DISNEYLAND PARIS

This year Disney is celebrating the 20th Anniversary of Disneyland Paris (fka Euro Disney).  Sharon and I had the great pleasure of visiting Disneyland Paris this past May.  How do you compare Disneyland Paris to the original Disneyland in Anaheim?  We always say the same thing, “Familiar yet different.”

The entrance to Disneyland Paris (I’m going to abbreviate that to DP) is spectacular.  You do not see turnstiles, but an awesome chateau that is the Disneyland Hotel.  You enter the park underneath the hotel.  Photo ops are endless before you actually get into the park!

Tinkerbell greeted us upon entering the park with the magical 20th anniversary sign.  In France, Tinkerbell is called_____________?  Can you fill in the blank?

Main Street U.S.A. is familiar yet different.  You can catch the Paddy Wagon for a short trip down Main Street to Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

Looking down Main Street to the castle.  Our excitement was mounting!!!!

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle is built into a hillside as you look to the left in the picture.  Walking up to the castle is breathtaking.  There is a slight curve in the walkway (not evident in this picture) instead of just a straight shot as is the case at Disneyland in CA.  Our excitement was growing with each step.

To the left of the castle is the entrance to AdventureLand.  It looks like Aladdin could swoop down on the magic carpet any second now. To the left of Adventure Land is FrontierLand.

Here is the entrance to FrontierLand.  Yes, you can walk into the fort and go up on the walkways.  I remember Disneyland in CA (I will abbreviate as DR for Disneyland Resort) originally the fort allowed us kids to go up on the walkways.

Phantom Manor is a great ride.  Very familiar to the Haunted Mansion in DR, but somewhat different.  We loved it.  The grounds surrounding the Phantom Manor were really beautiful.

In TomorrowLand we saw the “X Wing Fighter”.  This was just one of the many attractions in this land.

Here is a grand view of the Thunder Mountain Railroad ride.  We really like this ride in DR, but this ride in DP is fabulous.  Someway or another the ride gets out to the island….I’m not even certain how it happened, but it was GREAT.   LOVE, LOVE this ride in DP.

This was a walk-through “ride”.  It was a maze or Labyrinth.  Very cute.  Can you see the “spitting” water that you walked under?

In DR all of the horses are painted white, but in DP each horse is painted in different colors.  This is an awesome carousel.  Do you know the story of why every horse in DR is painted white?

Skull Rock greets you as you approach Pirates of the Caribbean.  This is another area of DP that I thought was outstanding.  The ride itself is really good and again it is familiar yet different from DR.

The Sleeping Beauty Castle has the most incredible stained glass windows.  There are a lot of them and they tell the story of Sleeping Beauty.  Each window is remarkable.  I really liked how the sun shone through the windows and the stained glass colors decorated the castle floor.  In addition, to these great windows, there were fantastic tapestries that told the story too.  But the best part of this great castle was…….

Yep, the dragon in the dungeon.

The dark dungeon housed the dragon.  I must have stood watching this  fabulous creature for 45 minutes and never saw it repeat a movement or roar.  I was like a little kid in a candy store!

As we waited for night to fall and stood in front of the castle,  so that we could watch the most incredible fireworks, water and light show on earth, the castle and nature put on its own show!

Goodnight Disneyland Paris….I miss you already.

So should you go to Disneyland Paris?  France is filled with wonderful historical museums, fabulous paintings and the countryside is terrific too….but again …should you go to Disneyland Paris?  OUI, OUI, OUI, OUI, OUI, OUI, OUI.

 

 

One Response to “DISNEYLAND PARIS”

  1. Saralee Dinelli says:

    Your pictures were great. I went to Disneyland Paris the summer of 2002. They took me right back to my visit. As the park was rather new, some of the rides were not completed. I did enjoy the Moroccan theme of Adv entureLand. The Thunder Mountain train ride was my favorite, I can still remember the twists and turns. I enjoyed the similarities and differences between t he Anaheim Park and Paris. It was my first trip to Europe, and everything was so excitng. Since then I have been to Olando, and still enjoyed the similarities and differences in the 3 parks. Yes, I hope to go bqack again. Thans for the memories.


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