Monday 29th of October at 7am, we were up and getting ready to leave the Travelodge and head to St Pancras. Luckily, our hotel wasn't too far away so we took a leisurely stroll down to the station. Once we got there, we went to the M&S food and got ourselves some food for the Eurostar.
Our gate opened at 8:45 which meant we could start the process of checking in for our train. We scanned our tickets, had our luggage and body scanned by machines and then headed towards passport control. This was the first year of me travelling through Eurostar that they had the passport scanners instead of a person in a booth. The member of staff was rather rude and abrupt when we weren't sure how to use the machines. Luckily though, our passports went through no problem and we were in the departure lounge before we knew it. The 9:22 train to Paris was delayed so there wasn't a lot of places to sit, so w waited until that train finally boarded before sitting down and having breakfast. Before we knew it, our gate was called and we were boarding the train.
When I originally booked the holiday, I made sure to book Disney Express, which is a service where they give you luggage tags and your park tickets on the train. You then drop your luggage off at the Disney Express counter in the train station before heading straight to the park. Many Disney Express Cast Members walked up and down our carriage and gave me no paperwork. With half an hour left of our journey, my name was called over the tannoy and I had to go to the Disney Express office. There, I was given all of my paperwork and my new magic pass card which had everything on that we would need during the holiday.
When we got to Marne la Vallee, we put our tags on our luggage and dropped them off at the Disney Express counter. From there, we headed straight for the Disneyland Park. This was my mam's first time visiting Disneyland Paris at Halloween and I'm so glad they brought back all of the Halloween-y goodness and added so many wonderful extras.
The first thing we did was have a slow wander down Main Street USA to take in all of the Halloween decorations and get photographs.
The ghosts of Main Street USA were one of my favourite parts of the decorations. I love decorations you can get great photographs with.
After wandering down Main Street USA, we headed to Discoveryland to see how long the queue was for Star Tours. During my trip last December, Star Tours quickly became one of my favourite rides and I was excited to get back on it. The waiting time wasn't too bad so we decided to stand in the queue and before we knew it, we were being stopped by Kylo Ren and chased through the universe.
From there, we went back across Central Plaza and headed into Frontierland. This is my favourite land to visit and during this trip, also became my mam's due to the chosen decor. We decided to wait for the next trip around Thunder Mesa on the Molly Brown as we hadn't done this since our first trip to Disneyland Paris in 1999.
Day one was more casual than the rest. We sat and had some food at Bella Notte, watched the parade and then went shopping. Our thought was, get most of what we want on the first day and then we won't be carrying lots of bags on rides the following four days.
After shopping, we decided to head to the village for a drink, before going back to the hotel and checking into our room. Disneyland Paris now sells a vegan cider called Finbarra which is excellent and super tasty. This was the first time I have had a drink in Billy Bobs whilst on holiday at Disneyland Paris. This wouldn't be the only first of this trip.
We checked into the Hotel Cheyenne and were told we were staying in the Sundance block, which was at the furthest end of the hotel. We were excited to see the new Texas rooms as we hadn't stayed in one yet. The new design of these rooms is incredible. I love all of the small details like the cow print cushions and the fact that the curtains are the same design as Woody's trousers from Toy Story.
After taking photos of the room, we went to the Red Garter saloon, had one more drink before getting an early night, so we could have a fresh early start the next morning.