DLP Trip Report – October 2016, Day 2 Fall Dapper Day

We were up bright and early preparing for the day ahead before making our way down to breakfast and meeting some more friends. Scott, Kate and Jessica were joining us for my first Dapper day. Breakfast was filling and enjoyable, just what I needed to start the day. The weather forecast was looking good too, a huge contrast from the day before. I had visions of us looking like drowned rats in our lovely dresses. I was dapper bounding as Minnie Mouse, it was only natural as I was there with the majority of the Disneybound UK admin team who were also Disneybounding on Dapper day.

When all 11 of us arrived at the Park, extra magic hours was almost over but we managed to get a meet in with Goofy and Pluto before then. We hadn’t planned on meeting many characters on Dapper day because we had scheduled meet ups to attend. I didn’t really know what to expect but I decided to just go with the flow. The first meet up that we attended was located in Adventure Isle. Unfortunately it all seemed a little chaotic due to the size of the group and how busy the park was getting, however we had time to admire everyone’s outfits and gather for various sets of photos before swiftly moving off.

Not really knowing what to do to pass the time between the next meet-up, we wandered around and stumbled upon Maleficent, her queue wasn’t too long so we decided to wait. I was in and out of that photo like a flash, I didn’t want to out-stay my welcome in case she put a spell on me. She already looked like she had a mood on and I didn’t want to make it any worse.Also in-between Dapper day meets we watched the Villains show ‘It’s good to be bad’ to try to work out a plan of action to get Jess a photo with Dr. Facilier as she was dapper bounding as him. We managed it on our second attempt and she had such an amazing character interaction with him. Now we had an idea of how best to meet the characters during the show we were going to head there the next day and try and meet more villains. I have never known something so stressful though, it was basically a scrum and you were lucky if the characters picked you.We stopped to refuel on Hakuna Fries for lunch before our joint Disneybound UK and Disneybound France meet that was scheduled to take part at Phantom Manor. Unfortunately we had to scrap that plan when we saw that the queue was backed up right to the gates and the surrounding area was bustling. I don’t think I’d ever seen it like that before. We had to try to make the most of it and just grab a corner where we could take more photos.

Most of the Disneybound UK admin team

By now I was starting to wonder if Dapper day was really worth it. The park was over-crowded and it all seemed a little unorganised despite the release of the meet times prior to the event. There was a lot of standing about waiting for nothing in particular but I loved the fact that we could dress up and go all out for the day. I had always wanted to wear a 50’s style dress and this was the perfect occasion. We all felt fabulous and important as strangers stopped us for photos.

My favourite meet of all was at the carousel in Fantasy Land. There was enough Dapper day attendees to do two rotations. Everyone was very excited and it was more atmospheric. We all gave a big cheer at the end of the ride and then went off to ride the teacups which was a little difficult in such a big puffy dress. The weather had shaped up to be glorious, something I hadn’t expected in the middle of October.Hopefully one day Dapper day in Disneyland Paris will become nearly as big as california and WDW with an Expo or evening meet/party. It seems to be growing all the time so we will see what future years will bring. All in all I had a lovely day and I’m currently looking forward to Spring Dapper Day.


DLP Trip Report – October 2016, Day 1

My friends and I had had this trip booked for months. It was Dapper day weekend so planning had been slightly more intense. On the morning of Friday the 14th of October I made my way to meet Leanne at Ebbsfleet to catch the Eurostar. I normally set off from London St Pancras so I was interested to see what this station was like. Distance was roughly the same and check in was so much more relaxed and not as busy as it normally is at St Pancras. I grabbed a hot chocolate and a cookie once we had reached departures and we just chilled out until our train was called. Thankfully there were no delays and it felt like we reached our destination in no time at all due to our excitement being a distraction.

We arrived at about 3pm and went straight to left luggage to put our bags in and meet Louise who had travelled my mega bus and had already spent a good 8 hours in the park. I hadn’t been to DLP in the Halloween season before but I had experienced it at WDW last year so I was intrigued to see how it differed. I was completely blown away by the decorations and my voice became annoyingly high-pitched and squeaky while I took in the sights for the first time. After I had composed myself we had a wander around until we found our first character meet which was Goofy in his Halloween gear. I love meeting the characters in different outfits and I knew this trip would be full of them. Goofy was a complete gent despite teasing us with sweets.

After travelling, we were quite hungry so we decided to try somewhere that we hadn’t eaten before. I had heard that Au Chalet de la Marionette Restaurant did a nice veggie bagel burger which I’d found out to be true after tasting it. This is a counter service restaurant, reasonably priced and nicely themed (Pinocchio) set in Fantasy Land. It’s one that I would definitely recommend. If you like apple Strudel this is the place to be. After refuelling we were ready to meet Ariel at the Princess Pavillion who remembered us from meeting her twice on our last trip in our disneybound outfits. She was totally adorable.On our list of must see characters was Jack Skellington so we headed of to his designated spot near Phantom Manor. It was my first encounter with him and I found him to be a real charmer. As we were in the area it would be rude not to ride Phantom Manor which was rapidly becoming one of my favourite attractions at DLP.

