Lavanya’s Stories

Disneyland-The Happiest Place On Earth

As a Disney lover, I agree with the title. So, when I was told that we were going to Disneyland, that too in Paris, I was over the moon! My sister and I started packing months before our trip. The night before our flight, I couldn’t sleep a wink, even though we had to leave the house at 3:00 in the morning and staying energized was important. At the end of a tiring day in Paris, there was a smile on my face because I knew; the next day would bring me indescribable joy.

I was up at the crack of dawn, and was enjoying the view from our balcony, when it finally turned 9:00 and we had to catch the bus.

Running across the pavement, we somehow got in and squeezed ourselves into the large but packed bus. It was clear that people were excited, but not as excited as we were. We leapt off the bus and ran as if we were flying. But the photographer that my mother is, she insisted that we take a picture. Hesitantly, we smiled with the sunlight shining in our eyes. All of us waited in line for about 20 minutes and then finally after lots of security checks, we went in! Since it was Disneyland Paris’ 25th anniversary, the gates and visitor’s centers were decorated with silver and blue balloons, buntings and streamers. The LED display with Tinkerbell zooming around to create a sparkly 25 was also something worth seeing. The Castle of Sleeping Beauty stood ahead of us, tall and welcoming. We walked in, not able to control our squeals of delight. Stained glass windows depicted the story. A raven with glowing red eyes stared at us from its high perch. The legendary spinning wheel (which gave Sleeping Beauty her name) was also on display. Mesmerized, we went out of the castle to explore what Disneyland is famous for: the rides. There are close to a 100 rides in Disneyland Paris. We saw a wonderful looking old school carousel and queued up for it. There were horses and chariots that you could sit on to enjoy your ride. After that, we got a bit hungry and we ate sandwiches in a theatre where Star Wars movies were playing. After eating, my father and I decided to check out a space themed ride. Of course, it had Star Wars characters in it. Disney has amazing graphics; so all 30 rides we went on were great.

But the star of the show for me was the evening parade. A very lucky family waved at us from the first blue and silver float, which said 25 in pretty italic font. Next came Disney Toy Story, which was huge. A fire breathing dragon followed, who king Arthur was fighting. In the Finding Nemo float, there were beautiful dancers with sea themed costumes and makeup. My favourite and yours, our classic Mickey Mouse came last and most grandly.

Disneyland Paris is indeed the happiest place on earth. So if you are feeling down, now you know where you should be!!

– Lavanya