Be In The Picture 8

As mentioned last month, I am falling behind big time with getting this post done at the beginning of each month. That said, we were travelling in America so I’ll use that excuse this month. Either way, here is August’s post. And wow, what a month it was. We had a quiet start to the month but ended on a huge high in Yellowstone National Park. I’ve managed a few rather nice captures in front of the camera with BattleKid.

We didn’t do much at in the first half of the month. We took this picture of BattleKid and I for a post Cathryn of Cardiff Mummy Says. She was writing about parents twinning and this was me and BattleKid, rockin our blue tees and awesome Toms shoes.

Be in the picture 8 - Mum and son laughing in the garden

BattleKid and I also had a fun evening on the couch and I managed this picture of the two of us. He was happy, I was happy (despite the crazy hair) and it even got featured in a roundup of #showyouwerethere by Madeline of This Glorious Life.

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August here in Portugal has been hot, hot, hot but we did manage one evening at the beach, which was long overdue. BattleKid loved every minute as he always does and we enjoyed some time together at the shore paddling together. That was before he started jumping waves with BattleDad.

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Before we hit America we had 36 hours in London and we decided to have a family day out while we were there. We visited the London Eye, saw the fish of SeaLife and even went dragon hunting at the Tower of London. This picture was taken on Embankment Bridge as we made our way from Southbank to the Tower of London.

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After our fun-filled day in London we flew to America to start a wonderful two-week road trip and it started in wonderful Yellowstone National Park. From geysers to bison to waterfalls, we saw so much and enjoyed every minute of our four days in this stunning place. What a way to end August!

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Happy smiles while waiting for Old Faithful to erupt
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A quiet moment on the Fishing Bridge of Yellowstone River
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Checking out a small herd of bison in Yellowstone
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An early morning visit to Gibbon Falls in Yellowstone, one of the many waterfalls in the park

 

If you didn’t catch July’s Be in the Picture post, why not check it out. Our USA trip didn’t end there and some of the pictures in September’s post will come from the rest of our trip. So pop back next month to see those!

Initiated by Kerry of Kerry Louise Norris and Alana of Baby Holiday, Be in the Picture encourages us to get in front of the camera instead of always being behind it. I’m guilty of this and by joining in with Be in the Picture, it ensures BattleKid will have pictures of me as well of himself when he grows up.

Worst Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Does going on holidays with your children fill you with excitement or dread? Excitement for the possibilities that lie ahead, or dread of it turning out to be the worst holiday with kids. Yes, sometimes disaster can strike, and there is nothing you can do about it, but often it’s not something we can foresee. For instance, our worst holiday with BattleKid to date is a tossup between our first holiday to Lanzarote with him, and our second.

Lanzarote had been a favourite destination of ours for years. So, when booking a holiday with a one-year old, we thought why not return to the Canary Island of choice. We chose a resort and town we hadn’t been to and it looked great. When we arrived, we knew we had chosen right. A lovely one-bedroom apartment awaited us. Unlike our first holiday abroad with an 8-month old, we could put BattleKid to bed and relax in the living room with Netflix. The resort was very family friendly, and the town was a lovely 20-minute walk from our resort. It really couldn’t have been better. Until disaster struck on Day 5 of our 7-day holiday. Chicken pox was confirmed the next morning and we were grounded for an extra 3 days. Not what I wanted.

We decided that it was just unlucky of us, so didn’t let it stop us booking a return trip to the same resort the next year. However, the very first day we arrived, disaster struck again. This time, we had only just arrived at our apartment, and were leaving to go for a walk, when BattleKid fell. It resulted in a trip to the hospital for four stitches in his knee. It meant no pool time whatsoever for the entire holiday. We’ve now decided we are jinxed with that resort and may not return to it again, despite it being a brilliant resort.

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Knee injury on Day 1

In my previous post fellow bloggers and I shared with you our best holidays with our kids to date. This time I’ve asked them to share their worst holiday with kids to date. Let’s see where and why!

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Samantha from North East Family Fun says she generally enjoys Haven holidays, but wasn’t a fan of Golden Sands. Their caravan was dirty and had to be re-cleaned on arrival, the entertainment wasn’t great and it rained the whole time! 

