Disneyland Paris Visit
In the February half term we took over 40 students to the largest entertainment employer in Europe; Disneyland Paris. Students got the chance to meet some of the Disney stars as well as enjoy all the rides and attractions at the park. The trip is always oversubscribed and enjoyed by all, but do not take my work from it, below is a write up from one of our students.
Having already gone on the Disneyland trip last year, I thought I had seen all there was to see and that it was just going to be the same. However, I was wrong. This year it was a completely different experience with completely different people too. Both times were as amazing as each other and I would highly recommend it to anyone with the opportunity to go.
The week started with our journey to the hotel. Although it’s a long journey, we had many things to keep us occupied throughout. Firstly, the ferry ride, followed by a collection of Disney movies to watch when we reached Calais and a stop off to stretch our legs and get some food. These minor things helped break down the journey. The first night commenced with dinner at the hotel, followed by a trip to the Disney Village. This allowed us to purchase any gifts or items or to see what was available to purchase later in the week. Over the next 2 days we spent the majority of the day in both parks. We had lovely sunny weather, making it perfect for photos and staying dry in the queues. Each day we started with the smaller studio park going on our favourite rides ‘Tower of Terror’ and ‘Rockin’ Roller Coaster’. We then crossed over to the main park and spent the afternoon here. Although my favourite rides were in the smaller park, there were still many awesome rides in the main park. Situated in the main park is the big famous Disney Castle. We all took photos of ourselves in front of it. This year a few of the big rides were closed but we managed to get on ‘Big Thunder Mountain’ which was closed last year. The days were fulfilled with joy and lots of laughter with many memorable moments to cherish. Evenings were just as busy as our days. We ate in the King Ludwig’s restaurant and then either watched the fireworks and light show at the castle or watched the Disney parade. I enjoy watching both and seeing all the characters we love, being brought to life. The animations and fireworks we saw were just fascinating and really enlightening. The evenings are then concluded by spending time in the Disney Village.
Last year I had a room to myself on the trip but this year I really enjoyed having friends to share a room with too. It made the trip just that little more enjoyable. The rooms were big in size and had every facility we needed, as well as the hotel itself being circus themed – therefore the environment was quite unique. Every morning we ate a buffet styled breakfast with a variety of hot and cold food. The final day consisted of travelling to the Nausicaa Aquarium before travelling back to Calais, and finally to Dover. There we stopped for our final rest in France with so much to see; learning about the life of tropical and ocean creatures including – fish, sharks, seals, and my favourite, the penguins. We could observe them closely and study them in great details. To conclude, I found this to be particularly interesting, and would definitely return. For some us, this was our final trip with the school to Disneyland as we will be departing NTC in the summer. Although this is sad, we hopefully will have the opportunity to return to Disneyland in the future. Overall, I think the trip is worthwhile to anyone and is definitely a lot of fun.
Ellie – Sixth Form Student