Me, Dumbo and pride really does come before a fall

April 4, 2011


It was all going so well. There we were in Disneyland Paris, celebrating the launch of the Magical Moments Festival. We were having a brilliant time going on our favourite rides (including Tower of Terror and Toy Story Parachutes), star spotting (Duncan and Simon from Blue, hubba hubba) and cackling hysterically. We’d all been given ‘magic’ luminous wands in preparation for the fireworks display later that evening.

Then some bright spark (OK, it might have been me) suggested we go on Dumbo The Flying Elephant. For once, as it was a special occasion, there was absolutely no queue. ‘There’s no queue,’ I screamed, running round the edge in the direction of a vacant pink elephant.

Unfortunately at that point I lost my footing and tripped up, wrapping my arm round a lamppost, and banging my nose and forehead on the ground.

‘I’m fine, I’m fine,’ I said to a friendly passer-by who tried to help me up while others (they know who they are) stood by trying not to laugh.

Fortunately there was no *serious* damage done, only a bruised nose (I thought it was broken, actually) hurt pride and a mahoosive black and purple bruise on my left arm. My magic wand was a write-off.

It didn’t spoil my enjoyment of what was a really fabulous weekend. But as we told all the kids in our party, the moral of the story is, even when you’re desperate to go on Dumbo, always walk, don’t run.

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  • DDsDiary April 12, 2011 at 2:39 pm

    Shame you didn’t fall ON a child. I hear they can break your fall nicely 😉 Tsk, these bystanders who just laugh on the sidelines …. 😉

  • TheOnlineStylist April 5, 2011 at 9:07 pm

    Yep… sounds like just the sort of thing that would happen to me! Loving the new blog Lady…a gorgeous new abode! xxx

  • Scottish Mum April 5, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    This made me laugh as its the kind of thing I do. It’s txhe looking around when you get up to see if anyone actually saw the fall. x

  • Flora Jenkins April 5, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    I too did a flying trip the other day on a shingle beach. I blame sleep deprivation! It wasn’t the falling over bit which I minded – just that I had two elderly ladies in their eighties offering to help me up! Sharing the embarrassment with you x

  • Kat April 5, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    New blog? YAY!! Oh, and my mom tripped up the steps into her church on a busy street in the middle of Charleston, SC, in front of a bunch of tourists. Hit her face on the stairs and had some nasty scrapes. So, at least it wasn’t THAT bad.

  • Craftycreative April 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Your feed button is not working, the Twitter one does! Good luck with your new blog.

    And yes, my daughter would like one because she keeps making mouse noises and talking in a squeaky mouse voice. Not sure why, hope it’s not due to to the Angelina’s video (yes, we still have a video player and we are enjoying vintange stuff like Morph and the Wombles)..

  • If I Could Escape April 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

    Ouchie, but did you get on the ride? Love the new blog by the way. x

  • Jo Beaufoix April 5, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    So did you go on Dumbo or had you done enough flying young lady? Ouch

  • Over the Hill Mum @Sarh April 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    I feel a bit sorry for the magic wand 🙂

  • CoffeeCurls April 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    Yay – new blog! Love the look of it xx

  • Gigi April 5, 2011 at 11:51 am

    You are back Miss J. Hip hip hurray….
    I heard it was an entire school party and the term I heard was ‘shoved’…but as long as you had a nice time ha ha! x

  • Mrs Lister April 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

    SHE’S BACK!!!

    About bloody time too…


  • Linda April 5, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I can see it now. 🙂
    Do you have any pictures of you and the rest of your party on any rides?

    • Liz April 5, 2011 at 4:34 pm

      We have some very scary ones. I’m withholding them with a view to blackmail at a later date.

  • Crystal Jigsaw April 5, 2011 at 10:36 am

    Ouch! I guess you can’t have everything! Hope the nose gets better soon.

    CJ xx

  • A Modern Mother April 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

    It wasn’t one small child, it was two!

    • Liz April 5, 2011 at 4:33 pm

      No small children were knocked out of the way.

  • English Mum April 5, 2011 at 8:07 am

    But wait… you seem to have missed out the bit where you elbowed a small child out of the way…

    • Liz April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am

      No small child was knocked out of the way.