Time was getting on and we had met up with Rachelle and Stephanie who were joining us for the weekend. There was a big group of us this time. The weather had been turning really miserable so we decided to hit the shops in Main Street to escape it and meet Sarah-Louise. I’d made a mental note of all things that I wanted to buy before leaving on Monday just to make sure I’d have enough money for the rest of the weekend.Despite the weather, we managed to stick around for Dreams before collecting our suitcases and making the conveniently short bus journey to the Kyriad hotel. Another first for me as I hadn’t stayed at this hotel before. I had only heard good things from my friends who had stayed there several times before which suited their budget trips perfectly.

Check-in was painless considering that Jess who had originally booked it hadn’t arrived yet (we had two rooms between us). It had been amusingly decorated to fit in with Disney’s Halloween season. It was nice to see that they had gone to some effort even if it did look like they had raided a pound shop. The room was clean but very basic and the bed (the most important feature in my opinion) was very comfortable.

When Jess and Amy had eventually arrived it was time for me to crash (the next day was going to be busy so I needed all the sleep I could get) but some of the girls hadn’t eaten so the Kyriad staff gave them a number to order pizza which they found very helpful as they didn’t fancy anything from the vending machine. Everyone went to sleep happy.

DLP Trip Report, June 2016 Day 2

A comfortable nights sleep was had by all so no complaints about the beds. We were all up by 6am getting our Disneybounds ready. It was my first time Disneybounding so I was excited for the day ahead. My chosen bound for the day was Mary Poppins and with Jess being Bert, it was the perfect collaboration. Louise chose to be Anna and Leanne was Ariel.

During our continental breakfast we discussed our plans for extra magic hours. It’s always good to have a game plan. While going through security we were stopped by one of the guards who voiced his concerns about our outfits. He was worried that we would be mistaken for the real Burt and Mary to which Jess replied ‘do you think I look like a man?’ but he just ignored her comment. He then went on to say that he will let us through but we will only be turned away at the parks.

We had nothing to worry about because they gladly let us in through the main entrance without any questions and we received so many lovely compliments from cast members and the public alike. It became a real conversation starter and we made so many people smile.

We sneaked in a few character meets to start with including Goofy and Pluto who insisted I dance with them and Mickey and Minnie who were just adorable. We then hopped on one of the vehicles that takes you along Main Street USA and up to the castle which I hadn’t done before. Next on our agenda was the Wonderland characters. We met the Queen of Hearts who was extremely bossy but she didn’t fail to make me laugh.


By this time we had hoped that Burt and Mary may have appeared so we went to find out. They were nowhere to be seen so we waited on one of the benches near the band stand to rest our legs. We had clocked up a fair few miles in the last couple of days and was starting to feel it.

Eventually Mary emerged without Burt. We got our photos but asked the character attendant if Burt would be out at all but he told us that he wouldn’t be. It was just our luck as we had been monitoring their meets online and discovered that most days they were out together, occasionally with the penguins which would have made an amazing photo. But we weren’t going to let it get to us, it just meant that we had to get Burt’s attention during the parade.

Before heading over to the studio park to see who was out we stopped for ice cream at Gibson Girl. We found Aladdin and Jasmine walking around. It was lucky we caught them as they were walking so fast. Woody was over in Toon Town so we couldn’t pass up a photo with him, plus he gives good hugs.

After not having much luck with characters in the studio park we went back to the Disneyland park for a late lunch in Belle Notte. We chose the Mickey pizza from the children’s menu because it had to be done. With that I got a small bag of cherry tomatoes and a small pot of ice cream (choice of ice cream or yoghurt).

We secured a spot on the parade route about 45 minutes before it started. We like to get there early so we’ve got the best view for photos. When the parade started we received some great interactions from the characters with us being in our Disneybound outfits. They were all very impressed with us, especially Burt who we managed to catch the attention of. He made a right fuss of us calling us beautiful before posing for a selfie with Jess. I got a high five from Tigger and Anna gestured to Louise that she join her on the float. It was all very funny and we loved it.

After the parade we went for something sweet at the Boardwalk Candy Palace where I purchased a chocolate Mickey meringue which I highly recommend. We went on some rides to pass the time (including our daily dose of Phantom Manor and Pirates of the Caribbean) before attempting the Princess Pavillion queue. It was a 60 minute wait which was doable. We found that the later you leave it, the shorter the wait. We got in half an hour before it closed and met Merida. She loved our outfits and got us to do a pose that reflected the characters that we were bounding as. We finished the evening off with Dinner at Earl of sandwich again and reminisced about how great the day was.