Day Two in Disneyland Paris was Master 5’s birthday and the morning was spent opening presents and chatting to family on Skype.
…and then onto…
Our first stop was Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast ride. Here’s Buzz…speaking French. He flips between French and English.
This ride is any little boy(or grown man)’s dream ride. The first time through you may find a bit ho-hum as you shoot aliens and the like with your laser gun. The competition kicks in when you reach the end of the ride and compare your score to the person next to you. No boy could possibly settle on his first score and you’ll find yourself lining up again and again…and AGAIN!
Disneyland Paris has Fast Passes for some of their most popular rides. Basically you swipe your park ticket at the Fast Pass machines (near the ride) and get a print out giving you a time (eg. 9:15 – 9:45) to jump in the Fast Pass queue and skip the long line. Buzz Lightyear’s Laser Blast is one of the more popular rides so we grabbed Fast Passes, lined up normally for the first time through and then jumped in the Fast Pass queue for a second run through.
In total we went on this ride 5 times. We were hoping to make it back to it later in the week but Master 5 getting sick threw a bit of a spanner in the works. I would rate it as the number one “to-do” ride for boys under 10 and right up there for anyone really. The ride is slow enough for under 5’s and there’s heaps for little ones to look at even if they don’t want to shoot stuff (but really, who wouldn’t?).
This ride highlighted how badly I need to start wearing my glasses, yikes! I like to think I was trying to make the kids feel good about their scores since Daddy kicked their butt’s…but mainly it was the poor eye sight and hand eye co-ordination.
The Orbitron. As safe as this one looks I’d be keeping a good grip on little ones as it gives you a false sense of security but the sides are quite shallow and its a long way to fall. Yes, I’m a nervous mother, so sue me!
By day two Master 9 had warmed up a little more to rollercoasters and by the end of the day he had been on Space Mountain four times. Roller coasters in the dark are definitely more my thing (less scary if you can’t see what’s happening) so I didn’t mind this one.
Videopolis was a much appreciated break from waiting in lines. They play old school Mickey cartoons, newer Pixar shorts and everything in between. Really I didn’t care what they played as long as I got to plant my butt in a seat and not move for a good 30 minutes or so.
We also went on Autopia (drive your own car around a course) but I didn’t get any photos. Master 7 was a smidge short but we talked them into letting him ride alone. Big mistake! I drove behind him and it was not a fun experience. He could only just reach the accelerator so it was VERY slow going. Then hubby’s car stalled and the line of cars came to a complete halt….oh yeah, our family was real popular, eek!
Discoveryland was the only “land” we did every ride in. It was perfect for our boys age groups!
For Master 5’s birthday we ate at McDonalds in Disney Village for lunch and had pastries in lieu of a Birthday Cake. Disneyland for your birthday is nothing to scoff at so I think all in all he had an awesome birthday!