The most visited theme park in Europe is obviously Disneyland, Paris, which when it opened in the 1990s was called Euro-Disney. It is situated 32 kilometres east of Paris and it is easy to reach via Eurostar. There are often excellent deals available for the train as well as packages. Once you are there you will have enough to keep you busy for the entire day, two if you stay over in one of the on-site hotels.
Once at the amusement park there are loads of things to do, restaurants and bars, as well as terrifying fun-fair rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, and different shows and spectaculars. All in a backdrop of favourite characters wandering around the park for meet and greet with the kids (and adults). It is almost obligatory to wear a hat or ears of some kind, and generally act like a kid. At the end of the day there is a parade down Main Street followed by a spectacular firework display. Everything really is there for a magical weekend.
A winter visit to the UK, USA, or Europe will inevitably tie in with the spectacular which is Disney on Ice. This themed show has characters from popular Disney animation taking to the ice surrounded by colour, music and magic. Every year there is a new theme, with this year's theme being Frozen. A chance to join Elsa, Ana, and cute little Olav dancing to Let it Go and Do you Wanna Build a Snowman. Remember you are in an ice-rink you wear warm clothes until you are warmed by the love and magic surrounding you.
After a day of touring and singing catchy tunes, you will want to sit down for a cup of tea and where better than the Disney Cafe, Harrods? Set on the fourth floor of this exclusive store, you can have tea and cakes, knickerbocker glories or the obligatory Mickey shaped toasties. Even the chairs have Mickey ears on the back. Obviously as it is Harrods it is not cheap but very cute and just right for a treat.
Whilst in London, the next stop is the Disney Store; although they exist all over Europe, the biggest and therefore best in Europe can be found on Oxford Street. Everything you could think of can be found here; DVDs, princess costumes, cuddly plushies, collectable watches and ornaments; in fact if you can brand it then it probably has. You will be served by enthusiastic cast members and entertained by a background of catchy music. Another expensive trip (potentially) but that seems to be part of the magic.
At the end of the day or the weekend why not go to the cinema to see the latest movie. At the moment this is Hero 6. In 2009 the organisation bought the Marvel Comic company and this is the first movie inspired by Marvel comics.
It is a story of a young boy, Hiro and an over-size inflatable robot, Baymax. Hiro and his friends join Baymax to form a group of super heroes. An enchanting good versus evil movie, with some beautiful scenery and amusing interaction between Baymax and Hiro. What a wonderful end to a magical weekend in Europe!
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