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Disneyland Paris | France | Paris

Paris – Disneyland Park – Disney Studios

By on March 12, 2009

Disneyland Resort Paris is located 32 km from the center of Paris at a new town called Marnee La Vallée, where most disney-themed hotels are also located.

The Resort has two theme parks, Disney Studios and Disneyland Park plus an entertainment district, Disney Village

 

 

We headed first to Disney Studios and were delighted to see the big Mickey ears on the water tank…hubby, comic as usual requested for a photo. —->

Disney Studios Park is divided into themed lots. We didn’t wait much in line to see the featured videos but did lots of photo ops. Right photo: C on a sweeping broom (Beauty and the Beast).

 

Left photo: D with (Disney Pixar) Monsters Inc.’s Mike Wazowski, the only photo were he isn’t crying. Right photo: Reason why D never came near other mascots again. Sulley (again from Monsters Inc.) surely lives up to his name of being the top scarer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Left: A beside Luigi and C beside Guido in their tire shop (Cars, Disney Pixar). Right: A with Minnie Mouse, we had to wait in line for an autograph and photo op. Tip: Bring your own pen and autograph book, the DisneyPrincess-designed pen costs 2,90 euros, the autograph book: 4,90!

 

C was not in the mood then, so A had all the photo opps with the mascots. This is either Chip or Dale…I cannot tell the difference. =D

We were also in line for Pluto’s autograph but lost the chance because Goofy who did nothing but goof around run away with Pluto somewhere! T’was really fun, though the place is huge, its worth moving about, following the crowd, snapping photos and reliving the stories of the cartoon characters we have been familiar with through the years. Surely is a place for children but is definitely also a good time for the child-at-heart!

 

 

 

 

<<Mickey Mouse, Disney’s icon. >>Walt Disney and Mickey, how it all started.


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Hotels | Paris

Paris – My Travel Explorer's Hotel

By on March 11, 2009

Saturday, morning after we arrived. Changed clothes to at least be presentable at the dining hall, lol…didn’t bother about unruly hair.

We woke up earlier than we normally would at home, I guess everyone’s excited.

 

 

 

 

The Explorer boat, this is were the pool slide is located. From top view, the side with the dolphins is where the bar and restaurants are. From the glass window, one can see the pool.

 

 

 

 

The breakfast buffet is open from 7-11am, a selection of coldcuts, cheeses, jam are in this ‘boat.’
Bagels, croissants and other bread are offered too. There’s also an array of joghurt, pudding, flans but if you’re not for these sweets, fresh watermelon and pineapples can be eaten without limit. =D
The last installment for boosting you up in the morning are diverse cereals plus hot choco, milk, coffee or cold fruit juices.

 

 

C having ham for breakfast and D having chocolate cereals.

The breakfast experience surely made us go through every single day full of energy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Traders Cafe Bar. Never got the chance to probe.

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Marco’s Pizza. Ten euros for an 8-slice pizza which you can pick up after 10 minutes. They also have other finger foods, I remember sighing as I bought 2 french fries for 8 euros! Its Paris after all. *sigh*
We were able to use the other kid’s facilities such as the arcade room, ball corner, slides. etc., we also took a dip at the pool but unfortunately forgot to take photos. The pool was then closed for renovation while we were there…sayang!
Hubby was a little surprised to see lots of Africans as crew in the hotel forgetting that many countries in Africa had been French colonies. We were staying in the hotel only when sleeping and an hour after waking up so there were lots of time for cleaning. However, hubby and I are a little disappointed to see that there would still be coffee or sugar spill still on the table that we’ve left in the morning.
Anyway, the experience is good, out of ten I’d rate it 7.5, this place after all is one that C remembers well and would like to return to.

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Disneyland Paris | France | Hotels | Paris

Paris – Hotel Arrival

By on March 7, 2009

The Paris/Disneyland trip was not planned ahead, hubby was mumbling about it for sometime but I didn’t took it seriously. Then it just happened, we boarded the City Airport train from Floridsdorf, hurried to the Vienna International Airport because the plane will leave at 7:20 and we only have that 20 minutes to do all the stuff you do at the airport…To think that Daniel’s stroller will be regarded as a baggage..hubby carried it all the way through while I have Daniel with me. We made it in time to Gate 3 only to find out that the flight has been delayed for another hour. =S

The two hour ride went smoothly, none of the kids throwing up or having ear pressure =P…we had a good meal though I unfortunately forgot what it was. We arrived at Charles deGaulle at 10P.M. local time. This is my second time to be in this airport and I still feel lost in its hugeness. We boarded a bus that will take us to the Hotel, My Travel’s Explorer at Marnee La Vallee. It took us another hour 20 minutes and the kids were able to sleep.

