OK, I know it’s not everyone’s cuppa tea but we had to have a stop over at Euro Disney – it did give the girls a bit of a break with a chance to do kids things!!!
On the way from Switzerland to Euro Disney (just outside of Paris) we called in to have lunch with Sue (a friend of Kerrie’s from Unilever days). She has bought an old farm (aka small brick work factory from 1800’s) with her partner in southern France half way between Dijon and Lyons. Was good to finally meet Sue and Case but also interesting to see what they have done and the history of the factory. One interesting point is that the land associated with the property was leased out to a local farmer. French law meant that for them to buy the property they had to sign documents that ensured the farmer could still lease the land from them. The farmers rights continue for a long time and also automatically pass down to his son – this effectively means they can never use the land as the farmer has the rights. In fact they had to buy back the lease from the farmer for their front and back yard as the previous owner had given the farmer literally all the land right up to the house!!! The power vests with the farmer in French law. The French Government also sets the price of leasing and this was very low – some EURO$400 a year for a reasonable amount of land.
As always we all enjoyed Euro Disney. A second park (Walt Disney Studios) had opened since our last visit and so this gave us some new shows and rides to try out. There were some great new interactive attractions where the kids could record their voices over scenes from Disney films and play them back and they could draw and model some simple animation. We stayed at one of the Disney Hotels (as opposed to the partner hotels) because we think they are better value – staying at a Disney Hotel got us into the park two hours before everyone else which meant small queues for the rides.
Dinner at Café Mickey one of the nights is a must. It is a la carte so food is not too bad and it has lots of Disney characters roaming around saying hello – most Character Meals are buffet so not as good with the food.
Although Euro Disney was fun, if you only went to one location then it has to be Disneyland in California. It has a few things that not even Disney World has that are a must for Disney nutters, mainly the Tiki Room, the Jungle Safari Boat Ride and Mickey’s Toon Town. I admit Disney World (Florida) is better for those that just want the big theme park rides Disneyland (California) is the best for those that know the history and want the full experience.
For those that have been to our place they will recognise the photo of the girls in the Mad Hatter’s Chair – last time we went they were tiny things in the chair – the one attached obviously shows them much bigger!!!
So far we have managed to make the 50th Celebration Disneyland California. This time it was the 15th Celebration for Euro Disney – Kerrie has promised she will take me to the 100th Celebration for Walt Disney (birth) in 2028 – I said that’s great but we have a few more visits to Disney before then!!!