01/03/2014 – 04/03/2014
Another year, another ICT conference at Disneyland Paris. Most people would get board of doing the same trip every year, not me though. Every March I take a group of Sixth Form students to the Euro Study Tours ICT Live! Conference hosted by Disneyland Paris. It never gets boring. You can’t turn down a free trip to Disneyland Paris every year can you? This short trip report will give you a little look at how I travelled to DLP and what I done when I got there. Fasten your seatbelt here we go!
The coach left the Sixth Form at 3PM. I had a 15 hour coach journey ahead of me so I made sure I had enough to entertain and feed me for the grouping journey. My goody bag contained enough crisps, chocolate and cookies to feed the whole coach and the same could be said about my entertainment options. An iPad, iPod, iPhone and a good old fashioned book were needed to help the time go by. Luckily I had also packed a USB charger pack to help power all this electrical goodness.The coach journey was fine. Every year I endure it, it seems to go by quicker. Stops and service stations and the channel tunnel help to break up the journey. I also managed to sleep for a couple of hours.
After travelling throughout the night we arrived at the Hotel Cheyenne at around 9AM. We didn’t have access to our hotel rooms until 5PM so we stored our bags at the hotel. After the usual teacher safety talk I sent the students off on their way to explore the magical world of Disneyland Paris. The rest of the day was now mine to enjoy.
I am closer age wise to my students than my colleague who supported me on this years trip so I decided (with her permission) to tag along with the lads this year. They all knew of my interest in Disneyland Paris so were happy for me to lead the way. We set off straight to Disneyland Park, walking quickly through Disney Village and though security. Once in the park I checked www.dlpwaits.com to see what the attraction wait times were like. Space Mountain was the shortest of the “thrill rides” so off to Discoveryland we walked. A few of the students were scared of Space Mountain but they were even worse when we got in the queue for the Tower of Terror.
We spent most of day two in Disneyland Park riding, Pirates, Phantom Manor, Buzz and Space Mountain a few more times. We also ran over to Walt Disney Studios to ride Aerosmith and the Tower of Terror. Food for the day was a hot dog from Casey’s Corner. Both parks were busy but as the sky was blue and the sun was out we had fun walking around taking in the scenery.
At 5PM we collected our bags and checked in. That evening me and my collogue eat at Planet Hollywood. I don’t like change and love their starters and chicken. Also I will be sampling the delights of the other restaurants when I visit again in May with my family so now is the time to have what I know I like. After our meal we wandered though the arcade to Casey’s Corner where we would position ourselves for Disney Dreams.
This was the second time I had seen Dreams an although I loved it especially the new scenes it didn’t have the same WOW factor. Nothing is every the same as the first time though is it? It was really cold that night and we just made it back to the hotel in one piece. I checked the students in a got ready for bed. We had to be up at 6 to get ready for the conference!
Part 2 coming soon…