Monday, 9 April 2012

Our Family Holiday to Tancrou and Disneyland Paris

We have just enjoyed a wonderful week long stay in a small village called Tancrou near Paris. I won the Travelizer blogger competition earlier in the year which  funded our stay. We stayed in a gite which is part of a working goats' cheese farm, which was so quintessentially French with its spiral stone staircase, exposed beams and open fireplace.  The grounds were beautiful with grassed areas enclosed by old stone walls.  Lizards scurried across the rocks.  It was idyllic and a place where Freddy could play to his heart's content.

France, gite, holidays

The weather was as gorgeous as our accommodation with glorious sunshine that warmed the air into the evening.  It couldn't have been better.  We felt very blessed.

France, gite, cottages for you, Tancrou

Every morning we visited the goats from the farm who were full of character and eager for attention.  The kids loved them and named a few of them!  We sampled the cheese made on site and it was delicious.

goat, smiling animals, goats cheese, chevre

We enjoyed days of peace and tranquillity at the gite.  This was exactly what we all needed, recharging our batteries for the next part of our holiday.  

family, holidays, France

In the middle of our relaxing time we spent two much longed for fun-filled days at Disneyland Paris.  It was just a half an hour's drive from our gite.  As we approached we caught site of the Disney balloon that floats high above the Lake.  We stayed at the Sequoia Hotel which was fabulous and just a short walk from the gates to the Disney magic!

Freddy discovered the joy of Disney and loved the rides.  He kept saying "I'm so excited!" and grinning broadly!  His favourite ride was the Buzz Lightyear ride where he got to 'shoot aliens with space power!'  We went on it several times!  

excitement, toddler, Disneyland, Freddy

We spent the second day at Walt Disney Studios.  The new Tower of Terror ride was absolutely brilliant and something for us grown-ups to enjoy.  We were immersed into the world of The Twilight Zone being transported to the heady heights of the tower overlooking the parks with an awesome view,  before plummeting down weightlessly.

Disneyland, Walt Disney Studios

The parades were full of the joys of Disney.  Amazing floats, colourful characters, dancing, music and razzmatazz!  The Stars in Cars parade included characters onboard lovely old vehicles.  It was glorious!

Disneyland, Disney

  The  20th Birthday Spectacular finale was out of this world.  The castle was transformed into scenes from Disney films using a combination of lasers, projections, pyrotechnics, water fountains and fireworks. The kids were wide eyed with wonder.  It was completely amazing what they did...and I was literally in tears by the end because it was so beautiful!

Disneyland, fireworks, Spectacular

The Disney experience was not perfect.  Almost all the restaurants were shut meaning that everyone who wanted to buy lunch ended up trying to buy it at the same time and the same place.  We literally queued for an hour and a half in a roasting hot and crowded place to buy some pizza, fries and drinks which cost over 50 Euros!  Outrageous!  Also the toilets struggled to cope with the capacity of people in the park and they ended up overflowing and having half hour queues...tricky when you have a toddler!  But somehow the magic of Disney overshadowed any negatives.

Overall, the Disney experience was magical.  The rides, meeting the characters, going to a Character Tea Party and watching the parades was amazing.  After two days we were utterly exhausted and glad to return to our tranquil gite to recover for a few days before the long journey home!

Disneyland Paris, Disney's 20th Birthday,

Thanks to Travelizer for this wonderful prize.


  1. It sounds like you had a fab time! Love the photo's x

  2. The gite looks gorgeous. Shame about the food and toilets in Disney not very forward thinking of them x

  3. Hayley_sparkle9 April 2012 at 17:55

    Hope you got to enjoy lots of lovely goat's cheese - my mouth is actually watering at the prospect

  4. MakeshiftMummy9 April 2012 at 20:44

    Oh I soooo need a holiday. though the last time I went to Disneyland Paris (ok the ONLY time I went) I was 18 and I got mightily offended that Micky Mouse and a very florecant Orange tigger wouldn't sign my autograph book but signed a baby younger than 6 months! who is going to remember it more? hmm, hmm? lol Not bitter or anything. Your accommodation looks lush hun xx

  5. the gite sounds lovely I would love to visit france like that and those goats are great :) Glad you all had a nice time at Disney all be it the quese for food n toilets weren't that great!

  6. Sounds like you had a fabulous time, really lovely family holiday. I've been to EuroDisney twice, once when I was about 16 or so and once about 10 years ago. I actually think it's incredibly over-rated, UNLESS you have young kids who you can feel the magic through. The toilets and food are severly lacking. Saying all that, I want to save up and take The Boy there for Christmas in a few years, so guess I'll have to grin and bear it!

    Love your blog redesign btw.

  7. Wow, that farm experience sounds great the the location. Amazing!

  8. I agree with your comment that you all needed a holiday and your stay in
    Tancrou sounds just the sort of place to enjoy peace and tranquility and
    then, of course, the excitement of Disneyland, Paris. I couldn't be more
    pleased that you all had such a fabulous time. By the way, the pics are fabulous.

  9. You have got a very nice experience during your trip. I would also like to make some fun with my family. But i am still confused that for which holiday place i have to go.

  10. Izza BabyWheels21 May 2012 at 17:34

    Thanks for sharing your Disney adventure. Me personally have a great Disney Land experience. My family really had a lot of fun while we where there. Especially when we visit the Visiting theme parks.



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