Disneyland – The Happiest Place on Earth

“Mine was the twilight and the morning. Mine was a world of rooftops and love songs.” Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy

What’s the first thing that comes to your mind when you think about Disneyland? Is it Mickey Mouse? Fairytales? Princesses?

For me, I think about happiness. Not only that, but Disney was a huge part of my childhood. I would spend endless nights watching Beauty and the Beast or Cinderella. My family and I would take annual trips to Disneyland. So as anyone, I associate Disney with a lot of positive things. However, in this post, I associate it with love. Mostly, falling in love. I know it sounds a little cheesy, but hear me out.

After the midterm break, Mati and I decided that we really want to go to Disney. But my class schedule and our band performances weren’t letting us go on the weekends that we wanted to. Just a few days before one of my exams, our teacher changes the day, which opened up a whole weekend for us. It was the weekend of Halloween and I was so excited to finally go to Disneyland Paris. We sat down in my room for lunch and booked everything because we were so excited. I kept telling him that the last time I was in Disneyland Paris was when I was six years old. So for me, it was like going for the first time.

Our flight was at 7am, Thursday morning from Geneva. The problem about living in Bluche is that the closest airport is in Geneva and it’s two hours away. We decided to spend Wednesday night in a hotel near the airport just so we won’t have to wake up at 2am and drive for two hours. So we spend a night in Geneva just being absolutely lazy. We didn’t go out for dinner, but instead but ordered room service and watched videos. It was a quite a relaxed night.

The next morning it was our 2 month anniversary together. We woke up at around 4:30am and made our way to the airport. The two of us were definitely not happy to wake up so early. We made our way to the airport, checked-in, got on the plane and before we knew it, we were landing in Paris. We stayed at Disney’s Newport Bay Club. It’s a gorgeous hotel just outside of the parks. It has ship/sailor theme and it’s really cute. When we were standing at reception, they told us our room wasn’t ready. That was understandable since it was only 8 in the morning. So we took our Disney passes, left our suitcases and bags, and went to the parks. We were absolutely exhausted to a point where we were falling asleep on the way to the parks. The first ride we went on was the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster. Mati basically forced me to try it. He raised my expectations

so high for the ride. When we got on it, the music for the ride didn’t work. Imagine Space Mountain but without the space sounds and music. It was really awkward. So after that ride, we went to a few others. Eventually, we got so tired that we gave up on rides and went for lunch. For us, it was technically breakfast. After that, we went back to the hotel and spent two hours on the couches in the hallways just sleeping. When our room was ready, we literally passed out in the beds in an instant.

The evening was definitely the best part. We walked around, bought funny hats and had dinner with the characters. I was more excited than a 6-year-old to see Stitch from the movie Lilo and Stitch. It was definitely a perfect way to spend an anniversary in Disneyland.

The next day we spent the whole day at the parks. Around 10 hours. We didn’t get bored at all and time flew by so fast. We watched the projection show on the castle in the evening and it was incredible. It felt so magical. It took me back to all of those days I would binge-watch Disney movies. There were snippets from The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Frozen and many more. The fireworks were absolutely beautiful. I know Disney spends millions on fireworks and I think they do an amazing job with the timings and everything.

The third day, we decided to actually go into the city of Paris. Because I don’t really remember being in Paris, I convinced Mati to go (despite the fact that he’s not a huge fan of the city). I think Paris is beautiful. Even though we didn’t go to the most famous landmark, The Eiffel Tower, we went for a stroll down the Champs Elysee. As always, I had to do my fair share of shopping, otherwise, a trip isn’t complete. We came back in the afternoon and we were quite tired so we took another nap. We then just spent the whole evening in the hotel room.

I don’t think I could ask for a better evening. Mati made me laugh so many times to a point where I cried. This was the day I knew he was absolutely perfect for me. Have you ever just looked into someone’s eyes and knew? We danced to no music, we laughed till we cried, it was all just perfect. We decided to go to Planet Hollywood for dinner and I think that was the worst idea ever. All I’m going to say is that we took one bite of the food and then asked for the bill. I won’t criticize the place.

Our last day. We checked out of the hotel, went on a few more rides in the parks and made our way back to Bluche, Switzerland (I almost crashed the car…oops). But that’s not where our adventure ends because a week later, we were off on our next one.