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Disneyland Paris

Disneyland Park, or 'Parc Disneyland', also known as Disneyland Paris, is the jewel in the crown of the Disneyland Resort Paris, in France. Owned by Euro Disney SCA, it is one of two theme parks in the resort just outside of Paris, in Marne-la-Valle.

Built using the template already proven successful at Disneyland in California's Disneyland Resort, the Magic Kingdom at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and the Tokyo Disneyland in Japan, the park opened as EuroDisney, changing to Disneyland Paris in 1995, and eventually the current Disneyland Park when the Walt Disney Studios opened.

The third Disneyland has slight differences to the original Disneyland, but not as large as the differences that were made to Tokyo Disneyland. The biggest change was the swap from Tomorrowland to Discoveryland, which takes a more nostalgic look at the way people in the past viewed the future instead of a modern look at the future in order to prevent the land from looking outdated. The Haunted Mansion sits in Frontierland instead of Disneyland's New Orleans Square and is instead known as the Phantom Manor.

The decor in Main Street USA leans slightly towards the 1920's art nouveau, inspired by the age of the flapper. From a distance though, it looks the same as Main Street in Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom. Many view Disneyland Paris's versions of Space Mountain and Sleeping Beauty Castle as far more superior than to the American equivalents, both aesthetically and physically.

The Parisian take on the classic Disney castle is viewed by Disney fans across the world as unique and beautiful. Since the previous Disney castles were based on European castles, sights much more familiar to European guests, Disney Imagineers created a loftier, more fanciful and fantasy-based Sleeping Beauty Castle for Disneyland Paris.

Disneyland Paris Lands

As with all Disney Magic Kingdom style parks, Disneyland Park is divided into lands. Main Street, USA, Fantasyland, Adventureland, Discoveryland and Frontierland make up the five realms of the park, all distinct in theme and purpose.

Disneyland Paris Seasonal Changes

Disneyland Park is host to several seasonal changes. Currently, the Wishes: Fantasy in the Sky fireworks from the Magic Kingdom are being performed nightly, and in October "it's a small world" will receive a Christmas-themed overlay, already tried and tested at the Disneyland attraction in California.

Disneyland Paris Rides and Attractions

Main Street, U.S.A.

  • Disneyland Railroad, Main Street Station
  • Discovery Arcade
  • Horse-Drawn Streetcars
  • Main Street Vehicles
  • Liberty Arcade & Tableau

Adventureland

  • Pirates of the Caribbean
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Peril: Backwards!
  • La Cabane des Robinsons (The Robinson Treehouse)
  • Adventure Isle
  • Pirates' Beach
  • Le Passage Enchanté d'Aladdin (Aladdin's Enchanted Passageway)

Frontierland

  • Disneyland Railroad Frontierland Depot
  • Phantom Manor
  • Big Thunder Mountain
  • Thunder Mesa Riverboat Landing
  • Rustler Roundup Shootin' Gallery
  • Pocahontas Indian Village
  • Legends of the Wild West
  • Critter Corral

Fantasyland

  • Disneyland Railroad Fantasyland Station
  • Le Château de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Castle)
  • La Tanière du Dragon (The Dragon's Lair)
  • La Galerie de la Belle au Bois Dormant (Sleeping Beauty's Gallery)
  • Le Carrousel de Lancelot
  • "it's a small world"
  • Blanche-Neige et les Sept Nains (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves)
  • Peter Pan's Flight
  • Pinocchio Fantastic Journey
  • Le Pays des Contes de Fées (Storybook Land)
  • Casey Jr, le Petit Train du Cirque (The Little Circus Train)
  • Les Pirouettes du Vieux Moulin (The Spinning Old Windmill)
  • Dumbo the Flying Elephant
  • Alice's Curious Labyrinth
  • Mad Hatter's Tea Cups

Discoveryland

  • Disneyland Railroad Discoveryland Station
  • Orbitron, Machines Volantes
  • Space Mountain
  • Star Tours
  • Le Visionarium
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Audience
  • Autopia
  • L'Arcade des Visionnaires
  • Les Mystères du Nautilus

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