Just as we’re in need of a strong female leader in Europe, I’ve met the woman who can save the day.
Oh, and she just so happens to be one of the most powerful superheroes in the universe.
Enter Captain Marvel, who’s ready to make her mark on Europe. Rather than Brussels, she’s at Disneyland Paris for her debut in Walt Disney Studios’ Season of Super Heroes.
My first glimpse of the latest addition to the Marvel gang came at the Star Expo Show, a live performance in the Studios’ Production Courtyard.
Here she joined Thor, Black Widow and Spider-Man in a battle against Loki and Hydra, making quite an entrance – and not just because of the impressive special effects.
When she’s not saving the day, Captain Marvel is greeting her fans in a designated area within the park. Get ready to learn superhero poses for that photo opp.
She’s not the only superhero around for meet and greets; Captain America and Spider-Man will also be roaming the park.
Want to see other Avengers? Head to the Studio Theatre and catch the live Marvel Super Heroes United Show.
The heroes assemble to take on supervillain Thanos in an epic battle.
Expect heaps of special effects, twists and classic superhero moves.
Meanwhile the Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off offers something a little more light-hearted. Star-Lord, Gamora and Groot get the audience strutting their stuff to 70s and 80s hits, so get ready to show off your moves!
I’d been to Disneyland Paris before and was also determined to hit my favourite rides – as well as the new additions since my last visit.
First heading to classics such as the Tower of Terror (three times) and the Aerosmith-themed Rock ‘n’ Rollercoaster, I found the new rides were equally thrilling.
Highlights included a Ratatouille themed ride, an adorable journey in Remy’s kitchen with 4D effects, and Crush’s Coaster where Finding Nemo’s beloved turtle takes you on an unexpectedly adrenaline-inducing trip.
Adjacent to Walt Disney Studios sits Disneyland Park, home to the Sleeping Beauty Castle. It had all the magic I remember as a child – and as an adult it’s equally wonderful.
The park’s newest attraction, Mickey’s Philharmagic Orchestra, is a 4D show that offers serious nostalgia with beloved Disney songs and quirky effects.
It’s ideal when you need a break from the faster rides, but it’s still a thrill in its own way.
As big Star Wars fans, the park’s Star Tours attraction was a must. You board a motion simulator that takes you on a galactic adventure which was more fast-paced than we expected.
Jedis can also get their fill at Hyperspace Mountain (formerly Space Mountain), which is not for the faint-hearted.
Come lunchtime, there are plenty of sit down options. Highlights include Plaza Gardens near Discoveryland, ideal if you’re after a big buffet, while Cafe Agrabah in Adventureland is a themed eatery straight out of Aladdin with Moroccan-inspired cuisine.
In the afternoon, Disneyland hosts its iconic Parade (Studios has one too but this has the princesses and classic films).
We saw floats with Toy Story, Peter Pan, the Lion King, the Jungle Book and Sleeping Beauty’s fire-breathing dragon. There’s something really special about seeing your favourite characters come to life.
After the parade, we had a few hours before the castle’s dazzling fireworks and light show so we headed to the Inventions Restaurant at the Disneyland Hotel.
There’s an all-you-can-eat buffet for replenishing energy levels, with sweet touches such as Groot-shaped desserts. But the food isn’t the only draw.
Mickey, Minnie and Goofy visit during dinner, wandering through the restaurant to greet diners, pose for photos and cause mischief. It’s difficult not to get swept up in the buzz!
Topping that seemed unlikely, but then we headed to the castle’s evening show, Illuminations.
It’s difficult to put into words just how, well, magical it is.
Think dazzling fireworks, Disney music, light projections of your favourite scenes, all making for a mixture of nostalgia and euphoria. The ultimate Disney high.
Book the holiday
GET THERE: One way fares on Eurostar’s daily direct service from London to Disneyland Paris start at £38 adult/£27 child; from £79 adult/£55.50 child in Standard Premier. Find out more at eurostar.com.
BOOK IT: Prices for a two-night/three-day package star at £1,236 based on two adults and children sharing a Cars standard room at Disney’s Hotel Santa Fe. Includes two nights’ accommodation, three-day park hopper tickets with unlimited access to Disneyland Park and Walt Studios Park and return travel with Eurostar. Price based on June 5 departure and includes 30% off hotel and park tickets, book by April 24. Find out more at disneylandparis.co.uk or call 08448 008 111.
TOP TIP: Download the Disneyland Paris App. It shows you average waiting times for all of the rides, has a handy map and you can also use it to book fast passes and get information such as opening hours.
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