Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 1 — Castle Courtyard and Carousel

When I visit a Disney park, it’s not always necessary for me to ride on an attraction. Sometimes, simply being immersed in the wonderful atmosphere is pleasure enough. And for me, Fantasyland at Disneyland Paris is near the top of the list when it comes to ambiance. It is truly a magical place that allows you to do absolutely nothing and still enjoy the experience.

Even though “Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant“ (Sleeping Beauty Castle) is technically a part of Fantasyland, I discussed it in detail in my blog about The Hub. However, I didn’t present any pictures of the back side of the castle. Here are two.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

After passing through the castle you enter a beautiful courtyard. Here you’re surrounded by covered walkways and charming shops. In the middle of the courtyard is a raised area bordered by a low granite wall. Inside this enclosed area is a stone and anvil with the sword Excalibur embedded deep within it.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

Here is a picture of me taken in 1993 trying to become the King of England.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Excalibur Sword

Perhaps I needed Merlin’s assistance to become a Royal.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Merlin

Here are a couple of pictures of the courtyard taken from the balcony of Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

Within one of the courtyard shops you’ll find the Seven Dwarf’s cottage and some of Snow White’s animal friends.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Seven Dwarf's cottage

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Seven Dwarf's cottage

One of the most delightful restaurants of Disneyland Paris can also be found near the courtyard. Called the “Auberge de Cendrillon“ (Inn of Cinderella), this elegant eatery offers an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring classic French countryside cuisine. I have no pictures of the restaurant’s interior, but the outside is stunning. Here you dine in the small courtyard of a French château. In the corner, Cinderella’s coach awaits.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Auberge de Cendrillon

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Auberge de Cendrillon

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Auberge de Cendrillon

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Auberge de Cendrillon

The pictures below are of the La Menagerie du Royaume (The Menagerie of the Kingdom) and Sir Mickey’s. As you can see, the exterior of the “Menagerie” is shaped like a carrousel. In the interior, you’ll find Sir Goofy astride his steed.

Both of these shops sell Fantasyland and storybook merchandise. These include plush toys, books, and souvenirs. Notice the beanstalk Mickey climbed to reach the giant.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland

“Le Carrousel de Lancelot” is the first attraction you encounter when entering Fantasyland. Unlike other Disney carrousels, where all the horses are painted white, Lancelot’s Carrousel features an array of colors. Shades of black, brown, tan, and grey can all be found. The sixteen steeds on the outer ring are adorned in elaborate armor worthy of a jousting knight. This is also the first Disney carrousel to have two chariots for guests who are unable to climb aboard a mount.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Le Carrousel de Lancelot

Here is a picture of me taken in 2003.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Le Carrousel de Lancelot

This is a picture of one of the carrousel’s canopy panels. It’s a little more graphic than we’re used to at the California or Florida parks.

Disneyland Paris Fantasyland Le Carrousel de Lancelot

In my next blog I’ll discuss the three “dark” rides of Fantasyland.

4 Replies to “Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 1 — Castle Courtyard and Carousel”

  1. Loved the Disneyland Paris pic,s and info.
    We visited 5 times staying at different hotels and my favorite was the Santa Fe.

    Glad you found the dragon under the castle so many people miss it.

    We liked the fact that once you caught the bus from your hotel to the parks everything was in walking distance. We would leave the park and go to the village for dinner at Billy Bobs then bus to the hotel.

    Only the moderate hotels had pools but after visiting them we decided they were not worth the effort.

    We never had any language problemsas most Europeons learn english in school and if you look at the badges the staff members wear it would have a small country flag on indicating they speak that language we were impressed that so many of them spoke 3 or more.

    My husband prefers Disneyland Paris to Disneyland Cal and Disneyworld Florida me I am easy where ever Mickey is Im happy.

  2. I have really enjoyed your pictures and comments regarding Disneyland Paris. I have noticed that most of the pictures do not seem to have many tourists in the background. What time of year were you there? It is my dream to go there someday, and I would like to go when there are low crowds.

    Answer: I visited Disneyland Paris in May. This was a great time to visit. The weather was nice and the crowds were reasonable.

    But don’t let my pictures fool you. I’m a very patient photographer. I will wait a long time for the crowd to clear so I can snap a picture with few or no people in the shot. Also, I’m very handy with a computer and I often digitally remove people and objects from my photos.

    I hope you can visit Disneyland Paris someday. You’ll have a great time.

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