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5 Magical Things On My Disneyland Bucket List

Disneyland is on everyone’s bucket list, and although this wasn’t my first time there, there was still so much I wanted to do. I went to Disneyland Paris during their 15th anniversary, and still have a coin from it, so it was fitting to be back for 25 years of Disneyland Paris. I don’t think going to Disneyland one time before I die is enough, I want to be there all the time! Here’s 5 magical things on my Disneyland bucket list.

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1. Stay In The Explorers Hotel

kraken attacking a ship in disney explorers hotel paris - disneyland bucket list

Explorers was the hotel I stayed in the first time I went with my family. I loved it so much I vowed to come back. When I first stayed At World’s End was just out, so walking into a pirate-themed hotel was heaven on Earth for me. The staff are dressed as pirates, there’s a ship with a kraken on it, and the rooms are sailor themed too. 

We had a good time in the hotel but it was bittersweet. As a kid, I had so much fun climbing on the ship, in the play area. I actually had a better time in the hotel than in Disneyland itself! Of course, as an adult I couldn’t do those things but I’m happy to have gone back.

My only complaint was that the food wasn’t good. A lot of places claim to cater to all diets and then you get there to find that the vegan options is just fruit. We had breakfast included and although the fruit was nice as it was locally grown, there were no dairy alternatives.

We ended up asking the Starbucks in Disney Village for a cup of almond milk so we could have cereal for breakfast the next morning (which they charged €2.85 for). The dinner buffet was €26 and wasn’t nice either. I got rice that tasted like cloves and put a lot of fruit in my bag to compensate. I’d have dinner in Disneyland the next time because it was abysmal.

2. Meet Peter Pan

Couple in between Wendy and Peter Pan in Disneyland Paris - disneyland bucket list

I adore Peter Pan, and watch the movie every year before my birthday. I live by not wanting to grow up. Back when I was still in Tumblr on 2013/14 there was a big phase where people loved the guy who played Peter Pan in the California park, and the Peterpandom formed. I loved how pure it was and have wanted to meet Peter ever since.

The first day in the park – I had a “Never Grow Up” vest on. I was embarrassed to queue as we were two adults with no kid but changed my mind only to go back to not be allowed queue because the meet and greet was ending. We came back the next day and waited two hours to meet Peter and Wendy. No one else actually seemed to have queues as long as Peter’s so I think he’s probably the rock star of Disneyland! They were both really nice, and Peter even noticed my Pirates of the Caribbean necklace so it was worth the wait.

3. Go To A Carnival At Night

disneyland at night, a tinkerbell statue with glowing wings in front of cinderella's castle - disneyland bucket list

I love carnivals, fun fairs, theme parks, and they’re even more beautiful at night (and the queues for rides are shorter). Disneyland is the carnival of carnivals. It’s so beautiful at night, and main Street even looked little Christmas-y. The rides closed at around 9:30 – despite the park closing at 11 – but there’s usually shows to compensate. The fireworks in Disneyland Paris are pretty unpredictable so we were back in the hotel the first night and could hear them, and there weren’t any at all the second night but I’m not too bothered because I saw them the first time I went.

The only thing better than Disneyland at night, would be Pixar Pier at night which is very much like an old school carnival, but is of course, a Disney attraction. 

4. Eat In Captain Jacks’

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I’ve mentioned my love of Pirates Of The Caribbean more than enough times so I think you get the picture. There’s a POTC themed restaurant in Disneyland, so of course I want to go. You can enjoy dinner and watch the ride go by.

5. Spend Halloween in Disneyland

a mickey mouse pumpkin jack in the box in disneyland for halloween

As seen on my Halloween Bucket List, I have to go to the Disneyland during Spooky Season!

I’d say go during the Halloween season might actually be number one on my Disneyland bucket list, or at the very least is tied with meeting Peter Pan. 

[2023 update: Check out my Disneyland Paris Halloween experience.]

6. Spend Christmas in Disneyland

halloween on main street with a view of the castle in disneyworld
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Although I’d be much more excited for Halloween Disneyland I’d be happy to go for Christmas too! As I said, Main Street looks very Christmas-y at night so I’d imagine it’s even more beautiful with the Christmas decorations up. Disneyland during Christmas probably the best way to get into the spirit, as it’s already so magical every other time of year!

I’d also love to go to Disneyland California to see Pixar Pier, and all the other attractions!

Do you have a Disneyland bucket list? Or any Disney things to do before you die? Are there any characters in Disneyland you just have to meet? Check out more Disney things to do before you die.

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9 thoughts on “5 Magical Things On My Disneyland Bucket List

  1. Love this!! I went at Halloween several years ago and it was a blast! My nieces were 5 and 7. Bibbidy Bibbidy Boutique. All the feels!! Thanks for sharing!!
    xoxo Michelle

  2. Loved reading this! Such a shame about the food. I haven’t been back to Disneyland Paris since going vegan – it was hard enough just being vegetarian!!! They kept offering fish as a vegetarian option…. lol! Halloween is my favourite time to visit xx

  3. Oh wow! I’d love to go back to Disneyland Paris, I haven’t been since I was a child. But considering there’s nothing for vegans, maybe it’s not the best idea :/ Hopefully they’ll get better in years to come, you can’t really not at this stage. It still looks like you had a magical time though 😀

    Lon x


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