Disneyland Paris Brings Dreams to Life

Published on October 23, 2014
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Where else but at Disneyland Paris can a visitor confront marauding pirates, travel into outer space, meet a fairy tale princess, visit a mysterious haunted hotel, learn the behind-the-scenes magic of cinema … and still get back to a comfortable hotel in time for a good night’s sleep?

Immersing Guests in Adventure and Fantasy

Guests at Disneyland Paris can live their dreams. They can experience the thrill of a child’s first encounter with Mickey Mouse or Snow White. They can visit worlds of adventure and fantasy. They can immerse themselves in the music and spectacle of a live parade or show. In one way or another, the Disney magic touches everyone who visits.

That magic is built into every corner of Disneyland by “Imagineers” – Disney innovators working in more than 140 design, engineering and related fields. They are the storytellers behind Disneyland Paris, bringing fantastic worlds, beloved characters and extraordinary experiences to life for guests of the Resort.

Since 2002, Disneyland Paris has featured two different theme park experiences. Disneyland Park is a lush European interpretation of the “classic” Disney theme park design which originated more than 50 years ago in California. At Walt Disney Studios Park, cinema, animation and television come to life and guests can step into the action themselves.


Lavishly landscaped and intricately detailed, Disneyland Park is a 51-hectare magical kingdom filled with fantasy, imagination and adventure in five distinctly themed Lands. Park guests can find something for everyone: 41attractions, a tempting variety of themed shops and restaurants, live entertainment and encounters with the famous Disney characters.

As conceived by Walt Disney, when he imagined the original Disneyland in California more than 50 years ago, Disneyland Park brings characters and stories from history, literature and movies to life in a collection of three-dimensional real-world settings. The Disney theme parks were “virtual reality” before there was virtual reality and its real world settings include …

Main Street, U.S.A.
Here, in a recreation of turn-of-the-20th-century America, is a thoroughfare leading to all the adventures of Disneyland Park. At Town Square, Main Street Station is the boarding point for Disneyland Railroad, which encircles Disneyland Park and makes stops in Frontierland, Fantasyland and Discoveryland.

Guests can ride up and down Main Street, U.S.A. aboard one of the turn-of-the-century vehicles – Paddy Wagon, Omnibus, Fire Truck, etc. – or stroll along on foot, browsing the menus of the restaurants or the offerings of the many shops and boutiques. Gentlemen – or indeed ladies – might even get a haircut at Dapper Dan’s Hair Cuts.

Visitors may also choose to explore the two enclosed arcades, located directly behind the shops and restaurants on either side of Main Street, U.S.A.Liberty Arcade, on the west side leading toward Frontierland, is a salute to the Statue of Liberty and the close links between France and the U.S.A. It celebrates the design and unveiling of French sculptor Frederic Auguste Bartholdi’s most famous work. Discovery Arcade, on the east side of Main Street leading to Discoveryland, displays inventions of the 19th century in a tribute to the kind of ingenuity celebrated in fiction by Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.

A walk toward Sleeping Beauty Castle at the far end of Main Street, U.S.A., takes guests to the Central Plaza of Disneyland Park, where they’ll find the entrances to each of the Park’s themed Lands.


Guests enter Frontierland through the wooden gates of the rough-hewn Fort Comstock. The Old West of movies and cowboy stories comes to life just beyond those gates in the Gold Rush town of Thunder Mesa, on the banks of the Rivers of the Far West.

Straight ahead is Big Thunder Mountain, which takes guests on a wild ride aboard a runaway mine train. At the river’s edge is Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing, where paddle-wheel riverboats – the Mark Twain or the Molly Brown – pick up passengers for a river journey past geysers, wilderness, Indian encampments and scenes of life in the Old West.

Up a nearby hill is the lonely, ominous Phantom Manor, said to be haunted by the uneasy spirits of a wealthy mine owner, his beautiful daughter and the mysterious suitor from whom she was separated on her wedding day.

Exploring Frontierland, guests will discover Frontierland Depot, the nearbyChaparral Theater and Woody’s Roundup Village.


The entrance to Adventureland is a Middle Eastern bazaar out of the Arabian Nights and the adventures of Aladdin. On Adventure Isle, guests can explore on their own, discovering caves, boarding a pirate ship docked near Pirates’ Beach, or climbing into La Cabane des Robinson.

In Adventureland, it seems that there is a different exotic locale around every corner. Depending upon which trail guests follow, they might find themselves in African savannah, lush Asian jungle, a waterfront village besieged by thePirates of the Caribbean or on an archaeological dig at Indiana Jones™ and the Temple of Peril.


Fantasyland is the kingdom of fairy tales, where legends and stories of childhood come to life. Guests enter through the spectacular Sleeping Beauty Castle to find the colourful, magical dream world of storybooks and classic Disney movies like Alice in Wonderland and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

Here, children of all ages can ride Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Le Carrousel de Lancelot and Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups. They can visit the children of the world on a cruise through “it’s a small world”, or see classic Disney scenes presented in miniature in Le Pays des Contes de Fées. They can even step into the roles of Snow White, Pinocchio or Peter Pan and take part in these stories via Peter Pan’s Flight, Les Voyages de Pinocchio(Pinocchio’s Fantastic Journey) and Blanche Neige et les Sept Nains(Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). And they can experience an unforgettable encounter with one of the most beloved Disney Princesses at the Princess Pavilion and an exclusive and unforgettable meeting with Mickey Mouse at Meet Mickey Mouse to live a unique, awesome and magical experience!
Fantasyland is also the site of Alice’s Curious Labyrinth, a trek through the strangest of the Fantasyland realms, Alice’s Wonderland.  Just like Alice, guests can lose themselves in this maze, encountering the White Rabbit, the Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts along the way.


