It may come as no surprise is that I have been to Walt Disney World many times. What may surprise you is that until our November 2016 Vacation,I had never visited Disneyland Paris.
The parks in Paris are beautiful and if you have visited any other Disney Park before will feel very familiar. They do boast some really great unique attractions. You better get those flights booked to Paris or you are going to miss out on these attractions. Here are just a few of Disneyland’s unique offerings;
Some of the attractions on the list, whilst unique, are similar to others operational in other Disney Parks. Crush’s coaster however is completely unique. Themed around everyone favourite sea turtle (sorry Squirt), Crush’s Coaster is a family friendly spinning coaster. You start your adventure in Sydney Harbour and travel through the sea, visiting the great barrier reef along the way.
Disneyland Paris unfortunately does not have wifi in the parks however the queue for Crush’s Coaster does. This is to allow you to play a very cute game – Crush’s Coaster: the game, whilst you wait. The wifi didn’t allow you to get onto webpages but our Instagram and twitter did work.
Ratatouille: The Adventure
We visited the parks over a 5 day period in November and guess when this ride was down for refurbishment; Yep got it in one, it was those 5 days. So unfortunately I havent ridden this ride but going by reviews online it is pretty spectacular. This is what the Disneyland Paris website says: Pull your tails in and feast your senses on this brand new 4D experience at Disney Ratatouille. Remy and friends have cooked up a delicious storm. But it’s not long before they and you are discovered by Chef Skinner, who chases you through the sights, sounds and smells of Gusteau’s famous Parisian restaurant.
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Next up on this list is Phantom Manor and I have really debated if I should include this attraction or not. Technically it falls into the Haunted Mansion category and nearly all other Disney resorts have their own version of this ride. I actually wrote about all the Hanuted Mansion rides from around the world here. Ultimately I have included it as none of the other mansions are called Phantom Manor or carry this storyline.
Here is Disneyland, Phantom Manor is located within Frontierland. To fit with its location this ride has a large Western themed section of the ride which none of its counterparts have.
La Tanière du Dragon: a Fallen Legend
What is the one thing every castle should have? If you said anything other than dragon then I am sorry to say it but you are wrong. Every castle needs its own dragon and Sleeping Beauty really has one. Underneath the castle, hidden in a dark dungeon is this monstrous prisoner. He has been defeated and now lives here chained to the jagged rocks.
Mickey and the Magician
Over in the Walt Disney Studios is a wonderful show called Mickey and the Magician. Performed in a mixture of French and English, a story filled with music, magic and illusions. This show is amazing. The story is very similar to Believe on the Disney Cruise lines but with larger effects and more in depth storytelling. It is a bit weird of you dont speak French as it jumps between the two languages but I didnt feel I missed any of what was going on.
Again this attraction was closed when we visited so I didnt get to experience it. Hopefully next time. There is a similar attraction at Shanghai Disneyland but my research suggests that they are different.
Our trip to Disneyland Paris
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We booked our Disneyland Paris trip with the Walt Disney Travel Company and Stayed in the Santa Fe Hotel. We Stayed for 4 nights/5 days in November 2016. I would recommended booking with Walt Disney Travel Company (Disney UK) as they allow you to book with a deposit online and when we had to change our dates they did it at no cost to us. We have also used them in the past to book our trips to Walt Disney World.