A view – a picture and a magic perspective

A view

This photograph was shot from our regular vacation address in Spain, courtesy of our Brit friends Shaun & Phill. Alright, Ellie too.
Sitting here in sub-freezing weather with snow and an agenda sometimes overflowing, I cannot help to reminisce last year and this view. I just sit there, staring at the sun going down. Calm, at ease, not a care in the world. Take a last splash for the day in the pool..
I wish it could be like that anytime soon, but alas, we have to wait quite a few months..

In the meanwhile

So, what to do in the meanwhile, besides work? Well, the package I received today helps with that 🙂 In it was a letter, a map, a business card and 2 annual passports to Disney Land Paris!
I guess we’re going to be visiting even more frequently the coming year, starting our first one in 2 months now. I think it will help us to get our minds off of things.
And: Celebrate the 25th anniversary of the park of course! Like we weren’t certain before 😉

Economics

I think we ordered just in time, since the tickets are going back to the original rates now. We basically bought 2 passports for 280 euros, which includes parking and some other stuff. A regular day ticket to all parks is around 80 euros (+20 for parking a car), so if you plan to visit twice in a year, it’s cheaper (280 vs 360). Plus, you get discounts on all restaurants and boutiques (10%), Disney hotels (25%), Buffalo Bills Wild West Dinner Show (20%) and a day ticket for a friend (10%).

What’s new?

I’m really looking forward to all the new stuff and special celebrations this year, including:

  • Star Tours: The adventures Continue – Yay! New scenes and ride from Star Wars: The Force Awakens!
  • Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain – They postponed the opening, so we’re missing it on the first visit. Good reason to plan ahead the 2nd one 🙂
  • Disney Stars on Parade – Complete new parade, including fire-breathing maleficent dragon? I’m curious!
  • Disney Illuminations – A new nighttime spectacular with scenes from Frozen (meh), Pirates of the Caribbean and the new Beauty and the Beast. Replaces Disney Dreams.
  • Mickey presents Happy Anniversary Disneyland Paris – New entertainment and beloved characters taking over the heart of the park
  • The Starlit Princess Waltz – A meeting of all Disney princesses for a waltz on the Royal Castle Stage. I wonder if Leia participates 😉
  • Experience Enhancement Project – Basically the sum of all reinventions and re-imagineering finished for the 25th anniversary

I’ve read that for Star Tours there are now 13 segments of film + simulator movements, which can be combined to 96 different ride combinations. Re-rides guaranteed as long as you can last 🙂

I think that, with all the finer and smaller details Disney usually gets spot on, this will indeed be a magical year and THE year to get a year passport once again!
If this doesn’t hurl us trough the year towards our beautiful Spanish destination again… maybe even visit on the way there or back.. hmm possibilities..

How’s that for a view?

A people trap, set by a mouse

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I know, I know.. It’s only been just over a week since I posted something about a kingdom of fun. Fact is though, we visited last week to unwind, have some fun and enjoy the unbridled kind of immature fun. Much needed.
And celebrate the park’s 24th birthday of course! Nice remarks too, folks on the socials even asking us if we actually live in a Disney park now. Come on guys, it’s only once (or sometimes twice…guilty) a year 😉 So what!

The 25th birthday

Next year, we’ ll be there as well for the 25th birthday, seeing all the preparations on the way in the park at the moment.
They’re doing everything to make the park look at it’s absolute best next year. This can only mean a repeat visit to once again, a great celebration. If it’s anything like the 15th year of age, it’s gonna be worth it and we I would definately recommend a visit!

Point-and-shoot

Ah well, I thought it would be nice to dump some photo’s from my phone. Yes phone, since I didn’t bring my camera.
I regret that, since it would have offered far better quality and the atmosphere and light conditions were great. But you’ll have to believe me that I enjoyed it not looking through a viewfinder all the time 🙂
Not that my phone is all that bad, a wise man once told me that the best camera is the one you have on you. Can’t complain too much with the Note4 with Sony IMX240 sensor (beware, nerdy links).

Think I’ll bring the ol’ Sony Alpha6K for our next trip to the birthday boy/girl though..

The gallery

Video at the bottom for your pleasure 🙂

Kingdom of Fun

Kingdom of Fun
Kingdom of Fun

Kingdom of Fun

Every once in a while, I need to be in touch with my inner child. So, we visit theme parks and their rides! One of my favorites will always be DisneyWorld in Florida and as a second Disneyland Paris (DLP). Third probably the likes of Walibi and Six Flags for the rollercoasters.

Effects of Attractions

Next to the effect of lightening your wallet, theme parks are known to have positive effects on people. I always find myself in touch with my inner kid after taking a ride on things like the Crush Coaster and the legendary Space Mountain. Since I like Star Wars as well, I hope the rumors of revamping Space Mountain to HyperSpace Mountain are true, even though it’s a bit sad to see the old theme go..

15-year anniversary

I took the picture on a special VIP-night during the park’s 15-year anniversary, when it was quiet down on Main Street USA. Only a couple of people where in the park that night. This is very surreal, since the street is always buzzing with life during regular opening hours. Adding to the surrealism was the complete lack of any queue for any attraction. The picture itself was taken on the end of the street and there are no people in the picture. A near impossible feat on regular opening hours. The atmosphere was quite special! Every time I see this photo, I get a positive vibe from it 🙂 Makes me want to go again!

25-year anniversary

Next year, DLP will celebrate it’s 25th anniversary and I’m kind of hoping on a similar opportunity to visit the park. But I have no illusions. It’s rare and cost the park money since everything is still  open and only caters to a handful of people. Nonetheless, I still think we’re going to celebrate it along with them, being fairly regular visitors (sometimes multiple times a year..) and lovers of all things Disney.

As a matter of fact.. I think we’re celebrating the 24-year anniversary as well, quite soon 🙂