This weekend we were really lucky to be invited to Disneyland Paris for the opening of the brand new Frozen themed Summer celebration, Frozen Summer Fun and to see one of the very first performances of the new Frozen sing-along show in Frontierland. From today until 13th September, guests at Disneyland can experience lots of new Frozen-themed fun, with characters from Frozen appearing all over the place!
First up, though, we had to get to Paris, and, joined by my three slightly groggy companions (6am start – argh): the boys and their friend Glen, we headed to St Pancras to the Business Premier Lounge where we started off our magical weekend scoffing croissants and pains au chocolat in the very posh lounge area:
The journey to Disneyland is so quick and easy on the Eurostar, and it’s so much more convenient than flying – there’s much faster security (and less restrictions on liquids and luggage) and the actual journey is quicker as well – just 2 hours 45 direct. Once you’re there, it’s a short stroll to the Disneyland Parks and hotels.
Our hotel, the gorgeous Disneyland Park hotel, is literally a hop and a skip from the park’s entrance (and a very short walk from the Eurostar terminal), and is utterly beautiful. There’s no nicer way to arrive than walking straight to the beautiful building that marks the entrance to the park. The hotel is themed around the golden age of Victorian railway travel (and has more than a touch of the St Pancras Renaissance about it, I always think). It’s a 5 star hotel with fantastic dining and a lovely pool too. Perfect for relaxing after a busy day hitting the parks:
After an afternoon wallying around in the park (watch out for the boys’ Top Ten Things To Do at Disneyland Paris, coming soon), we went back to the hotel to prepare for dinner. I was so excited as I’d missed the original opening of the new Ratatouille: The Adventure. As we strolled over, I could barely contain myself. It’s literally like walking into a pretty Paris square – all twinkly and pretty with a lovely fountain:
Inside Bistrot Chez Rémy, the decor is incredible. Everything is huge, as you’re shrunk down to the size of Rémy (the same as the ride, which is absolutely amazing). The seats are giant champagne corks, the lights are fairy lights, and there are cocktail umbrellas on the ceiling – it really is magical!
The food is classic French bistro food and obviously I had to have ratatouille with my steak frites! There’s even special wine:
Fantastic! But on to the main events. The characters from Frozen will be popping up all over the place this summer. We bumped into Olaf just by Sleeping Beauty Castle:
And the famous royals now feature on their own frosty float in the gorgeous Disney Magic on Parade! too:
The sisters will also cross the park several times a day for a special carriage ride, Frozen: A Royal Welcome so everyone will be able to spot them, even if they missed the parade.
I have loads more to tell you about Frozen Summer Fun, plus a video coming up, all about the wonderful new show and lots more, but I don’t want to spoil it all just yet. I’ll just tell you that you can sing along with Anna, Elsa, and lots of other Frozen characters, and the weather changes quite dramatically… yes, even inside!
Disneyland Paris summer packages:
For information about a family break to Disneyland Paris during the Frozen Summer Fun celebrations, call direct on 08448 008 111 or visit www.disneylandparis.com.
Prices for a two-night/three day package including standard class return travel with Eurostar in July 2015 start from £1318.60, based on a family of four sharing (children aged 3-7 yrs). The price includes two nights’ accommodation with continental breakfast at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge and three day park hopper tickets for Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park.
The same package staying at Disney’s Hotel Cheyenne starts from £1104.12, based on a family of four sharing (children aged 3-7 yrs). Children under 7 years old stay and play for free during the Frozen Summer Fun celebrations. Book by June 30th for arrivals from now until 31st October 2015).