Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios

Disneyland is what childhood dreams are made of.  To say the kids were excited is an understatement and we knew we were in for a big day.  As has become Morgan tradition we arrived at opening time and left as the gates were closing.

We were very lucky to have been hosted by Disneyland Paris which included 2 tickets for a 1 Day two Park entry (Disneyland and Walt Disney Studios) and also a VIP Fastpass for 2 people.

Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park are located right next to each other so doing both parks in 1 day is not a problem except you may not get through everything you want to do as Disneyland is huge and you may be cueing up for over 1 hour for rides depending on what time of the year you visit.

There are five main areas in Disneyland Paris and they are outlined below.

Main Street:

On Main street in Disneyland you will find all the shops and this is where the Disney Parades are held.  As you walk through Main street you will see the epitome of Disneyland.  The Disneyland Paris Castle stands proud in the daylight but is more magical at night.  We used Main Street as a meeting place as the boys and girls were interested in doing different rides and Disneyland is very spread out. 

Frontierland:

This is the first place we visited after walking through Main Street. Frontier land is like the Wild Wild West.  The girls had the fast pass and were keen to hit the big rides so we split up.  The boys and I went to the Haunted House first.  

It was fairly busy at Disneyland the day we visited and we waited around 20 minutes for our turn.  Frontierland main rides include Thunder Mountain Roller Coaster and the Theatre where they have live shows.  This is where the Frozen Spectacular was held later in the day.

Discoveryland:

This was our big boys favourite area of Disneyland.  Discoveryland main rides were Buzz Lightyear and The Star Wars ride.  Space Mountain is also located here but the ride was not operating the day we visited unfortunately.  The Buzz Lightyear is an interactive shooting game and it was a great fun ride.  We went on this ride several times throughout the day and the longest we had to wait in line was 35 minutes.  

We used the Fast passes a couple of times on this ride later in the day when the lines were over 1 hour waiting time.  We went straight to the front of the line.  The Star Wars ride was also great fun and if you are a Star Wars fan you will really enjoy it.

Fantasyland:

Fantasyland is where all the Disney stories come alive.  This was little Mo’s favourite place in Disneyland Paris. It has many magical rides that tell Disney stories like Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and Pinocchio. His favourite ride of all though was “It’s a small world”.

The rides here are suitable for all ages and heights and we had great fun here for hours.  The lines in Fantasyland were very short and the longest we had to wait was 20 minutes.

Adventureland:

Adventure land has a Pirate/Adventure Theme.  This was the girls favourite place in Disneyland Paris and they spent a lot of time here during the day.  The main rides here are Indiana Jones Roller Coaster and Pirates of the Caribbean.  The boys also enjoyed Adventureland as it is pirate themed and they had a large Pirate ship and playground area for the kids.  There was also a Maze and some beaches that were pretty cool too.

As our pass was a 2 park pass we also visited Walt Disney World which was next door

Walt Disney Studios Park:

We wanted to maximise our two park 1 day pass we had already marked out the rides we wanted to go on and which ones we could use our fast passes on.  We only spent a couple of hours in this park and this is how we spent it.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror: 

This was my favourite ride of the whole day.  The Tower of Terror is a drop tower.  What makes this ride different from other towers is it’s dark and it is extra fast.  

I made the mistake of taking my 8 year old son on the ride with me.  He hated me afterwards.   

Ratatouille: The Adventure

As a recent addition to Walt Disney Studios you are transformed into the size of a rat and everything in the ride is super-sized.  It is based on the Disney movie and is all in 3D.  The Ratatouille ride was very well done and was enjoyed by my son and I.

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 Studio Tram Ride: Behind the Magic

Having done a similar studio tour at Universal Studios in Singapore this ride was not very exciting.  You are taken behind the scenes and shown how Hollywood makes movies. There is one part of the tour I did enjoy though and that was at Catastrophe Canyon.  You are transported into the set of a movie right at the point where there is a large explosion and flooding.  It was really realistic and very impressive.

Food and Drink:

Although we did not buy food at the park (we took our own lunch in our bags and it was fine to bring into the park) it was all reasonably priced.  Meals were around 10-15 euros which included a drink and side.  We did however purchase popcorn and if you wanted you could get special disney cups instead of the cardboard boxes.

The park has several water fountains situated throughout both parks. We happily refilled our water bottles throughout the day.

What did we think of Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios?

We definitely think that Walt Disney Studios is more suited to older children and adults, whereas Disneyland Paris is fun for all ages.  Most of the rides at Walt Disney Studios are geared to older kids however we were impressed by the couple of smaller kids areas that they did have, in particular the Toon Studio and Pixar Place that has the Lightning McQueen rides.

Such a fun day had by all at Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Park.  This was our families first experience at a Disney park and special memories were banked that day.

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