Frozen fun in Disneyland Paris
WHEN we offered Sunday World readers the chance to sample Disneyland® Paris’ Frozen Summer Fun festival, we were inundated by families who said: “Let Us Go!”
We had a record entry to our fun family photo competition and over 125,000 online votes.
But the lucky winner was eight year-old Sorcha Coughlan from Rathfarnham in Dublin, who travelled with mum Aideen, dad Cormac and brothers Fionn and Cian on an unforgettable VIP weekend to meet her idols Anna and Elsa in the flesh.
But as Aideen reports here, that was just the start of the magic…
“On May 29 we arrived at the Sequoia Lodge Hotel, in Disneyland® Paris for the Frozen Summer Fun weekend.
Once we had checked in, dropped our bags to our rooms, collected our welcome kits, press event kits and access badges, we headed off to Disneyland Park to collect our park tickets, then off to City Hall to collect our VIP
After a quick snack it was time to explore. Seeing the Sleeping Beauty Castle for the first time was magical. Several rides later − Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Peter Pan’s Flight and Pirates of the Caribbean to name but a few − it was time to head back and get ready for dinner.
That evening we arrived at the Walt Disney Studios® Park, which was closed, but once we showed our Special Passes we were escorted to Bistrot Chez Rémy where we dined and had exclusive access to the Ratatouille ride – which was one of our favourites.
Leaving the park at 11pm it was time for a stroll and a bit of shopping in the many stores in the Disney Village. When we got back to the hotel at nearly 12am it was still buzzing.
After breakfast on Saturday morning it was off to the Sleeping Beauty Castle in the Disneyland® Park for a photoshoot and a warm hug from Olaf. The next five hours were spent exploring all the rides in both parks and lots of debates as to which ride was the better one! The kids opted for Big Thunder Mountain roller coaster and the adults picked Ratatouille: The Adventure.
Then the magic happened. At 4.30pm we made our way to Cottonwood Creek Ranch in Frontierland, where we had a meet and greet with Anna and Elsa. Here we had our photos taken and just seeing Sorcha’s face light up on meeting her idols was the most beautiful, memorable moment we’ll always treasure.
Thinking the day couldn’t get any better, we headed to a reserved zone in front of the Castle to watch the Disney Magic on Parade which was so enjoyable.
At 6.50pm we headed back to Cottonwood Creek to the Chaparral Theatre. We were treated to a show which began with the villagers of Arendelle preparing to celebrate their winter festival, then Princess Anna welcomed the guests and invited us all to help surprise Elsa with a Frozen singalong. We sang along with Anna, Kristoff and Olaf to songs like Love is an Open Door, Do You Wanna Build a Snowman?, In Summer and, of course, Let It Go - where Queen Elsa appeared and snow started to fall to great cheers.
I don’t think there was a child − or adult − in the crowd who didn’t sing every word.
After a cocktail reception and a quick visit to Phantom Manor it was off to The Silver Spur Steakhouse for a Gala Dinner, where we met Daisy and Donald Duck.
With full tummies and rested legs it was off to Central Plaza once again to a reserved area for Disney Dreams! – a breathtaking show with fountains, fireworks and special effects where famous characters from the world of Disney come to life through projections on to the Sleeping Beauty Castle.
This feature is vibrant, full of emotion and definitely a must see.
Sunday was spent reliving the past two days – floating from one Park to another, enjoying the rides and meeting Mickey Mouse.
Despite the odd shower on Sunday, nothing could dampen our spirits. With three tired children (and big children) it was time to leave Disneyland® Paris, but the memories will stay with us forever.”