This will be the 10th year of visiting Disneyland Paris and our 22nd visit with our last 8 visits being in our motorhomes – I can’t believe the time has gone so fast and our boys now 17 & 15 but the good thing is that they still have the Disney thing going or maybe they are just humouring us!
After a good, steady journey without any delays, we were here and boy were we ready for our Disney Fix!
We brought a couple of new toys with us on this trip – a couple of solar panels with usb so that the “screenagers” are kept entertained when we were not in the parks as they do not seem to appreciate the world without tech but I suppose thats the world we live in now. The kit reviews will be posted shortly, nothing too elaborate or expensive but just some cheap, little additions which have enhanced our life in a motorhome.
Well you can’t come to Disneyland without going on any rides and we spent our time between the 2 parks (Disneyland Park & Studios Park) and despite my favourite, Big Thunder Mountain still being closed due to a major refurbishment, there was still plenty to satisfy my inner child.
Autopia & It’s a Small World:
Plus lots, lots more!!!!!
The highlight of this trip was the balloon ride during Disney Dreams – a big thank you to the operator for keeping us up in the air for so long.
Having left Brugge, we set off for Disneyland. You could see the increased security when crossing the Belgian border with traffic down to a single lane through a security checkpoint.
Straight through, no problems and then off towards Lille.
“Keep Left at Lille then Left” is how we remember where to go and once on the A1 it all plain sailing until we get to Charles de Gaulle Airport when it gets a little tricky if you don’t watch what your doing.
Just a minor problem with our Sanef Toll Tag – it wasn’t recognised when passing through the Peage Toll booths and the barrier was operated remotely as we were causing a back log. We will have to wait and see if we get charged!
Upon arrival, we topped up with fuel (just incase, can’t be too careful after recent events) then filled up the water tank and then found our place for the next 5 days.
Then off to the Park!
With rides on Autopia, Space Mountain, Buzz Lightyear, Pirates of the Caribbean, Phantom Manor, Pinnochio and Indiana Jones, this was a very successful 1st evening!
Day 2 began with my Motorhome Breakfast and fresh coffee – who needs Costa? followed by a visit to the Val D’Europe Shopping Mall which is always worth a visit.
After a very relaxing day we headed to the park in the evening (in between the rain showers) and what an evening – no waiting for rides and again and luckily didn’t get wet.
The Teacups, not really my cup of tea but the boys enjoy seeing me afterwards – I get a little green around the gills after all that spinning around………
We decided to give the over cab bed a go which proved to be very comfortable indeed and getting up & down the ladder was not that bad – best nights sleep in a motorhome we’ve had.
Day 3 already – Rides, rides & more rides!
A show in Cinemagique
An Inversion on Indiana jones.
Yo ho, Yo ho, a Pirates life for me! My Favourite…..
And a great view of the nightly Firework display & Disney Dreams
Nice weather for Ducks! One of the biggest thunderstorms I have ever witnessed. The small tree gave some slight cover from the rain until it began getting heavier and heavier with large hailstones that really hurt the head when they hit you…….
After sheltering in a band stand, we thought, what the hell, can’t get much wetter – We were so wrong!!!!!!!! Strangely this was not so bad and was actually fun, in a strange sort of way although it took ages for our clothes to dry.
Day 4 was spent drying clothes and relaxing before heading into the parks for the last time on this trip as we did not intend on going into the parks on a Saturday – done this before and it wasn’t fun at all – far too busy.
A little gift shopping in the Disney outlets and Planet Hollywood store made my wallet a little lighter but it was all worth it and I think my new T-Shirt says it all.
Saturday Day 5, the last full day before our journey back to the UK, and a visit to Val D’Europe on the train from DLP, to get last minute supplies for the way home. We particularly liked the Fougasse (a kind of flat bread) we strongly recommend the Parisian style which was very nice indeed, there was a 3 cheese version but beware, the cheese was strong n smelly.
We decided to give it a go and went to the parks on Saturday afternoon, we were pleasantly surprised to get on all the rides so easily and very little queueing, in fact, we did more rides than on any other day we were there.
Day 6, Sunday did not start off so well, a slight mishap with the electric window on the passenger side – it was stuck down and smoke coming from my switch panel – Oh No!
I thought that my co pilot would be wearing hat, gloves and scarf for our journey home but after a simple fix – disconnecting my switch, the window went back up and problem solved, for now anyway…
A drive back to Calais and back to uk on the Tunnel before the final leg of our trip – 2 nights in Canterbury.
With another 784 miles under our belt at an average of 29.95MPG, I think that we did pretty well – it must be the way I drive!
We fancied something a little different this time, maybe we were getting a little more adventurous and realising that there was a whole new world just waiting for us to visit.
We booked the overnight P&O Ferry from Hull to Zeebrugge with an outside cabin for the 4 of us arrived in plenty of time at the Port (approx 1.30pm) we joined the queue – actually we were 2nd in the queue just behind a Talbot Express camper van driven by a very nice guy who informed us of where to go and what to do – lucky for us as we had no idea!!!
We boarded and collected our cabin key. We had got a cabin on the right side of the ship so that we could see the east coast of England as we travelled through the night – not sure whether this is the port or the starboard but thats not important, I’m not driving the ship.
After an all you can eat evening meal in the restaurant or 3 evening meals and 4 puddings (each) we retired to our cabin, feeling rather full and hoping that we had a good crossing as rough seas and over indulging do not really go hand in hand.
