On our last day in Paris we decided to head out to Disneyland Paris and see how it compared to Disney World in Orlando. Getting there was easy enough. We took the RER train from the metro station closest to our hotel and rode to the end of the line. The train station is right across from the entrance to Disneyland. Easy enough. It did take an hour or so to get there though.
Disneyland Paris is set up basically like Magic Kingdom. There are technically two parks: Disneyland Paris Park and Walt Disney Studios Park, which was similar to Hollywood Studios. We bought the two day, two park ticket as we wanted to visit both and with our discount we qualified for, it was cheaper to buy the two day ticket than the single day park hopper ticket.
We went to Walt Disney Studios Park first and rode the Tower of Terror. I seriously hate that ride, but Stefan loves it. Besides it being in French it was exactly the same as I remember it. Free fall drop and all.
This park also has Toy Story Land which is pretty cool. It’s geared towards younger children and the rides are very basic. We didn’t waste time waiting in line to ride any of them, but we did walk through and looked at all of the giant toys.
Walt Disney Studios Park is pretty small, and to be honest, kinda underwhelming. We didn’t spend much time there because it seemed geared towards families with smaller children.
Before leaving of course we had to meet Spider-Man. One of my complaints about Disneyland Paris was that we barely saw any characters all day. Besides Spider-Man we saw Jafar from Aladdin and Thumper. That was it! It was semi disappointing. I feel like that’s one of the main reasons you take your kid to Disney so that they can see their favorite characters!
Once inside Disneyland Paris Park, Christmas was in full swing and we arrived just in time to see the Christmas Parade.
So as you can see, they definitely have the costumes for characters. We saw the whole Mickey Mouse gang, the Winnie the Pooh Gang, all the characters from Toy Story and some Princesses.
We spent the rest of the day just riding several rides. I kicked Stefan’s butt on the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast which was the personal highlight of my day.
Then of course we had to walk inside of Sleeping Beauty’s castle. I really liked this castle, probably more than Snow White’s Castle in Disney World. They would light it up periodically and it was really pretty. Plus there is a surprise underneath!
A dragon! It would move around and blow flames. Pretty cool!
We headed home right before the park closed since we had a long train ride ahead of us and we had to be up early to go to the airport. I think Disneyland Paris can definitely be done in a single day. The trick is to get there when it opens and stay until close. I’d also say that unless you have small children with you to skip Walt Disney Studios and focus your time on the bigger park with more rides.
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