Jenna from Then There Were Three says her worst holiday with kids would have to be their trip to Barbados. The hotel was a shambles, and despite saying they were child friendly, the kids club was never open. They were also only informed of a child’s menu on their last night!

Sarah from Mumzilla says their worst holiday was to a holiday apartment in Spain with a then 18-month-old. It poured down all week with rainy. On the only sunny day, their son managed to tip his buggy and smashed his teeth in. They are now growing through stained as a result.

Oh, and the car seat provided for was for a baby, so it was fun cramming him in that one!

Karina from Mum’s the Nerd says their worst holiday was camping in North Wales as it rained heavily the entire time.

Cass from Frugal Family says their recent holiday to Milan has been their worst holiday with kids yet. Even though they had a great time overall it was too much hard work keeping everyone happy.

We booked a family room which meant no-one had space to go for some time on their own, so we were together 24/7 which was not ideal! I ended up refereeing arguments about everything from one child accusing the other of using up all the WiFi, to whose turn it was to go in the shower.

Collette from Truly Madly Cuckoo told us their worst holiday was when their son got airlifted to Bangor Hospital following an allergic reaction to a peanut he only touched at a BBQ.

It was so scary, I dread to think what would have happened if he had actually eaten the peanut rather than just touched it.

He has now been prescribed an Epipen which they carry everywhere. 

Frances who blogs at Whinge Whinge Wine says their worst holiday with kids was last year in Majorca. Everyone got food poisoning and said it’s

No fun being puked on by two small children when you’re puking yourself.

It then struck her husband on the flight home, which ended up being delayed hours because they wouldn’t let him travel. You can read all about it in her blog post, aptly entitled Holidays from Hell. What an awful holiday, I think you’ll agree.

Lynne from A Day in the Life of a Mum of 6’s worst holiday with kids is my worst nightmare. On a trip to France, her car engine blew up and it had to be transported back to the UK. Her husband had to fly to London and buy a new car to get them home.

We laugh about it now but it was uber stressful at the time.

Hannah from Travelling with Leo says their worst would have to be their weekend camping at the Curious Arts Festival….

In torrential rain!

Lisa from Bare Mother told us their worst holiday was a return trip to a 5-star resort in Thailand.

The first time we were pregnant, and the whole trip was bliss – adults only pool, bar/room service to our balcony overlooking the water, afternoon naps, massages and dinner out every night. We tried to recreate with a 6-month-old, and failed miserably. Stuck in our room every night, in the dark, from around 6pm. Rookies!

I know that feeling!  

Deborah from Country Heart and Home says their worst holiday was Scotland, where it did nothing but rain torrentially, all week. And when they did venture to the clubhouse, their then 3-year-old jumped into the deep end of the pool and couldn’t swim! The kids did nothing but argue and we were all stir crazy!

The whole week was a nightmare!

Emma from Wanderlust and Wet Wipes had a disastrous weekend in Muscat, Oman during which they all whinged and moaned for various reasons. You can read all about their weekend in the blog post she has written. Not quite the weekend away they had hoped for!

Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies is sad to say their worst holiday with kids was Disneyland Paris earlier this year. Their children enjoyed it, and she is glad they got to experience it but

It was such a stressful week that mainly consisted of queuing and we spent 5x what we usually spend on a holiday to do it.

Nikki from Yorkshire Wonders says their worst holiday was their own fault.

We booked a cheapie to Greece. It was 40 degrees, the room had no air-conditioning and there was a motorbike rental business outside our bedroom window.

The bikes revved all night, and if they closed the window to stop some of the noise, they cooked in their room. They even had to shower all through the night just to keep cool. She says it was completely awful and she’d never do it again.

Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says told us their worst holiday was a week in her in-laws caravan in Borth. Although they’ve had some brilliant holidays there, for the week in question, it took them 5 hours instead of 2.5 hours to get there due to lots of road works and accidents. I know the road to Borth and can only imagine.

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It rained the entire time, the kids fought constantly and the weather meant the TV signal stopped working. We came home early!

Nyomi from Nomi Palony said they saved up for their first all-inclusive holiday at the Costa Del Sol but it turned out that they had booked in the worst weather the region had seen in over a decade! It was torrential rain for the entire week.

To make it worse, Britain was having a heatwave so my feed was full of sunbathing happy brits while we were miserable.

