Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Disneyland Paris: Magic Everywhere!

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April 12, 2012 marked Disneyland Paris' 20th anniversary.  Last month, my Disney dream came true.  At one point in our lives, Disneyland was on top of our dream destinations list.  I remember getting really envious with my classmates who spent summer breaks in Hong Kong tapos pagbalik sa school nonstop ang mga kwentong Disneyland.  I don't even have a passport that time, how am I suppose to fly to Hong Kong?!  Slowly my dreams of reaching Disneyland came to a blur.  Never thought about it again until I had a daughter of my own.  I think it was last year that Kaya started bugging me about going to Disneyland.  After our Singapore trip (in which she had the time of her life at the Universal Studios) she became fond of theme parks.

In all honesty I was really saddened by the fact that the Disneyland tour was included in our Europe trip package.  All I wanted on my first Disney adventure was to be with my daughter, I wouldn't want it any other way.  Yet I didn't have much of a choice during our trip, so okay I went with my friends.  It was raining that day, as I looked up to the dreary sky my heart was filled with anguish.  It felt more depressing as I saw a lot of kids by the entrance.  It felt like it wasn't fair.  Kaya should have been there.  I tried so hard to push the idea from my head.  There was no point thinking about it.  I am there and she's not, there's nothing I can do about it.  

Pulling myself away from the gloom, I prepared myself from what's waiting for me inside.  All I wanted was to go in there, spend time with my friends and then go back to the hotel without problems.  In and out.  That's it.  Good thing the huge souvenir shop was near the entrance.  It was great that Rach and Rona were up for shopping more than exploring the park, so I felt a little at ease.  So inside that shop, I got my basket and I made sure I filled it up with everything my daughter would have wanted.  Medyo nag OA ako I've realized when I was paying at the counter, but I didn't really care.  All I was thinking was how her face would brighten up when she gets to open gifts on Christmas.  

Scroll down for the rest of the story in photos. I wish I could say more but my stomach twisted at the memory of that day.  
Hey Mickey!
The entrance
Dooney & Bourke x Disney collection
Funny hats
Bilin ni Kaya, isang katutak na daga
Silly I heart MK bonnet, thanks to the rain
We were trying to look for the map in English
R & R yiheeee
Fashion na Fashion ang AFC raincoats! PAK!
Happy feet
Daming utaw
We made it! The Castle!
Rona loves toys! Hahaha!
Park entrance
20 years habhab!
Rach and Rona
Rona by the Walt Disney Studios entrance
Fairy tales do come true
Daga and C***** shot =)))))
Skull Rock!
Trying to pull out the sword, ayaw talaga eh!
Sleeping Beauty's castle
Patila ng ulan, hehehe
Nakawala ang mga bata
Skulls and pirates
Skull Rock!
What's the time?
Finally, we get to meet you!
We were on cue for about 45 minutes
Nainip, nagbasa basa muna =)
Nothing you can do, cause we're stuck like glue to this mouse. 
Our photos
Happy na?
Macho Pink!
City Hall
Our Prince! Share na kame ni Rach sa kanya =)

Disney magic on parade - Nobody does a parade like Disney.  I was totally reliving the dreams of my youth while I was standing there and watching my favorite Disney characters either walking or riding marvelous floats.  The first sound of the parade brought tears to my eyes.  I videotaped it so Kaya could watch it.  It was the most beautiful thing I've ever seen.  
Toy Story
Rapunzel, I think. Hahaha!
My favorite pirate
Fairy godmothers
The Jolly Roger
Peter Pan
Hakuna Matata!
I wish my fairy godmother looks like her
Kaya's favorite, Ariel and Prince Eric
Snow White and Prince Charming
The Little Mermaid
More pirates
Sleeping Beauty and Prince Phillip
Baklita on the loose! ahahaha! Cutie Pooh
King of the Jungle
The wizard
Jungle dancer
Gepetto and his toys
The jungle
Woody and company
Cinderella and Prince Charming
Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather
Marsie =)
Cutie girl enjoyed the parade
Magic everywhere!
Soon =)

Here's the video of the parade. I'm so sorry hinde ko na na-rotate.  Paki-rotate na lang ng mga iPad at laptop nyo. Hahaha!
Song: Magic Everyhere (20th Anniversary Song)

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The wonder that you feel in Disneyland cannot compare to anything else. Strolling inside the park is like walking through your favorite Disney movie. While I have loved Disneyland, I will have no idea how fun this place could be until I see it through Kaya’s eyes. And so I'm really looking forward to share the magic with her. We're making plans for next year and I'm hopeful it'll push through. 

"You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality." - Walt Disney


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