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Paris Day 2 (Disneyland Resort Paris)

Posted by Mark Sztainbok on April 19, 2008

We spent our second day in Paris at Disneyland Resort Paris (formerly known as EuroDisney).

As we wanted to spend the full day there, we had an early breakfast and left the hotel at 9 to catch the RER Line A train to Marne-la-Vallée – Chessy station where Disneyland is located and arrived just when the park was opening at 10am. After collecting our booked 2 park 1 day tickets from the Pluto desk, we entered the main park (Disneyland Park) and proceeded to the rides.

Here are the rides and attractions we went on/saw with brief reviews:

Space Mountain: Mission 2 (Discoveryland)

A roller coaster in the dark. Coolest bits are being fired from a cannon at the start of the ride and the spinning spirals towards the end. 7/10

Honey, I Shrunk The Audience (Discoveryland)

A 3-D movie based on the Honey I Shrunk The Kids movie series. It had some of the best 3-D effects that I have seen in a 3-D movie and was quite entertaining. If you do plan to see it, be sure to go to one of the English screenings (it screens in both French and English). 9/10

Star Tours (Discoveryland)

Simulation ride based on the Star Wars movies which takes you into the battle on the Death Star. This is the third time I’ve been on this ride (once at Disneyland in Anaheim and twice at EuroDisney) and the ride doesn’t have the same impact when all the dialogue is in French as it does when the dialogue is English (due to not be able to understand it). 4/10

Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast (Discoveryland)

Laser shooting gallery game ride based on Toy Story. You hop in a moving cart which has 2 laser guns (one for each person in the cart) and a control which allows the cart to be rotated. As the cart moves, the goal is to hit the various targets which are on the walls. The targets each have different scores based on the colour that they are and a score is kept for each player. Each player is then rated at the end of the ride based on their score. If you purchase the photo at the end of the ride, each player’s scores are printed on it for posperity. 8/10

Peter Pan’s Flight (Fantasyland)

Ride based on Peter Pan. You hop in a boat car suspended from the roof and fly over London and into Neverland following the adventures of Peter Pan, Wendy, John and Michael. No thrills or spills but strangely the most popular ride is EuroDisney with the longest queues and wait times. 7/10

Mad Hatter’s Tea Cups (Fantasyland)

A spinning tea cup ride. Craig span our cup so fast that the background was blurry. I took a video which will be uploaded at a later point. 9/10

“it’s a small world” (Fantasyland)

It’s a world of laughter, it’s a world of tears, it’s a world of hopes and a world of fears….

The quintessential Disneyland ride with animated dolls singing the It’s A Small World song continually in various languages. Not exactly 100% politically correct as many of the scenes for various countries are based on stereotypes. 9/10

Sleeping Beauty Castle (Fantasyland)

Walk through Sleeping Beauty’s Castle which has stain glass windows and displays that tell the story. 5/10

Phantom Manor (Frontierland)

Known as the Haunted Mansion at other Disney Parks. You sit in a chair which moves around while showing ghostly and ghastly scenes. Not really scarey. 3/10

Big Thunder Mountain (Frontierland)

Mine car roller coaster similar to those found at other amusement parks. 8/10

La Cabane Des Robinson (Adventureland)

Tree top house based on Swiss Family Robinson. Effectively you climb stairs up into a treehouse and see how it would have been for the Swiss Family Robinson. 6/10

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril (Adventureland)

Similar ride to Big Thunder Mountain except that you are in a individual mine car instead of a carriage connected to a locomotive. Not overly thrilling although it does have one loop. 6/10

Pirates of the Carribean (Adventureland)

The ride that the movie trilogy is based on. You hop on a boat past displays of pirates behaving badly. Has a few dips and you also get a little wet. 6/10

We had lunch at the Plaza Gardens Restaurant on Main Street which was a buffet style restaurant which cost €24 per person (including one drink). The food wasn’t fantastic but was sufficient to keep our energy levels up for the day.

We skipped the parade at Disneyland due to the crowds and headed off to check out the neighbouring Walt Disney Studios, which is the other park at Disneyland Resort Paris. Walt Disney Studios is a park similar to Universal Studios or Movie World except that I think it is only movie themed and that they don’t actually shoot any films there unlike the other two.

There we went/saw on the following rides and attractions (again with reviews):

Stitch Live

Live interactive show where an animated Stitch interacts with the audience by asking them questions and when they provide answers asking new questions based on them. The most impressive thing is how the Stitch animation adjusts its movements and lip synchronization to the questions it asks on the fly. This is only new but definitely worth a visit. 8/10

Crush’s Coaster

Roller coaster based on the Crush character from Finding Nemo. You hop into a turtle shell which has 2 seats facing forwards and 2 facing backwards. As you go through the roller coaster, the shell spins as it goes around corners, etc. which add to the fun. Originally when we went to this ride it had stopped for a while for some reason and we waited about 20 minutes or so in the queue before leaving. When we went back and we actually on the ride, the ride was stopped for a very brief period of time and everything went silent and dark. Luckily we were right near the ride exit. I dread to think what would have happened to people who were in the middle of the ride on a curve or loop. 9/10 for the ride, 1/10 for the ride reliability (at least when we rode it).

Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster featuring Aerosmith

Cool roller coaster where you sit in a limosuine car which plays Aerosmith music and get launched right into a loop at the start of the ride. Definitely of the best roller coasters I have ever been on. If you like roller coasters, you should definitely go on this one! 10/10

Armageddon Special Effects

Attraction which is meant to show you how special effects work and places you into a scene of Armageddon. The leadup for this took too long and everyone was packed into a small room so we left before the main scene took place. 2/10

When the Walt Disney Studios closed, we headed into the Disney Village to try and have dinner at Cafe Mickey but the queue was really long and after waiting 1/2 hour we decided to hop back on the train to Paris to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés  area where we had dinner at an Italian restaurant called Pizza Vesuvio. The food there wasn’t bad but wasn’t anything either.

After dinner, we headed back to the hotel to relax.

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