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[[Image:Disney-castle-03.jpg|thumb|right|250px|''Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant'' - "Sleeping Beauty's Castle"]]
'''Disneyland Paris''' (formerly '''Euro Disneyland''' and '''Disneyland Resort Paris''') [http://www.disneylandparis.com], located in the [[Paris]] suburb of [[Marne-la-Vallée]], is the Disney Empire's [[Europe | European]] variant of their archetypal "Magic Kingdom" theme park. It was the second Disney theme park resort to open outside the United States, after
:''"To all who enter the studio of dreams, welcome. Walt Disney Studios is dedicated to our timeless fascination and affection for cinema and television. Here we celebrate the art and the artistry of storytellers from Europe and around the world who create the magic. May this special place stir our own memories of the past, and our dreams of the future."'' <small> — Michael D. Eisner, March 16, 2002</small>
Disney's theme parks are famous for their "Audio-Animatronics," attention to detail, service mentality, crowds,and high prices. The intention is to completely recreate the "magic" of the Disney franchise; employees are not "staff" but "cast members"; the park is kept insanely clean; and everywhere you will find a perfectly running machine. For example, you won't find the same Disney character twice within sight - there are no duplicates. Children are clearly the focus of Disneyland, but older visitors are not neglected either.
===When to visit===
It is essential for an enjoyable visit to Disneyland to plan for a good time. Ideally, you want good weather and as few people as possible.
The best times to visit Disneyland Paris is on weekdays outside public holidays and school vacations. The least-visited times seem to be September-October and May-June. Considering the French weather, June is likely the safest bet. You'll probably be able to get some very good deals during these times. (Example in June 2003: 3 days for the price of 2 days, including hotel, about €200/person.) If you are lucky, you won't have to wait at all except at very popular rides, and even then the waiting time can be as low as a few minutes.
Note that even when the park is not very crowded you will have trouble seeing all of the attractions. For a more or less complete tour, you will need at least two days.
It should be said quite clearly that Disneyland Paris is a lot of fun when you do not have to wait a lot - but waiting for a ride for 45 minutes or more can be stressing. However, see below for "FastPass"
== Get in ==
Alternatively, VEA [http://www.vea.fr/uk/index.asp] operates bus service to Disneyland Resort Paris from both airports, costing €17 for adults/€13 for children aged 3-11 per trip.
=== By car ===
=== By train ===
The best way to reach Disneyland Resort Paris, which has its own railway station, is by train: they are reliable and run frequently. Note that when booking tickets the official name of the station is '''Marne-la-Vallee Chessy''' (
* The '''Castle''' ''(Fantasyland)'' is the dominating feature of the Park. While the cynic will notice the stark plastic construction, the castle's fascination cannot be denied by anybody who grew up with Disney style comics. Don't forget to visit the '''Dragon Cave''' through a side entrance; the sleeping dragon is one of the best Audio-Animatronics in Disneyland.
* '''Disney Characters''' are spread liberally throughout the park. Many are available around the clock - usually the more famous characters like Mickey, Donald etc - and some are only available at certain times. Some characters move around. Care is being taken by the Disneyland administration that no character can be met twice at the same time. Inquire at any store or information outlet about the schedule of the characters. They will give autographs
* Throughout the day there are various '''Parades''' - some of them are quite famous. They include various Disney and non-Disney characters, are held in different parts of the Park at different times. The park map will have a listing of the schedules.
There are many shows available throughout Disneyland Paris.
* '''Tarzan''' ''(Frontierland)'' (cancelled as of July
* '''Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show with Mickey and Friends''' ''(Disney Village)'' combines horses-and-pistols action with food served to the audience. You have to pay admittance.
* '''Moteurs! Action''' ''(Walt Disney Studios park)'' A stunt car show. Rather entertaining and definitely good for some photo moments. It's next to Rock 'n' Rollercoaster Avec Aerosmith. A little bit long but worth the time.
* '''The Lion King''' ''(Discoveryland)'' (Cancelled) Based on the musical and animated movie of the same name. Quite interactive and a good one for the kids. The Tam Tam Players
* '''Space Mountain''' ''(Discoveryland)'' Space Mountain '2' is the park's current offering under the Space Mountain banner, an updated version of the old ride. The ride is tough and harsh and evokes strong reactions - some love it, some hate it. Fastpass available. Height restriction (1m32).
* '''The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror''' ''(Walt Disney Studios Park)'' Same as the Disney California Adventure version, astounding decors, amazing ambiance, great sensations (remains a Disney attraction). Fastpass also highly recommended. If you suffer from heart problems this ride is not
* '''Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril''' ''(Adventureland)'' is a nice ride but does have a loop and there is a height requirement.
If you can plan your timing somewhat, you may wish to take advantage of the '''FastPass''' system. When you get to a ride, you can get a so-called fast pass that allows you to bypass the queue at a set, later time. Even when the park is only moderately crowded, it's a good idea to get fast passes for popular rides early (Big Thunder Mountain and
If there is one thing you will never have a problem finding in Disneyland Paris, it's stores. Various themed and general stores are spread liberally throughout the park, selling Disney merchandise and general memorabilia. They carry everything from pencils to books, from Indiana Jones fedora hats to Cinderella costumes. The sky is basically the limit on the money you can spend at Disneyland Paris - you can buy glass/crystal trinkets and sword replicas in the central castle. If you come to Disneyland Paris with children, be prepared to reach deep into your pockets; cowboy hats and pistols or knights' swords seem to be essentials for boys; Cinderella costumes for girls. Either way, a set of goodies for a child will probably set you back approximately €50. Add to this plush dolls, t-shirts and action figures ... it's easy to spend €50-100 a head on "souvenirs" - or more.
The main shopping area of Disneyland Paris is '''Main Street USA'''. The largest store at Walt Disney Studios Paris is '''Disney Studio 1''', which you will see straight ahead after you enter the park. '''Disney Village''' has a large collection of retailers, including a Disney Store
Disneyland Paris sports many restaurants and bars that have mostly one thing in common: They're expensive. Some are simple fast-food spots, others are quite fancy. The food is often expensive. Cafe Mickey is expensive (€130 for four people) but the characters came around and you may save some time not queuing up in the park to have the kid's pictures taken with the characters.
* If you booked yourself into a Disney hotel, this includes breakfast - basically an all you can eat buffet of cereal, rolls, yogurt, and so on. The food is not fancy, but it'll feed you well. You should also get vouchers to eat in the Park at least once (they may offer more than once depending on the booking situation). The food is the same, but you are admitted to the park 1 hour before it officially opens, giving you a head start to the rides. Not all the themed "lands" are open for this, you can get a list of the ones that are from your hotel. For instance "its a small world" doesn't open until 10AM and Autopia (cars that the kids can drive) doesn't open to 12:30PM.
* There is a large shopping mall
* Bring something to drink into the park - if you walk around all day, especially when it's hot, you will need a lot of liquid. Don't forget that drinks at kiosks are very expensive.
*'''PV-Holidays Adagio Val d'Europe''' [http://www.pv-holidays.com/scripts/fiche_produit.php?id_ofr=285&id_sai_passe=1] is another cheaper, self-catering option. Located minutes from Eurodisney- with a free shuttle bus to and from. Apartments spacious, comfortable and self catering. Designed on the model of a private mansion house, with decor combining an urban style with the spirit of an English garden-city, the residence is also ideally located next to one of Europe's largest shopping centres. Tel: +33 1 58 21 55 84.
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