The Disney resort in Paris consists of two main parks, the original Disneyland Park which opened in 1992 and the newer Walt Disney Studios Park which opened in 2002.
Disneyland Park is divided into four themed sections and a central shopping and information section known as Main Street USA.
The four main sections are…
Main Street USA
Main Street USA serves as the main entrance boulevard into the park and it is themed after an early-20th-century small-town in America, it is completed with a train station (Disneyland Railroad) and Victorian architecture. The street terminates at the central hub of the park, which is Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. It is in Main Street where you can ride in some of the most iconic vehicles of the past 100 years, ride in a horse drawn carriage, shop for your souvenirs and even grab a bite to eat.
Main Street is also the place to watch the amazing Disney Parade and the awe inspiring Disney Dreams night time show.
The Disneyland Railroad is the place to ride an authentic steam-powered train that runs around the outer perimeter of the park, the main station looking out over Main Street USA. Catching the train and staying on for the full circuit means you can enjoy a relaxing 20-minute tour of the whole park, which is great after you have spent most of the day being dragged from one ride to another. My boys adored the train and they would have stayed on for the day given half the chance.
Here you can see some of the most ingenious 19th century inventions
Historical photo and artwork bring to life the story behind the Statue of Liberty.
From Main Street you have access to the main four themed sections. We has a plan of sorts for the park, Mal and Jak are a little too small for some of the larger rollercoasters so we wanted to ride as many rides as they were allowed to ride as possible, as they are real little thrill seekers. The attractions we visited are listed below…
Frontierland is an area that is themed after a mining town of the American Old Wild West. Features include desert and wilderness landscaping, large rock formations, a river, and frontier architecture. The Western style buildings are a truly amazing sight.
This attraction combines a walk-through section and a section with omnimover vehicles, it features special effects and audio-animatronics throughout. Only the introduction (walkthrough section) of the ride takes place in the visible Manor. The actual ride in the vehicles takes place in a show building hidden behind the Manor. I wasn’t sure about taking my young children on this ride but they ALL did enjoy it, and it wasn’t at all scary for them.
Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
Here we hopped aboard an old paddle steamer and enjoyed a leisurely riverboat ride around Frontierland.
Whilst aboard we saw the sights of Big Thunder Mountain, Phantom Manor, Wilderness Island, Smuggler’s Cove, an old snoring fisherman, Yellowstone National Park geysers and dinosaur remains.
Frontierland Station where we could hop aboard the Disney Railroad and visit the next themed area or stay on as long as we liked.
Adventureland is themed to recreate the feel of exotic locales of places such as the Caribbean, Middle-East, Africa, and Asia. Lush landscaping is abundant throughout the land to give visitors the impression of being in a remote jungle
Aladdin’s Enchanted Passage
This is a walkthrough attraction in the Adventureland Bazaar. Here we saw a series of showcase windows which recreate scenes from the Disney movie Aladdin.
This is an amazing replica of a pirate’s galleon and we couldn’t wait to go exploring
Sleeping Beauty Castle serves as the main entrance to this land which themed after a storybook village taking many of its architectural traits from various European villages.
Sleeping Beauty Castle and La Taniere du Dragon
The Castle features two parts, the first being a dungeon type area where there in its depths features an audio-animatronic dragon, and above a walkthrough area with Sleeping Beauty themed stained glass windows and tapestries. There are also several shops selling numerous themed gifts and trinkets to remind us of our amazing adventure.
Peter Pan’s Flight
Peter Pan’s Flight is a dark ride where we boarded a “flying” pirate ship that was suspended from an overhead rail. In this ship we soared over miniature recreations of London and Neverland. This was a wonderful ride that took approximately 3 minutes to complete which was filled with WOW’s and AHHHs from my children.
Alice’s curious labyrinth
The hedge maze is themed around scenes and characters from the Disney 1951 animated movie, Alice in Wonderland.
