Not just for the kids!

First blog post of 2011 – not been idle, January was a busy month with several shoots in London as well as Bristol and Nottingham. But no posts, as whether editorial or corporate, any images can’t appear here until published in their magazines/annual report – so later on.

Instead a brief post about the last three days. A ‘rite of passage’ every parent it seems is obliged to go through – we’ve just taken a while to get around to it – a weekend at Disneyland Paris ! I haven’t been in over fourteen years I think, and then it was a very brief day trip to photograph Richard Branson and the ‘EuroDisney’ boss, on a rollercoaster. So no long ramble on a scenario so familiar to many but a few ‘stream of consciousness’ words  based upon my experience and my kids – plus a pic.

Disneyland Paris…dash over through the Tunnel…long drive in the wind…cold wind…real soldiers at the entrance…mad dash…long walk…fast pass…Buzz…Space Mountain…too short for that ride, son…queue creep…lots of adults without children…how much?…lots of shops…same toys…Star Tours..disappointing…40 minute wait…queue creep…barge, shove, push…characters dancing…photos…adults push past kids for photo with Woody…too short for that ride, extra socks in shoes, right height!…60 minute wait…queue creep…push, shove…football crowd…110 minute wait…fast pass…sorry son, too short for that ride too…50 minute wait, 50 sec ride…queue creep…toys…Aerosmith, rock and roll, great ride…adults barge in front of kids to snap the parade…pushy parents…pushy adults…kids sad…character ignores kids trying to say hello and get snap…cold…queue creep…crush ride, brill…scream…strop…tears…smiles…shops…football crowd…adults, no kids…block view…clever effects…lame effects….butterflies in stomach…120 minute wait…no fast pass…come off ride, rejoin queue…feel queasy…Monday…sunshine…less crowds…kids smiling…kids laughing…10 minute waits…no football crowd…last ride…race to Channel……exhausted..

The upshot? “Can we come again?” cry the kids in unison as we leave the park!

 

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