A Trip to Disneyland Paris with our Grandchildren

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Our Grandchildren


Having raised our children, how proud we are of the wonderful, responsible and loving adults and parents they have now become. Their own characters reflected in the personalities of our 3 precious grandchildren.

Becoming a grandparent has been one of the most rewarding and beautiful experiences of my life.

Jake is now 9 years of age and his smile melts my heart. Eve is 6 years old and is as pretty as a princess. Sophie is 4 years of age and her laughter is a breath of fresh air!

The highlight of 2011 was a trip to Disneyland Paris with the 3 grandchildren and their parents. Unfortunately my daughter Cloverleaf living in Canada was too far away to join us for this trip, but it was reminiscent of our trip there a few years ago and bought back many wonderful memories.

I wrote a hub about this surprise Disneyland trip in My Daughter’s Secret.

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Disneyland trip is booked!

It had been a pipeline dream of mine, to take the grandchildren to Disneyland. I was surprised and delighted one day, when my step-daughter and son in law asked if we, my son, his wife and Sophie would like to join them with Jake and Eve for a weekend in Disneyland, nine of us in all!

Everyone agreed it was a fantastic idea and the trip was booked. We decided we wanted to stay in a hotel in the Disneyland park and booked our stay in the Newport Bay Club hotel. About a week before we were due to go, we received a phone call to offer us an upgrade to the Hotel New York, we graciously accepted and the excitement mounted!

We travelled by Eurostar which is a high speed railway service connecting London with Paris. All it’s trains traverse the Channel Tunnel between England and France. The journey took approximately 2 hours 30 minutes and was a new experience for all of us. It took us from St Pancras in London direct to the park in Paris.

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The Magical World of Disney

As soon as you enter the park you are greeted by the magical atmosphere of Disney. The size of the park is quite overwhelming, we had a 2 day pass but in that time we probably only saw about a third of it!

The hotel was fabulous and the staff so cheerful and friendly, they went out of their way to make our visit special.

We packed as much as possible into our stay, it was non-stop fun, action and laughter. All the rides, parades and shows were impressive, there was so much to see and do. Disney characters were everywhere in the park and were a favourite with the grandchildren. We were so impressed with their friendly attitude to everyone and the children loved them!

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Quality Family Time

Most memorable of all was the 'quality time' we spent with our family. Together we experienced the world of Disney, with it‘s colourful and delightful characters from the wonderful fairy tale stories that we have all grown up with, it was truly magical.

Forever imprinted upon my mind will be the expressions of surprise and excitement on the faces of the grandchildren.

The look of sheer delight and disbelief on Sophie’s face as her favourite Disney character ‘Mary Poppins’ picked her out in the crowd and waved to her, as she waved back laughing it bought tears to our eyes.

Jake dragging us back for a third ride on the cars, he drove the car behind us, I can still hear him laughing and cheering!

Eve meeting and posing for another photograph with yet another princess, looking as pretty as a princess herself!

If you have never had a trip to Disneyland with your grandchildren, we can thoroughly recommend it. A fabulous experience, exhausting but fabulous!

Two of my favourite hubs on Grandchildren both wriiten by Denise Handlon

My Grandchildren - Why They Fill My Heart Space

Grace Elizabeth is Five Today


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

What a fun trip! What was the Eurostar train ride like? We once flew to Paris from Ireland, but that was long before we had kids. We're living in the US again, but want to take the kids to London/Paris when they get older. What a fabulous day for everyone - it looks so magical!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi leahlefler, we all enjoyed Eurostar, it was very comfortable, quick and easy, we especially liked the fact there wasn't the long waiting times that you get with flying! It certainly is a magical place your kids will love it!

Many thanks for your comments, best wishes Lesley


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leahlefler 4 years ago from Western New York

My younger son informed me that we had to go to London yesterday. He told me, "I need to see the London Bridges." I think his preschool class has been singing the song, haha! Disneyland Paris looks like a lot of fun - we didn't go on our first trip, but we didn't have kids when we lived in Europe.


