A backdrop of the Disney caste against the blue sky You know how some jobs have perks? Well, imagine those perks involved a magical trip to Disneyland Paris for the exclusive launch of the Vans x Disney collection. Yeah, this week, that perk was mine.

I love shoes. I’m surrounded by them all day every day. It’s my job after all. Luckily for me, I love Disney just as much. I know every word to every song, even the newer ones that my little sister loved growing up.
Can you imagine my delight when I was asked to go to the happiest place on earth for a private event?  ‘Hold on while I check my diary…’ It was all I could do not to dance around the office singing in my best Ariel voice (it’s perfect, if I do say so myself). I acted like the professional I am and coolly agreed. Then I danced all the way home.

Here’s my behind the scenes diary for a peek into what went down.

selection of vans shoe selfie

A selection of fashion press and bloggers were invited to attend the exclusive launch of the new collab. Naturally, this took place at the happiest place on earth – Disneyland Paris!
The collection is a special collaboration between two brands who share a rich heritage, not only for being founded in the same town in Southern California, but who have been collaborating since the mid-60s, before collabs were even a thing.

Donald Duck authentic trainers from Disney x Vans

The lucky attendees were split into groups and given a VIP host (natch); ours was a legend. He fast tracked us onto any ride we wanted, while telling us fun facts and stories about the park. I don’t think I can ever not be VIP again, it was better than you could ever imagine.

VIPs enjoying the sights at Disneyland Paris

After hours exploring the park, snapping selfies with everyone and a private meet and greet with Mickey himself, we headed to the product viewing. The park was closed (yes!) and the party took place in the Studio Park, it was unreal. Characters wandered around, Champagne flowed and an accapella quartet sung Disney classics (What else!).

accapella quartet behind the scenes VIP experience at Disneyland Paris

The magical night was rounded off with the Dream Show, where they project an amazing show of characters onto the magic castle. It’s an explosion of fireworks, lights, fountains and songs. Of course we sang along with twinkly eyes, like little kids!

final show at disneyland paris behind the scenes VIP

Sorry we couldn’t take you with us, but the wait is over. You can get your own piece of Vans x Disney now. The Disney collection at schuh is available now, check it out!