Disneyland Paris is a 2,230 hectare leisure complex in the commune of Chessy, part of the Ville nouvelle Marne-la-Vallée, 32 km east of Paris. Disneyland Paris is not just any amusement park like many otthers all around the world, but a whole theme park resort with a lot of Disney magic.
That’s why Disneyland Paris has not just one amusement park, but two, which are called theme parks. In addition, there is a whole range of hotels, shops and restaurants, a large cinema, a golf course and lots of other attractions. In contrast to most British parks it is possible to spend one or two days at Disneyland Paris without visiting one of the two theme parks and still not be bored.
Young and old alike will get their money’s worth here, because Euro Disneyland was aimed at both children and adults from the start. Michael Eisner opened it on 12 April 1992 with the words “Euro Disneyland is dedicated to the young and the young at heart…” This means that the resort stands completely in the tradition of Walt Disney, who was already interested in creating a place where children and adults can have fun together at Disneyland in California, the first Disney Park ever. With the creation of Disneyland, he succeeded in doing so!
What is it all about at Disneyland Paris?
The main elements of Disneyland Paris are the two theme parks. But that’s not all for sure.
Disneyland Park is very similar to other Magic Kingdom style parks around the world, such as Disneyland Park in Anaheim or Magic Kingdom in Orlando. It is designed to a fixed scheme.
We first enter Main Street, U.S.A. which leads towards the beautiful fairytale castle that is the center of the theme park. Around the castle, in Paris it is the Castle of Sleeping Beauty by the way (Sleeping Beauty Castle or Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant), you will find four themed lands: Frontierland, Adventureland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland. In these themed lands you will find the attractions, so the carousels, rollercoasters, dark rides and shows of the park.
Walt Disney Studio Park
The second theme park is the Walt Disney Studios Park, which opened in 2002, ten years after the opening of Disneyland Paris on April 12, 1992. This park is all about the world of film.
You will enter it through a large studio building on the Hollywood Boulevard. From here you can go to the other areas of the park. The Toon Studios are all about the Pixar classics like Cars, Finding Nemo and Toy Story. In Backlot and Production Courtyard, as the other two areas of Walt Disney Studios are named, you have the opportunity to take a look behind the scenes of the film world, and also experience lots of fun and action. These two areas will undergo some big changes over the next few years and, in some cases, will even disappear completely while the Walt Disney Studios get expanded to include a Marvel, Star Wars and Frozen area.
In addition to these two theme parks, there are seven hotels at Disneyland Paris with special themes from the Wild West to Route 66 to the seaside resort on New England’s coast. Additional there is also Villages Nature which is part of the Center Parcs Group, and numerous partner hotels in the nearby Area of Val de France and Val d’Europe.
Between the large hotel complex and the two parks, you will find the Disney Village with many shops, numerous restaurants, some bars and a cinema. There’s also Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and PanoraMagique, a Captive Balloon, which offers stunning views of the entire resort and it’s surrounding area.
Close by you will also find the Marne la Vallée-Chessy station, which is not only connected to the metropolitan area of Paris by RER, but also to long-distance trains such as the TGV and Eurostar.
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