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello MM. I hope you are putting together what may be the best memories book ever assembled for these beautiful people that surround you in your life. Thanks for sharing this advneture with us.

I have carried in my wallent a picture of my youngest at Disneyland, California at about age three. Her smile is so big I was afraid her face might break.


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Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

Well done and a blessing to read... Did you ever think you may have collected several new grandchildren here. Look at us we are all waving at you... Pick us, pick us.

Hugs


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

Oh grandchildren they are my heart. I am so proud.. being a grandmother makes me the happiest grandmother.. I know how you feel.this HUB is awesome..

I VOTED WAY UP

BLESSING TODAY

DEBBIE


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi leahlefler, it's sounds as though a trip to London is on the cards then?! and it would be so easy to eurostar to Paris.... Good luck with that!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Mike, the photo of your daughter at Disneyland sounds so precious, I will never forget the expressions of sheer delight on the grandchildren's faces in this magical place. Yes I am surrounded by beautiful people and I have some wonderful memories, plenty to write about for a while!!

Many thanks for visiting and see you soon, take care Lesley


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epigramman 4 years ago

...well my friend and movie master making hub genius that you are - I hope all is well with you these days and I thoroughly enjoyed this hub experience with you - and it brought back some beautiful memories of my own with my mum and dad when I was a kid and we went (twice) to Disney World in Orlando, Florida .....

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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rolly, many thanks for stopping by and your great comments! take care, hugs and see you soon!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Debbie, isn't being a grandmother just the best?!!

Thank you so much for visiting, your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi epi, I am well thank you, your visit's always make me smile, it's always good to see you. How wonderful you went to Disney World twice with your mum and dad, they must be some very special memories...

Hugs and best wishes Lesley


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

You look so happy that I know you had a great time. Poor Cloverdale must still be very busy she would had a ball to be with you.

Voted Up and awesome, Joyce


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

What a wonderful trip and so many lovely photos to remember that awesome holiday.

I took my kids to Disneyland, LA twice and then my foster kids too. But I have never been to the one in Paris.

You would have had so much fun, brings out the big kid in us adults.

A fantastic hub


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anndavis25 4 years ago from Clearwater, Fl.

HI. Yes, grandparents are lucky. We get to watch the joy in their little eyes. I really do enjoy mine, and taking short trips with them. But gosh, I get so tired.

Lovely hub. I identify.


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teaches12345 4 years ago

What a great family of children you have and so fortunate to have you for a grandparent. It is always wonderful to see things through their eyes when visiting places like Disney. The Paris Disney looks simliar to the US parks. Glad you had a great time.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

Your Grandchildren are beautiful..I know they had a ball at Disney Land. The pictures were great..Thank you..


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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Reading this hub brought back some lovely memories. My hubby took us and our daughter there for our 10th wedding anniversary Your photos are really great as always and the children look so happy! It's a wonderful place if you're there with children.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Joyce, yes it was a shame Cloverleaf missed out on this one, we had the most fantastic time!

Many thanks for your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Rosemay, even as an adult you are swept up in that wonderful magical world of Disney, as I'm sure you found in Disneyland!! Thank you for your lovely comments, have a great weekend and take care, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ann, our trip to Disney was just for a long weekend, but it took Nick and I at least a week to recover! we were exhausted!! but we had a brilliant time and have some wonderful memories to treasure for always! Yes, being a grandparent is just fantastic:-)

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teaches12345, thank you for visiting and your comments, we are very fortunate to have such wonderful children, we are so proud of them and our super grandchildren are a constant joy!

Best wishes, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you Ruby, I think the children made the most of every minute we were there!

