17 years ago today (and I can't actually believe that!) I took my visit to Disneyland Paris. My three friends and I met at Heathrow Airport before splitting up for a wander around the shops before catching our flight. When boarding was announced, two of us headed to the plane assuming we'd meet up with our friends on the plane. We didn't! Take-off drew nearer and the stewards came to ask us where our friends were. We explained that we had no idea but that we knew they were in the airport! Eventually, we were told that the plane could not take off with our friends' luggage on board and could we please go and idenfity it. Cue our fellow passengers looking at us as we walked to the front of the plane, wondering what on earth the hold-up was. Trust me, we were just as confused!
Bemused as to what could have happened (and really, we never did get a proper explanation!), we arrived at Charles de Gaulle Airport and went to collect our luggage. Except it wasn't there. The flight crew had removed our luggage, not our friends'! My suitcase turned up on the next flight (along with our missing companions) but not poor Tracy's. To this day, I still feel anxious waiting for my luggage to appear on the carousel.
And so, we finally make it to a Disney theme park - something I'd dreamed about all my life! Except our first stop was to see a travel rep in Festival Disney (as Disney Village then was) followed by an unscheduled train journey to a nearby town to pick Tracy up some essentials. Somehow, we managed to get separated on the way back from this trip too! When we finally made it inside the park gates, we were confronted with giant penguins headed our way...and promptly ran in the other direction. How times change!