The House Of Mouse

So there was no post or indeed video uploaded last Saturday but I do have something of an excuse… it’s because I was out and about for the space of an entire week and, due to my aforementioned lack of organisational skills, there wasn’t a video edited or ready to go. So where exactly did my Beloved and I end up for several days you may ask? Well, I’ll post one of over six hundred pictures that were taken below and we’ll see if you can guess…?

That’s right girls and boys, I was vacationing in sunny Huddersfield! Well okay, it was Disneyland Paris but close enough, right? We had nearly a week visiting at the House Of Mouse with one of the grandchildren, spent a lot of time riding on many of the attractions, even longer in queues for said rides and paid a small fortune for concessions. Generally speaking a good time was had by all, although I really felt it in my legs – Rassilon alone knows how my Beloved survived – and will probably need a few days to recover after all that walking because even if you know where you want to be and have a reasonable idea of the park’s layout there’s still a huge amount of legwork involved.

It’s absolutely worth the effort though, there’s so much to see, do and indeed find around the park with little short cuts between the different areas to explore and attractions to stumble across. Obviously the big draws are the rides themselves and we went on Big Thunder Mountain and Pirates Of The Caribbean several times during the stay. Disney knows how to put on a show so there’s a daily parade down Main Street or the illuminations just before closing time – the latter was absolutely stunning with images projected onto the castle surrounded by lasers, fireworks and water fountains – and, as part of Disney’s Performing Arts OnStage programme, the Videopolis Theatre in Discoveryland had at least one live performance per day from children and teenagers to watch; we saw four in total from Centre Stage, SJ Dance, St Johns Marlborough and Hylands School Arts.

The only thing we’d do differently given the chance would be to avoid going over a weekend because the park and rides were absolutely rammed so waiting times were around an hour on Saturday or Sunday even with the head start we got of a morning by staying in one of the Disney hotels. Even with the distractions on offer in many of the queues, slowly shuffling forwards for that long takes a serious toll. It’s possible to work around those delays by getting a Fastpass – which is sort of like reserving a slot in the queue – and wandering off to find something to do or perhaps consume in the meantime but that needs more organisational skills than mine to do optimally.

The first draft of this post was thrown together on the Eurostar whilst listening to Protracker modules but the wifi was utterly pointless – I ended up inadvertently recreating the scene from Mission: Impossible where Max’s sidekick tries to upload the NOC list before reaching the Chunnel – and I was too tired to get my head around sorting things out on the second train of the day back to Yorkshire, so this is instead popping up the day after along with a collection of hand-selected images to peruse.

I also amused myself by going for a toilet break during the channel tunnel, meaning I got to have a pee under the sea because it’s “better down where its wetter”. Yes I am indeed an adult, why do you feel the need to clarify that?

5 thoughts on “The House Of Mouse

  1. Oh, wow! Hope you had a great trip!

    I did take my kids around 2002, so no doubt a lot has changed since then, other than the horrendous queues. Would love to see any Star Wars stuff.

    And yes, I remember in my younger days sprinting around the various rides when the park opened, getting fast-passes for everything. Not these days day though, what with my bad knees and growing belly.

    Your photos tempt me to revisit though, maybe taking the grandchildren. That’s if anyone from the UK is not banned from entering Europe, or shot on sight, because of the Brexit fiasco…

  2. It was a fabulous trip but I’m still recovering from it now… =-)

    We last went in 2005 with the kids and things have changed a bit – the content of the stunt show, some of the areas being closed for refurbishment and so on – but other bits were still familar after fourteen years and it only took about a day for my mental map of the park to settle down. I can empathise on both the knees and belly yeah, the latter wasn’t an issue but all that walking…!

  3. Grandchildren…Lol….Oh I bet that hurts :)

    I of course take it all in my stride :)

    Happy coding old man, nice to hear you escaped the smog of the Norf for a bit..

    Hope family is all well…


  4. I would have gone to Huddersfield and hung out drinking beer at Magic Rock all day. Fewer people and easier on the ol’ legs ;)

  5. @Paul: There’s a couple of years between my Beloved and myself so being a grandparent half a dozen times over has only taken a decade or so to get used to…

    @Sokurah: I don’t drink, which is probably why my knees needed so long to recover…?

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