The architecture, decor and landscaping of Discoveryland are a “collection of futures”, reflecting the influence and optimism of several centuries of futurists and dreamers, including Italy’s Leonardo de Vinci, France’s Jules Verne and America’s George Lucas. In Discoveryland, guests can visit the underwater world of Captain Nemo by exploring Les Mystères du Nautilusor take part in a Jules Verne-inspired trip to the far reaches of the galaxy aboard Space Mountain: Mission 2.

They may pilot their own rocket ship on Orbitron®, blast off towards planet Endor in the George Lucas-inspired Star Tours or test their marksmanship against the evil Emperor Zurg in Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Toy Story. They may also enjoy a spectacular 3D space-fantasy musical adventure in Captain EO starring Michael Jackson. A giant airship marks the entrance to the spectacular Videopolis, the largest live entertainment venue in the Park.

Discoveryland is also headquarters of the attraction which, for little ones, may be the grandest adventure of all: driving their own little cars on theAutopia mini-highway.


Located next to Disneyland Park, Walt Disney Studios Park, with 17attractions, lets guests step into the action of moviemaking, television and animation. Attractions take guests behind the scenes of the filmmaking process, where they can explore studio settings and even visit the cartoon worlds of Mickey Mouse, Lightning McQueen and others.

Looming over Walt Disney Studios is the “Hollywood Tower Hotel”, site of the thrilling Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (1).

Front Lot

Fashioned in the California-Spanish style popular during the golden age of Hollywood, Front Lot welcomes Studio visitors to the Place des Frères Lumière, a warm Mediterranean courtyard dedicated to the great French film pioneers and designed to make guests feel like Hollywood VIPs. Disney Studio 1 houses boutiques and restaurants in an elaborately detailed “Hollywood Boulevard”, soundstage set.

Toon Studio

A tribute to the art of animation, past and present, Toon Studio is the district in Walt Disney Studios where cartoon characters (also known as “Toons”) live and work.  Guests will find the Genie from Aladdin welcoming children of all ages to ride Flying Carpets over Agrabah®. Crush’s Coaster® is a whirling thrill ride under the sea with Nemo and Crush from Finding Nemo. A movie set of Radiator Springs, the hometown of Cars, serves as the backdrop for Cars Quatre Roues Rallye (Cars Race Rally), inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Cars. Guests will enjoy family adventures inspired by Buzz Lightyear and all his buddies with Slinky Dog, the Green Army Men and RC Racer and will find themselves suddenly toy-sized as they enter Toy Story Playland. Its three attractions, Toy Soldiers Parachute Drop, Slinky Dog Zigzag Spin and RC Racer, are designed to immerse guests in the extraordinary universe of the Disney•Pixar film Toy Story.

Guests are shrunk down to the size of a rat when they join Rémy, the “little chef” from Disney•Pixar film Ratatouille for a crazy culinary adventure through Gusteau’s famous restaurant in Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy.

Classic cartoon characters from Disney’s early days reside here as well. Donald Duck puts his Toon Studio friends on stage in the black-light theatre extravaganza Animagique®. And guests can try their own hand at the techniques of animated moviemaking in the Art of Disney Animation®.

Production Courtyard

A celebration of the practical magic behind motion picture and television production highlighted by The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror (1). A haunted elevator and some chilling surprises await guests entering the “Hollywood Tower Hotel” (aka the “Tower of Terror”) in Production Courtyard.

Meanwhile Stitch, the mischievous space alien from Lilo & Stitch , has beamed into Walt Disney Studios Park and is joking and playing with guests in the interactive Stitch Live! show.

Disney Junior Live on Stage! is an interactive attraction that brings characters from the Disney Junior TV channel to life. Kids will be thrilled to share a genuine stage with characters including Handy Manny, Little Einsteins, the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Crew and more.

CinéMagique is a big screen presentation, with a twist, of the best of 100 years of European and American cinema. Studio Tram Tour®: Behind the Magic takes guests even further behind the scenes, with a stop to experience fire and flood at the spectacular Catastrophe Canyon® set.


Backlot is home to the special effects facility, the music recording stages and the stunt workshops. Guests can “ride the music” on Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith, a spectacle of sight, sound and velocity.Moteurs… Action ! Stunt Show Spectacular featuring Lightning McQueen! (Inspired by Disney•Pixar’s Cars) is a live stunt show featuring cars and motorbikes. And Armageddon: les Effets Spéciaux takes guests on a voyage through the history of special effects.

These are the adventures of Disneyland Paris, experiences built on Walt Disney’s vision of bringing dreams to life. In addition to the attractions found in the two theme parks of Disneyland Paris, the resort offers ample opportunities for dining, shopping and entertainment, from the parades and live shows in the Parks to the restaurants and atmosphere entertainment in the seven hotels of Disneyland Paris.

Just outside the gates of Disneyland Park and Walt Disney Studios Park,Disney Village offers restaurants, bars, boutiques, cinemas and a games arcade. Disney Village is also the home of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show(2), which includes a Frontier feast and a live recreation of the famous Cowboy and Indian spectacle that entertained audiences around the world in the late 1800s. The show now also stars Mickey and Friends.

For golfers, Disneyland Paris also features Golf Disneyland, just a five-minute drive from the Parks and hotels of the resort. Golf Disneyland is a year-round, 27-hole course split into three courses of nine holes each, which can be combined in different ways to make 18 holes of championship standard.

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