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Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:51 am
by viking86
Disneyland Paris

Part 1 - First look at Disneyland Park (see below)
Part 2 - Checking out Walt Disney Studios Park
Part 3 - Back to Disneyland Park for parade, fireworks and the awesome Hyperspace Mountain

I have travelled twice across the Atlantic to visit Walt Disney World in Orlando, both visits which have been amazing. But despite it being only a few hours away by plane I have never visited Disneyland Paris. And I’m not really sure why.... Maybe it’s the less-than-great reputation the park has that has gotten to me. Maybe it’s the fear that it would be a dissappointment after visiting WDW. I don’t know, but I never felt any strong desire to visit Disneyland Paris. Until a couple of months ago that is, when I was planning my vacation and I found that flight tickets to Paris where really cheap. And given that pretty much all of the major refurbishment projects are now completed, and with the park celebrating it’s 25 year anniversary this year, I figured now would be a good time to visit. And once the trip was booked I started to get really excited. I would not be dissappointed...

Okay so just let me get this out of the way: Disneyland Paris is no WDW, but it’s a pretty damn good place to visit! Well, the main Disneyland Park that is. The Studios park leaves a lot to be desired, but I will get back to that in the next update. In this post I will focus on some of the things that Disneyland Park has to offer.

Before I jump to the actual park, let me just say that getting to the parks is really easy! Many of the nearby hotels, also those which are not Disney resorts, offer free shuttle buses to the park. I stayed at Hotel l'Elysee Val d'Europe, which offered a free shuttle bus which ran every half hour in the morning and evening. During mid-day it was every hour only, but that didn’t matter since I was already at the parks by then. So to keep it short, using the shuttle bus to get to and from the parks was super easy. I will reccomend though to spend some time hanging out in the Disney Village after the park closes, as the buses will be extremely packed during the first hour after park closure.
In addition to the buses there is also a train station right outside the parks, where you can get the TGV train directly to the airport or take a local train into Paris. So all in all, getting to and from the parks is very easy and convinient.

Okay, so let’s get to the parks shall we? Before you enter the main plaza you have to go through a security check, with metal detectors and scanners for the bags. I’m not much of a fan of this, but given recent events in France and other European countries it’s totally understandable. And its quickly forgotten once you get inside. From here you have the option to head to either one of the two parks, or head to the Disney Village, which is like a smaller version of Disney Springs. There are some familar sights here, like the World of Disney store, Planet Hollywood or Rainforest Cafe. But for me, I went straight to Disneyland Park.

After passing some beautiful fountains and taking in the spectacular view of the Disneyland Hotel over the park entrance, I went to get my tickets. Having purchased my 3-day park hopper ticket in advance, I got a voucher to print at home. Once at the park it was just to scan the voucher at the machine in exchange for the ticket. And then again scan the ticket at the gates to get into the parks. Again, super easy!

Once inside the park, it becomes more familar. The plaza, train station, main street, hub and castle are all laid out in a very familiar way. As expected it all looks great, and along with the music played around main street it really gets you into the proper mood for a great day at the park!

Final note before I jump into the pictures, meeting up with some fellow TPR members really turned a great trip into a fantastic one, given that I was travelling alone. So Andrew, Chris and Dylan, thank you very much, you really helped making my trip a memorable one!

Okay, now let’s get onto the pictures. Note! The pictures are taken over three days and not neccesarily in the order they were taken. So in some of the pictures it will be quite clody, while being clear skies in others.

This is the view from the main plaza. The Studios Park is off to the left, Disneyland Park is straight ahead in this direction.

Beatiful fountains outside the park entrance.

In order to enter the park you walk under the Disneyland Hotel.

Once inside you get a more familiar sight with the train station. Disneyland Paris is celebrating 25 years this year, which was very obvious throughout the park.

The band playing...

I’ve never been to Disneyland Paris before, but this sight still felt very familiar.

A look at the Main Street buildings.

And the other side...

They had several figures around the hub in front of the castle. Here’s Donald and Daisy (or Dolly as she’s called in Norway)

Mickey and Minnie.

The castle is a little smaller than it’s WDW counterpart, but it’s a beatiful structure and I really like that they went for a different look for this one.

Yup, I’m ready to have some fun!

I took a lot of castle pictures during my three days. Is it possible to have too many castle pictures?? I’m not sure...

