Imagine a land where your favourite childhood characters exist, where make believe is real, where the magical world of Disney© comes to life. Imagine Disneyland© Paris!

Earlier this year, Venture Abroad team member Hannah J was lucky enough to travel to Disneyland© Paris as part of our January Weekend break. We caught up with Hannah to find out all about her first experience of this magical place.

Ever since I was a little girl I’ve been a big Disney© fan, so when I found out that I was going to have the opportunity to visit the fairy-tale theme park, I felt like all my dreams had come true!

First impressions

As I walked through the gates into the Disney© Parks I was awe-struck. I felt as though I had stepped into a fairy-tale. With Main Street ahead of me and the candyfloss-pink Sleeping Beauty Castle reaching high into the sky in the distance, I couldn’t help but pinch myself.

You could feel the delight of the Cubs, Scouts, Brownies and Guides who were travelling with Venture Abroad, many of whom were experiencing the Disney© Parks for the very first time too. Some were most excited about meeting their favourite Disney© characters in real life, whether it was Mickey, Minnie or their friends. Whilst others were ready and raring to take on the likes of the Wildest Ride in the West, Big Thunder Mountain and the swashbuckling Pirates of the Caribbean boat ride.

Trip highlights

The amazing Disney© Stars on Parade is a must for any visitor to Disneyland© Paris! All your favourite characters throughout the years come together in this enchanting spectacle, perfect for all ages! If you fancy something that little bit different, then Pirates or Princesses parade is not to be missed.

Another highlight for me was taking part in the Disney© Character Breakfast. Having the opportunity to enjoy a tasty breakfast with some of the famous Disney© characters was really special. We were lucky enough to be joined by Mickey, Daisy Duck and Pluto who were all really friendly! They love having their photos taken and you can even get their autograph as a memento from the trip!

Top tip!

If I were to give a top tip to anyone visiting Disneyland© Paris, it would be to download the official app. It’s free and has plenty of really helpful features. You can browse the interactive map, see waiting times and see daily schedules for parades and entertainment.

Magical memories

The best part of the weekend for me was seeing how much it meant for the children to be part of this magical experience. The children (and leaders) were wide-eyed with huge smiles on their faces throughout the weekend. They had an amazing opportunity to experience the awe and wonder brought about by Disney© and all took home with them magical memories to last a lifetime.

Find out more

Get in touch with our expert team online or call 01332 342 050 to start planning your magical experience to Disneyland© Paris.