Many thanks for visiting and your comments, I hope you have a fabulous weekend!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Jools, it nice to see you, what a wonderful way to celebrate your wedding anniversary! thank you for visiting and your comments, have a wonderful weekend, best wishes Lesley


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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

I had never heard about Disney in Paris. But I love your report your trip in Disney with your grandchildren. I believe that this was unforgettable memories with your grandchildren. Wow.....you have wonderful photo collection from this trip. They all awesome and beautiful. Well done and rated up!

Prasetio


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi prasetio, it's always good to see you, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading about our trip to Disneyland, it was an unforgettable trip and we have some wonderful memories to treasure. Thank you for visiting, your comments and votes are always much appreciated, best wishes, Lesley


Derdriu 4 years ago

Lesley, What a delightful, enjoyable, fun trip this must have been! Your grandchildren are so photogenic, and the photographer is undoubtedly none other than the skilled, talented Movie Master. In particular, I liked the episodes of Sophie with Mary Poppins, Jake with the cars, and Princess Eve with the princesses.

Thank you for sharing, etc.,

Respectfully, and with best 2012 wishes to you, Nick and your families, Derdriu


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Vinaya Ghimire 4 years ago from Nepal

I'm always in loved with your photography. These pictures are beautiful, I felt like I was there.


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AliciaC 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

The children look so wonderfully happy, Lesley! I love the colors and the cheerful scenes in the photos. I can see that you had a great visit to Disneyland.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Lesley,

Thank you for sharing you wonderful memories of Disneyland Paris with your grandchildren. Love the pictures. Felt like I was there with you.

Jake, Eve and Sophie are absolutely adorable.

I have been to Disney World in Florida. My favourite ride was, "It's a Small World."

Voted up up and away!

Best wishes :-)

Sue


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Derdriu, thank you for your very kind comments, they are much appreciated, it certainly was a fun trip!

Best wishes also to you and your family for 2012, take care, Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Vinaya, thank you for visiting, I'm so pleased you enjoyed reading about our trip and the photos, it's always good to see you, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Alicia, it certainly is a very colourful and magical place to visit! We had so much fun! Thank you for your comments and enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Sue, we also went on the ride 'it's a small world' the song was playing as we drifted along in the boat, it's a catchy tune and it was playing in my head for days after!! Great memories!

Thank you for your comments and votes, best wishes Lesley


Buzz Lightyear Fan 4 years ago

Great work as always Movie Master! Like others who have commented I too love your photos, I wish I could take such good pictures!

Thanks for sharing your lovely experience, it's as if I was there with you!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Buzz, you must be a Disney fan! glad to hear you enjoyed your virtual visit and many thanks for your comments, best wishes.


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

Hi Lesley,

I remember reading your hub, "daughter's secret" that was such a beautiful surprise. Was delighted to see the pictures of your grandchildren and experience their joy.

Loved it! thanks for sharing! voted up as beautiful


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Criysto 4 years ago from United States

Seems like a great time!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruchira, yes this was my 2nd trip to Disneyland, that was so nice you remembered 'my daughters secret'

We had a fantastic time, to see the joy on the grandchildrens faces was just wonderful!

Thank you for visiting, your lovely comments and votes they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi criysto, Many thanks for visiting and your comments, yes we had a fantastic time! enjoy your day! best wishes.


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sofs 4 years ago

Beautiful hub and beautifully expressed sentiments. It is such a treat to see such happiness on the faces of your loved ones... I guess being with grandchildren makes it even more special... My mom goes nuts when she is with mine.. :)


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi sofs, it was a dream of mine to take the grandchildren to Disneyland and see the excited looks on their faces, I never really thought it would ever happen, it was simply wonderful! I know how your mom feels being a grandparent is so special!

Many thanks for your comments, enjoy your day and take care, best wishes Lesley


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Om Paramapoonya 4 years ago

What a cute hub! The photos are great, and your grandkids look adorable. Thanks so much for sharing your lovely experience with us.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi OP, it's nice to see you thank you for stopping by, I'm so glad you enjoyed this and I think my grandchildren are adorable too!!!

