wait in a few lines this time. The lines were still nothing like you’d find in North America, but it is definitely busier here in December than September. The weirdest thing about the day though was that we were bundled right up. You don’t think about how much time you spend outside at a Disney park until you are faced with going to one in low single digit temperatures. We wore lots of layers, odd in comparison to the single sweater you sometimes need in California or Orlando. We also had mittens, scarves and, in Kristin’s case, a toque.

Once in the main park, the first ride we hit was Buzz Lightyear. You may remember this was a favourite of ours last time….today did not disappoint! We actually rode this ride three times today, which, when added to the two times last visit, ties it for the most ridden ride. We managed to improve on our previous scores and even broke the six digit mark on our last go! Don’t we look intense? (and bundled up?)

We also hit up Disney classics such as Pirates of the Carribean and the Haunted Mansion (Phantom Manor here in Paris). Pirates had a pleasantly long line…pleasant because it was inside and a good place to warm up. But then, in a disastrous turn of events, we got placed at the front of our pirates boat! Any experienced Disney-goer knows that people in the front frequently get wet! We avoid that though by doing this:
Finally there was It’s a Small World, which we have to admit we rode three times today. Momma P should be very proud because this is the ride that ties Buzz for most rides! The fun thing was that it had been Christmas-a-fied, or should we say holiday-a-fied. You could see a representation of festivities throughout the world, all easily contained in their proper country. In Canada we apparently become elves at holiday time 🙂 Guess it makes sense with us being so far north. As a side note, look at how smug that moose is…
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Since we’ve done all of the good rides before when we were here in September we chose to enjoy some of the other festivities Disney has to offer…for example, the parade! It was everything a Disney parade should be, with lots of dancers, bright colors, happy music and Disney characters. Also as a holiday treat Santa showed up for the end.
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And to make everything more magical the parade’s conclusion featured snow all down Main Street! (ok maybe it was just soap bubbles, but the effect was just as good)

We were now freezing and slightly wet from the rain so we ventured inside for a snack and hot beverage. After munching on a muffin and tea, we ventured back outside to discover all of the Christmas lights had come on. We snapped some photos and were drawn towards the areas filled with light…or maybe just It’s a Small World again (this is when we did ride number 3 of both it and Buzz).

We made it back to the castle in time to see it lite up by Princess Aurora, aka Sleeping Beauty, aka Justine’s favorite princess. She came onto stage with her royal court, Prince Philip and the Sleeping Beauty fairies and did a little show en francais…we got the idea though: the fairies were fighting over what color to light the castle up in….bad fairies, fighting and setting a bad example for all of the children!
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The park closed with their Fantillusions parade. This parade turned out to be a more modern version of the Main Street Electical Parade. The floats were quite complex, including platforms that would raise the princesses up into the air and one that swallowed up Malifacent & then turned into a dragon. We enjoyed how all of the people were dancing around decorated in list (and carrying giant power pack backpacks).
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After closing we went for super at the same American diner as last time (located in the Disney Village area outside the parks). Justine had the same burger, with mushrooms, and Kristin mixed it up by getting one with bacon…yummy!
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But wait! We forgot to tell you about the most exciting part of the day! We think these pictures speak for themselves…
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What We Miss:
Being warm at Disney…or in general…

Love, Luck, Little Mermaid and Lion King,

Silly Mickey…You don’t know French…

Bonjour Mademoiselles (& Monsieurs)! It’s is our deepest pride & greatest pleasure to welcome you tonight! Now we invite you to relax…let us pull up a chair….as your writers proudly present: Your Blog Post!

For those of you that do not recognize those words and think “Wow that’s an odd way to start a blog post,” we strongly recommend you watch Beauty & the Beast ASAP. It’s not only one of the greatest Disney movies ever made, but it also takes place in France! How does this relate to today’s post? Because today was the day we hit DISNEYLAND PARIS!

Yes, we spent the day in the happiest place on Earth…well one of the 4 happiest places at least. Disney has never really stated which of it’s parks is the happiest, but we don’t need to get into that right now. We arrived at the park pretty much right when it opened ready to go. We had bought ticket vouchers at our hostel which let us enter at a discounted price, but we still had to go through the ticket line to get our actual park passes. This line went quite quickly…was this a good sign for our day to come?

Dinseyland Paris consists of 2 parks: Walt Disney Studios & Magic Kingdom. At this point we would like to warn you that the easiest way is to write this post is to draw a lot of comparisons to the American Disney parks. For those of you who have been to one or both of them, yay for you! Aren’t they a good time? For those of you that haven’t, you should still get what we are saying, and should hopefully still enjoy today’s post! Both parks are smaller than in the states, especially WD Studios, so we were convinced we could cover both of them in a day. We’d looked at the park map in advance on Justine’s Disneyland Paris iPhone app and knew which rides we really wanted to go on, which rides had fastpasses (a pass allowing you to skip the line if you return in a specific time period) and when the shows & parades were.

