I’m not a big NYE fan. As a rule I tend to stay indoors and maybe watch the London fireworks on TV. Two years ago I went to Reykjavik and watched the fireworks there which was truly epic, as they set off 500 tonnes of fireworks, flares and seemingly anything explosive. Fireworks can only be bought for New Year’s Eve and all the money raised is donated to the Icelandic Search and Rescue.
We loved it so much, the following year we returned but managed to miss the fireworks due to bad weather and delays. Unbeknown to me at the time, this was to become my New Year’s Eve tradition.
We decided last minute to go to Disneyland for a couple of days over New Years, but didn’t bank on an eerie fog covering everything and wrecking havoc with European flights. After a four hour delay, we actually spent the countdown to 12 in the back of a taxi in Paris, but it was hilarious and if I’m completely honest I think it worked out for the best. I felt quite content from the back of the taxi, safe from the huge crowds and extra security and at the risk of sounding like I’m getting old, knackered.
The next day we got up early, stuffed our faces with breakfast and headed straight to the park.
It was -4° (colder than Svalbard at times!) and I wasn’t prepared at all, so it was completely freezing. The freezing fog coated everything in frost which made it look so magical, almost like Elsa had just blown through.
The trees were adorned with twinkling fairy lights and snow fell over the park. I have no idea where it was coming from but it was convincing enough to make me question if it was actually snowing or not.
My hands were frozen but the only gloves I could see for sale were giant Mickey hands which were slightly unpractical so I braved it and made a beeline for the Minnie Ears.
I was so excited to see Sleeping Beauty’s castle again and it looked so cute in the frost. I did attempt to take a photo of my tattoo with the castle visible but as it was so cold, my leg was covered in goosebumps.
Sleeping Beauty is one of my all-time favourite Disney films so I loved wandering around the castle.
I love traveling and seeing beautiful landscapes and wildlife, but there’s no denying it can be hard work. We don’t really go on typical holidays and I’m useless at ‘relaxing’ (I always have to be doing something if we’re in an interesting place) so it felt so fun to just be wandering around Disneyland aimlessly. The music is ridiculously catchy and everything is so colourful, it’s impossible not to feel cheerful.