On the way to the airport the baby vomited all over the car that would be left in the long stay airport parking in a heatwave. Once there we went into the city just to buy warmer clothes and waterproofs and somehow lost a 50 euro note getting out of the taxi. The all-inclusive food they saved for was terrible. Then poor Nyomi got a bad case of mastitis that meant she needed to go to a very busy A&E in Marbella. So bad was it, they were so happy to come home! 

Zoe from The Tale of Mummyhood says her worst holiday so far was their first as a family of four. Her eldest daughter fractured her leg three days in and a week before her second birthday. She had a bright pink cast covered in hearts. Zoe is still not over the trauma, even though her daughter is brand new! 

Alice from Living with a Jude has had both her best and worst holiday rolled into one, and her response has been featured in the previous post as well. She went to see family and friends in the states following several years of trying to get her horrid, emotionally abusive ex out of her life. While her friends out there made the visit amazing, and she had such sun seeing them all, her (then) seven year-old severely autistic son was (in her words) a bit of a nightmare.

He had meltdowns every day, wouldn’t stay on the beach, wouldn’t go out, freaked out on the plane. It was horrific!

It was the worst holiday because of her son’s behaviour but the best because emotionally she was on top of the world (her own words). 

But the worst I’ve read is from Luis, who blogs at Single Daddy Daycare, when he was doing his very first holiday as a single co-parent. You need to read his post! I really felt for him after finishing it. From passport woes to projectile vomiting, his first holiday as a single co-parent certainly did not get off to a good start at all.

As you can see, the reasons for certain holidays being the worst holiday with kids are varied and unfortunately weather plays a big part in it. Searing heat is not much fun with kids (Emma and Nikki), nor is torrential rain which featured a lot.

Before BattleKid came along, BattleDad and I spent a week on the Isle of Man during the TT races. We had glorious sunshine some days. However, on our second last day the heavens opened and dampened our spirits. So much so we found a room for our last night so we wouldn’t have to sleep another night in a soggy tent. I’m not sure I could do it with BattleKid in tow.

What has been your worst holiday with kids to date? Did it involve rain? We’d love to know, so why not share it in the comments below!

Cath x

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Best Holiday with Kids – Bloggers Tell Us Where and Why

Holidaying with kids can be a daunting affair for some, and something to relish with others. I’ve heard some parents say they dread holidays with their kids. I know others who wouldn’t dream of not going on holiday with their kids. The best holiday with kids can be surprising ones and the worst can come out of something beyond your control. For us, holidays and BattleKid go hand in hand these days and although we’ve had both good and bad, we wouldn’t change them for the world.

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As you read this, the Battle Family will be somewhere in North West America on our USA road trip holiday. It’s a holiday we’ve been looking forward to for a while and we’re really hoping it’ll be our best one yet. We’ve done a good bit of travelling with BattleKid, from staycations in the UK, to Europe and beyond. Our best holiday to date has to be our trip to New York last year.

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BattleKid at the World Trade Centre Memorial.

Despite rain on our first full day, it turned out to be our best holiday so far. I wrote all about it in our New York Holiday Diaries and I also showed that New York can be done, even with a toddler in tow. I thought I’d ask some fellow bloggers what have been their best holiday with kids and here’s what they had to say.

Best Holiday with Kids

Lianne from Ankle Biters Adventures says their best holiday with their kids have been a good old British Haven holidays. Her kids loved the caravan and there is so much to do at Haven for little ones.

Emma from Emma Reed said her best holiday was in Zante last year for her sister’s wedding. It was great

Because so many people travelled out for it and that of course gave me a huge help with my two-year-old.

Her son had so many family members to play with and keep him entertained. It was so memorable for her and not stressful at all.

Beth from Twinderelmo says their best holiday was when they took their kids to Disneyland last Christmas.

To see the magic and joy in their eyes was the most amazing feeling ever.

She will never forget their faces during the parades and believes Disneyland really is the best place on earth.

Angela from The Life of Spicers says their best holiday with kids was to Walt Disney World. The reactions and look on her daughters face when she got to see the castle, and meet the princesses, was amazing. It was worth all the saving and going without to get there.

