I remember the first time I went to Disneyland Paris, I was 10, my (annoying) brother and parents were there too. I remember the first time I saw the gates of this huge park, I thought “oh my god, this is going to be the greatest day of my life!”. I remember running after Mickey, pushing the other kids in the hope of getting an autograph.
If you are a kid, Disneyland is the best place to be because you’ve got the chance to meet your favourite characters in real, be the hero of your own movie for a day and go on some really cool rides. When you grow up, well, it’s not the same, if nothing has changed over there, you had and you don’t see things the way you did before.
When I went back to Disneyland Paris a few years ago at the age of 20, I realised that if it wasn’t the most magical place in the world anymore, it might be the best place to meet people and especially from abroad. Is there a better way to engage in a conversation while queuing for hours in front of Space Mountain or Indiana Jones entrances? (and sometimes in really awful conditions such as heavy rain or snow!) You’re right, there isn’t. 🙂
Coming from Spain, Germany, Greece, China or the States just to name few, there are people from everywhere who just flight to Paris to experience the “Mickey Mouse” life. More than a theme park, Disneyland offers you the opportunity to listen to some foreign stories, open your mind to other cultures and if you are lucky, learn few words in different languages than yours. So if i have an advice to give you, book your tickets now and take off to one of the Disney parks tomorrow…
… because when was the last time you made foreign friends in an unusual place?