Disneyland Paris (Euro Disney)
When Disneyland in the USA is too far to travel then Disneyland Paris offers the opportunity to experience all the best that Disney has to offer – but in Europe, Paris, France and on a smaller scale. Disneyland Paris is Europe’s most visited attraction. There are also hotels at Disneyland Paris. Disneyland Paris covers 19km² and includes 2 theme parks, 7 resort hotels, 6 other hotels, a golf course and due to its rapid growth it also has its own railway station and town – val d’Europe. Disneyland Park is the European version of the US Disneyland and Magic Kingdom and Walt Disney Studios Park resembles the studio theme parks in Florida and California. In addition there is a “mini-town” called Disney Village where you’ll find restaurants, stores and entertainment.
Disneyland Park has five magic lands: Enjoy the Wild West in Frontierland which recreates the classic surroundings of American cowboys and Indians; Adventureland where the theme is jungle fever; Fantasyland, a magical kingdom of make-believe and Discoveryland where visitors can go on an intergalactic adventure. The primary route through the park is Main Street USA, a typical store-lined American small town main street. The most exciting attractions in the Disneyland Park are It’s A Small World where a small boat takes you through the attraction as you pass scenes from around the world accompanied by music; the Space Mountain roller coaster; Mission 2; Big Thunder Mountain takes you through the Wild West on a runaway train; Pirates of the Caribbean and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast.
Walt Disney Studios Park takes visitors behind the scenes of major film productions. Movies, cartoons and TV programs come alive as you explore the park’s four zones. In the Production Courtyard you’ll learn about how TV programs and movies are made. At Toon Studio you can discover the secrets which bring Disney’s cartoon characters to life. The Backlot zone thrills visitors with special effects and movie secrets. The park has a stunt show and several other parades and show. On the Frontlot you’ll see props, sets and iconic figures from Hollywood.
The top 5 attractions at the Disney Studios Park are the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror; the Toy Story Playground where characters and toys are three times their real size; Stitch Live! Where you can interact with characters from the film Lilo & Stitch; Cars Race Rally where you can join in the car race and the Crush’s Coaster where you’ll be taken into the world of Nemo.
Some of the exciting highlights not to miss include the incredible laser and fountain show, the Disney Dreams Show. Kids will love meeting the costume characters which roam the park and interact with the little ones. There are parades where all the characters participate along with familiar theme songs from popular Disney films.
You can reach Disneyland Paris conveniently from Paris and if you’ll be staying a few days it is probably best to stay at one of the nearby hotels. The resort hotels have the added bonus of having a Disney theme, kids can even meet their favorite characters while having their breakfast!