Samantha from North East Family Fun says their best holiday with kids was to Calella de Palafrugell last year. A traditional Spanish resort, which is not very touristy, but hoem to stunning beaches and gorgeous restaurants, she and her husband would

dine in style as the kids played on the sand in front of us.

Jenna from Then There Were Three says her best holiday with her daughter was definitely Bluestone.

It was last minute and we only found out we were going that day, but she absolutely loved it there as there was so much to do.

Debbie from My Boys Club says their best holiday with kids would be their trip to Loch Ness, which I’ve been reading. Debbie said they had a luxury lodge, fab day trips, the weather wasn’t not bad at all and it was really relaxing.

Adventurous and a good time was had by all – you don’t have to go abroad for the best times.

Richard from 2 Bottles of Milk found it hard to pick one best holiday. So, he chose two. The first one was when they took their two boys to Bluestone two Christmases ago. It was just amazing he says. The second was from this year when they went to Disneyland Paris

Although exhausting, the boys faces during our character meal made the cost of that worth it.

Karina from Mum’s the Nerd says their best holiday was booking a villa in Lanzarote with family.

Having your own pool and the relaxed atmosphere was perfect for us.

Maria from Happy Mummy says theirs was to Puerto Pollensa in Majorca. Their daughter Lily had an absolute ball swimming all day and dancing all night at the mini disco.

We still play the songs all the time at home.

Tracey from Pack the PJ’s said her best holiday was only very recently. They spent just under a week in the beautiful Maldives doing things like snorkelling on the reef, kayaking, night fishing, dolphin boat rides. They even had a professional cooking experience. But more than this, it was

An absolutely amazing few days spent as a family

Not only that but they also spent 3 days in Abu Dhadi, with the highlight being a desert safari where they rode camels, experienced falconry, were driven at speed over sand dunes, saw the sun setting over the landscape and the 45 degree heat.

We loved every second!

Jodie from Maidenhead Mum says their best holidays was a Eurocamp trip to the Adriatic Coast in Italy, staying across the lagoon from Venice. The site they stayed on had a water park, direct access to the beach and was just 15 minutes by boat from Venice.

Seeing as my happy place is taking photos there was something for everyone.

They enjoyed it so much they are going back this year! And she says she has not had a ’worst’ holiday as yet, although wonders if returning to Venice with a 5 year-old and two year-old might tip the scales!

Hannah from Travelling with Leo says their best holiday was a three-week trip to America where they travelled by train between Boston – New York (where they spent Christmas) – Philadelphia.

Lisa from Bare Mother said their best holiday to date was a recent trip to Kefalonia in Greece. They had a private villa with pool, were two minutes walk to the beach with a supermarket on the way, and there were lots of great kid-friendly tavernas nearby.

It was perfect because it was so easy to chill. Mister Two had a fab time, and so did we.

Vikki from Family Travel with Ellie said without a doubt their best holiday was their Disney Cruise around the Med.

It was everything we could possibly have hoped for… we did some excellent excursions to Monaco and Pompeii, as well as enjoying a week in Barcelona before we set sail. Whenever I think of it my heart fills with joy. We look at the photos often.

Emma from Our Fairy Tale Adventure recently did a road trip from the North West of England to Copenhagen in Denmark with their two toddlers. People thought they were a bit mad but it was such an amazing trip. They travelled through so many places and got to experience so many things together as a family.

We then ended our trip at Disneyland Paris, which was just the most perfect way to finish our adventure.

Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies said their best was their first trip to Cornwall three years ago. Despite being in April, it was a scorching week and they had the most amazing time visiting lots of different places. Their children were four and seven and handled the long car journey really well. They loved it so much they’ve been back each year since!

Cathryn from Cardiff Mummy Says said their best holiday has to be their trip to Rome this May. She and her husband honeymooned in Italy 10 years previously. They visited the Trevi Fountain and, as is custom, threw in a coin so that someday they would return to Rome.

We joked that we should come back for our 10-year wedding anniversary – with our kids – and that’s exactly what we did. It was so amazing being back there with our three children and showing them all the sights that it made us fall in love with Rome.

The weather was perfect during their trip, the campsite they stayed on was amazing and the Italian pizza, pasta and wine was delicious too.

