St Patrick's Day in Disneyland Paris meant an early morning meeting with Pluto - Pluto knew the NSLM well by now and spent a long time playing with him ... and checking out his beard .... Murray was really excited at being a Leprechaun for the day! Pluto and Murray became the 'best of friends'! and Eeyore was wonderful too! and then Chip and Dale (or Tic et Tac) depending on whether you speak English or French - were great at entertaining the NSLM. Tic et Tac were 'real characters' in the hotel and were full of mischief particularly at dinner in the hotel chasing Donald Duck around the tables! Then it was into the Park to meet Minnie in her special green outfit for St Patrick's Day! There was a long queue to meet Minnie here but with his special assistance pass - the NSLM got to meet her straight away (and she was very nice to him!)and then it was over to meet Mickey Mouse in his 'green' outfit!The parade on St Patrick's Day always has a special 'pre-parade' with Mickey and Minnie! and this year ... the Murray Pipe Band! Yes, the band was the Murray Pipe Band and the NSLM was so amazed and excited to see them! Look Mom, did you see that! They are called MURRAY!! DUG and himself loved watching the parade (or parades!!) For over the few days they were there - the NSLM insisted on watching every parade, every time! Being able to go in the Disabled Access Area to watch the parade means that the NSLM gets to see the parade without too many people crowding around him - which makes a big difference. Apart from the parades and the characters the NSLM loved all the rides - Thunder Mountain is his favourite now - after years of 'It's a small world' .... and he insisted on going on it many times ... with his hat on and with his Dad holding DUG! but he also still loves the Magic Kingdom rides so there was lots of Flying Elephants and Teacups as well! In front of the castle on St Patrick's Day there is always a bit of traditional Irish dancing ....and the NSLM's sister was great at getting up and dancing with them! Murray would have none of it but he did watch and cheer on his sister! She was great helping the little ones with their Irish dancing! and finally at the end of evening - a green fireworks display!St Patrick's Day in Disneyland Paris was a lot of fun and excitment. Murray loves spending a few days there every year - yes, the family have been there for the past eight years for St Patrick's Day - which may seem crazy and a touch over indulgent! But for the sheer delight and pleasure that the NSLM gets from being there and meeting all the characters his Mom and Dad feel it is well worth it!
Going in March is actually 'off season' so a lot cheaper than the summer months. Having all the characters in the hotel for breakfast and dinner means that the NSLM gets to meet all his favourite characters as many times as he wants. He is so excited and happy to meet them all particularly Pluto - and yes, he still believes they are all 'real'.
Having the Special Assistance Pass means he gets to access all the rides with more ease and less waiting times. He also gets to view the parades with more ease from the Disabled Viewing Areas and most of all Disneyland cannot be beaten for their great empathy, friendliness and assistance to those with special needs. Murray may want to live there .... his Mom just wishes lots of other places were as 'special needs' friendly as Disney!
Okay, that is all the Disney photos we are going to inflict on everyone - it will be back to a resumption of normal services tomorrow ....