The ticket office was at the Magic Kingdom, so that’s where we started. We walked onto Main Street and it felt like we could have been in California. The first thing we noted was that it is still Main Street USA, despite the fact that we are in France. The second thing we noticed was that the entire street was in English. Every sign. Every window display. Everything. Then of course we spotted the castle and forgot all about everything except being extremely excited! The castle was very pretty and elegant. More than any of the theme park castles you could tell this one was based off a European fortress…which is good because people here could have actually have been to a real one. We took few seconds to gawk and then hurried off to our first ride.

We started on Big Thunder Mountain Railway. By the time we got there the sign said there was a 20 minute wait. We thought “Wow, that’s good!” and hurried into line. The Sadlers had told us that Pais was the best Big Thunder they had ever been on, and we have to agree. It was fast & exciting. The perfect way to start off our day!
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While in line we had planned out our next move: fastpass for Indiana Jones and hit up Pirates while we wait for it to be our ride time. However this didn’t turn out to be necessary as when we walked up the Indiana Jones et le Temple du Peril the wait time was 5 minutes. Seriously…here’s a photo to prove it:
We loved that we had finally got to a ride that had the name in French. We’re not sure how they decide what language to put the names in, as it seemed kind of random. Anyways, Indiana Jones was quite fun. It’s nothing like in California/Florida. It has no storyline or anything but is instead a twisty-turny roller coaster. We then returned to the original plan and went on Pirates of the Caribbean. It is just lIke at home (by which we mean like the ride in California) except some of the swashbuckling pirates are bilingual. Unlike in California there was no Jack Sparrow hiddeaway smongst the pirates. Oh and that at home you would probably never walk directly onto the ride with zero wait time! The Haunted Mansion was also quite similar to at home…until you get to the end. Instead of heading into a graveyard you head underground with the coffins & rotting dead bodies and then to a undead fair ground. It is much scarier than any Haunted Mansion we’ve been on before!

Next we crossed over to the other side of the park and did Discoveryland (which is basically Tomorrowland). We started on Buzz Lightyear. Here there was a line again but, like before, it took about 5 minutes until we were loaded into our cars. This is a family favorite for both the Kummers and Padgets…especially the Dads! It’s very interactive because you are shooting at targets the whole way through the ride in a quest to have the highest point total at the end. We think this is a great idea…not that you can tell from our ride photo…
Doesn’t Justine look about ready to fall asleep? And Kristin looks more than a little ticked off. Could it be because she was totally awful? Look at the point totals at the bottom and how large of strugglers we were (especially Kris).

Space Mountain is right across from Buzz. We could already see the 5 minute wait time sign so we rushed right in. 5 minutes was really just the time it took to walk through the snaking line area and right onto the ride. They have definitely improved this ride since Kristin last rode it. To be honest, she hasn’t been at a Disney park since they started making rides go upside-down. But even Justine, who went on the new and improved ride at Disneyland a couple years ago, was impressed by this one. It was fast, dark, loopy, twisty and overall super fun! So fun we rode it twice in a row! The only possibly downside would be all of the jerking around gave Justine a headache, her brain was a little rattled.

We then made our way to the second Disney park: Walt Disney Studios. This park is exactly like MGM Studios in Orlando and California Adventure (minus the small California section) in Anaheim. When you first enter you go through a large movie studio warehouse type building. It’s full of bright colorful neon signs for shops & restaurants and old fashioned movie equipment. Very cool looking!
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Our first stop within the park was a ride we knew we had to ride: the Tower of Terror. This is one of our favorites! We don’t know what it is about dropping style rides that we love…perhaps it’s that weightless feeling…but this was a must. We were able to just walk into the room with the initial intro movie. Very convienent. We were interested to find the movie was in English with French subtitles. Also convienent. But then when we were seated in our “elevator” the whole ride commentary was in French. It didn’t lessen our enjoyment though!

We then raced over to the Rock & Roller Coaster avec Aerosmith. We feel the need to list the whole name and to draw your attention to the fact that it is all in English minus the random avec instead of with/featuring. This ride wasted no time in getting you upside down. We were barely moving and already they had the ride barrel-rolling. In the end it was a lot like Space Mountain but less dark & with louder music (by Areosmith of course).

Next ride: the Tower of Terror. Now we test our mind reading skills because we know what you’re thinking: “But wait girls! You already listed that!” or “But you just went on that ride!”
Or if you’ve ever been on the Tower of Terror perhaps you’re thinking “Yeah you did! That ride is awesome!” If that one is the case then you have the right attitude. We just love it so much we did it again! An interesting note though, this time the intro video was in French and the ride commentary was in English. It seems they want everyone to understand half the ride, but no one to understand the whole thing…?