Fantasyland carousel

Here’s a look at Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Disneyland Paris also has the Peter Pan’s Flight ride.

Dumbo the Flying Elephant

Okay guys, we’re not doing this right??

I mean, the structure is beautiful and all that, but we’re not actually doing it right?

I guess we’re doing it...

One of the main attractions at Disneyland Paris is Big Thunder Mountain. This is one of very few rides that during my visit built up a significant line (60-70 minutes) so if you go here get a fast pass for this ride early.

For the ride itself, it’s very fun. With the exception of the station, the whole ride is located on an island. This means that the ride goes through a tunnel under the water both at the beginning and at the end of the ride. These tunnels are very dark, and particularly on the return trip it feels like you’re going a million miler per hour through the tunnel.

Got a fastpass ticket at 11:53 and as you can see from the return time it wasn’t long until they ran out of fastpasses.

Happy riders returning from the darkness!

The ride has a dual loading station, but they didn’t always use both sides during my three days at the park.

Stunning looking ride!


Chris and Andrew giving the ride thumbs up!

If you want to get some really goods view of the ride, hop on the Molly Brown for a relaxing journey around the island.

On board the Molly Brown you get some views which you cannot get from the “mainland”.


You also get a great view of Phantom Manor from the Molly Brown.

Some of the decorations around Phantom Manor.

Don’t dance too slow, you might end up like Leadfoot Fred...

At the back of Frontieland I came across a random little Frozen themed area.

This area was not in use for anything, but I assume it has been used for meet’n greets or something...

Indiana Jones was closed for scheduled maintenance. I knew about this when booking the trip, so while I would have liked to give it a go, I didn’t really mind that it was closed.

A little bit of the scenery around the park.

And a little more..

Entering the land of pirates.


Pirates of the Caribbean is a great classic Disney ride, and I ended up riding it multiple times during my stay.

So yeah, that was a first glimpse of what Disneyland Paris has to offer. I was definitely impressed by the park! Yes, there are some things which can be improved upon, like food service for example, my overall impression was very positive. In the next update I’ll head over to Walt Disney Studios to show you what that park has to offer, before coming back to Disneyland Park and having a look at Discoveryland and the afternoon parade before finishing off with Illuminations at the end of the day. Stay tuned!

In the next update we'll head over to the Studios Park...

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 8:48 am
by ThemeParkJunkie51290
WOW! Just a beautiful park! =) I'm looking forward to the other pictures!

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:16 am
by PKI Jizzman
Great pictures! Big Thunder looks fantastic and so does the hotel.

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:46 pm
by viking86
^^&^ Thanks, Disneyland Paris is indeed a very beautiful park!

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:47 pm
by robbalvey
Great report! You owe us a trip to Orlando! :P

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:50 pm
by viking86
^Haha thanks! I do need to go back, don't I...?? :p

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:04 pm
by Nrthwnd
I know it's not an "attraction" as such, but what did you think of the covered walkways on either side of Main Street? The crowds don't seem to use these much, except when it's raining or cold. But they're a great way to get from the back of the park to the front, when it's near closing time. And the Main Street shops have "back doors" into it as well, which is nice access.

Great TR so far. Glad you got finally got to the Resort and "try it out". :smile:

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 1:15 pm
by viking86
^The covered walkways were awesome! They were excellent to help clean out the crowds after Illuminations, and at one point we also used them to navigate the park during the parade, which worked brilliantly. I definitely think they learned from the other parks when they designed these additional walkways.

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Sun Oct 01, 2017 3:23 pm
by Nrthwnd
^ Great! I think they were built out of Disney's wanting to make guests' visits more enjoyable, even in not so great weather.
It's also cool, that the left mall is actually about France giving the U.S. the Statue of Liberty, and how that was designed and done.
And the right mall about inventors and inventions in general, including the American inventor Ferris...and his Wheel. :smile:

Also I have to ask you - did you get a chance to visit The Dragon, in the park?
That made the DLP castle experience for us so amazing!

Re: Photo TR: Three days at Disneyland Paris

PostPosted: Mon Oct 02, 2017 12:49 am
by viking86
^All the details inside those covered walkways were indeed a very nice touch, and I also liked that each side was different.

And yes, we did pay a visit to the dragon! ;)