We got up pretty early because we didn't want to be rushed and there was no way that we were going to miss the bus we had booked to Disneyland! We had to catch the metro to Châtelet and the bus departed across the road from the station at 9am. We had sussed out where we needed to wait yesterday when we were nearby so we were all sorted. In fact we allowed more than enough time but it was really nice because we were able to have a nice coffee in a café by the river where we could still see the bus stop in case the shuttle arrived. The sun was shining and we were both super excited about the day ahead of us! I kept having to pinch myself because I couldn't believe I was actually going to Disneyland! I'm such a big kid sometimes but it has been a dream for as long as I can remember. Quite a few people were gathering at the bus stop which was a good sign and at least we knew we were in the right place because they all looked like Disney go-ers! The bus arrived about ten minutes before nine and we were all ticked off as we hopped on. Thoroughly organised!
It took around 45 minutes so we arrived at Disneyland before 10am. We had a two park entry but we started at Disneyland and decided we would do Walt Disney Studios in the afternoon. We grabbed a map and began exploring! We waited with a bunch of other people for 'Big Thunder Mountain Railroad' ride to open because we thought it was best that we got a big one done especially since we would get on it pretty quickly without having to queue for ages. Then we planned to do fast passes for the other top rides. So by using out fast passes we managed to tick off pretty much all the must do's off the list- Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril, Pirates of the Caribbean, Space Mountain: Mission 2, Star Tours and we threw in a few tamer ones like the Mad Hatter's Teacups which was fun. I managed to get a photo with Daisy which was a bonus but the wait time to meet Mickey was 40 minutes so I didn't bother with that. The 'Disney's 20th Anniversary Train Parade' happens four times a day so we watched one of these at 3pm before going to check out Walt Disney Studios.
I think a lot of people had the same idea as us because it was really busy at Walt Disney studios and wait times were quite long. Firstly we did the Rock 'n' Roller coaster which was probably my favourite ride. This smile-high adventure zooms you on a lightning fast journey through the hi-amped world of rock music - all set to the driving beat of Aerosmith! You "ride the music" with 120 onboard speakers and more G-forces than an astronaut experiences. As the music rocks, you "roll" from 0 to 100km/h in less than three seconds, into hairpin turns, jaw-dropping and over-the-top flips, upside down through a state-of-the-art rock video... Awesome! As soon as we walked out of this ride we were informed by a staff member that the 'Stars 'n' Cars Parade' was taking place in 5 minutes so we watched this before moving on. After this we decided to check out the Armageddon Special Effects Simulator which was cool then on to RC Racer. This is a half pipe coaster that goes back and forth and I think our stomachs were in our throats at times but we enjoyed it! We had to wait in a queue for about 40mins for this but it was the shorter wait time than the other rides and we were now running out of time because we didn't want to miss the 7pm 'Disney Magic on Parade' back at Disneyland. One day is just not enough but we feel like we did the best we could and have had a fantastic day!
When the parade finished we had to make our way to the bus because we were suppose to be there by 7:45pm. Most people were leaving now so we were battling against the crowds but we got there on time which was a relief. When we got back to the hotel it was about 9:15pm and because we hadn't had dinner and it was getting late we decided to go to the same restaurant we had gone the night before. We knew we could trust it and meant we didn't have to waste time trying to find somewhere. Wow what an amazing day! Exhausted but over the moon! Fabulous birthday shout thanks to Mum and John!