They say, Disneyland is the happiest place on earth. My family will agree with me in saying that because we have been to Disneyland twice – one in Hong Kong and the other one was in Paris last August 2006.
We had more fun in Paris than in Hong Kong because the latter recently opened last 2005 when we went. Disneyland Paris is bigger and has more attractions than in Hong Kong.
Disneyland Paris consists of 2 parks: Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. Let me break them down for you in terms of attractions and some famous rides found in each Park’s sections.
|Lovey dovies in front of Disney Paris|
- Disneyland Railroad
- Horse-drawn streetcars
- Discovery Arcade
- Alice’s Labyrinth
|Nope, we didn’t get lost!|
- Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque
- It’s A Small World
- Le Carrousel de Lancelot
- Mad Hatter’s Tea Cup
- Peter Pan’s Flight
- Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
|Our Princess enjoying her time at the park|
- Fantasy Festival Stage
- Big Thunder Mountain
- Critter Coral
- Legends of the Wild West
- Phantom Manor
- Pocahontas Indian Village
- Thunder Mesa River boat Landing
|Our favorite ride, ever! This is the crypt before entering the Phantom Manor.|
|River boat ride around Thunder Mesa|
- Rustler Shooting Gallery
- The Chaparral Theater
- Adventure Isle
- Captain Hook’s Pirate Ship
- Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril
- Enchanted Passage to Aladdin
- Pirates Beach
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Alpha and Beta Arcade
- Buzz Lightyear Lazer Blast
- Captain EO
- Nautilus Mysteries
- Space Mountain: Mission 2
- Star Tours
- Disney Studio 1
- Art of Disney Animation
- Cars Race Rally
- Flying Carpets over Agrabah
- Crush’s Coaster
- RC Racer
- Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin
- Tower of Terror
- Toy Story Playland
- Armageddon Special Effects
- Action Stunt Show
- Toy Soldiers Parachute Jump
- Rock n’ Roller Coaster
- Studio Tram tour
- Playhouse Disney Live on Stage
- Stitch Live
|Hubby, going alone for the Temple of Peril ride.|
|Pirates of the Caribbean ride|
|Nope, didn’t ride this one because I got duped the first time when we rode it in Hong Kong thinking it was some space train ride inside. Boy, I was in for a thrilling surprise!|
Walt Disney Studios Park
The whole resort is big and has many attractions for both kiddies and adults to enjoy. We didn’t have time to explore the Walt Disney Studios Park as we had to head to Paris’ city proper for the remaining part of our vacation.
There are plenty of shops and restaurants to choose from in the park. Aside from that, there’s a meet and greet session with the Disney characters you love. We managed to scour several pictures with them as we were in the park the whole day until 11:00 p.m. after the fireworks show. The fireworks show was late because it didn’t get dark until around 10:00 p.m.! It was still like dusk around 9:00 p.m. since it was not yet totally autumn that time so the sun set quite late.
|Still can’t figure out if it’s Chip or Dale ?!?|
- The fireworks was spectacular! I could watch it over and over without feeling tired. It was staged in Sleeping Beauty’s castle with lights and music to go with it. We chose a perfect spot near the Main Street’s grassy areas where we could sit and just enjoy the breath-taking show. I have never seen such beautifully coordinated lights, music and fireworks show in my life and the one we saw there was probably the most beautiful fireworks I have ever seen. I have placed a short clip of the firework’s finale here. It’s a teaser to encourage you to save up for that once in a lifetime dream vacation to Paris!
|Marvelous fireworks show. I think it ran for 3-5 minutes until the whole song was over.|
|Celebrants’ tiles in front of the park|
- I forgot how much I paid for in the park since it was almost 7 years ago. The price listed in their site now shows GBP 52.00 for adults and GBP 47.00 for kids from 3 to 11. The rates are for 1-day pass only for 1 Park. The rates include VAT as well. I’m not sure if they increased over the years. If ever, it may not be that much so roughly, I must have paid around those rates in 2006.
I highly recommend this place to families out there and even to couples. I have seen tiles with names of married couples who celebrated their wedding or anniversary in the park set on the front area near the ticket booth. So I am sure that Disneyland is great for all ages. If you wish to visit both parks then 1 days for each park must be allocated because there are so many rides inside and shows to watch that you need 1 whole day for each park.
As soon as we arrived Charles De Gaulle Airport, we went to Terminal 2 to catch the VEA Shuttle. It was not hard to miss because it was red and had Disneyland logo all over the bus. It had several stops on the main Disney hotels in the park but it also passed through official Disney resort “other” hotels in the list. Our hotel was Kyriad just few meters away from the Disney Park. The bus shuttle’s rate was around Euro 11 for each of us. This may have increased by now.
Going to the Paris’ city proper was also convenient. We just had to take the free hotel shuttle to the main gare or train station. The train station just in front of the Disney Village is the last stop so if you’re coming from the city, you’ll never miss the place.
So, what are you waiting for? Plan your magical experience now and visit Disneyland Paris! They have an extended 20th Anniversary until September 2013 and lots of fun and surprises await revelers!
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