The odd thing about Disneyland Paris is, depending on where you live, you get different offers on discounts and packages. When I was booking my Disneyland Paris trip, the international website offered less and smaller discounts than the UK website. However, you need to reside in the UK or have a UK credit card to book from the UK website. I managed to bypass this by booking through a UK travel agent.
We took a taxi to St. Pancras train station. Our printed out e-ticket couldnt be scanned on the automatic check-in machine so we checked in manually. The UK Border Control wasn't manned so we went straight to the French Immigration. They checked our visa and stamped our passports. No question asked. We were legally in France at that moment although we were still in the UK. The train station was really nice. There are shops and food stalls after the border control so people didn't get bored while waiting. Finally our train was ready for boarding. We went up to the platform level and found our train and carriage easily. Most of the people in the train were families with kids so I think we're the odd ones out.
I was disappointed that they served brea
kfast instead of lunch. I know it was 10:30 in UK but in France, it was 11:30. I wished they had this in mind. Besides, most people probably had breakfast before they went to the station because 10:30 is kinda late for breakfast. I didn't notice that the train went underwater. When we're out of the underwater tunnel, France greeted us with it's wonderful country side. One last stop in Lille, we arrived at Disneyland Paris. It was the first of our train rides but I started to like it. Imagine if Indonesia have trains like this. Jakarta - Surabaya should take 3 hours, maybe 4 hours maximum.
Originally we planned to stay in the Sequoia Lodge to save some money but then we thought it's our honeymoon and we may never go back to Disneyland Paris again so we decided to stay in Disneyland Hotel. From the train station, we need to walk through a security check and then a 5 minutes walk to the hotel because of luggage (normally would take 2 minutes). Our room was not ready so we went to the Studios park because we planned to have one full day in Disneyland itself. First, we went for a late lunch (It was almost 3 pm) at Restaurant des Stars, which was a buffet Restaurant. There was a guy wearing chef hat who came out with a food cart and Remy from Ratatouille was inside the dish! He was really cute and could move a little bit. They actually had Ratatouille there and it was good like the rest of the food in the buffet. Of all the restaurants we tried in Disneyland Paris, this is actually the best.
We were full after eating and
we had a problem. The park closed at 6 and we're not supposed to ride any thrill ride after eating but since we're already here, we decided to ride them anyway. We started out with the slow tram ride but after riding the one in Universal Studios Hollywood, this one didn't compare at all. Too short and didn't show much. We then rode the Tower of Terror, which got us a little nauseated. Then we rode Crush Coaster, which got us very nauseated. We decided we had enough and went back to our hotel to rest.
In the evening, we walked to Disney Village, which was decorated for Christmas. I was introduced to Vin Chaud (Hot Wine), which became my favorite drink in France especially in the cold weather. We had McDonald's because we wanted a quick meal and there was a free wifi there (our hotel didn't). The stores were very well decorated for Christmas. If it wasn't so cold, we probably had stayed longer.