Alice from Living with a Jude has had both her best and worst holiday rolled into one. She went to see family and friends in the states following several years of trying to get her horrid, emotionally abusive ex out of her life. Her friends out there made the visit amazing and she had such sun seeing them all. On the flip side, her (then) seven year-old severely autistic son was (in her words) a bit of a nightmare.

He had meltdowns every day, wouldn’t stay on the beach, wouldn’t go out, freaked out on the plane. It was horrific!

Thankfully her parents were with her were with her so they were able to maintain a sense of normality for her (then) four-year-old daughter. They babysat in the evenings so she was able to go out, stress-free knowing her ex wouldn’t be trying to ruin her life when she got home. It was the worst holiday because of her son’s behaviour but the best because emotionally she was on top of the world (her own words).

And finally, I wanted to highlight one comment that stood out to me. It is from Lisa who blogs at That British Betty and I have not edited her comment in anyway.

Our best holiday was a few months after my fiancé died suddenly from a virus. I was completely reckless, used the money we’d saved for our wedding to take my two girls to Italy (aged 11 and 14 at the time), stayed in beautiful hotels and spent ten days exploring the islands, travelling on boats, eating with the locals and doing things we’d never dared to before. It was incredibly therapeutic and freeing to travel ‘alone’ and gave us some amazing memories in the middle of a horrendous time in our lives.

From the Maldives and Walt Disney World, to Spain, Italy and staycations in Scotland and Cornwall, these bloggers have shown us that the best holiday with kids can be anywhere in the world. What makes great holidays with kids is the fun everyone has while making long-lasting memories. It doesn’t matter where you are in the world, so long as you are having fun as a family.

Thanks so much to all the great bloggers who shared with us their best holiday with their kids to date. There were so many different destinations and reasons behind the best holidays. What has been your best holiday to date with your kids? Why not share it with us in the comments below.

Cath x

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Cosy Holder Review – Enjoy Tablet Time in Comfort

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We were recently given the chance to receive a new type of tablet holder called a Cosy Holder as part of their promotion.  This innovative travelling companion is something I had never come across and I was thrilled to receive it. We have spent some time test driving it and today I’m sharing our thoughts on the Cosy Holder with you in the form of this review.cosy holder

Cosy Holder is fun, practical and easy-to-use holder which can be used with any form of tablet or eReader, and can also be used with a conventional book. Cosy Holder come in two colours, green and purple, and contains a handy zipped pouch at the back which has protective padding for those all-important electronic devices.

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We received the purple “Bailey” for review and BattleKid was immediately intrigued as to what it was. Now I should point out here that he rarely gets his tablet at home, save for occasions when Mum and Dad really need to get some work done. That said, this was a special occasion, so out came his LeapFrog Epic to road test the Cosy Holder.

The Cosy Holder has other functions alongside the main one. The padded pouch at the back can not only hold a tablet or eReader, but can hold pens, colouring pads and several toy cars, as I discovered one day! The Cosy Holder can be used with a tablet or eReader in both portrait and landscape mode. When it is not being used to hold an electronic device or book, it doubles up as a comfortable pillow or cushion.cosy holder

It comes with a handy carry strap making it ideal for at home or while travelling. And Cosy Holder is not limited to just children from the ages of 5. Cosy Holder have a Beanie brother which can be used by adults to hold eReaders or tablets. The entire range of Cosy Holders are designed to make reading or playing easier and more comfortable by freeing up your hands.

So, what do we think of it? Well, I really like it. It has made the limited time BattleKid has with his tablet more comfortable, freeing up both hands to enjoy the games more.cosy holder

He has been able to watch his Curious George episodes on his tablet in more comfortable positions too. The adjustable strap means he can transport it wherever he wants. And as already mentioned, when not being used for his tablet, the pouch has been used to transport those all-important Hot Wheels cars!cosy holder

It is sturdy and soft at the same time. The pouch is more than big enough for his tablet and other things, and even at three and a half he carries it around with no problems.

What we love about the Cosy Holder:

  • Great idea.
  • Makes using a tablet more comfortable.
  • Two great colours to choose from.
  • Padded pouch at the rear to both carry tablets/eReaders and protect them.
  • Portable with a strong adjustable strap.
  • Doubles up as a pillow/cushion for resting.
  • Great product for travelling with.
  • Pouch carries tablets, eReaders, pens, colouring pads and also toys.
  • Good value-for-money.
  • Adult version available too!

