When I was five I went to a fortune teller (of sorts) in a Victorian arcade. It was more of a coin operated machine that printed out a random fortune, but I took it seriously enough. After entering my birthday digits and a fifty pence coin, I was given a piece of card that said ‘You will go to Disneyland’. As the years passed it seemed less likely that the fortune was going to come true. My parents never had much of an interest in Disney.
When I was eighteen I decided to take it upon myself to make the fortune come true. I booked a trip to Paris for my mum and I. Given that she didn’t know much about Disney, I think she found the park a tad too surreal. I was in my element, though. Since then I’ve managed to visit Disneyland (or world) once a year. Part of me wonders if that fortune teller was just a really good ad. If it was, it’s certainly worked.
This year’s aim was to visit the Disneyland Paris Halloween party. I booked two tickets with a weeks notice, and before we knew it my boyfriend and I were on our way to Paris.
We didn’t do much research beyond seeing a poster, so we were surprised to see that Main Street USA (the street leading to the castle) wasn’t decorated. The Halloween party was mainly localised to Frontierland, which we discovered after walking through the other areas searching for Halloween. In doing so, we saved the best ’til last. Frontierland was adorned with pumpkins, colourful skeleton garlands, and lots of spooky Disney characters. The main characters were dressed in Halloween attire too. Near the Castle you could find Maleficent, The Evil Queen from Snow White, and Captain Hook.
One thing I noticed (this was the first trip in which I was constantly taking photos with a rather massive lens) was how aware the characters and dancers were of the camera. During the parade, mini parades and meet-and-greets they would always look towards the lens and smile or pose, which made it really fun for me, and helped me make a better blog post.
There isn’t really a way to describe the childlike excitement that Disneyland makes me feel. It is magic, and even more so during the Halloween celebrations. I’m already planning our return for the Christmas party, and dreaming of visiting the park in Florida for Halloween next year.
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