I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we went to Disneyland Paris. The Disney blues are very real. This was my 4th trip to Disneyland Paris but our first time going for Magical Pride.
We went from Thursday 19th – Sunday 22nd October, which was great as our 4 year anniversary is on the 20th so we got to celebrate it in our favourite place and our good friends Jade and Becca met us there to celebrate this amazing long weekend.
I first came across Magical Pride on twitter, checked out their website and that day decided we wanted to go. Now if you haven’t heard of Magical Pride before, let me explain. Magical Pride is an LGBTQI+ event, hosted by Manchester Pride for lovers of all things disney in the LGBTQI+ community with friends and family. It is now in its 4th year running and spans over 4 days. After looking into the previous Magical Pride trips, the event seems to get bigger and better each year. The package is very reasonable for what you get included.
On Thursday we met the Magical Pride team around 3pm (but they were there until 6pm) to give everyone plenty of time to make their travels to Disneyland. We met at the Earl of Sandwich in Disney Village, where we got our wrist band, itinerary and Magical Pride bag & t-shirt for the weekend. The package includes park tickets for Friday and Saturday, however you can add on extra tickets for Thursday and Sunday, Jade and Becca didn’t have these tickets so we decided to use Thursday afternoon to spend some time in the Disney Village as there is plenty to do there, we went shopping in the World of Disney, went to the arcade and had a drink at King Ludwig’s.
At 7pm we met the rest of the Magical Pride group (which was around 300 of us) at Planet Hollywood for a 3 course welcome dinner, disney quiz and raffle. It was a brilliant night and the food was delicious. We didn’t win at the quiz but still had a blast, there was an introduction from the Magical Pride team and a rundown of the plans for the weekend, again this meal was included in the package.
Friday morning we went for breakfast, enjoyed a cuppa tea and a croissant then headed into Magic Kingdom. Magical Pride had no scheduled plans for Friday day time, we had the freedom to go where we wanted at our own pace, for those on their own there were opportunities throughout the day to meet at a ride, get a fast pass and hang out with the rest of the magical pride gang. With so many people in the group, it’s a great opportunity to meet other gay people and make friends.
Come Friday night, was when the real magic started, the pinnacle moment of this trip was the party. The studios park closed at 6pm for guests and re-opened from 9pm-1am exclusively for us. As you walk inside the Front Lot there were tables lined down each side of the main walk way, full of bottles of alcohol and champagne glasses, the studios had left Tower of Terror, Aerosmith Rocking Rollercoaster and Crush’s Coaster open just for us, which was fantastic, we felt like proper VIP’s walking onto each ride. There were even meet and greets with some of the characters, we were lucky enough to meet Mr & Mrs Incredible and Mickey & Minnie mouse, it was a fantastic opportunity to spend a bit more time with the characters and really interact with them without feeling pressured by the rest of the guests queuing behind you.
The night was pumping thanks to Dj Brice who was playing inside the Front Lot, his music was blaring out of the speakers throughout the park so no matter where you were in the park you could still have a boogie to Justin Bieber.
Tower of terror was lit up with rainbow projections, which could be seen from the Disney Village. When we first walked in I won’t lie I did feel quite emotional, the big gay inside me just melted thinking this is all for us. I love being gay!
After 2 hours the rides closed and the rest of the night continued inside. What’s better than a room full of gays dancing and singing their hearts out to Britney Spears and Spice Girls? It truly was a night to remember.
Saturday morning started a little later than usual, but partying until 1am had done us in. We were rested and ready for another day of magic. Once again there wasn’t too much planned for the day so we could get around and go on the rides we hadn’t yet been on.
After another fantastic day in the parks we made our way to Sleeping Beauty’s castle at around 9pm for our VIP viewing area for the firework and projection spectacle; Disney’s Illuminations, we had the best view in the park and once again this was all included in the package. The show took my breathe away and tears were shed (by Steph).
After the show it was back to Planet Hollywood for the final part of the Magical Pride fun, with hours of karaoke and drinks. There was a proposal, a lot of photos and a goodbye speech by the Magical Pride organizers.
Sunday was time to say goodbye to Disneyland Paris for another year, buy our last souvenir’s, squeeze in a couple more rides and make our way to the airport.
It’s safe to say Steph and I had the time of our lives, it was great to share this incredible trip with our friends and make some lovely memories together. We came home sad it was all over but in awe of the wonderful time we’d had. The count down has already started for next year! I could not recommend this weekend enough to people and can’t wait for next year. Thank you Magical Pride.
Steph and I are uploading a 5 part series of vlogs of our trip to disneyland and magical pride onto our youtube channel, we would love for you to take a look: Disney Pride Vlog