Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 4 — Star Tours, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Autopia

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Star Tours Star Tours is the one attraction in Discoveryland that deviates from the overall theme of the area. Instead of looking like the future as seen through the eyes of early visionaries, this ride’s exterior features architecture more in line with a 20th century view of the future. Or maybe in the case of … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 4 — Star Tours, Honey, I Shrunk the Audience, and Autopia"
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Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 3 — Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Les Mystéres du Nautilus

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Space Mountain: Mission 2 Once again, I have to say that Disneyland Paris takes first prize when comparing one of its attractions to its overseas cousins. Space Mountain is easily the most beautiful of the five futuristic peaks and it definitely offers the most thrilling ride. This attraction was inspired by Jules Verne’s book “From … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 3 — Space Mountain: Mission 2 and Les Mystéres du Nautilus"
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Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 2 — Orbitron and Videopolis

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One of the first attractions you see when entering Discoveryland is “Orbitron – Machines Volantes” (Flying Machines). This is a simple, yet visually appealing attraction. Twelve 2-passenger rocket ships circle a stylized orrery. (An orrery is a mechanical apparatus that displays the relative positions and motions of the moon and the planets as they orbit … Continue reading "Disneyland Paris – Discoveryland — Part 2 — Orbitron and Videopolis"
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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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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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