From the Tower we moved down the street to the Backlot Tram Tour. This is like the Universal Studios tour of the same-ish name, but lamer. To be honest this was the lamest thing we did today. We did have a cookie while we rode though 😉 from the tram exit though we spotted something awesome. It was a crazy roller coaster that is just set on a U-shape so it goes back & forth going almost but not quite upside down. It was located in the Toy Story Playland. We wouldn’t have went in this area if we hadn’t spotted the coaster because we had thought it was a kids play area…that would have been a mistake because we would have missed out on seeing this adorableness:
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Everything was made of giant toys and was so cute! The majority if rides did turn out to be rather kiddy, but we found the RC Car Roller Coaster. It turned out being as bad ass as it looked. You kept feeling like you might fly off the ends of the track. Don’t worry…we didn’t.

The last stop for this park was Crush’s Coaster. This looked fun, but had a 40 minute wait and no fastpass. Not cool! So we skipped it. In the end this is the only ride we had wanted to go on that we didn’t get to go on at least once.

As we passed out of WD Studios & back into Magic Kingdom we scoped out all the photo opportunities. The classics, like in front of the entrance & castle, and the more random, like as Rapunzel or with Mike from Monsters Inc.
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We also couldn’t resist the call of the gift shops! We grabbed ourselves some souvenirs and enjoyed the ambiance of Main Street.

By the time we finished our shopping people were lining the streets in preparation for the parade. We weighted the options and decided we’d rather hit more rides than watch the parade. This provided the perfect time to do the rides of Fantasyland. All of the little children normally running about would definitely want to watch the characters march around. We did the classic Fantasyland rides like Pinnochio, Peter Pan and the Tea Cups. We had been right about the masses being at the parade as we had very short waits for each. The shortest line though was at the best ride: It’s a Small World. We never would have throught that we would consider this to be one of the top rides of the park, but it just shows that you can’t predict everything in life. We were amazed at how nice this It’s a Small World was…it didn’t look 50 years old like at the other parks. And the Canada section…In California Canada is represented by a single Mountie beside a totem pole. in Florida we have no representation at all. But here in Paris Canada had a whole area devoted to it. There was the Mountie and totem pole, but also a moose & some animals ice fishing and 2 adorable little hockey players! We loved it! We love the whole ride…so much so that when we go off we went around and immediately rode it again!

By the time we left Fantasyland there was about an hour till closing. We both agreed that our top two re-rides would be Big Thunder & Buzz Lightyear. In the end we got through both of them withe relatively short lines (approximately 20 minutes at Big Thunder & 10 minutes at Buzz). Just for prides sake, look at how much better we did on Buzz the second time!
As a side note, you might notice it’s kinda hard to see us in this photo. Disney seems to have caught onto the fact that most people just take a picture of the posted ride photo, rather than actually buying a copy. Now they put annoying things right through the middle of the photo so you can barely see yourself. Lame!

We left Buzz in time to see the majority of the closing show. The park closed too early for fireworks so they have a goodbye show on the central platform in front of the castle instead. It was all in French so we had no idea what was going on, but it was fun to watch Mickey jump about and the Princes & Princesses dance 🙂
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In the end we have to call this day a success! We had sooooo much fun! Plus we rode a total of 20 rides (15 unique rides with 5 repeats) and probably only stood in line a total of an hour and a half. Plus the weather was perfect! Not too hot, but sunny & warm. Yay weather for not sucking 2 days in a row!

Being as it is September and no longer summer in Paris Disney’s eyes, the parks closed at 7pm. Due to the magic of Disney (or whatever chemicals & uppers the put in the air of their parks) we were still feeling wide awake and feeling no pain at this point. Seriously, how does Disney manage to make you so happy that you can walk and stand from pretty much 9 hours straight and not have your feet hurt? 7 o’clock is very early by Paris standards so we weren’t ready to just head home. We also didn’t want to have to leave the happy Disneyland bubble yet. Solution: Disney Village. This is right next to the parks and has more gift shops and restaurants. The perfect place to funnel their crowds into at closing.
We walked the length of the strip, going into the odd shop and looking at all of the restaurant menus. In the end we chose a 50’s style American diner. Not very French, but American style seems to be a novelty here so we just went with it. We each had a mushroom burger, fires & a coke float. It felt like the right thing to have in the provided atmosphere.

And that’s it for the day. The train ride home was unexciting and then we just got our stuff organized for tomorrow!
See you in the next post!

Love, Luck & Lumiere (who gives us our opening quote!),

Oh! Wait! We forgot about today’s competition!!! It’s been awhile since your last challenge so we are going to issue you a new one. You have until we post on Monday to submit your answers. Let’s make this one as Disney themed as our day was….
1. If you could spend a day hanging out in any Disney movie which would it be? and Why?
2. Which movie do you think each of us would like to spend a day in? and Why?
Just to be clear you can set the terms of this hang-out… Itcould be with just a couple characters, or all of them. It could take place at a certain part of the movie. Whatever you want! Also you would fit into whatever situation you’re put into, for example if you hung out with Nemo you could be a fish…not just a drowning person.