Exploring Disneyland…

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I was given tickets to Disneyland as a leaving gift from my work in Paris. It was a great form of escapism and really lived up to and beyond my wildest expectations!

The Hollywood Tower of Terror was my favourite attraction at Disneyland, and its the most recent addition to the resort.  The lift opens at different levels of the haunted, art deco styled hotel. Then suddenly the lights go out and you are waiting, waiting…, until you drop to what feels like 5 levels underground, to be then taken up in 3 seconds flat to the top of the hotel, where you suspend, taking in an amazing view of the park.

So you get the general idea.  A bit of a thrill and a really impressive, choreographed attraction.   As in normal Disney style every intricate decoration detail is there, you feel like you are in this scary hotel lift..  Even the lift controller is in character as a quirky  bell-hop with dark humour jokes.

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Main Street USA is one of the 5 lands in Disneyland Paris. 

Be transported back to the era when Walt Disney grew up, to the times of horse drawn carts and traditional candy shops and the Ice Cream Parlour!

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Discoveryland is where I spent most of the time.

Space mountain is an awesome roller-coaster that gives the impression you are blasting off into space, with futurist bright flashes coming at you at light speed!  You need to hold on tight!

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Frontierland is the land of the wild, wild west. Explore canyons, cactuses, in the territory of indians and cowboys.  The wild west train of the Mississipi is fun, and the Haunted House is worth your time, too.

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Fantasyland is popular with young kids, girls especially.  Its’ a very girly world with castles to explore plus the infamous Mad Hatter tea cups ride.

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 Adventureland is all about adventures at sea tackling pirates or even Indiana Jones!  Unfortunately the major rides were closed when I went.

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The Fast Pass is a great new ticket system, where you find the attraction of interest, take a fast pass ticket and come back at a designated time for the ride, without queuing. If you know the attractions of interest and can orientate yourself around the park, you will be able to skip queues for most of the day.  Disneyland Paris is always busy and especially on the weeekend, so waiting time for rides of up to 1 hour or more is normal.  The Fast Pass is an efficient way to avoid this.

During a normal day, there is a parade at 11am with all your favourite Disney characters and a firework and light show at night. The ligthshow is cool as the well known Disney characters like Tigger are projected onto the famous castle.

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Disneyland is the most popular attraction in Europe, attracting more visitors than the Lourve and double that of the Eiffel Tower.  Despite record ticket sales and millions of visitors from all over Europe, the attraction isn’t making a profit and hasn’t for a while.

Walking through the park, you can’t help but notice how every square metre is lavished in attention and detail; it must cost millions for the upkeep of the park, in keeping every attraction 100% in character and in pristine condition.  I think Disney’s dedication to this park is incredible, despite not generating a profit for the Disney empire, it’s clear that their goal and dedication is rather that children and families, (and for generations to come), should be allowed the pleasure to enjoy the magic and wonderland that is Disney.

 Practical information

Paris Disneyland is located about 40 minutes from central Paris by train.  Take the line RER (A) at Chatelet, Gare de Lyon, Auber, Nation, or Charles de Gaulle in the direction of Marnee La Vallee, and you will descend the train at Marnee La Vallee-Chessy.  The park is a short walk from the station.

If you want to stay right near Disneyland Paris, there are half a dozen Disney hotels to choose from.  For more information check hotels here.

In my opinion, best to pack lunch/snacks if possible, I remember the fast food there was expensive and not amazing.

For more information on Disneyland, see the official site.

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