Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Building Your Own Disney Itinerary

By Katina Brady

Most people love something about Disney; both adults and children. As a company it promotes fun, frivolity and childhood fantasy. If visiting Europe what would be the best Disney itinerary to get yourself that magic fix? Read on to find out more.

The most visited theme park in Europe is obviously Disneyland, Paris, which when it opened in the 1990s was called Euro-Disney. It is situated 32 kilometres east of Paris and it is easy to reach via Eurostar. There are often excellent deals available for the train as well as packages. Once you are there you will have enough to keep you busy for the entire day, two if you stay over in one of the on-site hotels.

In addition to meeting and hanging out with all your favourite characters you can travel by horse-drawn carriage, ride on Thunder Mountain, visit Alice in Wonderland, help Buzz Lightyear and fly with Dumbo and ride terrifying rides. At the end of the day there is a parade and loads of fireworks. The company are the second largest purchasers of explosives all to add to the magic. There really is nothing more you could want from a resort.

The winter in the UK and Europe always brings a new Disney on Ice. Watch popular characters from favourite movies dance and sing to familiar tunes. Each show has a theme, and following the film success this year was Frozen, with Olav the loveable snowman, Ana and Else dancing and singing to Do you Wanna Build a Snowman, and In the First Time in Forever. Although you are in an ice-rick you will soon be warmed by the nostalgia and magic that Disney is famous for.

Why not take a lunch break at the Harrods Disney Cafe, situated on floor four. Available to eat are cream teas, a selection of cakes, Mickey Mouse toasties (of course) and knickerbocker glories to share. Not just the toasties are Mickey, but also the chairs and the walls are decorated with a princess mural. Harrods is expensive but your kids will love you for it.

Whilst in London, the next stop is the Disney Store; although they exist all over Europe, the biggest and therefore best in Europe can be found on Oxford Street. Everything you could think of can be found here; DVDs, princess costumes, cuddly plushies, collectable watches and ornaments; in fact if you can brand it then it probably has. You will be served by enthusiastic cast members and entertained by a background of catchy music. Another expensive trip (potentially) but that seems to be part of the magic.

At the end of the day or the weekend why not go to the cinema to see the latest movie. At the moment this is Hero 6. In 2009 the organisation bought the Marvel Comic company and this is the first movie inspired by Marvel comics.

It is a story of a young boy, Hiro and an over-size inflatable robot, Baymax. Hiro and his friends join Baymax to form a group of super heroes. An enchanting good versus evil movie, with some beautiful scenery and amusing interaction between Baymax and Hiro. What a wonderful end to a magical weekend in Europe!

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