Our Journey To Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Paris

(Just a warning, this is one of those days where my “lifestyle” blogging is going to happen. I will detail Disneyland Paris next week, this is just the crazy story that I still don’t fully believe about our journey to get to Disney)

During our first trip to Paris we planned to make our way to Disneyland on our anniversary. During our 12 days in France, the only day it rained was on our anniversary…so we decided not to go. As soon as we got on the plane to come back to America, we decided that we would be back and we would go to Disneyland on our next trip. Fast forward to honeymoon planning, and one of the first things on our list was to make it to Disneyland Paris.

When we brought this up to our friends, and we were excited to know they were fully on board. Trying to still keep our days pretty open and not setting many plans, we waited until we arrived to decide when to go and bought tickets for our second day in Paris. I could not contain my excitement, we were finally going to Disney in PARIS! We planned our transportation route and woke up the next day ready to go.

There was a metro station at the bottom of the apartment building and that was the first stop on our transportation list. There was also a cafe right there, so we ordered breakfast and coffee, then made our way to the metro. Well you know those turnstiles that are automatic doors instead of the poles? Mine promptly slapped me back in the face as I was walking through which in turn made me spill my coffee ALL over my adorable Lauren Conrad Minnie Mouse shirt that I was thrilled to wear. I ran up to the apartment to change, not only did I not have coffee and I also didn’t have an adorable shirt in any of the photos.

So then, we are on the metro heading towards the train (RER), all is well at this point. We’re able to purchase our train tickets easily, make our connection quite quickly, and we are off. Then they weren’t so smooth. Here is how it went-

Oh look, one stop away from Disneyland Paris!

Wait, why have we been stopped for 10 minutes at this stop?

Why are all the signs saying there is a security breach?

Okay, now everyone is getting off. What is going on?

Can somebody please tell us in English what the announcer just said?

We got off the train and stood there for a bit waiting for something to happen. Slowly people started walking up to the platform, so we followed. A British lady and her daughter asked if Dave we spoke English (SO many people thought he was a true Italian- he was asked this multiple times) thankfully we were able to converse with her about it. We asked if she had Uber, she said she did but her phone wasn’t working either. We walked into the little shop by the platform and asked the cashier if he could tell us what to do. He told us of a bus stop across the street (it was full from everyone on the train already), he said that taxis are never around this area (it was residential, it actually looked like a suburb of the US), and then he said “Disney is a 10-15 minute walk, straight down this road” DUDE, why didn’t you tell us this from the start? Off we went.

Disneyland Paris

We walked and walked and walked. We walked for at least 20 minutes and finally saw a sign that said “DISNEYLAND PARIS” with an arrow pointing straight. We we kept walking. Eventually, to our left we could see what likely was Disneyland. If only there wasn’t a few miles of tall grass between the road we were on and Disneyland. So we kept walking. Then we saw the sign that said Disneyland Paris was just one turn away. We made the turn and all realized in unison that we were on an on-ramp to the highway.

That’s cool, just 4 Americans walking along a highway in France, with basically nothing besides the clothes we were wearing, because you gotta pack light going to a theme park. Did I mention it was about 100 degrees? We hoped, prayed and laughed at our situation. Hoping that eventually a taxi of some sort would drive by. One car stopped to ask us how to get to Disney…really? 4 people walking along the highway, and you think they know? Was this a normal thing for people to walk into Disneyland Paris?

We kept on trekking for what seemed liked forever, then we started to see the signs. Donald Duck, Minnie Mouse, Goofy and the gang were lining the streets. Just around the corner we saw a exit sign for the parking lot…and then “WELCOME TO DISNEYLAND PARIS” above the parking lot entrance. Thankfully, we didn’t have to pay the 15 euros to walk in versus drive in. This was one of the most surreal moments in my life. We just walked to Disneyland. Our 4+ mile walk is one of my favorite memories from our trip, I still can’t believe it really happened.

