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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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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Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 1 — General Area

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Just like Frontierland, Adventureland is set back from The Hub. Because of this, it is much less intrusive in this otherwise Victorian area. I’ve also mentioned that the transition between lands is remarkably seamless at Disneyland Paris. Here is a picture taken from Fantasyland, looking through a portal to Adventureland. If you study the photo … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Adventureland — Part 1 — General Area"
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Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 4 — Phantom Manor

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Phantom Manor is Disneyland Paris’ version of the Haunted Mansion. It is neither better than nor inferior to its cousins around the world. It’s simply different. And these differences make it very intriguing for those of us familiar with the original version. Phantom Manor has a more complete storyline than the Haunted Mansion. It goes … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 4 — Phantom Manor"
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Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 3 — Big Thunder Mountain and the Riverboats

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Big Thunder Mountain As with all Disney attractions, your journey on Big Thunder Mountain starts with the queue – and in this case, a very detailed queue. The line twists and turns around rusting mining equipment, amusing signs, and dilapidated buildings. Periodically, a mine train rolls by. Eventually you reach the boarding area and your … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Frontierland — Part 3 — Big Thunder Mountain and the Riverboats"
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