DISNEY: DISNEYLAND PARIS
I'VE WAITED A LONG TIME TO VISIT DISNEYLAND PARIS...
I've heard nothing be negative things about it since working for The Walt Disney Company (it's dirty, people smoke everywhere, it's too small, etc). and I'm here to tell you all of them are false!!
The park was super clean, super kept up well, and not crowded AT ALL!!! I loved how spacious the park was which meant the rollercoasters and their surroundings were amazing!
Yes, I cried when I saw the castle and spent way too much time roaming it's corridors. After all, this is Princess Aurora (sleeping beauty's) "Upgraded" Castle. And when I say upgraded it is for two reasons, for you unknown Disney fans out there the castle at Disneyland also belongs to Princess Aurora and although it is small due to being the first and the lack of space, I'd say this one in Paris way more than makes up for it! Even though I only spent 6 months with her, Princess Aurora is my favorite princess and what we call my "Disney baby".
So far, it has been my favorite park and I wish I had more than one day to spend there! Looks like I need to go again!
The first thing you see before you get to the lines is the most incredibly spectacular view. Paris' version of the Disneyland Hotel. I didn't have the chance to go inside and explore but if you're lucky enough (and have a big enough pocketbook) you get a room with a view of the park and castle. *sigh*
After going through the turnstiles it is time for your first glance at the beautifully pink and blue castle at the end of main street. I was so fascinated with how identical it looked to the cartoon up on the hill with the square trees that I forgot to enjoy main street! Bravo Disney.
I remember working at Walt Disney World portraying my girl Princess Aurora and telling all the little children about how Prince Phillip captured me a dragon of my own and kept it underneath my castle in Paris (yes, I did my research). Needless to say I was freaking stoked to not only go inside the castle, but also under to finally see this dragon!! I can't even tell you how beautiful the inside of the castle was with the entire Sleeping Beauty story told by stained glass windows. Basically I had tears swelling up in my eyes as I walked around the castle looking at the windows. Once I composed myself it was off to the dungeon to see the Malificent Dragon. A pretty sweet sight to behold if you get the chance to!
Next was off to fantasyland where some of the classics were a must ride. It is fun to see how different and yet the same Disney makes the classic rides. And how convenient that all 14 of us fit on one small world boat!
One land that Disneyland doesn't really have is Toy Story land. It is as if you got shrunken down and were the size of a toy. It was such an adorable section and definitely a place that although small, the kiddos could spend quite some time running around. The rides are comparable to bugs land except for one ride which you can see if the background of the picture where you get to ride in a toy race car and it was super fun! Besides, look how adorable the que line is... makes you want to go on the ride just so you can vroom through the que line!
There were two a-freaking-mazing rides that I rode multiple times while there and are very different from Disneyland or Disney World. They are longer, bigger, faster, and throws you for a loop! Literally! These are my two must ride picks for the trip. Plus they have single rider lines to get on even faster and we all know those definitely come in clutch sometimes.
Can you guess what ride this is?? You guessed it! The Haunted Mansion! And how eerie yet beautiful does it look on the outside? Definitely something out of a scary movie! It is the exact same ride, but a classic (and in french) so you definitely don't want to miss it!
Unfortunately Pirates was closed when we were there due to refurbishments and getting ready for the new movie to come out so I didn't get to enjoy the classic and see my boyfriend Captain Jack Sparrow (sorry ladies he's taken)! How awesome is the entrance though!?
A few awesome things worth mentioning:
#1: They have an awesome castle show with princesses and their princes. It's worth a watch if you want some entertainment.
#2 Getting a park hopper is worth it because the parks are pretty small. Besides their other park (which is equivalent to California Adventure or Hollywood Studios) is really fun as well and has some fun bigger rides!
#3 They have an awesome firework show at night (naturally) which is worth staying for and the castle is breathtaking at night.
#4 Their merchandise is awesome!! Not as good as Tokyo, but definitely worth a stroll through the stores. Also get this, if you see something someone is wearing and they sold out of it, they will get your address and ship it to you when they get it back in stock! For Free! I just about had to do this with the awesome Disneyland Paris ball cap I got, but luckily found it at a cart before leaving. Still the fact they'd do that shows how great Disney is.
#5 (When we went) It wasn't nearly as busy as Disneyland or Disney World. We are talking 20 minute to walk-on times on every ride ALL day!!!
Now that I've covered all my favorites about the park, here are some things I was disappointed about:
#1 They don't believe in Churros, there is one cart and the rest are popcorn carts (just like at Disneyland Tokyo)
#2 They do have a crepe cart which will get you super excited!! Just like Epcot at Disney World it is a major let down and over priced so don't even waste the time in line or the money.
#3 France is known for their fine cuisine, right? Disneyland is also knows for their yummy food-- sorry to say all the food options here are very bland and expensive. Try to eat a full meal before you go and just snack while at the park.
#4 Indiana Jones ride is not the same at all! Instead it is an outdoor rollercoaster that is pretty jerky, you've been warned.
#5 I found it to be fairly hard to find where the characters do meet and greets. They do have an awesome castle show with princesses and their princes which was cool, but there definitely weren't characters a plenty!
Which is your favorite park you've been to?