The maze comprises of two main sections: the first one with some of Alice’s adventures prior to meeting the Queen of Hearts, and the second based on Alice’s encounter with the Queen.
The goal of the maze is to reach the Queen of Heart’s Castle, where once reached, you can get an amazing aerial view of Fantasyland. The second area, and the maze’s main route is similar in shape to the body of the Cheshire Cat, with a semi-floral recreation of the character’s face adjacent to the attraction.
Casey Jr. – le Petit Train du Cirque
This is a train ride which takes you on tour of various scenes from Disney movies. This is such a fun ride and my boys would have stayed on all day if we had allowed it.
Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups
Here we boarded a colourful teacup for a merry mad spin around a giant teapot. Each tea cup includes a wheel in the centre that let us control the direction and speed of our spin
Le Carrousel de Lancelot
We embarked on an enchanting ride on Sir Lancelot’s very own merry-go-round, a beautiful take on the many carrousels you can ride in many different places.
Dumbo’s Flying elephants
This is an aerial carousel-style ride where the 16 ride vehicles each resemble Dumbo, these ‘vehicles’ are mounted on articulated arm connected to a rotating hub.
This is a wonderful ride and my children has so much fun controlling the “Dumbo’s” by maneuvering them up and down using the ‘joystick’ that controlled this movement.
It’s A Small World
This is a water based ride featuring over 300 audio-animatronic dolls in traditional costumes from cultures around the world. A very sweet ride, although the music became very annoying very very quickly.
Disney Railroad – Fantastyland Station
Here we could hop aboard the Disney Railroad and visit the next themed area or again stay on as long as we liked.
The Theme for Discoveryland is inspired by the visions of famed European thinkers and explorers such as Leonardo da Vinci, HG Wells, and even Jules Verne.
Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast
Blast off into space and help Buzz defeat Zurg in this intergalactic laser-shooting gallery……
My children loved this ride. Each car had 2 laser guns that you could use to blast aliens and a digital display at the front of the car showed you how many of the critters you had hit. You could also control the direction your car was facing using a joystick controller.
Here we hopped in to futuristic style cars and set off around the futuristic stylised track. Super fun but Mal and Jak where a little too short to reach the pedals, but they loved it all the same
This walk-through attraction took us through the various rooms of Captain Nemo’s submarine, the Nautilus. There is some special effects, like the giant squid we saw through the window in the Saloon and Captain Nemo’s reflection. Great fun!!
Walt Disney Studios Park
Cars Quatre Roues Rallye
Rev up your engines and zoom alongside Lightning McQueen in this speedy circuit from the world of Cars….
A fun ride that was enjoyed much more by Mal and Jak than by Mummy and Daddy. Whilst sitting in the car designed to look like characters from the movie, you was spun around on the car axis, whilst being spun around on a track.
Ratatouille: The Adventure
This is by far the best ride in the whole resort. Here we climbed aboard mouse shaped vehicles and were ‘shrunk’ down to the size of Remy. The 4D ride had us ducking, diving, dodging and scurrying to safety in an amazing chase across a gigantic kitchen.
Studio Tram Tour®: Behind the Magic
This is another super attraction featuring a video tour by Jeremy Irons. This ride starts as a tour around the Production Courtyard, where you can see props used in various movies and TV show such as Dinotopia and Pearl Harbor. This then leads on to explaining how special effects are used and you actually experience what it would be like in explosive disaster movie. With the tram rocking side to side a flammable tanker heads towards you and explodes, this is then followed by a flood of water coming over the tram. Absolutely brilliant, and although the heat did catch me by surprise at first my little ones were not fazed at all. Then after all that excitement you get to see part of the London set for Reign of Fire.
Slinky® Dog Zigzag Spin
This is a super fun ride that is shaped just like Slinky Dog from the Toy Story movies
The rides in both parks are extremely well designed and thought out, we had a lot of fun. As well as the rides both parks offer shows and parades which are truly stunning. You can read about the shows and parades we visited here …