20 March 2010

Celebrating St Patrick's Day in Disneyland Paris ....

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 ....

- Clive


  1. How khool to see how happy Murray gets to see all of the special furiends!

    We do hope he enjoyed seeing the video of me showing off my khard and shamrokhk bandanna!

    The pikhs have been khwite pawesome but Merdie and I do miss seeing your handsome self!

    Khyra & Khousin Merdie

  2. Woof! Woof! GREAT Photos ... FUN way to celebrate St. Patty's Day. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

  3. What fun! That's great about the Special Assistance pass. It's wonderful when people are so helpful...makes the world a better place for all!

  4. Disneyland is so magical. Sounds like you captured all the moments - what fun. Glad you had such a great time! Love the bear! Indeed so great when people are helpful.

  5. Wow, Disneyland Paris is amazing. Y'all are so lucky. My Mommy would love to move us all to France. It looks like y'all had a lot of fun.
    Sally Ann

  6. Mom agrees, Disneyland is wonderful for how they treat those with special needs. Dad has several younger brothers through adoption who have special needs and they were sent to the one in Florida through the Make A Wish Foundation. We're glad the NSLM had such a wonderful time there!


  7. Wow! Pluto sure was wonderful sharing a good time with Murray!
    I can see how happy he was!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. Clive my furiend, you were really missed. I can feel it. As for the photos, I wouldn't mind a few dozen more. They're so cute and fun.

  9. Such magical photos of a wonderful time! I don't mind if you post more.. I love them!

    Also, all I have to offer is snow pictures - once again...

  10. Oh how beautiful!!! Your mum is taking the best pics - the colour and clarity was brilliant.
    Now that is our mum getting carried away with the photography bit!!!!
    Just ignore her - we loved seeing all the fun your were all having. Murray you looked brilliant with Pluto!!!
    Loved the pics of the parade too. A piper too!!!!
    What a great day.
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  11. We loved all the photos and think that the NSLM made an outstanding leprechaun!

  12. Hi
    That looks like so much fun, I wish we all could go there. Moms munchkin g-kids would love it, They hope to go someday!! Really enjoyed the pictures.


  13. Hi Clive,

    Looks like everyone had a great time - how lovely that you have this tradition that your gang goes there every year, that's really fun.

    Hey, FH is very excited that your NSLM got to see Eeyore as she loves Eeyore so she really enjoyed that photo! And Murray made a great leprechaun - we almost didn't realise it was him with that beard on.

    Hey, we adored the St Patrick's day card you sent - FH took it into work and still has it proudly on display!

    Looking forward to more photos of the holiday! Schnauzer snuggles - JD and Max.

  14. What a grand time you all had!!@! And how cool to see and hear the Murray band. Bet that put some smiles on the NSLM's face. Our human sister and family are at Disney World in Orlando now and they are having lots of rain - not a lot of fun with a 2 1/2 year old and a 9 month old - but they say they are still having a great time.

    We love Tic et Tac - do you all understand French too? Mom used to be a high school French and Math teacher.

    Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  15. The photos are fantastic and the weather looked to be just right. Pangs of envy..............:) Jen.

  16. Wow Wow Wow
    That was a super trip to Disney and I believe the NSLM the leprechaun found his pot of gold! I love your photos. Absolutely! Thank you for sharing!

    PS happy st patrick's day to you too! I thought of you as i oops mom sipped her baileys

  17. wow..what a great time you guys had..Pluto is lucky to have met YOU
    Benny & Lily

  18. The fireworks would have been my favorite part. They are magical. It is wonderful to hear about the special pass that makes it possible for Murray to enjoy everything.

    Mango Momma

  19. Hey there Clive and Murray!
    Those are superb pictures and a wonderful record of this special time. We have never had the opportunity being there, so it was a special treat! Pluto sure was a start to care for our NSLM like that!
    Those Irish Dancers brought back lots of memories...Miss "R" only stopped Irish Dancing last year!
    Thank you for sharing it all with us.
    Sending lotsaluv and lotsalicks to you all!!!

  20. Murray is clearly a celebrity at Disney! He looks awesome in his St. Patrick's hat and beard!
    Of course all the Disney characters are real!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

  21. Thanks for sharing all these fab photos with us Clive. Have to say I viewed them with tears in my eyes! I know how much NSLM loves these trips and it's great to see him looking so happy!

    I remember the green fireworks from when we were last there 4 years ago! Very special and magical indeed! xx Jazzy

  22. What a fun trip and pawsome photos.

    The Rocky Creek Gang

  23. That looks like a lot of fun! Murray looks to happy!

  24. Great photos Clive. Pluto was only lucky doggie to be able to spend so much time with your NSLM! Were you a teensy weensy bit jelly?

    Wiry love Eric xxxx

  25. This was such a fun post. The kids looked like they were having a blast & NSLM looked like
    A REAL LEPRECHAUN!!! He looked SO cute in his beard...tell him he must grow a beard when he is older.
    XXX-BabyRD & Hootie

  26. Second time I have skimmed through this and How did I miss the Dancing Drag Show the first time???
    They are fantastic!

    Love the fact that they know you at DLP now. Way to go xx

  27. that was a lovely holiday.....and great pics for special memories too!

    deMan looks so happy too...way to go Murray!


  28. How wonderful! It looks like you had a great time there.