My first Disney experience was when I was 10 years old in 2006 when we made the long flight across the pond to spend a couple of weeks in Orlando, Florida. I may have only been young but I remember exactly how I felt when I first stepped foot in the Orlando park! It was that trip that sparked my love for travel! 8 years later, I finally got the opportunity to visit another of the Disney parks; Disneyland Paris and it was extra special as I got to create memories with my younger sisters! Disneyland is magical enough but seeing their faces light up only added to the magic! For those of you that love Disney then you know nothing compares to visiting a Disney park, especially one that you have yet to visit! Everything is similar yet also completely different at the same time. Its no surprise that die-hard fans will cross the globe to get a taste of how Disney is done in different destinations! If you are planning a trip to Paris soon and are also wondering if Disneyland Paris is worth adding to your list then here are 5 reasons to visit Disneyland Paris – even if you have been to the Disney parks in America!
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5 reasons to visit Disneyland Paris:
Its important to mention that although Disneyland is one of the most visited attractions in Europe, the French capital, Paris is home to other noteworthy attractions. A trip to Paris would not be complete without visiting the iconic attractions such as the Lourve, Notre Dame (pictured below) and the Eiffel tower; so add Disneyland to that list too! Situated a short 35 minute ride away from the centre of the beautiful city, Paris, the Park is located in the perfect area for everybody! This means that whether you are travelling with family or friends you can explore the magic (and beauty) of Paris without any issues! It also means that if you are staying central but need your Disney fix that the magic is still close by! If you would love to visit and explore more of Paris during your trip then check the links below for some of my personal favourite attractions in Paris!
02| The Size
Now let me get this straight, I absolutely loved my time at Disneyworld in Florida but I do remember feeling extremely overwhelmed at the sheer size of it. Disneyland Paris is similar to Disneyland California in the sense that it consists of only two parks – Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park. If you can only spare a day then the Paris park is much smaller so it is possible to see everything you want with planning. As it is a Disney Resort, I would advise where possible to spend at least one day in each of the different parks so you can be sure you don’t miss any of the magic! If you would much rather somebody else plan
03 | Smaller crowds means shorter queues… most of the time!
Having visited the park during what we would class as high season, June to August, I was pleasantly surprised at the wait times. Compared to the American parks the queues were much shorter, crowds were smaller and overall everything seemed less chaotic. This is particularly interesting when I mention that my visits to the American parks have been during low season, January to February. There has always been a number of rides that had little to no queue and in my personal experience, even the most popular lines had much shorter wait times then similar rides in the American parks! The one thing that seems to be the same across all parks, at least those I have visited, is that regardless of when you visit or the time you choose to eat there is ALWAYS a wait when it comes to ordering (and eating) food! It would be interesting to hear your experience with this, though I honestly believe that on average I have waited longer for food then I have to go on a ride!
04| Unique Attractions & Rides
In addition to everything having the European twist as well as being delivered in the French language; the French resort is home to a number of other authentic and unique attractions or rides! Some of them are similar to rides found at other parks such as Phantom Manor which delves deeper into the story shared in the Disney classic haunted mansion rides. However there are some rides exclusive to the Paris resort such as The Finding Nemo-themed Crush’s Coaster and Ratatouille: The Adventure. The Disney Princess Castle at the Paris Resort is the only castle across all parks that was not inspired by another castle. In addition to that underneath the Castle lives a Dragon, which at the time of creation was the largest figure of its kind! There are other unique attractions or rides too such as The Mysteries of the Nautilus, Alice’s Curious Labyrinth as well as many others! You’ll have to visit to see for yourself!
05| Food, food and more food.
They have a number of Disney typical food establishments such as the Rainforest Cafe. They also have as resort exclusive dining options such as Bistrot Chez Remy. Being that Ratatouille was filmed in the beautiful city of Paris it makes perfect sense that the French resort is the only one with the Ratatouille food Experience. Furthermore there are over 60 places you can go to eat; not to mention a selection of food carts selling some tasty French treats that you just won’t find in the American parks. As mentioned before sometimes you have to lineup for a while but the wait is most definitely worth it, so be sure to check your options out!
Still not sure?!
So is this Disneyland worth adding to your list when you’re next in Paris? I think so! Add in the fact it works out cheaper then the American parks and that answer turns into ABSOLUTELY! The important factor to consider is that it is still a Disney park, it’s just done with a European twist! If you are interested in learning more or would like to plan a future trip to then visit Disneyland Paris! If you are currently missing Disney during quarantine or plan to return as soon as possible you may be interested in some of the products below!
Let me know below which parks you went too and any unique facts you know! Check back soon for 5 reasons why you should visit Disneyland California! ❤
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