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4 Days in Disneyland Resort, Paris

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A September 2006 trip to Paris by Joy S

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Quote: We took a short break at the Disneyland resort in Paris—our son's first Disney experience.

4 Days in Disneyland Resort, Paris

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Overview

Disneyland Paris Photo, Paris, France
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Disney always had plans to build a European version of its park. Britain and Italy were considered but dropped because they lacked a large expanse of cheap, flat land. The location in France was finally chosen, due to its proximity to Paris and its location in Western Europe - around 4 hour drive for 68 million people and a 2 hour or less flight for 300 million.The park opened in August 1992, numbers were way below expected figures. It struggled for some time until it started to pick up in August 1994 when all the hotels were fully booked during the peak holiday season. In October 1994, the park's name changed officially from Eurodisney to Disneyland Paris and since then it has gone from stren...Read More

Davy Crockett Ranch

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Hotel

Davy Crockett Ranch Photo, Paris, France
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The Davy Crockett ranch is themed around the great outdoors and offers self-catering accommodation. It is an easy 10 minute drive to the parks - you do need to have a car if you stay here. We hired ours from the Hertz office at the train station.We booked directly on the Disney website and were impressed at check-in by their efficiency - everything was sorted and ready for us. We had a 2 bedroom log-cabin with a living/cooking/dining area. Decorated with a rustic theme, it was fairly basic but clean, spacious and comfortable. One bedroom had bunk beds, the other had a (very high) double bed. Both had lovely fresh white bedlinen. The living area had an uncomfortable sofa and chairs and old-fash...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 12, 2006

Davy Crockett Ranch
Disneyland Resort Paris
Paris, France

Disney Village

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Restaurant

Disney Village Photo, Paris, France
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Disney Village, more of an evening place is very nice and lively. There is a big lake and a marina with a number of things going on - you have to pay extra for these. There are a few shops, a couple of bars and several restaurants. We went here each evening for dinner, got there about 6.30pm and never had to wait to get a table. Each evening though when we were leaving at 8:00ish, queues were forming at most places.The restaurants we ate at were as follows:Annette's Diner - we ate here the first evening. It is a 1950's themed Happy Days diner type atmosphere with a Pink Cadillac outside. We had read that waitresses all wore roller-skates - the main reason we went. A bit disappointing b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on October 11, 2006

Disney Village
Disneyland Resort Paris
Paris, France

Disneyland Paris

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Attraction | "Disneyland Park"

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Disneyland Park is like the Magic Kingdom in Orlando, only a lot smaller. You enter along Main Street USA - 1930's America - really pretty, with Cinderella's Castle in the background. You can ride a vintage car or a horse-drawn tram along the street and this is where the daily parade takes place. We saw the Princess Parade at 4pm on our first day in the park - magical - the usual Disney characters, dancers, floats etc. Our son was entranced and we loved it too. Unfortunately, despite having 3 further days here we didn't see another parade. They were cancelled due to staff strike action - cue some very disappointed children.The park is divided into 4 lands - Discoveryland, Fantasyland, Adventur...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on October 11, 2006

Disneyland Paris
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Marne-la-vallee

Disneyland Paris

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Attraction | "Walt Disney Studios"

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The Studios are the French equivalent of MGM Studios in Orlando. The park is much, much smaller though and really does seem to be a bit of a work in progress. There are lots of cranes, boarded off areas and construction work going on. They are building the Tower of Terror right now and a new cars ride is also under construction.We arrived here at 2pm and managed to get everything done by the time the park closed at 6pm. We had expected to see their daily parade at 1:30pm, but again, like in the other park all parades were canceled during our stay due to staff strike action.The main attractions are as follows:Art of Disney Animation - they have an animation theatre and you can s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on October 12, 2006

Disneyland Paris
Disney Village, 77700 Magny-le-Hongre
Marne-la-vallee