 

<—Can you spot hubby here? This is the lobby of the Hotel. The crew were really nice save for one who gave us ‘very little’ trouble before we left.

Having the theme ‘explorer/pirate,’ one can see boats, mermaids, ships and other sea creatures lying about.

 

The hotel boasts of 2 Bars, 3 Restaurants, a Disney Shop, an Explorer’s shop, indoor children’s corners, indoor adventure play area, heated indoor pool, with an adventure boat that leads one to the pool slide.

 

The hotel is approximately an 8-minute shuttle ride to the Disney Parks and Disney® Village and Chessy TGV/RER regional train station. It was not as convenient though since passengers could fill up both from leaving and arriving to the hotel.

—> The kids sitting on a wooden chair at the lobby, still groggy from the very limited sleep they got. We went directly to our room, which was not easily found…there were many elevators yes, but they will lead you to certain floors. We eventually found our way, changed to PJ’s and went straight to sleep as fun awaits us the next morning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

<—Our hotel room, a room which our son, C , would later on often ask to visit and stay at again.


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Germany | Playmobil Funpark

Playmobil Funpark 1

By on January 17, 2009

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(pardon the English, I was so lazy so I translated this mostly from the German website and didn’t do editing lol – all photos mine)

“The little ones can live out their fantasies in this oversized PLAYMOBIL world, while  mom and dad enjoy the relaxed atmosphere.” Dream games of long ago… comes true in a mighty castle. Watchtower dungeon, underground secret passages, mirrors and a throne room to bring girls and boys exciting pastime like the knights of old ‘. . .so goes the description of the park in German.

True enough, the kids were playing like live Playmobil dolls/figures in lifesize Playmobil ships, castle, farm, indian village and treehouses.

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The kids enjoyed touring this Park as promised. We rode the ship, we went up the towers.

 

The pirate’s flagship in the middle of big pirates lake is close to nature and offers large and small privateers a high play. In exciting and real thing, the self-protection ability of dealing with anxiety and overall coordination of basic activities is pulling, crawling, trained hiding and climbing.

When rafting, waiting line could be longer. The reason is that the number of rafts according to the size of the lake is limited.

Tip: Early morning in the first hour after the opening of the park and in the hour before closing experience, is less busy.

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Ideal for boarding the pirate ship for wheelchair users:

Rolli-raft (the presence of a companion strictly necessary!)

Tip:
Dryer: Located opposite the dock at the main entrance. Coins for the dryers can be asked from the staff on Piratensee – for free.
Towels: You will receive a deposit at the service center at the Fun Park shop.
Borrowed clothing: if there are lots of people drying up their clothes, you can rent some (Sweat-Shirt/Jogging-Hose)


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Germany | Playmobil Funpark

Playmobil Funpark

By on January 15, 2009

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We’ve always been familiar with Lego, those colorful interlocking plastic bricks we make into castles and houses of our dreams. Unknown to us was Playmobil; the German counterpart (Lego is from Denmark).

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Like Lego, Playmobil has released a variety of themes including town and city, space, robots, pirates, trains, Vikings, castle, dinosaurs, undersea exploration, and wild west. It was our version of 3D scaling.

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Introduction

Hello world!

By on January 1, 2009

Hello World! We’d like to see all of you!

When I was a kid I would get ecstatic whenever my dad would send me postcards…Postcards from places that back then I could only see in print. There were postcards from Greece, Germany, Netherlands, Belgium and others that I’ve forgotten…there were also pictures with his handwritten description of the places he visited. It was those simple gestures that made me interested in geography and as a kid I’ve always remembered the capital of each country on the map. ^_^ Today, I’m thankful that I’m able to see those places that I used to see only on postcards and books…

Join my family and I in our travels and staycations…..it may not be often but I do hope we’d get to have some more.

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