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Properly named "Disneyland Resort Paris", this is the Disney Empire's European variant of their famous theme park.
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Properly named "Disneyland Resort Paris", this is the Disney Empire's European variant of their archetypical theme park.
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==Understand==
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Disney's theme parks are (in)famous for their attention to detail, their service mentality, their crowds - and their 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.
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All the theme parks follow basically the same setup, but of course there are many regional differences.
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==When to visit==
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Disneyland is infamous for its crowds. At all attractions all over the park you will see "barricades" and signs along the lines of "Waiting time at this point - 45 minutes".
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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.
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The best times to visit Disneyland Europe 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 Euros per 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.
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It should be said quite clearly that Disneyland Paris is a lot of fun when you don't have to wait a lot - but almost no ride is worth waiting 45 minutes or more. However, see below for "Fast Pass" tickets.
  
 
==Get in==
 
==Get in==
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After you arrive, first get to your hotel if you have booked one. You will get your tickets here, as well as information material (maps) and breakfast vouchers.
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===By Car===
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The obvious choice if you live in France or in a nearby region (Central Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) is to take a car. The highway system of France is decent enough and Disnayland Europe is easy to find. You should keep a supply of cash and/or credit cards ready, howveer, as the French charge for the use of the highways. A trip from Frankfurt/Germany to Disneyland Paris can cost approximately 30 Euros in fees.
  
 
==Get around==
 
==Get around==
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Once you are in the park, your main mode of transportation will be walking. If you need to get from one side of the park to another, you can take the train which circles the Park and has a stop in each of the major sections.
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Bus services exist which can take you from Disney Village and the central entrance to the hotels. These busses are free of charge.
  
 
==See==
 
==See==
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Disneyland Paris is mainly a place for doing, not for seeing. But this doesn't mean there are no places with a good view.
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* The '''Castle''' is the dominating feature of the Park. While the cynic will notice the stark plastic construction, the casle'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 animatronic puppets in Disneyland.
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* '''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 to children, and their main purpose is of course to pose for photos. If you have a favorite "must see", inquire as soon as you can on your arrival; some minor characters - like Stich - are hard to track down.
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* 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.
  
 
==Do==
 
==Do==
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==Buy==
 
==Buy==
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If there is one thing you will never have a problem finding in Disneyland Europe, 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 Europe - you can buy glass/crystal trinkets and weapon 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.
  
 
==Eat==
 
==Eat==
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==Sleep==
 
==Sleep==
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==Speak==
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Disneyland Paris is mainly French, but all menus and signs are also available in English and some in other languages. All cast members speak English; and as they are recruited from all over Europe, you probably won't have a problem finding someone who speaks your language. If all else fails, the visitors are from all over Europe and the world, and a bystander might be able to translate.
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Communication shouldn't be an issue.
  
 
==Get out==
 
==Get out==

Revision as of 10:53, 12 March 2004

Properly named "Disneyland Resort Paris", this is the Disney Empire's European variant of their archetypical theme park.

Understand

Disney's theme parks are (in)famous for their attention to detail, their service mentality, their crowds - and their 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.

All the theme parks follow basically the same setup, but of course there are many regional differences.

When to visit

Disneyland is infamous for its crowds. At all attractions all over the park you will see "barricades" and signs along the lines of "Waiting time at this point - 45 minutes".

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 Europe 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 Euros per 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.

It should be said quite clearly that Disneyland Paris is a lot of fun when you don't have to wait a lot - but almost no ride is worth waiting 45 minutes or more. However, see below for "Fast Pass" tickets.

Get in

After you arrive, first get to your hotel if you have booked one. You will get your tickets here, as well as information material (maps) and breakfast vouchers.

By Car

The obvious choice if you live in France or in a nearby region (Central Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg) is to take a car. The highway system of France is decent enough and Disnayland Europe is easy to find. You should keep a supply of cash and/or credit cards ready, howveer, as the French charge for the use of the highways. A trip from Frankfurt/Germany to Disneyland Paris can cost approximately 30 Euros in fees.

Get around

Once you are in the park, your main mode of transportation will be walking. If you need to get from one side of the park to another, you can take the train which circles the Park and has a stop in each of the major sections.

Bus services exist which can take you from Disney Village and the central entrance to the hotels. These busses are free of charge.

See

Disneyland Paris is mainly a place for doing, not for seeing. But this doesn't mean there are no places with a good view.

  • The Castle is the dominating feature of the Park. While the cynic will notice the stark plastic construction, the casle'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 animatronic puppets 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 to children, and their main purpose is of course to pose for photos. If you have a favorite "must see", inquire as soon as you can on your arrival; some minor characters - like Stich - are hard to track down.
  • 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.

Do

Buy

If there is one thing you will never have a problem finding in Disneyland Europe, 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 Europe - you can buy glass/crystal trinkets and weapon 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.

Eat

Drink

Sleep

Speak

Disneyland Paris is mainly French, but all menus and signs are also available in English and some in other languages. All cast members speak English; and as they are recruited from all over Europe, you probably won't have a problem finding someone who speaks your language. If all else fails, the visitors are from all over Europe and the world, and a bystander might be able to translate.

Communication shouldn't be an issue.

Get out

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