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!
The long flight would lead us to Paris and after a short Uber drive we arrived at the Disneyland Paris Resort.
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.
We were thrilled to find out that Le Rendez-vous Gourmand de Disneyland Paris would be running during our visit!
I was also genuinely excited to ride this Tower of Terror, as it was the last in the world I'd yet to ride.
The sugar waffle with caramel from the festival booth was a delicious start to our tasting experience in the parks.
It was neat to check out this Toy Story Land, as the one in Florida had just opened a few months earlier,
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.
The Studio Courtyard area was Marvel-ized during the Marvel Season of Super Heroes event.
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.
Sadly, this unique attraction was closed for refurbishment during our visit.
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.
At Disney's Hollywood Studios you ride to the concert... In this version, you ride through the concert!
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!
I genuinely appreciate how the resort accommodates their mix of English and French speaking guests.
Everything is presented in both languages in tandem, which is pretty cool.
I wanted to see just what a Marvel show would look like in a Disney park and I wasn't disappointed!
All of the major Marvel characters are represented perfectly on stage.
I didn't expect to see Nebula included in the show!
They also used drones in the show, which was a cool surprise.
The Hulk makes an appearance as well.
Overall, it was a really neat experience!
And cheesy potatoes!
The Ratatouille-inspired area is really awesome!
And the transition to Toy Story Land is clever too!
Time to head in!
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!
Crush's Coaster was also a really fun coaster! We were able to ride it twice during our visit!
I can't imagine this park before the addition of the Toon Studio Area.
It amazed me that there was plush for Experiment 629 (Leroy) from the film Leroy & Stitch... Pretty obscure these days!
Time to head to the other park!
I enjoyed this park more than I expected overall!
This entry experience blew me away!
The park was still celebrating its 25th anniversary during our visit!
I absolutely adore the grander architecture of this Main Street USA.
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.
Just look at City Hall!
Pretty sure the Ocean Steamship Co. is the company behind the Sailing Ship Columbia in the American Waterfront at Tokyo DisneySea.
A deli on Main Street? Be still my heart!
Even the entrance to Adventureland is different here!
I would have loved to have experienced Colonel Hathi's Pizza Outpost when it was the Explorer's Club Restaurant.
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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