Disneyland Paris for Disney Enthusiasts, Former Mouseketeers, and Fanatics

If you want all the nitty gritty Disneyland Paris details, you’ve come to the right place. Note: This post is not intended for the Disney Faint of Heart. It is for the eyes of those of us who know you never have to grow up and certainly can’t place a price on the value of a Mickey ice cream bar. If I were to ask you for Mickey’s real name and you can confidently delcare, “Mortimer Mouse” then continue on dear Disney Comrade.

Here’s the breakdown for Disneyland Paris.

What’s the Same

  • Many of the Rides. “EuroDisney” as it is often called, is actually broken into two different parks: Disneyland (like Magic Kingdom) and Walt Disney Studios Park (like Hollywood Studios). Many of the rides that you know and love from the Disney theme parks in the states are alive and well in Disneyland Paris.

Here are those familiar rides found in Disneyland Park: 

– Autopia (i.e. the ride I never rode again after getting my actual Driver’s License).

– Big Thunder Mountain

– Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast. (Buzz is bilingual and Zurg is still an evil dick in any langauge)

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– Disneyland Railroad

– Dumbo the Flying Elephant

– It’s a Small World

– La Cabane de Robinson (i.e. the treehouse I never waste my time on. Sorry if you love it).

– Le Carrousel de Lancelot

– Orbitron

– Peter Pan’s Flight

– Pirates of the Caribbean

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– Star Tours the Adventures Continue (in Hollywood Studies in WDW)

– Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing

– Mad Hatter’s Teacups (though technically closed)

– Phantom Manor (though technically closed, its akin to the Haunted Mansion, or so I am told)

Here are your foundational Disney favorites in Walt Disney Studios Park:

– Les Tapis Volants- Flying Carpets over Agrabah (this ride is located in Magic      Kingdom, though in WDW Adventureland).

– The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (although this has been adapted for Guardians of the Galaxy in California Adventure, in Paris it remains similar to the one in Hollywood Studios).

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– Rock n’ Rollercoaster starring Aerosmith. It does have a different intro video though. No background to the ride, just saying if you want to rock and roll with the band, head out this way.

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  • Wait Times. In case you were wondering, Peter pan has a long line no matter where you are in the world. The ride also has more of a mermaid presence.

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  • There are some single rider lines (but not many). Toy Story parachute is a single rider.

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  • Small Disney Springs type area. It is called Disney Village in Paris though.

 

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What’s Different

  • Some Different Rides. Here are some rides and attractions they have that are unique.

Disneyland Park:

– Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (a ride that was retired from WDW).

– Casey Jr. – Le Petit Train du Cirque (for kiddies)

– Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (a completely different IJ ride than the one in Disneyland California)

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– Les Mysteres de Nautilus (I wanted this to be a ride like 20,000 Leagues under the Sea used to be, but it’s a walk-through attraction)

– Les Voyages de Pinocchio (another retired ride that went the way of Sleeping Beauty).

– Star Wards Hyperspace Mountain. It shoots you out like a cannon a la Rock and Rollercoaster.

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Disney Studios Park: 

– Cars Quatre Roues Rallye

– Crush’s Coaster (the BEST of the unique attractions as far as I am concerned).

– Ratatouille: The Adventure (under construction at WDW EPCOT)

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– RC Racer (part of their Toy Story Land)

– Slink Dog ZigZag Spin (different than in the newly-opened Toy Story Land at WDW Hollywood Studios)

– Studio Tram Tour: Behind the Magic (may the Backlot Tour at MGM…..Ahem, Hollywood Studios Rest in Peace).

– Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop (use the single rider on this one, it’s a good way to see the surrounding French Countryside).

– Armageddon: les Effets Speciaux (this is more of a show, but they seemed to have a lot of technical difficulties with it when I went there so I never made it in.)

– Moteurs…. Action! Stunt Show Spectacular. Many years back this was a Paris original that was duplicated at Hollywood Studios during a big Disney world-wide exchange where they brought new rides and attractions to different parks around the world. It was actually one of the coolest shows in my book. Sadly, it has gone the way of the Backlot Tour and is also resting in peace in Disney Heaven.

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  • The Lives Shows. I’m a sucker for a live action stage show, and Hollywood Studios at Disneyland Paris has this really cute one called Mickey and the Magician. It’s about how Mickey is supposed to be cleaning this attic but he can’t focus and get his shit done. Instead, he lets his imagination run wild and he comes into contact with many of the key characters in other Disney movies. They sing, they dance, stuff lights up… you know, all the makings of a Disney stage show. They even tap dance. The funny part is that the other characters speak in both languages (French and English), but Mickey must not have brushed up on his Duolingo because he spoke only French.

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For some short clips from the show, go here!

  • It’s a Small Word.  The outside is almost identical to the facade at Disneyland Paris in California. Also, America is represented. Native Americans too. I didn’t even notice before that the host country is usually not included in the states.

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  • Fast Pass times. They are done in increments of thirty minutes (not one hour) and you have to get them the old fashioned way, by going to the actual ride itself and getting it printed at the kiosk.

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At the time of this post, I am about to embark on my next Disney adventure: Shanghai Disneyland and Hong Kong Disneyland. My goal of Disney Domination will only be one park away from being fulfilled. Peace out Mouseketeers!

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