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PERFECT MINNE BREAK; From Frozen - obsessed kids and all adult groups to fun-loving mums to be - Disneyland Paris at Christmas hassomething to thrill everyone.

Byline: CLAIRE O'BOYLE

You think theme parks and Christmas and you think kids, right?

But what if you don't have kids?

Go anyway and scream your head off on rides then unwind after the fireworks with a glass of fizz.

Yep, sounds great... but I was 19 weeks pregnant and, on the face of it, banned from all things fun. Luckily, though, I wasn't in just any theme park. I was with my fun-loving sister Lucy in the most magical place on Earth - Disneyland Paris.

As you'd expect, Disneyland goes all out for Christmas. Our weekend there coincided with the launch of Disney's Enchanted Christmas, with the two greatest stars of 2014 at the helm - Elsa and Anna from Frozen. Not to mention Olaf the Snowman.

Snow fell during the parades and Frozen's biggest hits - Let It Go and Do You Want to Build A Snowman? - filled the air as hordes of little ones almost burst with excitement as they spotted Father Christmas. There was also a fireworks display at the Sleeping Beauty Castle where, the next day, we bumped into Minnie Mouse.

BLAST

But it wasn't all kids' stuff for us (40 per cent of visitors go without children) and over the course of our weekend we realised there was lots more to Disneyland Paris than the big rides - although the adults I was with had a blast on those too. Big Thunder Mountain, Rock 'n' Roller Coaster and the new Ratatouille ride are the biggest hits. I've been lucky enough to try - and love - the first two on a previous trip and I'm determined to make it back when the bambino is big enough to try out Ratatouille too.

Even though I couldn't go on every ride, I did get airbound twice - on the Dumbo ride in Fantasyland and Orbitron in Discoveryland. We got great views of the parks and laughed our heads off as we zoomed through the air. We also took a canal trip through miniature Disney film settings in Le Pays des Contes de Fees. From your calm little boat you can see cute versions of scenes from Aladdin, Peter Pan, The Little

Mermaid and our favourite, Alice in Wonderland.

Now I'm not allowed to drink and I'm not allowed to hurtle the air at high speeds. But I am allowed to shop - and boy can I eat.

On our first night we dined at Feb French restaurant Bistrot Chez Remy, themed adorably around rodent smash Ratatouille. We sat on giant champagne corks and - with a visit from the stars of the show - enjoyed a great evening with delicious steaks and French fries. My lucky pals supped great red wine too.

My favourite place to eat, though, was Agrabah Cafe in Adventureland. Set in an old Arabian bazaar, it hosts a fantastic buffet of delicious, healthy Moroccan, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food.

And if ever there was a good excuse to shop, this was it. We explored pretty much every store in every land and found the most special little treats.

GORGEOUS

We didn't buy it all, my husband was relieved to hear. But I bought my first baby items so far - an absolutely gorgeous Simba babygro and an amazing Alice in Wonderland snow globe. Boy or girl, what child wouldn't adore it? They can't touch it until they're 12 but they can love it from afar.

All in all it was a fab weekend. There were lots of giggles and - as every other adult buzzed off the adrenaline of the rides or laughed as their little ones became overwhelmed with excitement - I couldn't get over the magical charm of the place.

I can't wait to go back in a few years to do it all again with a little one in tow. But in the meantime, any child-free adults out there should definitely give it a go. For the rides, the food, the shopping and the atmosphere. You're never too old to get a kick out of Disney.

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WHEN TO GO

Christmas at Disneyland Paris runs from now until January 7, with special character meals on Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

TOP TIP

If you love shopping, try the stores in Frontierland and Adventureland. There are items there we didn't see anywhere else, including amazing displays dedicated to Disney's wicked characters Cruella De Vil, Maleficent and Jaffar from Aladdin. You'll also find the best animal characters - The Jungle Book's Baloo and the King of the Swingers, and Pumba from The Lion King.

BOOK IT

A two-night package for two adults is available with train travel on Eurostar and three-day passes, hopper tickets for Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park plus two nights' accommodation with breakfast. From PS975pp at Disney's Hotel Santa Fe and from PS1,175pp at the New York Hotel. disneylandparis.co.uk, 08448 008111

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Th M Sle hriller... Big Thunder Mountain and (right) eping Beauty Castle

Lights, families, action... the evening parade

Tooned in... Claire (left) and Lucy meet Minnie
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Date:Nov 23, 2014
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