One of our online marketing specialists, Courtney, recently returned from a trip from Paris’ monde magique: Disneyland! She shares some of the things she learned:
THE BASICS: City Hall is the information center with a currency exchange. All employees are super friendly as you would expect from Disneyland and they speak many languages. Very few rides have the “FASTPASS” option. Shows are performed in French and English, as well as other languages.
Disneyland Paris has 2 lands: Magic Kingdom and Hollywood Studios. Grab a map when you walk into one of the lands and get a schedule for Character meet and greets and show times. They have limited hours and locations, so you really have to plan. Disney Village is located just outside of the parks (and is free of charge), and has a McDonald’s, Earl of a Sandwich, Starbucks, Planet Hollywood, and some Disney Stores.
SHOPPING: All stores have different souvenirs as well as things that are the same, so if you are looking for something in particular and it’s not the right size or colour, wait until the next store! TIP: If you don’t want plain Mickey ears wait until you visit Hollywood Studios for glitter ears as well as other items you won’t find in the Magic Kingdom.
FUN FACT: Some Disney character names are different in French…such as Chip ‘n Dale: Tic et Tac and Captain Hook: Capitaine Crochet
Sleeping Beauty’s Castle
On all sides:
- Christmas shop inside the castle
- Dragon under the castle
- Light show on the castle – every night before the park closes – a must see
- Around the castle, the daily Disney Parade takes place
TIP: When you meet Mickey Mouse, a cast member will take your picture and give you a ticket to purchase it with a frame and other accessories. To save money, ask them to take a picture with your camera or phone as well.
CinéMagique is a theatre show with live performances synchronized with movie scenes on the big screen with famous actor and comedian, Martin Short.
Art of Animation is a live show in French but there’s a headset to wear for multiple language selection.
The park is represented by the Earffel Tower, a water tower similar to the Earful Tower in Walt Disney World’s Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy is a motion-based trackless dark ride based on the 2007 Disney·Pixar animated film Ratatouille. The attraction opened in a new Paris-themed area of the park in conjunction with a new restaurant following the Ratatouille theme.
If this sparked your interest, call 1-800-665-4981 to speak with a travel agent and learn more.