Disneyland Paris

Just as we walked up to the entrance, a train was dropping off people. I guess they fixed the security breech.

Disneyland Paris

So there you have it, a quick tale into the real life world of traveling.

Do you have any crazy travel stories?

  • http://www.rowhouse14.com Heidi

    Ah, those French trains. We had a similar experience having to get off a train once. It also involved going through a train car wash because we were on a train we weren’t supposed to be on…haha. And a lot of walking occurred as a result. Memorable at the end of the day, and slightly humorous as if happened. These are the sorts of things that make traveling fun though.

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Train car wash?! Oh my gosh that sounds crazy. The story after really is the best, we were laughing along the way but also thinking about how we might die because it was SO hot.

  • http://apaperarrow.blogspot.com Kayla Whitter

    Those kinds of weird situations are so memorable. I’m glad you finally made it to Disneyland!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      They really are! Telling this story makes me laugh, I can’t believe it happened.

  • http://www.dreambigandbuytheshoes.com/ Emelia @ Dream Big & Buy the S

    I’m cracking up, this is awesome, hilarious, and something that would totally happen to me. I’m sure it wasn’t hilarious at the time…but looking back I see why it’s one of your favorite memories- CLASSIC!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      This was really the craziest series of events, I still can’t believe it happened. Thankfully the other couple we are with are the best and rolled with anything that happened, I couldn’t imagine having to literally walk to Disneyland with people that weren’t up for an adventure haha.

  • http://www.thefreeandwildblog.com Annie

    Hahah that is HILARIOUS! I cannot believe that situation. That is SO nuts! I cannot wait for the DL Paris post though, It’s my dream to go there!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I just can’t get over how this happened. It was amazing- not what I expected but still so worth the trip.

  • http://www.myborrowedheaven.com/ Meg Taylor

    Oh my gosh, OF COURSE the train arrived just as you did – but now you had this awesome story. I love that photo of y’all on the highway and that someone tried to ask you for directions! I cannot wait to see the rest of your photos from this trip! I went to Disneyland Paris when I studied abroad in Paris one summer. I tried to get a group of friends to come, but then it got back to our professors that we wanted to go and they literally scolded us during the final class period before the weekend I planned to go saying, “Disney isn’t Parisian!” “For the amount you’re going to spend to go, you should be eating at fancy restaurants and working to understand French culture” “Don’t be an American stereotype.” Well, everyone else bailed on me, so I took the train all the way out to Disneyland by myself and HAD A BLAST. All my friends ended up being so sad they didn’t come with me 😉

    Meg, Borrowed Heaven

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I can totally understand that- a few of our friends, friends that are French didn’t really understand why we wanted to go there. I am really glad we did, and even happy with this insane story about going. I’m glad you still went, even though you were alone. I assume lines were shorter since you could go in the single line 😉 It wasn’t what I expected but still an awesome experience!

  • http://ohhey-ilikethat.com Lauren

    I know that I shouldn’t love this story, but I laughed just as much reading it now as I did the first time that you told it to me! Craziest. Thing. EVER!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      It’s totally okay to love it- we all do now too 😉

  • http://www.wanderingweekenders.com/ Ashley @ Wandering Weekenders

    That’s so crazy that y’all had to walk to Disneyland Paris! The distance between the entrance to the parking lots and the actual theme parks is never short! I can’t wait to hear all about your time in Disneyland!

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      I still can’t believe the series of events that led up to us walking there. it felt like a crazy dream haha. Disneyland wasn’t totally like I expected, but we still had a blast.

  • Megan

    THIS IS INSANE. I cannot believe you freakin WALKED to Disney. I can’t wait to hear how the journey was INSIDE the park haha

    • http://totravelandbeyond.com/ Macy Volpe

      Telling this story is one of my favorites, I just can’t believe we did this. Inside was awesome, I can’t wait to talk about the disney magic.

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