What we don’t love about the Cosy Holder:

  • Not a dislike but I’d like to see more colours available.

The Cosy Holder really is a great idea for making tablet or eReader use more comfortable. Since it is portable it is ideal for travelling either by plane, train or automobile (car to you and I). On a plane it would easily sit on the tray table and in a car could sit on a child’s lap. On a train you could sit it on either the tray table or the table if you have a seat at one. It would make days out during the summer with the kids easier and more enjoyable, with no giving out that their tablet keeps falling down.

I do have one reservation about the Cosy Holder and that is the size of it. While it is a great product and has already come in handy at home, it is quite bulky and could take up a lot of room in hand luggage of a child. This would be one of the main reasons I’d have bought it, to take on planes with us. We always struggle to get BattleKid comfortable on a plane with his tablet, even with a cover and stand but this would be better. However, if your hand luggage has limited space or size this might take up a lot of space.

That said I think the Cosy Holder may well be accompanying us to America at the end of next month for our mammoth USA road trip.

Would I recommend the Cosy Holder? Yes, I would. Despite my one reservation it is a great product, ideal for travelling with the kids or for relaxing at home. Cosy Holder has a special introductory offer of £5 off any Frankie or Bailey, costing just £19.99, with free UK Mainland shipping for a limited time only. The Beanie Cosy Holder retails for £16.99 but is on offer at £12.99 for a limited time. Visit the Cosy Holder website for more information.

So why not grab your kids (or yourself) something unique, comfortable and portable for tablet or eReader moments this summer!

Cath x

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Rides for Under 5s at Disneyland Paris

So now that we’ve done the planning and booked our trip to Disneyland Paris for December, the next thing that sprung to mind was the fact that I have no idea what rides are suitable for BattleKid or not. As mentioned in my previous post, BattleDad and I have been to Disneyland Paris together twice before on the 15th and 20th anniversaries. But both times we went on rides I’d consider geared more for adults or older children. I have no idea which rides are rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris.rides for under 5s at disneyland paris

This year is both Disneyland and BattleDad’s 25th anniversaries so it’s a big celebration trip for us. Coupled with BattleDad celebrating 25 years since he was part of the opening crew, BattleKid will be approaching 4, me 40 (eek), so we want to enjoy it as much as possible as a family. That means seeking out rides suitable for all of us. But having been a carefree, childless couple on our last trips, we never investigated rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris. So where do you turn to for advice so you know ahead of time which ones to make a beeline for? The blogging community of course, and here are the ones that they have recommended as being ideal for us and most importantly, BattleKid!

Rides for Under 5s at Disneyland Paris

Peter Pan’s Flight

This ride in Fantasyland got an overwhelming vote from the bloggers. Emma from Our Fairy Tale Adventure recommended it and said to get our Fast Pass for this ride as soon as we get to the park. The Peter Pan ride was also recommended by Beth of Twinderelmo, Nicole from The Mum Reviews and Lauren from Mummy is a Gadget Geek. So, I think this is definitely going on our to-do list. You start at the Darling children’s nursery before flying over London by night to get to Neverland. After seeing the sights of Neverland you return to London by the power of pixie dust and happy thoughts. I think we’ll be going on this one without a doubt!

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blaster

This ride in Discoveryland was mentioned by many of the bloggers as another one not to be missed. It sounds fun too and has been recommended by Beth of Twinderelmo and Nicole from The Mum Reviews, while Laura of Mama, Eden and Me also enjoyed it. Nat from Awaybies said her son loved it so much they went on this ride no less than 6 times! It is an interactive ride in which you shoot at targets to get a final score at the end of your ride. Helping Buzz to defeat the Evil Emporer Zurg you gain a ranking in Star Command by the end. I can see this getting competitive between BattleDad and I nevermind BattleKid! And we can use our Fast Passes for this. Bonus.

