Walt Disney Studios
Disneyland Paris is comprised of two parks. While the castle park is often praised for its beauty, Walt Disney Studios is usually the butt of jokes. Is it as bad as other reviews would make you think? Yes in the sense that it isn't a full-day park and no in the sense that it has some fantastic rides.
Look no further than Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin
Flats typically feel out of place at a Disney park, but not when they're an oversized wiener dog. Who cares about the giant magician's hat or the water tower...Slinky is the park's icon.
If you expect an unbiased review, you're deceiving youself. I can say that I prefer Slinky in coaster form, but I'll take Slinky in any form Disney will give him to me. I can also say this ride is more of a looker than a rider. 10 out of 10 for appearance. 5 out of 10 as a ride.
In all seriousness, the park's best attraction is the (still for now) Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. The ride's placement is bizarre. All other iterations of Disney's greatest thrill ride are located on the perimeters of their respective parks. Walt Disney Studio decided to plop their's smack dab in the center of the park. The front facade looks amazing as ever, but the backside is naked. It looks completely out-of-place in a Disney park.
The ride cycle is identical to California's old tower. And for me, that isn't a bad thing. The ride is perfection. The story is incredibly immersive and the drops deliver the goods. Every single drop gives that delightful stomach-dropping sensation and is paired with airtime. If that's not enough, the rapid ascent also provides sustained floater that craps all over an S&S tower.
Obviously I'll take Florida's tower over this one. And I'll probably take California and Tokyo's towers over this one as well. But that is more a testament to just how good the others are. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I'll take any iteration of the Tower of Terror over most coasters. 10 out of 10
One ride completely unique to Paris (for the time being) is Ratatouille. This ride has one of the best single rider lines I've ever seen. Because of the countless 6-seat vehicles, they need a ton of single riders. Even though the regular queue was 50-70 minutes all day, the single rider line was never more than 5 minutes.
The ride is a cross of Pooh's Hunny Hunt and Spiderman. While I (and many others) would prefer a ride comprised entirely of practical sets, I still really enjoyed Ratatouille. The screens are very well executed. The 3D animation is beautiful and up to par with Pixar's films. Plus the jumbo screens effectively make you feel the size of a rat. 8.5 out of 10
I also found it odd how the ride constantly fluctuated between English and French. Characters would say one sentence in English before saying the next in French.
As a movie studio park, they also try their hand at the Studio Tram Tour. I was too young to remember the old one in Florida, but I loved the one at Universal Studios Hollywood. That ride was incredible. The same cannot be said about the one at Walt Disney Studios.
For one, it's not a real movie set. Two, the ride often doesn't try. The Catastrophe Canyon and London sets are fantastic, but the rest of the ride consists of some random props sitting alongside a road. Worse, half the ride is completely lacking anything to look at. They try to distract you with a video screen with some narration, but I saw right through it. If this is removed for the park's expansion, it's no great loss. 4 out of 10
This is a coaster site, so naturally I rode all three of them. RC Racer can be a bit of a tricky one since it doesn't offer Fastpass and it's capacity isn't too good. The single rider line is a crapshoot since they don't call for too many, but I lucked out after a rainstorm. I was shocked to see Disney forced riders to put loose articles in a bin rather than keeping them at their feet. Is this a first for Disney?
No loose articles makes sense since this coaster (I know this is objectionable to some) has some legit sustained floater. Plus it had a few launches with more kick than I expected. For obvious reasons, it has a short cycle but RC Racer did exactly as advertised. 6 out of 10
Rock n' Roller Coaster was being a bit temperamental during my visit. I think I walked over to it three or four times before I was finally able to ride it. I was expecting a carbon copy of Florida's, but got something a little different. The coaster layout is identical. It has the same great launch and forceful sidewinder inversion.
But the story is completely different. Instead of taking a high speed limo through LA, on this one you ride the music. Yes the plot is a bit contrived, but the execution is done well. The coaster bit has a series of spotlights that temporarily blind riders and heighten the sense of speed. I think I may prefer this one to Florida's, but it's close. 7 out of 10
The last coaster was easily the most frustrating ride at the resort to ride, Crush's Coaster. I used Extra Magic Hours on two separate days to be on one of the first few cars of the day. More specifically, you need to arrive early for Extra Magic Hours to ride it with no wait (See post in the park discussion thread- Here
). Otherwise you'll have to wait at least an hour. That includes the single rider line as well.
The effort to ride Crush was worth it. Yes it's mostly just an off-the-shelf spinning mouse in a box, but Disney pulled it off well. There's a quick dark ride bit to set the tone and I know many will criticize Disney for skimping on theming during the coaster bit, but I thought it made the ride more thrilling. The ride was in almost total darkness, so it was extremely disorienting being spun and yanked about. 7 out of 10
Walt Disney Studio is often considered Disney's runt of the litter. It's not a bad park persay; it just doesn't match the high standards of Disney's other parks. The park has some legit E ticket attractions, but the overall feel of the park just seems off. If you've been there, you probably know what I mean.
If you go for early entry, it's conceivable you could do the entire park in 1-1.5 hours. Fortunately reinforcements are on the way. As of now, Walt Disney Studios isn't a place I could spend a whole day at, but I kept popping over for another ride on Tower of Terror since this one never seems to have a line.