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Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:30 pm

After my wife and I's Shanghai and Tokyo adventure last year, I thought we were done with bigger trips for a while. We took a very short trip to Disneyland in California but other than that we didn't have anything planned... Until the opportunity to take a transatlantic cruise from Dover, England to New York City, NY came up. And we figured, if we were going to go all the way to Europe to catch the ship, we might as well take some time in Paris and London, two cities that we hadn't had much time in previously to experience all that we wanted to... Our trip amounted to 24 days, with 3.5 days in Paris, 3.5 days in London, the 11 night transatlantic cruise on the Disney Magic (stopping along that trip in Portland, Cobh, Sydney (Nova Scotia), Halifax and Saint John (New Brunswick)) and then four days in New York.

Our first stop was Disneyland Paris... During my last visit to Paris I was on a high school trip and couldn't break away to visit the resort. This time around we had 1.5 days to experience both parks. With this in mind we opted to stay on property at the recently refurbished Hotel Cheyenne, getting early morning access to the parks (much like Extra Magic Hours at the domestic resorts). We honestly loved the resort more than we expected, between the unique versions of classic lands (the opulent Main Street in particular), the charming walk through experiences and some of the rides we don't have stateside... Plus we were there during Le Rendez-vous Gourmand de Disneyland Paris, the equivalent of Epcot's International Food & Wine Festival at the Walt Disney Studios Park Paris. There was so much to enjoy during our visit that we're definitely working on figuring out when we can go back!
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The long flight would lead us to Paris and after a short Uber drive we arrived at the Disneyland Paris Resort.
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We have a strange habit of always going to the parks not equal to the ones we have in Florida first... We never plan for this way but in Tokyo we went to DisneySea first and in California we almost always go to California Adventure first.
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We were thrilled to find out that Le Rendez-vous Gourmand de Disneyland Paris would be running during our visit!
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I was also genuinely excited to ride this Tower of Terror, as it was the last in the world I'd yet to ride.
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The sugar waffle with caramel from the festival booth was a delicious start to our tasting experience in the parks.
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More food!
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It was neat to check out this Toy Story Land, as the one in Florida had just opened a few months earlier,
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It is charming in its own way... Not as spread out as the one in Disney's Hollywood Studios but it has some fun attractions for all ages.
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The Studio Courtyard area was Marvel-ized during the Marvel Season of Super Heroes event.
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The Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Dance-Off show from California also runs during the Marvel Season of Super Heroes. Having seen it in California, it was fun to see it performed in French here.
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Sadly, this unique attraction was closed for refurbishment during our visit.
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I was eager to experience the other Rock 'n' Rollercoaster... Especially knowing that this one will close soon to become a new Iron Man-themed coaster.
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At Disney's Hollywood Studios you ride to the concert... In this version, you ride through the concert!
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The Marvel Season of Super Heroes also brought a new seasonal show to Walt Disney Studios Park Paris: Super Heroes United.

This entrance corridor has some amazing lighting!
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Lighting envy!
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I genuinely appreciate how the resort accommodates their mix of English and French speaking guests.
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Everything is presented in both languages in tandem, which is pretty cool.
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I wanted to see just what a Marvel show would look like in a Disney park and I wasn't disappointed!
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All of the major Marvel characters are represented perfectly on stage.
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I didn't expect to see Nebula included in the show!
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They also used drones in the show, which was a cool surprise.
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The Hulk makes an appearance as well.
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Overall, it was a really neat experience!
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Still fun!
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Delicious falafel!
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CHEESE!!!
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And cheesy potatoes!
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The Ratatouille-inspired area is really awesome!
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And the transition to Toy Story Land is clever too!
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Time to head in!
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We ended up riding this one four times during our trip and we're super excited to get the ride closer to home at Epcot!
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Crush's Coaster was also a really fun coaster! We were able to ride it twice during our visit!
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Cute!
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I can't imagine this park before the addition of the Toon Studio Area.
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It amazed me that there was plush for Experiment 629 (Leroy) from the film Leroy & Stitch... Pretty obscure these days!
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Time to head to the other park!
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I enjoyed this park more than I expected overall!
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Absolutely gorgous!
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This entry experience blew me away!
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The park was still celebrating its 25th anniversary during our visit!
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I absolutely adore the grander architecture of this Main Street USA.
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Everything has been built out to more grandiose proportions and it really is overwhelming how different the land is by comparison to the others around the world.
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Just look at City Hall!
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Pretty sure the Ocean Steamship Co. is the company behind the Sailing Ship Columbia in the American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea.
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A deli on Main Street? Be still my heart!
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Hello beautiful!
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Even the entrance to Adventureland is different here!
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I would have loved to have experienced Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost when it was the Explorer's Club Restaurant.
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I was actually super excited about this one.
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I love the way the runs throughout the ruins.
Last edited by jedimaster1227 on Sat Dec 15, 2018 8:29 am.

Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure (2)

Fri Nov 30, 2018 12:30 pm

(Continued)
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Time for something I've been waiting a LONG time to experience.
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The new trains on Space Mountain are really fantastic! I didn't find the ride experience to be rough at all!
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Hyperspace Mountain is a very fun experience. I would have loved to see Space Mountain: Mission 2, but as a Star Wars fan, this was still a fun first experience for a looping Space Mountain.
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I love the setup of the Star Tours corner of Discoveryland, almost as much as the one in Tokyo.
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Best vending machine design ever.
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Illuminations was one of the best castle fireworks shows I've seen (outside of Happily Ever After in Florida).
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I love the World of Color-style fountains in the show.
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And there was no shortage of pyro!
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The projections are great... Seeing Star Wars projected on the castle was something special for me!
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Just a great show overall!
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Loved every moment of it!
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I spent a lot of time exploring the Discovery Arcade on Main Street. Just a gem that I can't imagine would be built ever again.
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Time for my first Cornetto cone!
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Back the next day, we got to enjoy the park in the light.
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This castle is something special!
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I love the marquee for this version of Pinocchio!
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It amazes me that the hardware for the old ferris wheel-style Old Mill ride remains attached to the thematic Old Mill all these years later.
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A closer look...
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I was in for a pleasant surprise...
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I hadn't done a lot of research on the parks to preserve as many possible surprises as possible... I'll explain why shortly.
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They really took the Casey Jr. and Storybook Boat concepts from Disneyland and plussed them when they built Disneyland Paris.
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The Boy Who Cried Wolf!
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A Night on Bald Mountain!
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Enter the Cave of Wonders!
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Belle's village with Beast's Castle in the background.
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Another surprise? Seeing The Wizard of Oz represented here.
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Most interestingly, it is the animated version of the story.
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I love the interaction between these two attractions!
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Remember when I mentioned a pleasant surprise? "it's a small world" in Paris was just that!
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While I love the Mary Blair style that makes the classic attraction so distinct, I really love the artistic direction they took with this version. Everything feels more grand and vibrant!
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Proper representation found!
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The winking hippo is still here!
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Just awesome!
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The America section of the ride is really fun!
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Miami Dolphins?
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Love it so much!
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The backside of this gorgeous castle!
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The dragon underneath this castle was as amazing as I'd hoped!
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The inside has unique fantasy architecture to distinguish this from actual European castles nearby.
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The Discovery Arcade is gorgeous, complete with its authentic gas lamps!
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The window displays inside are awesome!
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The futuristic poster art is wonderful too.
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So neat!
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We ran back over to Studios to get a few more things accomplished...
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Neat to see a drum band roaming the park.
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I love this fountain!
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The detail is great... Stay tuned for more photos from these parks as our Grand European Adventure continues!

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Fri Nov 30, 2018 1:09 pm

Amazing report so far! Both of these parks look amazing and I need to get to them at some point. That fireworks show is incredible. :wtf:

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Fri Nov 30, 2018 3:30 pm

Nice to hear a positive review of this resort. Don't hear too many good things about it. It does look like a great place to spend a day and a half.

Looking forward to more!

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Fri Nov 30, 2018 4:08 pm

Fantastic report! I'm eyeing a trip to Paris next year and the park sure is a beauty. Speaking of gigantic proportions, even Town Hall looks taller than Disneyland's castle. :lol:

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:33 pm

Great report! =) =) =) One day I hope to visit this park . . . ONE DAY!!!

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Sat Dec 01, 2018 11:59 pm

Wonderful report of your first ever visit to Disney Paris. I think i was nearly crying when I first saw that hotel above the entrance of the park, lol. Couldn't believe I was finally there. Glad to read you didn't read up too much on most of the attractions in either park, to make it more of a magical unexpected experience.

A correction though - what you called "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" in the Story Book Land cruise wasn't quite right. It's actually the tale of "Peter and The Wolf" which is also a classical musical piece, written for children to understand and enjoy.

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Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Mon Dec 03, 2018 4:24 pm

Nice set of pictures! You really focused on a few of the things I loved about Disneyland Paris -- the awesome castle, the arcades on the side of Main Street, and yep, Small World. :p

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Tue Dec 04, 2018 10:54 am

Oh wow, Disneyland Paris is looking pretty good these days!

Re: Photo TR: Adam's Grand European Adventure

Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:10 am

Great report!

We'll be there for the first time next year so I'm taking notes.
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