Day One - Tuesday
Myself and my daughter left home at 6am to catch a train to St Pancras. Had breakfast at the station then straight through security without any hold-ups and on to the Eurostar. Left bang on time and we arrived at Disney at 2pm. We’d booked the Disney Express Luggage Service so we got our tickets on the train. Handed the cases in and literally ran from the station to the park. First glimpse of Main Street made me go all soppy. Love it so much and it was just so fantastic to be back!
We had arrived just in time for Minnie’s Little Spring Train which we watched and also joined in with the dancing in Central Plaza. The sun was shining and everyone was smiling. Gorgeous atmosphere to start our trip.
Once the parade was finished we headed through the castle and checked out the Christmas shop. Then we headed to Space Mountain. This was closed when we visited last July so it was the first time on it. Only a ten minute wait and we absolutely loved it. It immediately made up for the disappointment of having BTM closed this time round.
We went to some more shops and bought ponchos because the forecast wasn’t good for the rest of the week. Took lots of photos and then headed to IASW which looks brilliant after the refurb. Sung along all the way round.
By then we thought we should find a place for Magic on Parade. Last summer people were finding spots an hour and a half before it started but this time round we could easily get to the front at 5pm. While we were waiting the heavens opened and we had torrential rain. Good job we got those ponchos. But Disney magic shone on us and the rain stopped about two minutes before the parade started.
We adore the parade and try to see it every day. It was just as special as I remembered. Once it was over lots of people started to leave the park. We are more hard-core so walked straight on to Indiana Jones and Pirates without any queues at all!
We called in at City Hall to book the guided tour of the park for Saturday. Although I had booked most of our restaurant reservations we didn’t have anything planned for that night, so I asked if there was any chance that there was a table in Inventions. He had a table left for 9.45pm which was fine for us.
More shops and rides including Buzz and Space Mountain again. Watched the first part of dreams from Main Street but had to leave before it had finished to get to Inventions. We had a great time there. We met Eeyore, Goofy, Mickey, Donald and Pluto. Got loads of photos and autographs and plenty of hugs too.
Left there at about half eleven and started the walk back to Santa Fe. It was nowhere near as far as I thought it was going to be, although it was pretty deserted at that time of night. We struggled to find reception in the dark, and when we got there there was nobody about apart from a lovely chap behind the desk call Cauvin. We checked in and when we said we had no idea where we were going, he walked with us to our block and made sure we were settled in our room which was really helpful. Room was absolutely fine. Nothing fancy but clean and tidy and perfect for what we wanted. Set the alarm and fell into bed.