Disney Paris is an amusement park, very interesting for both children and adults, being a replica of its older brother – the USA Disneyland. In Paris you’ll actually visit two parks: the Disneyland Park, consists of 4 large lands: Adventure, Fantasy, Discovery and Frontier, and the second one, Disney Studios Park.
The trip to Disneyland was scheduled for the joy of our child, but for us too. When you schedule the trip just for kids, stay at a hotel in or near Disneyland. If you want to do something else, maybe accommodation in Paris worth considering because you can easily get into the parks.
Disneyland Paris is located 32 km from Paris, in Marne la Valle. From Paris with RER, choose the line A – Marne-la-Vallée / Chessy station. Be careful with the line A, which splits at the exit of Paris, so it is necessary to choose the train that has signaled the A4 direction = Marne-la-Vallée / Chessy. From Charles de Gaulle and Beauvais, there is VEA- shuttle service, providing a bus shuttle to Disneyland Paris. From Charles de Gaulle airport, you may use TGV (fast train).
At the entrance you will find brochures with maps and other useful information in all major languages, and near is an Info panel, where appears the complete information about the program, waiting times, fast pass, etc. The most important trick is not to move with the masses and not wait where is very crowded because later it will definitely more freely. The rules are rules, and Disney employees care to be respected by all, primarily the access, then the safety and so on.
After entering in the park, you reach the Main Street USA, which is a reconstruction of an American Street. Here, there are no main attractions. You will find shops, restaurants, ice-cream and pastry. There is also a corner where appears a Disney character (we caught Mickey’s teddy bear and Duffy – I had not heard of it until then). You can also ride a vintage car (we have not walked with them; I preferred to go to the main attractions). Another attraction on the Main Street USA is right at the entrance, a train circling the park. I thought it would be superb, but I was kind of disappointed. Just when we were passing the Frontierland, we had something nice to see, otherwise very weak. My advice is to go with this train unless you catch the queue very small, otherwise not worth the wait.
Personally, I’m the adept of free style, especially on vacation, so I recommend reading the information about targets visited and then proceeding as suits better to you and how you feel more relaxed and comfortable. You will find fast-food restaurants with a full range of products. I recommend the restaurant in Frontierland, where we served ribs and chicken. There are many stores with princesses, warriors for boys, accessories and office supplies, souvenirs you’ll found everywhere, especially on the driveway entrance, but prices are not encouraging at all. The food is quite expensive, depending on the restaurant. If you search you can find more ‘human’ prices. Overall, a pizza starts at 15 Euros, a menu with cheeseburger, fries and a drink costs 15 Euros, a beef steak with fries is 25 Euros. Soft drinks (sodas and water) have prices starting at 2.5 Euros and more.
For lovers of stories and cartoons, I recommend the following: Autopia – race cars that go with gasoline on rails and you must respect the minimum distance of 1m; Orbitron – are spaceships, in fact an evolved carousel. If you’re adventurous sure you will enjoy the following: Big Thunder Mountain – a friendly roller coaster; Space Mountain Mission2 – a difficult route, only with one elegant looping; Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups – horizontally rides with coffee cups, a soothing experience. Star Tours is a difficult trail in the dark with bright zones and looping. At the roller coaster part, is better to accompanied your children because not all react positively or identical. The adults are welcomed and “treated” like children in absolutely all the attractions, starting with the cinema an ending with the pony rides!
If you want to go and visit Disneyland park attractions I would advise some “top” ranks: No. 1 “Space Mountain”, the 2nd “laser room” where lasers shoot for points, 3rd place “House of Horrors “where there was a lift of approx. 30 people who go (down) in the true house of horror, where you are getting into a carriage and you enjoy a tour of the horror of many landscapes, Ghosts, Illusions etc. For those who want to relax the boat ride from Adventureland, is the best!
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After two days in the park, the last day we went to Paris where we climbed to the top of the Eiffel Tower, we walked then by boat on the Seine, we saw almost everything without getting into museums, then we were on the Champs Elysees where we visited a few shops and the Arc de Triomphe. We will return with much joy, worth all the money!