It is true, I am one of those gay stereotypes…I love Disney!!! I’ve been brought up on Disney since I can remember, and as I grew up (unfortunately, I was no Peter Pan), I continued to watch and love the films. But, shock horror, I’ve never been to a Disneyland Park! *give a stern look towards my mum!
A few years back, while at Manchester Pride, we came across a stand promoting Magical Pride and I wanted to go, but life just got in the way.
A couple of months ago, during one of our infamous ‘Chippy Tuesday’, we started to discuss Magical Pride and the next thing we were all agreeing to book to attend it this year.
What is Magical Pride
Magical Pride is organised by Manchester Pride, and is ‘a celebration of all things Disney with the sparkle of Pride’.
It’s a four days (three nights) event, of Disney fun, meeting like-minded people from the LGBT+ community, and their allies, from around the world.
We arrived on Thursday and stayed at the Wild West meets Toy Story inspired Hotel Cheyenne. Which was more a little village, than a hotel. This is one of the cheaper hotels in the park, but it doesn’t really matter as it’s just a place to sleep at the end of the day.
Well, as long as you can live with the fact the hallway looks like Toy Story and The Shining did a crossover movie. Or, Woody and Bullseye staring at you while you sleep! The is perfectly fine.
We were also placed in the ‘Butch Cassidy’ building. The irony wasn’t lost on us!
During the day, you are free to do whatever you want, although there are organised meet-ups to do some activities, they weren’t compulsory. During the evening, meals and events were put on to keep you entertained.
During the evening
The first evening was a meal and a quiz at Planet Hollywood. Let’s just say that I wont be choosing Disney as my specialist subject on Mastermind!
The second evening was an Oscars inspired meal, which included a special visit from Mickey Mouse himself, causing a room full of ‘adults’ to become little kids again. The night ended with a showing of Frozen, it wasn’t something that I fancied watching as it just seems to have been over-commercialised now, so we decided to stay in the other room and socialise/drink alcohol.
The final evening was watching Disney Illuminations before heading to Planet Hollywood to finish the night off with more socialising and karaoke. Don’t worry, I didn’t sing. I wouldn’t want to make people’s ears bleed. Although, I did better at the socialising (and drinking) bit!
During the day
The day’s activities were split between the two parks, Walt Disney Studios and Disneyland Park. As we were staying at the theme park hotels, we are giving extra magic time on the park, before it was open to the rest of the public.
The Friday we spent it at Walt Disney Studios. The plan was to ease the husby into the bigger rides (as he isn’t a fan of rollercoasters), but instead we threw caution to the wind and went straight to Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster and Tower of Terror.
Apart from the, not being entirely happy with the plan, we got him on both of them…twice! That’s because the first time, he decided to keep his eyes closed throughout the ride. Nothing to do with the fact they were good rides and we wanted to do them again or to put the husby through the ordeal again…honest!
The latest ride to open at Disneyland Paris, is Ratatouille. This is a 4D experience ride, and I absolutely loved it. I’m surprised it has taken Disneyland Paris 11 years to add this ride to the park. I mean, the film is based in Paris, you’d think it would of happened sooner.
For Saturday, we decided to spend the majority of the day in Disneyland Park as we had VIP Fastpasses and the majority of the rides were here.
There is something Magical about entering the park, regardless of being a kid or and an adult, looking down Main Street and seeing Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in the distance. To top it off, the whole park was decorated for Halloween.
Unlike the day before, we started off on a slow ride, Peter Pan’s Flight. Even with the extra magic time, the queue was already over ½ hour long, but with our VIP we were able to jump to the front of the queue.
If I am totally honest, if I queued for this ride, I would be disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, but not enough to queue for over 30 mins.
After that we headed to Discoveryland to get some of our thrills. The first two rides was Star Tours and Star Wars Hyperspace Mountain. For someone who isn’t a fan of the franchise, I can confirm the rides are better than the films. Even if one of them was in French (go figure)!
We got to go on all the rides that we wanted (sometimes twice), and even got to watch a couple of the shows. I did want to watch the parade, but my hip was playing up and I was struggling to walk/stand (yep, I am getting old), so I went back to the hotel for a rest before watching the illuminations.
The Magical Pride group were placed in a VIP section directly opposite the castle. I have to be honest, the view was amazing! We could watching the whole thing without people in front of us. I wasn’t really sure what to expect from the show, but it was freaking amazing!!!
What did I think of Magical Pride?
For my first time at both Disneyland Paris and Magical Pride, I have to say that the whole thing was…well, magical!!!. Collectively, they both made such a memorable holiday.
We met some really nice people throughout the 4 days. Some we chatted to every night, some were just through the night or in the park. The majority of the people that we spoke to were lovely and friendly.
There was only one group whom I didn’t particularly gel with, but that was because they thought that they were better than everyone else. One night we heard them bitching about other people at the event, saying that they themselves were a 10, and everyone else was a 6! Hunny, if you really were a 10 you wouldn’t need to fill your face with fillers! As the saying goes ‘you can cover a shit in glitter, it’s still a shit!’
The only difference that I would make next time, is go to some of the meet-ups during the day with the Magical Pride group, as I feel that this is a good way to chat with other people. There was a lot of people there, and I didn’t speak to a lot of them.