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  1. Spring, 2012 - 4 day, Sequoia Lodge

Disneyland Paris Resort

What's Here?

Quick Tips for American visitors to Disney's Disneyland Paris Resort

 

Getting Oriented

The Disneyland Paris Resort is situated about 20 miles east of Paris, France on 4,800 acres and includes two theme parks (Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios), 7 on-site resort hotels, 6 affiliated hotels, golf course, rail station and a small town (Val d'Europe). Opened in 1992 as EuroDisneyland, it struggled financially with underwhelming attendance numbers for several years. While attendance and financials for the Resort are now stable, the Walt Disney Studios Park ranks as the lowest attended park of all 11 Disney parks worldwide.

English-speaking  resort guests should be comfortable at the Disney Resort. Although French is the primary language spoken in the resort, all menus and most signs are available in English. Most cast members speak English. Maps are available in French, English, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, and German after you have purchased a ticket and entered each park.


How To Get There

bulletBy Plane: the nearby Charles De Gaulle Airport (Airport code: CDG). You can take a TGV train from Terminal 2 or the VEA shuttlebus service (www.vea.fr)  Or use the Orly Airport (ORY), though transportation by train from there is a bit complicated. VEA shuttlebus is less confusing from Orly.
bulletBy Train: The Thalys, Eurostar, or RER A4 rail lines connect to the "Marne-La-Vallee/Chessy" rail station which is immediately in front of entry areas for both parks and Disney Village. From the center of Paris, its a 35 minute trip on the RER A express train.

 

Where To Stay

Offsite Brand Name hotels Within Walking Distance

bulletSeveral Partner Hotels nearby, but none in walking distance of the parks

On-Site Disney-owned hotels (all are within walking distance of the two parks and Disney Village)

bullet Seven Onsite hotels:
bullet Sequoia Lodge (conceptually similar to Walt Disney World Wilderness Lodge, but the theme development seems weaker
bullet Newport Bay (similar to the Walt Disney World Yacht Club)
bulletHotel New York - more of a business-focused hotel for convention attendees.
bullet Disneyland Hotel, clearly the high end hotel of these Disney hotels with an unbeatable location right at the entrance to the Disneyland Park. It is the only hotel that Walt Disney Imagineering designed for Disneyland Paris.
bullet Hotel Cheyenne - Western themed, travel motel style. Value priced.
bullet Hotel Santa Fe - Southwest US theming. Across the manmade Rio Grande river from Hotel Cheyenne. Among the cheapest on-site accomodations.
bullet Davy Crockett Ranch - Note: No Disney bus shuttle serves this cabin campground-style accommodation. One and 2 bedroom cabins include cooking facilities. This area served as housing for the first EuroDisney employees before the resort opened.
 

What to Do

In The DisneyLand Paris Park

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The Castle (known locally as "Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant") and its Dragon Cave- centerpiece of Disneyland Paris, allows a walk through-and-into with a nice upstairs gained class gallery protected by snoring suits of armor and its own dragon in the basement: a short, but cute walk-through with a large, grumpy animatronic dragon-in-residence.

After entering through Main Street USA, the Disneyland park offers 4 other "lands":

Fantasyland - the requisite fairytale/little kiddo section reached by walking through Sleeping Beauty's Castle. Arguably more elegant than the Florida Walt Disney World version with more room for circulation and better lines for the always slow-loading Dumbo, Fantasyland offers:

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Small World

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Peter Pan's Flight - FastPass is available.

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Alice's Curious Labyrinth

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Tea Cups

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Dumbo

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Voyages of Pinocchio

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Casey Jr Train

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Carrousel

Frontierland

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Big Thunder Mountain - FastPass is available.

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Phantom Manor - Disneyland Paris' version of Haunted Mansion; narration is in French

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Riverboat Landing - featuring "Mark Twain" and "Molly Brown" paddle steamers

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Aladdin's Enchanted Passage - a kiddie walkthrough of Aladdin's Agrabah

Adventureland

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Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril - while most Indiana Jones Disney rides are inside affairs with jeep/motion simulators, this is more of an outdoor roller coaster. Its primary claim to fame is that it was the first roller coaster with an inversion in any Disney Park. It is very similar to Tokyo DisneySea's Raging Spirits ride.

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Pirates of the Caribbean - an excellent version of this traditional favorite, though as of 2012 missing the Captain Jack Sparrow additions that were added to US parks  after the movie series.

Discoveryland - Disneyland Paris' version of Tomorrowland, its a retro-Jules-Verne-esque land containing the following attractions:

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Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

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Space Mountain: Mission 2 - a high end version of Space Mountain with a unique launch design. FastPass is available.

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Les Mysteres du Nautilus - a short walk-thru with an underwater sea monster defeated by Captain Nemo's retro-technology

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Orbitron

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Autopia

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Star Tours

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Captain EO

 In Walt Disney Studios Park 

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Twilight Zone Tower of Terror - FastPass is available.

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Playhouse Disney Live

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Studio Tram Tour - with Catastrophe Canyon similar to the Orlando Hollywood Studios attraction.

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Stitch Live - a real-time interactive animation attraction

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Rock 'n' Roller Coaster - FastPass is available.

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Motors Action Stunt Show

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Toy Story Playland - very similar to the carnival atmosphere at Hong Disneyland's similar area

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Flying Carpets

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Art of Disney

 

Where to Eat

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Inside the Disneyland Park (requires Park Admission)
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the Blue Lagoon Restaurant – enjoy a nice moonlit lunch or dinner on rescued items from your latest shipwreck as you watch passengers for the adjacent Pirates of the Caribbean ride pass lazily by.

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Walt's - An upscale sitdown establishment midway down Main Street USA

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Cowboy barbque

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Caseys - Hot Dogs at the end of Main Street USA.

Outside the Park

In the Disney Village

Earl of Sandwich

Rainforest Cafe
The Steakhouse
McDonalds - Largest - and arguably most expensive - McDonalds in France.

 

Starbucks

Planet Hollywood

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In the Resort Hotels
California Grill - Upscale dinner menu service. Center Section within the Disneyland Hotel
Yacht Club
Hunters grill

Top Tips and Friendly Advice

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Both Parks offer early admission (also known as "Extra Magic Hours", usually one to two hours before regular park opening) on selected days for guests staying in resort hotels on certain packages. Schedules vary. Check with your hotel Guest Services or Front Desk staff for specific times and dates during your vacation.

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FastPass - Understand it. Use It.

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A large shopping mall, Val d'Europe, is located near the park (one train stop west on RER A or about a 25 minute walk from the Disneyland Resort).
 

More Disneyland Paris Information

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Official Disneyland Paris web site for US customers

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YouTube Video Overview
 

 

Disclaimer
This Unofficial website is NOT affiliated with The Walt Disney Company in any way.
For official information on the DisneyLand Paris Resort, please visit their website. All rights are reserved by the author/editor.
DisneyLand Paris, Walt Disney Studios, and it's theme parks, events, attractions and area names are trademarks of The Walt Disney Company.