Known as DLP by Mouseketeers everywhere, Disneyland Paris is a wonderful array of rides, exhibits, restaurants and much more. In addition, the park has just added a Walt Disney Studio Park to this location.
Located nineteen miles (32km) out of Paris, many of the well known rides from California are included (with a little French flair of course).
There is the “It’s a Small World” ride and the “Pirates of the Caribbean” ride based on the two movies and the most popular show “The Lion King” which always sells out so you must buy tickets beforehand.
Other sites include the Star tours in Discovery land which can be educational and fun at the same time and the Big Thunder Mountain in Frontierland is always surrounded by visitors.
New and future activities are being added, such as, the Space Mountain Mission 2 launched in April 2005; the Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast, which is an improvement to the version in Anaheim and plenty of rides, that have also been adapted, improved or added since DLP opened in 1992.
You can dine at the numerous restaurants within the park which provide wonderful meals in true French tradition. In the Steakhouse, the steaks are thick, the wine endless and the service efficient. At Chef Mickey’s children will enjoy the site of Disney characters dancing about along with the buffet meal.
And for the necessary souvenirs and the like, as with all Disney locations, there are exhibits and shops everywhere you look. You can go to the “Val d’Europe” for additional shopping located not very far from the park. It is a mall of full of stores including a grocery store partly owned by Disney called Aucon. In there, you can purchase a variety of foodstuffs. You may even stop by the local Sephora to get a bottle of French perfume.
For those with small children, rental strollers and baby changing facilities are readily available or you may go to the Baby Care Centre on Main USA which has supplies and facilities.
The hours depend on the season, with summer having longer hours and to be able to go on all the rides and restaurants available, it is best to purchase a day pass. You will avoid the long lines this way. Another option is to get a three day pass which gives you access the park for three non-consecutive days, but it is pretty pricey.
To get from Paris, you take the RER Line, A – Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy Station. If you are going straight from Orly or Charles de Gaulle, there is a VEA shuttle service that takes you to the Disneyland Resort Paris hotels. A shuttle comes by every thirty minutes.
For more information on the hours, prices and accommodation, go to the website at http://www.disneylandparis.com.