sorry this is about 2 weeks after the fact. also, warning, this post will be boring and meaningless to anyone that has never been to disney world (for the most part anyways). moving on.
disney at night
so the day after thanksgiving, i hoped on a plane to lyon to visit my friend Taylor in lyon, france. after a nice night walking around the city and getting to see a few of the main sights, we got up nice and early to grab a train to paris!! although there was a little difficulty with the trains, we made it there around 10 to explore the two parks. we starts off at disneyland studios, where we went on the tower of terror, the rockin roller coaster, and aladdins magic carpets. the park was VERY small, but had a great deal of disney magic nonetheless. it was interesting to go on the tower of terror, because it initially seemed much smaller, but we soon learned that you dropped underground which was really cool. the fact that everything was in french was also pretty cool as it made everything funnier because for the most part we werent sure what they were saying. the rockin roller coaster was much different, as the room was basically dark with just a few neon lights (not even signs). they also didnt say you were pretending to see aerosmith at their show... they just said you were riding a roller coaster they designed. lame. nonetheless, the track was pretty much the same so the ride was still good. there were two new rides that they dont have in orlando: crush's coaster, and a toy story racecar ride. however, the race car ride was broken and the coaster had a 80 minute wait (probably because there were really no other rides) so we decided to move on to disneyland park aka magic kingdom. disneyland park was also much smaller, but very cool because it was totally decorated for christmas!! there were tons of mickey mouse santas, garland, and christmas lights. also, since it was the 20th anniversary of the park, there were a lot of special things happening for the event. we started off here by going on the auto-topia ride, where we got to drive on the other side of the road! then, because space mountain 2 was closed, we moved onto fantasyland. here we went on its a small world, which was especially cool because for the first time i had a connection to many of the countries! there was also a huge USA section which was much appreciated. next, we went on the pirates of the caribbean ride where we once again experienced the english/french dilemma. it was pretty funny because you would hear them say "dead men tell no tales" in english, then again in french (or at least thats what im assuming they said). i thought that this ride was better than the one in orlando, maybe because its more recent, but it seemed to have a lot of scenes from the movies which was cool and different. we then moved on to phantoms manor, aka the haunted house, which also seemed at first to be much smaller... and as we found out much scarier. this one was definitely not aimed for kids as it actually creeped me out quite a bit. after this, we went on big thunder mountain, which we were instantly intrigued by as we saw that you loaded into the cars on land but the ride seemed to only take place on an island. we quickly learned that you went underground in a pitch black tunnel which was really awesome especially considering the fact that i was in the front row! once again, i feel like i enjoyed this ride more than the one in orlando, but it also might be just because i didnt know what to expect for once. after this, we went on a new ride: indiana jones and the temple of doom. this ride i originally underestimated as a typical mouse trap kind of ride, but once i saw it went upside down i got more excited. overall, the ride really wasnt that great and my head really hurt afterwards, but it was still a cool new experience. then, for our final ride we went on buzzlighter and had some fun shooting zurg. since i got back from my day at disney ive been asked a lot about what i think overall, heres my best summary: positives: its disney, the christmas decorations were awesome, some great rides that arent in orlando, some interesting spins on disney favorite. negatives: long lines (because the park was so much smaller), the disney cast members werent that nice, the castle was super small. overall: i am super happy that i went, but i really dont think you need to spend more than 2 days there and it definitely is not worth making a trip just there... only if you are going to paris anyways. i was very happy to be back in disney though, and nevertheless, i still think any disney enthusiast should try to get there! after we were at the park (we had to leave before the fireworks), we grabbed a train/bus/train back to lyon where i had to pretty much instantly leave for my flight home. it was really nice to see taylor and meet some of her friends and see the city she has been living in, and i of course was happy to go to disney with her for the first time!