It’s A Small World

…. After all. It’s stuck in your head, right? Sorry. But this ride, also in Fantasyland, got big thumbs up from Kerry of Blissful Domestication, who said it is not to be missed if visiting Disneyland Paris with younger kids. She went with her then 3 and 4-year-olds and while they loved rides catering for younger children such as cars, spaceships and boat rides, they especially loved It’s A Small World. Laura of Mama, Eden and Me also recommended this ride, as did Lauren of Mummy is a Gadget Geek. During your “It’s A Small World” tour, as you set sail the Seven Seaways, you will experience diverse cultures from around the world while accompanied by the iconic and sometimes annoying classic song. The song is already stuck in my head so I might as well go see what it’s all about.

Mad Hatters Tea Cups

This Fantasyland ride was recommended by both Emma of Our Fairy Tale Adventure and Lauren of Mummy is a Gadget Geek. Just from the pictures alone, it looks bright and colourful and fun. Each oversized tea cup spins and you control the speed and direction depending on the level of fun and stomach churning you might want. If the queue isn’t too bad for this I think I might try this one out. Not sure we want to do it too soon after lunch though.

Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Based in Fantasyland, this is Disney’s take on the classical carrousel where young knights ride upon hand-sculpted steeds and get ready for an enchanting ride. I’m hoping this ride as recommended by Emma of Our Fairy Tale Adventure will bring me back to Sunday afternoons watching Mary Poppins as a child.

Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Snow White)

Nicole from The Mum Reviews recommended doing this ride as part of our Magic Hours if we can. This ride in Fantasyland allows you to experience the world of Snow White like never before, while you visit places like the haunted forest and the dwarves’ cottage.

Les Voyages de Pinocchio

Another Fantasyland ride on which you get to join Pinocchio and his friends such as Jiminy Cricket. This ride was also recommended by Nicole, especially during Magic Hours, which are extra hours you get in the park if you stay in a Disney Hotel. Point noted! Breakfast early then!

Orbitron

An awesome looking rocket ride in Discoveryland, this ride inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s drawing of the solar system was also recommended by Nicole as one to try and do during Magic Hours. Nicole did say that there aren’t many rides in the main Disney Park that are not suitable for little ones as opposed to those in the Walt Disney Studios Park.

Ratatouille: The Adventure

Ratatouille is a 4D experience based in the Walt Disney Studios Park which was introduced in 2014 and comes recommended by Lauren of Mummy is a Gadget Geek. Experience the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant and you might leave hungry. Maybe one for just before lunch perhaps?

Cars Quartre Roues Rallye

A Disney Cars ride in Walt Disney Studios, I can us queuing up for this over and over again by a certain 3-year-old. Recommended by Emma of Our Fairy Tale Adventure, you get to zoom along Radiator Springs with Lightening McQueen. That’s one day’s activities sorted for our Cars fanatic!

Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin

A Walt Disney Studios ride also recommended by Emma, you are invited to shrink down to the size of Buzz and Woody and jump onto the back of Slinky as he tries to catch his tail. All Toy Story Fans will love this ride.

Any worry I had about rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris have vanished thanks to the recommendations of all these wonderful bloggers. There are plenty to choose from and one or two even allow you to use Fast Pass which is great. There are some rides I can see us queuing hours for but as long as BattleKid comes away with a smile on his face I’ll be happy. My only concern is that the Pirates of the Caribbean ride is currently closed. This is the one BattleDad and I made sure we went on during our previous visits and I do hope it reopens before December.

I must mention an absolutely brilliant post written by Vicki of Family Travel with Ellie entitled ‘Disneyland Paris with young children’. In it she details the best rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris including:

  • Buzz Lightyear Laser Blaster,
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant,
  • Orbitron,
  • Ratatouille: The Adventure,
  • Autopia,
  • It’s A Small World,
  • Peter Pan’s Flight and
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot.

It is a brilliant post for anyone planning to visit or going to Disneyland Paris with under 5s and I’ve added it to my Disney Pinterest Board for reference! I’ve also added a fabulous post by Suzy of Our Bucket List Lives in which she gives a comprehensive breakdown off all the rides and which were suitable for her 3 year old son. It is going to be my guide for our trip!

A big thank you to all the bloggers who answered my call for help in what rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris they would recommend we do. I haven’t been on any of these rides before so am looking forward to experiencing a different kind of Disney than before our son came along. While I enjoyed it I think this visit is going to be much more magical.

Would you recommend any other rides for under 5s at Disneyland Paris that might have been missed?

Cath x

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