The Good, The Mad, and The Cuddly – three French theme parks

Day 3 – Disneyland Paris

Great news for all Disney fans! Disneyland Paris has extended it’s 20th Anniversary celebrations up to 30th September 2013, so there’s still plenty time to join in the party!

Opening hours have also been increased to incorporate what is probably the best sound and light show you have ever seen.

Disney Dreams is a psychedelic extravaganza of colourful projections, fountains, lasers and pyrotechnics against the backdrop of the iconic SleepingBeautyCastle, so put on a pair of glow in the dark Mickey Mouse ears and enjoy!Disneyland Paris 20th Anniversary castle

If staying in Paris it’s probably worth going to Disneyland Paris for this show alone, and with the fast RER commuter trains from central Paris, you don’t have to miss this wonderful finale as trains run until 01.30!.

Disneyland Paris is comprised of two theme parks, DisneylandPark and Walt Disney Studios plus seven themed hotels all within easy reach of the parks and an entertainment district, DisneyVillage, which houses a cinema multiplex, restaurants, bars and shops.

With so much to see and so many cuddly characters to meet, you might need a couple of days to take it all in, especially with younger children who may get tired easily. If staying for a few days it is so easy to see the main attractions at lunch time or whilst there is a parade on and so avoid long queues and see the parades on another day.

DisneylandPark is true to the USA model and has five magical lands to explore. Go back in time on Main Street, USA, a replica 1900’s small town street, or into the future with Discoveryland. Experience the Wild West in Frontierland or join Indiana Jones and Captain Jack Sparrow in Adventureland.

Fantasyland is where classic fairytales come alive, and everyone lives happily ever after.

Next door to DisneylandPark is Walt Disney Studios, where you can explore the film ‘Lots’, learn how films are made or be a star for the day.

The Backlot has a spectacular car stunt show, complete with flames and explosions, and there are also two popular thrill rides, the Rock’n’Roller Coaster and Armageddon.

With its “feel good” atmosphere and entertainment for all ages, you may hear Wow! and Awesome! a lot – what you won’t hear is Bor-ing!

So ,,,,,,,which one of these three very different French theme parks would you chose? If you’ve been to them all, let us know which your favourite is, and why, and please share any tips on any of them that might help others make the most of their visit.

 

Kate Quigley

Kate Quigley Travel Writer

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