Many thanks, best wishes and take care, Lesley


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

oh wow...lesley this was your second trip..boy! you are re-living your childhood days :))

wishing you lots more stress-free days by going on such fun fun trips...Cheers!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ruchira, I am beginning to think I am never going to grow up!!

Given half the chance I'd go again - it was so much fun.

Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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Tracy Lynn Conway 4 years ago from Virginia, USA

This sounds like the trip of a lifetime and all of the kids seem to be at just the right age to go. My Grandmother took me to Disney Land in California when I was a child and it remains a fond memory for me. I loved your descriptions of your Grandchildren and the opportunity of taking the trip vicariously through your photos and words. Your pleasure of spending time with your Grandchildren touches my heart. Voted up!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Tracy, I think this trip will be a very special memory I will treasure always,it was a 'one off' brilliant fun!

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, best wishes Lesley


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thelyricwriter 4 years ago from West Virginia

Voted up and across the board MM. Love the pics! I was watching the Cake Boss and they went on the Disney cruise this past episode. I realized that a visit here is a once in a lifetime chance, opportunity. I would love to take my babies there some day. I am glad you all had a ball, wonderful memories. Worth every second.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Ricky, I hope you get to Disney land with your children one day, it is a memorable experience - so much fun!

Thank you for stopping by and your comments, take care, Lesley


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

How fun and what gorgeous grandchildren. Great photos here...makes me wish I were there with Mickey and Co. LOL

Voted up and I'm going to link this one to my grandkids hub. :) Thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Denise, thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments and votes, I'm so pleased you enjoyed the photos and many thanks for the link, best wishes Lesley


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vocalcoach 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

This wonderful hub brought back memories of the time I went with my grandchildren to Disney land . It was great fun and I think my son Todd enjoyed it the most, Thank you for brininging me back to this joyous occasion.

good times! Your grandchildren are just so cute. Voted up!


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Audrey, wonderful happy memories for you...

It's a special place - I know I will treasure the memories always:-)

Many thanks for your comments and votes, have a lovely weekend, best wishes Lesley


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debbie roberts 4 years ago from Greece

Hi Movie Master, reading your hub reminded me of when we surprised the children with a Christmas trip to Disneyland Paris a few years ago. It was a very special time for us too. Your Grandchildren were just the right age to appreciate it. I found it more magical and special than I expected

I loved the hub, it brought back some good memories and I can't wait to do it again one day. Thank you for sharing....


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi debbie, yes I too was surprised how much I enjoyed the magic of Disney! I'm glad it bought back some special memories for you.

Thank you for visiting and your comments, they are much appreciated, best wishes Lesley


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mary615 4 years ago from Florida

What a delightful Hub you created about your trip to Disney with the Granchildren! I love taking mine to different places, too. Goodnight.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mary, isn't it great being a grandparent! time spent with them is so special:-)

Many thanks for stopping by and your comments, take care and see you soon, best wishes Lesley


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dipsmi 4 years ago from Plymouth, Minnisota

lovely hub! made me remember my fun days with my grandparents.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi dipsmi, thank you for stopping by and your lovely comments, glad it bought back some lovely memories for you.

Have a great weekend, take care Lesley


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GlstngRosePetals 4 years ago from Wouldn't You Like To Know

Very nice pics. It looks like everyone was having lots of fun. I would love to go to Disneyland again with my children. Thanks for sharing.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi GlstngRosePetals, we had a fantastic time, like you I would love to go again - maybe we will one day!

Thank you for your comments, best wishes Lesley


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old albion 2 years ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Lesley. This lovely hub reminds me of the trips and fun we had with our grandson many years ago now. Before innocence is lost the world is a wonderful place to be and to join him in his innocent world though briefly, was always a welcome treat for us. Your happiness is apparent in your lovely hub. Well done.

voted up and all.

Graham.


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Graham, not only is being a grandparent very special - I agree 'their' world is pretty special too!!

Thank you so much for visiting and your votes too, I hope all is well with you, take care Lesley

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