Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 1 — Entrance, Le Visionarium, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast

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When I was a kid, Tomorrowland at Disneyland, California was my favorite land. For me, Walt’s vision of the future was fantastic. Space-aged architecture and vast amounts of concrete created an exciting world for an impressionable mind. In the early years, I could pilot a flying saucer, ride in a monorail, and visit the House … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 1 — Entrance, Le Visionarium, and Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast"
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Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 5 — “it’s a small world”

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Like so many other attractions at Disneyland Paris, I think their version of “it’s a small world” is superior to all the rest. Let’s start with the exterior of the attraction. The first IASW (“it’s a small world”) was in California. (Yes, I know, it was actually at the New York World’s Fair, but I’m … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 5 — “it’s a small world”"
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My Disneyland Birthday Extravaganza: Planning

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I’ve recently returned from a week-long vacation in California to celebrate my birthday with friends. Over the next few weeks I’ll recap my days at Disneyland including Club 33, Paradise Pier Hotel, and my favorite things to see, do, and where to dine. I was baffled as to where to begin this blog until Linda … Continue reading "My Disneyland Birthday Extravaganza: Planning"
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Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 4 — Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Land of the Fairytales) & Casey Jr. — le Petit Train du Cirque (The Small Train of the Circus)

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Both “Le Pays des Contes de Fées” and “Casey Jr.” are located outside the perimeter of the Disneyland Railroad. To reach these attractions you must pass under a trestle. Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Land of the Fairytales) This ride is an updated version of “Storybook Land Canal Boats“ found at Disneyland in California. … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 4 — Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Land of the Fairytales) & Casey Jr. — le Petit Train du Cirque (The Small Train of the Circus)"
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Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 3 — Dumbo, Tea Cups, and Alice’s Curious Labyrinth

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant Dumbo is a timeless classic. Both the movie and the attraction have been delighting children and adults for years. And the Dumbo attraction at Disneyland Paris is perhaps the most delightful of them all. Much of the beauty of this ride can be attributed to its location. It sits on the … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 3 — Dumbo, Tea Cups, and Alice’s Curious Labyrinth"
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Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 2 — The Dark Rides

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The Imagineers did an excellent job when designing Fantasyland. They took the charming aspects found in Disneyland, California and expanded them into a larger space without losing any of its appeal. Now, instead of having a small village, you have a lush countryside. A meandering stream runs through the area and unifies the space. Manicured … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 2 — The Dark Rides"
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Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 1 — Castle Courtyard and Carousel

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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 … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Fantasyland — Part 1 — Castle Courtyard and Carousel"
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Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 3 — Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean

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In the furthest reaches of Adventureland, intrepid explores can discover “Indiana Jones et le Temple du Péril.” Here you’ll find an abandoned temple decaying in the jungle. As you near the temple, a stone lion can be seen guarding the entrance. Continuing further into the underbrush, you pass the base camp used by the archeologists … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 3 — Indiana Jones and Pirates of the Caribbean"
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Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 2 — Adventure Isle

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Disneyland Paris does not have a Tom Sawyer Island. It was decided that most Europeans were not familiar enough with Mark Twain’s writings to design an entire attraction around his stories. Instead, the Imagineers came up with Adventure Isle. Here, pirates and castaways are used as a backdrop for this colorful environment. This is a … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 2 — Adventure Isle"
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Update: Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival

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Registration for the “Signature Events” of this year’s Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival is now open on Disney’s web site: http://www.disneyland.com/foodandwine. We have all of the updated information on All Ears HERE They were pretty late in getting all of the event information out this year – prices didn’t go up until Monday, and … Continue reading "Update: Disney’s California Food and Wine Festival"
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