Luckily the crossing was great, no sea sickness and ready for an all you can eat breakfast before arriving in Zeebrugge.
A short drive to Brugge and Camping Memling which was easy enough to find even though just outside the city and within a residential area.
Although we arrived early, we were able to check in and given our pitch which was a hard standing and grass pitch and rather large.
The site had a modern toilet & shower block which also housed a pot washing room.
These were kept clean and overall the site was very impressive and we were especially surprised by the quietness of the place.
By 12.30 we were walking into Brugge, a 30+ minute walk but this didn’t seem to bother us at all.
Fries & Mayonnaise from the fast food hut outside the tower which kept us going until we got back to the campsite later.
Day 2 – after breakfast, we walked to the local Carrefour supermarket which was close by, the local area was full of everything you could wish for, petrol stations, restaurants, supermarkets and leisure centre.
Another day in the city saw us take a canal boat ride which was actually the best way to experience the city and at 32 euros for all 4 of us, very reasonably priced and even after a few euro tip for the driver/guide at the end of the journey, you couldn’t really argue with the experience.
Having seen the attraction from the water, we decided to take a journey through the city in a horse drawn carriage and again at 45 euro’s not bad even with a 5 euro tip for the driver (and horse) we were really impressed and extremely took in by the place – we will be visiting again in the future, that’s for sure.
We couldn’t leave Brugge without visiting one of it’s many chocolate shops and oh my, there are plenty.
We opted for Chocoholic which lived up to the expectations, mmmmmmmm.
Having enjoyed every minute in Brugge, we headed for France for phase 2 of our holiday, Disneyland Paris.
We never get bored with DLP, its such a great place and in my opinion, very under rated as it will always be compared to it’s rivals in the USA which is a little unfair.
Rides, rides and more rides – that’s what we came for and that is exactly what we got – fantastic time.
We knew that we had to make the most of this visit as our next visit in December (by car and staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel) there would be some ride closures due to the refurbishment programme in readiness for the 25 year celebrations in 2017.
It to happen some time, Rain! but out came the rain coats and off we went again!
Disney Dreams was as magical as ever and well worth seeing again & again!
The return crossing to hull was equally as wet, but surprisingly not a bad crossing so we took advantage of the all you can eat buffet again and settled in for our final night away.
There is one thing in life that we all strive for and that is happiness and guess what?
We are very, very happy.
A day in dover castle, making the most of our English Heritage membership was on the cards and we can strongly recommend this for anyone who is interested in history as Dover castle offers something for everyone.
It was the reenactment of the Manga Carter which was interesting and amusing too and well worth watching – I may have learnt something too.
It’s always nice to look out over the channel and watch the ferries and wonder what it was like back in the 40’s with the threat of invasion – just to think how that stretch of water has kept us safe for so many years.
A quiet night parked on Marine Parade with all the other motorhomes, nice spot and free!
Having booked another crossing with My Ferry Link, we arrived in Dover for our crossing but were advised that due to circumstances out of their control, there were no crossings – we later found out that this was due to the ongoing issue regarding the sale of the ships to DFDS.
Our booking had been transferred to to Euro Tunnel so a quick 20 minute trip back up the M20 and a 2 hour wait for our train but this didn’t affect our excitement.
35 minutes later, we were in France, effortless!
A steady 55mph and Terry was very happy, no problems and the boys seemed to enjoy the journey too.
We saw this and had to buy one – don’t tell anyone that it’s a trivet and being stainless steel, it should be OK fitted to the front.
As you would expect, the weather was great, in fact we found it a little too hot at times, but that’s enough about the weather.
Theres nothing quite like spending quality time with my family, doing all the things that we enjoy and pleasing ourself when, what and where we go – oh, the life of a motor homer!
It’s always a relief to get on the moving walkways back to the car park especially after a few days of walking miles around the parks.
The ferry was operating for our return journey and we embarked on what was going to be our last journey with My Ferry Link which was a shame but we had an idea for our next journey which would include something new for us.
Total miles driven 890 miles at an average of 32.4mpg – excellent!
Our first outing of 2015 – Disneyland Paris.
We booked our crossing on My Ferry Link again, this was very good value for money and considerably cheaper than P&O and not as busy.
The crossing was pleasant for the time of year although it looked a little grey at times.
Having driven 1000’s of miles over the years, the French motorways are my favourite and I don’t even mind paying the tolls.
The condition of the roads and the simplicity is far better in my opinion although some of the exit roads are in need of some repair especially around the A104 around Paris but after negotiating these many times, it is not that much of an issue.
The drive to Disneyland was faultless and Terry performed admirably, as usual and my navigator, sat in the co-pilots seat, steered me in the right direction at all times – what would I do without her.
The boys arrived in a well relaxed state and couldn’t wait to get out and about in the parks.
Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean, It’s a small world, Buzz lightyears laser blast, Phantom Manor, all of our favourite rides done in a matter of hours.
At the end of the day, Disney have their fireworks & light show – Disney Dreams and we never get tired of watching it (well, we don’t but the boys hate the hanging around)
It doesn’t matter to us that we have been here over & over again over the last 8 years, we always have a great time and it satisfies the inner child – your never too old to enjoy Disney!
A return crossing to Dover and an overnight stay on Marine Parade finished off another perfect trip and as usual, we knew it wouldn’t be too long before we were setting off again.
Total miles driven = 888 at an average 29.5mpg.