Disneyland Resort Paris is Europe’s number-one tourist attraction, and if you haven’t been there yet, this year could be the best time to go. From April 1 2007 the resort launches a year of special celebrations to mark its 15th birthday.
There are three new top attractions: opening in June are Crush’s Coaster, a thrill ride based on characters from Finding Nemo, and Cars Race Rally, a spin ride with Lightning McQueen and chums from the Cars animated movie.
Early 2008 will see the arrival of Twilight Zone Tower of Terror. Featuring a fearful 13-floor drop in the hotel lift from hell, this Florida ride is, in my view, Disney’s best ride.
Slightly fluffier birthday offerings include a new parade, Disney’s Once Upon A Dream Parade, with all the best-loved characters in colourful floats.
Disney’s Character Express will be travelling up and down Main Street, carrying characters to meet guests in front of Sleeping Beauty Castle, and the castle turrets will be decorated with birthday candles that will light up every night for the ‘Candlelabration’ ceremony. Magic.
Disneyland Resort Paris isn’t quite as good as Walt Disney World Resort Florida – there, I said it. A big difference is the weather, plus you may not find the French Disney quite as polite and helpful as their American cousins. Queues aren’t so orderly either.
It’s considerably smaller, too, although that means you can get round everything in a weekend so won’t leave feeling disappointed.
For Brits getting there is quick, too, as Eurostar is brilliant and there are now flights to Paris from many regional airports.
You can nip over for a magical mini-break with Mickey whenever the mood takes you, and it won’t break the bank.
White knuckle rides and atmospheric attractions are what the park is all about.
There are two theme parks, Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, plus Disney Village featuring eateries, entertainment, shops, themed hotels and a 21-hole golf course.
The scary ones are Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril, Big Thunder Mountain and Space Mountain: Mission 2. If you are looking for atmosphere try Pirates of the Caribbean and Phantom Manor. For some laughter try Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and for high-tech fun visit Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast and Star Tours.
There are sing-a-longs too, for example Legend of the Lion King and It’s a Small World, and for the little ones go for the Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups and Dumbo’s Carousel.
Walt Disney Studios Park Try and catch Moteurs … Action! a fabulous stunt show, and Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith is awesome. Small kids will prefer the Flying Carpets Over Agrabah. For film buffs this park is brilliant: don’t miss CineMagique, celebrating great movie moments.
Brooke Miggs is a housewife, mother of 4 lovely children, passionate about novels, cooking and kids. The thing that her kids love the most is Disney Cartoons. This fact made her family visit all the Disney Resorts and create this website www.disney-hotels.org that offers information and great reviews about the Disney Land Hotels.