Saturday, March 19, 2016

Exploring Euro Disney

I love Disney. My childhood is defined by The Little Mermaid, Hercules, The Beauty & The Beast, and every other Disney movie ever released. I've gone to Disneyland in Florida with my family twice now, once as a kid and then in middle school- which is nothing compared to this one girl I went to high school with who continues to go multiple times every year- but I think it's safe to say I'm a big fan of Disney. So when I was given the chance to go to Disney in Paris, I absolutely said yes. And it was definitely worth every single damn euro. 

(I took the photo before it got super sunny)
(And then my camera died)
(The struggle was honestly too real)

First of all, instead of Cinderella's castle, Euro Disney has Aurora's castle. So it's pink and beautiful and has these gorgeous stained glass windows inside that depict the storyline of The Sleeping Beauty. The entire place is just adorable and I felt giddy walking through onto the balconies that overlook the park- it's a lot smaller than Cinderella's castle in Florida but I loved how literally every stone in the castle told a story.

We all got Minnie Mouse ears-except for Emily who got her face painted (it was amazing)- devoured an unholy amount of cotton candy, took pictures of everything, and had a really nice time acting like kids again. I'd also been having a small quarter life crisis, basically questioning what I'm studying  what I'm going to do with my life, so being a kid again was exactly what I needed. Disney really is such a beautiful fantasy land brought alive, I loved feeling like I was walking through a fairytale.

The fireworks show at the end of the night also lowkey had me in tears. We almost didn't go because we'd spent the entire day outside at the park and we were all freezing by the evening but we committed to seeing the show and I'm so glad we did because it was incredible. Fireworks are one of my weaknesses, so when it was combined with Disney music, I was completely done. I wasn't able to get a picture since my camera was long dead by then, but I did film it on my phone / GoPro so it'll definitely make an appearance in the video I'm attempting to make of all the footage I have so far from studying abroad. Overall, I had an amazing experience and recommend visiting Euro Disney if you can! It's a completely different experience from Disneyland, it felt like everyone was European (lol) and the park itself just felt very French. The rides are pretty much the same but I definitely think the vibe is different and even a little bit more magical.

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