A Surprise Christmas at Disneyland Paris

The door nervously opens. In a few short seconds, his eyes flicker around the familiar room, which has been unexpectedly set up to uncover the surprise. Fairy lights illuminate an opened suitcase, already packed with new clothes. A homemade banner stuck across the ceiling and back wall confirms a message that is suddenly heard from a gleaming smile below a pair of recognisably famous ears.

“We’re going to Disneyland tomorrow!” I bellow over the top of Randy Newman’s croaky voice as a warm fuzzy grin spreads across his face in front of me.

mickey mouse plush surprise

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

Months earlier, I’d sat with my boyfriend Allyn over dinner, a regular evening that began with catching up on our days in the office. As a part of today’s news, he excitedly told me that one of his shots of Lumiere from his latest movie Beauty and the Beast was being used in the 25th Anniversary show ‘Illuminations’ at Disneyland Paris.

It was in this moment that I made a decision. There was no way that my man wasn’t seeing one of his proudest pieces of work be projected in motion on the turrets of Sleeping Beauty’s castle.

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

Disneyland paris Christmas

Despite his (almost) similar level of adoration for Disney as mine, Allyn had never stepped foot in Disneyland. Instead his passion for Walt’s magic came in the appreciation for animation, storytelling, humour and creativity. Books, figurines, films and artwork each representing characters and beloved stories decorate our flat. I couldn’t wait to share with him a place where it all comes to life.

A packing list and fake train ticket was all that had been provided, alongside some punny gifts relating to some of his recent superhero projects - “you’re un-Thor-gettable”. It wasn’t until the evening before our Eurostar departure that I decided to let him in on the secret I had struggled to keep, just long enough for one night of excitable dreams.

Disneyland Paris tree Christmas

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

We woke like giddy children on Christmas Day morning, except it almost was. Our arrival would bring us to Disneyland on their opening day of festive celebrations, my first ever experience of the park twinkling with tree lights and baubles.

Our tickets through Attraction Tickets Direct (who I’ve always used to purchase Disney tickets) gave us four days of giggling and skipping our way around the parks. Here are some of our favourite memories…

disney stars parade

Winnie balloon Disneyland paris

The first moment we excitedly ran into Disneyland Park as I watched Allyn catch his first ever glimpse of Sleeping Beauty’s castle before he picked out his first ever pair of Mickey ears

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

Sitting down for Mickey’s Big Christmas Band, an incredible show of live music where Allyn first caught his glimpse of the famous trio

Mickey big band Paris

minne mouse piano
Mickey big band Paris

Disneyland paris kiss

A bear hug from Baloo who tried to swipe a banana from our backpack, meeting Thumper and Blossom who stubbornly demanded Allyn get in the photo and of course, introducing Allyn to my best Disney pal Goofy...

baloo Disneyland paris

goofy Christmas
blossom Disneyland paris
goofy Christmas
thumper Disneyland paris

thumper blossom Disneyland paris

Showing Allyn the Art of Animation Academy which I knew just how much he’d love – and of course then doing our own drawings of Stitch

art of animation Disneyland Paris

disney stars parade

buzzlightyear Disneyland Paris

merry stitchmas

Witnessing the Christmas Parade together where I high fived Goofy, jumped excitedly at the sight of Tigger and waved at Santa

Disneyland Paris christmas parade

Disneyland Paris sleigh Christmas parade
Disneyland paris christmas parade

Disneyland Paris christmas parade

Feeling incredibly festive as it 'snowed' on Main Street during the Christmas Lights switch on

Main Street Christmas

Mickey Minnie Christmas tree Disneyland Paris


Allyn’s first ever ride in the parks on Phantom Manor, which like every other time I’ve ridden it, broke down midway to our great hilarity and experiencing Disneyland Paris’ newest ride Ratatouille together

remy restaurant Disneyland Paris

tower of terror Disneyland Paris
tower of terror Disneyland Paris

phantom manor Disneyland paris

Our first and second drop on Tower of Terror, my favourite ride in the whole wide world which continuously has me in hysterics listening to the other passengers’ screams

merry stitchmas show

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

Disneyland paris monsters inc

Allyn’s laughter and screams the entire way around the Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster after he confidently told me that he was going to keep his mouth closed

rex to story

frozen disney stars parade

Seeing my old friend Mickey who of course adored our Christmas jumpers!

meeting Mickey Christmas

And of course, seeing Allyn’s shot of Lumiere on the castle (first photo) during Illuminations which we watched on our first and last night, so spectacular we were both left in happy tears

disney illuminations projection

disney illuminations

disney illuminations

surprise Christmas trip Disneyland paris

And that's a wrap!

We stayed at the Radisson Blu Disneyland Paris, a great hotel for older guests and families with an onsite golf course and complimentary shuttle buses throughout the day. We then also got the Eurostar with a quick change at Lille.

If anyone would like any tips for planning a trip to Disneyland at Christmas hit me up in the comments 🙂

Radisson blu disneyland
Radisson blu Disneyland

Thank you to Attraction Tickets Direct who provided one complimentary ticket for Disneyland. I have used ATD many times in the past and they are a fantastic service who offer the best discounts and vouchers for restaurants at the parks.



  1. 14th December 2017 / 9:14 pm

    This trip looks very cool and i am sure you will remember this for the rest of your life! Looks very nice!

    • 18th December 2017 / 11:02 am

      We sure will 🙂

  2. 14th December 2017 / 7:43 pm

    Great post! Great pics! Look like it was an amazing time. Perfect for the holidays.

    • 18th December 2017 / 11:03 am

      Thank you, it was so great 🙂

  3. 9th December 2017 / 5:14 pm

    OMG this is so awesome! And such a perfect time for me to find this because we’re surprising our five year old with a trip to Disney THIS WEEKEND!

    You are the best girlfriend, ever!

    I’m sitting here looking at these photos – so exciting!! Disneyland Paris is on our list – thinking we’ll head there in 2 years!

    • 18th December 2017 / 11:02 am

      Oh wow! I hope it was an incredible trip. Thanks so much 🙂

  4. 9th December 2017 / 4:55 pm

    What a lovely gift to make someone happy. Oh I wish I get something like this loved all the pics. Hope I get to visit soon

    • 18th December 2017 / 11:03 am

      Aw I’m sure you will one day… just drop some hints 😉

  5. 9th December 2017 / 3:35 pm

    This place looks so magical..I have only been to Disneyland..several times, ha! I am hoping to teach in Europe next year, so perhaps I can visit here….so fun you surprised your BF…lovely!


    • 18th December 2017 / 11:03 am

      Hahaha oh that would be awesome!

  6. Deirdra Gert
    5th December 2017 / 1:59 pm

    Love this blog! Visiting Disney has brought many tears of joy to my eyes too – it’s such a dreamland! Mega cute photos!

    • 7th December 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Thank you! It’s just so magical 🙂

  7. 5th December 2017 / 3:05 am

    Eppie, you are the best girlfriend ever! Disney never fails to bring joy and happiness, no matter how old you are. I just went to Tokyo DisneySea two days ago to celebrate my friend’s birthday and it was amazing! xx, nano

    • 7th December 2017 / 2:27 pm

      Haha 😀 Oooooo I really want to do Disney Asia! x

  8. 4th December 2017 / 7:06 pm

    What an incredible gift! I would love to get to Disneyland Paris. It looks amazing and your photos are tremendous!

    • 7th December 2017 / 2:28 pm

      Ooooo you should, especially at Christmas!

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